Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fort George Brewery - Wild Turkey Barrel-Aged Vortex IPA

OMG, this is beer porn!

I found two barrel-aged Fort George offerings on tap at 1856, a nice little bottleshop here in my NE Portland, OR neighborhood: Wild Turkey Vortex IPA and Maker's Mark Stout. Both were exceptionally FANTASTIC. I'm reviewing the IPA.

The beer was presented in a tall tulip looking just about as perfect  as a pour can get. Look at the photo. It was almost too pretty to drink. Slightly hazy golden orange in color with a creamy, frothy white head. The suds dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing behind.

Aroma is big, juicy hops and bourbon right up front. No fooling around.

Typically, I would say why mess with the hoptastic zing and sting that comes with a perfect IPA? It seems that there would be more possibilities for failure barrel-aging a beer that packs a big flavor wallop all on it's own. Shows you how much I know. This stuff is delicious. Oak, vanilla, and peppery spice floats around in the background of the boozy bourbon. The citrus flavor and bitterness of the hops remains present and accounted for, if not just a bit muted.

I have no idea what the ABV is on this beer. Mouthfeel is just a tad viscous. Nice carbonation.

Excellent, just excellent and I wish I had a glass in my hand right now. I'm giving this one a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4.


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