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 doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of slimntubbs
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of NWer
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
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 macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pint glass

Pours slightly cloudy orangeish yellow with a big pillowy light beige head. Smell is citrus sweet and flowery. Nice piney hops.

Taste is bitter hops, serious bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, not bad at all.

Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt (mfavoino) for sending this out in our recent blind box round of trading. Tall boy can served Great Divide cervoise.

A: Pours a semi-hazy amber color with light golden edges that hug the glass. A thick and fluffy two finger head of white foam forms on the pour and recedes very slowly leaving behind some sticky webbing.

S: There's a nice mix of citrus fruits, mainly oranges, and some light pine at the forefront. There is an odd bubblegum like sweetness that plays in the background. It might be a very sweet malt body, but I can't pin point it. Either way it gives the beer an odd, yet enjoyable turn in the nose.

T: The sweet malt body and that slight bubblegum flavor take a more front and center approach in the taste. It is a tad boozy which may also be lending a hand to the pink bubblegum flavor. The citrus and piney hop flavors pick back up in the finish with the piney hops taking a more bold approach.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level with sweet malt and bitter hop finish.

O: The booze and sweet malt flavors might have contributed to the pink bubblegum sweetness, but luckily it was generously hopped so that flavor didn't dominate. This was a solid local and I enjoy trying these new beers. Thanks Matt!

Photo of AwYeh
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Underdogbisco
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of herman77
3.7/5  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 Florida9
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mildly hazy dark orange amber in color. Forms a moderate sized off white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S: The aroma is aggressively hoppy with lots of citrus, especially grapefruit, but with notes of orange as well. Alcohol and fusel spice.

T: Taste starts off with a mild bit of biscuity and toasty malts before turning slightly sweet with lots of fusel spice and pine. Grapefruit to a lesser extent. Alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Moderate, persistent bitterness on the finish. Lots of alcohol.

O: Overall this could be a very good beer, but the alcoholic presence in all aspects of this beer is a very distracting and tiresome flaw that is difficult to overlook.

Photo of Extreme_Vic
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint-sized can served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Vortex is a very hazy copper color with thick, long-lasting head. It settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy with a good northwestern hop profile.

Flavor is also big and bold but without being over powering. An "extra" IPA instead of an imperial IPA. Piney, grassy, and citrusy leaning towards the grapefruit variety. A simple malt base just manages to balance the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really well-done northwestern IPA.

Photo of Uke
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to James (cavemanlawyer) for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a hazy orange color and two fingers of frothy off white head.

Smell – A healthy dose of hops, orange, pine, resin, and caramel malt.

Taste – An earthy sweetness up front mixed with nice orange peel citrus. Less hops than I was expecting though there is some nice pine flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, oily on the tongue.

Overall – A decent IPA and an interesting one to be honest. Would have again.

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Chou
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mfavoino
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold with a fluffy white head that retains for quite a while. Sticky lacing.

Smell: Light grapefruit, citrus aromas with a strong grain malt presence.

Taste: Big resiny pine hops mixed in the the citrus hops that were distinguishable in the nose make for a bold introduction. A bit of roasted malts settles the palate down, but leaves a lasting hop bitterness. Not lacking in the hop category.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with above average carbonation. Bit of alcohol warmth as it went down.

Overall: Another solid West Coast IPA choice that showcases a great mixture of hops. Give it a try.

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

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!

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -1%

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.

Photo of Commodore69
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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