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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
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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:
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(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-12-2007)
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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 LaPlaya
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

LaPlaya, May 21, 2012
Photo of alexrichman
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

alexrichman, May 04, 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
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

twelveinches, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

bluckbeyes, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Kopfschuss, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

barleywinefiend, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of piclee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

piclee, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

vkv822, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of mfavoino
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a pint glass on 3/28/12.

Appearance: Hazy straw colored and looks a lot like a hefe. Aggressive head recedes to the body of the beer and provides some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops with a lemon scent that is backed by a sweet, grainy aroma.

Taste: Muted citrus hops are balanced by a hearty oat and grain flavor. Finishes with more of a lingering bitterness than I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and coats the palate. Full-bodied for an APA because of the oats, but still highly drinkable.

Overall: This is a unique example of an APA that is worth giving a try.

mfavoino, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

beertunes, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

flagmantho, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Reidrover, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

switzer, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Gobigvt7
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Gobigvt7, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +9%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Vancoubeer
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Vancoubeer, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of cbarrett4
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

cbarrett4, Sep 08, 2011
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 Docer
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Docer, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

beagle75, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +9%
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

canucklehead, Jul 19, 2008
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
Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale) from Fort George Brewery + Public House
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.