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The Optimist | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp, Clean IPA with floral hints and an upbeat attitude.

Added by Boozecamel on 05-21-2014

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 80
Reviews by mactrail:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chossboss
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GilGarp
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of cubbyZilla
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%


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.


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Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours a hazy amber color with golden highlights. It is topped with three inches of sticky, beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

It has a big grapefruit nose.

The grapefruit translates to the flavor with a pine finish.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a solid IPA. There is nothing to really make it stand out. It's a good go to beer.

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Photo of bonercityUSA
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bizweasel
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of jakewatt135
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of joeroma5
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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!

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Photo of zestd
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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The Optimist from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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