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Ghost In The Machine - Parish Brewing Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 253
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 146
Gots: 63 | FT: 5
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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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 253
Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.05/5  rDev -11%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | 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! (684 characters)

Photo of dorisfunkasaurus
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of lsutailgater
4.96/5  rDev +9%
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 (484 characters)

Photo of Bubba_Sparxxx
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
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! (306 characters)

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of ghostinthemachine
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of noladom
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of Robby6308
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of Thedrizzle
3.25/5  rDev -28.6%
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 -2%
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 -9.5%
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 -1.1%
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 -2.9%
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!!! (292 characters)

Photo of bfranks
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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 -5.3%
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 +2.6%
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 -28.6%
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 -1.1%
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 +9.9%
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 +4.4%

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 Tuck_leepulin
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle manifest on 08/06/15. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with 1 finger of white head

Smell: Piney and citrus hops

Taste: Really hits on the juicy, citrus notes with slight malt in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium but all the hop flavor gives a juicy component.

Overall: I've had at least 4 different batches of this now. Its very consistent. An incredible beer from a state that is not known for DIPA. This stands up to some of the best around the country. There is great balance while maintaining an assaulting amount of hop flavor. No alcohol presence. (603 characters)

Photo of Brevbin
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +4.4%

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 +4.4%

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)

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Ghost In The Machine from Parish Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.