Vortex IPA | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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

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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110
Ratings:
408
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
18.91%
 
 
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Photo of brodericksloth
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To quote the Portland Mercury:

I imagine this is what my parent’s apartment smelled like when they lived in Astoria back in the seventies.Vortex is extraordinary on the palate. The first sip brings a bold hit of chocolate, with a little of that hops dopiness, like you just bit the corner off a pot brownie. Then, a rolling fruitiness rises with raspberry and banana tones. Along with the fruit comes a wave of bitterness. But the awesome thing about the bitterness is its wave-like quality—it comes on slow, peaks, and fades, leaving very little mouth drying astringency. For a 97 IBU beer, I find it very pleasant and drinkable, while remaining dynamic and interesting.

this is exactly what it is, tastes like they used pot in the brew with little chunks of it floating in the beer. not pleasant to look at but very enjoyable

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice and clear dark gold with some lighter gold when held to direct light. Head is white and bubbly with minimal retention. Moderate carbonation on the pour keeps a few wisps of head with a slightly larger collar. Nice streaks of lacing.

Smell: Pine needle and grapefruit oil. Straight bitterness, almost aspirin-like, with a nice blast of citrus. Nice and floral with a mild backing herbal element. Loaded with pine and grapefruit. A bit of snappy cracker with bread crust and a lightly caramelized malt base. Nice and bready with some solid toasted almost roasted elements rolling through the back. Dank and earthy. Definitely pushes that West coast vibe.

Taste: Bitter and then some. Aspirin, raw pine needle, and pith for days. Punchy almost mint through the back with a big dank bite. Ruby red grapefruit. Earthy and floral in good measure. So much pine bitterness. Malts are very lightly sweet with some caramel and pale malt sweetness. Light roasted element pushes closer to toasted. Warming does little to balance it, but there's a touch more caramelized malt sweetness. Crazy floral. A hint of cracker layered through the back. Bready on the finish...oh, and bitter. Grapefruit oil and sticky pine.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily, but not overbearing. Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Sticky and almost too much so, but not quite.

Overall: The Alpha to the Omega

A better beer than it's imperialized version. This is a bitter smack you around type of IPA. A nice hop depth, but it's aggressive, even for the West coast stlye. Bravo. Bonus point for the 16oz can.

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Photo of minterro
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16oz can bought at a New Seasons grocery store in Portland, Oregon.

A&S: Hazy orange colored beer with unfiltered elements. Head is creamy and off-white, pour about and finger and retains at a low level. Aroma consists of primarily citrus (lemons) tones with some underlying maltiness.

T&M: Well hopped but also balanced with a maltiness. Hops again are mostly citrus but there is also hints of earthiness. Hangs on your palate a little too long. High medium to full bodied, super creamy and smooth. On the low side of carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyable ipa, this beer brings something that not a ton of brewery are about in Oregon (at least in my opinion, balance). My mind isn't blown, but this beer is for sure above average.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber with fluffy sandstone head.
Leafy, lemon, herbal fresh hop nose - bright!
Sugar cookie with pine sap, pineapple, and a bit of dank resin.
Candied grapefruit and unpleasantly tightening skunky linger.
Lt-medium, slight chew, sticky.

Pale, light, and fragrant - but gooier than expected, thin, and not clean. Mismatch between sweet fruit up front and bitterly astringent linger. Too strong to session any way, but more trouble than it’s worth for the flavor.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a pint glass. Canned on 12/16/12, so about 10 weeks old.

A- Poured a very dark orange color with huge fluffy off-white head that left dense webbed lacing.

S- Huge tropical fruit, peach, mango, pungenr grapefruit, pine, and some dank notes. Very aromatic and powerful hop aroma, with some light malt sweetness coming through.

T- Huge juicy tropical fruit of peach, mango, and pungent grapefruit. Quite a bit of pine, some dank quality, malt sweetness, and slight earthy notes. Pretty high bitterness, which seems pretty common for all of Fort George's IPAs.

M- Incredibly full bodied and chewy mouthfeel, soft carbonation, very creamy, and dry finish. Not sure if I have ever had an IPA with a mouthfeel this heavy.

O- Another great IPA from Fort George. Lots of juicy tropical fruit notes and some really nice dank, piney, and earthy hop notes. The mouthfeel on the beer was really unique for the style, but did make the beer feel very filling.

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Photo of TheeWalrusHunter
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a can into a tulip

Canning date is: November 25, 2013 - over a month old

A: Beautiful beer. Deep ruby orange with 1.5 inch tan head

S: Piney, Citrusy - more aromatic once after i popped the tab - before that, it smelled like a can.

T: Its an IPA, not a DIPA - and thus tastes like one. pretty thin citrus flavor, nice bite to it. Has a little alcohol heat.

M: Medium mouthfeel. I have no really issues with that - maybe would like it a little lighter, but with 7.7% that might be tough

O: A solid IPA, would buy again and try to get a fresher one.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice pine and grapefruit smell.
The taste has a moderate pine and lemon bitterness that is balanced throughout the profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A solid IPA and very enjoyable.

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Photo of anarchia
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pale orange/gold with a nice thick head that leaves behind a ton of lacing on the glass. Aroma is massive amounts of grapefruit hops. Thick and sweet on the tongue, very substantial malt character, followed by a burst of more grapefruity hops. This beer is very substantial, almost chewy! Bitter finish, very dry, makes you want to drink another. When friends tell me they like hoppy beers this is what I suggest. A long-time favorite IPA of mine.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a Mighty fine Meaty IPA. Thick, you can cut it with a knife. Strong from the first taste. If I ever have a chance to home brew I would like to accomplish a taste like this for sure. Oregon comes through with another winner. Gotta visit that state and hang out. I see a road trip coming up.

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Photo of rastamendi
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a .5L glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep orange - until the dregs come out. Drinks a hazy, deep orange with a tenacious head that dissipates into a 1/8" head with great lacing.

S: Smells of citrus-like/orange with strong floral notes and pine and subtle hints of caramel malt. The citrus character is almost candy-like. Very pleasant.

T: Citrus and pine characteristics dominate. The malt character supports the firm hop bitterness delicately. Truly a hoppy beer, though not simply a 'one-dimensional' IPA, as the malt character is well balanced for the style.

M: Medium-high carbonation lends a creamy texture. Finish is sticky with hop flavor.

O: An extremely hoppy IPA - borders on IIPA as the 7.7% ABV lingers in classification purgatory. Regardless, a well made (I)IPA by any standard. I wish I would have brought another can back from my trip to Seattle. I look forward to more styles from this brewery!

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Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance starts out nice, with golden orange color in the glass. But I haven't seen floaters like this in a long time. Actually, they're sinkers, but still disconcerting, like bugs in the hot tub, even though you know they're cooked and chlorinated.

Great flavor, though, with a rich and mellow malt powering through, and then the huge, spicy, and aromatic blast of hops. Lovely aroma of Cascades. The hops seem to work nicely together. Very flowery with some interesting complexities of pine and fruit. Slightly sweet, but in a nice way, with the big hop tang.

Altogether, a delicious and tangy IPA with the bitterness reigned in nicely. I just wish they'd filter the stuff. From the 16 oz can purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

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Photo of cavedave
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks, again, to beertunes for another tasty PNW treat!

Pours a very cloudy amber with a finger's off white head that relaxes to a thin cap and ring. Leggy lace and bubbles cling to the glass.

Mild aroma that is citrus pith, light caramel, lighter floral, and even lighter tangy yeast.

All the flavors of the aroma are balanced into a medium strength taste that is quite delicious. As it warms the floral notes come more forward and the bitter at the end of the sip builds nicely. quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect for style, low carb., viscous without buildup, and excellent finish.

Not a lot of complexity, nor is it heavily dry hopped and aromatic, yet this beer is very tasty and I recommend it highly.

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Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a tulip. Pours a coppery straw color w/ a big fluffy gravity-defying head that leaves behind nice clumps of sticky lace. Not sure what's going on here, but I like it.

Aroma is deep and earthy, citrusy, fruity, floral, pungent. Some pine in there too. Smells like an herb garden after a storm. Certainly unique. Unlike any other beer I've had.

Taste is likewise floral and fruity, both bitter and sweet. Fecund and tropical. Orange and grapefruit rind. Also has a dry powdery candy quality I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, lingering. Oily and resinous.

Overall this is an interesting take on an IPA. Greater than the sum of its parts. I understand why it's called Vortex.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pint can into shaker pint glass.

A: gentep pour nets a 2finger fluffy soft off white head that slowly receded into a finger width concave cap of foam. Great lacing. Almost amber colored, almost not pale anymore.

S: big hop aroma. Citrusy and grassy like pretty much every other ipa brewed in Oregon. Don't get me wrong I love my home state but the obsession with overbesring IPAs is a little tired. Not much else going on in this aroma wise.

T: not as agressive as I expected. Opens floral and a bit herby followed by the grassy notes. Gets a little bitter but not extreme like some. Willing to bet it is a reasonable boil time with huge hop addition.

M: medium bodied. Nothing special but not wrong. Just is. Smooth enough to drink but not outstanding.

O: not a bad ipa but not my favorite.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Canned 4/20/13.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and earthy herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid hop profile in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy deep orange with a nice white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smell - Floral and bright citrus hops. A hint of grapefruit and sweet malt backing.

Taste - Excellent hop flavor and sweetness balance. Bright citrus and grapefruit. Sweetness balances it out without being heavy or overly caramelized. Bitterness builds in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Bitter, but not too much. Slightly creamy.

Overall - Excellent. Reminiscent of top DIPAs, but lacking a touch of refinement.

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Photo of papat444
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my CanBIF 2013 haul. Thanks Boozecamel!

Poured from a 16oz. can, 03/05 marked on the bottom of the can which i take to be March 5 as a canning date.

Appearance: Very hazy, dark peach-gold trimmings as a color, lots of rings form around the glass.

Smell: Fresh citrus fruit, peaches, straddles the sweet side a bit, very full.

Taste: Huge ripe fruit, like biting into a sweet peach. Sweetness intensifies in the middle but never cloys. CRISP ORANGES WITH THE PEEL, GOOD HOP NECTAR.

Mouthfeel: Spot-on carbonation, prolonged bitterness, lip smacking.

Overall: Good flavor, good hoppiness, great IPA.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours hazy dark pumpkin with a huge, thick, dense, light tan head that faded into a thick bubbly film that left sticky patches of lace down the glass.
S: Sweet tropical fruits, kiwi, raspberry, papaya, grapefruit, and flower nectar. Very sweet, fruity, tropical and exotic. Doughy malt undertones.
T: Sweet and fruity hops, very nectar and tropical forward, caramel and biscuit undertones, hop resin finish, nectar mixed with bitter pith aftertaste. Sweet, fruity and delicious. Hint of mint as well.
M: Slick, hop resin mouthfeel, soft, low and tingly carb. Medium full body.
O: Really really good. Sweet tropical fruits and a great mouthfeel. Thanks Ryan.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. tallboy can. Date at bottom appears to be 09/07.

A: Pours a nice opaque, cloudy but bright copper. Good head/retention/lacing.

S: I'm getting mostly sweet caramel malt in the nose, some hops in there as well. Not a bad thing. Probably some of the hop profile has vanished since this is a few months old.

T: More hop flavor than the nose suggests. Fairly balanced. Good finish.

M: Good carbonation, medium-bodied. Booze well-hidden.

O: Had this at their brewery 2 years ago in Astoria. This brings back some memories. Tastes better fresh on tap (obviously). West coast has so many good IPAs, and this is certainly one of them.

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Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased at Total Wine in Spokane for $2.99. No freshness date on the can.

Poured a hazy, burnt orange color, with a creamy-looking off-white head. Lots of lace.

Lots of hops in the nose. Grapefruit and pine notes.

More bitter in the taste than in the nose. Big, bitter hop blast upfront, with a bready malt backbone way in the background. A sweeter citrus flavor kicks in just before the dry swallow.

Medium bodied, with a dry yet oily mouthfeel.

Not a bad IPA at all, if you don’t mind a fairly bitter take on the style. Not too bad a price for a 16oz can, either. I’d definitely drink this again.

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Photo of KajII
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky medium burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that lasted a little while, reducing to a few small puddles with a medium collar and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted grain malt, pine and citrus hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (orange and grapefruit).

The taste was mildly sweet with a hint of caramel throughout and then had a hoppy grapefruit peel bitterness with a mild orange sweetness towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a mildly harsh piney bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body and dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall this was a bitter-sweet IPA with an awesome drinkability, which ultimately leaves you wanting more...

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pwnzilla for a lovely trade that arrived a couple days ago chock full of good beer &, even better, a bunch of hoppy extras. This is one. Never heard of the beer or the brewery...let the fun commence. Big 16 oz. can with a nice story on it. One point six bonus points.

The pour yields a billowing head that borders on the obnoxious, forcing me to wait patiently while it slowly falls away, like a calving glacier. Minus one point three points for making me wait for my beer. Orangish, clear, filtered. Aroma is light but scattered, with flicks of pine, citrus, spring flowers.

Vortex IPA should come with a questionnaire: any allergies? If pollen is on that list, avoid this beer. The smell paints a vivid picture of a high Colorado plateau in flower, huge floral aspect to it that's simultaneously delicate & drowning any other subtleties. Pine & citrus nip at the palate gently, & there might even be a touch of lavender? Bitterness is mild at first, but builds with each sip to a low growl after a few minutes; lovely effect. Sip, sip, sip. Sip.

This is why the West Coast has such a rep for IPAs. We have some great ones in the Midwest, but it seems like there are dozens of under-the-radar gems out west. This is another example: not only ridiculously tasty, but with a worthy twist. Downright excellent.

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Photo of harrymel
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Canned 26MAR12

Golden with a annoyingly persistent three fingers of dense foam. Grapefruit and alfalfa with sweet malts on the nose, nothing spectacular. Flavor is bitter and spicy with plenty of hops. The malts are slightly sweet and biscuity. Medium bodied with hi carb and an off dry finish. Pretty decent beer. Would probably enjoy more on tap and a little colder.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pint glass

Pours slightly cloudy orangeish yellow with a big pillowy light beige head. Smell is citrus sweet and flowery. Nice piney hops.

Taste is bitter hops, serious bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, not bad at all.

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Photo of Treebs
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt (mfavoino) for sending this out in our recent blind box round of trading. Tall boy can served Great Divide cervoise.

A: Pours a semi-hazy amber color with light golden edges that hug the glass. A thick and fluffy two finger head of white foam forms on the pour and recedes very slowly leaving behind some sticky webbing.

S: There's a nice mix of citrus fruits, mainly oranges, and some light pine at the forefront. There is an odd bubblegum like sweetness that plays in the background. It might be a very sweet malt body, but I can't pin point it. Either way it gives the beer an odd, yet enjoyable turn in the nose.

T: The sweet malt body and that slight bubblegum flavor take a more front and center approach in the taste. It is a tad boozy which may also be lending a hand to the pink bubblegum flavor. The citrus and piney hop flavors pick back up in the finish with the piney hops taking a more bold approach.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level with sweet malt and bitter hop finish.

O: The booze and sweet malt flavors might have contributed to the pink bubblegum sweetness, but luckily it was generously hopped so that flavor didn't dominate. This was a solid local and I enjoy trying these new beers. Thanks Matt!

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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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