Magnanimous IPA
Fort George Brewery + Public House

Magnanimous IPAMagnanimous IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #433
Ranked #4,995
4.11 | pDev: 6.81%
Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States
Magnanimous IPAMagnanimous IPA
Notes: Seasonal collaboration brew with Earth &Sky Farm, brewed with grand fir.
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Photo of WesMantooth
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A November 2019 can.

Bright clear gold. Nice head, retention, and lacing.

Smells great. Apricot stands out. Some berry/passion fruit, orange, and a little bit of vegetable.

Flavor is a lot of the same, but chased with a piney finish with a nice amount of bitterness and resin. A little light in body for an imperial if the listing is correct, which I would say not because it’s only 7%. That’s ipa wheelhouse.

Clean, crisp, well balanced. Great beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an ipa done with fir tips, i love pine beers, and although this is quite subtle, this element really makes the beer distinctive and good, without it, im not sure this would stand out much. its a little deeper than blonde, but still light in the glass from the tap, holding short white head pretty well and smelling fresh as can be, wintery, and clean. the pine is bright and fresh, christmasy but without the usual herbal green bitterness that it comes with, more delicate than that to me, and nicely paired with the hops, northwestern and piney on their own, with a little bit of a citrus rind component and even a hint of passion fruit to me. light honey and even toasted character to the grain, but still seeming simple in the mix here, nothing on the fermentation side that i can appreciate, which is probably a good thing in a beer like this, very tidy. the pine comes really late in the flavor, but its a nice wrinkle that really extends the beer, maybe less intense than i wanted it to be, but absolutely delicious, and with some bitterness from the hops hanging on later, its quite dynamic even after the swallow. the hops and fir tips work great together, a light almost cascade spiciness here, as well as some classically centennial type woodiness, although im not sure which hops they actually use here. its a nice mix of flavors in a drinkable package with the moderate malt character and the dry finish and lighter body. nice beer, these guys crush it with the hoppy stuff. a neat wintery ipa with high drinkability!

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - 2-finger sparse offwhite head recedes rapidly, but leaves lots of globby lacing. Body is copper orange and near-translucent.

S - berries? I definitely smell berries. Orange, candy, a little melon.

T - leads with mildly bitter orange, plus something floral that I can’t put my finger on. Caramel, orange soda, pine, anise? Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body with restrained carb.

O - very easy to drink.

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Photo of UWDAWG
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a IPA glass.

Look- Pale gold, large amount of visible sediment, very active- looks like a snow globe, above average lacing, average head retention.
Smell- Pine, floral.
Taste- Pine, floral, nice balance, easy drinking.
Feel- Thin body, above average carbonation, clean finish.

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Photo of woemad
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can purchased...somewhere. No freshness date, but I'm pretty sure it's a holiday seasonal beer, so I'm doubting there's much age. Apparently this IPA is a collaborative beer with a local tree farm, which presumably contributed needles from "Grand Firs."

Poured into a Ft. George nonic pint glass courtesy of Nectar Wine & Beer, this was an amber-gold color with exceptional clarity. Big, off-white head that hung around a bit and left lots of lace.

Citrusy and melon-y hop scent, along with an evergreen aroma that is more in the background. Smells delicious but also a little restrained.

Fruity, hoppy flavors lead the charge, with the Fir needles providing background in the middle of the taste. Things are extremely well balanced, with the fir never pushing to the fore. Mild dry zap to the palate at the swallow.

Slightly creamy and oily, resiny mouthfeel. Medium body.

A pleasure to drink. Not hugely flavorful in hoppy or piney directions, but exquisitely balanced, whereas most beers I've had brewed with needles from trees or bushes generally always turn out to be overwhelmed by them. I think I could enjoy several of these in a row, though at 7%, I'm not so sure it'd be advisable. Hope FG does this again!

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Photo of kemoarps
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Can dated 10/4 so just over a month old.
Pours a crisp golden amber with little suspended elements that looks like lost bubbles frozen in time in a glass bauble. Head is a vigorous half finger of almost nicotine stained yellow and is stubborn in its retention. Decent lacing.

Nose gives initial sweet impressions of subtle apricot and a light earthiness. Digging around a bit brings forth a touch of spicy hops and maybe a whisper of tropical fruits and citrus. Nothing particularly fragrant though, all subdued. If I had to point to one note that defines it it would be the apricot.

Taking a sip is a whole another experience though. Wow. Was not expecting that. While the nose was subdued and just wisps and suggestions, the flavour splashes forth on the tongue flamboyantly presenting a melange of unexpectedly complimentary pieces. The hops lead triumphantly, bursting forth at once piney bitter and smoothly sweet with notes of honey/nectar and some of that same apricot and mild citrus/tropical and maybe an almost candi coating. Then comes the fir. It's listed right there on the can. "Brewed with grand fir." And man I've never had an evergreen that was so distinctly itself, so masterfully folded in for such an enjoyable final product. We talk about IPAs being 'piney' and we have christmas ales that taste like pine needles or old christmas trees or what have you. This brings in an element of almost candied fir needles, but in a romanticized, enjoyable manner where it doesn't distract, doesn't overwhelm, and doesn't taste near as weird as that description surely sounds. In case you couldn't tell, I'm enjoying it quite a bit.
Finish ties back in to that more decidedly beer-pine description we all know and love with just a lingering after-image of frosted needles and high fur collars lingering.

Body is smoothe and on the lower end of medium weight, while the carbonation dances nimbly to continue to the full suggestion of a land of ice and snow, and the tantalizing treats to be found behind said furs.

I like this one way more than I'd expected. I fully anticipate grabbing several several more while they are around. I'm absolutely a bit of a scrooge when it comes to Christmas, and I still believe that it is a month too early to start even thinking about that holiday, but this beer brings forth the Spirit of Christmas Present within me. I'm super into it.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a golden copper color with a frothy white head.

Aroma is hoppy dank piney.

Taste is balanced between a light caramel and a hoppy piney astrigent.


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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a can dated 10-3-17. IPA brewed with Grand Fir. 7% abv.

Magnanimous pours the perfect color of deep gold bordering amber. It's clear liquid has a labyrinth of tiny particles floating around, underneath a bone white and creamy looking cap, which leaves small patches on the glass as it lowers.

What an interesting aroma. It took me some time to figure out what it was, but to me, there is a sweet, balsamic glazed mushroom thing going on. Not off putting really, just quite unique. Some raspberry jam follows, then some expected pine, and a pleasant apricot aroma to support.

The flavor is unlike anything as well. The balsamic sweetness is still there, but ripe pitted fruits is playing backup to it, which in turn is being backed by wet pine. Though the mushroom doesn't come into equation, there is an earthy taste in the end. The spruce tips add such a wonderful and elegant evergreen sweetness unlike anything I've had before.

The feel is incredibly smooth and full. Slick and almost velvety. Almost completely balanced but just hugging the bitter side of the line, and it's 7% abv (2017 version) is undetectable.

May be one of the most unique and interesting beers I've had. I wouldn't call it an every day beer, but I could definitely see this as a winter warmer kind of IPA. It's earthiness and rich feel make it a good, filling beer while it's fruit and pine make it comfortingly familiar. Cheers!

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz Can from Brewers Haven. Pale golden pour with slight milky haze, skin if head and streaky lacing. Pungent aroma, yeast and citrus. Taste is more of the same, like lovely textures, silky. Fruity, yeasty, touch of Belgian. Tangy, tingly. Really lovely.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting beer to say the least. It's not a typical IPA, but it has many of the characteristics of a good one. Golden amber in color, slightly cloudy. Foamy, white head that diminished quickly. Minimal lacing. The aroma is tropical fruit, apricot, bread malt, with light citrus and floral notes. The flavor is floral sweet, like jasmine, with pine and grapefruit. A unique blend. Juicy and resinous. A pine and juniper aftertaste lingers. Very good overall.

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Photo of gandres
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From tap to glass at the Lovell Brewery + Taproom in Astoria, OR
Appearance: Amber, clear, medium off white head slowly goes away
Aroma: Hoppy
Taste: very good; bitter
Palate: very good, lively carbonation bringing a creamy sensation
Overall: very good beer ok to repeat, look for, drink when passing by Astoria, OR
Drank: May 4, 2016

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Photo of elNopalero
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was fantastic. Canned and enjoyed within a two week window. Fresh is best!
Pours with a slightly hazy tinge. Light pine and orange peel notes on the nose turn into a pleasant burst of juicy slightly herbaceous fir tickling the palate with each sip. Loved it.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden look, with minor carbonation bubbles present. Almost as light as a lager. Head dissipates quickly. Smell is slight, but mostly pine and flowery hop bitterness promised.

Taste is hoppy goodness, a slight but clean bitter taste. Juniper (flowery) and what they're calling spruce come together with a light and sweet, slightly piney or spice (clove?) mid-sip. Very little malt, and not heavy at all. The booze is subtle but there is the warmth of a double IPA. As the beer warms I get much more of the citrus, orange (not grapefruit), maybe some pine/fir complicating it. Nothing is overpowering and the result is certainly pleasant if unremarkable.

Finish is a little sticky but the aftertaste brings in some cream and resin. I'm licking my lips and getting a natural sweet aftertaste. This is a very very good sipping beer, good competitor to Grapefruit Sculpin -- that's what it reminds me of.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz pour at Malt & Vine in Redmond.

Pours clear golden with a smallish head and moderate carbonation. Smell is a little mild, juicy, citrus. Smells nice.

Taste is interesting. Strong off-pine bitterness (this must be the spruce tips), moderate orangey citrus, a tiny bit of something that might be peach or apricot.

Mouthfeel is full but not sticky. Overall, it's a good beer without being spectacular. Definitely interesting.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 08Dec.

A clear light amber with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is solid. Fresh, pungent and hoppy with pine, spruce and plenty of fir, this is great. Some grapefruit, a touch of nectarines are present. The addition if fir is inspired, bringing to mind Working For Tips from Moonlight. Malt is minimal.

The palate opens with a leading bitterness, resiny, pine heavy with grapefruit zest, spruce, fir, delicious. While malt character is minimal, there is a juicy sweetness present. Drying on the finish with a blend of pine, candied grapefruit peel and fur, this is delicious. Medium light in body, moderately carbonated, this beer is solid. Possibly the best IPA I've had from Fort George.

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Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear gold with two finger of white head that lasts about ten minutes and leaves moderate amounts of lace.
Smell is faintly pine.
Taste is sweet malts early on with the fir tips and hops building a pleasant bitterness as the liquid warms a bit.
Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation just right. Has a medium dry finish.
Overall a very pleasant beer for the style and one I will have again. About $11 for the 4 pack of pints but well worth it. It really does put you in mind of a very high quality gin and tonic with about a half teaspoon of white sugar added to cut some of the bitterness from the tonic.

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Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy golden wheat color with a foamy, sudsy white head.

Mix of lightly resinous, piney, evergreen notes all bundled together in the aroma and taste. Light grapefruit rind bitterness.

Very well done, and different type of IPA.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz tall can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a dash of haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam. The head sticks around a good long time and leaves a bit of chunky lace on the glass -- I dig it!

Smell: sweetish malt with plenty of toastiness and an earthy hop character. Not complex, but nice.

Taste: very sweet malt base with a bit of tastiness and a definite floral character. Interesting, but a too much on the sweet side for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer is pretty good, but just a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to a thick film, leaving light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light citrus, piney hops and spruce. Flavor is dominated by lemony, resinous spruce, citrus hops, moderately dry caramel malt; spruce; finishes with long, lingering lemon citrus and spruce resin and bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess and great carbonation. A great balance between the traditional hop flavors and the evergreen; I used the term "spruce" above, but apparently this is from fir branches. Tasted sprucy to me, which is great. I would have guessed lemon drop hops as this has great lemon flavors; although this was brewed with Simcoe and Chinook. A very nice seasonal IPA with plenty of surprises, but the evergreen resin is deftly handled; clear throughout the taste, but lets the herbal hop and malt flavors support it. I really enjoyed this and would not mind seeing it next year.

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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely pale lemony color with plenty of white foam in the Pilsener glass. Clear but unfiltered. Sharp and zingy. Label says “brewed with grand fir.” The spruce-type flavor is intensely aromatic and resiny, probably literally. Sticky yet piercing mouthfeel. This may be a love it or hate it brew, it’s so powerfully flavored, yet entirely unique in my experience.

It’s quite sweet, lingeringly sweet from first sip long into the the bitter aftertaste. Somehow it’s a clean flavor, but so botanical. I wonder what hops would go with the coniferous flavor, but there is something to add some beery bitterness. I like it a lot, and it’s another oddball Northwest experience. From the 16 oz can purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, and the can with the winter king and queen is a beautiful thing in itself. A collaboration with Earth & Sky Farms.

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Photo of mabermud
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Amber and gold body. Irregular streams of endless micro-bubbles. Fine, white head. Irregular patterns of legs and lacing left behind on the glass. One looks like a spewing volcano.
Smell: Floral, light citrus and melon with some tropical fruit. Guarded sweetness.
Taste: Piney with herbage. Not Pliny, but piney. Piney hops with the right amount of sweetness. Wafer bites with an inkling of lemon-drop. More lemon-drop than wafer bites.
Feel: Medium everything. Creamy-ish at the finish.

Overall - A fine beer. You can do manly sessions with this one. I am going out to buy more cans before they disappear.

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Photo of Raptor66
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem from Ft George. Beautiful golden color. Tropical nose. Taste is awesome! More citrus and a hard spirit feeling on the taste buds. I agree with 81tillinfinity to say that gin comes to mind. Love it!

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Photo of Moose90
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz matte aluminum can with a fir king and a hop queen on it, sweet looking can as always from Ft. George.

A — Pours a bright pale golden hue into the tulip glass. There is a billowy white head that forms, but it fades to a thin capsule atop the beer and leaves behind just fair enough lacing.

S — Smell is strongly focused on a piney and herbaceous character. I get notes of spruce, thyme, lemon, sage, and hops.

T — Tastes like the nose, more notes of thyme, lemon, pine, slightly herbaceous. I haven't stuck my face in a fir tree recently, but this seems like its right up that alleyway.

M — Medium bodied, slightly lingering finish.

O — Great overall, a nice piney and herbaceous treat.

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Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From can, canned on date 10-28-15 with an abv of 7%. This is an ipa brewed with grand fir. This is an experience to say the least and a delicious one at that. The body of this beer reminds me of their opa, but a rich fruitiness and subtle sweetness. The grand fir lands a gin like quality and light bitterness. If you can get this try it fast won't last long.

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 103 ratings