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Transmigration Of Souls - Orpheus Brewing

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 24
Gots: 59 | FT: 5
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Zach136 on 06-08-2014

Inspired by the Orphic bone tablets which explore the dichotomous nature of life and death, our Bone Tablet series reveals the many sides of the IPA. Transmigration of Souls is an irresponsibly hopped Double IPA, bursting with life from an absurd amount of aromatic hops. You’ll experience a bouquet of orange, lemon, and tropical fruit sitting on top of a clean, dry malt body.

Food pairing
Transmigration of Souls is very overpowering; just pair it with another Transmigration of Souls. If you must eat, Transmigration of Souls is bold and dry, with an abundance of tropical fruit. It will pair well with spicy food.

Hops: Azacca, Lemon Zest, Apollo, Wakatu
Grain: Two row barley, white wheat
Fermentation: American Ale yeast
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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by QuentinCall:
Photo of QuentinCall
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A thing where you remake Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And, in the train, instead of having Clementine make Huckleberry Hound references, she just mentions Orpheus Brewing. ("Transmigration of Souls? Are you nuts?!") Cause this ish might be charmingly hopped but it nonetheless reads like it is primarily composed of straight Cutie juice -- citrus abounds in that country-style turbidity. Madd essential oils. You're definitely not gonna get scurvy. Not saying it isn't tasty, just genuinely surprised there isn't a 'Heavy Pulp' variant.

More User Reviews:
Photo of CrookedVulture
5/5  rDev +15.7%

I think this DIPA is better than Pliny the Elder. Yes, I'm serious. It's that good.

Photo of fuzzbalz
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Very dangerous and easy drinking dipa. A very solid dipa from a new GA brewery, and my #1 now from Georgia.

Photo of Genie
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell it, take a sip, make a mental note of what you taste, then check out their website on their flavor chart and your brain will tell you that your tastebuds agree with what's described on the chart. It's my first time trying a DIPA, and it's not what I at all expected. I was expecting more hoppy bitterness, but it's not, some kind of clever trick? Despite the high ABV, it doesn't taste boozey, but you might start wearing some beer layers, but not a beer jacket. It tastes citrusy, fruity in the forward and ends with a hoppy bitterness leaving your mouth feeling dry that can only be quenched with more of that same taste. It does taste better when colder than warmer, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you liked the Ballast Point Sculpin, you will definitely like this one too.

I drank this 11 days after the canning date.

Photo of Lionhearted1987
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to fill a growler from Batch #2 at my local Whole Foods (cleaned out the keg). Poured into 16 Oz. Pint glass. Very little head and pours deep orange almost. Smell of citrus, almost fruity. Tastes very hoppy with citrus. Dry. Juicy and refreshing. Excellent. I think Orpheus might be the Russian River of the southeast. Feeling extremely satisfied that I that I tried this before it all runs out. Please give us cans, Orpheus!

Photo of clcross
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From can into a tulip glass. Delicious dipa. Floral and citrus but not over powering. Tastes much more like a 6% than a 10. Nice and juicy hops with a tad bit of malt....orpheus is stepping up.

Photo of JonBeer
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I would put this up there with top doubles I have had. I think it blows lot of top DIPA's out of the water... Serious contender for an Atlanta brewer. Finally!!!

Photo of Zach136
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Counter Pressure filled growler - poured into a DFH IPA glass. From the initial run.

A - Straw to yellow, lively carbonation, one finger white lasting cap and excellent lacing.

S - Dominant fruity hops, orange peel, grapefruit juice, and lemon with floral notes peeking through.

T/M- Again, very hop forward with assorted fruit peel, light floral notes. Very little perceived bitterness and booze, I wouldn't guess this was 10%. I'm pretty impressed at how hop forward this was. Other 10% DIPAs tend to just be sticky sweet grassy toothpaste beers to me. According to the brew master's musings, this was even a big too sticky for his likings, if I manage to get a hold of another batch I will definitely be updating, and if he manages to dry this out even more, I'd be very, very, impressed.

UPDATE: Batch 2, drier, and damn close to perfection in my eyes. This is what hoppy beer should taste like.

O - It's incredibly encouraging to see this new brewery going big, and doing it well. The transition into the brew system has yielded great results so far, I can't wait to see what comes out of here once they're totally dialed in.

Photo of Tridement
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious DIPA that I never new existed, this is why I love insisting on local extras when trading. Can't wait to visit Orpheus in the future.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -30.6%

11 ounce pour - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Delivered to my corner of the bar a hazed, dingy-looking golden body with a slim, white head. Nil lacing.

Smell: Presents no more than a modest aroma, it's certainly not the pinnacle of my beer-drinking experience, but it does give some touches of its pilsner and wheat malt base and floral hops, with a thin vein of sweatiness.

Taste: Slender maltiness, a little crackery, a minimal grain quality, showing barely any sweetness that transitions into the floral, citric hops, though far, far less showing than one would anticipate. Medium-plus bitterness. There's some slight sweaty byproducts like maybe a hint of butyric acid or isovaleric acid thinned with still, chilled mineral water. Closes out quite dry and still a bit floral on the far-from-crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It wasn't a dreadful beer, but it's not exactly perfect in every way and could use some tweaks to dial this one in. Thanks for your time, friends.

Photo of bisonfort
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had growler in mountains. Good high alcohol ipa

Photo of Peanut
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

This is an outstanding IIPA to get fresh. To me it has a similar mouth-feel to big names like Enjoy By and Sucks, yet the hop varieties in the recipe make it quite unique. I will sample it every Spring. And let's be real, the art work is fantastic too.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz counter pressure filled growler from Barrel and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 9.99. From their recent first run. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours a hazy pale orange gold with a fluffy two finger white cap. The head fades to a thin halo that laces quite well.

Smells of mandarins, tropical fruits and floral hops with some bready, sweet malt notes mixed in.

Oranges, berries, floral, slight caramel, sweet crackery malt and very little apparent alcohol. There is some definite bitterness but the hops seem to be more fruity and flavorful than harsh. Drinks very smooth and dry, belying it's double-digit abv.

Medium, vaguely sticky body with moderate carbonation. Finishes clean with more citrus and fruity hops.

Orpheus has made good use of their new equipment and I'm enjoying the spoils of the first run. Looking forward to enjoying cans of this later in the summer.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip from a can dated 2/25/15. The liquid is a clear medium gold/amber with a few streams of bubbles rising slowly. The head is big, off-white, and creamy at first, but fades pretty quickly to a solid film and leaves an alright amount of lace.

Aroma hits you hard! Starts out with tropical fruits - a surprising amount of pineapple and tangerine, even peach, followed by some orange and grapefruit. There's a good amount of pine resin dancing underneath and even some hints of weed, mint, and cat pee. Not to be forgotten, there's a nice bit of malty caramel sweetness to keep things interesting. A pretty astounding aroma that manages to pack in so many hop scents while allowing them to all shine!

Like the aroma, the flavor starts out with the amazing tropical fruit, and then the resin comes in a lot more strongly, battling the pineapple but just barely losing out. When the malt comes in mid-palate, it's nicely sweet, almost tasting a bit like cotton candy with some sugar cookies and bread. Throughout all this you get little bursts of mint, pine, and grass. The finish is moderately bitter and the aftertaste is thick, chewy, wonderful hop candy. Really incredible flavors here, and so perfectly balanced with each other. Amazing!

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lot of soft carbonation. The liquid is slightly viscous, but not syrupy. Maybe a bit light-bodied considering all the flavor they pack into it, but it works really well - especially with the thick, intense hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, I feel pretty blown away by this one! It is so expertly put together, and with such a great array of hop flavors perfectly in balance that I'm sure this will be a go-to for me. The only criticism I can think of is that I wish they had toned down the resin a bit, but I think that's more just personal taste than anything else. I feel like it's good enough to warrant comparisons with (dare I say it?) Heady itself! This is the IPA I've tried that comes closest to the way Heady brings together all the different hop flavors you can have. Can't wait to drink more of this and see what's next for this brewery!

Photo of Tony_D
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a huge fan of this one. Really enjoy the aroma but the taste seems a bit off. A touch of harsh bitterness. It does hide the abv very well but is not a beer I'll regularly grab compared to Hop Drop or New England IPAs

Photo of Hophounddog
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the brewery. Awesome imperial IPA that has a great floral and citrus hop aroma and light taste and finish. Don't drink more than a few.

Photo of Bigdoc91
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very smooth. Not a extremely hoppy DIPA but it is an extremely well balanced double.

Photo of Cobrito
2.2/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Canned 2-25-15. Very fresh.

First Orpheus beer to be stocked by my local guy on the outskirts of Atl and I must say I am seriously underwhelmed. Weirdly over-carbonated and flat at the same time. Taste a very flat and mundane sweet and sour. Entirely forgettable.

Photo of Rebulu
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description and flavor chart on website is spot on. Kudos for that alone. Big citrus and floral notes, low-med carbonation, with a mild but nicely bitter finish. Very smooth. 10% abv is well hidden.

Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a danky yellow. Smell is very subtle. Especially for a DIPA. Floral and citrus in the smell though. The taste is subdued. Which is crazy since this is a 10% beer. It is very unique. Hard to compare it with other DIPAs. It is very different. Normally subtle is not a word I would be ok associating with a DIPA. Somehow it works with this one. I like the beer and it surprises me in a lot of ways. Worth the try if you get a chance.

Photo of Hayden34
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've heard great things about ToS and finally had the chance to pick up a case of it this weekend. It was better than I expected. The hop flavor is super fruity, tropical, and finishes with a very nice after taste. This is now one of my favorites!

Photo of homebrew311
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale and hazy yellow with sticky white foam and heavy lacing. The nose has considerable pine hops paired with a heavy malt backbone which bring bread to the aroma. Some sweet notes of honey come through along with some dank hop notes. Flavor has nice balance of flavors with heavy bread malt character along with pine, grass, and lemon. The alcohol is ridiculously well hidden. This drinks like a 5% Apa which is quite a feat.

Photo of bareju
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge citrus DIPA. Incredibly
Easy drinking. Creamy. Amazing smell. Similar to hopsecutioner but way ramped up in flavor

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is one helluva great beer! Definitely best new beer I've had from Atlanta this year. Very slightly soft in the mouth, this beer is creamy and gentle enough with the malt to support the extremely juicy hops. The aroma is all pineapple and guava, and the taste has that in spades plus a stanky herbal quality and very ripe tropical fruit on the creamy finish. Very different and very appealing to my palate. It doesn't hurt that this is obviously super fresh. Superb!

Photo of Ljoreilly
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

To me, it's very reminiscent of Avery 20, one of my all time favorites. It doesn't look as good and its not as aromatic but the taste is fantastic with very little bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Transmigration Of Souls from Orpheus Brewing
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