The Optimist

Oregon
United States
Fort George Brewery The Optimist IPA beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Simplicity being the ultimate in sophistication, we use a very concise recipe to showcase the providential union of barley and hops. With its radiant golden body, lively buoyant head, and auspicious floral aroma, your glass will always be half-full while drinking The Optimist.

Profile

ABV: 
6.2%
Served at: 
40 - 45° F
Hops: 
Centennial, Mosaic
Malts: 
Organic Two-Row, Flaked Maize, C-15
Judges Review 
Tracy Hensley's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Aromas of pineapple syrup, torn mint leaves, fresh guava fruit, freshly baked white bread, grapefruit and pine needles are immediately apparent upon first whiff. An ivory-colored, creamy, persistent head clings to the sides of the glass of this light amber-colored, hazy beer. Candied mango and pineapple flavors are the first impressions upon sipping, followed by pine needles, resin and caramel breakfast rolls. This IPA is definitely hop-forward, but is backed by noticeable supporting malt. A dry, low, warming finish with supporting medium bitterness leads into a green pepper-like aftertaste. The mouthfeel was like a light cream sauce, and medium-high carbonation elevates the beer. Overall, this was a malty, well-balanced American IPA without the bitterness of many high-IBU IPAs.