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:
429
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
81
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 429 |  Reviews: 113
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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Photo of Btip1969
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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Photo of IPA4Terry
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A pretty good IPA in a 16 oz can

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

Photo of Nishriver
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ummswimmin
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of abrodsky
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ineluctablemodality
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 florisj135
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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 Sound_Explorer
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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 ghostxyz3
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
4.03 out of 5 based on 429 ratings.
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