Tender Loving Empire | Fort George Brewery + Public House

Tender Loving EmpireTender Loving Empire
28 Ratings
Tender Loving EmpireTender Loving Empire

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-29-2013

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by LiquidAmber:
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a hazy caramel amber with a thin white head that dissipates slowly to a patchy film and ring around the glass. Aroma of orange citrus, citrus and pine hops and light biscuit malt. Flavor follows; biscuit and light bready malt, citrus and pine hops, finishes with nice piney hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nicely balanced, flavorful pale ale with an unusual amount of cloudiness and tiny particles, which actually makes this a bit more interesting to look at. This will be on my list to watch for when I want a pale ale.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big Biscuity off white head ever so slowly recedes to a nice lacing above a clear particle filled honey golden colored beer.

Big citrus, floral, piney hops aroma, just what a NWPA needs.

Nice citrus, piney hops taste with a touch of dryish bitters coming along for the ride.

A drying aftertaste that brings along a light hops feel and taste on this medium bodied beer.

Either this is pretty darn good or the other beers I've been drinking lately just weren't up to it, I wish I had a lot more of these laying around.

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Photo of Rivenin
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Small white head. Chunky bits floating about.

Smell - Pine and grapefruit. Grainy. Decent hop profile.

Taste - Hoppy. Pine and grapefruit again. Grainy backing, but some caramel. A big body for a pale ale. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, slightly slick. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Less impressive as it warms. Decent hop profile, though.

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Photo of Hobbit
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Spikester
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden amber with a small white head. Good amount of lacing.
Smell is pine, floral, citrus, and a whiff of cantalope.
Taste is pine and grapefruit with just adequete amount of bready malt.
mouthfeel is quite full for the style. Carbonation is just right.
The beer has a long bitter slightly dry finish.
Overall a decided difference from my usual favorites in this style but a nice change of pace. Veers boldly into IPA territory. Well done Fort George.

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Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of vkv822
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz : SN IPA Glass

Very hazy, some floaties, a golden orange with a foamy white head.

Citric, fruity hops upfront. Some resiny pine hops in the finish, with lightly sweet, bready malts.

Medium body, mild, foamy carbonation.

A well done, but fairly average APA overall. Hop forward, with just enough malt balance.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into tulip. Thanks Jeff!

A: Pours a bright glowing orange with a couple fingers of thick off-white head. Watch the last pour, it’s rather chunky. The head slowly faded into a thick lasting film that left patches of spotty lace down the glass.
S: Huge sweet and sticky citrus notes of tangerine juice and grapefruit pith. Juicy and fresh smelling.
T: More bitter citrus follows the nose. I get notes of grapefruit pith, citrus rind, lemon zest and a hint of bready malt in the finish. The aftertaste has more notes of citrus, especially lemon rind.
M: Medium body, slick and easy drinking mouthfeel, fuzzy carbonation.
O: Bitter and clean with dominant citrus notes. Enjoyable overall, but not especially memorable.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a thick haze and lots of tiny floaties. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: sweet malt with a very citrusy and resiny hop character. There's a certain amount of dank character in there as well; not hugely unique but well-enough crafted.

Taste: medium sweetness with an almost wheaty character to it. Hops are a little bit brighter and more citrusy than in the aroma; the finish is bitter yet smooth. The can says there's rye malt in here; I would not have guessed that but it's probably working some magic behind the scenes. A very well-balanced pale!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a well-integrated carbonation and a smooth and satisfying creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: tasty, drinkable, and just a little bit different. I look forward to drinking this again.

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Photo of theveganbrewer
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is unfiltered, cloudy, and full of hop debris, but it's delicious. A great combo of citrus and pine, with a nice bitterness, high carbonation, and great drink ability. The meridian hops add a new aroma to the beer and give it a lemony/melony aroma on top of the citrus and pine.

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Photo of Adamostella
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of snohojimbo
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of mtbeer3649
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of ThreeFishes
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of PZBREW
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of justwork
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy, glowing orangish color with a nice white cap providing some good retention and lacing

S: Pretty mute nose. Some citrus and thats about all folks.

T: Some initial citrus appears first, mainly in the way of tangerine. I swear there is some wheat in this beer. There is a moderate, lingering bitterness blended with some orange peel. The finish is sordove "meh" with citrus winding it down

M: Pretty filling and full for a NWPA. Citrus really dominates the mouth.

O: Not really digging it but its not a bad beer either.

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Photo of dshansen1184
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of beertunes
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a a solid (as in, no light passes through) orange color (the color of a dark orange juice) with about 1/4 inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was nice, lots of citrusy hops, a bit of pine and a very soft malt presence. The taste has the same citrus hops, but the pine is a bit more noticeable. The malts are very soft and smooth out the finish, maybe a touch of oatmeal in the malt bill?

The body was fairly typical, smooth, even, and perhaps, just a bit fuller than average. Drinkability was good, the beer goes easily, and I could have have a couple with no trouble. Overall, looks aside, another nice brew from Astoria. Worth a shot if you see it.

NOTE: I'm not sure if this beer is supposed to be this cloudy, or if maybe this keg had gotten shook up. I'll try it again tomorrow, and if needed, I'll adjust my scores.

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Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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