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Ghost In The Machine - Parish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 319
Avg: 4.46
pDev: 23.32%
Wants: 185
Gots: 79 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Parish Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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
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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 319
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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Photo of senglish7
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color. Can't see through this one. Taste is bittery and citrusy forward. Very strong in taste. Crisp finish. Easy to drink. Comparable to Yellow Rose.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A hazy orange/yellow color with good lacing. The smell has an inviting earthy almost dank hop smell to it. The taste is a predominant bitter hop taste while still brig decently balanced. The finis is more bitter and not quite as good. Overall a solid IPA.

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Photo of pagriley
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle 2 weeks old into a snifter

L - bright hazy orange with off white head that dissipates fast into moderate lacing
S - Orange and mango fruit punch, with a touch of passion fruit and candied citrus rind.
T - Less citrus burst than the nose would suggest, but still lots of mandarin oranges, a touch of honey sweetness with a firm bitter finish that is drying and a touch astringent
F - medium full bodied but lightened up a touch from a slightly prickly carb. Improved with a few swirls to knock the carb down

Overall a stunning beer - sneaky alcohol is well hidden, hops are fragrant and tropical, and malts balance perfectly - top tier DIPA that deserves your attention!

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Photo of dorisfunkasaurus
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

What is there left to say about the best beer from Louisiana? Hoppy, fragrant, and balanced are the words I'd used to describe it. The release of this beer typically results in a day-off-work scramble around town to locate it but it's well worth it.

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Photo of lsutailgater
4.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 6, bottled 8/7/15. For my tastes, this is as good for this style as I've ever had. Great hazy/cloudy look in the glass, an awesome aroma that hits you from the moment you open the bottle, and the taste is muy bueno. Citrusy, juicy, great mouthful, and great finish. Very close to Batch 4 from March, often described as hoppy Sunny D. Drank it by side with fresh Zombie Dust, and would hate to have to choose which one to have as my third pour. Much better (for me) than Batch 5

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Photo of Bubba_Sparxxx
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 6 (bottled 8/6/15): Love the haziness look--not overly hazy but a nice orangy cloud that you can't see all the way through. The nose has a great powerful citrus to it. Upon tasty it's not overly boozy and the citrus definitely comes through. Even hops on the palate from start to finish. Very smooth!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle. Hazy orange with thick fluffy white head, slowly recedes leaving lace the entire way. Really big citrusy nose, some tropical fruit. Wow I love the taste of this beer, juicy but not super sweet, super dank citrus peel and piney hops are prevalent, not harsh. Mouthfeel is so soft. Overall you wanna just crush another one but must resist with the abv. Outstanding DIPA, one of my favorites.

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

The best IPA i've ever had. If i were to drink this in the winter i would probably say something with a bit more resin taste would be better lol. Good balance, you dont realize youre drinking a double ipa until it's too late. Smell is strong citrus, mouth feel is smooth.

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Photo of noladom
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from very fresh 12oz bottle into Spiegleu IPA glass. Bottled on date was 8-7-15.

Look: Lighter golden, slightly hazy.

Aroma: Piney, fruity, resinous. Hints of mango and or pineapple.

Taste: Very pleasantly tropical, slightly bitter. Think yellow tropical fruits.

Feel: Crisp and refreshing for a DIPA. Very easy to drink. Nice moderate body. Finished ever so slightly dry.

Overall: definitely my current favorite DIPA even *gasp* above Heady Topper though I've admittedly never had that one quite as fresh.

Bonus: The label art is sick too.

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Photo of Robby6308
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had at The Bulldog on Magazine St 08/10/15- the very first pour from the first keg of the year!!!!! Such a damn fine beer- very well balanced. Copper to gold color with a slightly hazy character and thick white head that settles to a thin lacing. Smell is resinous pine layered thick over some tropical fruit notes, simply perfect. Taste reminiscent of smell with hops and an added fruit kick that can best be described as reminiscent of pineapple- does a very nice job of taming the hops. Mouthfeel is slick and clean, finishes dry with a minimal linger. Overall, there aren't many beers I'll actively seek out- this is an exception, and for good reason. I've had more than my fair share of SE regional brews, and this is my vote for the best.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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!

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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

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Photo of -Rick
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours an off gold clear yellow, this beer has some big pine smells, along with sweet pineapple. It is a big hop taste. A very nice tropical punch, followed by a slightly sweet malty finish. Nice carbonation, this is a thick and creamy IPA. Seek out the Machine!

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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.


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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.

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Ghost In The Machine from Parish Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.