Ghost In The Machine - Parish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 93
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Parish Brewing Company visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HeadyTheElder on 02-19-2014

Batch 1 (February 2014) - Centennial, Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, and smaller amounts of other varieties.
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Photo of Thedrizzle
3.25/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's a very solid dipa. However it's kinda lack luster. Dunno if it's be cause its a couple weeks old but it's just kinda straight fwd nothing special.

Photo of Ri0
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 5/7/15.

A - Lighter orange gold with a 2 1.5 finger white head. Fades slowly and leaves behind delicate webbed lacing.

S - Big hop aromas with floral, tropical notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and bitter pine. It is very aromatic and kinda green and fruity.

T - Big bitter hop profile from the hops. Plenty of grapefruit, with a sweeter pineapple part. Piney, juicy and bitter grapefruit finish.

M - Great mouthfeel on this. It is slick and I find it to be dry.

O - I am impressed with this IIPA. It lived up to the bitterness claims.

Photo of Meganomiidae
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle ("manifested" on 5/7/15) into Gnarly Barley 1 year snifter.

A: Bronzed golden pour, with minimal head that dissipates quickly with weak lacing. Quite hazy and attractive.

S: Lychee, grapefruit, pear, pine...a hop lover's wet dream. Slight sweet malt in the background with next to no yeast character.

T: Not sure how to really describe it. Follows aromas, minus lychee and plus mango. Almost like drinking candy, in a good way. Sweet malt background sets the stage for quite a play. Finishes heavily (but pleasantly) bitter, leaving a bit of a hop-slick feel.

M: Slick, smooth, refreshing. Not too carbonated.

O: For a non-hophead in most cases, this was pretty damn good! It had me at the smell.

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

Look: Orange colored body. Dense white head with multi-size bubbles. With a tilt of my multi-use snifter = Attractive melting legs and curtains with artistic lacing left behind.
Smell: Watered down orange juice, hops and pine, earthiness-ism. Maybe some yeast? Whatever that smell is, I like it.
Taste: Wow! Mmmmmm...That's good.
Feel: It fits well. At the very, very end, there is an ending of extremely thin, silky, creamy-ish lather.

Overall - This beer nails it. There are so many beers along the same lines these days, but this one does a jig. Maybe it's the water. This is an awesome Imp IPA, good stuff out of Louisiana.

Photo of Wando52
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

very good beer! Lots of citrus, clean, fresh taste. Lots of hops, but not over powering, easy finish.

Photo of tduecen
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I miss the citrus from the last batch, but still an exceptional beer

Photo of jeremiahoden
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hell of a job Andrew!!! Balance is the main reason this is up there with the big guys!!! No 8.5% anywhere!!!! Hard to achieve this level of balance, and yes its more balanced than Pliny!! I think they're gonna like it! Cheers to the best brewery in Louisiana!!! Much love from the Midwest!!!

Photo of bfranks
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap today at the brewery. Absolutely delicious, the best beer to ever come out of Louisiana. Can definitely compete with other big name IPAs/DIPAs. Excellent!

Photo of garyloveman
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great citrus nose, dry grapefruit taste and a bitter dry finish.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3/2/15 stamped 12 oz bottle

Pours a deep, murky, golden orange with a significant frothy off white head. Settles into a film on top with a 1/4" ring around glass.

Smells fairly sweet with tropical fruits and pine resin along side a strong malt base. Also flowery. Kind of reminds me of a Boston Lager. Very deep, rich wort aroma. Like sticking your head in the kettle of a lager mash. One of the better smelling DIPAs I can recall. Something unique there. Very nice.

Taste matches aromas. Sweet bready malts and fruits up front. Mango, orange, and peaches to me. Very bitter on the back end with pine.

Feel is nice. Average carbonation and body. Lots of slick oils.

Not for the faint of heart. It is a hop bomb. It has some great flavors and decent balance, but the hops win in the end. Great beer

Photo of CraigMack61
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking label....make it a better mouthfeel, and we are talking world class

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a surprise...haven't smelled a beer with this profile since double sunshine...excellent taste as well...can't wait to get my hands on more

Photo of sd123
3.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really wasn't crazy about it, hard to put my finger in what was off putting but something tasted off

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Parish Ghost in the Machine has a thin, off-white head, a murky, milky, orange-gold appearance, and fairly heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, strong, and acidic hop resin. Taste is the same, with white bread and noticeable, yet, not particularly harsh or dynamic hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Parish Ghost in the Machine finishes semi-dry and surprisingly drinkable for an 8.5% alcohol ale.


Photo of sdeese21
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2 days ago and is very good! You know it's a great beer when your fiance doesn't make her typical "yuck" face.

Photo of GregJ
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I never realized how good this beer is until I had it fresh.

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

Bottled late last year

A: poured into a tulip to a nice golden orange with a finger and a half of dense off white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: smells of juicy tropical fruit, caramel sweetness and pine resin
T: taste is resinous pine, tropical fruits, citrus rind, and caramel sweetness. swallow is a nice piney hop kick with more tropical fruits and a slight lingering sweetness
M: this beer has a moderate amount of weight on the palate with slightly pricking carbonation. the finish on the beer is oily and refreshing
O: This is a great DIPA. the complexity of flavors and hop presence are rock solid and the beer is very well made. Definitely one to try if you like hops. Very nice balance and the hops while prevalent aren't excessively abrasive.

Photo of scottsoileau
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Extremely hard to get my hands on this beer, but found myself near the brewery and stopped by. The smell, oh my god the smell! Super piney dank happy perfection. Medium body, wonderful citrus/resin flavor. Did I mention it smelled great? 8.5% will sneak up on you with the fantastic drink ability.

Instantly my favorite beer. No distribution to my home Parish which is a shame.

Photo of Nichols33
3.44/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Was expecting more out of this. Not much aroma, tastes like it has promise, but fades quickly

Photo of JerryOdom
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Very proud this beer is poured in my home state. Reminds me of the beers I've enjoyed in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Parish has certainly captured the art of the American double IPA. Resinous, delicious, savory and long lasting while still refreshing.

Photo of Brevbin
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Best thing brewed in Louisiana.

Photo of douglasbarbin
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Latest batch bottled on 11/20/2014. Even better than I remember. Pours a somewhere on the lighter side between golden and copper, with a 1-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is intoxicating. I could just live in there for a while. Lots of tropical fruits, pine, and even some floral notes. Mouthfeel is medium with just the right amount of carbonation. Taste matches up with the aroma - lots of citrus. Definitely a hop bomb, with just enough malt to balance it out. I would rate this one up there with just about any DIPA currently being brewed.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance: Huge,foamy, sticky off white head which clings to the glass and doesn't want to go away.

Smell: Huge floral aroma with a pine tree stuck up your nose.

Taste: Like a hop Monster truck just did donuts all over your taste buds. Hints of pine, grapefruit, pepper. Everything that should be there is.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation. Oily in a good way.

Overall: Just a total hop bomb. This ranks up there with the best of them. Best double IPA in Louisiana? I'll let you decide. By the way my pee smelled like hops after drinking this.

Photo of FLima
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just released, as they said “manifested on 27 Aug14”. Utterly fresh. Getting one from the last pack in the store, it comes and goes out immediately. Thanks so much for the Beer Sommelier from Stein’s in New Orleans for not letting me go home without proving this local beauty, although they were running out of it.
Nice amber golden color with a thick thin head with short retention.
Delicious tropical aroma with notes of peaches, passion fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, American yeast, pine and mango. I could just smell it forever. On a second thought, no way, got to sip it now.
Hoppy forward flavor with notes of pine cones, grapefruit, tea bags, resin, toasted malts and spices. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is well disguised.
Outstanding Double IPA from Louisiana. Superbly balanced for the style, not being overly sweet/malty with bold tropical and pine flavors and an aroma to die for.

Photo of BuddyE
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Had this the first go-around and loved it. It has been re-released, this time in 4-pk 12oz bottles. Even better!

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Ghost In The Machine from Parish Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.