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
Ranking:
#2,417
Reviews:
218
Ratings:
1,221
pDev:
8.07%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
199
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 1,221 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of holzman57
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of buzzedup
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of caahare
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gehille
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of souvenirs
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 473 ml can purchased at Liberty Wine Merchants, Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

Fruity hop flavours without the pronounced bitterness of an IPA. Sessionable without being boring.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, a full flavored fruity burst for 5% ABV. Really shines when compared with all of the other session IPAs out there. Strictly judged amongst its class, this is one of the best session beers out.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear straw gold with a creamy white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves some fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet tropical fruit, some lemon and grapefruit rind. The nose of this beer is almost all tropical fruit. Some lightly toasted malt underneath the fruit.

T: Sweet tropical fruit, the grapefruit rind is very forefront and a medium bitterness from the grapefruit, some malt underneath.

F: Medium body and creamy smooth.

O: This is a easy drinking pale ale that is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a weizen glass. Had a bright, golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of citrus, wheat, tropical fruit, and some malt as well.

T: Tasted of a whole lot of tropical fruit (passion fruit, mango), some citrus (tangerine, lemon), a bit more wheat than expected, a fair shot of malt, and a tinge of hops. Not quite as hoppy as you would think, but the fruit elements make up for that. Sweet, fruity and easy to drink.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Fortunate Islands has some minor flaws, but it's still a tasty beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy bright honey gold with a 1 finger stark white head.

Aromas are of big grapefruit, orange, lemon, lemon sorbet, and a soft wheat malt profile.

The flavor is huge as well, but has quite a bit of seltzer/mineral in there. Grapefruit rinds, lemon rinds, grapefruit juice, orange peel, soft wheat, more mineral, and a nice finish of bread and faint vanilla.

Feel is creamy and slightly grainy, with a soft but prickly carbonation, and a soft finish.

Overall, leaves a little to be desired, but is indeed juicy and hoppy, and the wheat really shines through.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, glass, canned 10/17/17.

Hazy orange yellow beer with a large ecru head.

Loads of pineapple, mango, pine, and orange oil. It just smells oily.

Biting hops up front with lovely resinous pine that cedes to pineapple and mango. It's a delicious tropical trip for your mouth. Bitterness is low and the wheat eventually makes its presence known.

Thin and fizzy describes this mouthfeel. The wheat doesn't beef it up at all, and while the fizz helps make the hop flavors pop, that combo is also just too thin.

Hops make this beer as good as it is. I find the mouthfeel lacking, but the intense aroma is just intoxicating.

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

Photo of gboley
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marker2525
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Strohm
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TLA
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeGude
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from Newton Craft Beer Cellar poured into glass. Plenty of fresh smell almost like NEIPA. Not hazy or quite as bitter though. Tasty.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the wizard of wheat ales, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, citrus. Taste is citrus, light wheat, mild bitterness, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a nice bubbly head. The beer itself is a nice and clear light orange color with a slightly metallic hue to it. It looks really nice.

The smell is very good with a nice aroma to it. It has a good orange note to it that mixes well with the sweet wheat notes to it. It isn't overly good but good.

The taste is still comparatively underwhelming compared to the smell. It still has an orange note but a watered down one that is still slightly juicy but not quite enough.

The feel is good. It's a light feel with the biting carbonation and a fuzzy feel to it.

Overall, this is a good summer beer worth getting. Go for it.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,221 ratings