North VII | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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58 Ratings
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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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Photo of Moose90
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a murky and cloudy orangey color into the glass. There is a minimalist creamy beige colored head on-top that leaves behind some minimal oily spots of lace.

S — Strongly assertive notes of chewy piney hops, and pungent oaky Bourbon. Little bit of a caramel malt sweetness as well. Dominated by astringent bourbon and alcohol heat on top of some piney and bitter hops.

T — Hoppy, bitter, chewy. Notes of Bourbon and dry white oak intermingle with excessively bitter and piney hop notes. An odd array of flavors, lacking balance between the two worlds of Bourbon and hops.

M — Errs on the heavy side of the spectrum, syrupy almost, with little balancing carbonation.

O — An interesting enough concept here, it just severely lacks balance and composure.

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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 anteater
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oak makes the hops quite (too?) mellow.

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Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is hazed dark golden amber with a tight white head. Nose has a lot of citrus, some sweet malt up front, oranges in back. Taste is very sweet and a bit boozy. Sweet malt backbone, citrus hops, a bit of vodka and messy grainy alcohol. Body is medium with an assertive carb and a bit of a grainy feel.

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

Photo of stevoj
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft at the Platypus in Bend, Fort George demonstration night (5/14). Decent double, nothing remarkable, but everything done right. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Zaximus
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a great golden amber color with a very decent white fluffy head.
S: Smells great with a wonderful citrus character, with a little bit of malty bread light body.
T: Taste is ok. The malty smell comes through, but it is not so much prevalent as is the alcohol. The hops do not really present themselves in any meaningful way.
M: The malts and the carbonation combine for a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
O: Was expecting a lot more considering the price and the rarity of this. I'm normally quite impressed with Fort George. Looking forward to trying something else by them, but won't do this again.

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Photo of JoelClark
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 chossboss
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Dylanjf
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Eighty
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of slavall
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Greels
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SeaAle
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of VashonGuy
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of rab53
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of snaotheus
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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Photo of ccrida
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is cloudy dull gold with a small off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is sweet, caramel candy, coconut and vanilla, really coming together like creme brulee in fact. Some fruitiness, not clear if this is the esters or the hops. Seems mostly barrel notes, but with the sweet fruit. Nice.

Taste is phenolic, bourbon, vanilla, herbal, earthy, forest floor. Alcoholic character, but clean and cool. The barrel character dominates here, but it's good, plays well with the earthy hops on the strong blonde base. The hops most come through with the resinous finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty solid. I like a solid BSPA, and bourbon as well, and this marries the two well. The hops provide a little extra texture, but are not at the forefront. Solid effort, but not what I expected, e.g. a more West coast hop-forward blonde...but it makes sense that the aging in a wet barrel would temper that over time.

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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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