Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

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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.

Added by Pecan on 07-11-2013

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Ratings: 1,221 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of atomicnemesis
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy pale yellow with a white head. Smells of fruits, hops, wheat, malt, and some sweetness. Tastes of mild non bitter hops, tropical fruits, crisp wheat, and sweet malts. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall an awesome American wheat.

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Photo of Benish
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shy5
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

16oz can into a pint glass

L: Pours a clear light gold, with a foamy 1-finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaving decent lacing.

S: A lot of clean citrus hops in the aroma.

T/F: The citrus flavor is upfront and very pleasant. Only a little bitter at the finish, as the malt tends to mellow things out. Medium-light body and a crisp carbonation.

O: This is an excellent summer beer. A smooth, citrus-hop flavor, not as heavy or bitter as most IPAs, and at 5% ABV you can drink a few of these.

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

Photo of knightgb
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Got these in the store where I work today so decided to try after reading good reviews. Rather let down. Nowhere near the hoppiness as advertised. Can was dated 11/04/16 so that may be part of the issue. Good body, head goes to nothing quickly. Was just expecting more here...

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Photo of gopens44
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, foamy head. Nice lacing. Has a slightly weak yet pleasant fruity thing happening it tails off with a bit of an earthy, almost grass like finish. Taste starts off with the grassy thing and doesn't really go anywhere else as far as hop profile goes, but there is a fairly decent malty, as in sweet caramel even though it's a pretty thin, lighter side beer.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting take on the hoppy wheat.

Opens the 473ml can to pure pineapple. Poor's a cloudy dark golden colour with minimal head or lacing from said head.

In glass the pineapple is joined with hints of other tropical fruits and a hint on pine.

Smooth mouthfeel and sweetness from the wheat counter acts the hoppy character nicely to make nice drinkable beer.

Great patio beer for the hop head looking for something quasi-light.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Scored this for the first time from the Total Wine in Reno, NV. For as hoppy as they describe the beer, perhaps it wasn't the freshest. Let's delve into the review shall we?

Pours a golden color, slight wheat haze, small 2/7" white head. Aroma wasn't all about that Amarillo and Citra hop. Didn't seem that way at all. Good recipe, flawed execution? Or just big box store with no/little refrigeration and old ipa? Dunno man, I dunno.

Taste, more bitterness than flavor. Let's do the time warp. Carbonation is good, and the mouth feel for style is just fine. I didn't get much of that tropical and citrus fruit description. Just some wheat and bitterness. Kinda average from what I thought was a better than average brewery.

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Photo of Peaches13
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srw
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a 16 oz can dated 5/23/2017. Hazy light orange/yellow color. About 2 fingers of white head with minor lacing.
S: Lots of mango and lemon
T: Fruity with a lingering hoppy after taste.
F: Light mouthful with medium carbonation.
O: A nice beer from a style I've been enjoying this time of year. I don't see much Modern Times beer in VA but I'd love to get more.

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Photo of hychenglao
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jortonsbeer
2.7/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Not sure if I like the taste of this style.

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Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz tallboy can into a clear glass nonic. Canned on 06/07/17 on bottom of can.

A: Hazy honey-gold with 2-fingers of foamy white head with average retention and spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Grapefruit and orange zest with lemon and soft pale malt, clean on the yeast front

T: Flavor is a little ho-hum and I wonder if I have a bum can here as the flavor and aroma are a lot less than I was looking for given the great ratings. Nothing wrong with this beer, and for the style, it is a banner beer. But the flavor is a combination of grapefruit and Valencia orange with some lime in the finish on the hops side, just a hint of grassiness and herbal character. The maltiness is a little bready but a bit bland. I don't get enough wheat character for my taste. I understand this is a hop vehicle but a little crackery wheat character would be nice. Yeast is clean and bitterness is low.

M: Mouthfeel is really light, bordering on watery. Carbonation is medium. Finish is moderately dry.

O: I think this can doesn't measure up to the two I drank from the can last night at a baseball game. I will have to buy this again and try again. Flavor and aroma just seem muted to me.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can. Hazy yellow with a good lacy head. Smell knocks you over,mango and melon hops. Wow. Silky feel, just a bit tart. Fruity hop aftertaste lasts forever. This isn't a local one for me but I'm impressed with this one and buy it when I can!

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drtth
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The slightly hazy clear golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1" white head that leaves a ring and lot of of lacing around the sides of the glass as it recedes. Sipping. leaves behind a few scattered patches of lacing.

The aromas are full of citrus, some tropical fruits and some light breadiness.

The flavors include the wheat bread background and some mango and some tangerine zest along with other tropical fruits. There is a bit of light sweetness from the malts and some noticeable bitterness to balance things out.

The mouthfeel is pretty much medium bodied with persistent noticeable carbonation. The finish begins as the fruit flavors, light breadiness and slight sweetness fade to reveal a persistent bitterness right to the dry ending.

This is a nice drinkable beer and I'll definitely be looking to have another (if I can find one....). In my mind it helps justify the Modern Times reputation for brewing very good beers. It is well worth a try, especially if you want a American wheat beer that has some definitely present and noticeable citric and fruity hops.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


16oz. Can to tulip glass.

LOOK: bright yelliw, slightly hazy.
AROMA: hay, citrus, 4:20.
TASTE: fruity: grapefruit, lemon, lime, ..some pasty wheaty flavors but not too offputting.
FEEL: very well carbonated, Medium body.

Very tasty wheat. Love the tropicalness of this.


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