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Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Vortex IPAVortex IPA

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 37
Gots: 46 | 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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Ratings: 332 | Reviews: 95
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Photo of AndrewGoria
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an exceptionally delicious IPA

Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

Photo of Nerbonix
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of apaltrineri
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Served in chilled glass, very small white head with plenty of lacing throughout the drink. Dark amber to copper color,

S - Sweet citrusy nose up front, with hints of ash and earthy malts after about half a glass. Not overpowering hoppiness, but definitely there.

T - As sharp and smooth as an IPA should be, with just a hint of honey along with the bright hops. A little licorice taste at the end is a nice surprise. Quite pleasant, but nothing earth-shattering.

M - Slick and lacking the carbonation of lesser IPA's - very nice.

D - If you're an IPA fan, you could drink this all night. I would rather have a little less hops in the nose and a smoother aftertaste.

Pairing - I enjoyed this beer with peppercorn ahi carpaccio from my local joint, and I couldn't imagine a better pairing!

Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint-sized can served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Vortex is a very hazy copper color with thick, long-lasting head. It settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy with a good northwestern hop profile.

Flavor is also big and bold but without being over powering. An "extra" IPA instead of an imperial IPA. Piney, grassy, and citrusy leaning towards the grapefruit variety. A simple malt base just manages to balance the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really well-done northwestern IPA.

Photo of dirtylou
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz CAN, chucks 85th

appearance: cool cans - served in a great dane imperial pint. prototypical IPA body - bright orange amber, a slight haze, 1/3" creamy white foam and good retention

smell: interesting blend of hops - simcoe definitely present, and of course cascades. earthy and a touch herbal

taste: pretty abrasive - lush hop profile dominated by the simcoes, prettying stinging bitterness on the finish, rich sticky malt backbone, herbal, tea, toffee. Good stuff - a little rough around the edges. The hop profile plays with your mind as it starts fresh, floral and tropical and finishes with quite the bite

mouthfeel: rich, bitter, big bodied

overall: good stuff

Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can from the brewpub into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of off-white head. This is actually a pretty foamy pour but does settle down pretty quickly into a tight frothy finger. This retains with a thin rich frothiness that just absolutely drenches the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lace. The aroma is leafy and herbal in the nose with a fresh pine character and juicy grapefruit notes. There’s even a touch of more tropical fruit present as well, which mingles with the fairly neutral smelling toasty sweetness of the malts. Just a smidge of light warmth undercuts the flavors a bit but it mostly just adds a touch of heft to the nose.

The taste is fresh grapefruit all the way, with bitter rind flavor and resins spreading out in the mouths that are surrounded by a bit of a danky feel on the edges. Thankfully, this is well balanced by that ripe tropical fruit character (which is coming on stronger than in the nose) and the sweet sugars of the malts. That sweeter fruit and herbal tones are really working together nicely here at times. The finish is leafy feeling with a lingering dry mix of pith and pine and then maybe just a final light smack of residual sugars. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth creaminess in the mouth that is undercut by a good bit of slickness that even gets a little oily feeling on the tongue at times. The alcohol lays just a touch of warmth down here but is otherwise extremely well hid.

You know, this one just hit all of the right notes for me. Especially for a canned IPA. It just had that right feeling mix of fresh bitter fruit, sweet tropical notes, supportive malts, herbal textures, and an extremely easy drinking body for close to 8% ABV. I drank this one a little over a week after I picked up a 4-pack up at the brewpub on our recent trip out to Oregon, so I think that the freshness here might have really made the difference for me.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to James (cavemanlawyer) for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a hazy orange color and two fingers of frothy off white head.

Smell – A healthy dose of hops, orange, pine, resin, and caramel malt.

Taste – An earthy sweetness up front mixed with nice orange peel citrus. Less hops than I was expecting though there is some nice pine flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, oily on the tongue.

Overall – A decent IPA and an interesting one to be honest. Would have again.

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another can sent my direction by the legendary woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a tannish/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is alive with citrus and hops. Taste is the same, lots of hops up front, citrus is in there, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality brew.

Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a cloudy, rich amber with a finger of lightly yellow-amber tinted head.

Smell. Toasted light malts and some spicy, piney, citrusy hops with a little alcohol.

Taste. Huge pine sap, cedar, and citrus fruits. Plenty of toasted malts and a little alcohol. Lasting pine sap and citrus rinds on the tongue

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall. Lots of hops here. The alcohol was a little bit rough, but I was a big boy about it so it was cool.

Photo of Docer
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap yesterday at their brewpub in Astoria. Served in a mason jar.

- Nice somewhat clear, red/orange/amber (very west coast looking).... nice lacing all about, thin white head.

- Huge citrus and floral hops... grassy, earthy... good. Slightly sweet caramel malt base... and a slight green olive scent... vinegar. Perhaps dirty lines or something... just a bit offsetting.

- Great hop bomb with lots of floral and herbal flavorings... thin malt base, and a heavy rich complex earthy finish. Still can't get past the green olive flavor and scent riding up front.

- Overall a bit resinous.. chewy bitter... medium bodied.

- A very hopped up IPA that I am sure I would review better if it wasn't for the off flavor of green olives. I don't know what causes it, but it has happened to me at many places. Perhaps a sanitizer or something...

Photo of EgadBananas
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, slightly hazy color, with a creamy beige finger of head. Aroma started with some bright pine out of the can, but moved to more citrus and floral notes with some backing nutty malts. Plenty of citrus on the taste, with some caramel malts and strangely a tinge of chocolate on the finish... not that it's bad. There's a thorough bitterness throughout Creamy, slick and slightly oily texture.

Overall, a nice, drinkable IPA.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber. Healthy two finger white head with decent retention, leaving massive lacing. Aroma of herbal and citrus hops, pineapple, a hint of sweet malt. Intense, complex hops initially, almost too bitter, but the malt cavalry arrives just in time to make a quite interesting flavor progression. Interesting fruit flavors leaning towards the tropical side. The hop flavors are citrus, pine, somewhat earthy with a little bit of a catty element. The malt is fairly subdued, but this has a decent sweet malt backbone that modifies the intense hops in the finish. Medium bodied, carbonation gives a nice mouth feel. I think this was an interesting, different take on an IPA that almost skated too close to the edge, but won me over with a good balance and unusual flavor profile.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with Ft. George Brewery at Belmont Station was a good one! Nice looking, very hazy IPA. Dark copper/bronze color, with an average head that left a little bit of lacing. The company website doesn't have much info on their beers, but it did mention that none of their beers are filtered, which I'm sure lent to the hazy appearance.

Nice smelling IPA, very prominent sweet pine resin hops and some citrus. Lots of sweetness on the nose, I'm guessing some coming from the malts, but hard to discern amid the pungent evergreen.

Taste is very concentrated, I noted a lot of the piney hops again, with surprising sweetness. Instead of the bitter, lemon-peel bitterness I often notice in IPAs, this has more of a mandarin sweetness, mixing with what I'm guessing are an abundance of caramel malts. Very little bittering for an IPA. Not typical, but I like it.

Feel is slick, with just right amount of carbonation to disperse the hops.

Overall, I like this well-brewed beer quite a bit. An interesting take on how hoppy Ft. George could make an IPA without making it very bitter.

Photo of minterro
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16oz can bought at a New Seasons grocery store in Portland, Oregon.

A&S: Hazy orange colored beer with unfiltered elements. Head is creamy and off-white, pour about and finger and retains at a low level. Aroma consists of primarily citrus (lemons) tones with some underlying maltiness.

T&M: Well hopped but also balanced with a maltiness. Hops again are mostly citrus but there is also hints of earthiness. Hangs on your palate a little too long. High medium to full bodied, super creamy and smooth. On the low side of carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyable ipa, this beer brings something that not a ton of brewery are about in Oregon (at least in my opinion, balance). My mind isn't blown, but this beer is for sure above average.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can I say WOWIE!!!????

This is one of the biggest surprises I have EVER had! I was at Horse Brass here in Portland and noticed this IPA which I had never tried and decided to give it a go. Let me just say that this is my second favorite IPA after Pliny the Elder (and in some ways it exceeds the quality of Pliny). I then tasted it from can (at a later date) right next to a bottle of Pliny that I had and I must say that for the hooplah and scarcity of Pliny it almost seems a better deal to seek out the Vortex.

This beer pours a lovely gold/copper hue with brown undertones. The head is thick and persistent. Good effervescence. The nose is fresh and springy with bright hop aromas with plenty of citrus and a touch of IPA yeasty funk to round it out.

The taste follows the nose with lots of green and wonderful hop flavors and oils mixing well with the citrus and spice notes. The alcohol is well integrated (where it slightly beats Pliny), and there is not that jolt of "wow this is strong, it burns my nose" that you get with other IPAs and Imperial IPAs. And though this is listed as a standard IPA, it is surely competition for many Imperial IPAs (7.7% abv!).

The finish is lovely, with the bitter tannins and acids working well and not overpowering the palate.

Fantastic beer and one that will be a go to for many years to come!

Photo of papat444
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of velosuds
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz. can. Paid $2.99 at LifeSource Natural Foods in Salem, Oregon.

A-Pours a hazy apricot orange with nearly a three finger, off-white head with good retention and decent lacing. Pleasant appearance.

S-Aroma is too faint. I expected much more from the Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial hops (according to the print on the can) - good choices all. Not sure how fresh this is or if the interesting malt bill (Munich and victory in addition to standard 2 row pale) subdued the influence of the hops. I have never seen these two hops used together in an IPA. What's there is more grassy and earthy than floral and citrus. There is a slight nutty aroma too, no doubt from the victory malt. Not what I want in an IPA.

T-Taste is dominated by bitterness (obvious at 97 IBUs), but it is not harsh no doubt due to the Munich and victory malts. Hops don't contribute much to the taste which is unfortunate.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated.

O-This is decent. I really wanted to like this better than I did. I bought tonight since I was seeking something new. I may not buy this again, but I would like to try it fresh on tap.

This beer is enigmatic for style for several reasons. At 7.7 ABV and 97 IBUs (if beeradvocate.com is accurate) it may be closer to a DIPA, but I would rate it lower on aroma and taste if in that class. The presence of victory malt, especially, and the absence of caramel/crystal malts is odd for style. Glad brewers are trying to innovate, but this fell short.

Photo of schwaeh
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can shared by inebriatedjoker

A: Pours a murky orange that reminds me of watered down apple cider. Sticky white head and lacing that seem to hang on for a while.

S: This is one great smelling beer. This part got me kind of antsy to dive in because it smells like some awesome fruit cocktail. Grapefruit, peach, mango, banana, and to a lesser extent, some white grape.

T: A lot more malty than the nose would let on, Its an awesomely balanced IPA nonetheless. Gobs of citrus flavor, peach, mango, and light orange are the first things that come to mind. The hops are a combination of grassy and floral. While cold this beer had hardly any bitterness but once it starts warming up grapefruit and hop bitterness build significantly.

M: Light-medium body. Very coating and refreshing.

O: One of the most pleasantly balanced IPAs I've had. Vortex is an IPA that won't rip your tongue off. This beer accomplishes it's floral-easy drinking goal with finesse and character.

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from "Lifesource", Salem. $2.55 A fine and dandy looking IPA! Deep burnt orange , slighly hazy with a lovely light tan head that is thick and creamy. Very deep piney/spruce tip aromas..fresh and lively. Much sweeter taste than i was ex[pecting..lemon drops..but later a deeper piney bitterness appears. Strange..but i liked the lemon drop thing. Nice palate..better because of the low carbonation. Overal a very nice IPA..slightly sweet but drinkable

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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
90 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.