Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale) | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale)Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale)
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Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale)Sunrise OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedDiamond on 07-12-2007

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bought from brewery canned two days ago so super fresh. Huge citrus aromas that give way to a wonderful hop bitterness and a creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel on this is spectacular they no how to use the oats to turn the pale ale to a creamy goodness. No sign of wateryness on this one. One of the best pale ales I've had. Wish I would have bought more.

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4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this just came out in cans.

Poured into my snifter and wow is is pretty. Almost looks like a hef but the head on it and the sticky lacing on the glass totally tells me there are hops and oats in this beer. Totally hazy and man can you smell the hops. The smell is amazing for such a low abv beer and you get a small hint of the oats. Oh wow. The taste is amazing. You get the hops up front and its bitter. The 52 IBUs are low and then the after taste kicks in and slowly the oats creep up on you. This is the best Oatmeal Pale I have had and they are getting popular in the Oregon Beer scene. The mouthfeel is what you would expect from an oatmeal beer. Creamy and sticky from the hops. Very full mouth feel. Overall, this is outstanding. I have really begun to respect what fort George has been making and I think this may be my go to beer for them. This was a real treat and I wonder what this is like on draft.

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4.56/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Several of these sent my way from Oregon. Thanks Frank.

Pours a radiant yellow/orange. Vibrant hazy glow with a fluffy white head. I don't think appearance matters much, but this is one of the best looking beers I've ever poured.

Smells are IPA style, which is My-P-A-style. Citrus, pine, bitterness tempting me....a bit of honey sweetness.

OPA is clearly a riff on IPA. This is a bitter, dry, and pithy explosion of hophead goodness. Grind up some grapfruit rinds, throw in some pine needles, add some orange bitters, and there you go.

Pithy dryness on the feel, mouth smackingly rewarding. The oatmeal thickens it up just enough to keep it from being thin/watery. Good call there.

What are all you yahoos doing rating this so low? This beer is awesome.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap last night at their brewpub in the great Astoria.. it's still very much brewed.. and just random. They stated it's the same as their beer #1 but w/ 12 lbs. of oatmeal in the batch.

- Very cloudy straw yellow brew with a thin creamy head that leaves some nice bubbles and lace all about.

- Lovely honey sweet grain and oat aroma with fresh floral and bitter pine hop. This brew smells perfectly balanced and fantastic! Just the way I like it.

- Lovely meaty grain and oats.. but zesty and light.. balanced with great hop bitterness and pine, citrus. Bready, biscuit...

- Dry and bitter, yet zesty and mouth watering.. light to creamy med. bodied.

- This beer is good.. damn good. I wish I could brew something like this as my everyday go to beer. Just the kind of light pale I like.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

I can't say I was impressed the first time I had this. I found it not all that complex and slightly boring.

What a difference a palate makes.

This is for those that crave a dry finish, complex hop profile, and drinkability in their pale ales. Much is made about balance, but usually without education. This beer straddles the line between drinkable and complex perfectly. It isn't so complex that one should drift off and contemplate the complexities of life but a drink that is interesting and yet it allows the drinker to continue to be sociable while still enjoying their drink.

Craft beer doesn't need to be aged in a barrel ... or procured after a two hour wait in a ridiculous line. Beers like this offer a nice reminder of that fact.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.16/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Unibroue tulip. Huge fluffy with large bubbles. High retention. Soapy, suddsy lacing. Hazy, apricot colored body. Aroma is very floral and grassy (with a dash of lemon). Taste is nicely bittered with a very unique sweetness. After reading the can, I suppose that the oats are responsible for this unique flavor of smoothness and sweetness. But make no mistake, bitterness dominates in a delicious way. Very tasty, unique brew.

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4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.49 (according to the can this was $1 off the regular price). There’s a date stamped on the bottom of the can that appears to say 3/11 (presumably March 11, 2015) but it was smudged quite badly.

Poured a hazy, pale golden color, with lots of bubbles arcing to the top of a nonic pint glass. Big, rocky white head that left lots of lace.

Bitter, citrusy hop aroma.

The bitter, citrusy, lemony hoppy nose carries over to the taste, at least initially, but then a malty backbone that’s meaty enough to keep this from being like a bitter IPA makes itself known. The balance is fantastic, but the drinker still has to not mind a bitter and very dry hoppiness.

Medium bodied, with a prickly, slightly oily mouthfeel.

I really like this, and don’t find it’s 4 ½ months or so in the can to have been detrimental at all. This is a nice pale ale for people who don’t mind bitter hops (48 IBUs, per the can label). I’ve had IPAs with 90+ IBUs that didn’t deliver as much on hop flavor, yet the malt backbone makes it a surprisingly balanced beer. If I were to walk over to my closest local and find this on tap, I’d have several. Really bummed it sounds like FG is looking to replace it with something else as part of their canned lineup. Shoulda tried this a long time ago.

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4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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