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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: 68 | Ratings: 408
Photo of glass_house
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
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 nasal 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 a little lighter than 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 -3.1%
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 +0.9%
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 +11%
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 +1.1%
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 -1.1%
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 +1.3%
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 -10.3%
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 +9.4%
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 -6.7%
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 -4.3%
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 +4%
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 +2%
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 +10.1%
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 -2.5%
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 +4.3%
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 +2%
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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Photo of Dopen993
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. 1/13/16

L. Full haze with a orange and slight copper color to it. 1 finger head that retreats quickly with minimal lacing.
S. Lots of orange and mango on the nose. Slight hop and citrus to it, but mostly tropical in smell.
T. A good amount of pine and bitter hops up front. Tropical flavors come out mid sip. The bitterness lingers after the tropical leaves. Lingering in the cheeks.
F. Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an incredible juice bomb like so many of the MA beers that are so popular. Incredible aroma, tastes like juice mixed with beer. Need more of this in my life!

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Photo of Damian
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12fl.oz. bottle acquired in a trade with DanPing
Manifested on 01/13/16
Served in a snifter

Hazy, golden amber appearance. The beer was capped by a creamy, inch tall mass of bright white foam that fell to a thin, bubbly cap. Later, the head morphed into a frothy collar. Tiny droplets of lacing trickled all along the glass.

The nose was hoppy but pretty straightforward. Citrus notes were apparent. Slightly floral. Touch of malty sweetness. As the beer sat, the aroma opened up more. Peach and apricot came forth. Really zesty and bright. Fresh orange notes were also quite apparent.

The flavor profile was much more punchy and intense. Loads of citrus. Juicy orange and orange peel notes dominated. Crisp and zesty. The beer was anchored by a fairly sweet yet unobtrusive malty backbone. Just enough sweetness to balance out the hoppy bitterness. Subtle peach notes. Touch of honey. Slightly tart and lemony in the center. The beer finished with notes of ruby red grapefruit, pine sap and some rind-like pithy bitterness. All in all, fantastically flavorful and well balanced.

Outstanding mouthfeel. The beer was super creamy and smooth. Fuller bodied for the style. The liquid frothed up on the palate and turned pillowy soft. Amazingly supple.

Ghost In The Machine is a fantastically flavorful and immensely drinkable double IPA that straddles the territory between Northeast and West Coast styles. Nice to see a brewery from a region typically not known for their hoppy beers doing something like this so well.

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Photo of jrubenst12
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This may not look or feel like a NE IPA, but the taste is certainly comparable. Likely the most under the radar beer I know of based out of Louisiana. I've had two batches now and I believe the latest version (from Jan 2016) is the best. It makes me think they're continuing to perfect their craft!

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Photo of IEGator83
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy/cloudy orange hue. Can't see through the glass. Slight head - 3/4", Nice lacing
S: Pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, mango, slight dankness
T: Hoppy with a strong finish, but smooth for a beer in this category
F: Medium to high carbonation, slightly sticky
O: Amazing DIPA. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. Didn't expect much when i traded for it, but this has far exceeded my expectations. I would put this near the top end of it's category. Great brew!

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Photo of lupercmda
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy thick unfiltered yellow pineapple juice looking color with a 1 inch foamy head. Smells of tropical pineapple juice. Has a nice sweet tropical flavor up front followed by a medium bitter aftertaste. Wow this is really well done.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this one. Nice hoppy treat! This was sent to my by a trading partner so it was not the freshest batch but it was still excellent and I hope to try it again sometime when its even fresher.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange/yellow with off white head that dissipates fast into moderate lacing
S: Lots of grapefruit and citrus...papaya, mango....smells fantastic.
T: Touch less citrus than the nose suggests but it's still there. Grapefruit notes with hints of citrus sweetness that fade into a piney hop finish.
M: Sticky IPA...med/high carb.
O: Fantastic DIPA...again, wasn't expecting much but was pretty blown away by this. Will seek out more.

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Ghost In The Machine from Parish Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.