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Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Vortex IPAVortex IPA

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very good

98 Reviews
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 372
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 19.7%
Wants: 39
Gots: 60 | 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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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 372
Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a tulip. Pours a coppery straw color w/ a big fluffy gravity-defying head that leaves behind nice clumps of sticky lace. Not sure what's going on here, but I like it.

Aroma is deep and earthy, citrusy, fruity, floral, pungent. Some pine in there too. Smells like an herb garden after a storm. Certainly unique. Unlike any other beer I've had.

Taste is likewise floral and fruity, both bitter and sweet. Fecund and tropical. Orange and grapefruit rind. Also has a dry powdery candy quality I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, lingering. Oily and resinous.

Overall this is an interesting take on an IPA. Greater than the sum of its parts. I understand why it's called Vortex.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pint can into shaker pint glass.

A: gentep pour nets a 2finger fluffy soft off white head that slowly receded into a finger width concave cap of foam. Great lacing. Almost amber colored, almost not pale anymore.

S: big hop aroma. Citrusy and grassy like pretty much every other ipa brewed in Oregon. Don't get me wrong I love my home state but the obsession with overbesring IPAs is a little tired. Not much else going on in this aroma wise.

T: not as agressive as I expected. Opens floral and a bit herby followed by the grassy notes. Gets a little bitter but not extreme like some. Willing to bet it is a reasonable boil time with huge hop addition.

M: medium bodied. Nothing special but not wrong. Just is. Smooth enough to drink but not outstanding.

O: not a bad ipa but not my favorite.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Canned 4/20/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and earthy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid hop profile in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy deep orange with a nice white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smell - Floral and bright citrus hops. A hint of grapefruit and sweet malt backing.

Taste - Excellent hop flavor and sweetness balance. Bright citrus and grapefruit. Sweetness balances it out without being heavy or overly caramelized. Bitterness builds in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Bitter, but not too much. Slightly creamy.

Overall - Excellent. Reminiscent of top DIPAs, but lacking a touch of refinement.

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Photo of papat444
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my CanBIF 2013 haul. Thanks Boozecamel!

Poured from a 16oz. can, 03/05 marked on the bottom of the can which i take to be March 5 as a canning date.

Appearance: Very hazy, dark peach-gold trimmings as a color, lots of rings form around the glass.

Smell: Fresh citrus fruit, peaches, straddles the sweet side a bit, very full.

Taste: Huge ripe fruit, like biting into a sweet peach. Sweetness intensifies in the middle but never cloys. CRISP ORANGES WITH THE PEEL, GOOD HOP NECTAR.

Mouthfeel: Spot-on carbonation, prolonged bitterness, lip smacking.

Overall: Good flavor, good hoppiness, great IPA.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours hazy dark pumpkin with a huge, thick, dense, light tan head that faded into a thick bubbly film that left sticky patches of lace down the glass.
S: Sweet tropical fruits, kiwi, raspberry, papaya, grapefruit, and flower nectar. Very sweet, fruity, tropical and exotic. Doughy malt undertones.
T: Sweet and fruity hops, very nectar and tropical forward, caramel and biscuit undertones, hop resin finish, nectar mixed with bitter pith aftertaste. Sweet, fruity and delicious. Hint of mint as well.
M: Slick, hop resin mouthfeel, soft, low and tingly carb. Medium full body.
O: Really really good. Sweet tropical fruits and a great mouthfeel. Thanks Ryan.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. tallboy can. Date at bottom appears to be 09/07.

A: Pours a nice opaque, cloudy but bright copper. Good head/retention/lacing.

S: I'm getting mostly sweet caramel malt in the nose, some hops in there as well. Not a bad thing. Probably some of the hop profile has vanished since this is a few months old.

T: More hop flavor than the nose suggests. Fairly balanced. Good finish.

M: Good carbonation, medium-bodied. Booze well-hidden.

O: Had this at their brewery 2 years ago in Astoria. This brings back some memories. Tastes better fresh on tap (obviously). West coast has so many good IPAs, and this is certainly one of them.

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Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of KajII
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
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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Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of AwYeh
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of herman77
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.17/5  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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
89 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.