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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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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
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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Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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...

Photo of doughanson78
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Arborescence
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Photo of Trout
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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...

Photo of Chou
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  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!

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.

Photo of LaPlaya
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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.

Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

Photo of piclee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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!

Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale) from Fort George Brewery + Public House
83 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.