Fortunate Islands | Modern Times Beer

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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.

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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
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | 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. Also a bit of dankness. 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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Photo of nickvasallo
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

My favorite new beer from Fortunate Islands in San Diego, CA. Hard to find. Not a wheat beer at all, this is more like a pale ale, hoppy yet smooth. It has a sweet fruity nose and fresh hoppy taste.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- color is a clear gold, scattered carbonation within the beer, pours 3 fingers of white, frothy head, about a half finger remains throughout with nice lacing.
Aroma is very pleasant, a solid presence of tropical fruit and citrus notes, with the wheat in the background. The flavor is very nice and crisp, citrus hop notes upfront, including oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit, with creamy wheat in the backbone. Texture is crisp upfront with a touch of dryness, finishes with a bit of cream on the tongue, carbonation is quite mild.
Overall; a tasty and balanced, light, experience. One of the best wheat beers out there IMO, hope to drink lots of this next summer.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can obtained on trade (thanks, Dr. J.S.) from the greater San Diego area, unknown brewing/canning date, poured into my Smoke & Barrel snifter glass, drank over 30-45 minutes

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration, low clarity (cannot read or see through) but appropriate for a hoppy wheat, 1/4 glass lacing with lakes cling to the glass, low-to-moderate carbonation; small alcohol legs

A: 10/12 - moderate intensity mandarin orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango and pine; don't get much wheat or other malt character on the nose; little alcohol aroma; no DMS; no diacetyl

T: 16/20 - moderate hop bitterness hits up front; in the middle of the palate, the tropical fruit and citrus notes open up - again, tangerine, mango, papaya - with some pine; slightly bready and wheat funkiness; on the backend, there is a continuing sweetness that slight lingers; little alcohol flavors; finishes inviting of subsequent sips

M: 4/5 - thin body but slightly accentuated by hop oils coating the tongue; low-to-moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - excellent sessionable wheat that I'd place right up there with Lil' Sumptin' Sumptin' and Gumballhead; the Citra and Amarillo combination plays really well, and I'd argue, is greater than the sum of it's parts; definitely recommend purchasing or trading for if you like hoppy, sessionable wheats in Summer

TOTAL - 42/50

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

From 10/16/14 notes. Big thanks ot Nugganooch for sending me this out; thanks Dane. 16 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus hops, tropical fruits, bready malts, caramel malts, light pine hops, and floral hops. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall a good beer. Maltier than I was expecting just based on the description, but easy to dirnk and good. Worth checking out.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a deep yellow to a yellowish orange color. two plus fingers of a foamy white head that leaves behind a pretty solid lacing and has fairly strong retention. completely clear and bright

Smell: citrus, tropical fruits, fruit juice, hop resin. slightly sweet malty backbone.

Taste: opens up with strong hoppy flavors. ranging from citrus to tropical with a little bit of pine/resin thrown in. very juicy and has a strong fruit juice quality to it. after all this hoppiness there is a light semi sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel: light and wheaty. low lingering bitterness.

Overall: while this beer is a pleasant and tasty beer it is more inline with a hoppy pale ale than a wheat beer. from the clearness of the beer to the lack of wheat, grassy taste , it is hard to see this as a wheat beer.

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Photo of ianw87
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

This is one of my favorite session beers I've ever had. I really enjoy the hop profile, perfectly bitter with a great fruitiness. Smooth, light and easy to drink. Modern Times is really killing it. They also post their recipes on BeerSmith which is awesome.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick two finger head. The nose is all hops all the time. I'm talking pine, pineapple, tangarine, orange juice, orange peel, lemon. You want it, it's there. The first thing you taste is the resiny hop bitterness, but that is quickly followed by the wheat flavor. I've got to say I like the smell more than the flavor.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance: Crystal clear straw color with a long-lasting, rocky white head.

Smell: Big floral and citrus hop smell.

Taste: Moderate hop bitterness right up front, quickly mellowed out by a hefty bready backbone. Some sweetness on the back end. Lingering mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick, creamy, with plenty of carbonation.

Overall: Light but very flavorful American Pale Wheat Ale that is not too bitter, considering the amount of hop aroma.

Side note: Of the four-pack I bought, one of the cans was a bit dinged up and had a slight metallic aftertaste that was off-putting. The other cans were fine. I had it on tap later; none of that taste was present.

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Fortunate Islands from Modern Times Beer
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