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Modern Times Fortunate Islands

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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Fortunate Islands shares the characteristics of a 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 when poured. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dodgrblu (610) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 21, 2014
16 ounce can from Timfoolery, passion fruit aroma, crisp, bitter hops. We'll balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2140) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 21, 2014
Can from Asahiya. Heavy tropical fruit nose, mango especially, and big citrus. Bright straw color, filmy head. More tropical fruit in initial flavor, quickly derailed by the bittering. Goes a bit dry in late mid and final. Thin-medium body, Very nice, but it thins out very quickly after mid palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggsbowler (292) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2014
can - pours orange/yellow w/ white head. Hops, lemon zest, oranges, and tangerines in the nose. Bitter, hoppy, oranges, and tangerines in the mouth. Itís nice and refreshing but nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
cafgen (134) - California, USA - SEP 12, 2014
A golden color with a one finger white head. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is citrus, piney and a tropical sweetness in the background. A nice balanced beer. A great one for summer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6905) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Poured up on tap at the Neighborhood where it exhibits an opaque dirty copper body that has thick murky gold edges and supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up soft wheat and then floral and earthy hops just ahead of a thin ribbon of grassiness. The taste is a hop heavy mix of wheated malts, pine hops, some wheat smoothness and then a faint banana note. It gets a bit juicy with grapefruit hops here and there. Not sure this comes across as a wheat but rather an IPA and the 4.8% ABV doesnít seem right either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2014
16oz can acquired via trade. Thanks! Glad to finally try the hoppy ones. Pours a nice glowing decent hazed amber hue, some flashes of orange, some darker depth in the body and decent bubbly carbonation flows up itís edges. Decent cakey layer sticks around small, nice stickaround and lacing overall. Aromas are potent hops, nice big grapefruit and florals meet, fresh with lemon, grapefruit rind, some gentle pine. Soap, fruity and bitter. Touches of gumball, faint melon with subtle bready malts, bit of biscuit and grain. Nice, fresh, definitely enticing. Initial is a bit more reeled in, flashes of citrus rind, bitter florals and softened bready malts. A bit grainy, dry with some decent hop character. Citric character is decent but fleeting. More bready, a bit powdery into the middle. Floral, soapy. Some gentle oxidation and fruit into the middle. Backend is decent bitterness, softened body. Not sweet but earthy, bitter and dry with florals, some powder and faint soap. A waft of pine, the citrus element from the nose and front end falls out for me a bit much. While the nose offers some life and beer it certainly hoppy, it seems to lack character for me. Perhaps a touch of age or perhaps just not a fan of the blend. The Amarillo makes itself well known in the nose but any sort of Citra influence seems a bit lost to me. Some jabs of tropical influence slowly settle in and gently nip at times after the beer settles down, but still seem a bit vague. Overall, this is a solid offering and nice beer Iíd drink fairly often if available locally (and easy) that doesnít quite deliver on expectiations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
popway (44) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Crisp, easy drinkability, immediate tropical nose upon cracking the can, grassy aromas too, floaters evaporate quickly on the pour, interesting wafer like, almost Michelob on the aftertaste for a sec, but only for a brief moment. I like the can, with itís Starsky and Hutch orange and brown hues on the design. Sort of a mellow Pliny in itís nose, but the palate is smooth and somewhat nondescript of an attack, kind of light in its affect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nakedwhendrunk (2135) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Thanx Brandon, This was poured into a pint glass. 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, thereís a nice floral presence over a light wheat malt. The taste was mainly all about the juicy tropical fruit coming through sweetly. Thereís just a tad more wheat in the flavor than the nose. On the palate, this one sat fairly light and sessionable. Thereís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (2109) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Tropical fruit aroma atop a lightly malty wheat base. Great body...crisp, light and refreshing, yet tastes like an IPA, and a damn good one at that. Far and away the best "American Wheat" Iíve ever had."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (1419) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
1 pint can. The beer is light amber. Slightly cloudy. Solid white head. Lots of lacing, good retention. The aroma is tropical fruit and citrus. Iím getting tangerine, pineapple, mango, passionfruit (the official description is pretty good), lemon, balckberry. Somewhat floral. Some wheat breadiness but the hops cover most of it. Hops are bright and fresh in the taste. Solid tropical citrus zing. Tons of flavor for a ~5% beer. Very easy to put down. The wheat gives it a light spiciness, some breadiness and a round gentle body. Normal carbonation. Light bitterness. Wheaty finish. Not quite as punchy as some beers in this sphere, but I wouldnít be surprised if this beer was far better right out of a fresh keg. Still, I could happily put away a a four pack of these tallboys. Good stuff.

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