Fort George Brewery's Vortex IPA

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    Vortex IPA
    FortGeorge Brewery – AstoriaOR
    7.4% ABV
     
    We went to the Oregon Coast today to find a rare partly sunny windless day. To top off a perfect day, we decided to stop at the Fort George Brewery in the quaint coastal town of Astoria OR. A little history of the brewery site...the Fort George Brewery and Public House sits upon the original settlement site of Astoria founded in March 1811 by Captain Jonathan Thorn. In its heyday, Astoria was the Pacific Fur Company’s Primary Fur Trading Post in the Northwest. Under temporary British authority, Astoria was renamed Fort George after King George III. In 1924 the Fort George brewery building was erected to house a Ford Service station. It remained an automotive repair facility until the late 1990s. 
     
    We purchased an awesome burger lunch and shared two beers. One was this Vortex IPA, the other was a Nut Red Ale. Both were good beers, but the Vortex stood out as exceptional, so we purchased a growler to take home with us.
     
    The descriptive information on the Vortex IPA beer provided by Fort George is as follows:
     
    “This beer is made with generous additions of Cascade, Simcoe & 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 vigorously stimulate them and your palate into a lupulin-ecstasy of pleasure. During the cross country truck trip our brewery made to find its 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.”
     
    We agree with this assessment.
     
    It pours out an orange amber color, with a fluffy one to two inch head, which recedes slowly leaving a frothy web of lacing on the glass.
     
    Scent is mandarin oranges...very intense orange aroma to me, with a little caramel malt.
     
    The orange is prominent in the taste as well, a nice balance of ripe citrus sweetness and hop bitterness. Not too overpowering of either. The alcohol in this sneaks up with you...as you find out with the third pint or so alt  This beer is very drinkable with most anything, and easily rates as one of our favorite IPAs.

2 comments
  • ilovebeer
    ilovebeer Loved this IPA....and the food is also great and worth the trip..............
    April 16, 2009
  • Mark
    Mark That looks very nice. Nice write up too. Orange and caramel. Time for a brew here!
    April 16, 2009