Fortunate Islands
Modern Times Beer

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From:
Modern Times Beer
 
California, United States
Style:
American Pale Wheat Beer
Ranked #10
ABV:
5%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,000
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
Reviews:
244
Ratings:
1,093
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 31, 2022
Added:
Jul 11, 2013
Wants:
  130
Gots:
  224
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Fortunate Islands combines the bangin' hop aroma of an über-tropical IPA with the crisp,refreshing drinkability of a killer pale ale. We achieve this magical result by starting with a mild, nutty malt backbone, then dry-hopping the bejesus out of it with Citra and Amarillo hops. Restrained bitterness and vibrant notes of mango, tangerine, and passion fruit combine to form a sessionable crusher of mind-bending proportions. It tastes like wizards.
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Rated: 4 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One finger of rocky white foam domes deep gold liquid with very good clarity; excellent cap retention; medium heavy lacing; solid ring; streaming carbonation. Nose is lemon and lychee. Entry is light bitter lemon peel, followed by lychee, mild grapefruit and semi sweet passion fruit; firm malt base. Light body; semi crisp feel; moderate minus carbonation; no astringency. Overall an enjoyable pale ale; good balance between bitter hops and clean light malt; tasty light bitter citrus linger. I could drink this often.
Jul 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by Resistance88 from California

Dec 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by Meddwol from Michigan

Sep 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.35 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

Jul 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Fortunate Islands pours a slightly hazy lemon, orange color with a foamy head, a little lacing and big carbonated bubbles. A sixteen ounce can dated 04/12/21 has an odd and funky aroma. The taste is very good. Has a light citrus flavor that's easy to drink and overall I would buy this beer. Thanks @RaulMondesi for sharing
Jun 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Dec 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by jemsdelajems from Ghana

Dec 18, 2020
 
Rated: 3.63 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Dec 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Bought a single 16 oz can $3.79 Foodland
93 days old
Hazy amber orange color
Medium mouthfeel
Light carbonation
Taste watery, light bitterness, faint citrus, not much taste.
Overall this is not a great beer. Lacks flavor and character. Would not buy again.
Sep 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.28 by dfillius from Iowa

Jun 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Apr 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.14 by jjboesen from Maryland

Mar 21, 2020
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Well well well, am I picking up lighter beers recently or am I the one whose taste buds are going numb?
Okay, let’s get this straight: the way this beer smelled was really amazing so I got a bit too overwhelmed - and expected something outstanding, something boomingly hoppy out of this... which it wasn’t quite like.
Now, after I calm down, let me start over again. This is a Pale Wheat Ale!!! I mean... IS this a Pale Wheat Ale??? The beer smells amazing(ly hoppy), extremely fruity, no wonder it has been dry hopped just like an IPA, it says. Maybe that’s where I went wrong, expecting it to be (like) an IPA, which it is obviously not. A Pale Wheat Ale, is it a wheat ale? It is luckily not like a weizen, although it is made with wheat but without that remarkable yeast the Germans use for their beer.
I think you can tell by the looks that this is a wheat ale, it looked very wheaty, very pale and hazy but not like your IPA-hazy. The taste, on the other hand, was very crisp, had a mid- to low maltiness to the body which was quite light and on the top of it, maybe just as if the whole hops things went awol, you had the dry hopping: you have a wheat ale (without hops) dry hopped. Is this actually true? Not sure but it felt like that.
So it felt like a real refresher, with lots of orangy fruitiness to it but unlike your IPAs, it wasn’t punchy, here the taste quickly faded into lightness, almost like - like a lemonade without sugar? (if the latter was to be stood for an IPA...)
Anyway, even though it was different from what I expected, I was impressed with this beer, because I never had such a wheat beer, never had a Pale Wheat Ale before - just the Germans - and I do think that all wheat ales should be like this! I really liked the lightness of it and the way it was hopped, the way those hops created a real fruit flavor to the beer, making it almost like a Fruit and Field Beer.
A good one Modern Times, you never do wrong! Way to go!
Feb 23, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Grunt fill from Albertsons. Medium golden, light haze, small but creamy cap of white head. Light, heady grain aroma. Taste too is big on the grains, very bready. A snap of hop bitterness at the end elevated this. One of the best wheat Alex I’ve had.
Feb 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.39 by a_silva_016 from Arizona

Jan 28, 2020
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Rated by adab123 from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had this on tap. It was alright. Tart.
Jan 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.21 by TrackBeer from California

Dec 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Very IPA-like aroma. Citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruits.

Golden amber with a gorgeous, tall, thick white head, that recedes slowly with a rocky, uneven surface, leaving good looking lacing. Great look in the weizen glass with the rising bubbles.

The malts ensure that this is definitely a wheat beer; the wheat base makes its slightly spicy presence known, but the hops are (as with the aroma) very IPA-like. Tropical fruits, with the citrus elements are more subdued than in the aroma, but still the main show. Moderately bitter through the middle and into the aftertaste, with the bitterness lingering longer than the other elements of the flavor. Refreshing, crisp, and dry in the finish.

The body is thin to moderate, with the carbonation tingling the mouth.

Overall, it is a good, well done, ale, but I guess I'm not sure what the brewer was intending with this beer. It is a refreshing beer, and I'll enjoy the other 3 in the 4-pack, but it is not what I would buy if I was seeking an APA; additionally, it has IPA elements, but it is not what I would buy if I wanted an IPA, either, and the wheat presence is there in the feel and somewhat spicy flavor, but, again, if I want a wheat beer, I wouldn't buy this due to the IPA flavor and aroma. I guess the combination just does not do it for me.
Nov 11, 2019
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Reviewed by TinFang from California

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Saw this on sale at a local market and picked it up. It was on sale for a reason - canned four months earlier. Atypically old.

Appearance - slight haze, bronze-gold, irregular spongey white head. Some lacing.
Smell - wheat malt, restrained citrus, tropical fruit.
Taste - wheat malt, nice hops presence but no distinctive character, citrus.
Feel - light and easy to drink but not watery.

Wheat malt flavor is a nice distinguishing touch. I would buy this ale again.
Nov 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.82 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Nov 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by eldoctorador from Chile

Oct 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.12 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Oct 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Oct 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

Sep 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.28 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Sep 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Very nice pale ale. Aroma from the can is huge, lots sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes, with something syrupy hiding in there. Flavor is cracker malt, and honey, with big nectarine and tangerine notes, papaya and mango and berry. Great ale!
Aug 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.05 by Danielr26 from Michigan

Aug 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Aug 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Aug 09, 2019
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Rated by omahawk from Nebraska

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Great juicy flavor with a clear pour. Love that. Aroma is a little light for how much hops this has. Body is light. Nice American Pale Ale
Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by thisita from Maryland

Jul 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear & golden body with a medium white head, lots of bubble action. Aroma: honey & hops. Taste: mildly bitter, plenty of hop flavors, tangerine, tropical fruit, not much wheat malt, definitely closer to an IPA. Slightly thin, lots of carbonation. If you like IPA’s you’ll like this one.
Jul 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Beejay from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: a hazy yellow orange Amber in color with white head

S: hoppy bliss, citrus with orange peel and some tropical notes, light pine.

T: light malt, with hop flavors shining through. Lemon peel, orange, and tropical flavors. Perhaps a touch on the watery side.

M: light with moderate carbonation, and a semi creamy feel.

O: overall, hoppy delicious flavor, maybe a touch too light, but just a touch.
Jul 06, 2019
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Reviewed by pubscout from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Fortunate Islands Modern Times Pale Ale
Let's be clear: this is NOT an IPA, but it has SOME IPA characteristics...tropical citrus, tangerine and orange in the nose, but it doesn't translate as much to the palate. Translation: It smells better than it tastes. That's not to say it tastes bad, because it doesn't. It has a pretty color, too. There is a malt backbone, and it's acceptably balanced, but overall, the experience is underwhelming. It's neither a bad beer nor a great beer, and it certainly doesn't make me want to rush out and stock up. It's an OK Pale Ale, with a nice tropical/citrus hop nose and a medium mouthfeel.
Nobody will complain if you have a few dozen cans of these iced down for July 4th, but I doubt it will WOW anyone, except maybe those vegans who see the "This beer is vegan" (whatever THAT means) on the can. It's an OK beer. Nothing more, nothing less.
Jul 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.58 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Jun 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jun 25, 2019
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