Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

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4.09/5
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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:
#2,508
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
1,234
pDev:
8.07%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
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Photo of RedAleMan
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of thick white head that hung around for awhile.
Getting ripe tropical fruits on the nose, a little pine and citrus too.
Taste follows, resiny pine up front, ripe papaya, guava, light citrus of lemon and tangerine. A bit of tangy sweet wheat.
Medium bodied with good carb levels.
Overall a pretty flavorful brew, especially for the low ABV.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwjd
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Electros
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of matcris
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOKS: A hazy apricot/slightly burnt orange, with a finger of white foam that sticks around. Nice lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Pineapple, oranges, mango, weed, and biscuits.
TASTE: Nice cross between mild citrus and mild tropical flavors with just bare bones bitterness.
FEEL: Soft, tight bubbles, and medium light body.
OVERALL: Very nice mellow brew. Doesn't knock me out with fruit in the flavor, but, a nice 5 Alive quality in the aroma.

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

Pours a clear pale gold with about a finger and a bit of head. The head breaks quickly and a small island of foam is left behind. Little lacing.

The smell is tropical fruits and light wheat malts. Passion fruit, mangos, citrus are dominant.

Flavor brings those tropicals through nicely, a nice passion fruit base with some citrus for good measure.

Feel is light and carbonation is lively. Dry finish with a nice orange like bitterness n the end.

Not a bad beer, but I'm not sure I'd chase after it. Good and sessionable though.

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Photo of gelasin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Exeter
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper colore, some haze, off-white head, heavy citrus on the nose. Taste has the obligatory Citra hop flavor, with a malt backbone which is really nice. Very good pale wheat ale - perfect lawnmower beer, IMHO.

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Photo of mltobin
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a full flavored fruity burst for 5% ABV. Really shines when compared with all of the other session IPAs out there. Full fruity and juicy aroma and flavor frankly blows away most of the pale ales and 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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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,234 ratings