Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States
moderntimesbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,454
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
1,230
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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126
Gots:
202
Trade:
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Photo of DOCRW
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CAcker
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gregaroo
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

5-11-18 - On tap at Otium.

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Photo of mnine
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AleManDan
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great, hoppy wheat based pale ale that walks that fine line between pale ale and straight up IPA. It’s really not very hoppy but the soft, wheaty backbone allows the drop hops to shine through thus making for an easy drinker that also pops with flavor. Well done Modern Times!

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Photo of 208Vibes
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very Tasty

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Photo of dental
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerluvr
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StormAles
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChuckTom
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can served co.ld into a Chimay chalice. A surprising LCBO purchase for just over $4 CDN. Canned in the late fall. Review from notes

Appearance - Juicy looking orange and gold color, lots of haze and an impressive finger plus of white head. Above average head retention and some spidery silk like lacing clings to the glass.

Smell - Light and tropical with citrus and a dense light graininess that I find in most wheat beers. A nice balance and quite inviting. Orange and grapefruit are the most prominent citrus aromas.

Taste - Pretty much like you'd expect, half well hopped citrusy APA loaded up with grapefruit and orange and one half soft and subtle grains, creamy in taste, and bitterness that is present but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light bodied, crisp carbonation and easy drinking. Somewhat creamy, but just light and soft while still packing a healthy dose of flavor.

Overall - This isn't a style I'm generally that fond of, but with the delicious amount of citrus fruit flavors mixed in, Fortunate Islands is surely a very good beer. With a little more access and a slightly cheaper price, this is something that would definitely make it's way into some sort of rotation, particularly as the weather gets warmer.

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Photo of bixby1971
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mortarforker
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKCNittany
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pmicdee
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged Nov 8 2018 and served slightly chilled.

Pours hazy golden-yellow in colour, topped with one finger of frothy white head that dissipates in under two minutes' time. At least it had the courtesy to leave behind a nice ring of lace; a foamy collar of modest size also remains in place. Looks good, and its aroma quickly aroused my nose's interest - citrus stands out in particular, with lemon zest and orange coming through alongside notes of juicy pink grapefruit. Considerably less attention-grabbing are the hints of grainy wheat malt, and there are also suggestions of passion fruit and peach.

It tastes of lightly caramelized sugars and bready wheat at the fore front, with the fruity hop flavours developing quickly - apricot and peach at first, though these are soon overtaken by the more citric elements. Tangerine and pithy grapefruit play prominent roles, helped along by a supporting cast of mango and cantaloupe; the sip concludes with a light brushing of floral hop bitterness, but it doesn't linger as the aftertaste is mostly just dry. Light in body, with zippy, assertive carbonation that prickles the palate continuously during each sip. Highly refreshing and very easy to gulp.

Final Grade: 4.04, an A-. I was a bit worried when I spotted the date on this can of Modern Times' Fortunate Islands, but it seems to have weathered the four months and cross-continental shipping without any serious damage. Ontario BAs can rest assured that this first shipment is still drinking very nicely - although for how long into the future that will remain true, I cannot say. It's a quality session ale: well-hopped for sure, but not overly bitter and thus unlikely to tire out the taste buds in the way that IPAs tend to. A little pricey in these parts, but absolutely worth at least one try.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange with thick frothy head.

Dry zesty hops, pineapple, orange, oak.

Smells mirror tastes with some vanilla hints.

Great mouthfeel - dense and smooth. Low carbonation.

Great.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed amber with 2 fingers of rocky pearl colored head. Nice lacing & above average head retention

S: Tropical & citrus

T: Orange juice, a little mango & some pomelo up front. Dryness, grapefruit peel & a little orange once warm. Finishes dry, citrussy & a little grassy

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, good balance

Very juicy & drinkable. This is 6 weeks old, bet it's even better younger

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of thick white head that hung around for awhile.
Getting ripe tropical fruits on the nose, a little pine and citrus too.
Taste follows, resiny pine up front, ripe papaya, guava, light citrus of lemon and tangerine. A bit of tangy sweet wheat.
Medium bodied with good carb levels.
Overall a pretty flavorful brew, especially for the low ABV.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,230 ratings