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Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

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outstanding
148 Reviews
Fortunate IslandsFortunate Islands
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Modern Times Beer
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
1,009
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
157
For Trade:
9
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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous golden hue with excellent clarity. A quarter inch of eggshell white is present. Moderate lacing. Aroma is wallop of citrus hops with faint pale wheat. The flavor is a sharp, bitter citrus hop flavor. There's pale wheat there, but it is a background note. The mouth is light, crisp, and smooth.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says Canned On 05/25/15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Moderate hop character makes for a juicy citrus aroma

T- Nice, balanced taste of hops and wheat. So easy to drink and with plenty of flavor. Bitterness is mild but complementary.

M- Crisp and lightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A very crushable and tasty hoppy wheat that I could see myself drinking multiple of on the beach.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear, inviting straw yellow color with a huge fluffy white head.
Smell and taste are both overrun with stone fruits, passion fruit, guava, apricot, nectarine, some husky wheat and cracker like malts. Hoppy but no lingering bitterness. A smooth and light bodied ale. 16 oz goes by so fast. So drinkable.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One four-pack in and I realized I forgot to review this. Which would be a shame, because I’m really digging it right now. It pours a clear golden-straw color with generous foaming. I love the aroma—it’s bold and big and vibrant and fresh, with bursts of melon and passionfruit. It certainly feels like I’m breathing in a tropical island. The flavor is incredible—you get the smoothness of a wheat-beer, with a clean crisp finish. No real bitterness—the hops are all in the aroma—but enough body to avoid that watery “session IPA” feel. They call this a hoppy wheat. I call it paradise in the glass.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Tropical, Hoppy, Wheat, Crushable

Named appropriately, this beer opens up with big fruity, tropical citrus notes. Stone fruits, mango, and passion fruit on the tongue. Hoppy but not bitter. Some leafiness and hint of dankness. Slightly wheaty, husky edge. Nutty and sweet malts provide balance. Palate is left wanting more. This is an outstanding hybrid beer (American Wheat Ale meets IPA) with an insane level of drinkability.

STYLE: American Pale Wheat Ale | ABV: 4.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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

Great to enjoy on a hot grilling day. Has a great citrusy, fruity nose. It is light and crisp and refreshing and finishes with a very subtle bitterness. Very tasty.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a one finger white head. Aroma is huge citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is bready, doughy malt balanced by citrus and tropical fruit blend. Mouthfeel is medium with a smoothness from the malt that still has a zippy carbonation on the back end. Overall, a very nice wheat beer, better than most other American wheat beers I've tried.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow gold and hazy with no carbonation, and a whopping 4 finger, fluffy white head. Lots of frosty lacing.

Huge hop profile, tropical fruits, cayenne pepper, orange candy, black pepper, lemon candy like some kind of cold medicine.

Orange candy, cayenne pepper, lemonade, a sort of acrid taste, and a hint of onion.

Medium body, almost no carbonation.

Really good brew. Got at Beer Box in Chiang Mai, drank June 17th, 2015. Very fresh hops on the nose, slight odd middle taste of acrid, but the rest was great.

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Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was good, however, it was lacking some of the bright hoppiness and bitterness that I was looking for (even in a hoppy wheat) on my San Diego trip. One of the dominant notes that came through on the nose and palate was very grassy, and though the beer was refreshing and clean, this kept it out of the outstanding range for me. This is not the only 'San Diego' beer that I noticed this in (and haven't really done the detective work to dig up which hop might be the culprit) and I hope that this doesn't take over as one of the new industry trends. Regardless, this was a nice offering, and I was very impressed with Modern Times.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass. Canned May 4th 2015.

Crystal clear body, with a deep brass gold yellow color. Excellent amounts of linear carbonation, most of it pinhead size, and much of it continuously rising and repeating. Head is a soapy bleach white at about three fingers, with a bit of shampoo sudsy retention. Manage to fall slowly, and look big and beautiful, great looking brew.

The goodness continues as the aroma delivers. Excellent hop forward bouquet with tropical and citric herbality. Hints of spicy tropical notes, a bit of mango and weedy garden green aroma to go with it. Hints towards smoke as well with large hop notes, and some sweet malt chewy hinting body. Real inviting and impressive.

Palate just comes wonderfully. A surprisingly dry finish that has a great hop bitterness, but very mellow. Juiced mid palate with hints of lemon and big tropical exotic fruit to go with it. A papaya like sweetness but also a much lighter body with not as big hinting wheat density as expected. Can't get over how tangy and tingly the finish is, but there's a big zesty and oily component as well with a stinging pine needle like sensation.

This is one interesting hop forward wheat, but just lacks some of the classic body of a good wheat ale that I would love to have. Everything else though is just an exceptional spectacular ride.

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Can you say hoppy... Not what you would expect from a Wheat Ale. It tasted smooth and delicious the whole way through. It is definitely light, tropical and fruity, so if you like extremely bold, but if you're looking for a delightful beer... This one for sure will be on my Top 10 beer's for 2015 list.

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Photo of Tele
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Can
Consumed: 5.11.15

A: 4.5 Pours a very clear, orange-gold. The off-white head is nice and fluffy leaving good lacing after it dissipates over the course of a couple minutes.

S: 4 Wheat and malt come in first followed by a somewhat light hop presence. The hops add some orange, pineapple, and end with a bit of a grassy finish. Overall, nice, but a bit muted.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, there’s good malt and wheat presence, but the hops are more dominant than the aromas would suggest. The taste is very clean and juicy with a nice balance between the wheat and lemony hops. There’s a bit of mango and pineapple on the finish before a mild bitterness sets in.

M: 4.5 Great carbonation and body. Super refreshing and drinkable with a little dryness on the finish.

O: 4.25 Probably my favorite Modern Times offering so far. The flavors are really nice while remaining balanced and somewhat subtle. This is a really satisfying beer yet so drinkable that it’s hard not to finish a four-pack in one sitting.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. Acquired as an extra in a trade with Henry - thanks man!

Pours a clear golden body with a decent sized white head that sticks around for a while, eventually reducing to a thick ring and layer of foam.

Very nutty on the nose, peanuts, caramel, toffee.. on the tongue it's similar, nutty, lots of wheat, not much hops except for the resinous zing on the finish that doesn't stick around very long.

Interesting beer.. not sure what to think of this. Not getting the advertised "tropical" character

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe I have not given this gem a proper review!

Serving type: 16oz can into League glass
Canned: 1/6/2016

This beer is absolutely amazing. Everything you'd ask for in an IPA while still extremely crushable. Huge citrus aroma and the taste does not disappoint. I highly recommend this beer. Extremely well done.

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

Scored some Modern Times stuff up here in NorCal courtesy of K&L Wines. This is easily my favorite among the ones that I've tried. As advertised, very tropical - pineapple, mango, papaya - in smell and taste. Tasty to the last drop. Light, refreshing, supremely quaffable.

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Photo of Buck89
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark gold with bright white 2-finger head that lingered. Aroma was amazing - huge tropical and citrus notes. Taste followed, with a soft fruitiness, orange, and grapefruit and a pleasant bitterness with a soft finish. Feel is a bit thin but this is a "session" beer. Overall a beautiful brew.

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Photo of Andrick
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was astonished by how good this beer is. I've never had a beer in this particular style that I liked all that much. They tend to get lost between styles. This however, almost creates an entirely new style in and of itself. I kept waiting for there to be a weird after taste, but there never was. It tasted smooth and delicious the whole way through. It is definitely light, tropical and fruity, so if you like extremely bold, punch you in the face favors, this may not be your cup of tea. But if you're looking for something that is packed with deliciousness, while staying drinkable, you'll love this. I could drink a million of these.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a can.

A. Amber in color and hazy with a 1" white foamy head.

S. Mango and banana. Hops dominating the nose.

T. Agreeing with the nose I get mango and banana, grape. Some Biscuity caramel malts. But then I do get some organic wheat characteristics. Nice bitterness at the end. Nicely balanced and the wheat gives a lil different element to an IPA base.

M. 4 out of 10 on body with nice carbonation

O. A nice take on an IPA with wheat. I know it doesn't say IPA but that is basically what it is to me with the wheat element that does give something.

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Photo of Stezz420
4.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received via BA trade with @fthegiants big shout out for sending this one!

Beer pours very a bright clear golden color. Not too much head on this one though, making me think its not carbonated enough. Maybe its too cold though?

Smell is of strong sweet tangy tropical fruits.

Taste lines up to the smell, almost taste like fruit cocktail in way.

This beer was so easy to drink I probably would've drank the whole 4 pack if I had one. Perfect light feel for the abv even as it warms it still feels the same.

Would definitely get more in the future!

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Photo of kevanb
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a Modern Times willibecher pint glass.


The beer pours a pale golden straw color, hues of lemon and copper, lightly hazy with a nice thick finger plus of white head, soapy and frothy that has nice retention and leaves big swatches of soapy lace behind. The aroma exudes the hoppy character promised on the can, citrusy and zesty with resinous pine and fresh tropical fruit, crusty wheat, a touch of sweetness and some caramel. The flavors show off more of the wheat character than the nose suggested, but it's mellow and provides a good base to the hops which add a great array of flavor without compromising the bitterness and quaffability of the beer. Plenty of tangy citrus rind, resinous and sappy pine, juicy tropical pineapple and mango, nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, medium bodied with lower but smooth carbonation, just a hint of crisp bubbles that finishes easily, almost creamy with a lingering dryness.

Verdict: A really nice pale wheat ale from Modern Times, effortless to drink at 4.8% and 46 IBU. Delicious on a cold February day, but this makes me yearn for the warmer days of summer, hoppy and tropical as stated, tastes like wizards? not sure, but if so, wizards must taste pretty good.

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Photo of atone315
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I could smell the hops pouring out of this beer the minute I popped the top. Thankfully, the taste matched the smell. Decent looking beer, nothing out of the ordinary....if I was able to score this routinely, I would drink it routinely.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 12/12/14, poured into a snifter 2/1/15.

A- Darker copper body, lighter than most wheat beers. Two finger white head, good retention time, thick lacing.

S- Sharp pine aromas mellowed by sweet caramel malt. Tropical fruit, but more resinous smelling than aromatic.

F- Very grainy, sweet pale malt evoking grains and caramel. Not as much of a hoppy presence as in the nose. Fair tropical fruit presence. Quite malty, with a decent pine bitterness on the backend.

M- Thinner bodied, good carbonation and nice effervescence. Finish is a grainy sweet maltiness.

O- Decent, nice graininess and the hop aromas complement the graininess nicely for a wheat beer. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into nonic pint

A: Hazy dirty gold color not much head as it was a soft pour but the carbonation through the glass looks lively

S: So juicy very peachy light mango sweet maybe touches of bread and a little toffee

T: very peachy tasting some tangerine citrus surprisingly not as sweet as the nose would imply a little dry semi-sweet though very smooth no alcohol at all

M: Light and a little clingy which seems at odds but there it is

O: This is hands down my favorite wheat beer if you are forced to drink a wheat beer why not make it juicy with hops. Modern Times knocked this one out of the park Citra Hops in my Wheat beer why thank you I think I will.

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Photo of jchain
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I LOVE this beer! It is a citrus-y, tropical fruity, yet hoppy, wheat beer. ... Let that all soak in for a bit. Just a really enjoyable -- and surprising -- drinking experience. Highly recommended.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great little session-sort of ale, all hopped up on tropical fruit, Citra out the nose, perhaps a bit full feeling because of the wheat, but altogether a fun and novel take on a sub-5% ABV wheat ale.

(Edit: Recipe appears to have changes slightly, with the ABV @ 5% flat now. Not sure what else has changed, but I can't say I'm enjoying recent cans as much as previously. The aroma is still nice, though not quite as rich in tropical goodness. The body also hints at a sort of wateriness that I don't remember it having previously. I dunno. Maybe it's just changing palates and all that. Still a nice brew, but not the unique session beer I remember it as.)

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
92 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.
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