North VII | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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North VIINorth VII
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States
fortgeorgebrewery.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian inspired Imperial IPA (IIPA) aged on Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Added by barleywinefiend on 10-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by snaotheus:
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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. Lots of sediment, left in the bottom of the bottle. If there's a date, I can't find it.

Pours cloudy coppery golden. Huge fluffy head. Smell is bourbon and flowers and a little smoke.

Taste is somewhere between confused and complex. Bourbon and smoke, huge malty sweetness, lots of floral hops, lemon rind bitterness. Not much Belgian funkiness that I would expect. I'm going to call it mostly good.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and slightly gritty. Overall, it's a pretty good beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chossboss
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jason_nwx
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I got none of the "Belgian" part of the beer. Solid IPA came through, as did the notes of vanilla, oak, honey and bourbon from the barrels, but for my taste the combination doesn't come together.

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Photo of Porterofotb
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Boozecamel
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Dylanjf
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Rutager
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a two finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of orange, tangerine, citrus hops, oak, light pine resin. Flavor is citrusy, orange and grapefruit, tropical fruit, sharp pine resin. A light oak flavor develops mid taste, finishing with hop and herbal bitterness, pungent like absinthe. Medium bodied with some creaminess. An interesting take on a Belgian IPA; lots going on here, but not really well integrated. The bourbon barrels seem to be lost behind the citrus and strong resiny flavors. Interesting and well made as I'd expect from Fort George but not sure if I would pick this up again. ABV is well covered by the resiny citrus flavors.

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Photo of Eighty
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of VashonGuy
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jakewatt135
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely has that fort george ipa character to it. smells and tastes like other ipa's from them, only with some oak and light bourbon flavor. barrel aging lessens the bitterness but allows nice hops to show through. good beer, i feel like its underrated.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of 510a
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of slavall
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap at the recent de Garde release event.

I'm generally not a big fan of barrel aged IPA's, but this wasn't too bad. The barrel aging muted the bitterness, but there was still plenty of tropical fruit, spice and bourbon. Overall, a pretty tasty beer that was fun to try at the release event.

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Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of draheim
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear copper color w/ a frothy white head, good lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and hoppy with an un underlying fruity quality from the Belgian yeast.

Taste leads off with a big punch of alcohol. Hm. OK. Pale malt; a gentle, decidely non-bitter touch of floral, citrusy hops; and booze. More citrus. Some bourbon-soaked oak.

Mouthfeel is soft, nicely carbonated. Has a nice crisp, bitter finish.

Overall, a different take on the Belgian IPA. I'm not sure if the balance is right, it seems a little muddled. Not sure if the bourbon barrels, hops, and Belgian yeast work all that well together.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sails_Ambassador
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a very light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of rocky tan foam with a good lace and nice retention. Quite excellent.

Smell: citrusy hops with a nice funk and a little dankness. Malt is sweet and also, possibly, a little funky. Under the citrus is an earthy, almost oniony sensibility. I quite like it.

Taste: funky, earthy, oniony, citrusy hops atop a sweetish, but characterful, malt. There might also be a hint of pineapple in there. This beer will definitely not be for everybody, but it is for me!

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a good creaminess for the style. Great.

Overall: weird and a bit on the onion-and-potato-soup side of the spectrum. Is that even a thing? Whatever, it's a good beer.

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North VII from Fort George Brewery + Public House
3.85 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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