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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
outstanding

286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 34
Gots: 25 | 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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piclee, Mar 04, 2012
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GORUM, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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

BKast409, Feb 17, 2012
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sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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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
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4/5  rDev -1%

CoryR, Jan 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

jophish17, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

Gonzoillini, Nov 29, 2011
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seanthornton152, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

wattershed, Nov 16, 2011
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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.

Kegatron, Oct 07, 2011
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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!

stakem, Oct 07, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Phelps, Sep 17, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

koopa, Sep 17, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

flexabull, Sep 16, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

PaulStoneAnchor, Sep 12, 2011
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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.

Derek, Sep 03, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

PDXHops, Aug 28, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

vkv822, Aug 03, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

chugalug06, Jul 28, 2011
Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
90 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.