Vortex IPA | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
422
Reviews:
111
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
77
For Trade:
1
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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Daniellobo
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RJLarse
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Elk. A well balanced IPA .

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

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TRaptor46
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best IPA with some Citrus flavor to it

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Boblemo
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jorgerod99
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 n2185
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zahara15
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Rammed96
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 IchLiebeBierZu
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 16oz can...

Every bit of 97 IBU!!! Very hoppy, but didn't really get much of a citrus/tropical
hop presence like other reviews.

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

Photo of DucksFan16
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

08/12/2016

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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