Vortex IPA | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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

Added by RedDiamond on 07-13-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,213
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
461
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
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49
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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 ArnoldBlumenthal
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zythophile
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
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 -2.2%
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 sd123
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickSMpls
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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 +6.7%
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 gobuccos
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pbailey212
3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent! Portland OR, July 2018

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blevinsaj
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vladdswrath
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Jonathan-Morgan
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
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 paulish
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Damngoodrx
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Rihup
2/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I know I sound like a beer snob but I’m very sensitive to when breweries did gypsum to beer. Both the beers I had were un enjoyable because of this

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Photo of gbiello
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Leeb890
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevedj
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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