Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
1,142 Ratings
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:
1,142
Reviews:
188
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.25%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
185
For Trade:
9
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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Clear 24k gold color, fizzy head, gonw within 60 seconds. Smell is citrus and topical fruit, dank, and an herbaciuos-ness to open the pallet. Taste is tropical druits, mango, pineapple, and citrus rind, followes by some citrucy notes, and closing with a botanical note. Malt profile sticks around trhougout, provising a balance of earthy straw and wheat notes with a heavy- hand of hopping.
Mouthfeel has a 'pop' carbonation is medium, and active bubbles stay around. Overall, a true west-coast style hoopy-wheat.
Pair with white fish, sushi, or delicate chicken-breast recipes.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Restrained, nicely balanced wheat ale. Very sessionable with low ABV, medium carbonation, and light citrus taste with solid wheat malt backbone. Get in cans when you can.

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Photo of lamergod
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fcolle2
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a white head. Tropical hop aromas of guava, citrus and papaya and some herbal pepper hints. Fresh hop flavors of papaya, pepper, herbal notes and some wheat in the finish. Medium to light in body with hush carbonation.

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Photo of Cboom12
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a good brew. So tasty and drinkable. Much more hoppy than you standard wheat and I love it.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

COD 11/9/15. Clear golden pour with a touch of orange. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

Outstanding nose of tropical hops - mango, passion fruit and tangerine - over a solid grainy wheat base with just a hint of earthy spice.

Light medium body with a touch of creamy texture. World class carbonation with a nice effervescent middle and a solid finely bubbled prickly burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and is the perfect lawnmower / session beer. It begins with a wave of hops from the nose that separate slowly with mango and passion fruit being most noticeable. The middle produces a sweet tangerine rind flavor that hints at bitterness. Underneath lies a grainy and slightly nutty malt base. The finish is a slow fade of tangerine rind.

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

Pours a straw yellow color with a white head and very nice lacing , smels of citrus and lemon grass, taste is very floral with tropical hops nice citrus taste , light and crisp on the palate highly drinkable, very tasty.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wise456
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of neurobot01
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 12/23/15 into an IPA glass at fridge temp.

Look: light yellow-orange with a nice sudsy head.

Smell: orange/lemon essential oil, confectioners' sugar, grass. Also known as "wizards".

Taste: papaya/passionfruit/guava, grass. A bit of a mineral watery flavor at the back end.

Feel: light, a bit low on carbonation, but fine.

Overall: granted, this is over a month old and may have lost some of its pop, but this is very much in the mold of a session IPA. I had this fairly early in my journey of IPA discovery, and it kind of blew my mind, which makes it sad that I now find it a bit lackluster.

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Photo of JohnnyYuma
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a really lovely and interesting beer that always ends up as one of my go-to's. Sitting down and tasting it right now, I'm struck by how perfect the aroma matches the taste. Citrus and a piney bitterness that are made so crisp and clean by the wheat factor. Unlike a lot of lower ABV hoppy beers that end up tasting too caramely or syrupy because of the maltiness balancing the hops, this beer really lets the wheat aspect shine.

Overall, I'm a huge fan of all of Modern Times' core beers, but this one in particular balances so well between a beer that is extremely unique and complicated and one that is passive, non-intrusive and highly, highly crushable.

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Photo of bfitzge2
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyeSoSerious
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BreakingBrew
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bpayne88
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erjaq
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmosey
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,142 ratings.
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