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Ghost In The Machine | Parish Brewing Company

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Parish Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Welcome to the future.
Our collective human consciousness, or Ghost in the Machine, has gained a tolerance for hops beyond what mankind has ever known before. This double India Pale Ale is the necessary outcome.

100+ IBU

Added by HeadyTheElder on 02-19-2014

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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 455
Photo of Rcaros
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

5.5 week old bottle
Bottle date 5-16-16.... opened 6-24-16

Appearance : poured a finger worth of white head with rocky bubbles. Golden orange in the glass. Little carbonation. Looks like orange juice

Nose : grapefruit, citrus, pine, pineapple, slight earthy

Taste: big bitterness in the front juicy in the middle woth a dry finish. Get some orange zest, orange peel with a lingering sweetness

Mouthfeel.. pretty thick for an ipa

Overall. . Outstanding! !!! I mean wow

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Photo of mcvick
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank the most recent batch (5/16-19/2016) straight from the bottle. Even a month later the juicy factor holds up fairly well. I know it doesn't pour the prettiest, but it presents very similar to many of the other unfiltered East Coast DIPA's; cloudy and slightly orange. While the malts come out more after a month, Ghost still has a great taste and slight juicy feel to it. Not astringent. Everyone should try this beer at least oh, say, four times a month.

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Photo of BKMonty
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This pours out hazy almost like a light cider. Sweet floral fruit on the nose. The taste is sweet with citrus (tropical ugly fruit?) and the bitterness only comes in on the back end. A light carbonation to this one but it's exactly right. Absolutely wish I could get larger than a 4 pack at my local spot.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange note in the appearance. Smell and taste are way juicy. Nice mango note with a moderate pine. Nice mix between the two. Heavy body with a nice body. Very little carbonation but enough to give good texture. Go for it

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Photo of Coldkiller
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is as it should be. It looks like a hazy fruit juice, which hints at the smell and flavor. The smell is citrus, tropical, floral, and slightly piney. The taste follows the nose. Huge juice flavor from the hops, and a balanced bitterness on the back. Wow!

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Photo of kingston2
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dank, hazy sweet hoppy goodness here. First time having GITM and very impressed. Tons of citrus. A bit sweeter than many other DIPAs out there but in a good way. Highly recommend it. Well done Parish!!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If American hops have commonly carried the mere suggestions of citrus and tropical fruit flavors, then these newer, sexier, juicier hops don't simply suggest fruit, but they nearly overwhelm with them!

Ghost In The Machine is one of these- starting with a muddled haze that saturates with golden and light amber hues. Crowned with a creamy lather of white foam, the aromas tease the senses with the radiant juiciness of red grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, mango and passionfruit. Herbal and grassy, the scent soon carries over to an early palate sweetness of caramel, honey and poundcake.

As the taste develops, the ale slowly trends to a drying finish, laying down a trail of tantilizing citrus, tropical and orchard fruit in its wake. Kiwi, papaya, melon, lemon, lime, apple and apricot complete the fruit-forward portrayal as the beer's hopcentric grassiness begins to rise. Fresh grass clippings, freshly shaven pine and hints of basil and mint pull from the hop's chlorophyl and create a smooth bitterness to out-duel the malt sweetness late.

Medium-full on the palate, the ale's charming roundness of cream-sickle seems to retain its maltiness well to offer a firm counterpart to the hops. Both ride off into the finish with a gentle hop grip in the throat that slimly outlasts the candied malt.

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Photo of Bad_Fish13
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a total beast! Hazy, Dank, Fruity, Crisp. Pours a thick hazy orange The look of this beer is one of kind.. Smell is dank and citrus. Easily the best DIPA I've ever had. The best beer not many know about yet outside of Louisiana.

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Photo of glass_house
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to NolaHopHead for the trade on this one. Pours a deep orange-gold with one finger of creamy off-white head that holds a dense collar with patches of oily lacing. Hazy. Turbid. Beautiful. I can appreciate a nice clear IPA, but I have to admit, there's something about these murky masterpieces that really butters my biscuit.

So much going on in the nose. A wide array of fruits--mango, grapefruit, lemon, and nectarine are most prominent. There's also a substantial dankness of earthy grass with fleeting hints of onion, garlic, and cat piss. It's an olfactory smorgasboard, and it works beautifully for me.

Taste follows the aroma closely. Notes of sweet tropical fruits and bitter citrus peel intermingle with herbal grassy pine and garlic. I've had a couple IPA's where this onion/garlic profile completely ruined it for me. Not the case here. It's faint and strictly an accent that never steps to the forefront. The malt profile is relatively unnoticeable, and comes across as very light, slightly biscuity with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, with lower carbonation that makes for a silky, slightly creamy feel. The bitterness is there, but not overdone, and it finishes with a pleasant juicy feel.

With the raging flood of IPA's on shelves these days, it's rare that one is able to truly wow me. This one did. Get it if you can.

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Photo of Tommo
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Friend from a bottle, nice fresh brew on date. Very nice floral nose, lower malt for a southern IPA, and overall very palatable. For me personally it lacks a crisp feel and just doesnt really pop

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Top notch IPA for sure. Got a lot of those NE Hops characteristics with the hazy appearance, heavier body, and straight up juicy notes. I'm not going to compare it with the likes of those NE IPAs, but safe to say, it is certainly in that ballpark. One of the better IPAs i have had.

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Photo of DADDY5000
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm a little biased by saying this (since I live 40 minutes from the brewery) but, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. I picked up two four packs from the brewery on April 9th, all the bottles have April 7th as the bottle date. This beer pours a beautiful orange color. Almost looks like orange juice, very hazy as well. As far as aromas go, I get a lot of citrus, mangos, orange peels, and lots of tropical notes. Very, very satisfying aromas here. The hops are there, but not upfront. The taste follows right in line with the smell, citrus. Not supper hoppy considering the IBU is over 100. Overall, this is an excellent beer. If ever you find yourself in South Louisiana, keep an eye out for this one.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful turbid, murky orange. Small white head with not much lacing.

Smell is pretty tropical and dank. Tropical notes include plenty mango and orange. Some papaya and pineapple. Some kind of malty sweetness creeps through. Floral as well, some danky marijuana scent.

Taste is initially that malty sweetness, plenty juice and tangerine and mango flavors. Some tart and citrusy flavors come through at the end, along with the hoppy dank you get in the nose

Excellent brew, lives up to the hype of those hazy NE beers everyone is ISO.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle- strong aroma with great hoppines! Looked for this beer while in New Orleans without success- snagged in trade. Really a well balanced beer and at 100 IBUs this one is worth the search.

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Photo of cavedave
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light amber with an off white, one finger head that ends up as a thin skim. A swirl puts perma-lace on the glass.

Full strength aroma, very complex, I get sweet grapefruit, mango, orange zest, neutral sweet, weed, and merest hints of floral and herbal bitter. Fucking delicious aroma.

Add a finish that has some more herbal bitter and a touch of pine to all the flavors of the aroma and you have this baby's taste profile nailed. Bright, clean flavors add up to a delicious taste that has a perfect semi-juicy end.

Light drinking full bodied low carb excellent finish delicious linger perfection here. This is the feel for big IPA's that frames the hops sooooo well!.

Holy shit is this good. Gone are the days that the best beers from Louisiana were the meh beers of Abita and Tin Roof. This. Beer. Rocks. Highest recommendation.

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Photo of BEEPOP
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Based on the look, smell, and previous ratings I thought this would be a home run instead it's just another good IPA that depends on the batch?

Looks great. Not that much lacing. But a great orange color.
The smell is a strong citrus blast to the face.
The taste was good initially but you get a strong alcohol aftertaste in the back end. As it warms up you can get a slight garlic/onion taste but it wasn't as bad as the Trillium Artaic I had was. Flavors come and go in an instant with this beer.
Feel was watery. Easily the worst part of this beer was the mouth feel.
Overall this beer was really good BUT there are others out there in the northeast that blow this away.

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Photo of mroden2699
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Hazy, murky orange you can barely see through
Smell: Orange peels, more orange peels, and some grapefruit. Not many hops/dank, more tropical and juicy
Taste: Very very well balanced. Taste alot of mango, orange, grapefruit, and very tropical/juicy. Very slight dank, more juicy and refreshing.
Feel: Medium bodied perfect carbonation

Overall, wow. Kept up with the hype of Heady Topper and many NE hops, and like many others say, this definitely compares to it. Such a smooth and refreshing beer, and a top 5 IPA of all time in my opinion.

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Photo of jhartley
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter. Manifested on: 01/13/16

Look: Opaque orange juice colored body with a 1/2 fingers worth of head; plenty of lacing left in the glass.

Smell: Dank hops, plenty of onion, grapefruit and lemons!

Taste: Follows suit with the smell! Tons of onion and garlic up front, followed by some dank orange juice. Reminds me of Gubna!

Feel: Medium mouth feel, lingering onion and garlic taste.

Overall: A delicious beer! One to be sipped and savored; plenty of levels of flavor and intensity.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour into a taster. Dank, grapefruit, a bit of sweetness, medium bodied. Excited to see these types of beer pop up in unexpected places across the country!

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Turbid and hazy golden hues with a generous 1cm white foamy head and moderate retention
S: Pineapple, oranges, and a healthy dankness
T: Nice juicy and tart fruits - grapefruit, Meyer lemons, and tangerines with a robust pine punch
F: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation
O: This was a fantastic brew - thanks, Ryan for sending me a couple! In my perspective this beer marries the distinctive hoppy profile of the IPAs more popular 4-5 years ago with the juicy/haziness that is all the rage these days. Parish does an skillful job of mixing the two 'styles' into an expertly crafted brew with its own distinctive presence. Nicely done!

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Photo of spark3148857
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 9 bottles 2/15/16. Last two bottles of the batch I lucked into on my last day in New Orleans. Pours a seriously murky and cloudy bright orange. Looks like orange juice. One finger off white head. Beautiful looking in he glass. Aroma combines notes of mosaic and citra. Orange, grapefruit, pine, dankness, and some stone fruit. Taste starts with a big pop of bitterness with waves of dankness and huge orange and pine from the mosaic. Very dank finish. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and the malt bill provides a nice amount of sweetness to mix with the dank. Tastes very much like the mosaic forward Dipas from Cellarmaker. A great double IPA worth seeking out.

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Photo of nola1988
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Orange haze, 1 inch head, minimal lacing, some sediment.
S: Tons of citrus with some hop underneath.
T: Juicy, tropical. Orange, Mango with some nice pine up front.
F: Medium/light body.
O: The crown jewel of Gulf Coast DIPA. Rivals the NE/west coast well knowns.

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange. White head.

Very dank and weedy. Some grapefruit citrus. Resiny and sticky.

Medium bodied with some nice floral and dankness going on. Worth a try.

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Photo of jhavs
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle poured into snifter.

L = Copper, orange color. Deep haze, barely transparent, thick foamy white head that settles into thin foamy cap. Some lacing clings as you swirl or sip.

S = Lots of bright tropical aromas coming through, citrus, peach, something floral. Also get a little residual malt sweetness.

T = Assertive flavors give you a nice punch in the mouth of citrus, pine, spicy, and tropical hops. I get peach and mango flavors in the middle with a bit of sweetness in the background, not at all caramel, more subtle like honey.

F = Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O = Great brew, one of the best IPA I have had from outside of the big well known NE/CA producers that fill up the ISO threads.

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Photo of wingnutter
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, dank, tropical, juicy, delicious. Dont look now, but Louisiana has a New England style IPA that is worth seeking out. If I could get this locally Id always have some on hand, its legit.

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Ghost In The Machine from Parish Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.