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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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83
good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-12-2007)
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1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

cherche, Oct 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

gnaztee, Sep 08, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.5%

CaseyAmber, Mar 16, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

velcrogrip, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of TheEarl
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

TheEarl, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of cjhofelt
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First, let me say that there is nothing technically wrong with this beer, it's just that I personally don't like it.

Served in a canning jar filled to the lip with absolutely no head. Clear light amber.

Nice hoppy aroma with some fruity ale hints.

Quite thin in the taste department. This is what I would imagine a pale ale would taste like if I added club soda. Some hops in the finish after a hint of malt, but hard to find it. I would imagine that this beer would be popular with the BMC drinkers that show up here.

Very thin mouthfeel, too.

It's drinkable enough, I just feel a bit cheated in the taste department.

cjhofelt, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Chou
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Chou, May 28, 2012
Photo of gkunkle
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy goldenrod color with a sense cream colored head. Retention is very good. Okay lacing. Aroma is of "C" hops, very citric and fresh. Taste slightly sweet at the beginning, then I get an earthy/piney bitterness toward the end. Mouthfeel is appropriate for an APA, slightly soft feeling. My only complaint about this beer is that the anima and the taste don't seem to match well. Individually the aroma is good and the taste is okay, but together they don't work together well at all.

gkunkle, May 22, 2012
Photo of loren01
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: I recently purchased a 4 pack of their cans at a local bottle shop. This beer poured into a mason drinking jar a clear yellow color with a nice sized frothy white head down the glass.
S: Grassy, piney hop scent. Also some caramelly malt scent in there
T: Very slight malt up front followed by the grassy/herbal style hop bitterness. Its ok at first but the lack of balance makes it hard to drink after a few initial sips.
M: Light to medium bodied beer, carbonation seems a bit high
O: This is kind of a strange beer, not one of my favorite Ft George offerings, I'm a bit surprised this one was chosen to can. I guess maybe it would make a good summer session BBQ beer or something. This one isn't my cup of tea.

loren01, Apr 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

bernat1971, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

mpenning13, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of CaptainTripps
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a pint glass

A: A "heavy" pale yellow comes out of the pour (think straw color). Very cloudy. 2 fingers of creamy white head comes with the pour that leaves some lacing on glass. Head disappears quickly.

S: I have a hard time not just labeling the smell as fresh. Honey mixed with some oats combinded with a floral hop character (light pine and lemon grass).

T: Light on flavor. I find that most of the flavors are really mute. Its like being at a hard rock concert and the music is at half volume. Oats, honey, and floral hops are there, but not there-there how I want them to be.

M: Light to medium bodied, very smooth and creamy like.

O: Overall, I would like the flavors to be more "there" instead of light distant versions of them.

CaptainTripps, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.14/5  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. . .

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of KajII
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fluffy head that had great retention, eventually reducing to a thick film with a medium collar which created some excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a cereal malt, citrus and floral hops and a sweet earthy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit peel), caramel, oats and a mild fruity ester (peaches).

The taste was mildly sweet and a tad bitter with a mild fruity sweetness and a hint of caramel early on, becoming a bit hoppy and rather creamy (due to the oats, I’m sure) with a bitter citrus peel presence towards the end. The flavor stuck around for an extremely long time with a strong bitter citrus taste that laid on the taste buds for what seemed like forever.

Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body and had a nice creamy dry texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a very tasty, quite drinkable creamy brew with a mild ABV. This is a great session brew with a nice bold bitterness...

KajII, Jul 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Eighty, Jan 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Birdlegs, Sep 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Kopfschuss, Apr 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

sharpski, May 11, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Canned 4/15/13.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and grapefruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the bitterness from the hops is not well balanced.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Spikester, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of rand
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

rand, Sep 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

switzer, Mar 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

mdaschaf, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jmccraney, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

warpedrevolution, Jan 20, 2014
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Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale) from Fort George Brewery + Public House
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.