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The Optimist | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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BA SCORE
3.74/5
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102 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp, Clean IPA with floral hints and an upbeat attitude.

Added by Boozecamel on 05-21-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,113
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
102
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
Gots:
16
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of L8ton
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of Dgestri
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good balanced ipa, on the lighter side, very floral

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome floral and astringent hops dominating the smell of this one big time! Swirling it around the hops get so astringent smelling I pickup bubblegum notes. Obviously very fresh living in Oregon, I'd expect it to be at this point. If you are a home brewer its pretty much like smelling a bag of high alpha hops. Very crisp and has a nice hop bite with a bready malt and a floral hop bitterness that lingers. It reminds me of Stone IPA in some ways. Just as bitter too. Great IPA, definitely will make a regular.

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Photo of Salemjeff
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Donkster46
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A perfectly balanced west coast style IPA.

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Photo of mikesubocz
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichKent
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Either this is an underrated beer or Ft. George did a better job with it in 2015 than in 2014. I've had it on tap at the brewery several times, and from many 12oz cans as well.

Appearance is a little weak. It pours fairly clear and light gold with minimal head.

Smell is outstanding - citrusy, juicy, tropical.

Taste is more piney than the nose would suggest. It's a little bracing up front when cold, but opens up as it warms a bit in a tulip glass. The taste improves with every sip. After the pine I get orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. The finish is grapefruit pith with a little sap.

Mouth is outstanding. Light, crisp, well carbonated.

The Pacific NW tends to prefer malty IPAs in my limited experience, so perhaps that explains the low score on this excellent beer. If you like malt-forward beer, you won't like this. If you like a beer that showcases the hops and lets the malt take a back seat, this is your beer. If the optimist were brewed in New England or San Diego it would be rated 88 - 90 on BA.

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4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into tulip glass.

L- Yellow-gold color with slight haze. Creamy white head that dissipates but is retained around the edges, leaving significant lace.

S- Beautiful bouquet of hop aroma: pineapple, orange, and slightly floral. Slight biscuitty malt.

T- Crisp citrussy and piney flavor. Hop profile of flavor is less fruity than the aroma would suggest. Clean biscuit and bready malt notes. Bitterness is noticeable but not harsh.

F- Nice body, finishes fairly dry.

O- Fort George makes great IPAs and this is no exception. Great hop complexity, well-supported and not harsh. I could drink a lot of this beer.

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Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PZBREW
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hagenmccombs
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my favorite grocery store IPAs. I drank this everyday for a while Delicious balance of sweetness, bitterness, tropical notes, and some pine.
L: Golden orange with white one finger head
S: One of the best smelling IPAs I've ever had. Smells of pineapple, cream of coconut, ginger, Fort George's yeast
T: taste doesn't quite stand up to the aroma, but only because the aroma is so outstanding, Fairly sweet with pine, citrus, hint of tropical pineapple, light malt
F: Medium bodied and on the heavier side for a PNW IPA
O: one of my favorite IPAs when I'm in the mood for pineapple.

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Photo of Floydster
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can

Appearance is a golden yellow, couple inches of white head, medium lacing, good retention with thick bubbles

Smell is great and filled with pine, pineapple, guava, and mangoes, later on there is light caramel too

Taste is similar to the aroma but misses on those tropical fruits, instead it is mostly pine fading into a cereal and grainy finish with lingering bitterness, good balance overall

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, nice balance of bitter and dry with faint malt backtones

This was an impressive IPA from the Northwest, more hop forward than a lot from there that I have tasted in the past which was nice for me

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4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NW_IPAHEAD
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GilGarp
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/2/2014. Served chilled into a goblet.

The Optimist is a pale orange color with lots of little floaties creating considerable haze. The head is thick and has great retention.

Aroma is perhaps a little faded over the last 10 weeks but still has pleasant hoppiness.

Flavor has good depth, not one dimensional at all, with typical west coast and Pacific Northwest character. Pine, citrus, and a little grass all come through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Good balance for an IPA and nice depth.

Overall a very good IPA. Maybe not terribly memorable but certainly well constructed.

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Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of adam36
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerme5
4/5  rDev +7%

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The Optimist from Fort George Brewery + Public House
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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