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North VII - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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North VIINorth VII

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BA SCORE
87
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:
Belgian inspired Imperial IPA (IIPA) aged on Kentucky bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 10-29-2013)
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Photo of anteater
3/5  rDev -23.9%

anteater, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -23.9%

sharpski, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of cpetrone84
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is hazed dark golden amber with a tight white head. Nose has a lot of citrus, some sweet malt up front, oranges in back. Taste is very sweet and a bit boozy. Sweet malt backbone, citrus hops, a bit of vodka and messy grainy alcohol. Body is medium with an assertive carb and a bit of a grainy feel.

cpetrone84, May 15, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

mdaschaf, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Mphis, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Zaximus
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Zaximus, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a great golden amber color with a very decent white fluffy head.
S: Smells great with a wonderful citrus character, with a little bit of malty bread light body.
T: Taste is ok. The malty smell comes through, but it is not so much prevalent as is the alcohol. The hops do not really present themselves in any meaningful way.
M: The malts and the carbonation combine for a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
O: Was expecting a lot more considering the price and the rarity of this. I'm normally quite impressed with Fort George. Looking forward to trying something else by them, but won't do this again.

bhyndthebottle, Jan 01, 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
Photo of chossboss
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

chossboss, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Dylanjf, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Eighty, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

slavall, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

vermilcj, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Greels, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Hoppy_McMalt, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of VashonGuy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

VashonGuy, Oct 15, 2014
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
Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is cloudy dull gold with a small off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is sweet, caramel candy, coconut and vanilla, really coming together like creme brulee in fact. Some fruitiness, not clear if this is the esters or the hops. Seems mostly barrel notes, but with the sweet fruit. Nice.

Taste is phenolic, bourbon, vanilla, herbal, earthy, forest floor. Alcoholic character, but clean and cool. The barrel character dominates here, but it's good, plays well with the earthy hops on the strong blonde base. The hops most come through with the resinous finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty solid. I like a solid BSPA, and bourbon as well, and this marries the two well. The hops provide a little extra texture, but are not at the forefront. Solid effort, but not what I expected, e.g. a more West coast hop-forward blonde...but it makes sense that the aging in a wet barrel would temper that over time.

ccrida, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

kevwcamp, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Birdlegs, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

aasher, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kurmaraja, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

johnnyboy76, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kopfschuss, Nov 25, 2013
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North VII from Fort George Brewery + Public House
87 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.