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Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Vortex IPAVortex IPA

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 36
Gots: 21 | 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 stakem


3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

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!

10-07-2011 02:15:09 | More by stakem
Photo of Phelps


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

09-17-2011 07:12:21 | More by Phelps
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Had this one on 9/1/11 at the Hawthorne Hophouse.

Appearance: Pours a mild caramel with honey folds and
a fairly transparent body.

Smell: Toffee malt, honey, some red fruit and a muted citrus note.

Taste: Same as nose plus a medium hop bite in the finish that comes off orange citrusy and herbal.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly sessionable.

09-17-2011 02:10:25 | More by koopa
Photo of flexabull


4.08/5  rDev +1%

Tall canned IPA, nice.

Pours a bright orange color with a huge off white head.

Aromas are resiny, with some pine needles, hard candies, and grapefruit. Nice nose.

Taste is pretty bitter up front, some grapefruit, pine, and sticky resin. There is some maltiness in the background, light cream, and caramel sweetness. Finish is dry, with some pine needless bitterness. It's bold, a bit unbalanced, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, full, crisp and with plenty of body.

Overall, this is a nice IPA. It certainly is bitter, and assertive, but I like it, and would happily drink it again. Reminds me of Sierra's Torpedo. Nicely done Fort George, it'd love to visit your brewery some day.

09-16-2011 03:30:33 | More by flexabull
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Had this on tap at Twist Wine in Pacific City OR

It poured a nice burnt orange with a long lasting head, and it also had an amazing lacing. It has a rice pine/ dank citrus aroma which enticed the senses. It has a rich dank citrus and pine taste along with some sweet malt character. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel and great carbonation which didnt burn the tongue. I definitely really enjoyed this beer, it was definitely a display of what you can do with hops, hop, and more hops. I would of like a bit more malty sweetness, but overall this was a very, very hoppy IPA which was almost sessionable. I am really impressed with what I have tried from Fort George and would love to try more.

09-12-2011 04:48:53 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

09-03-2011 03:58:13 | More by Derek
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

08-28-2011 15:28:17 | More by PDXHops
Photo of vkv822


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

16oz can into tulip pint.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a thick off-white, frothy, craggy head that leaves wonderful lacing and maintains a quarter-inch thickness through the life of the beer.

The aroma is of juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit with a pleasant sweetness as well.

The hops in the taste are a bit more piney and resinous, though there are still some citric notes. Has a fairly bitter finish.

A very nice IPA, and I love that it's in cans. Definitely something I plan to pick up again.

08-03-2011 03:00:27 | More by vkv822
Photo of chugalug06


4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

A - Great pourability into a tulip glass. Straw colored foamy head builds very nice. Brew is murkey orange color with some nice ambers and yellows. There's also some floaties in the brew...

S - Very mellow grapefruit scent. Lots of almonds and lemons. Some smooth orange and vanilla compliments nicely.

T - WOW! Bang! Lots of great deep flavor! Flavor goes way beyond the first sip... Amazing flavored IPA! Big fruity citrus flavor. Lots of apple, pineapple, pine, resinous sap... Smooth and deliciously bitter, just like a great IPA should be.

M - Very bitter, but quite smooth. Bitterness greatly diminishes once the brew warms. Perfect carbonation.

O - AWESOME BREW! I wish I could get this brew year round. Or, at least have seasonal access to it... Great extra in a great trade!

07-27-2011 23:38:13 | More by chugalug06
Photo of nhindian


3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

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!

07-27-2011 04:39:14 | More by nhindian
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev -1%

Can shared by Joe – much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with good amounts of pine and slight citrus hops. Also present are slight amounts of softer floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry pale and light caramel malts up front are joined quickly by hint of bready flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of citrus and lightly herbal hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a solid and easy-drinking beer for the style. Worth a shot.

07-22-2011 16:02:51 | More by glid02
Photo of litheum94


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

07-20-2011 04:32:01 | More by litheum94
Photo of madtappers


4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from a 16oz can into a tilip glass.

Pours a cloudy burnt oranish brown color; big hop nose on this beer, lots of cascade hops.

Very smooth drinking beer for 7.7%. Hops are there but very well balanced with the other complex parts of this beer.

Compared this can head to head with the draft as well very similar IMO.

Overall great drinking beer and would recommend to my fellow BAs.

07-17-2011 17:10:35 | More by madtappers
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4/5  rDev -1%

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.

07-12-2011 20:28:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of CaptainTripps


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a vibrant orange/amber with lemon hues on the edges. Pour came with about three fingers worth of off white/bready head that left large amounts of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: From the crack of the can, you can really smell the hops pour out of this thing. First thing that comes to mind is grapefruit with some lemon grass. There is also some sweetness in the air. Maybe some mango and banana? Maybe also some orange peel.

T: One hoppy IPA. Citrus hops come first followed by a nice bready malty backbone with a sweet dry finish. Following the nose, grapefruit and lemon come to mind with the hops, along with some sweet notes of mango, banana and orange peel. The sweetness I find really adds to the bitterness of the hops.

M: Great carbonation with this beer. Medium mouth feel. Alcohol is there but well masked by excellent flavors.

O: A very good IPA from Fort George Brewery. One of my most consumed IPA's aside from Ninkasi Total Domination. I also love the 16oz cans. Good freaking call on those.

07-06-2011 11:27:11 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of schwaeh


3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

16 oz can shared by inebriatedjoker

A: Pours a murky orange that reminds me of watered down apple cider. Sticky white head and lacing that seem to hang on for a while.

S: This is one great smelling beer. This part got me kind of antsy to dive in because it smells like some awesome fruit cocktail. Grapefruit, peach, mango, banana, and to a lesser extent, some white grape.

T: A lot more malty than the nose would let on, Its an awesomely balanced IPA nonetheless. Gobs of citrus flavor, peach, mango, and light orange are the first things that come to mind. The hops are a combination of grassy and floral. While cold this beer had hardly any bitterness but once it starts warming up grapefruit and hop bitterness build significantly.

M: Light-medium body. Very coating and refreshing.

O: One of the most pleasantly balanced IPAs I've had. Vortex is an IPA that won't rip your tongue off. This beer accomplishes it's floral-easy drinking goal with finesse and character.

06-30-2011 02:46:11 | More by schwaeh
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

4.08/5  rDev +1%

Brought back from the land of the NW, of trees and mountains, thick and twisted streams. Shared with a few good people.. Tangerine color, unfiltered, small little offwhite head. Stains the vessel quite nicely as it disappears into my gullet. Some nice fruity aromas, some grapefruit, grass, a little mango. It's a little sweet at first, but a few sips in, the bitterness starts to catch up with me, leaving my mouth dry and wanting for more. Well balanced with the malt and the hop. Lovin the 16oz can size with such a tasty beverage. Good work, Ft George.

06-14-2011 03:12:33 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of Thorpe429


3.4/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

06-09-2011 17:25:51 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of goblue3509


4/5  rDev -1%

Pours an orange color with a frothy foamy head which leaves decent lace on the glass. The aroma has big citrus and piney hop aroma. The aroma is very strong and well balanced. The taste is of a bready malt backbone with a big citrus presence in the front end, orange and a hint of lemon grass. The backend is a nice big piney hop smell, bitter and well balanced. The mouthfeel is modeartely carbonated. Overall it is a very solid ipa, a big enough hop bite for hop heads, with even malt to balance it out, very easily a session beer.

06-06-2011 22:21:50 | More by goblue3509
Photo of tone77


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

05-23-2011 13:06:16 | More by tone77
Photo of THECPJ


3.2/5  rDev -20.8%

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.


05-22-2011 14:23:18 | More by THECPJ
Photo of indiapaleale


4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Pour - bright glowing orange and amber with an inch of biscuit mix-like foam on top. Nice lacing left on the sides of the glass and the carbonation levels are spot on. I'm excited.

Aroma - I actually caught a whiff of this as soon as I cracked open the can. An intense wave of pine and citrus flew at my nose and got me excited right away. Sticking my nose in the glass now I get some resiny, piney aromas along with some nice sweet biscuity smell as well. There is some hints of orange peel and fresh cut grass. I'm sold, lets drink this!

Taste - one sip and the quality of this IPA is apparent. Some time and dedication was put into making this beer. Lots of sweet, orangey flavors combine with bitter, piney hoppiness. The malt backbone backs up all those hoppy, citrusy flavors very well. Its sweet and tangy with some toasty flavors thrown in. I love this IPA and am very sad that I only have this one can to enjoy. If you're able to get cans of this beer you are truly fortunate so take advantage!

Overall - excellent brew from Fort George. This is a solid, balanced IPA with some great hop aromas and flavors along with a sweet, bready malty backbone balancing it all out. I could definitely get comfortable with four cans of Vortex IPA. I think I'm addicted.

Would I buy more of it? - yes, yes, yes. Pint-sized cans of beer like this are a must have. I love the flavor of this IPA and the fact that its a tad high on the ABV scale just makes it even better on a cool summer evening around a campfire.

05-13-2011 02:04:06 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of daveytheformer


4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

into a nonic pint

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thick sticky white head that fades to a thin layer on top.

Smells like pine, grassy hops, and lemon citrus.

Taste follows the aroma. A lot of pine, grapefruit, and lemon. Sticky hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.

Overall is really good and one of my favorite Oregon IPA's

05-03-2011 23:00:27 | More by daveytheformer
Photo of OakedCanuck


4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

16oz can. Half into glass, the other half straight outta the can.

This beer pours a very nice deep orange with a rocky 2 finger white head. Aroma is strong of citrus, mainly lemon, oranges, pineapple. Flavour is much the same, very bitter, with lemon, pine, grass, oranges. Mouthfeel is tacky and sticky, slightly drying.

Overall this this is a fantastic IPA out of a can. This is so bitter that I would call it closer to an Imperial IPA as I didn't pick up enough sweeter malt flavour, even though I am sure it is in there. Awesome beer and I will definitely be looking for more (especially before fishing trips).

05-02-2011 18:20:42 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of Reidrover


4/5  rDev -1%

16 oz can from "Lifesource", Salem. $2.55 A fine and dandy looking IPA! Deep burnt orange , slighly hazy with a lovely light tan head that is thick and creamy. Very deep piney/spruce tip aromas..fresh and lively. Much sweeter taste than i was ex[pecting..lemon drops..but later a deeper piney bitterness appears. Strange..but i liked the lemon drop thing. Nice palate..better because of the low carbonation. Overal a very nice IPA..slightly sweet but drinkable

04-30-2011 18:48:25 | More by Reidrover
Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
90 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.