Friday, June 10, 2016

Fort George 3-Way IPA (2016)

Beer Name: 3-Way IPA
Brewery: Fort George Brewery (Astoria, OR) in collaboration with Barley Brown's Beer (Baker City, OR) and Melvin Brewing (Jackson, WY; Alpine, WY)
ABV: 7.35%
How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Bottles (Portland, OR)
Price: $3.00 for a 16 oz tallboy can

Date Canned: May 25, 2016
Date Purchased: June 8, 2016
Date Opened: June 9, 2016
When brewed? Seasonal beer. Released late May 2016 in Astoria and early June 2016 in Portland. Fort George may do a collaboration with different breweries each year.

Where distributed: As of June 2016, Fort George ships its beer only in the Pacific Northwest (OR, ID, WA). See if Fort George ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured slightly cloudy golden into a pint glass. Unfiltered beer. White head. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Balanced combination of hoppy, tropical, pine, dank, and slight malt. Just amazing. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): A tropical and piney dankness hits me first, and the malty nature ensures it stays through the aftertaste. The aftertaste itself is a light tropical dank. Definitely fits the Northwest-style IPA vibe. Still a delicious IPA from three great breweries. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied with slight carbonation. Pleasing bitterness pops on the tongue. Leaves the tongue slightly dry. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): A world-class IPA. From the moment I popped the can and got the aroma, striking comparisons to Block 15 Sticky Hands immediately came to mind. The first couple of sips of 3-Way IPA all but sealed that comparison. It's worth noting again that I'm loving Sticky Hands even more since my initial review. While I personally prefer the finish and aftertaste in Sticky Hands, this proved to be a very successful collaboration. While we already get Barley Brown's and Fort George routinely, I definitely hope Melvin Brewing shares their beer with us more often, especially after they opened a new facility in Alpine in December 2015. Melvin truly has award-winning beers, and this collaboration is proof of that. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.688/5

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