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Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Vortex IPAVortex IPA

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BA SCORE
90
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277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 35
Gots: 24 | 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 thecheapies
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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

thecheapies, Apr 10, 2012
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!

barleywinefiend, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -1%

twelveinches, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber. Healthy two finger white head with decent retention, leaving massive lacing. Aroma of herbal and citrus hops, pineapple, a hint of sweet malt. Intense, complex hops initially, almost too bitter, but the malt cavalry arrives just in time to make a quite interesting flavor progression. Interesting fruit flavors leaning towards the tropical side. The hop flavors are citrus, pine, somewhat earthy with a little bit of a catty element. The malt is fairly subdued, but this has a decent sweet malt backbone that modifies the intense hops in the finish. Medium bodied, carbonation gives a nice mouth feel. I think this was an interesting, different take on an IPA that almost skated too close to the edge, but won me over with a good balance and unusual flavor profile.

LiquidAmber, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Commodore69
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Commodore69, Apr 03, 2012
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.

beertunes, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

avaldivia, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz CAN, chucks 85th

appearance: cool cans - served in a great dane imperial pint. prototypical IPA body - bright orange amber, a slight haze, 1/3" creamy white foam and good retention

smell: interesting blend of hops - simcoe definitely present, and of course cascades. earthy and a touch herbal

taste: pretty abrasive - lush hop profile dominated by the simcoes, prettying stinging bitterness on the finish, rich sticky malt backbone, herbal, tea, toffee. Good stuff - a little rough around the edges. The hop profile plays with your mind as it starts fresh, floral and tropical and finishes with quite the bite

mouthfeel: rich, bitter, big bodied

overall: good stuff

dirtylou, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of LaPlaya
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

LaPlaya, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of pdxbeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

pdxbeerdrinker, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice hazy orange hue with two fingers of tenacious, pillowy ivory foam. A good looking IPA.

Smell: aroma is a nice blend of earthy hops and sweetish malt. It's a bit on the mild side, though.

Taste: rich malt flavor with a good blend of earthy and citrus hops. The citrus plays up toward the end, which I really like. Bitterness is pretty strong, although not ridiculously so. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a sufficient level of carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but a decent texture.

Overall: this is a tasty IPA which I would definitely drink again.

flagmantho, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
4/5  rDev -1%

edwardkersh, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a cloudy, rich amber with a finger of lightly yellow-amber tinted head.

Smell. Toasted light malts and some spicy, piney, citrusy hops with a little alcohol.

Taste. Huge pine sap, cedar, and citrus fruits. Plenty of toasted malts and a little alcohol. Lasting pine sap and citrus rinds on the tongue

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall. Lots of hops here. The alcohol was a little bit rough, but I was a big boy about it so it was cool.

Rutager, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

EgadBananas, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

switzer, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of bstave
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

bstave, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of piclee
4/5  rDev -1%

piclee, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of GORUM
4/5  rDev -1%

GORUM, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -1%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of robbrandes
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

robbrandes, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of BKast409
4/5  rDev -1%

BKast409, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev -1%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of daysinthewake
5/5  rDev +23.8%

daysinthewake, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of icepik
4/5  rDev -1%

icepik, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of velosuds
3.7/5  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.

velosuds, Jan 07, 2012
Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
90 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.