North VII - Fort George Brewery + Public House
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3.1/5 rDev -20.9%
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.
05-15-2014 00:04:39 | More by cpetrone84
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
01-25-2014 02:54:17 | More by ccrida
4.01/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-07-2014 00:39:23 | More by flagmantho
3.86/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
01-02-2014 04:23:57 | More by LiquidAmber
3.64/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
01-01-2014 07:22:30 | More by bhyndthebottle
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
01-01-2014 00:17:40 | More by kemoarps
North VII from Fort George Brewery + Public House
87 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.