City Of Dreams
Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #371
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,790
Avg:
4 | pDev: 9.5%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
70
From:
Fort George Brewery + Public House
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  11
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: Once in awhile you find that magical place. A creative confluence of scenic panoramas, bountiful lands, and independent spirit. A site on the edge of nowhere yet enticing to all, where cityscape ends and the open ocean begins. Whether you call it Shangri-La or Utopia or the City of Dreams, one thing is certain – this is the beer you will find there.
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RJLarse from Washington

3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with a creamy white head. Smells tropical with citrus and pineapple notes. Tastes sweet like fruit juice, mild bitterness no malt presence to speak of.

Jul 11, 2021
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Pivopijak from Washington

3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

can into glass
Looking identical to a hazy IPA, with a very cloudy straw, orange tinged appearance. Smells like a hazy IPA as well, with a tangerine character, did they mix up the canning line beers? It tastes like a hazy IPA, which I don't like. Had quit drinking hazy IPAs, but subjected to another one here. This is one my favorite breweries and they, like Firestone-Walker can't make a hazy IPA that I like. Hazy IPAs taste like a watered down, mediocre hefeweizen with a bunch of tangerine peels thrown in the tank, steeped for a few hours then strained out. This beer is not an American pale ale.

Jun 06, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a nonic glass. Canned on 04/02/20.

Look- Hazy golden orange color, modest bright white head with nice retention and lacing. Light carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Citrus (orange/tangerine and lemon/lime), tropical fruit (pineapple and mango), peach/nectarine, hints of berry, herbal/floral hops.

Taste- Similar to the aroma, juicy citrus fruit and tropical fruit, peach, bready malt with a slight bitter hop back end.

Feel- Medium bodied, crisp and dry. Moderate carbonation on the tongue.

O- A pretty solid APA and very quaffable, really affordable too. Worth trying.

May 08, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 month old can poured into a pint glass. Strong fermented fruit, tangerine, lemon peel, and hop floral on the nose. Very strong and pleasant. Pour is nice and thick, with a good 1 finger head and great lacing that is retained. Decent carbonation. Nice velvety mouthfeel. The taste carries the aroma, with pungent hops and a very mild bitterness. Reminds me of tulips, very lemony. Unfortunately, at least to me, the finish is very muted and short, which is surprising for a Ft. George brew.

This is a very good summer beer, light and refreshing without being bland.

May 02, 2020
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received from @woemad in a BIF. Poured from 16 oz. crowler into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It. pours a turbid, muddy gold color with a large, fluffy, eggshell colored cap and thick, soapy lacing. It has a floral, somewhat spicy nose with lemon, lime, tangerine, and grapefruit notes which I attribute to the Huell Melon hops. It's like walking through a greenhouse. The taste opens with lots of bright, tart citrus, including lemon and lime, along with notes of melon, wheat cracker, stone fruit, resinous pine, and bubblegum. The bill of Citra and Mosaic hops deliver a lot of fruit but only mild bitterness. I really like the mouth feel - the wheat and barley malts deliver a creamy, plush mouth feel. The level of carbonation is appropriate, as is the 5.5% ABV. It's a very easy drinker. Overall, City of Dreams delivers! There is lots of fruit with balancing hop bitterness and a first rate mouth feel. I enjoyed it outdoors on a mild early Spring afternoon with some sharp cheese. A delightful experience.

Apr 05, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fort George Brewing

A: Pours super hazy pale golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Tropical and stone fruit, zesty citrus, a touch of pine, biscuity malt, and just a little sweetness.

T: Bright zesty citrus, grapefruit, lime, and lemon, supported with a nice fruity side, passion fruit, peach, apricot, and a hint of melon, a little resinous pine, biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, softness on the palate is broken up by moderately prickly carbonation.

O: Really solid NE style pale. Brightens up a sorta foggy day up here

Apr 17, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy straw appearance with white head that lingers. Aroma is a pronounce grapefruit with a touch of hops. Taste is also a pronounce grapefruit with a touch of hops.

Apr 15, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i thought this was epic, one of the best pales i have had in this hazy style to date, and i am stoked to now be living in a city where their beer is distributed more full time, i love what they do, especially on the hoppy side, and ill be back for more of this one no doubt. its lightly hazy, eggshell luster, and with an airy but lasting white head, looks lively, fresh, and modern without being so hazy as to be unappealing and unrefined looking, ring lace with each sip too. id love to know what all hops are in here, but the aroma of the dry hop translates to the taste supremely well, way better than most of these, with big pineapple, kiwi, and orchard fruit character, a lively green freshness without any vegetal hop bite, and low bitterness even though it does have a little pep and a higher alpha finish. dank sativa, sweet green banana, and grass clippings also come to mind. its so fresh, so new, so perfect for the springtime, and insanely drinkable, i had to cut myself off, but i could drink this forever. high carbonation and a real dry finish are awesome too, but its this distinct hop profile and high level refinement that make it special. i adored this, even more than i thought i would, one of the best pale ales of the year so far for me! do not miss this one, epic when its super fresh like this!

Apr 10, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Full-on murky yellow-gold color with over an inch of fluffy white head that had good retention and light lace.

Fruity hop aroma and taste. No malt or bitterness. Body was typical thin, with a semi-sweet finish. drinkability was fine, but, one-and-done for me.

Dec 16, 2018
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IPANUT3 from Washington

4.96/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This hazy is rare because it is a pale ale and not an ipa. The smell is a perfect blend of mango and citrus. Almost no bitterness just great hops flavor. The 5.5ALC makes this an easy and enjoyable drink after a round of golf.

Nov 04, 2018
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can

Pours less than a finger of white head into my tulip glass. Apparently this is a juicified pale ale, cause the body is cloudy as all hell. Orange and creamy looking. Small amount of trub. Head was meh, but has left some good initial lacing. Looks ok so far.

Nose is definitely juicy as well. Bursting with mango, lemon, and a small touch of zest. Small amount of dankness, Simcoe probably. Not super heavy on the aroma's, but they are very nice. I like this take on the juice bomb.

The flavor is certainly not as pronounced as the aroma. Not a huge problem considering I wasn't even expecting a NE pale ale, but it's what they were obviously going for, and the flavor doesn't really reflect that. Yeah I mean really not very juicy at all on the flavor. Some citrus, finishes with a small, crisp hop bite, albeit not very complex. Not very sweet. For an APA this is ok, for a NEPA this is sub par. Either way it's not amazing. I'll give these guys a break because I don't care if it's a NEPA, and I'll say the flavor is ok. It is very refreshing and clean, I'll give them that.

The mouthfeel is decent. Carbonation is medium - low. The body is also probably medium - low, light but it has so girth to it. Bitterness hits for a bit at the end, doesn't really linger. Very crisp and refreshing. Pretty nice.

The drinkability is very good here. It's light and it tastes fine. Also, while it isn't very fruity, it does have a spring/summer feel to it.

The appearance turned out good. Lacing was pretty good overall. While the bodies in these beers are weird as hell, I actually like them.

Overall this is a fine brew. It's refreshing and clean. Just not nearly enough flavor, even for a pale ale.

Oct 31, 2018
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strongly citrus. Hazy pale orange/yellow color with a very short white head that disappears before you can even describe it. moderate, but flat, mouth feel. Initial taste is juicy citrus, orange juice, mild with no bitterness whatsoever and no citric acid bite. The initial taste profile carries through to the finish and aftertaste. I can best describe it as hard orange juice, not a pale ale.

Oct 24, 2018
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Spikester from Oregon

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with three fingers of foamy white head. Splotches of lace.
Smell is pungent floral hops with a fair amount of malt support.
Taste is bold floral hops with a balanced amount of malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and mildly bitter.
Overall a tasty and balanced Pale Ale.

Jun 30, 2018
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UWDAWG from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass.

Look- Golden, opaque, average head retention and lacing.
Smell- Citrus, pine, grapefruit.
Taste- Citrus, grapefruit, pine, spicy on the backend, well balanced.
Feel- Thin to medium body, average carbonation, slightly astringent on the backend.

Jun 26, 2018
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can- Pours very hazy straw golden to almost orange with a medium large bubbled white head. Aroma is citrus, mango, grapefruit, pungent, pleasant. The taste is mango, papaya, orange, minimal bitterness, and overall hop presence. Super sessionable.

Jun 12, 2018
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radmoc from Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Two things. Number one, there are a lot of hazies coming out of the PNW and a lot of them are just shite. They’re brewers jumping on the bandwagon as it speeds away. And two, this beer is way different on tap than in can. It’s way hazier and more expressive on tap. I’m reviewing it on tap

L - super hazy pineapple yellow with minimal head

A - tropical, with pineapple, mango, citrus. Really nice and jumps out of the glass

T - very expressive, as tropical as you can find in a hazy anywhere with a nice blast of citrus for balance. Light in body but packed with flavor

F - moderate carbonation, light body, surprisingly drinkable for the amount of flavor packed in here

O - this is the best hazy I’ve had in the PNW so far. And there is a lot of competition. It really is layered with tropical flavor without being sweet and gimmicky. Just enough IBU’s to give it balance. Highly recommended

May 06, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2018-04-27
12oz can served in a tulip. 1/16/18.

Pours very hazy, very pale yellow with a fairly big head. Smell is lush and juicy.

Taste is the same -- light and lush.

Mouthfeel is light, fluffy, Overall, I really like this beer.

Apr 28, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Oh, I guess it is hazy. It's such a fun and pleasant beer I had opened a second can before I really looked at it. Quite a frosted yellow color in the Orval chalice with plenty of white foam. Quite sharp in the mouth, and full of fizz and very light bodied. Full of bright fruity aromatics.

Hints of apricot and orange. Just a modest but distinct bitterness in the finish. Honeydew melon aftertaste along with the citrus peel. Flavor is surprisingly complex and changing. Overall, this is a delicious and refreshing lighter brew. From the six pack purchased at Central Market north of Seattle.

Mar 15, 2018
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jakecattleco from California

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 12/21/17 into a shaker pint.

L: Pours hazy brown bronze with almost 2 fingers of variable density eggshell white head with moderate retention

S: Loved the nose, very tropical. Prominent apricot, nectarine, mango and a bit of passion fruit, some citrus undertone emerge as it warms.

T: Inverts the nose, dominant citrus, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, tropical fruit aspects very subtle to non-existent. Finishes with mild bitterness and moderate astringency, both clear quickly.

F: Lighter bodied with medium-high carbonation, tingly tongue from the astringency and carbonation, slightly chalky on the finish.

O: It's an interesting beer. There's parts that I really like (i.e. the nose) but also parts that I don't care for (i.e. feel) for my palate and preferences. I'm internally torn. Will revisit if I can find it in the future fresher.

Feb 03, 2018
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kemoarps from Washington

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale opaque yellow that verges on grey/washed out kind of appearance. Big wet bubbles form together initially but settle down into a fine shroud that gathers at the edges. Minimal lacing.

Nose is sweet citrus and maybe some apricot bounded by a touch of yeast.

Flavour takes strong stabs in a couple of different directions including guava/papaya/mango (in that order) as well as the citrus mentioned above. What are those little orange coloured fruits? Tangelos? Kumquats? Somewhere in all there. The citrus should have been listed first because that is the main driver of this engine. Sweet tart little orange fruits. I could convince myself of shades of honeydew, but really that's more the interplay of the other flavours I think.

Body doesn't carry much heft, but it does carry some full carbonation which contributes to the citrus soda descriptions.

Jan 24, 2018
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rarigney from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is hazy straw. Looks like canned pineapple juice. Creamy white head drops to a stable ring and leaves streaky lacing. Aroma is fruity hops, particularly pineapple. Flavor is similar with a good balance of malt. Slightly bitter finish.

Jan 21, 2018
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single purchsed from Lifesource Natural Grocers in Salem OR $2.29 Wow this is a hazy one.NEIPA style like pulpy orange juice with a nice creamy white head. Very fruity hop aromas..oranges, peach, mango and guava. Taste the same..but with a wee bit of danknes to remind you this is Oregon! Pretty nice palate to the beer..well carbonated but with enough substance to the body to keep it interesting. Nice beer not usually my style ( NE)..but i liked it.

Jan 06, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Crowler from Growler Guys. Hazy, milky pale yellow. Fuzzy, airy head fades to ring. Light citrus aroma. Taste too is very melliw, citrus, juicy. Looking for more sting, but this is a pale. Still seems like ur could use something else.

Jan 01, 2018
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johnnyboy76 from Oregon

2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This an odd beer. Really disappointed with this. I was so hoping this would've been a hit seeing that it is a hazy year round beer in six packs. Looks nice and hazy and feels fairly full, but the hull melon hops used are just not playing well. Garlicky and onion notes are not something I want in a beer. Couldn't even finish is was so overpowering of flavor. What a bummer. At least field of greens is great.

Dec 19, 2017
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at FG taproom. Very hazy, pale orange, like some freshly squeezed juice. Foamy white head with sticky lacing. Aroma was light, pineapple and citrus, hints of grass & herbs. Flavor is similar, also on the lighter side. I’m wishing there was a bit more to the finish, a bit watery. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite from FG. Maybe if I drank this one BEFORE the Fields of Green, it would seem to have more flavor/character.

Dec 17, 2017
City Of Dreams from Fort George Brewery + Public House
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 70 ratings