Free State The Vortex Red

Brewed by Free State Brewing Company
Lawrence, Kansas USA
6.1% Amber Ale | 3 Ratings |
This hoppy, dark red ale gets its name from the controversial, left-leaning, counter-culture rag published in Lawrence from 1969-1973. Birthed from the union of two other underground papers (The Screw: a twisted device for holding things together and Reconstruction), The Vortex spouted off on subjects ranging from the wars in Vietnam and Laos, to local political unrest, yippie and hippie culture, and of course… sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The writing was usually a matter-of-fact, bold narrative and somewhat clumsy in a “hip” sort of way. You can check the Vortex out for yourself at the Kansas Collection at the University of Kansas, or to get a great perspective on Lawrence counter-culture in the 60s and 70s, check out ’Cows are Freaky When They Look at You: An Oral History of the Kaw Valley Hemp Pickers’ (or just ask Chuck). Now, as for the beer…the Vortex Red is a blend of Scottish and German malts resulting in a medium body, dark red hue, and a hint of roastiness. Amarillo hops contribute some earthy, citrus character, but piney, resinous Chinook hops really stand out in the finish of this winter warmer. The Skinny: A medium bodied, dark red ale, with a pronounced, piney hop finish. O.G. - 15.4P/1.062, 60 IBUs, 6.1% ABV

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

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Texture
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Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
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