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The Optimist | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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The OptimistThe Optimist
BA SCORE
3.74/5
Good
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:
#24,130
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
102
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Skrumpy
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As always Fort George delivers quality product. Poured 12 oz can into standard pint glass. Golden amber in color, slightly cloudy. Nice 2 finger head with moderate lacing. The aroma is citrus, floral - orange blossom, and malt. The flavor is very good, citrus, fresh grass, and a hint of floral sweetness when you exhale. The bitterness is there in the finish, it's like grapefruit rind. A medium bodied beer with a crisp finish, semi-dry mouthfeel. The hops kick is nice and the maltiness is just right to smooth it out and make it quite drinkable. A great IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from ABV.

A clear light copper with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose opens up with a combination of hops and simple syrup; a blend of pineapple, navel oranges and a little grapefruit. There is a sweetness present in the backbone, one that seems to be part of the FG house character. The palate opens with a pleasant bitterness, mildly pith-like with some pine, along with a moderate amount of flavor. Pineapple, citrus and some pine are all present. The mid-palate has some sweetness (similar to honey) along with a bit of medicinal bitterness. Light in body, moderately carbonated, this beer has a lingering grapefruit finish. Apart from the aspirin-like bitterness, this beer is very enjoyable. Recommended.

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

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours a hazy amber color with golden highlights. It is topped with three inches of sticky, beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

It has a big grapefruit nose.

The grapefruit translates to the flavor with a pine finish.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a solid IPA. There is nothing to really make it stand out. It's a good go to beer.

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Photo of BurdockBoy
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pveilleux
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VictorsValiant
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 cubbyZilla
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gregcordle
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of South2NW
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZekeMillz
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 joeroma5
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of bmorebeer888
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Ron for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, citrus juice, citrus zest, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of Blasphemy
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of aobrehm
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 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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Photo of ssgunbond
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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