Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fort George 3-Way IPA (2017)

Beer Name: 3-Way IPA
Brewery: Fort George Brewery (Astoria, OR) in collaboration with Reuben's Brews (Seattle, WA) and Great Notion Brewing (Portland, OR)
ABV: 7%
How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Tin Bucket (Portland, OR)
Price: $11.99 for 4-pack of 16 oz tallboy cans

Date Canned: June 8, 2017
Date Purchased: June 19, 2017
Date Opened: June 20, 2017

When brewed? Seasonal beer. Released late May 2017 in Astoria and early June 2017 in Portland. Fort George may do a collaboration with different breweries each year. Fort George's website says 3-Way IPA will be available from June to September 2017.
IBU: 65 (according to Untappd)

"This fruit-forward haze of Azacca, X331, Mosaic, and Citra hops plays on a balanced bassline of malt with a wicked unfiltered keytar solo. 3-Way IPA 2017 is a juicy collaboration between Fort George, Great Notion, and Reuben’s Brews that strikes a smooth, electric gold riff on a Vermont style. Available at Pacific Northwest venues summer 2017 — drink fresh and keep those cans cold-stored."

Where distributed: As of July 2017, Fort George ships its beer only in the Pacific Northwest (OR, ID, WA). See if Fort George ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy peach-colored into a pint glass. Unfiltered beer. White head. Good lacing on the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Tropical peach, grapefruit, guava, and citrus, with resinous and dank notes. Very inviting. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose throughout. Fruit-forward with some dank. Aftertaste has wonderful citrus. No octane. Before I knew it, the glass was empty again. Addicting. 5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied; good carbonation. Extremely juicy and easy drinking. 4.75/5

Overall (20%): A world-class IPA. Fort George hit another monster home run here, and as much as I enjoyed the 2016 version, I thought this year's brew was even better. An accurate take on the New England style, with tons of fruit flavor and some dankness. Before I knew it, not only was the pint glass empty, but the entire 4-pack was consumed. I may be biased towards the New England IPA style, but this is one I would keep getting again and again. I can't wait for next year's version. 5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.888/5

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