Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Vortex IPAVortex IPA

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 37
Gots: 50 | 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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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 benloho
4.89/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Received this beer as an extra in a recent trade. Excited to taste a another beer from Fort George.
A: Pours a vibrant yellow-orange with a monster head that is rocky and creamy and gorgeous. Tones of floaties in the brew, especially at the bottom of the can which I personally love in my IPAs. Perfect lacing rings are formed down the side of the glass as I drink.
S: Remarkable! I get immediate citrus and pine bomb. With candied sugar sweetness to compliment. A little pineapple and caramel malt. Tons of lemon peel and some grassyness as well.
T: Boom! Follows the nose to a tee. You've got the huge hop flavor perfectly balanced with the malt to create an ultimate IPA experience on my taste buds. There is a dankness and earthy greenness to the taste which I love. It's like fresh hop juice with a complementing malt sweetness. Really digging it.
MF: This is what takes this beer to another level for me. Full and creamy with perfect carb. Not too much bitterness, but enough that brings me back to the glass immediately for another sip. I don't feel or taste the alcohol at all which is a major plus.
O: This beer just blew my mind. I recently enjoyed the new 3-Way IPA which is one of the best IPAs I have drank in a long time, but this one surpasses it, which I did not expect. I would rank this easily as one of the top 3 IPAs I have ever had the privilege of enjoying.

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 ralree
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

Photo of anarchia
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of ssteakley
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of loren01
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
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!!

Photo of Timvermont
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Smooth

Photo of indiapaleale
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.

Photo of smulkowski
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Photo of philbertk
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of madtappers
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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

Had this beer on a lark in a Portland bar. Really excellent IPA. Hops and sweetness are well balanced.

Photo of scottfrie
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Photo of Hoptometrist
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.

Photo of chugalug06
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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 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 djbreezy
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Photo of CaptainTripps
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of bstave
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of RenzoD
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of brodericksloth
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To quote the Portland Mercury:

I imagine this is what my parent’s apartment smelled like when they lived in Astoria back in the seventies.Vortex is extraordinary on the palate. The first sip brings a bold hit of chocolate, with a little of that hops dopiness, like you just bit the corner off a pot brownie. Then, a rolling fruitiness rises with raspberry and banana tones. Along with the fruit comes a wave of bitterness. But the awesome thing about the bitterness is its wave-like quality—it comes on slow, peaks, and fades, leaving very little mouth drying astringency. For a 97 IBU beer, I find it very pleasant and drinkable, while remaining dynamic and interesting.

this is exactly what it is, tastes like they used pot in the brew with little chunks of it floating in the beer. not pleasant to look at but very enjoyable

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
90 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.