Review: Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale, Fort George Brewery

Sunrise OPA
Fort George Brewery + Public House — Astoria, OR

  • Style:  Pale Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  5.2%  
  • Malts:  Organic 2-Row, oatmeal, chocolate malt
  • Hops:  Rainier and Cascade
  • Sampled:  16 oz. can

Description:  Nice and Creamy session-style American Pale Ale.  Good beer for drinking anytime of the day, even when the sun is rising, due to its dry nature with Mild bitterness and lovely hop aroma.  This beer is based on the first beer ever produced at the Fort George Brewery, Beer #1, We decided to add 50 lbs of Oatmeal to make it even better. Famous quote: “I’ll have just one more OPA, please.” This beer has become a staff staple. — Fort George Brewery

Random thoughts:  Oatmeal in a beer? It seemed like a strange idea before I tasted my first beer brewed with oatmeal (a stout). Then I realized what the fuss was all about. Oatmeal can add an incredible silky smooth mouth feel. I even brewed by own beer with oatmeal and was thrilled with the results. This is part of my series on Fort George's 16 oz. canned beers.

The tasting:  Light golden orange in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipates very slowly. Aroma of light caramel with grapefruit and floral notes. While overall aroma is fairly subdued, the hops are most noticeable. Flavor is dominated by bitter grapefruit hops from the front to the finish. If I was tasting this blind, I would have thought it was an IPA. Sunrise OPA is medium bodied and has a smooth mouth feel, It's moderately carbonated and finishes with a long lingering grapefruit bitterness. 

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  I wasn't crazy about the intense, one note hop bitterness. It was far more than I expected for a Pale Ale. My guess is they used more early boil bittering hops and less late boil aroma hops. I've tasted this before, and remember liking it better. Perhaps my tastes have changed.

Have you tasted Fort George's Sunrise OPA? Did you results differ from mine? What's your favorite Fort George 16 oz. can?

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  1. It sounds like one I'd like. Too bad I've never seen these!

  2. Just out of curiousity, have you tried Burnside's OPA? I really enjoyed it.

  3. I drank one for my holidays, very very good memories!

  4. I've heard good things about Burnside's Oatmeal Pale Ale. I need to check it out! Thanks for mentioning it!


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