Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

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92
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1,110 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:
1,110
Reviews:
174
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.25%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
179
For Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,110 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of CaliDrew
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of shiu-chan
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange golden pour with tall thick head but falls quickly towards the rim of the glass. Nice citrusy, pineapple and passionfruit nose. Light toasty mouthfeel and finished clean with slight bitterness on the palate. Overall, a good beer to enjoy over a meal.

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

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the can, Kevin!

A- Tallboy into a goblet with a very clear, pale golden body and an inch high creamy white cap. The thick crown falls slowly to a wide belt around the edges. Lacing forms with plentiful spottiness and some long drizzled webs.

S- Citrus and tropical fruity hops are about at equal levels. The hops are strong but not quite as pungent as many modern hoppy brews. Orange, tangerine, mango, floral and pineapple notes above a base of pale grains and yeast bread. Overall the citrus prevails in the end.

T- Comes off a bit lighter than one might expect based off of the strong, hoppy aroma. The hops once again take precedence with grapefruit, mango, tangerine and orange especially up front with dank, pine, cantaloupe, floral and herbal hints behind that. A tiny bit of sweetness, whole cereal grains, bread and pale barley in the background.

MF- On the light side of things but the wheat donates a very silky texture to the body. Slightly creamy and foamy consistency brought on by a high end carbonation. A light bitterness in the finish.

Advertised as a session brew and that is what you end up getting. There are more hoppy and well rounded session beers out there but this one still does a very good job at satisfying those hop cravings with an easy drinking feel to it. A good blend of citrus and tropical hops.

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

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

Photo of Papawheelie
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mhbach97
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not really my style. I am partial to IPA's though, so if you like this type of beer you might enjoy. I will not try it again.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

10-7-16 (draft, Laurel Tavern, Studio City) light fruity aroma, light body/mouthfeel and decently hopped. Overall a decent to good beer for a "Tropical IPA" (3.25)

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange with a 1 finger head. Aroma is very fruity. Orange, grapefruit, Pineapple, apricot. Very tropical. Taste- more of the same. Tons of fruity flavor. And there is a solid toasted malt to this almost like a Vienna lager with thenmalt profile here. Minimal bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, finishes clean. Invites more drinks. Packed with flavor for this pale. Very nice.

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Photo of RichD
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chillin
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbauer
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Golden orange pour with a thick puffy head. Aroma is orange rind, papaya and mango. Taste heavy citrus - mandarin orange, tangerine, papaya - but it never strays into astringent territory. Wheat chassis provides depth and a smoothness that rounds out the citrus edge. A little pungentl on the backend due to heavy hops with an enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of frekky
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mleblanc25
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hootie159
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/7/16

A: Pours a medium gold with some orange highlights - clear - pours with a medium size, white head, fades to a small collar and leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Nice amount of citrus, with some orange and tangerine juice and flesh - floral grapefruit - hint of lime and some fleshy tropical fruits - wheaty malt base with some spice and some bread - low sweetness, clean

T: Bright and easy drinking - tangerine and orange juice, flesh, with some grapefruit - touch of herbal hops and grass - low bitterness - lots of wheat flavor, but not too much - interesting interplay between the lightly spicy/nutty wheat and citrus - soft malts complement the wheat bread flavor - finishes clean

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth but also nicely crisp and refreshing

O: Fortunate indeed

I love when beer fests result in surprise beer distribution. Buying this on my way home from work is much easier than flying to California. Fortunate Islands is a really nice hoppy wheat ale. There are similar beers available in the Northeast (Burlington Beer Company's Chasing Rabbits really comes to mind), but this is really dialed-in. It's stupidly easy to drink and super refreshing.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,110 ratings.
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