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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
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
1,058
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
21.12%
 
 
Wants:
128
Gots:
173
For Trade:
11
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Photo of shiu-chan
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange golden pour with tall thick head but falls quickly towards the rim of the glass. Nice citrusy, pineapple and passionfruit nose. Light toasty mouthfeel and finished clean with slight bitterness on the palate. Overall, a good beer to enjoy over a meal.

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the can, Kevin!

A- Tallboy into a goblet with a very clear, pale golden body and an inch high creamy white cap. The thick crown falls slowly to a wide belt around the edges. Lacing forms with plentiful spottiness and some long drizzled webs.

S- Citrus and tropical fruity hops are about at equal levels. The hops are strong but not quite as pungent as many modern hoppy brews. Orange, tangerine, mango, floral and pineapple notes above a base of pale grains and yeast bread. Overall the citrus prevails in the end.

T- Comes off a bit lighter than one might expect based off of the strong, hoppy aroma. The hops once again take precedence with grapefruit, mango, tangerine and orange especially up front with dank, pine, cantaloupe, floral and herbal hints behind that. A tiny bit of sweetness, whole cereal grains, bread and pale barley in the background.

MF- On the light side of things but the wheat donates a very silky texture to the body. Slightly creamy and foamy consistency brought on by a high end carbonation. A light bitterness in the finish.

Advertised as a session brew and that is what you end up getting. There are more hoppy and well rounded session beers out there but this one still does a very good job at satisfying those hop cravings with an easy drinking feel to it. A good blend of citrus and tropical hops.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

10-7-16 (draft, Laurel Tavern, Studio City) light fruity aroma, light body/mouthfeel and decently hopped. Overall a decent to good beer for a "Tropical IPA" (3.25)

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a 1 finger head. Aroma is very fruity. Orange, grapefruit, Pineapple, apricot. Very tropical. Taste- more of the same. Tons of fruity flavor. And there is a solid toasted malt to this almost like a Vienna lager with thenmalt profile here. Minimal bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, finishes clean. Invites more drinks. Packed with flavor for this pale. Very nice.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden orange pour with a thick puffy head. Aroma is orange rind, papaya and mango. Taste heavy citrus - mandarin orange, tangerine, papaya - but it never strays into astringent territory. Wheat chassis provides depth and a smoothness that rounds out the citrus edge. A little pungentl on the backend due to heavy hops with an enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/7/16

A: Pours a medium gold with some orange highlights - clear - pours with a medium size, white head, fades to a small collar and leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Nice amount of citrus, with some orange and tangerine juice and flesh - floral grapefruit - hint of lime and some fleshy tropical fruits - wheaty malt base with some spice and some bread - low sweetness, clean

T: Bright and easy drinking - tangerine and orange juice, flesh, with some grapefruit - touch of herbal hops and grass - low bitterness - lots of wheat flavor, but not too much - interesting interplay between the lightly spicy/nutty wheat and citrus - soft malts complement the wheat bread flavor - finishes clean

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth but also nicely crisp and refreshing

O: Fortunate indeed

I love when beer fests result in surprise beer distribution. Buying this on my way home from work is much easier than flying to California. Fortunate Islands is a really nice hoppy wheat ale. There are similar beers available in the Northeast (Burlington Beer Company's Chasing Rabbits really comes to mind), but this is really dialed-in. It's stupidly easy to drink and super refreshing.

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Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

8/18/16 canning date

A: A clear light amber pour. Tall, frothy tan head. Excellent head retention and completely solid walls of lacing.

S: Nice grapefruit aroma. Tropical fruits too, mango and pineapple. Fresh and bursting with juicy flavor.

T: Grapefruit, pineapple and mango for sure. A dank, spicy contribution in there as well (I usually get this from Citra). A bit wheaty (naturally) on the back end. More of that dank spiciness in the aftertaste with a decent wave of bitterness.

M: Decent medium body despite the lower abv. Nice and soft.

O: Not bad. Hoppy wheat ale. Wheaty APA basically. Nice balance and drinkability with plenty of bold flavors at only 5%. Can't complain.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Seeing more Modern Times in MA is very exciting to me, so I picked up a four-pack of tallboys of this hoppy wheat ale when I went back to the local Craft Beer Cellar recently, after having had a few bombers of new (to me) MT stuff last weekend. Technically, I'm revisiting this, as I had a couple cans of it with friends when we got a small drop of their stuff in late summer of 2015, but it's good to get a reminder of such a nice, well-built beer!

Pour is a very solid pale golden color with surprising clarity for a beer made with 60% wheat, finished off with a solid dollop of creamy white foam that laces pretty nicely. The surface of the beer is mildly hazy and mostly obscured by the remaining head that has sunk down. Carbonation rises pretty hastily and busily in my glass, making this look very attractive overall when combined with the mostly-clear body and tiered lace show. Once the entirety of the can is poured in, however, there are some definite changes in opacity, as is expected with a wheat-heavy beer such as this.

Nose is tropical and hop-forward with a nutty backbone and some passionfruit and citrus highlights popping out. Lightly floral and resinous with some "dank" aromatic elements as well. Definitely some pineapple, orange and tangerine notes coming to the fore as this warms. Passionfruit and mango are some of the biggest aspects of the nose here, though, and they keep coming up whenever I sniff the liquid in my glass. Overall, a very forward tropical/citrus aroma. Solid as hell.

Flavor is similar, with a chalky bitterness and slightly mellowing wheat malt helping push towards a dry, zippy finish that contains some aspirin notes and floral elements. The nuttiness on the nose (likely from the wheat), come across a bit less obviously on the palate, seemingly leaving the tongue to focus on the fruity and botanical hop aspects. This is a pretty simple, unassuming beer when you cut through all of the Citra/Amarillo dry-hop aspects, and I think that's one of its great strengths. It's easy and rather fun to drink, but it also has a solid temperament to it. I look forward to enjoying the rest of the cans I have in the fridge!

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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 thatche2
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 of can into a tulip glass. Smell is a plethora of floral hops and orange flavors. Caramel malt is also present. Taste follows the nose, but the caramel malt is a little more prominent balancing out the hops. There is a clean wheat flavor in the background. Mouthfeel is a very nice medium body with good carbonation. Overall this is an interesting beer that is well balanced and quite drinkable. I would not actively seek it out but would happily order it whenever available.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Great grapefruity aroma on the first pour, nice easy drinking wheat ale. Low hoppy wheatish malt backbone, some fruity hops, citrus grapefruit notes. Not a "hop bomb" by any means. The IBU is relatively low so if someone is trying to make the switch from Blue Moon to IPA this is a good "gateway" beer. :) Creamy mouth feel - carbonation is just right. A great summertime beer.

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Photo of soze47
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lacing foam clings to the plastic stemless wine glass my hotel supplies me with. 3 week old can from city beer store in San Francisco. Pretty deep golden orange color. Wheaty tang and some fruity hops on the nose. Almost tangeriney. Taste is soft mostly - a little melon that combines with the sharper wheat to create an almost strawberry flavor. Really nice. Mouth feel is slick but smooth. Flavors rest and progress as they should.

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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 BeerBobber
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one poured out a nice golden leaning towards orange color with lots of streaming bubbles and a rocky white head.

Smell was a whole lot of hops on this one. Some musty dankness with citrus, tropical fruit notes and some sweet bready notes.

Taste was a big punch of grapefruit and something like a huge pineapple/tropical fruit taste. There was also some sweet malts coming through on this one.

Mouth feel borders on medium with a fairly crisp finish.

I really get the impression of a sessions IPA from this beer, and a fairly hoppy one at that. The IBU's were only around 45 but really felt much stronger. They do say they hop the beejesus out of this one and I believe that. Of course they also say this tastes like wizards. That part of the description confused me because I am not aware of what the taste profile of a wizard would be. This is a decently brewed beer that I would call a wheat IPA rather then a wheat pale ale.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Zombier Club. Can. In Teku glass. After dinner. Good aroma and taste, more citrusy than tropical, noticeabily bitter. However, it has a watery texture that significantly substracts to the overall experience

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Photo of ntanp91
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From pint can pours cloudy gold with white head that quickly dissipates. Not much trace of carbonation visible. Smell is tropical and fruity. Taste is a mixture of the wheat, malt and the citra and amarillo hops. Sticky and juicy mouthfeel. Interesting creation from MT.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty clear light gold color with 1 finger of a white head that dissipated surprisingly quickly.

Aroma is tropical, but the dominating aroma is grapefruit. A little mango and pineapple. A touch of pine.

Taste is like a relatively dry single IPA. A bit more substantial in mouthfeel than a normal IPA though. Nice amount of grapefruit and pine. Some wheat character noted but nothing extremely evident. A little bit of orange peel.

Overall, this is a good beer. Less tropical than I expected, but solid nonetheless. I see this pairing well with carnitas tacos and a chipotle sour cream. It gets a 87.5/100.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, straw yellow coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation in the body, and a filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of very resinous and piney hops, bold and forward, followed by tropical fruit notes, toasted grain backbone, and subtle sugary sweetness. Flavors are tropical fruit sweet and tangy forward, with notes of melon, mango, apricot, and kiwi, all on a smooth, toasted grain backbone, and with a solid kick of pine resin and wet grass. This is a wheat beer with some balls. Smooth, light body, with a solid edge from the increased carbonation and bitter hops. The aftertaste is more of the tropical fruit notes, but now leaning more towards the sticky, dank hops profiles. Effervesced, light, crisp finish, with a subtle resinous linger. Great beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

CAN
Dark gold with speckles. 3.75
Booming juicy sunny D nose. 4.25
Cream crackers, then piles of mango, sweet orange, and a touch of lychee. 4
Oily, crisp, lt-med. 4

Citra + Amarillo; canned Feb 9, drank May 13

Smells the business, but the flavor doesn't quite match. No wheaty smoothness, either. Opens into straight oil, but it kinda - floats on top? Not an integrated beer. 3.75

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Photo of vitamin_g
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color with a decent white head. Smells like a fresh IPA with both fruity and some piney notes. Taste is similar to smell, with decent carbonation. A really refreshing beer - a nice hybrid of a wheat beer and an IPA.

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Photo of emount91
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the can describes it perfectly: it is an IPA with a creamy wheat mouthfeel. Was surprised as how clear this one was for feeling so velvety. citrus hoppy punch up front: lemon and orange. nice light wheat backbone. great mouthfeel, will seek out more brews from these guys.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is wet hops, wheat, lemon, and other citrus. Super juicy and easy to drink. This is my first experience with Modern Times and I really enjoy this one. I should have picked more of this one up.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Mostly clear glowing light gold color, with just a slight amount of haze. Decent sized, fleeting head but decent lacing. The hue on this beer is spectacular, and just that tiny amount of haze actually accentuates the glowing appearance.

S: A lot of bright citrusy hops off the bat, with zest lemon-lime notes. A little bit of resin as well. Some dry malt with a dollop of honey-like sweetness.

T: Quite hoppy and bright, light and pretty clean. Following the nose, there are lots of bright and pleasant citrus notes. Definitely on the dry side with some wheat character and again, just a hint of heather honey and a mild graininess. That touch of malt/wheat does an excellent job of rounding out the otherwise hoppy finish.

F: Slightly under medium bodied with abundant carbonation. Highly drinkable feel to this one.

Thoughts: Really superb sessionable hoppy beer. I reviewed this in the same evening as Lawson’s Super Session #2 and this came out far ahead in my opinion, despite having a couple weeks greater amount of age on it. I’ve yet to dislike anything I’ve had from Modern Times and I’ve found that each of their beers has been expertly crafted to delight each of the senses involved in drinking beer – this is no exception.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear, pure golden color, and a smooth white cap about a finger tall. Aroma is dry-hop heavy and combines nicely with a raw wheat character. Slight spiciness in the taste and hints of some citrus hop character. Advertised as tropical, but I'd say thats a stretch. Some grapefruit and orange but the fruit character from the hops isn't prominent; more spicy and floral than anything else. Crisp, light mouthfeel makes this beer a great session wheat. Finish is quite dry and pleasant. I'm only giving the taste a score of 4 based on the fact that it claims tropical flavors that I'm not getting, it is quite pleasant overall.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau wheat glass.

Look is a hazy yellow Amber bordering on orange gold with an inch thin white head.

Aroma is pithy citrus. Can smell the hoppy citrus bitterness. So delicious.

Body is thin wheat aspect is very light almost rustic. Hops seem more subdued than aroma but are a nice balance.

Interesting beer. Definitely a hoppy wheat and not a white IPA. Definite wheat note and lots of citrus earthy notes.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
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