The Optimist - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Fort George Brewery + Public House visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Boozecamel on 05-21-2014

A crisp, Clean IPA with floral hints and an upbeat attitude.
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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of GilGarp
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/2/2014. Served chilled into a goblet.

The Optimist is a pale orange color with lots of little floaties creating considerable haze. The head is thick and has great retention.

Aroma is perhaps a little faded over the last 10 weeks but still has pleasant hoppiness.

Flavor has good depth, not one dimensional at all, with typical west coast and Pacific Northwest character. Pine, citrus, and a little grass all come through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Good balance for an IPA and nice depth.

Overall a very good IPA. Maybe not terribly memorable but certainly well constructed.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%


12oz can picked up at Brewforia Meridian late last week.. Also saw it at Brewer's Haven... Paid a pricey $2... will be cheaper when it gets out and about around town.

Pours a very hazy orange... thin white head... lacing is there, but is nothing special.

Grassy/lite floral hops punctuate the nose but are lost in the residual pale malts.

Flavor begins with a nice bitterness but quickly moves to a pretty nondescript herbal/floral hoppiness.

Body and carbonation are fine.

Okay... just not what I want when I think of a PNW IPA... Still tasty, just not my style.


Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a ton of white floating particles; one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bready, lightly biscuity malt, citrus hops. Flavor follows, with bready, biscuity malt and citrus and lightly pine resin hops. Biscuit with grassy and citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with slight creaminess. A good IPA on the malty side of the spectrum. Hops are good but not exciting, but I liked the malt flavors in this one. Not a stand out IPA, but a pleasant and well made one. Not pretty to look at with all the particulates, but these don't seem to affect the flavor in any way.

Photo of bizweasel
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fort George cans some real fine IPAs including their knockout Vortex, and their 3Way collab has been good too, but this one ... meh. Hop character is all about the bitterness, none of the fruit/fresh/resin that I liked about most Oregon IPAs, No real malt to back it up either. Tasted to me like one of those 'Session IPA' fails made by a lesser brewery, not a worthy effort from a brewery I usually blindly trust to whip out something both unusual and good (thus purchase of sixer untried). This glass is half empty ... and then some.

Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem OR. $1.69 " A crisp, clean IPA with floral hints and an upbeat attitude" 6.2% After a bad pour with a huge head taking most of the glass it settles down and I see a hazy yellow ( almost like a hefe) with a good sized white bubbly head. Odd aroma, certainly floral but more on the lilac and rose side of floral, also a strange eggy aroma that’s hard to place. Real weird but oddly not off putting. Buttery biscuit malts. taste is mostly the buttery biscuit malts then a good hoppy bitterness half way though simple. Mouth feel is fine for style..lower carbonation but smooth enough. Overall not too impressed , its OK but not up to what I expect from this brewer!

Photo of vkv822
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip
canned: 05-14-14

Very hazy golden with a foamy, somewhat short lived white head.

Floral, lightly fruity hop character.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A well done, tasty IPA by all means, but at the same time it's not of their more exciting IPA's when compared to what they've released recently.

Photo of Donkster46
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A perfectly balanced west coast style IPA.

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a yellow golden color with a plentiful white foam in the big Stella glass. Holy flocculating barmaids! This stuff is full of floaters. Trying not to look, the aroma is richly hoppy with a hint of banana and honeysuckle.

Sweet and fruity with a flowery, piney taste. Dark bitter flavor creeps up. Tangy with a lemony taste. Quite bitter aftertaste. A cereal note. Nice aromatics from sniff to finish.

Not one of the better efforts from the usually reliable Fort George. From the 12 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood, Washington.

Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into my Oregon Brewers Fest taster.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze, moderate effervescence and some tiny floaties. Head poured a thin layer of frothy white foam with moderate retention. Not too bad.

Smell: citrusy aroma with a nice lemon character. Not complex, but piquant and refreshing.

Taste: quite malty with a sweetish malt flavor and a much more subdued hop character. Hops remain rather lemony, and bitterness is moderate. To me, it's more of a pale ale than an IPA, but I still rather like it. The more I drink, a bit of a soapy character develops which brings it down a little.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess for an IPA.

Overall: a decent-enough IPA. The weird lemon/soapy mix is a bit on the odd side, but it's still a drinkable brew.

Photo of Moose90
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated "03/18/15 B#419"

A – Pours a bright yellowy orange, very hazy and LOTS of floaties in the glass. Head is tan and thin but leaves behind great lacing.

S – Smells of orange, lemon, mango, pine, citrus, slightly sweet malt notes.

T – Notes of pine, citrus, orange juice, slightly sweet, overall very pure hop notes.

M – Medium bodied and has a fleeting finish.

O – Great year round IPA here from Fort George, very nice balance and good flavors.

Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

On draught at The Dugout in Hillsboro, The Optimist is clear gold with a small white head leaving sticky lace.

Smell is earthy, citrus hops, a little soapy. Pretty bright.

Taste is similar, some odd flavors from the hops, a little peanut butter, not as bright citrus. Stemmy. Clean malt. Firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, slippery hop oils.

Drinkablity is fine, light and hoppy, it slides down easily. Something about the hop profile doesn't get me eager for another, however...

Photo of Floydster
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can

Appearance is a golden yellow, couple inches of white head, medium lacing, good retention with thick bubbles

Smell is great and filled with pine, pineapple, guava, and mangoes, later on there is light caramel too

Taste is similar to the aroma but misses on those tropical fruits, instead it is mostly pine fading into a cereal and grainy finish with lingering bitterness, good balance overall

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, nice balance of bitter and dry with faint malt backtones

This was an impressive IPA from the Northwest, more hop forward than a lot from there that I have tasted in the past which was nice for me

Photo of Taybeh
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz. can, 1 month old (muled by my sister from Seattle, "thanks HSB!") into an imperial pint glass

A: gold/light apricot, a little bit of haze, 1 finger of white head that subsides into a thin crown
S: fairly faint for a West Coast IPA... some guava (which is nice and interesting), blueberries, not overly ripe or juicy papaya, some flowery notes that aren't perfumed, and some caramel.
T: Nothing too complex here: the front is fairly non-descript, with some biscuity malts (and maybe even some corn?), then the flowery and hoppy notes hit, though I'm missing the guava and the other fruit I got in the nose...nothing that really has any bite or snap to it, but a gentle bitterness still lingers. I don't think all the parts add up, entirely, but it isn't bad and some of the parts are quite enjoyable.
M: medium carbonation, decent body, fairly dry on the finish.

Overall: Some interesting things here, though at the end of the day, this is in the middle of a crowded field. I liked the guava once I started picking it up, and it has a kind of hoppy restraint and dryness on the finish that remind me a bit of Daisy Cutter. I'll definitely enjoy the rest of these...

The Optimist from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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