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.

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Photo of Stezz420
4.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received via BA trade with @fthegiants big shout out for sending this one!

Beer pours very a bright clear golden color. Not too much head on this one though, making me think its not carbonated enough. Maybe its too cold though?

Smell is of strong sweet tangy tropical fruits.

Taste lines up to the smell, almost taste like fruit cocktail in way.

This beer was so easy to drink I probably would've drank the whole 4 pack if I had one. Perfect light feel for the abv even as it warms it still feels the same.

Would definitely get more in the future!

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Can you say hoppy... Not what you would expect from a Wheat Ale. It tasted smooth and delicious the whole way through. It is definitely light, tropical and fruity, so if you like extremely bold, but if you're looking for a delightful beer... This one for sure will be on my Top 10 beer's for 2015 list.

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Photo of santomark
4.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

DO NOT LET THE NAME FOOL YOU! This is probably the most solid IPA I've had in awhile. Probably my favorite heady replacement here in So. Cal. Poured this beautiful gold, hazy color, wonder 2 finger head. Big vibrant hop notes, not just the bitter, but the citrus, mango, pineapple, oranges, just beautiful! For the taste, I'm surprised the ABV is 4.8, I finished a 4 pack myself without noticing. It's so drinkable. All in all, I will keep this in the rotation. A very solid brew and deserves a lot better reviews.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One four-pack in and I realized I forgot to review this. Which would be a shame, because I’m really digging it right now. It pours a clear golden-straw color with generous foaming. I love the aroma—it’s bold and big and vibrant and fresh, with bursts of melon and passionfruit. It certainly feels like I’m breathing in a tropical island. The flavor is incredible—you get the smoothness of a wheat-beer, with a clean crisp finish. No real bitterness—the hops are all in the aroma—but enough body to avoid that watery “session IPA” feel. They call this a hoppy wheat. I call it paradise in the glass.

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Photo of Andrick
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was astonished by how good this beer is. I've never had a beer in this particular style that I liked all that much. They tend to get lost between styles. This however, almost creates an entirely new style in and of itself. I kept waiting for there to be a weird after taste, but there never was. It tasted smooth and delicious the whole way through. It is definitely light, tropical and fruity, so if you like extremely bold, punch you in the face favors, this may not be your cup of tea. But if you're looking for something that is packed with deliciousness, while staying drinkable, you'll love this. I could drink a million of these.

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Photo of jchain
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I LOVE this beer! It is a citrus-y, tropical fruity, yet hoppy, wheat beer. ... Let that all soak in for a bit. Just a really enjoyable -- and surprising -- drinking experience. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nickvasallo
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

My favorite new beer from Fortunate Islands in San Diego, CA. Hard to find. Not a wheat beer at all, this is more like a pale ale, hoppy yet smooth. It has a sweet fruity nose and fresh hoppy taste.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear, inviting straw yellow color with a huge fluffy white head.
Smell and taste are both overrun with stone fruits, passion fruit, guava, apricot, nectarine, some husky wheat and cracker like malts. Hoppy but no lingering bitterness. A smooth and light bodied ale. 16 oz goes by so fast. So drinkable.

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Photo of ianw87
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

This is one of my favorite session beers I've ever had. I really enjoy the hop profile, perfectly bitter with a great fruitiness. Smooth, light and easy to drink. Modern Times is really killing it. They also post their recipes on BeerSmith which is awesome.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

This beer pours from a 16oz can (thanks for brining it cross country L!) and is a clear golden straw color. There is almost no foam here, what little there is almost completely dissipates within a few seconds of pouring this beer. The nose is nice and light citrus, mostly grapefruit and some small amounts of peach. The flavor here is a gentle grapefruit up front, but not in an intense (read DIPA) way. This fruit is followed quickly by a slight bit of hop bitterness, it does not linger and the aftertaste is a nice refreshing wheat beer. This beer is light, fruity, refreshing, and not overly crisp. There is some nice malt notes here (especially on the aftertaste) that balance the hops and fruit.

This is a beer that I can only dream about having regular access too. My god its good!

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Photo of 01001111
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Straw nectar.

S: Mango, banana, tropical fruits, isopropyl.

T: Mango, wheat, floral and bitter hop qualities, and a bit of grassy, yeast funk.

M: Light yet full. Refreshing juice.

O: A go-to summer beer and a bit of a grower. For a standard beer that doesn't aim to be over the top, Fortunate Islands is best in style.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, hazy orange body.

Smell : Pineapple, citrus, some cantaloupe, some wheat.

Taste : Same as above, but the hops are less apparent and wheat is more foward. Wheaty finish.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, Almost no bitterness.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best pale wheat I've had. Big tropical fruits and tangerine/mango nose. Great right from the can. Crisp and refreshing. This is what a session IPA wishes it could be. Balanced sweet & bitter. The mouthfeel has good carb and is quenching.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is dope as hell. Super hoppy; tropical as shit, bursting with mango, tangerine, passion fruit, guava, & load upon load of wet, weedy, mildly dank hops. Crisp body, drying finish from the wheat.

Reminds me of a miniature Alpine Nelson that you can smash all day with a little less of a hop presence but substantial punctuality given the lower ABV. I'm comparing the Zr1 to a Z06, here.

This blows Gumballhead out of the water by a light-year or two. It isn't even close. If this is available to you & you aren't drinking it, get your head checked, son.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is not your typical wheat beer. The brewers have struck gold here with Fortunate Islands. A crushable, sessionable ale which has a pervasive hop profile and incredible balance. There is a pleasing bitterness in here, much like you would get from a grapefruit juice, without being astringent or overwhelming. Little faint caramel apple in the background to keep this ticking along. I would drink this all summer were I in California. Top notch.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. canned on 08/17/16

Pours slightly foggy gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like white grape, gooseberry, kiwi, mango, cantaloupe, passionfruit, guava, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, some nutty caramelized bready grain, wheat, with earthy grassy herbal pine. Tastes like grape, gooseberry, kiwi, mango, passionfruit, guava, pineapple, cantaloupe, orange, grapefruit, some nutty bready caramelized grains, wheat, with dank earthy grassy herbal pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice hoppy wheat ale.

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Photo of Professor_Yeesh
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Solid in terms of the style, which is clearly labeled on the bottle/can. The smell is pungent with the citra and Amarillo. The feel is a little thin but is expected especially due to the low abv. It is session-esque and is delicious. Worth buying.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from j47paco (only one of an incredible array of extras!). Canned 4/4/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange gold with two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent retention and some sizeable clumps of lace.

Lots of tropical fruit on the nose. Mandarin, peaches and a faint sweet caramel.

The taste is full of the tropical hop goodness detected in the aromas. Oranges, pineapple, peach, guava, passion fruit, honey, mild pine, wheat cracker and a little sugar. Super flavorful without being overly bitter, this is so freaking easy to drink.

Smooth, medium feel with moderate carbonation. Crisp finish with more of those nice tropical citrus hops and a wheaty sweetness.

American pale wheat ales have never been a go-to style for me but this is perhaps my favorite example so far (dethroning Gumballhead). Smooth, delicious and one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had. I'm really looking forward to cracking open the other cans of Modern Times that I just received. Try this if you can.

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

Golden color, one inch of white head, plenty of tiny bubbles, solid lacing.

Aroma is hop forward with light and bright tropical notes, grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste is also light and bright, lot of citrus hops, almost flowery, slight hint of crisp wheat, dry as a bone finish.

Mouthfeel is light medium, very easy drinking,very smooth.

I'd stack this hoppy wheat up against FFF Gumballhead any day. Really nice drinkability, on the light side, refreshing, highly recommended.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance: Crystal clear straw color with a long-lasting, rocky white head.

Smell: Big floral and citrus hop smell.

Taste: Moderate hop bitterness right up front, quickly mellowed out by a hefty bready backbone. Some sweetness on the back end. Lingering mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick, creamy, with plenty of carbonation.

Overall: Light but very flavorful American Pale Wheat Ale that is not too bitter, considering the amount of hop aroma.

Side note: Of the four-pack I bought, one of the cans was a bit dinged up and had a slight metallic aftertaste that was off-putting. The other cans were fine. I had it on tap later; none of that taste was present.

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Photo of buzzardman
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Hoppy, sweet caramel, hint of wheat.

Appearance: Poured from a 16oz. can. One finger head drops quickly clear golden/copper

Flavor: A lot of citrus, subtle sweetness, slight bitter finish, good hop balance and flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium, crisp then dry at end.

Overall: Nice balanced hoppy beer. Definitely get a big citrus taste after a few seconds. Very much like a good IPA but low alcohol so you could drink a number of these on a nice sunny day. $10.99 for 4 pack of 16oz can's.

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Photo of FocusDave
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Don't see a "canned on" date, so can't speak to freshness. Drinking with a Trader Joe's corn masa chicken pizza. I'll let the Cicerones tell me whether that's a good pairing or not.

A - Light golden color with a little bit of haze. Barely a half finger of white foamy head with 2-3 minutes retention. Constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface. Getting quite a bit of foamy lacing.

S - I am reminded of when Shocktop attempted to make a "wheat IPA," except this actually smells good. Nice aggressive piney hop presence in the nose with a little bit of fruitiness. If I did a blind smell of this beer, my guess would have been IPA or extra pale.

T - After the first sip I said "wow." Up front it's a blast of earthy hop flavor, but with a very distinct bread-like wheat finish. Citrusy sweet throughout. Very nice.

M - Feels a little heavy up front, but that aggressive hop profile cleans your palate and finishes nice and dry.

O - As I've gotten more into craft beer, I pretty much wrote off American wheat ales. Modern Times has renewed my faith in US brewers. Excellent beer, and at less than $3 for a pint and 4.8% ABV, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into Sam Adams flaired glass.

Appearance is light gold color with two finger rocky off white head that takes its time to settle. Slightly hazy, not much.

Aroma is awesome. Big peach, banana, pluot, blood orange, faint clove, rich bread, and an apricot jam. Smells like tropical fruit infused hefeweizen.

On the palate you get more of the wheat and yeast flavors with fresh baked bread, lemon zest, refined white pepper, banana, a touch of clove, and that grainy wheat character. Hops show up with pine and spruce, bright herbal notes, and a tropical fruit medley with pineapple being the dominant profile.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a west coast pale ale and wheat beer. Heavy side of light body with nice carbonation.

Overall this is a truely unique drinking experience. Very well crafted and fantastic combination of flavors. The perfect summer beer and one that will appeal to wheat beer and pale ale drinkers alike. I am new to Modern Times but I can say this was a marvelous first impression.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.45/5  rDev +8%

no canning date. poured into a pilsener glass

A- pours a clear golden color with only a small haze, foamy and fluffy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind 4

S- loads of tropical citrus notes jump out immediately with an emphasis on tangerine, mango & passionfruit. Underlying toasted malt with wheat on the back end. The tropical fruit aroma is out of this world 4.5

T- the tropical hoppy notes continue through to the taste; fresh tangerine juice, mango, guava, even a little bit of pineapple. There's a nice toasted wheat malty background that rounds out the tropical hop notes and gives great balance, toasted malt on the finish with more tangerine on the linger 4.5

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthful, eventually finishing smooth and crisp 4.25

O- One of the best session beers I've ever had. The tropical fruity hop notes shine, despite being less than 5% ABV. The toasted wheat finish balances it nearly perfectly 4.5

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass. Canned May 4th 2015.

Crystal clear body, with a deep brass gold yellow color. Excellent amounts of linear carbonation, most of it pinhead size, and much of it continuously rising and repeating. Head is a soapy bleach white at about three fingers, with a bit of shampoo sudsy retention. Manage to fall slowly, and look big and beautiful, great looking brew.

The goodness continues as the aroma delivers. Excellent hop forward bouquet with tropical and citric herbality. Hints of spicy tropical notes, a bit of mango and weedy garden green aroma to go with it. Hints towards smoke as well with large hop notes, and some sweet malt chewy hinting body. Real inviting and impressive.

Palate just comes wonderfully. A surprisingly dry finish that has a great hop bitterness, but very mellow. Juiced mid palate with hints of lemon and big tropical exotic fruit to go with it. A papaya like sweetness but also a much lighter body with not as big hinting wheat density as expected. Can't get over how tangy and tingly the finish is, but there's a big zesty and oily component as well with a stinging pine needle like sensation.

This is one interesting hop forward wheat, but just lacks some of the classic body of a good wheat ale that I would love to have. Everything else though is just an exceptional spectacular ride.

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