Fortunate Islands
Modern Times Beer

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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #8
ABV:
5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,370
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
1,326
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Modern Times Beer
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
91
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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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monkist from Hungary

4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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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stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
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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TinFang from California

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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
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Viaduck from California

4.02/5  rDev -2%
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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Beejay from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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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pubscout from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Happy New CANned Modern Twin Peak Evil Times Beer Sunday (Week 744)! Things got out of CANtrol in Maine, so I have relocated to CAN Diego, CA! The CANQuest (tm) is getting a good workout.

From the CAN: "Hoppy * Tropical Wheat"; "46 IBU 1.008 Final Gravity "; "CITRA • AMARILLO [-] Hops[,] WHEAT MALT • TWO ROW • CARAMEL VIENNA [-] Malts"; "Does the word 'wheat' on a [CAN] of craft beer make you assume it's some insipid macro-beer analogue? A tepid entry-level beer that's 'nice' at best? Well, those would be incorrect assumptions in this case. Wildly, shamefully incorrect. Fortunate Islands is bursting with citrusy, tropical hop aromatics because we dry-hop the bejesus out of it with Citra and Amarillo hops. It tastes like wizards."

As long as it is a Wheat Beer, I figured that it might need some in-CAN agitation to ensure that any flocculate was back in suspension. Having roused the lees, it was time for a Crack! of the vent. It seems that I had not only agitated the beer, but I had angrified it! I was getting unCANtrollable foaming coming up through the vent & to quell the fury, I went with a quick C-Line Glug. More foaming, to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention. Color was a cloudy, almost murky, Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose smelled really hoppy, more citrusy than tropical, but still, nicely hopped for a Wheat Beer. Mouthfeel was a tad thin, not watery, but about on par for a Wheat Ale. Hmm. The taste was lovely, but what do I know as an inveterate hophead? This is the problem with stylistic interpretations - when reviewing to style and not to taste, they are going to get dunned of neccesity, like in this case. Too much hops & not enough of a wheat presence. Sure, it is head & shoulders above others in the style, but it is inappropraite. I loved the tropical fruitiness against the wheaty, bready malt, but that is not what the style calls for. Oh well. Finish was semi-dry, very refreshing, which is a hallmark of the style. My numbers may not add up. YMMV.

May 27, 2019
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jpbrooklyn from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very fine Modern Times brew...not overwhelmingly stellar but certainly pretty delicious. Maybe just slightly disappointing lack of “wow” on the tongue...almost “watery”/plain going down. For a session/crushable beer, if i compare this to Carton’s Boat, it pales (haha) in comparison.

May 26, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of Modern Times' staples, and nice to have a pale wheat in that part of the lineup. This is fruity, bright and vibrant, but with a pleasant wheat and malt undertone that drives the finish in an appealing direction.

Feb 21, 2019
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from pint can, delivered by my brother, into nonic pint.

Although Fortunate Islands is bold and IPA-like in aroma and hop bite, by the balanced malt and traditional fruitiness it’s still recognizably an APA.

Jan 27, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/23/18 (Las Vegas, NV): $3.78 w/ tax 16 oz can, canned 7/1/18 purchased at Total Wine & More in Summerlin, poured into a large snifter. Golden murky pour, rich creamy head, heavy carbonation. Citrus and tangerine the predominate aromas arising from the hops. Light citrus hops taste, slight bitterness, crisp ad clean finish. Overall very good IPA.

Jan 06, 2019
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours clear but gets a bit hazy in the glass. Poured a big white head
S: slight citrus and very slight floral
T: just like the nose. The flavors are there but nothing is huge or popping out. Solid
F: smooth. It isn’t drying nor bitter

Dec 09, 2018
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antihero404 from California

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer just explodes with fruity aroma the moment you open the can. The Smells of tropical fruits is just incredible on this one. It has a kind of orange color, pretty hazzy with some sediment floating around in it. Not as carbonated as I would have prefered, but thats just me. It tastes as good as it smells, lots of fruity flavor, with a nice light wheat taste. Would highly recommend, this is an excellent brew.

Dec 06, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale straw yellow with a little haze. The aroma and flavor feature citrusy/tropical hops along with some grassiness but overall it comes across as watery, almost like a session IPA. Not much wheat character, if any. Perhaps needs just a bit more malt.

Nov 12, 2018
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spelingchampeon from Delaware

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz to 16oz IPA. Canned 8-19-18.
L: Pours light caramel, not cloudy, almost clear. No lacing, tiny head.
S: Hoppy, with a tropical, pine and citrus blend.
T: Pine, a bit of citrus burst, with a malt chaser.
F: Deliciously hoppy, with a very dry bitterness that is borderline smooth.
O: I do NOT like wheat beers. This is a wheat based beer. I think this beer rocks to the point I'm not sure about wheat beers.

Oct 20, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Lots of tropical fruitiness up front along with some wheat and citrus

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the tropical fruit notes and then goes into some citrus, wheat, and earthy tones. Lightly bitter. Finishes with lingering tropical fruit notes and light wheat

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid pale ale that is very easy to drink and packs lots of tropical hops into a tiny package

Sep 28, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Citrus orange. over ripe lemon rind and pineapple aromas with a malty base. Medium light bodied with medium light carbonation. Sweet malt and fruity citrus flavors up front with medium light hop bitterness through the middle. Citrus fruit and malt flavors on dry he back end. Finished with tropical fruit and melon flavors with light malt notes followed by light, lingering hop bitterness. A lighter APA with fresh hop aroma and balanced malt and hop characters. Tasty and pretty easy drinking.

Sep 22, 2018
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the_awesometeer from California

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a nice slightly golden color whit a thick foamy head. The beer smells of citrus fruits, I am not sure if I can pick just one fruit out it just smells like a citrus fruit punch. The fruit smell is very strong it is hard to smell the fruits. The fruit flavors come first while drinking but the hop bitterness follows to make the beer not too sweet. The beer is slightly creamy.

Jul 05, 2018
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy peach with a gigantic, everlasting rocky head. Loads of pineapple, passionfruit, mango, berries in the nose. Huge fruity hops in the first sip. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango hop notes all over the place. Some crisp wheat malt provides balance but always takes second chair to the hop onslaught. Medium bodied with a full carbonation level. Moderate bitterness and lots of fruity hop flavors in the long finish.

A fantastic American Wheat, could possibly contend with the mighty Gumballhead.

Jun 19, 2018
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into pint glass. Dated 5/14/18

L - Pours a hazy, copper golden color with a generous inch of creamy white foam that really sticks around and leaves a good inch of lacing along the glass. One of the more cloudy, sudsy looking beers I've poured making it stand out.

S - Heavy tropical fruit up front (pineapple, mango, passionfruit), tangerine, orange, melon, banana, slightly grainy, very little malt presence with some piney hops thrown in. Mostly fruit on the nose, like smelling tropical punch.

T - Much like the smell, tropical fruit, citrus rind, piney hops, bready malt, slightly astringent alcohol bite toward the end. Very fruity and refreshing.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, light carbonation, very soft and creamy but not sticky. Finishes slightly watery and thin. Very drinkable/sessionable.

O - A light, refreshing summer wheat-APA/IPA beer. I've seen these beers around but this is the first I've tried fro mthe brewery. Very balanced, smooth, and drinkable.

Jun 17, 2018
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AleManDan from California

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

May 06, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Apr 03, 2018
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Mar 08, 2018
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1326 ratings