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: 41
Hads: 121
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  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. (595 characters)

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. (662 characters)

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! (829 characters)

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. (2,690 characters)

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. (458 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 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 (799 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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. (520 characters)

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. (715 characters)

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. (362 characters)

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. . . (922 characters)

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. (358 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 RedDiamond
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
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 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 (477 characters)

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. (491 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,066 characters)

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. (336 characters)

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. (1,120 characters)

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. (801 characters)

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. (352 characters)

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. (827 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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... (1,020 characters)

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