Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House
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4.9/5 rDev +21%
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.
07-30-2014 23:16:51 | More by benloho
4.8/5 rDev +18.5%
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!
04-28-2011 00:43:08 | More by cbarrett4
4.75/5 rDev +17.3%
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
07-26-2010 07:06:44 | More by ralree
4.69/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
11-16-2013 03:30:36 | More by anarchia
4.61/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
10-29-2013 04:04:12 | More by ssteakley
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
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!!
12-21-2010 01:56:57 | More by loren01
Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
90 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.