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 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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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +0.7%
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 -2.9%
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%
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
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
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 +2.2%
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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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy bright yellow, light orange color with white head. Aroma has some dank, juicy hops with peach and lime notes. Taste starts really balanced, you get a bit of sweetness and really dank hops. The aftertaste is a bit weird, it's a bit too dank I think. Body is light with low carbonation. Easy drinking pale ale but there is a bit too much "dankness" overall.

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

This is one of those American Pale Ales that tastes like 10% but is only 5% and packs a punch. Very aromatic and flavorful. Grass, weed, rainy day. Haystacks painted by Monet. Peppery finish, oily feel. I love this kind of smooth-but-brutal APA!

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Photo of Hallu
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hoppy wheat beer ? Why not ? But first, don't expect an IPA with a wheat taste. This beer is in no way bitter. With citra and amarillo hops, the smell is classic tropical fruits and citrus, very powerful. However, the taste is close to a wheat beer. Not a strong carbonation, a nice round mouthfeel. Nevertheless, it feels like they master the IPA side way better than the wheat beer side of this brew. The wheat is not present enough, nowhere near a German weissbier like Weihenstephaner and the likes. It is basically a beer for people who love tropical IPAs but can't stand the bitterness. The final is again on the tropical hops, not the wheat. I would have wanted more. With 5% alcohol, it is closer to a session IPA, only better. If you think of it as an improved session IPA rather than a lesser tropical IPA, then it could makes sense. As a weissbier though, the Germans can sleep in peace.

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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 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 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 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 Motleydrunk56
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a charmay goblet.Nice looking beer.Smell is hoppy.Citrus.Taste is a very mellow wheat mixed with citrus.Hoppy but not overpowering.This would be a good beer for people looking for a functional beer.The ABV is only around 5.I like the taste very much but I would like more ABV in my beers.Give it a try.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on date of October 16th, 2015

Appearance - Pours clear and light orange in color with a white head that fizzes away nearly as fast as it pours, resulting in a mostly barren surface with a razor thin ring of suds along the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - My nose is immediately greeted with the scent of tangerine and lesser wheat.

Taste - Hoppy notes of tangerine with a hint of mango. Scant traces of wheat. Not much else.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate, bitey carbonation. Watery finish.

Overall - This thing is fairly light and watery, even for a pale wheat. The hops are decent, but there's no discernible backbone here. In all, not particularly impressive.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473ml can from Brewdog DogHouse, Glasgow (£4.80):
Fresh with nice citrus & tropical fruits but it was quite a weak & bland tasting beer that could have used a kick. I definitely expected better from the brewery but this is now my second from them & I've not been a fan of either; what am I missing?

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Photo of mynie
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very pale and surprisingly filtered-looking with a nice white head. Smells as tropical as the can promises, though not to any exceptional degree: fairly straightfoward citrus and mango hops.

Tastes like it smells: straightforward fruit hops with a little bit of cereal grain to balance it out. Don't pick up any wheat malt whatsoever. Little bit of bready yeast on the very back end lends it some decent complexity, but the body gets quite thin toward the finish.

Nice session, but nothing to write home about.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,077 ratings.
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