Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

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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:
154
Ratings:
1,030
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
21.55%
 
 
Wants:
131
Gots:
161
For Trade:
10
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Photo of ichorNet
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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 +10.2%
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 -1%
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 +1.2%
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%
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 +13.3%
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 RobertDBrase
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -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 -2.9%
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 +5.8%
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 +5.1%
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 -3.1%
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 +1.9%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +3.9%
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 +1.5%
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 +3.9%
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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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

First, I like the can's 3 triple striped brown color palate a lot even though I'm not a Cleveland Browns fan.

The beer itself was surprisingly not turbid. Poured a cost champagne gold similar to a macro lager I know.

Aroma is really fresh featuring dank tangerine, fermented mango, white peaches, and earthy pine.

I liked the creamy mouthfeel the wheat lends. Can be heavy feeling at times with rough, chalkiness. Finishes with some dry acridity.

Tasted cold it has the taste of an okay shandy. Warning up it has flavors of a great lager. Room temp flavors include bitter with grapefruit forward citrus, fuzzy stone fruit and a little earthy pine. Also, some orange spice sneaks in. Beer was an ale aroma but samples more with sweetness of a very good lager.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can

L - Hazy pale yellow with a thin lasting head

S - Citrus, mango, floral

T - Balanced between the floral and citrusy hops and the wheat presence

F- Above average carbonation but still soft mouthfeel

O - A refreshing and so drinkable brew, a delight for summer days

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft and smooth, easy drinking with lots of juicy citrus and fresh grain impressions. Mildly bitter, soothingly so; sweet tropical notes with a juicy wheaty tang. Better than I expected - clean but with some pine tack, refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a deep gold, even though the can lists it at 4 SRM, pale gold.

The aroma offers wheaty biscuity malts, sweet orange, pineapple, hints of pine.

The flavor is dominated by a coating of wheaty malts that offering this beer a medium and lightly chewy mouthfeel. This is covered by tangerine, citrus peel, hints of mango, onto a light bitterness on the finish with bitter grapefruit rind.

A well done hop forward beer that still mostly sits as an American Wheat.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 Marius
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at a tasting. Pale yellow pour with a medium-height white head. Smells of grapefruit all the way. Tastes like grapefruit, citrus hops and honey. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stamped 12/23/2015. Pint sized can served chilled into an imperial pint glass.

Fortunate Islands is a hazy golden copper color with thick white head.

Aroma is fresh and hoppy with pleasant tropical fruit notes.

Flavor is similar to a typical wheat beer at first with the mild sweetness of banana. Then the hops kick in adding a little citrus and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. Balance is excellent for a hoppy low alcohol beer.

Overall a very drinkable hoppy session beer.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
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