Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

Fortunate IslandsFortunate Islands
1,176 Ratings
Fortunate IslandsFortunate Islands

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: 1,176 |  Reviews: 204
Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale yellow pour, weak head. Aroma is lacking but fine - citrus zest, dry Amarillo. Great easy drinker - a crisp, semi-sweet malt foundation with a pleasing, cajoling amount of hops (a punch of Citra upfront, earthy Amarillo on the backend). It misses on presentation but in the end it is a very enjoyable, clean little beer.

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Photo of TwoThreeBrews
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5.0% ABV |46 IBU

This beast pours a nice thick foam and gives off the look of delicious caramel on top of a sundae.

The smell comes off of citrus hops. The nose isn't over powering but it is enough to peak your interest.

The taste is just too much. You get a little hops, a little citrus, a little bitterness that finishes smooth and almost refreshing.

The mouth is light and perfectly balanced with carbonation.

This beer is a home run. It checks every box and makes you want to keep bringing the beer back to your mouth. This beast is 100% island greatness full of hops,citrus, and just all around perfection. Being that this is a year round beer at the dank tank, I recommend picking one or four of these bad boys up asap.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into nonic pint
canned on 5/3/17, almost 6 weeks old
L- slightly hazy straw color, with huge foam head, nice lacing as well
S- slight sweet malt, tropical fruit, pine. bubble gum
T- subtly sweet malt, with a tinge of spice, followed by tropical fruit and a nice piney finish
F- very unique, feels soft, and light bodied, but not watery in the slightest
Overall a real good beer, that is basically a wheat IPA

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated about a month old.

Earthy, floral, lightly hopped. Wheat, lemon zest, orange peel, and tropical notes.

Light bodied. Nice and hoppy, however. Fun summer beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It started off with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Some light clingy lacing stuck here and there. The smell had a whole lot of juicy tropical fruit with a solid bitter citrus invading and going nuts on my nose. Also, there’s a nice floral presence over a light wheat malt. The taste was mainly all about the juicy tropical fruit coming through sweetly. There’s just a tad more wheat in the flavor than the nose. On the palate, this one sat fairly light and sessionable. There’s not much of a wheat kick and that could be due to the need to keep less to balance to the ~5% aspect. No worries as this is a definitely a well deserved session beer. Overall, wow, really nice American Pale Wheat Ale that I would definitely welcome again.

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Photo of trocketsauced
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Beer Revolution, on what appears to be an unadvertised Modern Times tap takeover - until one walks into the little boys' room, that is!

This beer appears a medium apricot yellow colour, with one skinny finger of wispy and tightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent distant tree copse lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.

It smells of juicy tropical fruit, gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser cereal wheatiness, generic citrus rind, a touch of earthy yeastiness, and more leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is somewhat acrid mixed citrus peel, spicy wheat malt, a crackery graininess, muddled yeast, and more testy leafy, herbal, and resinous piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its zesty frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with maybe a minor yeasty intransigence making a dent here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and lingering citrusy notes predominating.

Overall, this is a pleasantly hopped-up wheat ale, my second in as many days. Crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink on a gently breezy and sunny Spring afternoon. Worthy of checking out, especially if you are an avowed hop head like yours truly.

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some okay hang time.

Nose is very nice, tropical forward.

Taste is a light malt base with a nice touch of mango and papaya, and closing with a touch of citrus and a smidge of rind.
Depth is lacking a bit.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall has potential to be a very nice session ale as it is very appropriate for late spring and summer time Phoenix. I will make a note to try again in the future.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanK252
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Modern Times Beer glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Big tropical fruit, passion fruit and mango dominate, some citrus, a hint of wheat, and caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus and tropical fruit, lots of orange, passion fruit, mango, grapefruit, peach, apricot, nice wheat twang, biscuity malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Absolutely wonderful beer. I could happily drink this all day.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Beergery
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

1 pint can: Appearance is an almost clear golden hue, topped with a big head of very transient white froth, which once receded, cannot be restored through swirling. Aromas are strongest when the froth is receding, dominated by hoppy citrus and floral notes, but the underlying earthy notes of the wheat maltiness are still present. Taste follows the aromas, fruity sweetness, mixed with bitterness, especially in the finish, all over a relatively strong malty backbone. The carbonation is average, although the brew feels somewhat light bodied, it is nevertheless a tasty brew! Interestingly well executed variant of a wheat beer without making it into a full blown pale ale or IPA!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BWood for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 04/11/17

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy/foamy two-finger plus white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some nice citrus (orange, mango, tangerine), pretty nice diesel like. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, very nice citrus (orange, mango, tangerine), pretty nice diesel like. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a very nice brew, much like a NE style brew.

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Photo of hops_and_waves
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattXT
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow with massive foamy head and soapy lacing. Tons of citrus on the nose with some floral and a little honey sweetness. The taste is very very good, loads of citrus hops and floral with a hint of dryness. Nothing is over the top, they have balanced this one perfectly, you get a lot of flavor but nothing too sweet or off flavored, its a very good summer wheat beer. This is a light to medium beer and great for summer fun.

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Photo of mschrei
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHunter19
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,176 ratings
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