Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fort George Vortex IPA

Fort George Brewery, Astoria, Oregon – Vortex IPA

Stars: 4
Date sampled: Feb 11, 2014
Format: 16 oz. can
Where I found it: Metropolitan Market, Sand Point Location, Seattle

Ahh, now that’s better. Our last beer review was of Fort George’s rather disappointing OPA (Oatmeal Pale Ale). But the folks at Fort George have totally redeemed themselves with today’s brew – the Vortex IPA.

Immediately upon cracking the can on this one, you’ll notice an incredibly pleasant and impressively intense hop aroma with strong notes of melon present.

One of the most interesting things about this brew is the way in which it evolves over time. The mouthfeel has a medium consistency, and the beginning of the finish is pretty crisp and clean. But soon after the initial finish, a bitterness creeps in and continues to grow in a surprising way. Those who are a fan of the bitter will want to seek out this one if not just for its impressive linger.

An all-around solid IPA (and one that doesn’t taste quite as big as its 7.7% ABV)…and the nice golden amber color certainly doesn’t hurt the experience either.

Nicely done, George.


Stats: 7.7% ABV / 97 IBU