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 HopHunter19
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden hazy color with a decent white head that leaves a nice lacing
S - big citrus - orange, grapefruit, tangerine. Little wheat in the background. Very refreshing scent.
T - big citrus again with orange, grapefruit , tangerine, peach. Some wheat in the background.
M - light beer. Alc covered. Carbonation perfect. Aftertaste is citrus zest.
O - solid. And honestly ridiculously good for a hoppy wheat canned in late '16 and drank in april '17.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 01/17/2016.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with half a finger of white head. The head settles into a thin film, leaving some splotches of lace along the way.

The aroma is very citrusy, and faintly tart, with some sweet tropical notes not far behind. The back end has some faint notes of grass and yeast.

The taste brings notes of lime, mango, and grapefruit, with a fair amount of doughy malt on the finish.

The feel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely oily with some lingering bitterness.

Overall, an OK but disappointing beer. The flavors are nice, but slightly muddled. The body is extremely light and oily and difficult to get down.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with a two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of neutral malt, citrus hops, light tropical fruit, orange and lemon citrus. Flavor is mild wheat and pale malt, citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit with lemon dominating. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. An interesting take on a pale wheat ale with nice citrus forward hops with a distinct lemon emphasis. Light notes of other fruit. The wheat supports the assertive hopping quite well, possibly because there is a portion of non-wheat malt involved. The only drawback is that the hops, although nicely selected and tasty, cover the wheat flavor, which is something I would like to taste in this style. Still quite enjoyable and inviting.

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

I had this beer on-tap in a weizen glass at TeKu Tavern in Seattle.

Appearance: light gold with a moderate haze and a finger of creamy ivory foam. Very nice.

Smell: big, rich, tropical fruitiness with a little dash of wheaten character. Enticing!

Taste: juicy and fruity. There's mango and tangerine and even maybe breadfruit. The wheat adds a nice smooth counterpoint. Highly tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a good creaminess indeed. Awesome.

Overall: I did not want to go overboard reviewing this beer, but it really is an awesome APWA.

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Photo of colts9016
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint glass at around 40 degrees. A one finger white head with okay clarity. A light to medium light amber to pale yellow color. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with some haziness. The beer dose presents with carbonation, a decent amount within the beer.
Wheat, grass, yeast, floral, citrus, grapefruit, biscuit, light toasted malt, and a touch of crackers.
A lightly toasted malt, floral, citrus, touch of fruitiness, tropical note, cracker, wheat, and grassy.
Medium light body, medium light carbonation, some astringency, and a medium plus finish.
I really was not expecting this from this beer. It is hoppy yet refreshing, a unique approach to a pale wheat. I really enjoyed drinking and loved the flavors.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can, 1/13/17 stamped on the bottom

Hazed ligher in color, lemony hue, delicate and fine bubble head, film, thin collar and leaving strands of lacing.

Lemony nose

More near biting lemons on the palate, citric and refreshing. Some wheaty malt notes and yeastyness. Also getting some tart grapefruit juice and pith notes. Citric wheat beer, I like the concept, just wish this beer was a bit more well rounded and complex...this hits me as a near one note lemon bomb...not that that is such a bad thing..

Decent stuff, but likely would be one and done for me

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

One pint can poured into a pint glass.

Mildly hazed golden straw color with some orange tinge, it tops with a finger of frothy white head that stands with good retention before sinking to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Hoppy in a nose, juicy citrus, grapefruit, lime, tropical, mango, passion fruit, pine, resin, grass, dank, and earthiness. Malt and wheat is also there with notes of bread, grain, caramel, and nut.

The taste is led by rich hop bitterness and grain from the use of wheat. Fruity hop gradually reveals providing notes of citrus, lime, and other tropical fruits as well as dankness, grassiness, earthiness, and big piney resin. Malt as well yields touch of bread, nut, and slight sweetness in the middle while it is hop again with moderate bitterness to wrap up the finish.

The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel and some lively crisp carbonation through the palate. Finish is dry. This one is yet another good offering from Modern Times.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Moderately strong hoppy aroma of citrus and light tropical fruit notes with light estery notes.

A: Light golden color, totally clear, with a thinnish uniform white head that has decent retention.

T: Moderately high hop flavors of citrus and light tropical fruit, light esters with a moderately light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very solid; the beer has a great hoppy aroma and the beer could be even better by subduing the bitterness just a touch.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tall boy into Dimpled Mug. Canned, November 7th 2016.

L: Beautiful bronze color, finger width off white head with excellent retention.

S: Mouth watering aroma of tropical citrus hops, tangerine, pineapple, and orange. Bit of leafy herbal hops as well. Hint of wheat in the background.

T: Follows the nose closely with a stronger presence of wheat. Leafy hop presence really rounds out the hop profile in this beer. Really a refreshing flavor.

F: Light bodied, crisp and super drinkable.

O: WOW. Need more of this.

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Photo of smcolw
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great head from a normal pour. It leaves a lot spotty ring lace. Pale gold color with some cloudiness.

Semisweet malt aroma from the malt base. Light hop counterpoint.

The flavor is less malty and more hoppy than the smell. Well-balanced with a mango-like flavor and straight up bitterness. The body is full but the carbonation is high as well. The aftertaste is lightly spicy with a great semisweet malt.

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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 ManapuaMan
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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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,102 ratings.
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