The Optimist | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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3.73/5
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114 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:
#25,956
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
114
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
1
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19
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of nickster
2.59/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Very trendy, hipsters galore. Staff is not very friendly. Food is fair. Must have a cell phone in order to wait for a table!!! So stupid. The greeter was not willing to walk over to where we were sitting to tell us a table is free.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem OR. $1.69 " A crisp, clean IPA with floral hints and an upbeat attitude" 6.2% After a bad pour with a huge head taking most of the glass it settles down and I see a hazy yellow ( almost like a hefe) with a good sized white bubbly head. Odd aroma, certainly floral but more on the lilac and rose side of floral, also a strange eggy aroma that’s hard to place. Real weird but oddly not off putting. Buttery biscuit malts. taste is mostly the buttery biscuit malts then a good hoppy bitterness half way though simple. Mouth feel is fine for style..lower carbonation but smooth enough. Overall not too impressed , its OK but not up to what I expect from this brewer!

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3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of mintzmeet
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not spectacular. Not bad. Somewhat chaffy flavor. Actually not somewhat. Strong chaffy flavor. This alright...

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Photo of bizweasel
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fort George cans some real fine IPAs including their knockout Vortex, and their 3Way collab has been good too, but this one ... meh. Hop character is all about the bitterness, none of the fruit/fresh/resin that I liked about most Oregon IPAs, No real malt to back it up either. Tasted to me like one of those 'Session IPA' fails made by a lesser brewery, not a worthy effort from a brewery I usually blindly trust to whip out something both unusual and good (thus purchase of sixer untried). This glass is half empty ... and then some.

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3.24/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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12oz can picked up at Brewforia Meridian late last week.. Also saw it at Brewer's Haven... Paid a pricey $2... will be cheaper when it gets out and about around town.

Pours a very hazy orange... thin white head... lacing is there, but is nothing special.

Grassy/lite floral hops punctuate the nose but are lost in the residual pale malts.

Flavor begins with a nice bitterness but quickly moves to a pretty nondescript herbal/floral hoppiness.

Body and carbonation are fine.

Okay... just not what I want when I think of a PNW IPA... Still tasty, just not my style.

3.25/3.25/3.5/4/3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AndrewGoria
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Jerry's market. Right in the ballpark for a NW IPA. Almost sessionable. Good gateway ale. Nothing stands out, nothing detracts. But extremely tasty, and since become one of my favorite IPAs.

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3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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The Optimist from Fort George Brewery + Public House
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 114 ratings