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Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House

Vortex IPAVortex IPA

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%


Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Our IPA is made with generous additions of Cascade, Simcoe and Palisade hops throughout the brewing, fermentation and conditioning phases, balanced with heaps of organic pale malt. We designed this to not rip your taste buds off your tongue, but rather vigourously stimulate them and your palate into a lupulin-ecstacy of pleasure. During the cross-country truck trip our brewery made to find it's home in Astoria, it was nearly scattered to the cornfields of Nebraska by a tornado. We try to capture some of nature's intensity in every pint."

ABV 7.7% IBU 97

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-13-2007)
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StJamesGate

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber with fluffy sandstone head.
Leafy, lemon, herbal fresh hop nose - bright!
Sugar cookie with pine sap, pineapple, and a bit of dank resin.
Candied grapefruit and unpleasantly tightening skunky linger.
Lt-medium, slight chew, sticky.

Pale, light, and fragrant - but gooier than expected, thin, and not clean. Mismatch between sweet fruit up front and bitterly astringent linger. Too strong to session any way, but more trouble than it’s worth for the flavor.

Serving type: can

03-10-2014 19:52:20 | More by StJamesGate
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a pint glass. Canned on 12/16/12, so about 10 weeks old.

A- Poured a very dark orange color with huge fluffy off-white head that left dense webbed lacing.

S- Huge tropical fruit, peach, mango, pungenr grapefruit, pine, and some dank notes. Very aromatic and powerful hop aroma, with some light malt sweetness coming through.

T- Huge juicy tropical fruit of peach, mango, and pungent grapefruit. Quite a bit of pine, some dank quality, malt sweetness, and slight earthy notes. Pretty high bitterness, which seems pretty common for all of Fort George's IPAs.

M- Incredibly full bodied and chewy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, very creamy, and dry finish. Not sure if I have ever had an IPA with a mouthfeel this heavy.

O- Another great IPA from Fort George. Lots of juicy tropical fruit notes and some really nice dank, piney, and earthy hop notes. The mouthfeel on the beer was really unique for the style, but did make the beer feel very filling.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 04:39:36 | More by Hoptometrist
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TheeWalrusHunter

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a can into a tulip

Canning date is: November 25, 2013 - over a month old

A: Beautiful beer. Deep ruby orange with 1.5 inch tan head

S: Piney, Citrusy - more aromatic once after i popped the tab - before that, it smelled like a can.

T: Its an IPA, not a DIPA - and thus tastes like one. pretty thin citrus flavor, nice bite to it. Has a little alcohol heat.

M: Medium mouthfeel. I have no really issues with that - maybe would like it a little lighter, but with 7.7% that might be tough

O: A solid IPA, would buy again and try to get a fresher one.

Serving type: can

01-07-2014 04:44:54 | More by TheeWalrusHunter
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice pine and grapefruit smell.
The taste has a moderate pine and lemon bitterness that is balanced throughout the profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A solid IPA and very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 03:04:48 | More by Fatehunter
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anarchia

Oregon

4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pale orange/gold with a nice thick head that leaves behind a ton of lacing on the glass. Aroma is massive amounts of grapefruit hops. Thick and sweet on the tongue, very substantial malt character, followed by a burst of more grapefruity hops. This beer is very substantial, almost chewy! Bitter finish, very dry, makes you want to drink another. When friends tell me they like hoppy beers this is what I suggest. A long-time favorite IPA of mine.

Serving type: can

11-16-2013 03:30:36 | More by anarchia
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ssteakley

Washington

4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a Mighty fine Meaty IPA. Thick, you can cut it with a knife. Strong from the first taste. If I ever have a chance to home brew I would like to accomplish a taste like this for sure. Oregon comes through with another winner. Gotta visit that state and hang out. I see a road trip coming up.

Serving type: can

10-29-2013 04:04:12 | More by ssteakley
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rastamendi

California

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a .5L glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep orange - until the dregs come out. Drinks a hazy, deep orange with a tenacious head that dissipates into a 1/8" head with great lacing.

S: Smells of citrus-like/orange with strong floral notes and pine and subtle hints of caramel malt. The citrus character is almost candy-like. Very pleasant.

T: Citrus and pine characteristics dominate. The malt character supports the firm hop bitterness delicately. Truly a hoppy beer, though not simply a 'one-dimensional' IPA, as the malt character is well balanced for the style.

M: Medium-high carbonation lends a creamy texture. Finish is sticky with hop flavor.

O: An extremely hoppy IPA - borders on IIPA as the 7.7% ABV lingers in classification purgatory. Regardless, a well made (I)IPA by any standard. I wish I would have brought another can back from my trip to Seattle. I look forward to more styles from this brewery!

Serving type: can

10-03-2013 01:53:48 | More by rastamendi
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mactrail

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance starts out nice, with golden orange color in the glass. But I haven't seen floaters like this in a long time. Actually, they're sinkers, but still disconcerting, like bugs in the hot tub, even though you know they're cooked and chlorinated.

Great flavor, though, with a rich and mellow malt powering through, and then the huge, spicy, and aromatic blast of hops. Lovely aroma of Cascades. The hops seem to work nicely together. Very flowery with some interesting complexities of pine and fruit. Slightly sweet, but in a nice way, with the big hop tang.

Altogether, a delicious and tangy IPA with the bitterness reigned in nicely. I just wish they'd filter the stuff. From the 16 oz can purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

Serving type: can

09-17-2013 07:08:13 | More by mactrail
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cavedave

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks, again, to beertunes for another tasty PNW treat!

Pours a very cloudy amber with a finger's off white head that relaxes to a thin cap and ring. Leggy lace and bubbles cling to the glass.

Mild aroma that is citrus pith, light caramel, lighter floral, and even lighter tangy yeast.

All the flavors of the aroma are balanced into a medium strength taste that is quite delicious. As it warms the floral notes come more forward and the bitter at the end of the sip builds nicely. quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect for style, low carb., viscous without buildup, and excellent finish.

Not a lot of complexity, nor is it heavily dry hopped and aromatic, yet this beer is very tasty and I recommend it highly.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 17:26:02 | More by cavedave
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draheim

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a tulip. Pours a coppery straw color w/ a big fluffy gravity-defying head that leaves behind nice clumps of sticky lace. Not sure what's going on here, but I like it.

Aroma is deep and earthy, citrusy, fruity, floral, pungent. Some pine in there too. Smells like an herb garden after a storm. Certainly unique. Unlike any other beer I've had.

Taste is likewise floral and fruity, both bitter and sweet. Fecund and tropical. Orange and grapefruit rind. Also has a dry powdery candy quality I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, lingering. Oily and resinous.

Overall this is an interesting take on an IPA. Greater than the sum of its parts. I understand why it's called Vortex.

Serving type: can

07-26-2013 05:51:08 | More by draheim
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pint can into shaker pint glass.

A: gentep pour nets a 2finger fluffy soft off white head that slowly receded into a finger width concave cap of foam. Great lacing. Almost amber colored, almost not pale anymore.

S: big hop aroma. Citrusy and grassy like pretty much every other ipa brewed in Oregon. Don't get me wrong I love my home state but the obsession with overbesring IPAs is a little tired. Not much else going on in this aroma wise.

T: not as agressive as I expected. Opens floral and a bit herby followed by the grassy notes. Gets a little bitter but not extreme like some. Willing to bet it is a reasonable boil time with huge hop addition.

M: medium bodied. Nothing special but not wrong. Just is. Smooth enough to drink but not outstanding.

O: not a bad ipa but not my favorite.

Serving type: can

07-14-2013 05:45:22 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Canned 4/20/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and earthy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal hop 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 a pretty good beer with a solid hop profile in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 02:21:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy deep orange with a nice white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smell - Floral and bright citrus hops. A hint of grapefruit and sweet malt backing.

Taste - Excellent hop flavor and sweetness balance. Bright citrus and grapefruit. Sweetness balances it out without being heavy or overly caramelized. Bitterness builds in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Bitter, but not too much. Slightly creamy.

Overall - Excellent. Reminiscent of top DIPAs, but lacking a touch of refinement.

Serving type: can

06-02-2013 21:44:29 | More by Alieniloquium
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my CanBIF 2013 haul. Thanks Boozecamel!

Poured from a 16oz. can, 03/05 marked on the bottom of the can which i take to be March 5 as a canning date.

Appearance: Very hazy, dark peach-gold trimmings as a color, lots of rings form around the glass.

Smell: Fresh citrus fruit, peaches, straddles the sweet side a bit, very full.

Taste: Huge ripe fruit, like biting into a sweet peach. Sweetness intensifies in the middle but never cloys. CRISP ORANGES WITH THE PEEL, GOOD HOP NECTAR.

Mouthfeel: Spot-on carbonation, prolonged bitterness, lip smacking.

Overall: Good flavor, good hoppiness, great IPA.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 11:54:05 | More by papat444
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scottfrie

California

4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours hazy dark pumpkin with a huge, thick, dense, light tan head that faded into a thick bubbly film that left sticky patches of lace down the glass.
S: Sweet tropical fruits, kiwi, raspberry, papaya, grapefruit, and flower nectar. Very sweet, fruity, tropical and exotic. Doughy malt undertones.
T: Sweet and fruity hops, very nectar and tropical forward, caramel and biscuit undertones, hop resin finish, nectar mixed with bitter pith aftertaste. Sweet, fruity and delicious. Hint of mint as well.
M: Slick, hop resin mouthfeel, soft, low and tingly carb. Medium full body.
O: Really really good. Sweet tropical fruits and a great mouthfeel. Thanks Ryan.

Serving type: can

04-04-2013 22:58:34 | More by scottfrie
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hoppytobehere

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. tallboy can. Date at bottom appears to be 09/07.

A: Pours a nice opaque, cloudy but bright copper. Good head/retention/lacing.

S: I'm getting mostly sweet caramel malt in the nose, some hops in there as well. Not a bad thing. Probably some of the hop profile has vanished since this is a few months old.

T: More hop flavor than the nose suggests. Fairly balanced. Good finish.

M: Good carbonation, medium-bodied. Booze well-hidden.

O: Had this at their brewery 2 years ago in Astoria. This brings back some memories. Tastes better fresh on tap (obviously). West coast has so many good IPAs, and this is certainly one of them.

Serving type: can

11-29-2012 03:15:23 | More by hoppytobehere
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woemad

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $2.99. No freshness date on the can.

Poured a hazy, burnt orange color, with a creamy-looking off-white head. Lots of lace.

Lots of hops in the nose. Grapefruit and pine notes.

More bitter in the taste than in the nose. Big, bitter hop blast upfront, with a bready malt backbone way in the background. A sweeter citrus flavor kicks in just before the dry swallow.

Medium bodied, with a dry yet oily mouthfeel.

Not a bad IPA at all, if you don’t mind a fairly bitter take on the style. Not too bad a price for a 16oz can, either. I’d definitely drink this again.

Serving type: can

11-26-2012 00:21:17 | More by woemad
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KajII

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that lasted a little while, reducing to a few small puddles with a medium collar and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted grain malt, pine and citrus hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (orange and grapefruit).

The taste was mildly sweet with a hint of caramel throughout and then had a hoppy grapefruit peel bitterness with a mild orange sweetness towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a mildly harsh piney bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body and dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall this was a bitter-sweet IPA with an awesome drinkability, which ultimately leaves you wanting more...

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Serving type: can

09-13-2012 19:08:14 | More by KajII
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pwnzilla for a lovely trade that arrived a couple days ago chock full of good beer &, even better, a bunch of hoppy extras. This is one. Never heard of the beer or the brewery...let the fun commence. Big 16 oz. can with a nice story on it. One point six bonus points.

The pour yields a billowing head that borders on the obnoxious, forcing me to wait patiently while it slowly falls away, like a calving glacier. Minus one point three points for making me wait for my beer. Orangish, clear, filtered. Aroma is light but scattered, with flicks of pine, citrus, spring flowers.

Vortex IPA should come with a questionnaire: any allergies? If pollen is on that list, avoid this beer. The smell paints a vivid picture of a high Colorado plateau in flower, huge floral aspect to it that's simultaneously delicate & drowning any other subtleties. Pine & citrus nip at the palate gently, & there might even be a touch of lavender? Bitterness is mild at first, but builds with each sip to a low growl after a few minutes; lovely effect. Sip, sip, sip. Sip.

This is why the West Coast has such a rep for IPAs. We have some great ones in the Midwest, but it seems like there are dozens of under-the-radar gems out west. This is another example: not only ridiculously tasty, but with a worthy twist. Downright excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 02:45:21 | More by maximum12
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harrymel

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 26MAR12

Golden with a annoyingly persistent three fingers of dense foam. Grapefruit and alfalfa with sweet malts on the nose, nothing spectacular. Flavor is bitter and spicy with plenty of hops. The malts are slightly sweet and biscuity. Medium bodied with hi carb and an off dry finish. Pretty decent beer. Would probably enjoy more on tap and a little colder.

Serving type: can

06-09-2012 04:08:13 | More by harrymel
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snaotheus

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pint glass

Pours slightly cloudy orangeish yellow with a big pillowy light beige head. Smell is citrus sweet and flowery. Nice piney hops.

Taste is bitter hops, serious bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, not bad at all.

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 23:43:29 | More by snaotheus
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Treebs

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt (mfavoino) for sending this out in our recent blind box round of trading. Tall boy can served Great Divide cervoise.

A: Pours a semi-hazy amber color with light golden edges that hug the glass. A thick and fluffy two finger head of white foam forms on the pour and recedes very slowly leaving behind some sticky webbing.

S: There's a nice mix of citrus fruits, mainly oranges, and some light pine at the forefront. There is an odd bubblegum like sweetness that plays in the background. It might be a very sweet malt body, but I can't pin point it. Either way it gives the beer an odd, yet enjoyable turn in the nose.

T: The sweet malt body and that slight bubblegum flavor take a more front and center approach in the taste. It is a tad boozy which may also be lending a hand to the pink bubblegum flavor. The citrus and piney hop flavors pick back up in the finish with the piney hops taking a more bold approach.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level with sweet malt and bitter hop finish.

O: The booze and sweet malt flavors might have contributed to the pink bubblegum sweetness, but luckily it was generously hopped so that flavor didn't dominate. This was a solid local and I enjoy trying these new beers. Thanks Matt!

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 01:46:20 | More by Treebs
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Horse Brass Pub; reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin, off-white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Really balanced smell going on here– I get the expected pine and citrus (orange peel, pineapple) hops, but along with a caramel malt aroma that's almost comparable in its strength. Bits of alcohol and herbal hops lend it a spicy complexity.

T: Taste follows almost directly from smell; pine and citrus hops dominate and are backed up by caramel malts. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in the flavor.

M: Thick and creamy, and well carbonated. This leads to a long finish, which does a lot of good for the beer's citrus flavors.

O: An above average IPA, would love to try it out of the can when I get a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 08:25:03 | More by AwYeh
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herman77

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, dark copper orange. Rocky off white head. Nice lacing. Really good looking beer.

S: Orange peels, carmel malt, a bit of grapefruit and a hint of pine.

T: Lots of citrus and pine resin. Bitter grapefruit, lemon and orange. There is some malt that is more on the front and middle palate, but then the hops dominate for sure. Has a spicy resin kick near the finish. A stinging bitter finish.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation. A bit slick and oily feeling.

O: A unique IPA for sure. Don't think I've had an IPA with that big of a hop kick just at the finish. Not the most drinkable for me, but glad I got it in an extra.

Serving type: can

05-03-2012 02:15:10 | More by herman77
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Florida9

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mildly hazy dark orange amber in color. Forms a moderate sized off white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S: The aroma is aggressively hoppy with lots of citrus, especially grapefruit, but with notes of orange as well. Alcohol and fusel spice.

T: Taste starts off with a mild bit of biscuity and toasty malts before turning slightly sweet with lots of fusel spice and pine. Grapefruit to a lesser extent. Alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Moderate, persistent bitterness on the finish. Lots of alcohol.

O: Overall this could be a very good beer, but the alcoholic presence in all aspects of this beer is a very distracting and tiresome flaw that is difficult to overlook.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 00:11:23 | More by Florida9
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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
90 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.