Ghost Island Double IPA
Thimble Island Brewing Company

Ghost Island Double IPAGhost Island Double IPA
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From:
Thimble Island Brewing Company
 
Connecticut, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,093
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,312
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
111
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 19, 2022
Added:
Jan 24, 2014
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  66
SCORE
88
Very Good
Ghost Island Double IPAGhost Island Double IPA
Notes: None
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Malt&Mold, 2nd Ave, NYC. My first review of brewer and I'm very happy, having been 2x vaxxed last night.
a) Dark bronze body sports a rich lumpy, lasting, lacing head. 4.5
s) Wood, caramel malt, sap, darker blood orange. 3.7
t) Quasi English DIPA, caramel apple, fall leaves, rindy marmalade, honey. 4.2
f) On target with the honey, thickness of flavor. 4.2
o) How often do you find original DIPAs in your backyard? 4.2
Oct 19, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Thimble Island Brewing Co. "Ghost Island"
19.2 fl. oz. can without production codes or freshness dating
$3.50 @ Kunda Beverage, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a very hazy golden/amber colored body beneath two fingers worth of rocky off-white foam. The hops in the aroma are limited, even for a double IPA where there's usually more maltiness involved, and in all honesty there's not a lot of maltiness here either. I'm getting some orange, grapefruit, and a little bit of biscuity and lightly caramelish malt but it's not bright. The taste is fuller than the aroma as usual but not by a whole lot. The grain is sweetish with biscuity, bready, lightly caramelish, and subtly honey-like notes. The hops are gently citrusy with notes of orange, grapefruit, and even a bit of lemon-lime. There's a good amount of apple there as well which is probably coming from the yeast but you never really know, and some grassiness, resin, and underlying herbs. The combination of citrusy and yeasty fruitiness with the maltiness that they've created is nice as everything balances really well. It's solidly bitter, and it finishes dry with just a drip of maltiness, some apple-like fruitiness, and mildly spicy, earthy, grassy, and herbal hop notes lingering. It's only 8% but there is an alcoholic presence to it, and it becomes visible in the lingering finish, perhaps imparting the spiciness that I'm picking up as opposed to hops. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. The head held up quite well at the outset but has since dwindles a bit but it's left some great lacing behind. Although I know that this is intended as a west coast IPA it reminds me in many ways of an English IPA (they're making some more modern versions these days) because it's not a flavor and aroma whallop which leaves it much more accessible and highly quaffable. The only problem with that is that at 8% it remains a 'knock you upside the head' beer so you need to be careful. I could go for more of this!
Review #8,190
Jul 30, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a pint can, first into a clear Imperial pint glass it goes. The brew is a bright and relatively translucent copper-amber. A copious off-white head is supplied, one that's tightly packed and endures. The aroma is starchy and hoppy, much like most IIPAs, but there's a little greenness and lack of dimensions to it. That aspect readily sums up the drinking experience. There is a malty body and a hoppy bite and both are pleasantly earthy, but not outstanding. It drinks smoothly enough, with a disguised ABV, but not to exception. A four pack was so modestly priced, it had to be tried. That is a decision not at all regretted.
Jan 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Jun 08, 2021
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Rated by tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Drinkable. Barely.

Bought some for others - had 1 left.
Jun 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by dtd350 from Connecticut

Dec 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.89 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Sep 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Jason from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Rated by rdilauro from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Not quite the puckering dry pine resin grapefruit taste
A liitle on the thin side with a short aftertase
Aug 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Tomstrees from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Reviewed by Fieceheart from Connecticut

3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
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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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.95 by socon67 from New York

Aug 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by ralphyone from New York

Jul 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.11 by GHow from Connecticut

Jul 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.88 by Hangryginger from Connecticut

Jun 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Mar 03, 2019
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Rated by CodyBasden from Texas

3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Gold unfiltered haziness 3 finger head 3 layers of lace, nice citrus hop smell, good bitterness
Jan 27, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Astromaster from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Rated by poeticthots from New York

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Good sharp taste, got this one in a can in Weston CT. For a double IPA it isn't too overpowering. Good balance of hops and piney taste
Nov 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by Bitburger from Vermont

Nov 23, 2018
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Reviewed by KidFrosty from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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
 
Rated: 2.73 by Kurmaraja from California

Aug 14, 2018
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Reviewed by mnrider from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Cheers!!
Jul 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

May 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by Tbone2131 from Connecticut

May 01, 2018
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Reviewed by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.78 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by KatieKade720 from Connecticut

Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by Paradox1000 from Florida

Jan 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.88 by hrdr from Alabama

Jan 13, 2018
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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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Reviewed by YoungMtn52 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Reviewed by mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.92 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.85 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.88 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by BallsDeep from Florida

Nov 23, 2017
Ghost Island Double IPA from Thimble Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 146 ratings