The Optimist | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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3.73/5
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115 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:
#26,909
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
115
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
20
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0
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of ncherf
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jakecattleco
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can into a tulip glass. Pours vibrant copper with 1+ finger of variable density egg-white head that had moderate retention and left sporadic lacing. Nose is very piney and earthy to start, floral attributes overtake as it warms. Taste follows the nose. Finishes with moderate lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation. It's a good beer, but nothing spectacular. Won't repeat.

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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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Photo of Hagenmccombs
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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 thebrood1987
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kemoarps
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rusty russet body that's not quite clear, but doesn't venture into that other field yet either. Off white head starts off decent, settles soon into The Ring and The Skullcap. Decent lacing.

Nose opens with some bright fruits, but settles into a subdued but still present character soon enough. By the time the sips start sliding down, it's an almost peachy/pineapple underpinning that sits like a soft fuzz on the nose.

Flavour is not of the jump out at you variety, but is nice and pleasant. Introduces sweet floral/fruit notes to start, but the middle of the movie brings forth a solid support structure of grainy malt, and the finishing act brings out some hop bitterness.
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable quaff, though not one that's likely to turn massive heads. Digging it.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gtermi
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ghostxyz3
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Skrumpy
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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 +1.6%
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 TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of buschbeer
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pveilleux
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VictorsValiant
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cubbyZilla
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gregcordle
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Optimist from Fort George Brewery + Public House
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 115 ratings