Vortex IPA
Fort George Brewery + Public House

Vortex IPAVortex IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #444
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,372
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.85%
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
476
From:
Fort George Brewery + Public House
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
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
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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 476
Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of heydre
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of patre_tim
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.

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Photo of Zythophile
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
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.

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Photo of NickSMpls
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.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
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.

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Photo of vladdswrath
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint-sized can:

Pours slightly hazed orange-amber. A lasting white head leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of citric and tropical fruit - orange/lemon, apricot, grapefruit with pine, herbal, peppery spicing. Fresh bread/dough comes through in the back.

The taste is a burst of hop goodness - citrus, pine, lemongrass - with a touch of black peppery spicing. Bitterness balanceds by pale, bready, grainy malt and a touch of caramel. Bitterness is pleasant in the dry, refreshing, long finish.

It has a smooth, chewy, juicy body.

A wonderful IPA that shows classic Pacific Northwest characteristics. Hop presence shines without being too harsh or bitter. A must try for IPA lovers!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear and bright orange copper with an off-white, finger width head. Sub-par retention, retreating quickly to reveal a mostly barren surface with a razor thin ring around the edge. Not much for lacing outside a spot or two.

Smell - Hops are certainly predominant, with orange and grapefruit notes off-set by some light pineapple, pine and mango. Malts are distant, but exhibit a touch of caramel and breadiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. A citrus combo of orange sweetness and grapefruit bitterness can be found throughout, with lesser notes of pineapple zing and a hint of mango making brief appearances. Malts sit beneath, but feature a touch of caramel sweetness and some toasty character. Nutty, dry stone pit character hits mid-taste and strengthens. The finish is a solid blend of the malts and hops; the aforementioned flavors coming to a head and resolving itself as it dies to a fantastic mix of bittersweet wonderment. The aftertaste lingers with pith and a touch of hop spice.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, slightly bitey carbonation. Smooth texture turns crisp and mostly dry in the finish, begging for another sip.

Overall - A very tasty IPA, and my first review for a Fort George beer. This won't wow you with originality, but the execution is damn near flawless. Your tastebuds will beg for another sip. Kinda pricey for a 4-pack, but well worth the price for an occasional admission.

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Photo of ricke49
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had many of these as a "go to". Damn it's good. At 7.7 it's pretty much a DIPA, but it drinks smooth with a measure of hop / malt balance. Love the Simcoe hop contribution. The can tells me it won't rip the taste buds off my tongue (despite its hoppiness)...and that's true. If ever a 7.7 abv / 97 IBU beer could be 'restrained', this is it. So drinkable it's laughable. Keep it up Ft. George!

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Photo of andy712
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid IPA that leans strongly to the bitter vs citrus side. I generally prefer a more citrusy IPA , but I enjoyed this nonetheless. It is not, IMO, in the same league as Fort George's 3 Way IPA however.

The smell for me is mostly resin, with a little grapefruit. It has a pleasant hazy, light amber color. Mouth feel is pretty typical IPA. No big, frothy head, but nicely carbonated.

As noted, it is not my preferred style of IPA, being more bitter than I prefer. The hops would overwhelm if not for the solid malt backbone. The can describes it as a Northwest-style IPA and I would agree. It's a big, hoppy IPA that is well suited to a rainy day at the coast (Astoria).

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good IPA....as long as you get it before it's 3 weeks old. Seriously...21 -23 days is the limit.
After that, the stability deteriorates rapidly. Protein floaties start to appear, and then they just take off.
Before a month, there are seriously big floaties throughout. Taste is not affected as much as the appearance,,,but that is really offputting.

Great beer WHEN FRESH. Really, really hoppy & clean. A real gem.
But after that, it goes south fast, and IMO is not worth the premium price.
If Ft. George can't get their distributors to get it out to retailers faster, they should self-distribute. QC is important stuff.

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Photo of Purdue
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From can poured into a snifter.

L: Hazy, light amber, one finger of white head that dissipates quickly, high lacing.

S: Love the smell. Bursts of mango and papaya, overwhelming citrus that is very sweet on the nose.

T: Well balanced for an IPA with 97 ibu. Hop forward with immediate citrus notes, becoming resinous and bitter before smoothing out to a solid malt finished. Never overwhelming on any single point. Very smooth.

F: Creamy with a light to medium mouth feel and medium carbonation.

O: Vortex is one of my favorite IPAs at the moment. With 7.7% abv it borders an Imperial, but isn't Boozy in any way. Also at 97 ibu it truly is well balanced as not to destroy the palate. Great out of the can or tap, I will continue to get this when available, it has a solid spot in my fridge.

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Photo of gandres
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap to glass at the Lovell tap room
Amber, hazy, cloudy, medium off white head goes away slowly
Smell: Hoppy
Taste: very good; bitter
Feel: 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 6, 2016

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 16 oz can into standard pint glass. Nice head that receded into a thin film with some lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy, and is golden Amber in color. The smell is sweet, floral, citrus, and caramel from the malt. I enjoyed the flavor from this 3 hop blend, and the hoppy bite is there in the aftertaste. This beer also has the strong presence of the malted barley. The mouthfeel is thick, and it's like eating a piece of fresh baked wheat bread with orange honey. Beer and bread are historically connected, and I think Fort George is on to something with that connection in this beer. In my opinion. this is an excellent IPA.

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

Excellent beer. Great hop presence and actually a lot hoppier that reviews want to give it credit for. Really solid flavor profile and and does a nice job with the layering in this one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sexy orange pour, nice 1/2" white head on it. Aroma was all over the place with goodness, tropical pineapple most noticeable.

Lots of bitterness, but it doesn't just quit there, it still holds down the alcohol and drops some citrus notes. Grassy at times, drops some toffee around. One of those mixes of Simcoe and Cascade that is a good, 2nd tier type of ipa.

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Photo of ctufano
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the beer well enough. A fellow drinker brought into the bar was at last night and shared with everyone.

The color was nice, nose was great. Flavor was pretty mild though. I did enjoy the fruitiness that came through, but wasnt all that hoppy.

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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 476 ratings