Fort George North the Seventh (VII)
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RATINGS: 34   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beersighted (110) - - MAR 21, 2014
This is a perfectly brewed Belgian DIPA. Bourbon barrel aging melds an aromatic mixture of pungent aromas and bitter-sweet flavors. Full bodies and well carbonated, this beers has slight hints of gin and sour flavors in spurts, almost Brett flavored. Loved this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1270) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Stunning. Aroma is all IPA. Base flavor is a very nice IPA, with an underlying Belgian yeastiness betrayed by the cloudiness in the pour. And the barrel-aged aspect adds a slight woody infusion throughout. Perfectly done. Perfectly balanced. Very, very good stuff. Solid A.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (4771) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Deep super hazy golden and orange-tinted body with a thick, rich, four centimetre tall tan head. Bright aroma of oak, yeast, bright floral and piney hops, alcohol, rich malt and wheat, some sugars and a very pleasant honey and sweet note. Medium to Full-bodied; Very pungent oak and dry characteristic with some wheat, grass and hay, all coupled with the bright piney and floral hops and a rich honey sweetness on the end. Aftertaste shows the large complexity and the delicate flavours of hops, flowers and yeast - very nice and robust throughout, but especially on the end. Overall, one of the best Imperial IPAs (or Belgian) that Iíve had in a long time - definitely worth trying if you can find it! Iím glad I brought this one back home with me! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon for US$7.95 sampled at home in New Paltz, New York on 17-January-2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brenn79 (1545) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1726) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6124) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (6702) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1216) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crackedmachine (473) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6588) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
On tap at Fredfest 2014. Pours cloudy amber with a rich off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with lots of toffee and a tasty bitter hop finish. Very dry.

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