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Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Vortex IPAVortex IPA

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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 34
Gots: 28 | 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:
"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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
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 Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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 beernads
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mactrail
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 drewone
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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 woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

msbulldog25 was kind enough to send some CANs my way and this was one of them. I CANnot thank people enough for enabling me to CANtinue The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "A tornado loomed above the Nebraska cornfields as we drove the works for out new brewery home to Astoria. It got us thinking about the forces of nature. About IPA. About how we didn't want to make an IPA that would rip the taste buds off your tongue, but something that harnessed the power of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Cascade hops to the gentleness of 2-row barley in a vortex of extreme lupulin ecstasy. In other words, the best IPA we could make. We survived to make a dynamic ale with an evolving recipe. Join the locals at our pub and talk with our brewmaster, Jack, about the quest for the perfect pint. Or join in at fortgeorgebrewery.com."; "Enter the Vortex".

The Crack & Glug netted me just over a finger of foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy deep orangish-amber. Nose had a nice orange-citrus scent, which got my mouth to watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium with a big admixture of pine and citrus hop bitterness on the tongue. It wasn't going to rip the taste buds off, but it might give them a run for their money! Man, this was the kind of AIPA that got me hooked in the first place. Gimme dem hops and don't hold back! Finish was breathtaking in its intensity. I really felt like I had been drinking an AmeriCAN IPA and it was goood. I might not recommend it for the beach or the backyard, but it would rate cooler space under the right circumstances.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Concordia Alehouse the other day.

My initial impression of this beer was not that great, but it slowly grew on me as I worked through my first glass.

The beer pours a rich copper color, not what I usually associate with an IPA. Head retention is pretty good, and lacing is decent.

I don't get a lot on the nose, just some cherry, apple and light citrus. No off aromas and the beer smells pretty good. I think the reason my initial impression was so poor is that this beer was entirely too sweet, and not nearly hoppy enough to be considered a NW IPA. I still feel that way, but as I drank more and more of this beer, I was increasingly impressed with the balance and drinkability of this beer. Yes, it's entirely too sweet for an IPA I suppose, but nevertheless there were some lovely flavors of fuji apple, ranier cherry and light citrus. The beer is medium bodied and is very, very drinkable. I'm assuming the abv. is not very high, but in any event it's very well disguised. The beer finishes well, with no off flavors and nice crispness.

I guess the folks at Fort George figured no one would buy it if they called it a red ale or an amber ale, so they decided to call it an IPA. (probably a smart move in my case, as I never would have tried it otherwise) In any event, this was a very nice beer, one I wouldn't hesitate to order again.

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -1%
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 beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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 Derek
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A stereotypical west-coast IPA with Cascade, Simcoe and Palisades hpps.

A: Bronze with a white head, thin ring of retention leaves hints of lace.

S: Big hop aroma: Fresh and leafy, with plenty of grapefruit rind and hints of reefer.

T: Grapefruit rind, tangerine, weed, hints of biscuit, solid bitterness. The fresh hops really dominate, so it's a bit one-dimensional. Definitely for the hop head.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a light hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D/O: This is full of hop flavour, but it doesn't seem nearly as big as it is. Very well-crafted.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
91 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.