Friday, August 12

Beer Review: Fort George 1811 Lager

Formerly know as Pre-Prohibition Lager, this beer takes on the cooler lagering temperatures of what we know as a 'California Common Ale'. It contains a very small amount of cracked maize and is loaded with lovely northwest hops. It is the official bicentennial beer of Astoria. Many may not know that Astoria is the first US settlement and/or territory this side of the Rocky Mountains. There is a lot of great history there, especially WWII history. Goonies aside..


I just first tried this brew at Plews Brews on tap. At that time it was rather cloudy. This beer is not filtered. Out of the can, it is rather clear. Grabbed the 4-pack for around $8.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Clear yellow and light copper brew, slowly bubbling. Creamy thick finger of head which has settled to a lace-making layer of thick foam, which has the appearance of lily pads.

Smell: (3.5)
- Great crisp grain aroma. Wonderful pine and grassy hop aromas. Slightly sweet, and very well rounded.

Taste: (4.0)
- Wonderful and complex grain flavors, and not overly sweet. Certainly a full flavored ale. The hop bitterness is astounding, and I quite like it. Huge zesty pine and spicy saaz hops. Overall this puppy is super full flavored for only being 5.1% Alc. by Vol. If you don't like super bitter, this isn't for you.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Light to medium bodied, and well carbonated. Very drying from the mad hop bitterness. It's a touch cloying, and puckering. Slightly chewy as well. Once you swallow a gulp, you will understand why all those characteristics play a part.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a solid, and bitter bitter brew. Many like hops for the aroma and essence. I personally like hops for the bittering properties and balancing properties. This beer isn't balanced. But it does have a solid backbone, and I love the dry bitter bite. Overall this would make a nice regular in the fridge. The 16oz. tall boys are a nice touch, as is their Vortex IPA.

B / 3.75

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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