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North VII - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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North VIINorth VII

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very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian inspired Imperial IPA (IIPA) aged on Kentucky bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 10-29-2013)
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by snaotheus:
Photo of snaotheus
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. Lots of sediment, left in the bottom of the bottle. If there's a date, I can't find it.

Pours cloudy coppery golden. Huge fluffy head. Smell is bourbon and flowers and a little smoke.

Taste is somewhere between confused and complex. Bourbon and smoke, huge malty sweetness, lots of floral hops, lemon rind bitterness. Not much Belgian funkiness that I would expect. I'm going to call it mostly good.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and slightly gritty. Overall, it's a pretty good beer.

snaotheus, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

chossboss, Mar 29, 2014
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kevwcamp, Nov 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

mdaschaf, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Dylanjf, Aug 20, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of orange, tangerine, citrus hops, oak, light pine resin. Flavor is citrusy, orange and grapefruit, tropical fruit, sharp pine resin. A light oak flavor develops mid taste, finishing with hop and herbal bitterness, pungent like absinthe. Medium bodied with some creaminess. An interesting take on a Belgian IPA; lots going on here, but not really well integrated. The bourbon barrels seem to be lost behind the citrus and strong resiny flavors. Interesting and well made as I'd expect from Fort George but not sure if I would pick this up again. ABV is well covered by the resiny citrus flavors.

LiquidAmber, Jan 02, 2014
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Birdlegs, Nov 06, 2013
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aasher, Mar 22, 2014
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510a, Feb 27, 2014
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slavall, Jul 06, 2014
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vermilcj, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of draheim
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear copper color w/ a frothy white head, good lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and hoppy with an un underlying fruity quality from the Belgian yeast.

Taste leads off with a big punch of alcohol. Hm. OK. Pale malt; a gentle, decidely non-bitter touch of floral, citrusy hops; and booze. More citrus. Some bourbon-soaked oak.

Mouthfeel is soft, nicely carbonated. Has a nice crisp, bitter finish.

Overall, a different take on the Belgian IPA. I'm not sure if the balance is right, it seems a little muddled. Not sure if the bourbon barrels, hops, and Belgian yeast work all that well together.

draheim, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kopfschuss, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a very light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of rocky tan foam with a good lace and nice retention. Quite excellent.

Smell: citrusy hops with a nice funk and a little dankness. Malt is sweet and also, possibly, a little funky. Under the citrus is an earthy, almost oniony sensibility. I quite like it.

Taste: funky, earthy, oniony, citrusy hops atop a sweetish, but characterful, malt. There might also be a hint of pineapple in there. This beer will definitely not be for everybody, but it is for me!

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess for the style. Great.

Overall: weird and a bit on the onion-and-potato-soup side of the spectrum. Is that even a thing? Whatever, it's a good beer.

flagmantho, Jan 07, 2014
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kjkinsey, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of kemoarps
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy orange amber with a massive pillowy white head that sticks around leaving its mark on the glass.

The nose starts off sweet and floral. Some... fermented fruit wends through, finally a faint touch of evergreen forest.

Tongue is a strange amalgamation of sweet belgian fruity character, bitter hops, primarily in the floral/fruity mold (with a hint of that evergreen from the nose), and an almost but not quite thinking of leaning towards sour note. There's even a decent little sweet undercurrent to balance it out and bring it all together. A really unique and enjoyable brew.

I don't know what I was expecting with this, but it certainly wasn't what it is. That's not a condemnation by any means, just that this is a very unique brew. The barrel character is not immediately apparent, but it sneaks in at the end. With the belgian notes and a strong hop profile (fruits, citrus, pine, floral... the gamut!)... it's unique but smoothe and imminently drinkable.

kemoarps, Jan 01, 2014
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North VII from Fort George Brewery + Public House
88 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.