Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale) - Fort George Brewery + Public House
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Reviews by caskstrength:
4.58/5 rDev +24.1%
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 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.
09-25-2012 16:00:13 | More by caskstrength
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3.14/5 rDev -14.9%
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. . .
06-26-2013 00:10:27 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5 rDev -3%
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.
05-15-2013 19:47:50 | More by LXIXME
3.56/5 rDev -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.
06-02-2013 20:26:37 | More by Alieniloquium
3.95/5 rDev +7%
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.
09-08-2012 13:13:06 | More by tone77
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
07-09-2012 01:47:15 | More by Rutager
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
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!
02-26-2012 07:49:55 | More by Gobigvt7
4.35/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
12-23-2010 01:30:49 | More by Docer
3.41/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
07-18-2013 05:05:14 | More by Spikester
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
03-31-2012 04:08:56 | More by LiquidAmber
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
11-11-2012 03:53:06 | More by KickbacksSteve
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-07-2011 23:21:37 | More by cbarrett4
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
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
03-17-2012 02:18:26 | More by Reidrover
Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale) from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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