Review: Vortex IPA, Fort George Brewery

Vortex IPA
Fort George Brewery + Public House — Astoria, OR

  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness:  97 IBUs
  • ABV:  7.7%  
  • Malts:  Organic 2-Row malted barley, Munich, Victory
  • Hops:  Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial
  • Sampled:  16 oz. can

Description:  "India Pale Ales were designed to withstand the long voyage to India. Today, it seems one has to design the IPA strong and hoppy enough to make the trip back as well. Vortex IPA is Fort George’s contribution to the IPA arms race. With generous additions of Amarillo, Simcoe and Centennial hops throughout the brewing, fermentation and conditioning phases, balanced with heaps of organic pale malt, we designed this to not rip the 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." — Fort George Brewery

Random thoughts:  Vortex IPA was one of the first canned beers released by Fort George. (The other was 1811 Lager.) I'm sampling Vortex as part of my series on Fort George's 16 oz. canned beers.

The tasting:  Deep golden orange in color, very hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of pine, citrus, and caramel. The hop aromas dominate and provide a good indication of what's in store. Flavor is similar to aroma, expect grapefruit is more pervasive than pine. Underneath all of the hop flavors is a solid caramel malt backbone, which tempers the bitterness and provides nice balance. Some light alcohol is noticeable in the middle. Vortex IPA is medium bodied, has a resinous mouth feel, and finishes with lingering hop bitterness.

Rating:  4 star.  Really good!  I want this again!  If you want a big (but balanced) IPA, Vortex is hard to beat! It has the bold hop flavors you'd want in an IPA, but the caramel malt keeps the bitterness in check. To top it off, the 16 oz. can provides the perfect size!

Have you tasted Fort George's Vortex IPA?  What are your favorite Fort George beers?

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  1. I don't like the labeling for the cans. They look too much like energy drinks.

  2. This is a great IPA. One of my favorites.


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