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Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Vortex IPAVortex IPA

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90
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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 34
Gots: 35 | 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 woemad
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $2.99. No freshness date on the can.

Poured a hazy, burnt orange color, with a creamy-looking off-white head. Lots of lace.

Lots of hops in the nose. Grapefruit and pine notes.

More bitter in the taste than in the nose. Big, bitter hop blast upfront, with a bready malt backbone way in the background. A sweeter citrus flavor kicks in just before the dry swallow.

Medium bodied, with a dry yet oily mouthfeel.

Not a bad IPA at all, if you don’t mind a fairly bitter take on the style. Not too bad a price for a 16oz can, either. I’d definitely drink this again.

Photo of TheRuss9585
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Bigmatty42
3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of KajII
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
90 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.