Vortex IPA
Fort George Brewery + Public House

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IPA - American
Ranked #521
Ranked #5,590
4.06 | pDev: 9.85%
Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States
Vortex IPAVortex IPA
Notes: "Our IPA is made with generous additions of Cascade, Simcoe and Palisade hops throughout the brewing, fermentation and conditioning phases, balanced with heaps of organic pale malt. We designed this to not rip your taste buds off your tongue, but rather vigourously stimulate them and your palate into a lupulin-ecstacy of pleasure. During the cross-country truck trip our brewery made to find it's home in Astoria, it was nearly scattered to the cornfields of Nebraska by a tornado. We try to capture some of nature's intensity in every pint."

ABV 7.7% IBU 97
Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 495 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hreb from Washington

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can dated 08/30/2021 "twisted sista" and served in a bulb glass. Pale golden and lightly hazed on account of being an unfiltered IPA. Nice oldschool floral hop aroma. Flavor has alpha presence on the palate and, in a supporting role only, tropical juicy fruit. Pineapple and guava. Considering the ABV is venturing into DIPA territory this is extremely drinkable and flavorful. There's enough residual sugar, but no detectable sweetness. Fine carbonation. Fort George really are masters and this is an excellent execution of a strong American IPA.

Nov 25, 2021
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4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Currently my favorite beer on the planet. I regularly drank this first in my favorite Cannon Beach, OR restaurant. GREAT. I am having one right now. I only drink IPA these days and this is the best I have had. I try a whole lot of IPAs. Just tastes great. Period. Looks good and tastes good. Not a real connoisseur as far as fancy ratings but this is the best I have had to this date (and I have had multiples of different IPAs).

Jul 20, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Slightly cloudy light orange with a dense and billowing white head that pillows up at 1 finger and slowly settles, leaving sticky lacing clinging to the glass
Aroma: Cara Cara orange, grapefruit, blueberries, powder sugar-coated strawberries, Cannabis, pine sap, fir needles, and Hawaiian bread
Taste: Orange-led citrus fruits and berries pour it on strong on the initial sip and as those flavors peak, conifers, Cannabis, and bread start filtering in. These continue to hold strong until the citrus, berries, and sweet bready malt return to lead to the finish
Mouthfeel: Full, light slickness, medium-high carbonation, and a noticeable bite and medium strength dryness on the finish
Overall: This is tasty stuff. I don’t buy this near as much as I should as I dig the hop profile’s aroma/flavor and balance in this delicious WCIPA. My only detractor is the high ABV (7.7%) but another one of mt favorite IPAs is in the same range and like this one, it doesn’t show up much except in how it hits you. Recommended

Jun 01, 2021
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned 10/19 poured into a canning jar.

A: Beautiful crisp pale pale gold with a fairly massive soapy and foamy off white head that leaves some lace.

S: Citrus/lemon, generic tropical fruit, mild grapefruit, and light notes of a sweet bread-like malt backbone; there is a light impression of pine as well.

T: Flavorful, crisp, and balanced; good juicy hop character in the form of orange, grapefruit, faint pine, mild tropical fruits, moderate/light prickly bitterness, and a soft bready malt backbone that leans sweet but also has impressions of biscuit/grains.

MF: Lighter side of medium and easy drinking with some lingering dryness from the hop character, but also a bit fluffy feeling with that malt presence.

O: Delicious, flavorful, and strikes a good balance in an IPA.

Jan 07, 2021
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RedBalloon from Washington

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 9/29/20 poured into a Teku.

2" white head, golden color, and slightly translucent.

There is a toasted biscuit aroma up front that reminds me of Saaz hops in pilsners. There's some herbal aroma, a little pine, and a little booze.

The taste is more of that Saaz-like skunky biscuit flavor and a stronger emphasis on the pine and herbal characters. It finishes dry and bitter.

Smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

This is a smooth and dry IPA with some unique and complex flavors that I have come to crave from time to time.

Oct 26, 2020
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bitterandstout from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden amber colour. Malty upfront & tangerine gives way to pithy grapefruit in a very good way. malt joins hoppiness in the finish. Very nice IPA. On the bottom of the can the date was 8/19/20 so ~ 6 weeks old. also "And your little dog too!"

Oct 05, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 month old can poured into a pilsner glass. The color is notably a crystal clear golden yellow with a fluffy effervescent white head. Decent retention but gorgeous lacing. The carbonation is moderate. It smells grassy or vegetal and not unlike fresh cut pine or squeezed hop florals, a bit hard to pin down (which is good!) The flavor shifts effortlessley between sour lemon, clean grass, sweet flowers, and crisp pale malt. The mouthfeel finishes crisp and clean, with that typical IPA lingering tinge of tart sharpness.

This is a great IPA, and while I prefer Ft. George's Fanzine, this is a close second. Tamed bitterness and all hop forward!

Jun 23, 2020
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can into glass
Very fluffy white head that looks like an un-toasted crumpet. Clear dark gold color. Very nice malty tangerine caramel aroma, with a hint of pine. Very tasty, not too bitey, non-grapefruit (citra) style. Flavors of floral, spice & a hint of malt & tangerine peel. Medium bodied with a pleasant caramelized tangerine malt finish with the finish bite of a fine pilsner.

Jun 06, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Taphouse. Medium golden, clear, lasting creamy head. Aroma features citrus notes and hoppy elements. Hops take over in the taste, but not overwhelming. Pleasant bitterness finishes it. Solid IPA.

Mar 09, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At brewery:
Orange-tinged amber, great head/lacing; candied orange malt with a pithy back in nose+taste which adds a little pine and hint of lemon rind. Medium feel, fairly dry. Not an overpowering NW IPA each sip, but bitterness builds.

Dec 27, 2019
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Barettes from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a thick and foamy white head. Fair amount of lacing on the pub pint glass. A bit heavier feel than expected. Peach, pear, melon, citrus, could be grapefruit, brief flash of mango or papaya like sweetness balanced by just the right amount of bitter. Fruity without being too sweet.

Aug 26, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a two finger head; a few strands of lace

Smell: Dank aromatics with pineapple and pine tones; caramel malt beckons

Taste: The caramel malt builds up sweetness, at the outset, with the piney hops taking over the mid-palate; increasingly dank and resiny, through the middle; the finish combines both malt and hop elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another good example of an old school west coast IPA; nicely done

Jul 26, 2019
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heydre from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Citrus and pineapple notes with the piney taste, balanced malt, and nice bitterness. One of my favorite IPAs for a daily sipper and finishes CLEAN with a no alcohol smooooth finish.

May 20, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper filtered with a moderate amount of fine bubbles, and 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells of grapefruit pith and battery acid, melon and pineapple, followed by a hint of pine.

Tastes of caramel, light notes of tropical fruit, pears and a pine, tannic bitterness.

Medium, light syrupy body with little carbonation.

Drinking in Redding, Jan 13th, 2019. Decent IPA.

Jan 14, 2019
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can Date: 10/23/18
Palate Contaminants: none

It just about fizzed out on me, but maybe that was my fault.

Tons of off-white head, but again, I don't know it's fair to evaluate. It does leave a fair amount of lacing, though. Moderate orange-yellow color, light-moderate opaque liquid.

On the nose, lots of peach and non-sweet citrus. A little white grapefruit and a little tangelo. Slightly lactic. Mild greenchop. Good intensity.

The level of fruit keeps up in the taste, and it's just delicious. Taste is more pear than peach. Grape leaves. Not a whole lot of citrus remains. Mellow ash timber, if that makes sense. It's actually pretty malty, but that sweetness joins up with the fruit so well that it took me a while. The bitterness goes from virtually nothing at the start to moderate by the end, but doesn't overpower the rest at any point.

Moderate-heavy weight, and only slight mouth residue for the weight. Mild fresh lemongrass in the aftertaste. Very well integrated carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. The taste just continues to echo, and amazingly the bitterness is minimal.

On the whole, it's a great bridge between New England IPAs and West Coast IPAs.

Dec 08, 2018
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elNopalero from California

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours with a slightly darker, amber honey-hued color. Nice foaming but not much aroma accompanying it. Could it already be faded at six weeks? I get a pleasant hoppyness when I sip, the caramel malt backing balancing out a classic blend of citrusy and piney hops.

Nov 26, 2018
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber pour, hazy with lots of floaters. Very light head which becomes a skim coat. Smell of malts and breads which is different from most IPAs. Nice, almost a malt-forward ale, with an edgy hop bitterness on the side on the tongue. It's faintly sweet, not dry, and works well. Woth sipping slowly, letting it warm to uncover additional layers of flavor. A very well-made IPA with a solid foundation. Worth seeking out at the brewery or market. Recommended.

Oct 16, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Vortex is a bright golden beer. It's beautiful despite a few floaties. A big and rocky foam rests above like one giant white cloud, and as each sip is taken, layer upon layer of lacing is left behind.

Pine sap and lime dominate the aroma. A touch of melon, some citrus zest, and a pinch of weed complete the picture.

The flavor follows with pine seeming to be engrained from beginning to end. The fruits come in at the middle and that kick of weed packs a bigger punch than expected on the end, but only for a brief moment.

This is how I like my IPAs. Clean and crisp with a light to medium body with a huge wallop of piney bitterness shoved down your throat. It's sappy and sticky between sips and glues the lips together.

A great IPA from Fort George, and one of my regulars. Actually was surprised to see I hadn't reviewed this before. A Northwest staple as far as I'm concerned. Cheers.

Oct 04, 2018
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vladdswrath from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orangish amber pour, with thick foamy head that dissapates at a fair clip with lots of thin lacing. Smell is dank and citrusy, but not all that intense. Taste is mostly remeniscent of sweet honey dew melon and citrus fruit,, but well balanced against a pretty sharp hops bite. Mouthfeel is quite thick and oily, but I think it pairs nicely with the flavor profile.

Apr 25, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey gold color with a tall fluffy firm cap of 2 fingers.

Aroma of citrus rinds - namely grapefruit and orange, slight lemon. A slight pine and herb aroma hides behind it.

Flavors of grapefruit zest, pine resin, lemon, grapefruit pith, and finally bright orange. The profile finishes off with bitter pine and lemon rind.

Feel is moderately oily with a firm carbonation, and the resins follow through to the finish with a slight alcohol dryness.

Overall, another good west coast example of IPA.

Feb 15, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 5.82 (Including shipping)/16 oz can ($ 0.330/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Undated can stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Pine and dank.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, low density and rocky, good retention, diminishing to a three to four mm frothy ring and a rocky complete layer.
Lacing – Fair. Partial rings of small to medium bubbles.
Body – Pours a clear medium yellow. In the glass it is also medium yellow and clear.
Flavor – Begins and ends moderately dank. Malt balances the hops well. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression: A very drinkable IPA, but nothing special. The price point is too high for what you get.
Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5.

Jan 04, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chill haze amber with a medium-thin off-white film clinging in thin curtains.

Smell is slightly dank followed by orange, grapefruit and lemon, while taste continues with a nice citrus tang, light rind, woody pine and a little candy.

Semi-bitter with a soft carbonation and smooth body.

Oct 23, 2017
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark orange-amber color. Aroma has some malt to it, sticky green hops. Flavor is green honeydew melon, hops, some malt, bitter. Pretty darn good IPA.

Oct 06, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange color. A fair amount of floaties roamed about with a thin sixteenth finger’s worth of white semi-foamy head that dissipated within a decent twenty seconds. Light spider web to off sort of all over lacing speckled the glass all around. The smell had a fairly decent malted grapefruit-esque to slight piney to floral part coming about. The taste was fairly bittersweet with a fairly leading grapefruity to piney edge and leading to a smoothed out sort of decent citrus aftertaste. A fairly nice palatable semi-dry finish accompanies the aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent carbonation to it. Overall, pretty nice AIPA that I could bang again if I got the chance.

Jun 26, 2017
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Thin white head, dark orange, slightly hazy body.

Smell: Orange and resin, grapefruit, maybe a slight breadiness from the malt.

Taste: See above.

Feel: Medium-high carbonation and medium body, bitterness is mild-medium. Dry finish.

Jan 14, 2017
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