Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Vortex IPAVortex IPA

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344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 37
Gots: 52 | 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 harrymel
3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 26MAR12

Golden with a annoyingly persistent three fingers of dense foam. Grapefruit and alfalfa with sweet malts on the nose, nothing spectacular. Flavor is bitter and spicy with plenty of hops. The malts are slightly sweet and biscuity. Medium bodied with hi carb and an off dry finish. Pretty decent beer. Would probably enjoy more on tap and a little colder.

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass. Golden color with some floating yeast. Tasted sweet, with an average hop profile.Average beer.

Photo of THECPJ
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: nice copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: sweet caramel malts, citrus hops,

taste: all caramel malts, little hop presence

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: wish there were a more hop presence. this ipa was a little to sweet for me.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pint can into shaker pint glass.

A: gentep pour nets a 2finger fluffy soft off white head that slowly receded into a finger width concave cap of foam. Great lacing. Almost amber colored, almost not pale anymore.

S: big hop aroma. Citrusy and grassy like pretty much every other ipa brewed in Oregon. Don't get me wrong I love my home state but the obsession with overbesring IPAs is a little tired. Not much else going on in this aroma wise.

T: not as agressive as I expected. Opens floral and a bit herby followed by the grassy notes. Gets a little bitter but not extreme like some. Willing to bet it is a reasonable boil time with huge hop addition.

M: medium bodied. Nothing special but not wrong. Just is. Smooth enough to drink but not outstanding.

O: not a bad ipa but not my favorite.

Photo of PDXHops
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can poured into a Duvel tulip. There’s no doubt this stuff is unfiltered; it goes beyond hazy into downright cloudy territory. The lacing can’t quite do justice to the thick cap of creamy foam.

Big whiff of caramel and baked apples, but aromas of pine, citrus, and a certain dankness soon assert themselves. There’s definitely a caramel heft to the body, but the bitterness does a respectable job of cutting through it. Less pine than I figured there’d be; citrus hop flavors are definitely the strongest and there’s a certain herbal/brassy quality as well. Bready malt finish with an interesting complementary flavor- apple butter?? Solid IPA that succeeds in spite of its sweeter malt bill; might score higher as an amber.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a can at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear gold color with an average head that diminishes quickly and leaves some sparse lacing behind. The nose carries some light bread and a bit of grain plus some floral and herbal hops. Flavor is similarly hop-forward, though not too crazy. Bready notes in the background as well as some plan grain. Medium body with moderate bitterness and a dry finish.

Photo of caskstrength
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra from ramnuts. (always trying to get me hooked on Oregon IPAs, Frank)

Cool name, cool can. We MN BA'ers are suckers for IPAs in 16oz cans with cool graphics and names.

Dark orange/yellow pour. Very hazy with lots of sediment and particles, would have liked less junk floating around in the yellow haze.

Smells were just OK . More citrus than pine. Candied oranges, tangerine (sweeter, rather than zesty and sharp) and some mango/pinapple too. Didn't have that pungent zest I crave in an IPA.

Malty and candied citrus follow on the tongue, with the above mentioned tropical aspects too. Not much pine. Not much of a pithy bite. Still tasty and it's hovering close to the mark, just not quite zoned in.

Could have used more carbonation to lift it off the tongue and move the flavors around. Ended up drinking on the heavier side for the style.

Reading other reviews, maybe they're still working on translating this from draft to can. I should try it again down the road.

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy, almost cloudy, orange-amber color with an inch of light cream colored head that had excellent retention and very good lacing.

The aroma came right at ya with a blast of citrus hops. There were some pine and light floral notes in the background and no real malt scent. On the tongue, the flavors delivered the same goods. Tongue-razing grapefruit, some pine and just a touch of malt sweetness, though not enough to achieve true balance. There was a seriously lingering bitter grapefruit finish.

The body was good, fairly typical for the style. Drinkability was good, but I don't know if this is an IPA I'd drink several of in a row. Overall, a pretty nice beer. Maybe not one that lived up to it's hype, but that hype isn't the beers fault. A beer that's certainly worth trying when you see it.

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 AwYeh
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Horse Brass Pub; reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin, off-white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Really balanced smell going on here– I get the expected pine and citrus (orange peel, pineapple) hops, but along with a caramel malt aroma that's almost comparable in its strength. Bits of alcohol and herbal hops lend it a spicy complexity.

T: Taste follows almost directly from smell; pine and citrus hops dominate and are backed up by caramel malts. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in the flavor.

M: Thick and creamy, and well carbonated. This leads to a long finish, which does a lot of good for the beer's citrus flavors.

O: An above average IPA, would love to try it out of the can when I get a chance.

Photo of KajII
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that lasted a little while, reducing to a few small puddles with a medium collar and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted grain malt, pine and citrus hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (orange and grapefruit).

The taste was mildly sweet with a hint of caramel throughout and then had a hoppy grapefruit peel bitterness with a mild orange sweetness towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a mildly harsh piney bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body and dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall this was a bitter-sweet IPA with an awesome drinkability, which ultimately leaves you wanting more...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Canned 4/20/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and earthy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid hop profile in the aroma and flavor.

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 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 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 nhindian
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a Sam Adam's Red Lobster Perfect Pint. Can generously provided by msubulldog25, thanks a lot!

A - Pours a burnt orange color, unfiltered and hazy. You can see a few streams of carbonation slowly resupplying the head, which appears as 2-fingers worth of light tan head with good retention. Lacing is generous and sticky, covering a majority of the glass.

S - The nose on this beer is a good combination of grass, pine, floral, and some slight citrus notes as well. The grassy and pine hops are dominating and crisp. Very aromatic and effervescent.

T - Flavors consist of pale malts and piney hops. Quite balanced and definitely not in the West Coast style of IPAs. Some grain and caramel lead the way before transitioning into grapefruit, pine, and citrus hops. Bitter, but not overly so. The flavors are big and bold and would have me think this would be more of an Imperial IPA.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. The hops are sticky and resinous, and weigh on the tongue after about halfway through. Finishes rather dry and crisp.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Not an amazing IPA, but definitely solid and draws on many hop varieties while keeping everything balanced. Depending on the price, this would be a nice pickup in the summer for a big format beer that is higher in ABV but still drinks easily. Great extra here!

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 herman77
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, dark copper orange. Rocky off white head. Nice lacing. Really good looking beer.

S: Orange peels, carmel malt, a bit of grapefruit and a hint of pine.

T: Lots of citrus and pine resin. Bitter grapefruit, lemon and orange. There is some malt that is more on the front and middle palate, but then the hops dominate for sure. Has a spicy resin kick near the finish. A stinging bitter finish.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation. A bit slick and oily feeling.

O: A unique IPA for sure. Don't think I've had an IPA with that big of a hop kick just at the finish. Not the most drinkable for me, but glad I got it in an extra.

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kegatron for giving me a pint sized can of this to check out after his recent trip out west. Thanks Heath!!!

Poured into a tulip, this brew appears copper in color with a hearty froth of off-white head that is nearly 3 fingers strong composed of rather large bubbles. The cap fades leaving thick patches of webbing-like lacework all over the glass. When held to the light, it almost appears clear except for some hop haziness to it and some small particles stuck floating in suspension. A light swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained head back to the surface that fades back to a thin film across the top.

The smell of this brew is quite herbal with a grassy, leafy and almost vegetative quality about it. It is a little spicy and zesty with a toasted malt backing that rounds everything out with some fruity pulp character. A light swirl releases a bit of sulfur and yeasty quality that to me comes across almost a bit like cheese and faint mineral component. Overall not bad. As it warms up, it picks up a light catty element to it.

The taste of this brew is... dare I say brutally bitter for a standard IPA offering. The flavor comes forth with the same aspect that the nose displayed. Hop character that is borderline vegetative, leafy, grassy and very much herbal with a brutal bitterness that is almost cheesy and rind-like to piney. After seeing through the bold hop character, there is some toasted malt flavoring that provides a bit of contrast but hardly tames the ibus packed in this beast. This is a bit of a one-sided monster that is all about the bitterness that lasts inside the mouth with a resinous cling long into the aftertaste. Just like the aroma displayed, there is a bit of catty element that comes forward as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The feel for this brew is pretty spot on and enjoyable. However, I couldn't see myself sitting back and drinking a few of these. I enjoy IPAs but sometimes brutally bitter ones coupled with toasted malt without any residual sweetness just don't do it for me. Not to say this isn't a fine, well crafted brew it just doesn't particularly tickle my fancy. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to try this canned offering Heath, thanks again!

Photo of Phelps
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16-ounce can sent by flexabull into a tulip. I’ve passed through Astoria many times, meaning to visit this brewery, but have never done it. Glad to have the chance now.

Pours like liquid silk from the wide mouth, deep tangerine in color and very hazy. The head is gorgeous — a pillowy, two-finger-tall, cream-colored beast. It collapses slowly, leaving behind jagged streaks of lace.

This here IPA’s brewed with Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade hops, and the aroma displays them all nicely. Orange and lemon peel blend with orange blossom and softly sweet barely before a background of vanilla.

A soft flavor almost like sweet wort is barely noticeable somewhere deep in the flavor. More substantial are the hops, gently resiny and packed with floral, citrusy bitterness. Honey, crackers and sticky alcohol are all in there as well. It’s a smooth, gentle blend.

The body displays the same silkiness I picked up in the appearance. It’s like drinking puppy dog ears. So soft and smooth. Carbonation is like a dull electric tingle, barely there. A bit of alcohol comes through the nose.

A subtly tasty IPA. Not intense, but very smooth, soft and drinkable.

Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance starts out nice, with golden orange color in the glass. But I haven't seen floaters like this in a long time. Actually, they're sinkers, but still disconcerting, like bugs in the hot tub, even though you know they're cooked and chlorinated.

Great flavor, though, with a rich and mellow malt powering through, and then the huge, spicy, and aromatic blast of hops. Lovely aroma of Cascades. The hops seem to work nicely together. Very flowery with some interesting complexities of pine and fruit. Slightly sweet, but in a nice way, with the big hop tang.

Altogether, a delicious and tangy IPA with the bitterness reigned in nicely. I just wish they'd filter the stuff. From the 16 oz can purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

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 braker649er
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a solid, strong IPA, but for me just short of outstanding. I had this as an imperial pint on draft in a restaurant and found it enjoyable, but just didn't seem apart from the pack of good West Coast IPAs.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

AUG 14, 2014
Canned 17 July 2014. Pouring a clear amber with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and minimal lacing, this looks solid. The nose is great. Bright, pungent and dank hops with grapefruit, grapefruit pith, pine, weed, a little chalk and a little grass. A little caramel is present. The palate opens with a moderate bitterness, plenty dank with a pronounced weed character. A little grassy, which distracts from the wonderful bitterness and moderate hop flavor that’s comprised of grapefruit, pine and a little melon. The mid palate is smooth and creamy with a little sweetness before a long, clean ,bitter finish with flavors of grapefruit and west take over. A little candied melon is present as well. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this tastes solid. Definitely worthy, a great NW IPA.

Photo of litheum94
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. No canning date. Courtesy of daysinthewake.

Orange-umber body. Thick, orangish head that settles down to a foamy cover. Nice lacing.

Pine needles, grapefruit and honeysuckle define the hop profile. Refreshing citrus and meadow aromas. Caramel and biscuit malts. The aroma profile tends slightly to the sweet side.

Sweet caramel malts sets the stage for some blistering bitterness from the hops. Mostly pine and grass hop flavors, but some citric sourness as well. The bitterness does subside a bit, allowing a honey swetness to develop mid-palate and some floral hops to come forward. There is a slight alcohol bite, and the finish is extremely dry.

Holy crap this is pretty damn hoppy. I'm just not seeing the balance that other reviewers are. This is still enjoyable, but the hops do need to be reigned in a bit.

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