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Ghost In The Machine - Parish Brewing Company

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.9%

Brewed by:
Parish Brewing Company visit their website
Louisiana, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Batch 1 (February 2014) - Centennial, Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, and smaller amounts of other varieties.

(Beer added by: HeadyTheElder on 02-19-2014)
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New York

4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour at the Ithaca Luminous bottle release.

Pours a hazy dark orange, with a one inch fizzy head and a little bit of lacing.

Smells grapefruity and piney, with a little bit of orange and honey.

The taste is pretty similar. Fairly bitter, from the grapefruit and the pine. Mostly dry, except for a little bit of honey sweetness from the malt. The hop flavor is really nice, but not overpowering.

Medium bodied, crisp dry mouthfeel, well carbonated.

A nice little surprise, have never heard of this one before.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 12:52:36 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Parish Brewing Company - Ghost In The Machine, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy orange amber with a sizable foamy head that retains well and leaves lots of spotty lacing.

Smell - Aroma is some grapefruit but primarily piney hoppy. Nice hop forward aroma.

Taste - Rich malt body with a piney, resiny, and then juicy fruit hop overlay. Smooth, nice variety of hops chosen here.

Mouthfeel - Heavy-medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Some malt warmth. Rests piney bitter. Quite the hop juice.

Overall - This is a terrific DIPA. A king of pine but there is some citrus in there as well. Very juicy!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 18:36:25 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of cvm4


4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy orange and a bit of gold with a two finger eggshell head. I'd say this is a great looking beer.

S - Juicy, citrus hops and a dank pine aroma. The malt is there, but not overdone. The smell makes me just want to sniff it.

T - Piney hops that roll into a grapefruit rind and then a juicy citrus ending. The bitter hops are there from beginning to end and it's not overly malty.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Really a juicy beer.

O - Very proud this was brewed a state away and I was able to pick it up. Easily one of the best DIPAs I've had in a long while. Well done Parish!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 22:24:16 | More by cvm4
Photo of JDice20


4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just... Damn this is good.

Far and away the best DIPA ever brewed in the state. Cant wait to drink more.
This beer makes me proud of Louisiana, and how far it has come the past couple of years.
Between this and Ermagherd Hops, by Great Raft.. Louisiana now has some
world class DIPA offerings. Great Job Parish

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 17:25:16 | More by JDice20
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4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated on 2/19/13. 750ml bottle.

A - Perfect, exactly what I want a DIPA to look like. Hazy orange, not a clear beer.

S - The smell, my god I could live in this glass all day. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had, probably cause this is one of the freshest DIPAs I've ever had.

T - The taste is almost as good. Very bitter upfront with a wave of grapefruit and tropical fruits following. Damn this is good. Can't taste the alcohol whatsoever.

M - Medium body, similar to the upper tier DIPA's

O - Overall, the best beer brewed in the state by far and goes into my Top 5 DIPA list. As good as Heady? No, but can hang with it and on par with the DJs and Abrasives of the world. Better than Pliny, imo. So happy we can get this in Louisiana and a beer to call our own.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 02:28:23 | More by dav3290
Photo of TheAleRunner


4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been anxiously awaiting this beer for nearly a year, since talking to the owner of Parish Brewing about it. It finally made its debut in mid-February, and the question remained: would it live up to the hype, or would it be just another double IPA?

Appearance: On 2/24/2014, I poured a bottle dated 2/19/2014 into a snifter glass, and it was a nice golden color with a hint of amber to it. The two fingered head quickly disappated and some lacing was apparent. The color is along the lines of what I expect in this type of beer: leaning toward a golden hue without being too amber or copper.

Smell: For me, aroma is one of the biggest measuring sticks for a beer of this style. If you call your beer a double IPA, it should pack a punch of hops on the nose. This one doesn't pack a punch; it's a full on assault of hops. Dank and juicy pine and citrus aromas jump out of the glass from the moment the beer is poured until the last sip. That's actually the most impressive part about this beer. Many of this style have a nice initial aroma that fades away as it's consumed. The aroma of this one is exactly what I want in a beer of this style.

Taste: The dank hops come through with more pine and citrus flavor, and a touch of malt presence is noticeable. However, this one is all hops. As it warms, more complex tropical fruits and even floral notes are evident.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that allows the hop forward flavors to shine through. It's easy to drink for a beer that's 8.5% ABV. It's exactly what I want in this type of beer: not overly malted or heavy, and allows the hops to come to the forefront.

Overall: It's hard to say how this beer could be better. A wonderful interpretation of the style and a hop lover's dream. The hop aroma and flavor is overstated, just as it should be. This one compares favorably to the best DIPAs in the country, and it's hard to say that there is a better one in the Southeast US. This is likely the beer that puts Louisiana on the map for hopheads across the country. I'm unsure of future plans with this, as far as how often it will be brewed, but with the initial success of it, I have to believe it will be brewed on the regular.

Well done Parish, well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 14:53:14 | More by TheAleRunner
Photo of tbryan5


5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me preface this review by saying that hunting this beer down (it wasn't easy)was worth the effort.

Poured from 750 ml bottle into the Parish tulip.

A- Pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a two finger snow white head that recedes at a medium pace. Little to no lacing is left behind.

S- Imagine Mike Tyson in the 4th round. He is just here to get paid and you know you are not going to win. Mike is getting restless and decides to deliver a finishing blow with a right hook but his glove is made of hops. Yea... it's kinda like that. Lots of hops. Piney, with citrus and resin. Can't wait to dive in.

T- Very crisp but with the bite of the hops that leaves you wanting more. Same as the smell and almost mouth puckering in a good way.

M- Good carbonation. Medium body that has a tingling sensation that last even after the previous sip is gone.

O- Probably the best DIPA I have had. I really can't find anything wrong with Ghost In the Machine. It was really fresh and I hope that this gets 're-released again and again. Thank you Parish for giving Louisiana a DIPA to be proud of.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 02:03:00 | More by tbryan5
Photo of Victory4LSU


4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Parish Brewing tulip

Appearance: Beautiful clear golden color, nice foamy white head that recedes to a stark white outer lacing.

Smell - Initial delicate floral and citrus hop aromas gradually give way to a piney resinous aroma with a hint of malt sweetness.

Taste - The hoppiness in this beer is up front and in your face. The beer is dominated by the presence of pine, citrus, and resinous hop flavors. The malt backbone provides just enough body and sweetness to keep this balanced. Finishes somewhat sweet with a slight grapefruit and pine ligering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium/high carbonation. The carbonation level in this beer push those hop aromas and make them really pop. Lingering malt sweetness keeps this from being overly bitter and astringent on the pallet.

Overall - WOW! Parish Brewing Company went all out with Ghost in the Machine and aimed for the top tier of DIPAs and landed pretty damn close. Ghost in the Machine is a agressively hopped DIPA that reminds me more and more of Stone RuinTen with every sip. At 8% ABV and 150 IBU GitM is still a wonderfully balanced and drinkable DIPA that will leave the hop heads begging for more. This is a wonderful beer from Parish Brewing company and something that should make all Louisana craft fans proud and eager to see the next incarnation of this DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 23:00:21 | More by Victory4LSU
Photo of JamesStreet


4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into a tulip
No bottle on date but is from first batch back in late Feb

A - poured a cloudy orange-amber color with a slight finger-sized cream-colored head. Not overly bubbly with a minimal lace that dissipates rather quickly.
S - this is where this beer shines. I could get stuck with my nose in the glass and not worry about getting out! Piney hops hit you first in conjunction with that dank, resiny smell. Then, bam, citrus smacks you in the nose in the form of ripened grapefruit rinds. I also get a slight bit of floral aroma as well. Also a slight maltiness sneaks in there as well.
T - bitterness comes through from the earliest part of the sip and lingers nicely until the end. That resiny hoppy bite follows from the nose and comes to the forefront a little more than the citrus part. Alcohol taste is hidden nicely. Hardly notice the 8.5%.
M - light-medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lower side of medium. Not overly bitter. The hoppy bitterness and the malt dance nicely together throughout the entire sip. Right when you think the bitterness is getting too far ahead of itself, the malt sweetness just sucks it away before you really notice any imbalance.
O - after drinking this as much as I have at the Parish taproom and out of the bottle, I figured a proper review was due. Andrew, y'all really hit this one out the park, dude. Awesome balance and the hop profile really gives you a taste of each category. Easily, the best beer brewed in Louisiana!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 20:07:16 | More by JamesStreet
Photo of Mikecap


4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had to give this a proper review. 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a nice hazy orange with two fingers of frothy white head that fades to a pretty splotchy lace.

S: Dank would sum it up. Tropical fruit galore and a wave of hops. Nice peach, mango, and bitter grapefruit come to mind. Also a beautiful piney aroma mixed with some sweet malt and hints of caramel.

T: Gorgeously bitter bite up front is balanced with citrus fruit; grapefruit, orange, peach all hit the tongue. Pine and earth come through too and this is just a great tasting DIPA.

M: Medium bodied with fairly high bitterness that just begs you to come back for more. Well balanced hops and malt.

O: A hophead's dream and easily the best Louisiana beer ever made. First tried on tap in a plastic cup and loved it. Even better out of the bottle. Parish, please, please make this a standard, year-round beer. And please ditch the 750's for 12 oz bottles!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 16:45:09 | More by Mikecap
Ghost In The Machine from Parish Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.