Ghost In The Machine - Parish Brewing Company

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 93
Gots: 48 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a surprise...haven't smelled a beer with this profile since double sunshine...excellent taste as well...can't wait to get my hands on more

Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of tbryan5
5/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | 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!

Photo of CraigMack61
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking label....make it a better mouthfeel, and we are talking world class

Photo of TeetsWenger
5/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

Photo of BuddyE
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Had this the first go-around and loved it. It has been re-released, this time in 4-pk 12oz bottles. Even better!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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.


Photo of JDice20
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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.

Photo of TheAleRunner
4.77/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of garyloveman
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great citrus nose, dry grapefruit taste and a bitter dry finish.

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.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Photo of GregJ
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I never realized how good this beer is until I had it fresh.

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

Photo of sd123
3.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really wasn't crazy about it, hard to put my finger in what was off putting but something tasted off

Photo of Mikecap
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Photo of cvm4
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Photo of tduecen
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I miss the citrus from the last batch, but still an exceptional beer

Photo of Brevbin
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Best thing brewed in Louisiana.

Photo of dav3290
4.73/5  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.

Photo of scottsoileau
5/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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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