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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

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110
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Avg:
4.02
pDev:
18.91%
 
 
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Photo of AwYeh
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Horse Brass Pub; reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin, off-white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Really balanced smell going on here– I get the expected pine and citrus (orange peel, pineapple) hops, but along with a caramel malt aroma that's almost comparable in its strength. Bits of alcohol and herbal hops lend it a spicy complexity.

T: Taste follows almost directly from smell; pine and citrus hops dominate and are backed up by caramel malts. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in the flavor.

M: Thick and creamy, and well carbonated. This leads to a long finish, which does a lot of good for the beer's citrus flavors.

O: An above average IPA, would love to try it out of the can when I get a chance.

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Photo of herman77
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, dark copper orange. Rocky off white head. Nice lacing. Really good looking beer.

S: Orange peels, carmel malt, a bit of grapefruit and a hint of pine.

T: Lots of citrus and pine resin. Bitter grapefruit, lemon and orange. There is some malt that is more on the front and middle palate, but then the hops dominate for sure. Has a spicy resin kick near the finish. A stinging bitter finish.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation. A bit slick and oily feeling.

O: A unique IPA for sure. Don't think I've had an IPA with that big of a hop kick just at the finish. Not the most drinkable for me, but glad I got it in an extra.

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mildly hazy dark orange amber in color. Forms a moderate sized off white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S: The aroma is aggressively hoppy with lots of citrus, especially grapefruit, but with notes of orange as well. Alcohol and fusel spice.

T: Taste starts off with a mild bit of biscuity and toasty malts before turning slightly sweet with lots of fusel spice and pine. Grapefruit to a lesser extent. Alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Moderate, persistent bitterness on the finish. Lots of alcohol.

O: Overall this could be a very good beer, but the alcoholic presence in all aspects of this beer is a very distracting and tiresome flaw that is difficult to overlook.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint-sized can served cold into an imperial pint glass.

Vortex is a very hazy copper color with thick, long-lasting head. It settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is nice and hoppy with a good northwestern hop profile.

Flavor is also big and bold but without being over powering. An "extra" IPA instead of an imperial IPA. Piney, grassy, and citrusy leaning towards the grapefruit variety. A simple malt base just manages to balance the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really well-done northwestern IPA.

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

A big thanks to James (cavemanlawyer) for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a hazy orange color and two fingers of frothy off white head.

Smell – A healthy dose of hops, orange, pine, resin, and caramel malt.

Taste – An earthy sweetness up front mixed with nice orange peel citrus. Less hops than I was expecting though there is some nice pine flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation, oily on the tongue.

Overall – A decent IPA and an interesting one to be honest. Would have again.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold with a fluffy white head that retains for quite a while. Sticky lacing.

Smell: Light grapefruit, citrus aromas with a strong grain malt presence.

Taste: Big resiny pine hops mixed in the the citrus hops that were distinguishable in the nose make for a bold introduction. A bit of roasted malts settles the palate down, but leaves a lasting hop bitterness. Not lacking in the hop category.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with above average carbonation. Bit of alcohol warmth as it went down.

Overall: Another solid West Coast IPA choice that showcases a great mixture of hops. Give it a try.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fort George Vortex IPA from a 16oz can to my brand new Moosehead Lager glass. Can't seem to decode the bottling date from the ink stamp ('1 07 27 A 1 B X').

Lovely reddish-amber brew with a mammoth two-fingered head that stays and sticks and laces wonderfully. Some haze. Looks gorgeous. I love dumping a pounder can of India Pale Ale into a glass and going to town on it. 4.0

Firm bitter nose on it. Don't have to try to hard to pick up woody, piney, resinous, and citrusy hops with an oily spike in it. Little caramel from the malt; a little bran muffin breadiness, too. Notes of grapefruit and orange. A fresh hop aroma that can only foreshadow a great brew. 4.5

Here come the floral hops! It's still a pine and sweet citrus show, but there are some lovely herbal and flowery flavors in the bouquet. Hidden still are nuances of berry skins, basil leaf, and even rosemary. The malts have a little more of those burnt sugars, but remains semi-dry. Remnants of hop oils and hop boil bitterness in the finish create some final stretch sweetness and mild astringency. 4.5

Milky body, smooth carbonation that flares up a bit at the end. Fresh and bitter, super smooth as it gets warmer and warmer. 3.5

Double IPAs are one thing. They range in flavors and strengths and sub-styles depending on the brewery, and somewhat depending on the region. But, IPAs, on the other hand? I'm starting to realize that I'm a West Coast guy like the majority of us. These small-time micros that start out in a friend's shopping basket out west and end up in my fridge out here in PA haven't failed to impress me. Fort George Vortex in a can, recommended. 4.5

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a beautiful orangish color with great carbobation leaving a nice white cap, lots of lacing thyat stuck around start to finish. Sexy beer.

S: Orange peel mainly with some grains and other light citrsu notes, perhaps a whiff of pine needles

T: Big and bitter upfront with orange peel, light grapefruit and a light pine resin. Delicous taste. The SImcoe really sets beer apart from the rest.

M: Lots of taste, some good bite, medium bodied, clean finish

O: While I had this draft at the brewery I foound it to be strikingly good and better this time even in the can. Amazing IPA!

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

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber. Healthy two finger white head with decent retention, leaving massive lacing. Aroma of herbal and citrus hops, pineapple, a hint of sweet malt. Intense, complex hops initially, almost too bitter, but the malt cavalry arrives just in time to make a quite interesting flavor progression. Interesting fruit flavors leaning towards the tropical side. The hop flavors are citrus, pine, somewhat earthy with a little bit of a catty element. The malt is fairly subdued, but this has a decent sweet malt backbone that modifies the intense hops in the finish. Medium bodied, carbonation gives a nice mouth feel. I think this was an interesting, different take on an IPA that almost skated too close to the edge, but won me over with a good balance and unusual flavor profile.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy, almost cloudy, orange-amber color with an inch of light cream colored head that had excellent retention and very good lacing.

The aroma came right at ya with a blast of citrus hops. There were some pine and light floral notes in the background and no real malt scent. On the tongue, the flavors delivered the same goods. Tongue-razing grapefruit, some pine and just a touch of malt sweetness, though not enough to achieve true balance. There was a seriously lingering bitter grapefruit finish.

The body was good, fairly typical for the style. Drinkability was good, but I don't know if this is an IPA I'd drink several of in a row. Overall, a pretty nice beer. Maybe not one that lived up to it's hype, but that hype isn't the beers fault. A beer that's certainly worth trying when you see it.

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

16oz CAN, chucks 85th

appearance: cool cans - served in a great dane imperial pint. prototypical IPA body - bright orange amber, a slight haze, 1/3" creamy white foam and good retention

smell: interesting blend of hops - simcoe definitely present, and of course cascades. earthy and a touch herbal

taste: pretty abrasive - lush hop profile dominated by the simcoes, prettying stinging bitterness on the finish, rich sticky malt backbone, herbal, tea, toffee. Good stuff - a little rough around the edges. The hop profile plays with your mind as it starts fresh, floral and tropical and finishes with quite the bite

mouthfeel: rich, bitter, big bodied

overall: good stuff

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

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice hazy orange hue with two fingers of tenacious, pillowy ivory foam. A good looking IPA.

Smell: aroma is a nice blend of earthy hops and sweetish malt. It's a bit on the mild side, though.

Taste: rich malt flavor with a good blend of earthy and citrus hops. The citrus plays up toward the end, which I really like. Bitterness is pretty strong, although not ridiculously so. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a sufficient level of carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but a decent texture.

Overall: this is a tasty IPA which I would definitely drink again.

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

Appearance. Pours a cloudy, rich amber with a finger of lightly yellow-amber tinted head.

Smell. Toasted light malts and some spicy, piney, citrusy hops with a little alcohol.

Taste. Huge pine sap, cedar, and citrus fruits. Plenty of toasted malts and a little alcohol. Lasting pine sap and citrus rinds on the tongue

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall. Lots of hops here. The alcohol was a little bit rough, but I was a big boy about it so it was cool.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, slightly hazy color, with a creamy beige finger of head. Aroma started with some bright pine out of the can, but moved to more citrus and floral notes with some backing nutty malts. Plenty of citrus on the taste, with some caramel malts and strangely a tinge of chocolate on the finish... not that it's bad. There's a thorough bitterness throughout Creamy, slick and slightly oily texture.

Overall, a nice, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of bstave
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can (canned 1/31/12) poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a one finger white head and nice sticky lacing.

S- Smell is nice. Pine and sweet malt.

T- Getting lots of pine bittering hops. Nice malt backbone to balance this one out.

M- Nice carbonation leads to a nice creamy mouthfeel.

O- Well done IPA here. Pretty big regular IPA. I would like to try this fresh on tap. Will have to head to the brewery soon.

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Photo of velosuds
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz. can. Paid $2.99 at LifeSource Natural Foods in Salem, Oregon.

A-Pours a hazy apricot orange with nearly a three finger, off-white head with good retention and decent lacing. Pleasant appearance.

S-Aroma is too faint. I expected much more from the Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial hops (according to the print on the can) - good choices all. Not sure how fresh this is or if the interesting malt bill (Munich and victory in addition to standard 2 row pale) subdued the influence of the hops. I have never seen these two hops used together in an IPA. What's there is more grassy and earthy than floral and citrus. There is a slight nutty aroma too, no doubt from the victory malt. Not what I want in an IPA.

T-Taste is dominated by bitterness (obvious at 97 IBUs), but it is not harsh no doubt due to the Munich and victory malts. Hops don't contribute much to the taste which is unfortunate.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated.

O-This is decent. I really wanted to like this better than I did. I bought tonight since I was seeking something new. I may not buy this again, but I would like to try it fresh on tap.

This beer is enigmatic for style for several reasons. At 7.7 ABV and 97 IBUs (if beeradvocate.com is accurate) it may be closer to a DIPA, but I would rate it lower on aroma and taste if in that class. The presence of victory malt, especially, and the absence of caramel/crystal malts is odd for style. Glad brewers are trying to innovate, but this fell short.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can from the brewpub into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with several fingers of off-white head. This is actually a pretty foamy pour but does settle down pretty quickly into a tight frothy finger. This retains with a thin rich frothiness that just absolutely drenches the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lace. The aroma is leafy and herbal in the nose with a fresh pine character and juicy grapefruit notes. There’s even a touch of more tropical fruit present as well, which mingles with the fairly neutral smelling toasty sweetness of the malts. Just a smidge of light warmth undercuts the flavors a bit but it mostly just adds a touch of heft to the nose.

The taste is fresh grapefruit all the way, with bitter rind flavor and resins spreading out in the mouths that are surrounded by a bit of a danky feel on the edges. Thankfully, this is well balanced by that ripe tropical fruit character (which is coming on stronger than in the nose) and the sweet sugars of the malts. That sweeter fruit and herbal tones are really working together nicely here at times. The finish is leafy feeling with a lingering dry mix of pith and pine and then maybe just a final light smack of residual sugars. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth creaminess in the mouth that is undercut by a good bit of slickness that even gets a little oily feeling on the tongue at times. The alcohol lays just a touch of warmth down here but is otherwise extremely well hid.

You know, this one just hit all of the right notes for me. Especially for a canned IPA. It just had that right feeling mix of fresh bitter fruit, sweet tropical notes, supportive malts, herbal textures, and an extremely easy drinking body for close to 8% ABV. I drank this one a little over a week after I picked up a 4-pack up at the brewpub on our recent trip out to Oregon, so I think that the freshness here might have really made the difference for me.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kegatron for giving me a pint sized can of this to check out after his recent trip out west. Thanks Heath!!!

Poured into a tulip, this brew appears copper in color with a hearty froth of off-white head that is nearly 3 fingers strong composed of rather large bubbles. The cap fades leaving thick patches of webbing-like lacework all over the glass. When held to the light, it almost appears clear except for some hop haziness to it and some small particles stuck floating in suspension. A light swirl revives a finger of yellowish stained head back to the surface that fades back to a thin film across the top.

The smell of this brew is quite herbal with a grassy, leafy and almost vegetative quality about it. It is a little spicy and zesty with a toasted malt backing that rounds everything out with some fruity pulp character. A light swirl releases a bit of sulfur and yeasty quality that to me comes across almost a bit like cheese and faint mineral component. Overall not bad. As it warms up, it picks up a light catty element to it.

The taste of this brew is... dare I say brutally bitter for a standard IPA offering. The flavor comes forth with the same aspect that the nose displayed. Hop character that is borderline vegetative, leafy, grassy and very much herbal with a brutal bitterness that is almost cheesy and rind-like to piney. After seeing through the bold hop character, there is some toasted malt flavoring that provides a bit of contrast but hardly tames the ibus packed in this beast. This is a bit of a one-sided monster that is all about the bitterness that lasts inside the mouth with a resinous cling long into the aftertaste. Just like the aroma displayed, there is a bit of catty element that comes forward as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The feel for this brew is pretty spot on and enjoyable. However, I couldn't see myself sitting back and drinking a few of these. I enjoy IPAs but sometimes brutally bitter ones coupled with toasted malt without any residual sweetness just don't do it for me. Not to say this isn't a fine, well crafted brew it just doesn't particularly tickle my fancy. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to try this canned offering Heath, thanks again!

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Photo of Phelps
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16-ounce can sent by flexabull into a tulip. I’ve passed through Astoria many times, meaning to visit this brewery, but have never done it. Glad to have the chance now.

Pours like liquid silk from the wide mouth, deep tangerine in color and very hazy. The head is gorgeous — a pillowy, two-finger-tall, cream-colored beast. It collapses slowly, leaving behind jagged streaks of lace.

This here IPA’s brewed with Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade hops, and the aroma displays them all nicely. Orange and lemon peel blend with orange blossom and softly sweet barely before a background of vanilla.

A soft flavor almost like sweet wort is barely noticeable somewhere deep in the flavor. More substantial are the hops, gently resiny and packed with floral, citrusy bitterness. Honey, crackers and sticky alcohol are all in there as well. It’s a smooth, gentle blend.

The body displays the same silkiness I picked up in the appearance. It’s like drinking puppy dog ears. So soft and smooth. Carbonation is like a dull electric tingle, barely there. A bit of alcohol comes through the nose.

A subtly tasty IPA. Not intense, but very smooth, soft and drinkable.

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

Had this one on 9/1/11 at the Hawthorne Hophouse.

Appearance: Pours a mild caramel with honey folds and
a fairly transparent body.

Smell: Toffee malt, honey, some red fruit and a muted citrus note.

Taste: Same as nose plus a medium hop bite in the finish that comes off orange citrusy and herbal.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly sessionable.

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

Tall canned IPA, nice.

Pours a bright orange color with a huge off white head.

Aromas are resiny, with some pine needles, hard candies, and grapefruit. Nice nose.

Taste is pretty bitter up front, some grapefruit, pine, and sticky resin. There is some maltiness in the background, light cream, and caramel sweetness. Finish is dry, with some pine needless bitterness. It's bold, a bit unbalanced, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, full, crisp and with plenty of body.

Overall, this is a nice IPA. It certainly is bitter, and assertive, but I like it, and would happily drink it again. Reminds me of Sierra's Torpedo. Nicely done Fort George, it'd love to visit your brewery some day.

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

Had this on tap at Twist Wine in Pacific City OR

It poured a nice burnt orange with a long lasting head, and it also had an amazing lacing. It has a rice pine/ dank citrus aroma which enticed the senses. It has a rich dank citrus and pine taste along with some sweet malt character. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel and great carbonation which didnt burn the tongue. I definitely really enjoyed this beer, it was definitely a display of what you can do with hops, hop, and more hops. I would of like a bit more malty sweetness, but overall this was a very, very hoppy IPA which was almost sessionable. I am really impressed with what I have tried from Fort George and would love to try more.

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A stereotypical west-coast IPA with Cascade, Simcoe and Palisades hpps.

A: Bronze with a white head, thin ring of retention leaves hints of lace.

S: Big hop aroma: Fresh and leafy, with plenty of grapefruit rind and hints of reefer.

T: Grapefruit rind, tangerine, weed, hints of biscuit, solid bitterness. The fresh hops really dominate, so it's a bit one-dimensional. Definitely for the hop head.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a light hop acidity and a crisp finish.

D/O: This is full of hop flavour, but it doesn't seem nearly as big as it is. Very well-crafted.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can poured into a Duvel tulip. There’s no doubt this stuff is unfiltered; it goes beyond hazy into downright cloudy territory. The lacing can’t quite do justice to the thick cap of creamy foam.

Big whiff of caramel and baked apples, but aromas of pine, citrus, and a certain dankness soon assert themselves. There’s definitely a caramel heft to the body, but the bitterness does a respectable job of cutting through it. Less pine than I figured there’d be; citrus hop flavors are definitely the strongest and there’s a certain herbal/brassy quality as well. Bready malt finish with an interesting complementary flavor- apple butter?? Solid IPA that succeeds in spite of its sweeter malt bill; might score higher as an amber.

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Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into tulip pint.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a thick off-white, frothy, craggy head that leaves wonderful lacing and maintains a quarter-inch thickness through the life of the beer.

The aroma is of juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit with a pleasant sweetness as well.

The hops in the taste are a bit more piney and resinous, though there are still some citric notes. Has a fairly bitter finish.

A very nice IPA, and I love that it's in cans. Definitely something I plan to pick up again.

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Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery + Public House
4.02 out of 5 based on 410 ratings.
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