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Vortex IPA - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Vortex IPAVortex IPA

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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 Goblinmunkey7
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice and clear dark gold with some lighter gold when held to direct light. Head is white and bubbly with minimal retention. Moderate carbonation on the pour keeps a few wisps of head with a slightly larger collar. Nice streaks of lacing.

Smell: Pine needle and grapefruit oil. Straight bitterness, almost aspirin-like, with a nice blast of citrus. Nice and floral with a mild backing herbal element. Loaded with pine and grapefruit. A bit of snappy cracker with bread crust and a lightly caramelized malt base. Nice and bready with some solid toasted almost roasted elements rolling through the back. Dank and earthy. Definitely pushes that West coast vibe.

Taste: Bitter and then some. Aspirin, raw pine needle, and pith for days. Punchy almost mint through the back with a big dank bite. Ruby red grapefruit. Earthy and floral in good measure. So much pine bitterness. Malts are very lightly sweet with some caramel and pale malt sweetness. Light roasted element pushes closer to toasted. Warming does little to balance it, but there's a touch more caramelized malt sweetness. Crazy floral. A hint of cracker layered through the back. Bready on the finish...oh, and bitter. Grapefruit oil and sticky pine.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily, but not overbearing. Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Sticky and almost too much so, but not quite.

Overall: The Alpha to the Omega

A better beer than it's imperialized version. This is a bitter smack you around type of IPA. A nice hop depth, but it's aggressive, even for the West coast stlye. Bravo. Bonus point for the 16oz can.

Goblinmunkey7, May 26, 2014
Photo of minterro
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16oz can bought at a New Seasons grocery store in Portland, Oregon.

A&S: Hazy orange colored beer with unfiltered elements. Head is creamy and off-white, pour about and finger and retains at a low level. Aroma consists of primarily citrus (lemons) tones with some underlying maltiness.

T&M: Well hopped but also balanced with a maltiness. Hops again are mostly citrus but there is also hints of earthiness. Hangs on your palate a little too long. High medium to full bodied, super creamy and smooth. On the low side of carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyable ipa, this beer brings something that not a ton of brewery are about in Oregon (at least in my opinion, balance). My mind isn't blown, but this beer is for sure above average.

minterro, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BurdockBoy, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

BeerNW, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber with fluffy sandstone head.
Leafy, lemon, herbal fresh hop nose - bright!
Sugar cookie with pine sap, pineapple, and a bit of dank resin.
Candied grapefruit and unpleasantly tightening skunky linger.
Lt-medium, slight chew, sticky.

Pale, light, and fragrant - but gooier than expected, thin, and not clean. Mismatch between sweet fruit up front and bitterly astringent linger. Too strong to session any way, but more trouble than it’s worth for the flavor.

StJamesGate, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev -1%

chossboss, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a pint glass. Canned on 12/16/12, so about 10 weeks old.

A- Poured a very dark orange color with huge fluffy off-white head that left dense webbed lacing.

S- Huge tropical fruit, peach, mango, pungenr grapefruit, pine, and some dank notes. Very aromatic and powerful hop aroma, with some light malt sweetness coming through.

T- Huge juicy tropical fruit of peach, mango, and pungent grapefruit. Quite a bit of pine, some dank quality, malt sweetness, and slight earthy notes. Pretty high bitterness, which seems pretty common for all of Fort George's IPAs.

M- Incredibly full bodied and chewy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, very creamy, and dry finish. Not sure if I have ever had an IPA with a mouthfeel this heavy.

O- Another great IPA from Fort George. Lots of juicy tropical fruit notes and some really nice dank, piney, and earthy hop notes. The mouthfeel on the beer was really unique for the style, but did make the beer feel very filling.

Hoptometrist, Feb 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

fitius5150, Jan 16, 2014
Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
90 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.