Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale) - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale)Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale)

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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Fort George Brewery + Public House visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-12-2007

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Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a half-pint mason jar at the pub.

A: Pale yellow color with significant haze. Thin, bright white foam head diminishes to a meager patchy residue. Heavy lacing remains toward the top of the glass, with little present lower down.

S: Fresh, effervescent, slightly lemony.

T: Pleasantly spicy initial burst of aromatic hops transitions into faint mint. Malt flavors are difficult to detect. Finishes with acidic, robust bitterness. The bitter aftertaste lingers long after the last sip.

M: Initially light and seltzery viscosity and carbonation. As this beer coats the mouth it blankets the palate is an unexpected and sensuous way, likely emphasizing the flavors present in the finish. Instead of offering hop-oil stickiness, it is more similar to a velvety-smooth slick.

D: This beer is undoubtedly an experimental interpretation of the style. There is definitely a similarity to kolsch, but the hops are American and fairly unrestrained. It also bears a resemblance to a light spring-time saison, such as Dupont Avril. This beer is a hit-and-miss hybrid that may surprise even an experienced drinker.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy yellow and orange colored pour, soft 1/2" white head on the top. Plenty of citrus in the aroma, orange for the most part. It isn't really hoppy, just citrusy, which is pretty weird given the style. Maybe do both next time you make a pale ale?

Taste also had me wondering where the hops were. They used them in Vortex, but why not here? The oats provide a nice smooth mouthfeel, but that also could have been because the beer seemed devoid of a west coast hop content.

Seems undercarbonated. Hardly any malt flavors (although I get it, its got oatmeal). Flavor isn't really this beer's strong suit. Its there, its smooth, its relatively light. Those are the descriptors of a beer I give to my friends who aren't really all that into beer. Nothing wrong with this beer, but there has to be more hops if you're gonna release a pale ale in these parts.

Drank at Canfest, where so many breweries brought old beer. . .

Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized off white head settles into a decent lacing above a thick cloudy washed out straw golden colored beer.

Light aroma with some light citrus, mostly orange peel, and a touch of pine.

Decent tasting but a little light, with what i think is the oatmeal making an appearance, going this a dryer taste with some different things going on.

A dryish aftertaste with the tastes of the beer remaining behind on this light to medium bodied beer.

A different taste, not really sure if I would drink to much of this but it was definitely worth trying.
This OPA might take a bit to get accustomed to but I think there would be a pretty decent audience for it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Very hazy orange. Chunks floating. Small white head and lots of wisps.

Smell - Big citrus aroma. Lots of grain. Nice.

Taste - Very grainy, then the citrus hops kick in. Good hop flavor, but the grains build up very quickly. Tons of grain. Oatmeal is strong. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy. Nice pale ale flavors and then a strong body.

Overall - Weird concept. Too heavy for me, but good flavors.

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer from woodychandler's seemingly bottomless box. Thanks, man. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is bursting with citrus, hops. Taste is big on grapefruit, same bitterness, hoppy, oatmeal seems to be missing from both the aroma and flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes while camping last week.

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-amber with half a finger of whitre head.

Smell. Grapefruit rinds and piney hops with some toasted grains.

Taste. Sweet roasted malts, big bitter hops and lots of citrus.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice and hoppy ipa ...err OPA, with a little bit of sweetness.

Photo of Gobigvt7
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pounder can into an imperial pintd

hazy straw colored, not unlike a hefe, but with a collar of thick, white cakey foam that is relatively unchanged for 5 minutes and counting. can't see through it.

surprise, I smell hops. wet grain and citrusy hops, maybe some honey on the end of the nose.

innnteresting. Immediate sourdough malt body with grapefruit pith and lasting bitterness. No sweetness whatsoever.

oatmeal definitely creamed up the mouth, some prickly carbonation which is nicely balanced by the body.

It's a strange beast, and in my case, not a tasty one. I can see why some people like it, but I will not be drinking another one on my own dollar. The hops are very one note and not very balanced. If the hops were different, I might be singing a different tune, but there is too much bitterness and not enough balance to session this thing. Gorgeous can, though!

Photo of Docer
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap last night at their brewpub in the great Astoria.. it's still very much brewed.. and just random. They stated it's the same as their beer #1 but w/ 12 lbs. of oatmeal in the batch.

- Very cloudy straw yellow brew with a thin creamy head that leaves some nice bubbles and lace all about.

- Lovely honey sweet grain and oat aroma with fresh floral and bitter pine hop. This brew smells perfectly balanced and fantastic! Just the way I like it.

- Lovely meaty grain and oats.. but zesty and light.. balanced with great hop bitterness and pine, citrus. Bready, biscuit...

- Dry and bitter, yet zesty and mouth watering.. light to creamy med. bodied.

- This beer is good.. damn good. I wish I could brew something like this as my everyday go to beer. Just the kind of light pale I like.

Photo of Spikester
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy pale orange with a good two fingers of off white head. Good amount of lacing.
Smell is all citrus.
Taste is white grapefruit with just a kiss of malts/oatmeal.
Mouthfeel is IPA. Carbonation a bit high. Long bitter dry finish.
Overall this is a Northwest IPA. More malts please. Then it would be a double APA.
Good beer for an oatmeal IPA.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pounder can picked up last night at the COOP... but I've saw it today at Bier Thirty and Whole Foods.. Enjoyed out of my HotD goblet.. Hazy golden... Pillow white head shows great retention and lacing. Nose is bracingly bitter.. Dry.. Only hints of pale malt remain. Flavor is again unapologetically bitter... That bitterness is only magnified by plenty of pithy citrus and virtually no residual maltiness to help balance. For the low ABV the body has interesting "heft" to it that I assume is contributed by oats.. Medium body with big carbonation that is everpresent but still small bubble effervescent.

Weird... I figured I would like this more... But honestly, the drinkability takes a hit just because the bitterness is soooo heavy compared to all the rest of the parts.

3.75/4/3.75/3.75/3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy caramel straw amber. Nice two finger head with good retention and massive lacing. Looks very good. Aroma dominated by herbal hops with faint bready malt and lemon. Flavor is subdued citrus hops and light malt with the hops increasing dramatically in intensity to a very grapefruit and hop finish with long lingering bitterness. The oatmeal gives this an increadible medium, almost creamy body for the ABV. I'm very impressed with this, I think the best APA I've ever had.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Unibroue tulip. Huge fluffy with large bubbles. High retention. Soapy, suddsy lacing. Hazy, apricot colored body. Aroma is very floral and grassy (with a dash of lemon). Taste is nicely bittered with a very unique sweetness. After reading the can, I suppose that the oats are responsible for this unique flavor of smoothness and sweetness. But make no mistake, bitterness dominates in a delicious way. Very tasty, unique brew.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good yet pretty simple and straight to the point beer. It's nicely along the lines of the other oatmeal pale ales I've recently tasted (props for Burnside and Mash Tun for also doing this style).

Rather to the point nose of citrus and oats. Some hops in the mix as well. Flavors also pretty simple yet pleasant enough. Again, more hops, some oatmeal, citrus, some malts too.

Texture is great, nice viscosity, wonderful balance and a lovely finish. It's all about the finish. A very solid pale ale that has that little extra grain kick that seems to (as it usually does) mute some of the hop and citrus aromas but adds a lovely texture.

Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can bought from "Lifesource" Salem. $2.45. Alc vol is now 5.2% Hazy golden beer with a large and thick rocky ,bubbly white head. Good aromas of resiny/sprucelike hopping faint nutty scent under this. Strange the taste is definatlly hoppy ( for an APA) resiny and piney like the aroma but one is surprised by the delightfully smooth and even semi-thickness provided by the oats,hops become juicy in the end..and leave a trailing bitter after taste. Unusual beer i liked it

Photo of rand
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From 16 oz can to pint glass

A: The brew forms a frothy, 1-inch head on a gentle pour that leaves a fair amount of patchy lacing along the glass. The color is a light golden-tan, slightly opaque.

S: Hop forward nose, piny, with distinct notes of earthy tea. Light citrus notes bounce off a biscuity backdrop. The bouquet is floral and dry.

T: Bitter hops jump to the front, vinous and earthy. The tea-like tones in the nose are only accentuated on the palate. Citrus notes also noted. A touch of honeyed biscuits try to balance, but this is ultimately bitter and dry.

M: Chewy and stodgy for the ABV, the oatmeal works well for texture. Nicely carbonated.

Could use a little more malt-balance, but if you're looking for a hoppy, dry pale you could do a lot worse.

Photo of caskstrength
4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Several of these sent my way from Oregon. Thanks Frank.

Pours a radiant yellow/orange. Vibrant hazy glow with a fluffy white head. I don't think appearance matters much, but this is one of the best looking beers I've ever poured.

Smells are IPA style, which is My-P-A-style. Citrus, pine, bitterness tempting me....a bit of honey sweetness.

OPA is clearly a riff on IPA. This is a bitter, dry, and pithy explosion of hophead goodness. Grind up some grapfruit rinds, throw in some pine needles, add some orange bitters, and there you go.

Pithy dryness on the feel, mouth smackingly rewarding. The oatmeal thickens it up just enough to keep it from being thin/watery. Good call there.

What are all you yahoos doing rating this so low? This beer is awesome.

Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came to me from long-time long-distance trader, msubulldog25, who knows that The CANQuest (TM) welcomes new beers in a CAN and helps to further the madness when he CAN.

From the CAN: "Oatmeal works in our beer the same way it works fro breakfast: sweet but not cloying, satisfying but not heavy. Pleasurably hoppy and bitter, Sunrise OPA offers a flavorful and uncommon twist to the pale ale profile. Oatmeal adds fullness to the body and smoothness to the mouthfeel, forming a nice, dense head that lasts a good, long time."; "Brewing with oats is a delicate process ... the mash turns sticky and unworkable if you don't strike the right balance like the one we've carefully devised for Sunrise. We also use crystal, caramelized malts with a light hand for a sweeter, richer beer. Fort George Sunrise OPA is the perfect pint to compliment a glorious dawn, whether you're heading to breakfast or never made it to bed last night."; "Unfiltered - Expect sediment at bottom of CAN - Drink Fresh - Do not age - Keep refrigerated."

Aye aye to all of the above. I will attempt to maintain clarity in this beer, unlike the wit (which I think should be stirred up anyway). Also, big ups to them for letting me know that their graphic designer was in a bike accident and once he finishes mending, he will post the Quick Wit Brain Teaser answers. I may have been the only one to inquire, but I love both rebuses and puzzles and this gives me a little more time to work on the answers.

I had grits for breakfast, so it fits that I will follow that up with some oatmeal. The Crack revealed yet another brimful craft CAN, so an inverted Glug seemed to be in order. Whoo-ee and Yee-ha! This got me the fluffiest, densest two-plus fingers of bone white head with great retention that I have seen in a while. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow. The nose had a minty, grassy aspect and I was ready for that first sip. Man, only the west coast would call this an APA! The bitter hops were immediate on the tongue and I have to admit, I was not quite ready on that first draught. The second sip was great, heavy with grapefruit hops initially, but allowing a caramel sweetness to cut through. The mouthfeel was prickly, very carbonated along with the intensity of the hops. Finish was dry, but not overly dry, but more than I might expect from the style. I am neither a style maven nor a clarity junkie, so it was all good with me, but others may not be of a similar mindset.

I have to admit - I am very impressed by Fort George's beer and their customer service, responding very quickly to my E-mail inquiry. I will be ordering a beanie from them shortly and perhaps paying them a visit this summer.

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

First had: can in a trade from msubulldog25. Thanks!

An aggressive pour into a shaker yielded almost a full glass of golden-white foam. Oops. When it settled down, there was a very creamy cap of said head on top of a cloudy, vibrant, honey-colored liquid. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops; gladly I could tell this beer was still well within its prime. Taste was good, but extremely bitter up front, and I needed a few sips to acclimate to it. Biscuity malts beneath a shroud of intense citrus and leafy hops, pine needles, still pretty bitter all the way through, and upon taking a rather large gulp at one point, I actually shuttered a bit at the bitterness. Good, but a little unbalanced, bringing down the drinkability somewhat. Glad to have the opportunity to try this one as I'd surely never see it over here on the East Coast!

Photo of vkv822
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into tulip snifter.

Pours a clear, golden orange with a foamy white head, leaves a lot of lacing.

Citric hops with a pleasant, sweet oat malt balance.

Sweet oats balanced with citric fruit a light, bitter hop finish.

Full bodied mouthfeel, light carbonation.

A fairly simple beer, but quite enjoyable for a basic Pale Ale.

Photo of alexrichman
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a pint size can which is pretty awesome. The beer poured with a small 1-2 finger head but had nice retention and lacing. Mostly hazy, burnt blonde in color. Over all a nice looking beer.

The smell opens up when this beer warms up a bit, lots of hop comes through in bursts of grapefruit and spice.

The taste is pretty similar to the smell. A small amount of sweetness from malt upfront, a nice spicy/ juicy, citrusy hop follows the malt, finally I taste a lot of the oats on the finish which really rounds the beer out nicely.

The feel is a bit thick, but not in a way that detracts from the style. Just enough to give the brew a bit of a presence but not enough to make this unsessionable.

Overall this is a nice beer. For being a pale ale, it has quite a bit of citrus like bitterness to it. This may be a turnoff for some, however I think it's a great Pacific NW APA. Tasty, complex, and highly drinkable. I'll have to try more from Fort George in the future.

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this just came out in cans.

Poured into my snifter and wow is is pretty. Almost looks like a hef but the head on it and the sticky lacing on the glass totally tells me there are hops and oats in this beer. Totally hazy and man can you smell the hops. The smell is amazing for such a low abv beer and you get a small hint of the oats. Oh wow. The taste is amazing. You get the hops up front and its bitter. The 52 IBUs are low and then the after taste kicks in and slowly the oats creep up on you. This is the best Oatmeal Pale I have had and they are getting popular in the Oregon Beer scene. The mouthfeel is what you would expect from an oatmeal beer. Creamy and sticky from the hops. Very full mouth feel. Overall, this is outstanding. I have really begun to respect what fort George has been making and I think this may be my go to beer for them. This was a real treat and I wonder what this is like on draft.

Photo of TheEarl
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a can of Sunrise OPA in a standard pint glass on May 31, 2012.

Appearance: OPA is a bright orange with a white and quite durable head.

Smell: The initial aroma is of citrusy hops with a light yeasty note.

Taste: OPA’s taste is faintly vegetable-like with astringent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light/medium with lots of very fizzy carbonation.

Overall: Sunrise OPA just isn’t very well balanced. There’s no evidence of the oatmeal and the bitterness that hits in the taste is not really a hoppy bitterness. Maybe my palette just isn’t sophisticated enough to appreciate this beer but I suspect is just isn’t very good.

Photo of harrymel
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned: unk

pours very carbonated golden with a couple fingers of fine creamy foam. Nose is nice, grapefruit, peach, pine, sweet malts, hints of honey and oranges. I like this nose a ton. Flavor is plenty bitter with some biscuit malts, some gun powder flavors, a bit of tea and oxidation - too bad the flavor doesn't meet the presence of the aroma. Medium bodied with moderate carb and an off dry finish, a little too dry for the style IMO. Nice beer, could use some tweaks here and there.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a tallboy can into a pint glass. Canned on 3/19/14

A- Poured a hazy light orange color with huge fluffy bright white head that left webbed lace.

S- Big orange citrus and lemon hoppy notes (definitely smells like Amarillo), sweet bready notes, and some other light fruity notes. It is not a huge aroma but it is so well-balanced and the hop expression is very bright and welcoming.

T- Lots of grainy, bready, and oatmeal notes, very high herbal and earthy bitterness, and some light fruity notes.

M- Prickly carbonation, medium body, very dry, and pretty refreshing.

O- The hop aroma and the hop flavor in this beer were very different with a really bright citrusy nose and a more herbal and bitter hop flavor. The bitterness is pretty harsh and I think overshadows what could be a solid pale ale underneath.

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a bit of haze going on and a nice effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam. Good!

Smell: nice, bright, citrusy hop aroma. There's plenty of grapefruit here which is great.

Taste: light, smooth malt flavor with lots of those citrusy hops in the flavor. Bitterness is pretty high for an APA, but overall it's quite good. I like it.

Mouthfeel: smooth, probably due to the oatmeal, but surprisingly light-bodied. It's got a good carbonation, so I think there is a missed opportunity here to have a good creaminess. Not bad, but could be a lot better.

Overall: this pale ale appeals to me. Cloudy, citrusy and quaffable.

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Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale) from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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