Vortex IPA | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Vortex IPAVortex IPA

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

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

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 +13.9%
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 +6.5%
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 +13.4%
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%
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 +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had it couple years ago, remember loving it, but didn't review it.
Bought a pint can at John's Market, 06//03/16 stamp on can.

Just me, or is this one of the more tame, low-key beer labels in Oregon?

Pours apricot, creamy head, good hop stink.

Delicious. Two of my favorite hops are on display here (Am & Sim). The unique taste impression left from this recipe is a mild sweetness. Love the beer, but my primal consumer reaction in a store is the always the price...about $12 for 4 pint cans.

But if I think of it as a 'speshel occasion' beer ---- similar to Blind Pig, as dictated by RRs decision not to distribute in OR ---- then the high-end price isn't that big a deal. And Vortex is crazy easy to find everywhere.

Great IPA, wish it was cheaper, whaddaya gonna do.

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Photo of Purdue
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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%
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 -4.5%
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 -0.7%
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 -1.2%
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 +9.2%
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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Photo of BigGold
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from pint can (gift from new Portlandia resident), into tumbler. According to the brewery, lots of grain and lots of hops, but the former outweighs the latter, to my observation.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange to brown color with floaties bouncing around some carbonation trying to surface to hit a one finger white foamy head. Lacing strung itself around the glass after the head dissipated within about a minute.
The smell had a sharp bitter citrus rind, light grapefruit, and pine gliding over a light caramel malt base.
The taste was a muddled sweet to bitter piney hops to grapefruit-esque sweet malts. Semi-sweet citrus aftertaste. Wet citrus/piney finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation could be felt appropriately for the style.
Overall, not exactly sure why I saw floaties, as the smell, taste and mouthfeel seem fine - so that doesn't tell me its old...I'm guessing that's just what this beer is supposed to be.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can canned a month ago. A good ipa very well balanced almost in the double category. Pine and stonefruits mixed with citrus bitterness. A tongue coating hoppiness that numbs you as you sip and an aroma that invites every sip.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass at Eichhardt's in downtown Sandpoint. Not what I came for, but it's what I'm leaving with - I can't complain about that!

This beer appears a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one finger of puffy, creamy, and mildly chunky eggshell white head, which leaves a decent broken wall of sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily falls away.

It smells of grainy, semi-sweet caramel malt, leafy pine resin, muddled tropical fruit, a bit of hard water chalkiness, more pedestrian, some still zingy citrus pith astringency, and a twinge of floral, somewhat perfumed hops. The taste is rather hot-seeming bready caramel malt, equally alcohol-tinged orange and red grapefruit, earthy pine forest floor droppings, a steady white chalk pithiness, and more leafy, weedy, and musty floral hops.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their fussy at time frothiness, the body a sticky middleweight, and mostly smooth, both the alcohol and wayward hops interfering at times. It finishes off-dry, both the complex new and old world hop characters parrying the lingering maltiness well.

A more or less approachable and eventually drinkable big IPA, one apparently not quite ready for the big DIPA time. Enjoyable and worth seeking out, even, as just noted, it takes a little while to grow on you.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a tallboy, canned on 5/20/15, into an imperial pint

a: cloudy orange-copper, with a nice creamy 1 finger off-white head that subsides after a minute leaving fairly good lacing
s: a little faint considering that it is a big ipa, nonetheless, some bright juicy citrus, some bready caramel, and a touch of dank leafy earthiness.
t & m: here we go, this is good! nice smooth entrance with bready malts and a touch of sweet caramel and honey, then we've got a nectar juice bomb -- waves of peach, orange, and mango -- and again, a hint of dank weedy earthy grassy contrast that works really well. I don't really get much pine or resin that other reviewers note...idk. Anyway, kind of gently builds in bitterness over the course of the mouthful, to the point of being fairly substantial but still very pleasant. Fairly substantial body and middling on carbonation but not heavy. Thick and creamy, and a very pleasant lingering mouthful.

Very good...I'd drink this often if I had access to it.

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Photo of Moose90
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz Can Dated 05.20.15 Poured into 8oz tulip for tasting purposes 06.09.15

A — Pours a vibrant clear orange color, with a tall and fluffy bright white head to it. There is nice and consistent lacing left upon the inside of the glass.

S — Smells of bright citrus fruits and oranges. Little bit of pineapple and mango sweetness as well.

T — Tastes of rich juicy hops and fruits, lots of orange peel, lemon rind, pineapple juice, there is a definitely balanced malt presence here as well.

M — Medium bodied, ample carbonation, nice and refreshing.

O — Very nice IPA, great depth of flavor without being too sweet.

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Photo of braker649er
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a solid, strong IPA, but for me just short of outstanding. I had this as an imperial pint on draft in a restaurant and found it enjoyable, but just didn't seem apart from the pack of good West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of dabone
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from draft. Dark orange and slightly cloudy. Decent white head with good legs. Aroma was very faint, but had citrus notes. Taste was excellent. A lot of pine and citrus with the right amount of bitterness. A faint malt taste that blends very well. Decent mouthfeel, smooth finish. Good beer

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lite copper color with pine, tropical fruit, slightly floral. Nice hop presence with nice malt to hop balance for a touch of sweetness. Mouth feel is medium, with perfect amount of carbonation for this style. Overall I really like this beer, this is my favorite IPA at this time. Very well done Ft George. Glad I'm within their distro area.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a can from my friend.
Canned back in December of 2014.
Not waiting around on the review, here's the rest.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy bronzed semi-burnt orange color with a good one finger white foamy head that dissipated gently. Light lacing graced the sides of the glass.
The smell had a crisp and yet semi-sharp citrus and piney-ness.
The taste took the citrus and the pine and combined subtly and gently. A pure crisp citrus aftertaste overtook my palate and came about to a dry finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed a bit weaker but I just figured it had smoothed out due to the canning date.
Overall, yeah, I really dug this one. I'd definitely come back to it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

AUG 14, 2014
Canned 17 July 2014. Pouring a clear amber with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and minimal lacing, this looks solid. The nose is great. Bright, pungent and dank hops with grapefruit, grapefruit pith, pine, weed, a little chalk and a little grass. A little caramel is present. The palate opens with a moderate bitterness, plenty dank with a pronounced weed character. A little grassy, which distracts from the wonderful bitterness and moderate hop flavor that’s comprised of grapefruit, pine and a little melon. The mid palate is smooth and creamy with a little sweetness before a long, clean ,bitter finish with flavors of grapefruit and west take over. A little candied melon is present as well. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this tastes solid. Definitely worthy, a great NW IPA.

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Photo of Kimchi270
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured out of a 16oz can into a Duvel Tulip.
Alot of sediment, pours a murky orange almost honey hue. Nice white head with about 2 fingers height. Aroma is upfront tropical fruits, bright pineapple and banana with a sweet backing. Taste is upfront carmel malty sweetness that has a middle body of mango or a funky tropical fruit. Finishes into a nice palatable bitterness with a slight alcohol astringentce at the end. Mouthfeel is almost syrupy with a medium carbonation, very smooth.
Overall a well balanced IPA with a very nice hop fruit finish. I enjoy the heavy amounts of sediment goodness and will look for this again!

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Photo of mst934
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Limited review. No bells and whistles. Just a damn solid IPA. I did have a heavy amount of sediment in my beer. Gave it 8 or so minutes to relax and all was well. Thanks to Caz Clark for this one. If you are in the PNW, this is worth finding. Reminded me a bit of Hop Drop here back home in NC.

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