Ghost In The Machine
Parish Brewing Company

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #52
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #217
Avg:
4.48 | pDev: 8.04%
Reviews:
205
Ratings:
1,090
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Ghost In The MachineGhost In The Machine
Notes: Welcome to the future.
Our collective human consciousness, or Ghost in the Machine, has gained a tolerance for hops beyond what mankind has ever known before. This double India Pale Ale is the necessary outcome.

100+ IBU
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bret27 from California

4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle ~2 wks from NolaHopHead.
Double neipa.
L: OJ with pretty minimal dense head. A little lace.
S: orange juice, citrus, stonefruits.
T: Oranges, lemons, some tropical notes, Grass, pine. Quite a bite, but without alcohol or hop burn.
F: A little juicy, but with a crisp dry finish and slight hoppy bite.
Overall: I like the bittersweet balance. These guys have it dialed in. East coast meets west coast. We’ll call it “gulf coast” ipa. (I think the Great Lakes surfers already claimed 3rd coast). Recommend.

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Bruce_w098

4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Billed as a DIPA on the bottle, looks and feels like a NEIPA type hazy beer; mine was “manifested on 4/16/20”, so I guess that means bottled (or finished conditioning) just over a month ago.

Look: Pours an opaque straw color like a glass of orange juice (“hazy” would be an understatement). Head is fluffy at first but dissipates fairly quickly, leaving light lacing along the side. This could be because I’m not anal and wash my glasses with dish soap.

Smell: Aroma is dripping with citrus: orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, passion fruit: it smells kind of like POG. When poured very cold, maybe just a hint of vegetal or dirty dishes that seems to disappear as it warms (these off smells seem to be common in many heavily hopped beers at low temps, especially those that have been bottled or canned. Product of oxidation with excessive hopping? Ah well; beers come in cans and bottles,
Not from taps, in the Covidpocalypse!) As the beer warms, the orange/POG and sweet smells are enhanced.

Feel: Mouthfeel is creamy and pillowy, very pleasant.
Taste: The same flavors as the aroma are all present as well, with a strong, slightly piney or resinous bitterness right behind all that citrus, and some warming from the 8.5% ABV on the back end. Juicy af, I stand by the POG description (and if you’ve ever been to Hawaii, you may know what I’m referring to: it’s a delicious, sweet fruit juice drink made from passion fruit, orange, and guava) but unlike actual POG, there’s no cloying sweetness. Finish is smooth, almost chewy goodness.

Overall, this is a very good beer. The vegetal off flavor is perhaps the only flaw of this beer, but as I understand it, it’s very difficult to avoid similar flavors in a bottled or canned NEIPA. I’ve seen Ghost in the Machine around for years, but it’s a bit pricier than other beers, and only comes in 4-packs where I live, so I always made excuses not to try it. Now that I’ve had it, I’ll definitely be buying it again.

May 24, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Smell is full of orange, nectarine, lemon, lime, and passion fruit with moderate, slightly resinous hops. Taste follows the nose with fruit, add honeydew, mango, and a touch of pear, hops are not resinous but decently bitter. Feel is like the taste, a good but not legendary neipa verging into dipa by the finish, smooth, hazy and moderate hop bitters.

May 23, 2020
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Travis186

5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Honestly, this is my favorite beer of all time. I legitimately created an account on BA just to tell the person who’s at a store right now, on their phone, trying to see if this beer is worth it that it is! Get it. You won’t be sorry.

May 22, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Manifested 3/6/20, so 5 weeks old. Tavor Shipment.

Pours out like a glass of thick orange juice. Good white head persists throughout, leaving very good lacing.

Fruit & veg on the nose, way more fruit than veg, thankfully.

Upon tasting, layer upon layer of flavors come through, a little veg, a strong fruit, a little warmth, and a solid hoppiness, leaving a bitter ending. Had to restrain from chugging this one, only one other in the fridge. Very good indeed.

Mouth full, finish a warm bitterness.

Overall, excellent interpretation of a NE IPA. First beer from Parish, and I hope it wont be the last.

Apr 12, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A beauty. Pale cloudy opaque yellow - lighter than real pinapple juice and a one finger ivory foam head with excellent retention and really nice lacing.

S: Strong pine, minerals, tropicals, and a bite of chives.

T: Similar to the smell but more hop and mineral-forward and less in the fruit game. Vegetal, and piney. Off-dry.

F: Smoother medium body which finishes drier. Chewy and filling.

O: Top of the game I imagine back in it's day. There are many IPA's now with a similar profile, but I will say this one is executed well and has clearly stood the test of time.

Mar 31, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled 2-7-20. Opened 3-15-20.
1" white head, good retention and early thick and fresh lacing. Fully opaque juice color - golden/yellow-ish. I really like the fact that this beer pours out of the bottle the same form start to finish...there's no separation as in starts clear then all the crap comes out at the end to "haze" it up. Looks real good.
Pineapple orange juice. Ripe fruit flavors - tropical and citrus. Mango and grapefruit secondary. Nice pure fruit expression - very little perceptible yeasty character I sometimes associate with NEIPA.
Full body and soft mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Low bitterness. Minimal yeasty chalkiness and a smooth long hoppy fruit drenched finish. The mouthfeel is fantastic.
Outstanding to World Class.

Mar 15, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Thick, opaque yellow. Two fingers of thick white head with endless retention.

Smell: Juicy tropical fruit and slightly resinous hops.

Taste: Fruity and piney, but with very low bitterness. It’s intensely flavorful but easy to drink. How is this over 100 IBU?

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy with mild carbonation.

Overall: It doesn’t meet the stated specs, but that’s all for the better here. It’s like adult juice.

Mar 13, 2020
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Jas0921 from Florida

4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’m not a lover of hazies, but this one is very good.... not the best of its class by any means, but a very enjoyable NEIPA. This one has big grapefruit flavor, which I love!

Mar 09, 2020
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arizcards from Arizona

4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 12-30-19 for $3.49. Manifested on 12-16-19; consumed on 3-2-20.

Beer poured a hazy golden orange with a creamy white head that has some great hang time.

Nose is tropical and citrus forward, very nice!

Taste is awesome, mango and orange combined wonderfully with a light but substantial malt base. Finishes extremely nicely with a finely tuned pulp bitterness that balances this brew very well; 7/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and smooth yet refreshing.

Overall an excellent beer. I really like these guys, they rate very closely to my AZ favorite Tombstone!

Mar 02, 2020
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Argail from Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle: Manifested on 1/06/2020. No ABV No IBU on bottle. I want to know what I'm buying. Big - here.
Fridge to tulip. Slow pour to side of a glass after to it center.
Look - cloudy light yellow, foamy white head settles medium fast.
Smell - strong citrusy hopsy spicy aromatic sweet
Taste - bitter citrus hops hidden alcohol (while I write, beer warms up) grapefruit.
Feel - crisp and mild bitterness, carbonated you can see the bubbles on the wall of the glass.
being not a big fan of front hops citruses I will drink this beer again, worth trying, well balanced beer!

Feb 24, 2020
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Vandelay1863 from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: impenetrable, hazy, egg yolk color. Looks like a great glass of orange juice

Smell: pine and citrus notes, but not overpowering or conspicuous

Taste: sweet resin and citrus flavors camouflage any bitterness and alcohol taste for a beer of such prominent abv

Feel: very balanced on the palate: crispness and citrus hides a lot of the alcohol and any acidity. Great lacing on the glass

Overall: great tropical IPA with understated hops and high abv.

Feb 22, 2020
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow gold hazy bomb with rich white foam and thick lacing.
N: Loads of mango, tangerine, peaches, and oranges.
T: Wow, smooth is the word of the day. Tons of tropical flavors and crisp citrus. Zero ABV or bitterness.
M: Creamy smooth with endless flavor.
O: One of the top beers I have had, and I have had a lot of beer. Outstanding beer in every way.

Feb 22, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - dated 01/03/20 - poured into a flared ale pint at 44°F.

Pours an incredibly pale turbid yellow that mimics the colour of a white peach. Half a finger of very timid head forms before quickly receding to a wispy film and ultra-thin collar. Minimal wisps of lacing. Plenty of nucleation if one looks closely.

Nose: If this isn't hopped almost exclusively with Citra, then I don't know a thing about hops. White grapefruit pulp, tangerine, unripe red mango, and an almost chalky peach note, with the faintest whiff of an earthy undertone, with a fruit skin-like quality. Quite fruity, suggesting a succulent flavour profile.

Palate: The beer greets the palate quite dry, which is much appreciated, followed by an immediate hop explosion. I'm still getting the impression of Citra, with grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and a fair bit of pineapple, but I'm also getting some huge Galaxy notes. Musty, overripe stone fruit notes of peach, nectarine, apricot, papaya, and some earthy melon. A firm, biting bitterness - both pithy and resinous in nature sets in early, and builds quickly, also suggesting the use of Galaxy. Any and all malt sweetness is completely overpowered by drying bitter hop resins, which eventually push out the fruitiness as well, and the finish comes on and concludes with a chalky, resinous, ultra pithy dryness, with lingering dusty Galaxy notes, minus the actual stone fruit itself.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is light to medium-bodied, particularly light considering this beer is approaching 9% ABV. Most beers of this weight are considerably fuller and heavier than this. It really shows no sign of its ABV, and I could see this being very dangerous, for those who drink multiple beers in a sitting. Effervescence is on the low side, but it's still there. Minimal stickiness around the lips, and a highly drying finish.

Overall: This is an interesting one. It has many qualities of an "old school" New England IPA, since apparently that's a thing now. Nothing is over-the-top, the body is crisp and clean, very minimal malt sweetness, actual tangible bitterness, but has some modern hops and some serious dry hopping. I can't imagine what a DDH version is like, because this honestly strikes me as a DDH IPA. Nevertheless, it's a great beer. Is it the best IPA I've ever had? No, not even close, but it's highly refined, and simplistic, whilst retaining a lot of character, and this is exactly the type of beer I would like to have as a "go to" IPA. Very nicely done.

Feb 01, 2020
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jettjon from Florida

4.19/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, it’s a thick straw-yellow fizzy body that blocks light admirably, fueling a generous foamy head of tiny bubbles with great retention and good lacing. Really nice-looking beer. Nose of citrus with ruby grapefruit and tangerine predominating. Tastes of assertive grapefruit up front well balanced against fruity sweet citrus. Overall a citrus lover’s dream. Just that perfect balance you want without crossing over into hop bomb territory. Mouth is richly thick and crisp, very refreshing. Overall an outstanding IPA. I can easily see this becoming a staple in my fridge.

Jan 13, 2020
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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota

4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, freshly dated ("manifested on") 12/27/19. Can't wait. I'm skeptical of the hype, but we shall see...

Ok, awesome. A hazy, murky, beautiful glowing blonde with a tall creamy cap of white at about 2 fingers, receding to 1, leaving tons of webby lacing.

Juicy aromas, what a juice bomb. Tons of orange juice, grapefruit juice, pineapple rind, honey, vanilla, lemon, and hints of lavender. Pale crackery malt behind that.

Flavor is absolutely stunning. Incredible creamy honey and milk meets orange juice and grapefruit juice, with subtle hints of tangerine, pineapple, and dragon fruit; even subtler hints of lavender, finishing on hoppy resins and pine and grass. Skews a touch vegetal as it warms a few degrees, but doesn't hurt the beer much at all.

Feel is creamy and smooth and juicy and resiny. It doesn't get much better.

Overall, I was nervous that I wasn't gonna like it and I'd be the crazy one (since Bloom didn't pan out for me last year), but nope, this one is completely worth searching out and will wow you. Even better that it's less than two weeks old. I love that! About its popularity and buzz, I wouldn't call it hype at all - it's simply a damn fine beer. I'd take this over a cartoony can art sub-par imitator any day (I'm looking at you, North Dakota).

Jan 12, 2020
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southerner2 from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snowy whitehead, faded fast though.
Smell eludes me, can't figure it out.
The taste starts citrus y then bitters in finishing.
Oily feel that warms you when it hits bottom.
This one is hard for me to pin down, I'd have it again though!
Part of my sons Christmas gift package that always satisfies!

Jan 03, 2020
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Recommended by an employee at the Total Wine here in Daytona Beach and I had never heard of Parish and , to be honest, I give Louisiana little regard for decent beers.. BUT this is wonderful. I am SO glad my Total Wine friend who said he bought two 4 packs himself so I sprung for one. Glad I did. Very nice New England style brew and since I am from Maine. Yay Parish Brewing Co.

Dec 14, 2019
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jopezu from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy, opaque straw with a short head that poofs. nose; pineapple, mango, bread, lemon, pine, clean grain, & citrus hops. overall, great ne dipa aroma. taste; easy cracker malt, citrus rind, lemon, bitter mango, dash of vanilla, & more citrus hops. tangerine comes through after a bit. high ibu, low malt, & great fruit & hop flavors. everybody has their skeleton "juicy" ne hazy these days it seems, and this is a solid one for parish.

Dec 08, 2019
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ben741 from Canada

3.02/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must be missing something here or I got a bad pour at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lake Charles. This smells like melted plastic and the taste isn’t much better. A strong chemical front with no citrus to be found. With all the great reviews I wonder if they gave me the wrong beer.

Dec 05, 2019
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ChewsitMtMan from California

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks similar to a cup of OJ. Pours to a thick head, and you can immediately catch a whiff. It’s as delicious to smell as it is to taste, and maybe a bit reminiscent of Substance from Bissell Brothers up in Maine. Aftertaste is tart, perhaps apricot or pineapple.

Nov 27, 2019
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mark_hazard from Florida

4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Initially it struck me as the coors light of dipas. Refreshing nonetheless. Nothing stood out in particular but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t flavorful. Not a typical NE ipa I would say but to quote my tasting buddy “ it left a weird aftertaste in my mouth, but I like it!”

Nov 23, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy, chalky yellow body with decent head and lace retention. The aroma is basically like pineapple juice, although one does get some tropical and citric notes as well. Thick bodied, smooth, at least for style, a hoppy bitterness lies underneath a tropical (less pineapple) sweetness and acidity that gives beer a sharp zip at times. Good balance, finishes clean and easy, and is a really enjoyable beer to sip on.

Nov 07, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/23/2019. Pours opaquely hazy deep golden/orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, onion, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, onion, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal, floral, woody, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, onion, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, lightly sticky, and slightly resinous mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol after the finish for 8%. Overall this is an incredible NEDIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Fantastic soft/silky feel for the ABV. Amazing Citra hop showcase. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a perfectly balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example. Loved the hop profile as expected.

Oct 16, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second review (1/3/20):

Tried this one again. Had to, based on my initial surprisingly low ratings. Wanted to give it another try. Must have had a bad batch before - this one knocked my socks off! Bottled date 11/25/19. Nice and hazy, loads of fluffy white head and some nice small rings of lingering lacing. Nicer, fresher aromas, good balance, great hoppiness. Soft pillowy mouthfeel and very juicy. Now I see what the hype was all about.

Previous review (10/10/19):
(3.75/3.75/4/4/4)

Very nice crisp hoppy IPA but a little disappointing considering the high ratings here. Bottled date 9/23/19 so I know it was fresh. Pours a yellowish hazy color with a thin cap of white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and lemon with some malt, floral hops and vanilla. Taste follows the nose, balanced and tasty and just a little juicy. Smooth, mild, slightly sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation. Well-hidden higher ABV. Tasty, just didn't impress me a lot.

Oct 11, 2019
Ghost In The Machine from Parish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 1090 ratings