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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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Reviews: 42
Hads: 124
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 12
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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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bought from brewery canned two days ago so super fresh. Huge citrus aromas that give way to a wonderful hop bitterness and a creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel on this is spectacular they no how to use the oats to turn the pale ale to a creamy goodness. No sign of wateryness on this one. One of the best pale ales I've had. Wish I would have bought more. (352 characters)

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of caskstrength
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

I can't say I was impressed the first time I had this. I found it not all that complex and slightly boring.

What a difference a palate makes.

This is for those that crave a dry finish, complex hop profile, and drinkability in their pale ales. Much is made about balance, but usually without education. This beer straddles the line between drinkable and complex perfectly. It isn't so complex that one should drift off and contemplate the complexities of life but a drink that is interesting and yet it allows the drinker to continue to be sociable while still enjoying their drink.

Craft beer doesn't need to be aged in a barrel ... or procured after a two hour wait in a ridiculous line. Beers like this offer a nice reminder of that fact. (744 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.49 (according to the can this was $1 off the regular price). There’s a date stamped on the bottom of the can that appears to say 3/11 (presumably March 11, 2015) but it was smudged quite badly.

Poured a hazy, pale golden color, with lots of bubbles arcing to the top of a nonic pint glass. Big, rocky white head that left lots of lace.

Bitter, citrusy hop aroma.

The bitter, citrusy, lemony hoppy nose carries over to the taste, at least initially, but then a malty backbone that’s meaty enough to keep this from being like a bitter IPA makes itself known. The balance is fantastic, but the drinker still has to not mind a bitter and very dry hoppiness.

Medium bodied, with a prickly, slightly oily mouthfeel.

I really like this, and don’t find it’s 4 ½ months or so in the can to have been detrimental at all. This is a nice pale ale for people who don’t mind bitter hops (48 IBUs, per the can label). I’ve had IPAs with 90+ IBUs that didn’t deliver as much on hop flavor, yet the malt backbone makes it a surprisingly balanced beer. If I were to walk over to my closest local and find this on tap, I’d have several. Really bummed it sounds like FG is looking to replace it with something else as part of their canned lineup. Shoulda tried this a long time ago. (1,348 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of alexrichman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very grapefruity IPA that is well puit together and looks pretty good in a canning jar all orange gold in the sun. Once the beer warms up all sorts of nuances show up and make this a real nice sessionable APA. The oatmeal part makes this slightly smoother in the finish (271 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light yellow color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some bubbles

S: A little bit of lemon, some other citrus notes and a light floral note

T: Initial citrus with a note of light oats, some grain and some floral notes has a light but noticable oat finish with a light bittering hop

M: Light to medium body

O: Very tasty, easy to drink. (368 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With its identical color to the Pi Beer I had just described as “sunny gold”, I’d say FG’s Sunrise Oatmeal Pale is well named. An aroma of cannabis hops, black tea, and soft fruitiness sets the stage for a beer that drinks cleanly with full body and notable lacing. Sunrise is gently sweet with modest carbonation and bittering. A clean and approachable session ale. (370 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (2,690 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of Trout
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma:
After warming, aroma of dank and spicy/citrus hops...definitely new American varieties. Subdued malt aroma and bready / yeasty notes.

Appearance:
4 oz sample pours somewhat bright( clarity) golden marigold(color).( balance of beer poured couldy/yeast&hop sediment)...average white head of small bubbles...somewhat persistent...average lacing.

Flavor:
Big hop flavor..vegital...with medium isomerized bitterness. long, bold hop flavor continues thru finish that is spicy citrus zest. Medium supporting malt is subtly sweet and smooth.

Mouthfeel:
Mild carbonation produces a medium body with little carbonic sting. Oats produce a silky smooth roundness...a departure from the dry finish characterized by the APA style.

Overall:
At 5.2% the beer is verging on sessionable and the body is not too heavy for drinking more than one...But the bold hop character is a little over the top for style and is in that ground between IPA and APA. A very dynamic blend of aroma, flavor and feel...I really liked the brew...but it's not quite refreshing enough for more than 1 or 2... (1,081 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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! (829 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass. Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with about an inch of white head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma started out with a sweet, grain scent then followed up with a nice blast of citrusy hops that complemented, not overpowered, the malts. There was a nice bit of a yeast scent in the background as well.

The flavors were pretty similar, good grainy malts, a touch of yeast and a crisp, dry, citrus hop finish. The body was full, even and smooth and wasn't heavy or sticky at all. Drinkability was wonderful, I could drink can after can of this tasty beer. Overall, a very nice brew that I see becoming part of my regular rotation, especially during baseball season. A must try if you see it. (726 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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 (799 characters)

Photo of Gobigvt7
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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! (881 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 (477 characters)

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Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale) from Fort George Brewery + Public House
84 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.