Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

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Fortunate IslandsFortunate Islands
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
Ratings:
1,140
Reviews:
187
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.25%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
184
For Trade:
9
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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.

Appearance
Hazy blonde. 1 finger of white head.

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

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

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

Overall
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

Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Beer Revolution, on what appears to be an unadvertised Modern Times tap takeover - until one walks into the little boys' room, that is!

This beer appears a medium apricot yellow colour, with one skinny finger of wispy and tightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent distant tree copse lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of juicy tropical fruit, gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser cereal wheatiness, generic citrus rind, a touch of earthy yeastiness, and more leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is somewhat acrid mixed citrus peel, spicy wheat malt, a crackery graininess, muddled yeast, and more testy leafy, herbal, and resinous piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its zesty frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with maybe a minor yeasty intransigence making a dent here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and lingering citrusy notes predominating.

Overall, this is a pleasantly hopped-up wheat ale, my second in as many days. Crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink on a gently breezy and sunny Spring afternoon. Worthy of checking out, especially if you are an avowed hop head like yours truly.

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some okay hang time.

Nose is very nice, tropical forward.

Taste is a light malt base with a nice touch of mango and papaya, and closing with a touch of citrus and a smidge of rind.
Depth is lacking a bit.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall has potential to be a very nice session ale as it is very appropriate for late spring and summer time Phoenix. I will make a note to try again in the future.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,140 ratings.
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