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Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Vortex IPAVortex IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

98 Reviews
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 372
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 19.7%
Wants: 39
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-13-2007

"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
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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 372
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass at Eichhardt's in downtown Sandpoint. Not what I came for, but it's what I'm leaving with - I can't complain about that!

This beer appears a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one finger of puffy, creamy, and mildly chunky eggshell white head, which leaves a decent broken wall of sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily falls away.

It smells of grainy, semi-sweet caramel malt, leafy pine resin, muddled tropical fruit, a bit of hard water chalkiness, more pedestrian, some still zingy citrus pith astringency, and a twinge of floral, somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is rather hot-seeming bready caramel malt, equally alcohol-tinged orange and red grapefruit, earthy pine forest floor droppings, a steady white chalk pithiness, and more leafy, weedy, and musty floral hops.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their fussy at time frothiness, the body a sticky middleweight, and mostly smooth, both the alcohol and wayward hops interfering at times. It finishes off-dry, both the complex new and old world hop characters parrying the lingering maltiness well.

A more or less approachable and eventually drinkable big IPA, one apparently not quite ready for the big DIPA time. Enjoyable and worth seeking out, even, as just noted, it takes a little while to grow on you.

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Photo of RenzoD
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There just aren't the words...this is just a fantastic IPA. Really has it all and such a good price for a pint. It's up there as an all time fav.

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Photo of AndrewGoria
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an exceptionally delicious IPA

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Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Golden orange with a white head.
S - Sweet, hoppy, and piney.
T - Sweet, hoppy, piney, with some honey, and light maltiness.
M - Not unusual.
O - Solid. I'll have it again.

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Photo of Michellelollyco
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Complex and well balanced. Surprisingly balanced for its ibu and abv

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Photo of Nerbonix
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly the best beer I've ever tasted. Great from the Can but "top shelf" from the Tap!

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good mild orange pour, average head to it. Complex hop aroma, simcoe, pineapple, lemon and other citrus.

Big dose of bitter, but does come with more flavor to it than just that. Good at hiding alcohol, went well on a hot day of disc golf. Did come of more like an imperial ipa. More and more orange flavor. Slightest fractional toasting of the malt content which is not balanced in a good way, flavor leans hop heavy as it should. Sweetness is balanced, although I would be hesitant to describe this as having any caramel flavor, seemed like toffee grass was more in order to describe it.

Recommended. Highly. $3 a can is a good deal.

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Photo of dabone
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from draft. Dark orange and slightly cloudy. Decent white head with good legs. Aroma was very faint, but had citrus notes. Taste was excellent. A lot of pine and citrus with the right amount of bitterness. A faint malt taste that blends very well. Decent mouthfeel, smooth finish. Good beer

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of daveytheformer
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

into a nonic pint

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thick sticky white head that fades to a thin layer on top.

Smells like pine, grassy hops, and lemon citrus.

Taste follows the aroma. A lot of pine, grapefruit, and lemon. Sticky hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.

Overall is really good and one of my favorite Oregon IPA's

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by Joe – much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with good amounts of pine and slight citrus hops. Also present are slight amounts of softer floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pale and light caramel malts up front are joined quickly by hint of bready flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of citrus and lightly herbal hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a solid and easy-drinking beer for the style. Worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
89 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.