Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Beer of the Week: Sunrise OPA

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Oats in a can.
  • Oats in a can.

Yep. OPA. As in Oatmeal Pale Ale. As in made with generous quantities of oats.

The Fort George Brewery beer is a mellow 5.2% session ale, that was more hoppy than I would have thought. Actually, in a blind taste test, I doubt I'd be able to tell you anything about oats in this beer. But they're there—50 pounds of them, in fact.

The OPA comes in one of those newfangled 16-ounce cans four-packs and has an ocean-critter-friendly hard plastic attachment deal—a nice touch. The can is awful handsome looking, too. I got mine at Newport, but have also seen Fort George beers at The Brew Shop and Whole Foods. And Broken Top Bottle Shop often has a Fort George beer on tap.

According to the brewery's website, this beer was based on their first beer ever. They also said this:

Good beer for drinking anytime of the day, even when the sun is rising, due to its dry nature with mild bitterness and lovely hop aroma.

Nice. Not sure I've cracked a pre-noon beer since college, but if that's your gig, this may be just the beer for it.

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