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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: 45
Hads: 128
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 24.05%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | 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

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-12-2007

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 128
Photo of DefenCorps
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from New Seasons. Heard this was going away so I had to grab it.

A mildly hazy light orange with a dense, white head with solid retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is solid. Bright citrusy hops with orange and a little grapefruit, green, leafy hop character, a malt character that has a blend of oxidized malt, cooked oatmeal and a little cereal-heavy, this is decent. A little honey is present as well. The palate opens with a blend of OJ, honey, a little sweet grapefruit juice, cooked oatmeal and a definite vegetal hop character. For some reason, the leafy hop character really seems to cling to the oats, making this a little distracting. Smooth and slick on the palate with a mild sweetness on the finish, this is decent.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drank at Canfest a few years back, it seems like half the breweries just bring their old out of date stock to this thing. Good premise, questionable execution sometimes.

Hazy orange and yellow coloured pour, soft 5/8" white head on the beer. You get citrus in the aroma, orange and tangerine. Not really hoppy aroma or taste, just citrus aroma.

Lacked a hop punch for sure in the mouthfeel and taste segments. Oats provided a smooth mouthfeel, but that is also achievable when the hops aren't there. Seemed undercarbonated at times. Little malt contribution flavorwise. An easy going beer to keep in the fridge for when people come over I guess.

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Photo of aobrehm
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L- Bright golden orange color with slight haze. White head dissipates and is retained around the edges.

S- Resinous and citrussy hop aroma dominates. Slight biscuit malt presence in the background.

T- Crisp and balanced. American hops counteracted beautifully with grainy biscuit malt and subtle sweetness.

F- Beautifully creamy with substantial body for a lighter beer. Dries out in the finish.

O- A really nice pale ale that is well-balanced and creamy.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.7/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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.


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Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of HappyPappy2X
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, pale orange, small head that dissipates quickly. Many chunks of sediment remain after a strong pour including dregs.

Nose: Lots of butter or butterscotch up front (diacetyl?), slight citrus spiciness.

Taste: Lots of citrus hops up front with strong carbonation enhancing it. Grapefruit and grassy notes arise mid way and remain to finish.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, Light body yet smooth (oats?)

Overall: A very hoppy, unique pale ale that flirts with crosses into IPA territory. Diacetyl works to balance hop sharpness and low malt flavor.

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Photo of rand
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
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. . .

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.56/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a can, poured into a wine glass. A pale ale made with oatmeal. Cloudy apricot in color, hazy with tiny particles. The can states that no filtering or fining has been used on the beer, so there you go. Atop sits a half-inch head of pure, sticky white foam that soon becomes a silky top layer.

Brewed mainly with Amarillo, the beer’s aroma gives off notes of orange and grapefruit pith, a touch of grass, a little honey and a hint of oat. Pleasant, but a little soft.

Flashes of sweetness are interspersed with bitterness in the flavor. It begins with oats and honey, but these are quickly overtaken by spicy hops. A little floral character mixes with the citrus pith. Surprising bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue. Very clean, snappy flavor. Oatmeal emerges more as it warms,

As promised, the oats have given this brew a nice, creamy body. It’s a smooth medium with gentle pokes of carbonation and a little silky fizz. Alcohol is nonexistent, but bitterness gets bigger with each sip.

Not a bad brew. I like what the oatmeal adds to it.

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Photo of KajII
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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...

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Photo of TheEarl
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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Photo of Trout
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

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.

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.

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...

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