Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

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Fortunate IslandsFortunate Islands

Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fortunate Islands shares the characteristics of an uber-hoppy IPA and an easy drinking wheat beer. A massive dose of Citra and Amarillo hops gives it a blastwave of tropical hop aromatics: mango, tangerine, and passionfruit all leap out of the glass. Brewed with 60% wheat malt, Fortunate Islands also has the mild, nutty malt backbone, reasonable ABV, and restrained bitterness to make it an outstanding session beer.

Added by Pecan on 07-11-2013

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Photo of Sabtos
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy gold with a large white foam that settles to a blanket with a central bald spot.

On the nose are very light tropical fruit notes with orange, peach and wheat bread dough, but also some hints of cigar ash and rug.

Taste is bready wheat, light mixed fruits, and herbal leafy tobacco. Definitely not the unique, and unusually wild but tasty beer that Gumballhead is.

Body is medium and frothy with a semi-dry, crisp finish.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 6/7:
Pours a hazy golden, turning it into a dark yellow gold. Head is white, and fairly fluffy. Lasting head produces some lacing.

Nose is a tropical fruit salad atop a grainy to lightly cereal backing. Not overpoweringly strong, but fairly robust papaya, mango, and a light tart pineapple edge.

Taste is similar but not quite as robust on the tropical notes. A cereal opening has an earthy to dry grass or grainy aspect. When the tropical notes come, they have a neutral bitterness to them that dulls them a bit. Still a decent profile, but a slight letdown from the nose. A slight spice comes in late as the flavors settle and the somewhat dry ending takes hold.

A nice beer. Not as tropical as one might think from the marketing, but why should it be. It showcases the notes well for a beer in a non-juicy way. Enjoyable all in all.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modern Times - Fortunate Islands
5% abv - 5/22/17 - 33 days old
Purchased for $3.49 at Monde Market

A - lovely medium-orange body. Off-white head recedes rapidly. Definitely looks like a Weiss.

S - Heavy citrus, with some flowery notes that I can't put my finger on. Mostly I get orange and grapefruit though.

T - More mellow citrus, with a suprising hoppy kick.

M - light-medium.

O - Hard to pinpoint the intended style on this one. It comes off as a cross between an APA and a standard wheat beer. I very much enjoy the combination, especially with temps in the mid-80s today. Nice to be able to taste Citra in a 5% brew. I would say crushable, but I only have 1 so that's moot.

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Photo of jhlosito75
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rizzy17
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blaze5445
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Hazy blonde. 1 finger of white head.

Pineapple, dank, pine, peach, passion fruit, lemon, and candy sugar.

Pineapple, peach, and passion fruit. Candied lemon, grapefruit juice, and slight pine sap.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, juicy, and refreshing with barely any bitterness.

Incredible balance. Juicy tropical fruits. Modern Times is good times!

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Photo of epyon396
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of larryi86
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Wasatch for this
16 oz can, dated 4/11/17, poured into a teku

A- A hazy dark golden/copper color with a three finger white head

S- Citrus and tropcical fruits, slightly sweet, some wheat.

T- Citrus, tangerines, some tropical fruits, slightly floral with a soft bready malt backbone.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A solid hoppy wheat beer with a nice balance of flavors, very easy to drink

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Photo of G_Shoe
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmg480
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16-ounce can into a tumbler. This is one sweet-looking pour, a hazy pale golden color with a thick long-lasting white head. Hop forward on the nose and palate, with lots of juicy citrus and a slight floral note. Light bodied and refreshing, with a bit of pleasant bitterness and a crisp, dry finish. For my money, this is outstanding,

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Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale yellow pour, weak head. Aroma is lacking but fine - citrus zest, dry Amarillo. Great easy drinker - a crisp, semi-sweet malt foundation with a pleasing, cajoling amount of hops (a punch of Citra upfront, earthy Amarillo on the backend). It misses on presentation but in the end it is a very enjoyable, clean little beer.

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Photo of TwoThreeBrews
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5.0% ABV |46 IBU

This beast pours a nice thick foam and gives off the look of delicious caramel on top of a sundae.

The smell comes off of citrus hops. The nose isn't over powering but it is enough to peak your interest.

The taste is just too much. You get a little hops, a little citrus, a little bitterness that finishes smooth and almost refreshing.

The mouth is light and perfectly balanced with carbonation.

This beer is a home run. It checks every box and makes you want to keep bringing the beer back to your mouth. This beast is 100% island greatness full of hops,citrus, and just all around perfection. Being that this is a year round beer at the dank tank, I recommend picking one or four of these bad boys up asap.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into nonic pint
canned on 5/3/17, almost 6 weeks old
L- slightly hazy straw color, with huge foam head, nice lacing as well
S- slight sweet malt, tropical fruit, pine. bubble gum
T- subtly sweet malt, with a tinge of spice, followed by tropical fruit and a nice piney finish
F- very unique, feels soft, and light bodied, but not watery in the slightest
Overall a real good beer, that is basically a wheat IPA

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated about a month old.

Earthy, floral, lightly hopped. Wheat, lemon zest, orange peel, and tropical notes.

Light bodied. Nice and hoppy, however. Fun summer beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It started off with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Some light clingy lacing stuck here and there. The smell had a whole lot of juicy tropical fruit with a solid bitter citrus invading and going nuts on my nose. Also, there’s a nice floral presence over a light wheat malt. The taste was mainly all about the juicy tropical fruit coming through sweetly. There’s just a tad more wheat in the flavor than the nose. On the palate, this one sat fairly light and sessionable. There’s not much of a wheat kick and that could be due to the need to keep less to balance to the ~5% aspect. No worries as this is a definitely a well deserved session beer. Overall, wow, really nice American Pale Wheat Ale that I would definitely welcome again.

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Photo of trocketsauced
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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