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Vortex I - Pisgah Brewing Co.

Vortex IVortex I

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169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.19%


Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 01-25-2007)
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Reviews by kwakwhore:
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Online purchase from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville.
Clear copper pour into a Duvel Tulip. Cream colored head subsides fairly quickly with a ring of lace around the top of the glass.
Initial fragrant bloom of honeyish aromas subsides into something more suggestive of hops.
Hops are upfront in the flavor but there is a surprisingly prominent shot of sweet malt followed by a long bitter finish.
While there is a syrupy feel to this beer, the mouthfeel is lighter than one might expect.
The alcohol in this beer is well masked, surprisingly so for 10.80% abv. I'm sure it will catch up to me by the end of the bomber, but so far so good.
While this beer is listed as an American Strong Ale, it could also be placed in the Imperial/Double IPA category as the bottle calls it a triple pale ale. Whatever it is called, it is very good and well worth the extra trouble of having it shipped.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:16:39 | More by kwakwhore
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Pours an amber brown body beneath the rich tan head which dissolves somewhat quickly but leaves a constant ring of lacing floating atop the body and clinging to the glass.

Wow, those are some fresh pungent hops as this was bottled on 9/30/13. Primarily consisting of pine and herbal or floral aromas. Its like the a lumberjack and a florist decided to brew a beer together. Burried in there as well is a nice biscuit or bread like malt which I am assuming has to be a pretty decent helping to off-set this hop monster.

The floral and pine hops just coat the palate through and through and similar to the aroma the biscuit like malt is sitting in the background, yet pleasantly apparent.

This is a tongue buckler all the way with a medium to fuller body and medium carbonation leading up to the robust bitter finish.

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A - Pours a hazed amber color, half a finger of off white head, little lacing
S - Lots of unusual aroma, some oak, pine, pepper, some light grapefruit, very complex
T -Very woody and oak like, biscuit malt, caramels, rye, pepper, pine bitterness.
M - Sticky and lightly sweet.
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Vortex I from Pisgah Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.