Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

BA SCORE
92
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1,155 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:
1,155
Reviews:
195
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.25%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
187
For Trade:
9
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Photo of mschrei
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 4/3. Poured into a snifter. Very hazy orange gold color with active carb but minimal head and lacing. Mildly hoppy and tart citrus notes on the smell. Definitely one of the hoppiest wheat beers I've ever tasted, with a strong citrus presence and a slight tangy bite on the back end. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHunter19
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden hazy color with a decent white head that leaves a nice lacing
S - big citrus - orange, grapefruit, tangerine. Little wheat in the background. Very refreshing scent.
T - big citrus again with orange, grapefruit , tangerine, peach. Some wheat in the background.
M - light beer. Alc covered. Carbonation perfect. Aftertaste is citrus zest.
O - solid. And honestly ridiculously good for a hoppy wheat canned in late '16 and drank in april '17.

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Photo of Not_a_Shovel
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Mongrel
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattsucks
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hans_Muecke
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ScaryEd
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz can dated 01/17/2016.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with half a finger of white head. The head settles into a thin film, leaving some splotches of lace along the way.

The aroma is very citrusy, and faintly tart, with some sweet tropical notes not far behind. The back end has some faint notes of grass and yeast.

The taste brings notes of lime, mango, and grapefruit, with a fair amount of doughy malt on the finish.

The feel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely oily with some lingering bitterness.

Overall, an OK but disappointing beer. The flavors are nice, but slightly muddled. The body is extremely light and oily and difficult to get down.

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

Photo of Erik-P
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jmccraney
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jason_nwx
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber with a two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of neutral malt, citrus hops, light tropical fruit, orange and lemon citrus. Flavor is mild wheat and pale malt, citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit with lemon dominating. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. An interesting take on a pale wheat ale with nice citrus forward hops with a distinct lemon emphasis. Light notes of other fruit. The wheat supports the assertive hopping quite well, possibly because there is a portion of non-wheat malt involved. The only drawback is that the hops, although nicely selected and tasty, cover the wheat flavor, which is something I would like to taste in this style. Still quite enjoyable and inviting.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on-tap in a weizen glass at TeKu Tavern in Seattle.

Appearance: light gold with a moderate haze and a finger of creamy ivory foam. Very nice.

Smell: big, rich, tropical fruitiness with a little dash of wheaten character. Enticing!

Taste: juicy and fruity. There's mango and tangerine and even maybe breadfruit. The wheat adds a nice smooth counterpoint. Highly tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a good creaminess indeed. Awesome.

Overall: I did not want to go overboard reviewing this beer, but it really is an awesome APWA.

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

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of colts9016
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint glass at around 40 degrees. A one finger white head with okay clarity. A light to medium light amber to pale yellow color. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with some haziness. The beer dose presents with carbonation, a decent amount within the beer.
Wheat, grass, yeast, floral, citrus, grapefruit, biscuit, light toasted malt, and a touch of crackers.
A lightly toasted malt, floral, citrus, touch of fruitiness, tropical note, cracker, wheat, and grassy.
Medium light body, medium light carbonation, some astringency, and a medium plus finish.
I really was not expecting this from this beer. It is hoppy yet refreshing, a unique approach to a pale wheat. I really enjoyed drinking and loved the flavors.

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Photo of VictorsValiant
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,155 ratings.
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