North VII | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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58 Ratings
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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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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice full and frothy white cap. The head retention was very good which left some decent lacing on the glass

S: Immediate fruitbowl here. Big notes of grapefruit, mango, tangerines and a light pine needle underneath. The nose opens up after it warms lending a good whiff of vanilla and bourbon. A very light yeastiness, Earthiness in the mix as well

T: Wow. Immediate citrus here, follows the nose nicely....mangos, oranges, light pine with some pineapple perhaps. A light Earthiness underneath with a light spice. At first the barrel is sordove mute but as it warms the barrel comes alive in this beer. A nice pronounced hop bitterness, warming bourbon and vanilla on the finish. The alcohol heat is just right.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonaed, a little sweet, some zinging hop bite, some heat but it was pretty clean and enjoyable overall.

O: Outstanding. I am usually NOT a fan of BA IPA's but this beer changed my viewpoint. The beer was well crafted and the bourbon barrel inflence was perfect! Not to much, not to little and was noticed on the end versus dominating the beer. Fort george has proven yet again why they are one of my favorite PNW breweries. Must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Thick & long lasting head, heavy lacing on the glass, hazy golden color. Heavy hop aroma, floral & grapefruit along with some spicy notes from the yeast. Flavor of the hops (intense grapefruit) is very dominant, not getting as much from the yeast which mostly seems to add a sort of "zing" to the tongue. Very thick, very fruity & hoppy, very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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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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4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy orange amber with a massive pillowy white head that sticks around leaving its mark on the glass.

The nose starts off sweet and floral. Some... fermented fruit wends through, finally a faint touch of evergreen forest.

Tongue is a strange amalgamation of sweet belgian fruity character, bitter hops, primarily in the floral/fruity mold (with a hint of that evergreen from the nose), and an almost but not quite thinking of leaning towards sour note. There's even a decent little sweet undercurrent to balance it out and bring it all together. A really unique and enjoyable brew.

I don't know what I was expecting with this, but it certainly wasn't what it is. That's not a condemnation by any means, just that this is a very unique brew. The barrel character is not immediately apparent, but it sneaks in at the end. With the belgian notes and a strong hop profile (fruits, citrus, pine, floral... the gamut!)... it's unique but smoothe and imminently drinkable.

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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber to Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

A: cloudy golden amber. Thick, cream colored 2 finger head. Great retention and heavy lacing.

S: very fruit forward. Orange, mango, maybe some peach. A little bit of pine.

T: citrus comes through immediately, followed by some bitter hops. Finish is smooth oak, especially as it warms. Very well balanced beer. Not one taste overpowers the others.

M: medium body, creamy, lighter carbonation.

O: outstanding. This is a sleeper beer for sure. Fort George makes great beers, and more people should check them out.

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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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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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