Ghost In The Machine | Parish Brewing Company

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Ghost In The MachineGhost In The Machine

Brewed by:
Parish Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by HeadyTheElder on 02-19-2014

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Photo of MJSFS
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 4/7/17. Very juicy and dank with a big hop punch that doesn't linger. Looks and smells like fresh OJ. Infinitely crushable. Well done Parish.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: hazy yellow, totally opaque; it reminds me of liquified pollen or lupulin. The head is a 1/2 finger of off-white with poor retention, which is what prevents this beer's appearance from scoring higher.

Aroma: light sweet malt and pineapple / hops. A true reflection of the flavor.

Flavor: very good. The hops produce pineapple flavors but no other tropical fruits, pine etc. No alcohol heat or flavor. The malt is light and serves only to carry the hops. Very well balanced. No one flavor dominates.

Mouthfeel: spot on. I could drink several, but this by no way means thin. Just right.

Overall: a fine effort. Parish has mastered the hops department. However, this isn't their best (Bloom). I would buy this beer repeatedly if available. I sought this beer based on its high reviews. "Disappointed" would be too strong a word to describe my opinion of this beer; it is very good, but not as good as its consensus score. Absolutely try it, though, if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Gumbo_gravy
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (bottled 01/11/2017) into a Parish Teku.


Appear: Gorgeous dark orange hazy goodness. awesome carbonation considering almost 60 days. had abt a fingers worth of head half of which is lingering.

Nose: soon as I popped the cap got some nice citrus notes. the biscuit malt note is bigger than alot of other IPA's I've had lately. nice dankness earthy MJ smell the fruits are a little more subtle.

Taste: Citrus and tropical fruits but for this one there's alot of hop bitterness peppery piney. the balance is nicely done though.

Mouth: nice mouthfeel medium. slight booze note that goes with the hops on the after taste.

Over: so nicely balanced. maybe even a little malt heavy which for so many IPAs especially ones trying to be hazy never happens. I'm really digging this. I"m gonna have to try and get more up here to D.C. I'm really impressed with my home state boys.

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Photo of Buck89
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass. A hazy golden straw color with a frothy white head. Bright aromas of grapefruit, pine, and earthy tones. The taste followed with a fantastic balance of hoppy flavors as noted in the aroma. Beautifully balanced with a sturdy yet restrained malt presence A world-class IPA. Well done.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: beautifully hazy, thin .5 inch white head, gorgeous orange color
Smell: big citrus, note of grapefruit linger, little bit of pine resin and Danky hoppy goodness
Taste: tart citrus flavors, grape fruit and mango dominate fallowed by a Danky pine resin... big juicy dank bomb
Feel: semi dry, light and easy to drink, great lingering tingle.

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Photo of Qnola1111
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 2017 Batch
L - Hazy, dark golden orange, like a low sunset
S - Tons of citrus, pine, funk, lingers for a bit.
T - Citrus / grapefruit, which morphs into resin, which morphs into a little bit of bite. Very layered.
F - Velvety and smooth, one could easily chug this beer though that would be a waste.
O - This was my first time tasting this beer, though I have heard about it for a couple of years. I do not particularly like IPAs on the reg, but this may change my mind about that if it doesn't kill my taste buds. I followed this with a HOPSlam and keep going back and forth on which one I like better.

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Photo of kevanb
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, manifested on 11.15.16, poured into a Three Floyds Eye of the Beholder Pint Glass. Enjoyed on 12.10.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice golden blonde color, light haze, foamy, white head, two fingers tall with great retention and loads of soapy lace. The aroma is great, super resinous and piney, soappy, green and earthy with grassy and weedy hops, grapefruit peel, hop spice with a touch of cereal grains. Super bitter, super resinous, really intense west coast IPA. The flavors echo the nose, booming with hops, piney and super bitter, hop spice, sap, resinous everything, dank and grassy with a bit of citrus and rind character light cereal grains, but this is just booming with classic west coast hop intensity. The mouthfeel is good, coating medium body, bone dry, moderate carbonation and a very crisp finish.

Verdict: A very good DIPA from Parish, my first experience with them and certainly not my last. Super bitter, bursting with flavor and hoppy goodness. A great take on the classic west coast interpretation of this beer.

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Photo of danh53
3.15/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11/14 batch. Seems off for such a highly rated IPA. Pours dark orange with very little head. Aroma is dank and vegetal. There is some citrus hiding somewhere, but mostly overwhelmed by the dank herbal notes. Taste is dank and herbal as well with lots of malt, ripe orange, grapefruit pith. Taste is messy and muddled. Does not taste fresh. Mouth feel isn't bad, but its a little flat. Much preferred other IPAs I received in the same box like Bloom and Crowd Control. Need to try another batch of this.

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Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a pale to medium amber with a medium haze.

The aroma pops of resiny pine, mango, tangerine, ripe zesty grapefruit, a biscuity sweetness, papaya.

The flavor follows with mango, tangerine, sweet grapefruit, onto green herbs and piney bitterness. There's a creamy biscuity sweet malt that support the beer as it quickly transitions to wonderfully dry and elegantly bitter resiny finish.

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shouts out to man like Tim on the plug! Cheers bro. Very nice bronze color, see-through appearance with some sediment and a short but lasting head. Smell hit me when I popped open the 12 oz. bottle but it really explodes once poured. Citrus smorgasbord on the nose! A little dank and floral but its all about the orange and grapefruit here. Taste follows nose with pineapple and stone-fruit in the mix. Soft up front and ending dry, the sip is very balanced in flavor and feel. This is a world class DIPA that is most definitely worthy of the hype.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is good but not great. The bottle is a few months old so I'm not getting the freshest batch available. And maybe it could be a little colder. It's smooth and creamy, with a creme brulee flavor on top and citrusy underneath.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a very good DIPA, but does it deserve to be on the top 250? Probably not. It certainly pours beautifully, but I've had a lot better than this. I've heard this one varies by batch though, so I wouldn't be against trying it again down the line.

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Photo of barczar
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is resiny, with solid grapefruit and tons of mango, nectarines, papaya. Tons of tropical and citrus fruit.

Flavor is fairly resiny throughout, the dominant note. Malt sweetness is light and accents the fairly bitter, grassy finish well. Notes of grapefruit and muddled tropical fruit are less intense than in the aroma. Tasty, but I was hoping for more fruity hop flavoring.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of drummermattie02 pours a very hazed orange color with a small cap of sticky head. Decent lace for the little foam that initially formed.

Nose is fantastic with tropical, juicy fruit and herbal hop aromas. Malt is solidly there with biscuit and wet grain.

Hoppy little booger, with both hop flavor and bitterness being show stoppers. The way it flows from front to back is awesome with a malty middle and dry finish despite some sweetness popping in for a visit. Malts are honeyed white bread and the hops seem to pull from all over the globe with old world leafyness mingling with tropical flavors and even some piney NW hops. Mouthfeel is supurb, as it finishes clean and really feels smooth all the way.

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Photo of JTF_011
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is probably the juiciest beer I have ever tried. It's super crushable and attacks the sides of my tongue with the most fulfilling blast of flavor I've ever experienced. If you've never tried Ghost you are doing yourself an incredible diservice and are probably missing out on at least 15% of your lifetime happiness over all....

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine in Louisiana sent me a batch of these. I loved it.

Look: It has a golden to amber clear hue with an inch white head.

Aroma: Grapefruit and other citrus

Taste: Tropical fruit, grapefruit peel, pine, and very dank, like a really good DIPA, and just delicious.

Feel: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smell: a lot of tropical fruit pineapple peach orange grapefruit and a slight bozenes.
Taste: a thick chewy malt note hits right upfront followed in the middle by a good amount of grapefruit peel bitterness orange tangerine followed by some tropical fruit notes mango a big sweet candied peach (peach rings) more malt sweetness finishes with some more bitterness to balance out the sweetness you get throughout and a bitter green note lingers in the finish.
Feel: thick and chewy full bodied.
Overall: This is a big beer super thick and chewy a big malt backbone that is balanced out quite well with the bitterness. Still slightly more on the sweet side then bitter. The 97 rating is appropriate for this beer it's world class!

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Photo of AveBreuxhouse
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is an example of a world class beer. It smells juicy, tastes juicy and dank. There is so many citrus flavors hitting your senses at one time it's hard to describe the sensation. The malt background is balanced nicely with the hop bomb it accompanies. Traded some ghost for Zombie Dust and my buddy who got the ghost was floored by it. Good stuff Parish.

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Photo of Rcaros
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

5.5 week old bottle
Bottle date 5-16-16.... opened 6-24-16

Appearance : poured a finger worth of white head with rocky bubbles. Golden orange in the glass. Little carbonation. Looks like orange juice

Nose : grapefruit, citrus, pine, pineapple, slight earthy

Taste: big bitterness in the front juicy in the middle woth a dry finish. Get some orange zest, orange peel with a lingering sweetness

Mouthfeel.. pretty thick for an ipa

Overall. . Outstanding! !!! I mean wow

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Photo of mcvick
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank the most recent batch (5/16-19/2016) straight from the bottle. Even a month later the juicy factor holds up fairly well. I know it doesn't pour the prettiest, but it presents very similar to many of the other unfiltered East Coast DIPA's; cloudy and slightly orange. While the malts come out more after a month, Ghost still has a great taste and slight juicy feel to it. Not astringent. Everyone should try this beer at least oh, say, four times a month.

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Photo of BKMonty
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This pours out hazy almost like a light cider. Sweet floral fruit on the nose. The taste is sweet with citrus (tropical ugly fruit?) and the bitterness only comes in on the back end. A light carbonation to this one but it's exactly right. Absolutely wish I could get larger than a 4 pack at my local spot.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange note in the appearance. Smell and taste are way juicy. Nice mango note with a moderate pine. Nice mix between the two. Heavy body with a nice body. Very little carbonation but enough to give good texture. Go for it

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Photo of Coldkiller
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is as it should be. It looks like a hazy fruit juice, which hints at the smell and flavor. The smell is citrus, tropical, floral, and slightly piney. The taste follows the nose. Huge juice flavor from the hops, and a balanced bitterness on the back. Wow!

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Photo of kingston2
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dank, hazy sweet hoppy goodness here. First time having GITM and very impressed. Tons of citrus. A bit sweeter than many other DIPAs out there but in a good way. Highly recommend it. Well done Parish!!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If American hops have commonly carried the mere suggestions of citrus and tropical fruit flavors, then these newer, sexier, juicier hops don't simply suggest fruit, but they nearly overwhelm with them!

Ghost In The Machine is one of these- starting with a muddled haze that saturates with golden and light amber hues. Crowned with a creamy lather of white foam, the aromas tease the senses with the radiant juiciness of red grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, mango and passionfruit. Herbal and grassy, the scent soon carries over to an early palate sweetness of caramel, honey and poundcake.

As the taste develops, the ale slowly trends to a drying finish, laying down a trail of tantilizing citrus, tropical and orchard fruit in its wake. Kiwi, papaya, melon, lemon, lime, apple and apricot complete the fruit-forward portrayal as the beer's hopcentric grassiness begins to rise. Fresh grass clippings, freshly shaven pine and hints of basil and mint pull from the hop's chlorophyl and create a smooth bitterness to out-duel the malt sweetness late.

Medium-full on the palate, the ale's charming roundness of cream-sickle seems to retain its maltiness well to offer a firm counterpart to the hops. Both ride off into the finish with a gentle hop grip in the throat that slimly outlasts the candied malt.

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