Ghost In The Machine - Parish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 212
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 98
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
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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 -27.5%
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. (151 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of Meganomiidae
4.12/5  rDev -8%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of jeremiahoden
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
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!!! (292 characters)

Photo of bfranks
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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! (161 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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 (807 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (265 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

RJT (426 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of scottsoileau
5/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of JerryOdom
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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. (260 characters)

Photo of Brevbin
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent brew. Each batch is brewed a bit different but each one is a really solid DIPA. Floral nose, really good hop bite, and possibly the smoothest drinking DIPA you'll ever have. If you get a chance please try this. Possibly the best beer brewed in Louisiana. (264 characters)

Photo of douglasbarbin
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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. (574 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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. (554 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.48/5  rDev 0%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of TeetsWenger
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Drove over to Broussard from Lafayette today for the second release of Ghost in the machine.

Drank a 5oz draught and immediate impressions were great. Super tasty, fruity, juicy brew that flows from the glass to your mouth with ease. Definitely a must try. I bought two 4 packs also. Trade, drive to South Louisiana, do what it takes to sample this brew. (356 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (606 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. This one was hard as hell to find. Got it at Acquistapace's in Covington, LA.

A: Opaque golden. A one finger foamy white head that slowly dissipates to a foamy ring. Thick lacing.

S: Grapefuit dominates followed by piney hops.

T: Smooth, creamy. Low bitterness. Follows nose with a wonderful balance. Citrus and grapefruit. Juicy with light malts. Semi sweet. Just terrific.

M: Medium to heavy with thick, creamy carbonation.

O: Worth the hype, worth the search. I hope Parish makes more of this Ghostly Machination. Recommended. (557 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (624 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
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! (597 characters)

Photo of JDice20
4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (312 characters)

Photo of dav3290
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of TheAleRunner
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (2,227 characters)

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