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
Ratings:
1,138
Reviews:
187
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.25%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
184
For Trade:
9
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus forward hop presence.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of tropical fruits, including mangos and tangerines. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink and the hoppy aromas and flavors make this taste more like an American IPA compared to an American Pale Wheat Ale.

Serving type: can

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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Beer Revolution, on what appears to be an unadvertised Modern Times tap takeover - until one walks into the little boys' room, that is!

This beer appears a medium apricot yellow colour, with one skinny finger of wispy and tightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent distant tree copse lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of juicy tropical fruit, gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser cereal wheatiness, generic citrus rind, a touch of earthy yeastiness, and more leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is somewhat acrid mixed citrus peel, spicy wheat malt, a crackery graininess, muddled yeast, and more testy leafy, herbal, and resinous piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its zesty frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with maybe a minor yeasty intransigence making a dent here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and lingering citrusy notes predominating.

Overall, this is a pleasantly hopped-up wheat ale, my second in as many days. Crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink on a gently breezy and sunny Spring afternoon. Worthy of checking out, especially if you are an avowed hop head like yours truly.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw with a massive head that leaves lacing all over the place

Smell: Tropical fruit and citrus with perhaps a hint of bread

Taste: Wheat bread underpins the tropical fruit and citrus flavors from the hops; a bit grassy, too; lingering bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This is what all American Wheats aspire to be when they grow up; best in style by a mile

Thanks, lincolnbeard, for the opportunity

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with BeerBaron666. 16 ounce can into pint glass; no canning date, but should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with a light-moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big tangerine, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, wheat, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with a light-moderate malt presence; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an outstanding hoppy wheat ale. All around fantastic balance and complexity of bright hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated about a month old.

Earthy, floral, lightly hopped. Wheat, lemon zest, orange peel, and tropical notes.

Light bodied. Nice and hoppy, however. Fun summer beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Can thanks to rudzud.

Pours a decent creamy smaller fizzy 1/2 finger head fades at a fair pace, decent lacing. Mostly clear amber honey orange color.

Nose big fruity hops, generic stone like fruit, touch citrus, little faint tropical citrus and fruity bubblegum, all very light, and a bit of pine and resin in the background.

Taste is more fruity but fades hops, little bitterness, some dank resin and musty hop, very faint tropical notes and some stone fruit, fair wheat and grainy almost creamy wheat, little fruity bubblegum, etc. Little pine like pineapple skin. Finish is fair bitterness, bit dry but sticky, more mild resin and pine like hops.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, hint creamy, decent carb.

Overall ok but nothing special. Feels like it's a bit old.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours from a 16 ounce can a very slightly hazed amberish orange with an initial 1/2" white head which fades quickly to a thin cap and rim leaving some spotty lace.

N: Bursting with pungent tropical fruits (mango, passion fruit), citrus (grapefruit, lemon, tangerine), and faint kiwi too. Some sweetish malts for balance. Herbal and floral.

T: More lemony and wheat, although not as much wheat as I expected, which is good. Still plenty of dry-hopped Citra and Amarillo flavors which are well balanced.

M: Semi-moderate body and carbonation. Dry and slightly bitter with wheat and malt on the finish.

O: Such an easy drinker. Well done.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
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