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Fort George North the Seventh (VII)
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A tractor-trailer sped 2400 miles through the night to deliver American Oak barrels to the Fort George Brewery, staves still engorged with Kentucky Bourbon. Seventy-two hours after being emptied at the distillery these barrels were harboring a winter wonder, working their alchemy on the hop and barley elixir nestled within. With the addition of more hops as the beer left the barrels, North VII was born Ė fully aromatic and pungent with vanilla, bourbon, oak and flowery lupulin magic.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crackedmachine (471) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a very hazy orange with minimal white head. Aroma is basically as advertised: bourbon, citrus hops, oak, hint of vanilla. Flavor is initially dominated by floral, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, a bit of bourbon underneath and subtle oak which becomes more pronounced on the finish. To me, this is falls more in Belgian IPA territory than barrel-aged IPA, although both elements are present. The flavors work well together, and this is very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4978) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Golden in color hazy with a thick fluffy head. Super aroma. Lots of oak, flowery and some vanilla. Awesome Belgian yeast flavors and richness. This was a terrific beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4324) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2013
This one poured a darker hazy orange with an off white head. Aroma was lots of vanilla, pineapple, oak, spicey hops and caramel and toast. Flavor was sweet citrus, oak, and vanilla. Very much like othe ba IPAS ive had. Just a somewhat strange combonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1710) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bomber. Aroma consists of citrus, cotton candy, smoke, vanilla, wood. Pours cloudy orange with a large long-sustaining off-white head with excellent retention; leaves some decorative lace. Taste is bittersweet with flavors of coconut, citrus; has a lingering bitter finish. I was a little skeptical when I first heard about this beer. Oak and everything about the IPA style donít sound like they would coexist very well. Turns out that in the right hands, they do! Thanks, Fort George.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Murky orange,thick beige head.Balanced nose of malt/citrus hops.Big woody palate, alcohol headr, somewhat dry.Long strong hop end Donít care for this, but it is a well made beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1711) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Yes. More IPAís in oak please. Nice tropical fruits on the nose with a hint of oak and vanilla. Flavors are well blended with pineapple, apples, vanilla, and a very slight rush of oak towards the finish. Belgian sugars are noted in the mid-palate. Was hoping for a bit more bourbon flavor, but I get the point of this being subtle. Great brew and not over priced!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brenn79 (1519) - Idaho, USA - DEC 13, 2013
22 oz bottle- Pours very hazy orange with a two finger white head that sticks around leaving a thick creamy blanket and sheeting lace. Aroma is hops man, pungent citrusy hops, vanilla and oak are noticeable too. The taste is much more oak than the aroma led on, bourbon not overbearing but detected, hops are in your face pungent with a wallop of bitterness mostly in the finish. I do get the Belgian twist, but the hops and oak are so dominant that you would be hard pressed to find a beer that is anything like this in Belgium. Body could be fuller, I like that itís not syrupy thick, but it is borderline thin, carbonation is fine. Some people are going to be put off by tweaking the traditional IPA, but I think it is a breath of fresh air, very much enjoyed this!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2013
On tap at fort George. Colour...hazy gold with a thin white head. Nose...tropical fruit, dried papaya and quince. Palate...quite tangy and yeasty up front with dusty hops, pear compote, pineapple chunks and Cotlets. A nice take on this style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6419) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy orange with a one-finger width creamy white head. Aroma is very pungent, with loads of tropical fruits, intense citrus rinds, and wood. Flavour is very similar, with a very robust profile of citrus rind, citrus hops, lots of tropical fruitiness, and only a slight hint of the bourbon barrels. If youíre going to barrel age an IPA, this is how you do it - leave the hops in tact and just accentuate the flavours with the wood / oak / liquor. Most excellent stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6010) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bomber from whole foods. Pours a clear copper color with a large white head. A fresh fruity hop nose. The flavor is excellent with fresh fruit with big oranges and lemon. Resinous with pine and medium bitterness. Really good iipa.


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