Ghost Island Double IPA
Thimble Island Brewing Company

Ghost Island Double IPAGhost Island Double IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,418
Ranked #12,851
3.96 | pDev: 10.61%
Thimble Island Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
Ghost Island Double IPAGhost Island Double IPA
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, grabbed in during a quick trip over the border.

Mild haziness but I can pretty much see through it, lacing is spectacular while it leaves a trail down the glass. Smells of oranges, stone fruit, crackers, nutty grain, & a faint booziness. Smooth and a bit creamy, you know there is some malt there which I love. Balance is keep with the DIPA style and with the amount of bitterness to malt to alcohol all being there this beer shows that the brewers took care. Beers like this make me want to cross over the border on a regular basis.

Aug 21, 2020
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Tomstrees from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A good overall quality double IPA. Nice flavor and not a harsh bite like some of the double IPAs. I don't like sweet beers, insipid beers like most mainstream American beers are. Affordable, and available at some grocery stores like Acme as a variety choice in make your own six packs. Nice graphics too.

Jun 01, 2020
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Fieceheart from Connecticut

3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The piney-ness is really more pine-sol soapiness. I dont want to be harsh in my assessment but its a perfect example of a bad west coast ipa. Tastes like a homebrew you’d have to convince yourself to be proud of.

May 11, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I got this beer about two months ago it has been stored in the fridge until I had time to consume it. I am in the mood to drink IPA's tonight I will start with this one. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a tulip glass. After I cracked opened the can it began to spew its lovely contents all over. The label on the beer is impressive, reminds me of the video game bio shock. The beer poured a beautiful copper orange with amber hues. The head produced by this beer is bright white and one finger thick. The head is foamy and creamy with average retention. The clarity is slightly hazy. Overall, this beer is gorgeous.

The aromas in the beer are oranges, lemons, grass, herbal, resin, grapefruit, biscuit, bready, and toasted malts.

The flavors in the beer are bready, lemons, grass, bay leaves, resin, pine, grapefruit, biscuit, a subtle malty sweetness, oranges, and a hint of pineapple.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy yet dry and astringent.

The body of the beer is medium-plus, medium-plus carbonation, and a full finish.

A fantastic IPA, I would have like to taste more hops profile in the beer. The beer does have an excellent malt backbone. The beer is flavorful and a must-try for hop heads.

Aug 15, 2019
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Astromaster from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dependable quality IPA in the price range, probably the best double I have tried from CT. A classy graphic design and overall promotion. No "road to ruin" like the other main one as a slogan, just a straight forward quality product.

Dec 27, 2018
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KidFrosty from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz pint glass at Red Rooster. Hazy juice bomb NE IPA look. Powerful piney citrus smell with similar flavor but the nose is stronger than the taste. Solid overall brew. Easy drinking with relatively high alc.

Nov 04, 2018
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: PKGD 7/4/18, RATED 7/18/18

A: Hazed/cloudy orange. One finger of strong fluffy off white head. Sticky moderate lacing. Leaves thin layer of head until the end. Very nice.

S: Zesty. Orange. Grapefruit. Citrus. Melon. Sweet malts. Light alcohol. Has a nice balance.

T/M: Sharp. Tart. Pine. Bitter hops. Fruit Rind. Earthy, sweet malts. Sticky/chewy. Medium to large bodied. Starts crisp and moves to a malty smooth finish. Has a slight bitter sweetness in the aftertaste.

O: Nice drinkable DIPA. Hides alcohol well. More of a classic IPA in the taste department. Earthy malts and zesty cirtus balance well. Good Price.


Jul 21, 2018
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DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - super cloudy, dark orange to tan. Started with a nice fluffy head that recedes after a few sips but sticks well to the glass.

S - orange zest, pine, strawberry, slightest bit of metal and alcohol to remind you that you’re about to have a DIPA.

T - Juicy citrus fruits and sticky sweet molasses. Tastes like biting right into a not yet ripe orange.

M - a touch creamy, makes for a somewhat more sophisticsted DIPA; somewhat softer on the tongue.

O - a big surprise from this one! Very enjoyable and surprisingly easy drinking and refreshing.

Mar 12, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a little hazy; bronze colored; 2 finger off white head that receded to a thick ring; really nice lacing;

S: citrus with caramel malt;

T: restrained; pine up front; bitterness kicks in mid-palate with a little sweet citrus; a little lemon rind bitterness in the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; creamy;

O: not very complex, but nice to drink none the less;

Jan 09, 2018
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YoungMtn52 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice fairly smooth double IPA made in Connecticut with a nice 8% kick. Has complex flavor with hops, pine resin and citrus rinds all playing off each other and has a smooth crisp finish. I would compare it with Dogfish 60 and Lagunitas Sucks

Jan 02, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.

Looks good, slight hazy amber, with a good light head that fades but maintains a fine layer of bubbles.
Smell and taste are good hops, pine resin and grapefruit rind citrus. A bit of caramel malt holds the base up.
Feel is pretty good. I like the stiff resiny bitterness but there's a bit of a sharp edge that detracts a little.

Overall it's a nice, classic style east coast DIPA.

Dec 23, 2017
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HoppyHatz from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great double, nothing I will go out of my way for especially now that it is available almost anywhere, but still solid. If you are looking for a wicked flavorful DIPA keep looking.

Nov 22, 2017
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baldy00 from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a pint glass, not quite copper. more gold in appearance, transluscent and not quite hazy or cloudy, more old school ipa withbitterness from the hops, more pine in flavor than new school citrus dominance, strong and lasting head with lacing remaining on the glass- very well done.

Nov 17, 2017
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Moir1994CT from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty tasty double IPA made locally about 35-40 min away. Is it the best local IPA or double IPA ive had. No. But is far from the worst. A bit on the expensive side for my opinion but not into the realm of ungodly prices for a local brew. Has a pretty fair amount of "horsepower" to it as well which in my opinion I want in a double IPA. From what Ive had its pretty run of the mill taste for a double IPA. So if thats the flavor you enjoy you may enjoy this as well.

Oct 29, 2017
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Wi_brew_bud from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

So the look is great and I'm a tough on Dipa's. A good double should maintain a foam ring till the last sip and it did. The smell is hops and booze which for 8% is a bit disappointing but the hops were there. The taste was stronge and stouty with a kick of hops not bad but I would have expected a slightly higher apv for the taste. The feel was on point nice and stiff but still finished smooth. Overall not bad but not great. The look and feel was awesome but the taste and smell were a bit to boozy for 8%

Aug 20, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This bottle gifted from a Thimble Island employee is labeled 8.0% abv.
Moderate pour yields an inch and a half white head over a golden/amber body with nice, sticky lacing. Nose of malty citrus. Taste follows nose with a malty sweetness. Very nice feel and overall this is very smooth, even, and clean with very little bitterness in the finish.

Apr 09, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky golden brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then an earthy hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent 2IPA but there are better choices within the style.

Mar 15, 2017
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my Spiegelau tulip. Pours a lovely burnished orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a dense, 1.5 inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a rocky dollop with textured bands of lacing around the shoulders. Nose is fairly subdued - just a hint of candied citrus and resin. Taste consistent with nose; however, resin is more evident and citrus is hidden in the background. There's also a light metallic quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of crisp. Overall, a decent representation of the style; however, the metallic tinge keeps it from being solid.

Nov 01, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 2.33 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.177/oz) at BevMax, Danbury, CT
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – citrus – fades to nothing
Head large (Maximum 5.4 cm, semi-aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to one cm frothy ring with drag marks and frothy heaped layer
Lacing - none
Body medium yellow, clear, sediment in bottle
Flavor – citrus and malt; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Kind of odd to find a DIPA with as marked a malt backbone as this. But then Thimble Island doesn’t bother to date their bottles so there’s no telling how old this is.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3, Overall 3.5

Jul 06, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, amber, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is very herbal with some florals, tangerine, cracker, and biscuit. Nice mix of bitter and sweet. Not the most bitter double ipa, but a very solid brew. Thimble Island is right up there with my favorite Connecticut brews and this beer is at the top of that pack.

Jan 03, 2016
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Poured a very murky orange with a finger of dense sudsy off white head, medium spotty lacing
S - Lots of pine, very astringent, caramel malts, a slight hint of orange
T - Hop resin, pine, toasted caramel and biscuity malt, very herbal, and definitely more like an English style.
M - Finishes dry and soapy, medium feel
O - Kinda average in some ways, its an odd mix of flavors that really doesnt appeal to my palate.

Dec 24, 2015
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lic217 from Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy orange, almost brownish color, nice head, good lacing
Aroma: Hops, pungent, slightly tropical, slighlty citrus
Taste starts sweet, ens with moderate bitterness for an IPA and some alcohol heat,also a little acidic on the back end as well
Feel: Nice feel, could be a touch thicker, resiny feel
Overall: I like the beer, but really feel like the alcohol interferes with the experience

Nov 28, 2015
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captainsdaughter from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a tangerine orange, with about a half inch of head.
S: smells of tropical fruits, pear, Oranges, grapefruit with some sweet malts,
T: tastes like a a well balanced DIPA should. Mango and orange on the front with some nice bitterness with a solid sweet and sticky malt backbone.
F: medium body with tart bitterness.
O: this is a great beer that doesn't overwhelm but gets the job done nicely.

Oct 21, 2015
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Beglane from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottled on date. Pours a beautiful straw amber color. Smells of malt, grass, and lightly citrus. Taste is very English type hop forward, with Amarillo hops in the mix, and a strong roasted malt backbone. Alcohol taste is present, but not overpowering. A very interesting DIPA, not a hop bomb by any means, but very enjoyable.

Oct 14, 2015
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emount91 from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

pours a hazy darker copper color, cream colored head. smell is pine with citrus, some toasted scents towards the end. taste is tropical fruit at first that immediately gives way to roasted malt/coffee-like tastes. hop bitterness lingers and it's very good. mouthfeel is perfect, mixes all of the different flavors perfect. another good go-to CT DIPA when nothing "world class" is anywhere to be found.

Oct 13, 2015
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