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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: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%


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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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

Serving type: can

04-28-2011 00:43:08 | More by cbarrett4
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ralree

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold, large bubbles

S: Super-hopped. Grapefruit like mad.

T: Really bold grapefruity hops, light malt, nice hop aftertaste. One of the best ones I tried at the festival.

M: Dry, clean, good carbonation, a tad of astringence.

D: Pretty good, very rich, so it's a little hard to drink.

Enjoyed at the Oregon Brewer's Festival 2010

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 07:06:44 | More by ralree
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anarchia

Oregon

4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
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 +13.8%
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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loren01

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange color, nice 2 finger width head great lace
S: Very citrusy, lots of grapefruit
T: Slight malt up front followed by tons of grapefruity hop flavors. You can taste the ETOH in there. This is listed at 7.4% seems to me like its a bit more.
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation is right on.
D: Be careful with this tasty brew a few of these will make you tipsy. Could easily pass as an imperial IPA. Great beer!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2010 01:56:57 | More by loren01
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - bright glowing orange and amber with an inch of biscuit mix-like foam on top. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass and the carbonation levels are spot on. I'm excited.

Aroma - I actually caught a whiff of this as soon as I cracked open the can. An intense wave of pine and citrus flew at my nose and got me excited right away. Sticking my nose in the glass now I get some resiny, piney aromas along with some nice sweet biscuity smell as well. There is some hints of orange peel and fresh cut grass. I'm sold, lets drink this!

Taste - one sip and the quality of this IPA is apparent. Some time and dedication was put into making this beer. Lots of sweet, orangey flavors combine with bitter, piney hoppiness. The malt backbone backs up all those hoppy, citrusy flavors very well. Its sweet and tangy with some toasty flavors thrown in. I love this IPA and am very sad that I only have this one can to enjoy. If you're able to get cans of this beer you are truly fortunate so take advantage!

Overall - excellent brew from Fort George. This is a solid, balanced IPA with some great hop aromas and flavors along with a sweet, bready malty backbone balancing it all out. I could definitely get comfortable with four cans of Vortex IPA. I think I'm addicted.

Would I buy more of it? - yes, yes, yes. Pint-sized cans of beer like this are a must have. I love the flavor of this IPA and the fact that its a tad high on the ABV scale just makes it even better on a cool summer evening around a campfire.

Serving type: can

05-13-2011 02:04:06 | More by indiapaleale
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smulkowski

Idaho

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A draught pitcher, poured into a mason jar at the Astoria brewery and public house

A: a bit cloudy, golden, relatively light head retention

S: orgasm in a glass- bitter orange with piney resins mellowing into a soft floral whiff

T: light for the ABV, but wonderful. Billed at 97 IBU, very clean malt flavor accompanies a striking hop jolt.

M: a bit oily, light

D: soft and supple with a kick, glad I wrote the review prior to getting down to business with this pitcher

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 04:34:29 | More by smulkowski
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madtappers

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a tilip glass.

Pours a cloudy burnt oranish brown color; big hop nose on this beer, lots of cascade hops.

Very smooth drinking beer for 7.7%. Hops are there but very well balanced with the other complex parts of this beer.

Compared this can head to head with the draft as well very similar IMO.

Overall great drinking beer and would recommend to my fellow BAs.

Serving type: can

07-17-2011 17:10:35 | More by madtappers
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philbertk

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7.7 % ABV. 92 IBU’s. Rich and Delicious With balanced earthy hops. On draft at Cannery Restaurant April 13th, 2010.

Fort George Brewery--Vortex IPA--2011 16 oz. MicroCan. 7.70% ABV. 97 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Thin mild lace white head. Cloudy bright amber orange color. Rich floral grapefruit pine citrus herbal hop front. Mildly crusty creamy rich caramel malt fruit hint hop resin infused mildly earthy body. Rich earthy bitter clean hop spice end. Big hoppy tasty IPA. Sampled 4/12/2011. Purchased for $1.99, The Loft, Bridgewater Bistro, Astoria, Oregon on 4/12/2011.

Serving type: can

04-18-2011 02:26:56 | More by philbertk
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Great pourability into a tulip glass. Straw colored foamy head builds very nice. Brew is murkey orange color with some nice ambers and yellows. There's also some floaties in the brew...

S - Very mellow grapefruit scent. Lots of almonds and lemons. Some smooth orange and vanilla compliments nicely.

T - WOW! Bang! Lots of great deep flavor! Flavor goes way beyond the first sip... Amazing flavored IPA! Big fruity citrus flavor. Lots of apple, pineapple, pine, resinous sap... Smooth and deliciously bitter, just like a great IPA should be.

M - Very bitter, but quite smooth. Bitterness greatly diminishes once the brew warms. Perfect carbonation.

O - AWESOME BREW! I wish I could get this brew year round. Or, at least have seasonal access to it... Great extra in a great trade!

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 23:38:13 | More by chugalug06
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fort George Vortex IPA from a 16oz can to my brand new Moosehead Lager glass. Can't seem to decode the bottling date from the ink stamp ('1 07 27 A 1 B X').

Lovely reddish-amber brew with a mammoth two-fingered head that stays and sticks and laces wonderfully. Some haze. Looks gorgeous. I love dumping a pounder can of India Pale Ale into a glass and going to town on it. 4.0

Firm bitter nose on it. Don't have to try to hard to pick up woody, piney, resinous, and citrusy hops with an oily spike in it. Little caramel from the malt; a little bran muffin breadiness, too. Notes of grapefruit and orange. A fresh hop aroma that can only foreshadow a great brew. 4.5

Here come the floral hops! It's still a pine and sweet citrus show, but there are some lovely herbal and flowery flavors in the bouquet. Hidden still are nuances of berry skins, basil leaf, and even rosemary. The malts have a little more of those burnt sugars, but remains semi-dry. Remnants of hop oils and hop boil bitterness in the finish create some final stretch sweetness and mild astringency. 4.5

Milky body, smooth carbonation that flares up a bit at the end. Fresh and bitter, super smooth as it gets warmer and warmer. 3.5

Double IPAs are one thing. They range in flavors and strengths and sub-styles depending on the brewery, and somewhat depending on the region. But, IPAs, on the other hand? I'm starting to realize that I'm a West Coast guy like the majority of us. These small-time micros that start out in a friend's shopping basket out west and end up in my fridge out here in PA haven't failed to impress me. Fort George Vortex in a can, recommended. 4.5

Serving type: can

04-10-2012 01:16:24 | More by thecheapies
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scottfrie

California

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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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djbreezy

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - amber/orange, 1 inch head, great lacing

smell - pine and floral hops

taste - big unique pine and floral hops, reflects what's listed on the can well (cascade, simcoe, etc.)

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, not as much as I'd expect but not distracting by any means

overall - flavorful, hoppy, west coast ipa, good stuff, highly recommended!

Serving type: can

04-17-2011 22:32:50 | More by djbreezy
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: can

05-03-2011 23:00:27 | More by daveytheformer
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-23-2012 02:06:24 | More by GilGarp
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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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CaptainTripps

Oregon

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

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a vibrant orange/amber with lemon hues on the edges. Pour came with about three fingers worth of off white/bready head that left large amounts of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: From the crack of the can, you can really smell the hops pour out of this thing. First thing that comes to mind is grapefruit with some lemon grass. There is also some sweetness in the air. Maybe some mango and banana? Maybe also some orange peel.

T: One hoppy IPA. Citrus hops come first followed by a nice bready malty backbone with a sweet dry finish. Following the nose, grapefruit and lemon come to mind with the hops, along with some sweet notes of mango, banana and orange peel. The sweetness I find really adds to the bitterness of the hops.

M: Great carbonation with this beer. Medium mouth feel. Alcohol is there but well masked by excellent flavors.

O: A very good IPA from Fort George Brewery. One of my most consumed IPA's aside from Ninkasi Total Domination. I also love the 16oz cans. Good freaking call on those.

Serving type: can

07-06-2011 11:27:11 | More by CaptainTripps
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bstave

Washington

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

16 oz can (canned 1/31/12) poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a one finger white head and nice sticky lacing.

S- Smell is nice. Pine and sweet malt.

T- Getting lots of pine bittering hops. Nice malt backbone to balance this one out.

M- Nice carbonation leads to a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O- Well done IPA here. Pretty big regular IPA. I would like to try this fresh on tap. Will have to head to the brewery soon.

Serving type: can

03-08-2012 04:57:36 | More by bstave
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful orangish color with great carbobation leaving a nice white cap, lots of lacing thyat stuck around start to finish. Sexy beer.

S: Orange peel mainly with some grains and other light citrsu notes, perhaps a whiff of pine needles

T: Big and bitter upfront with orange peel, light grapefruit and a light pine resin. Delicous taste. The SImcoe really sets beer apart from the rest.

M: Lots of taste, some good bite, medium bodied, clean finish

O: While I had this draft at the brewery I foound it to be strikingly good and better this time even in the can. Amazing IPA!

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 19:21:59 | More by barleywinefiend
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Sharpie30

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at their public house. Served in a pint size mason jar..I would prefer a quart! Pours golden hazy pint with a thin head. Good hop aroma showing the classic citrus notes. Taste is straight forward IPA with a good bite, but not overbearing. Drinkablility is key on this brew, I could drink several without being thrashed all a while satisfying my hop tooth. Good stuff here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2009 16:30:53 | More by Sharpie30
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can.

A- Pours a dark opaque orange with a finely bubbled off-white head. Amazing retention.

S- Smell of pine, organge, lemon, grapefruit, and grass.

T- First grass, then pine, into a delicious citrus finish.

D- A bit sticky in the mouth, but overall an amazing west coast IPA. I am so happy that these are finally available outside the brewery. I will take cans, bottles, whatever.

Serving type: can

04-25-2011 01:54:44 | More by HuskyinPDX
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Half into glass, the other half straight outta the can.

This beer pours a very nice deep orange with a rocky 2 finger white head. Aroma is strong of citrus, mainly lemon, oranges, pineapple. Flavour is much the same, very bitter, with lemon, pine, grass, oranges. Mouthfeel is tacky and sticky, slightly drying.

Overall this this is a fantastic IPA out of a can. This is so bitter that I would call it closer to an Imperial IPA as I didn't pick up enough sweeter malt flavour, even though I am sure it is in there. Awesome beer and I will definitely be looking for more (especially before fishing trips).

Serving type: can

05-02-2011 18:20:42 | More by OakedCanuck
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mfavoino

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold with a fluffy white head that retains for quite a while. Sticky lacing.

Smell: Light grapefruit, citrus aromas with a strong grain malt presence.

Taste: Big resiny pine hops mixed in the the citrus hops that were distinguishable in the nose make for a bold introduction. A bit of roasted malts settles the palate down, but leaves a lasting hop bitterness. Not lacking in the hop category.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with above average carbonation. Bit of alcohol warmth as it went down.

Overall: Another solid West Coast IPA choice that showcases a great mixture of hops. Give it a try.

Serving type: can

04-12-2012 02:40:55 | More by mfavoino
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
90 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.