Story of the Ghost
Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

Story of the GhostStory of the Ghost
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,098
ABV:
8.75%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,301
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 4.75%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
27
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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  1
Gots
  3
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Story of the GhostStory of the Ghost
Notes: Mysteriously brewed by ghostly bones under the pale gaze of a full moon, this spectral ale was left for our brewers to wonder over the following morn. Its ancient brewmaster tells a hoppy tale of tropical fruit and citrus, complemented by the subtle essence of floral, herbal, and pine notes.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 27
Reviews by Spikester:
Photo of Spikester
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy gold with two fingers of cream color head. Swathes and rings of lace form as the head drops.
Smell is green dank hops with bread crust malts.
Taste is dank green fruity hops with a good malt support.
Mouthfeel is medium with proper carbonation. The finish is mildly dry and fairly balanced.
Overall a tasty and big DIPA. Well done Block 15!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Growler Guys last night.

A straw yellow with a dense, white head with decent retention and lacing, this looks good. The nose is quite excellent. Bright with plenty of pine and an intriguing and unexpected dank, skunky, weed note, this is great. There's also a touch of citrus present. The palate is mildly sweet with pine, orange and again, that dank weed note that's excellent. Notes of honey and peach are present. Light in body with soft carbonation, this finishes mildly bitter. Excellent

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very hazy caramel amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of pale malt, citrus and tropical fruit hops, orange, lemon, green onion, mixed tropical fruit. Flavor is pale malt, citrus and tropical fruit hops, orange, mango, papaya, lemon, grapefruit, light stone fruit, really juicy, then developing an almost resinous hop bitterness with mixed fruit esters. Lingering fruit and hops. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. Well another surprise in the hazy IPA world; I was disappointed to see the haze and massive fruit aroma, as I was expecting a more traditional imperial IPA, but this grabbed me right from the start with a really nice mixture of fruit flavors with some bright, distinct individual fruit notes and pleased me with a nicely bitter finish. The fruit mixture was exceptional and the finish was what I hope for from an IPA. Very enjoyable. Puts me back on the fence over hazy IPAs. I think this is all gone in my area, but I'd love to get another can of this.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hauntingly Pale indeed. Opaque yellow that glows, capped by a frothy root beer float style head. White as snow, and as it descends it leaves a mountain range behind only adding to that resemblance.

Orange citrus, honeydew melon, cereal grains, and even a hint of strawberry yogurt can be smelled from four feet away.

Yogurt once again cones to mind, but more in the form of blueberry in flavor. Grapefruit and mango come in just above that aforementioned cereal graininess. A lovely pinch of earth and pine finish it off.

The Ghost starts off smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with good balance just favoring bitter. It finishes dry and lip smackingly "dirty" with a healthy dose of alcohol warmth.

As far as this style of IPA goes, this one is a winner. Block 15 always impresses. Cheers.

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Photo of chossboss
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drone
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of South2NW
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bret717
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/16/18, Reviewed 11/4/18

The beer is an opaque pale golden orangish color with a fluffy white head that settles slowly and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell and taste both feature dank weed, tangy citrus and tropical fruit. The nose is pretty subtle but the taste is explosive! In the flavor, im also getting a little grapefruit pith and pine towards the finish, as well as a little crusty bread.

Feel is medium bodied and fluffy. Finish is semi-dry with just a bit of bitterness.

Overall, this is an intensely flavorful, juicy DIPA ( I know, they call it a pale ale, but it’s 8.75 abv for crying out loud), and I wish I had more than one of these.

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

Photo of amano_h
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can confirm: this is #hazebro.

I didn't quite believe it when people told me that Story of the Ghost out does Sticky Hands in terms of purportedly being Block 15's best hop-intense brew, especially when I was further informed that Story of the Ghost was a NEIPA as opposed to a NWIPA like Sticky Hands.

More doubts regarding the brew's supremacy was brought to mind as I was inopportune as to trying this on draft (two times!) while in a near-complete state of intoxication; I thought it only fair that I give it an unadulterated try for the sake of science and alcoholism, and boy am I glad that I did.

From the get-go, an intense amalgamation of olfactory elements flood the nose. Pineapple, peach, candied mango, yellow grapefruit, ripe orange, and a hint of papaya all rush to the top of your head as if they're racing in competition with one another. The pineapple and the tropical fruits hold steady for the remainder of the drinking experience, while the more citrus-driven flavors retreat to a more recessive role; I can smell what kind of comes on like a tangy incisive wheat flavor from the now-empty can, but you really have to try hard to isolate it from the glass.

The palatal sensations match those detected on the nose quite admirably but they come together in an unexpectedly sweet way. Imagine blending the fruit cocktail mentioned above on the nose and then adding a spoonful of blue agave syrup to that mixture and that's what you get as the main impression; whereas such a sweet finish would normally be a hindrance to the repeatability and sessionability of the brew itself, it has a bitter drying finish which invokes sensations of chewing on millets.

Sticky, chewy, slick medium body. Whereas the carbonation is restrained to say the least, it does feel a little stinging when it makes contact with the tongue.

There is a slight fusel alcohol like aftertaste which starts to surface as the brew warms up, but it's barely distinguishable from the flavor of the brew itself. All in all, yet another outstanding hoppy selection from one of Oregon's most consistent breweries; now if only Cor-vegas had more to offer than bars and diners...

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Photo of GoBeerGo
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CMC73
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erjaq
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eppCOS
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Has all the appearances of a flaked oat/hazy pale ale.
S - Not much other than some mild citrus and pith fruit on the nose.
T - Taste was solid, even if it felt unexpectedly thin for such a big beer. Tasty, just now "Um wow"
F - Good, but the oats are strange in this, gives it an almost too-smooth palate impression. Needs some carbonation to keep it lively and interesting. Became a little flat towards the end.
O - an interesting beer but one that I would not seek out especially.

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Photo of Bjlynch83
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skrumpy
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer reminds me of Blue Dot from Hair of the Dog brewing. Cloudy, straw colored, with a creamy, white head. Sheet lacing and solid film. The aroma is fruit forward. Melon and peach, tangerine and lemon. The flavor follows suit with some grapefruit pith and pine notes for that juicy, bursting with flavor experience. Subtle floral qualities as well. An excellent beer overall.

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Photo of DannyPaleAles
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh off the block this beer you make you feel like the boss of the neighborhood. While your neighbors drink clear beer, you'll be sinking your teeth into this October classic.
Thanks god for Corvallis Oregon and thank god for block 15. This is no Deflate Pale #No Brady

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Photo of Quesophresco
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jbavi360
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Story of the Ghost from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 27 ratings