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Transmigration Of Souls | Orpheus Brewing

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Orpheus Brewing
Georgia, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the Orphic bone tablets which explore the dichotomous nature of life and death, our Bone Tablet series reveals the many sides of the IPA. Transmigration of Souls is an irresponsibly hopped Double IPA, bursting with life from an absurd amount of aromatic hops. You’ll experience a bouquet of orange, lemon, and tropical fruit sitting on top of a clean, dry malt body.

Food pairing
Transmigration of Souls is very overpowering; just pair it with another Transmigration of Souls. If you must eat, Transmigration of Souls is bold and dry, with an abundance of tropical fruit. It will pair well with spicy food.

Hops: Azacca, Lemon Zest, Apollo, Wakatu
Grain: Two row barley, white wheat
Fermentation: American Ale yeast

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Ratings: 499 |  Reviews: 99
Reviews by 3speedchuck:
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3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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More User Reviews:
Photo of Rifugium
1.9/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Good appearance, amber-orange, with a healthy puff of white head. Grossly stale aroma, grainy, cardboardy, no freshness. In the taste, toasted grains, crackery malt, some fusel booze (though I wouldn't have guessed 10%). Very lacking in any hoppy freshness. This was a drain pour...even at three weeks old, no excuse for a DIPA to be this bad in this day and age.

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Photo of CrookedVulture
5/5  rDev +20.8%

I think this DIPA is better than Pliny the Elder. Yes, I'm serious. It's that good.

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Photo of Genie
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell it, take a sip, make a mental note of what you taste, then check out their website on their flavor chart and your brain will tell you that your tastebuds agree with what's described on the chart. It's my first time trying a DIPA, and it's not what I at all expected. I was expecting more hoppy bitterness, but it's not, some kind of clever trick? Despite the high ABV, it doesn't taste boozey, but you might start wearing some beer layers, but not a beer jacket. It tastes citrusy, fruity in the forward and ends with a hoppy bitterness leaving your mouth feeling dry that can only be quenched with more of that same taste. It does taste better when colder than warmer, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you liked the Ballast Point Sculpin, you will definitely like this one too.

I drank this 11 days after the canning date.

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Photo of fuzzbalz
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Very dangerous and easy drinking dipa. A very solid dipa from a new GA brewery, and my #1 now from Georgia.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date but it had just arrived at the store where purchased a week ago so I'd assume it's fresh.

A- Pours a hazy dark amber color with a 3/4 inch beige head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Aroma is bursting with juicy goodness. Notes of fresh-squeezed grapefruit, pineapple and orange juice.

T- Straight pineapple juice with moderate bitterness and soft malt backing. So incredibly smooth for the high ABV.

M- Slick with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Man, I can't get over how drinkable this is for a high-gravity IPA. If you want the ultimate juicy citrus-filled IPA, look no further. Quite an accomplishment, I must say.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Date: May 4th 2015
Location: Trade w/ Walterappelle
Bottle/Draught: 12oz can
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Pours orange to golden yellow in color. Sturdy bone white to white carbonation that pours with an inch tall head.
Aroma: Pineapple comes through like a bomb. Mango and lemon zest. Very clean American ale yeast.
Taste: The hop flavor again comes through. So much fruit heavy with pineapple above all else. Mango comes through as well as some lemon. Soft pale malts impart a light cracker flavor. There is a lot of sweetness in the beer. Very clean American yeast.
Mouthfeel: Medium to medium high carbonation. Medium to medium high body. The beer is deceptively soft on the mouth and drinks very easily. Nice alcohol warmth without any alcohol burn.

Notes: Canned 3/25/15

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Photo of Zach136
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Counter Pressure filled growler - poured into a DFH IPA glass. From the initial run.

A - Straw to yellow, lively carbonation, one finger white lasting cap and excellent lacing.

S - Dominant fruity hops, orange peel, grapefruit juice, and lemon with floral notes peeking through.

T/M- Again, very hop forward with assorted fruit peel, light floral notes. Very little perceived bitterness and booze, I wouldn't guess this was 10%. I'm pretty impressed at how hop forward this was. Other 10% DIPAs tend to just be sticky sweet grassy toothpaste beers to me. According to the brew master's musings, this was even a big too sticky for his likings, if I manage to get a hold of another batch I will definitely be updating, and if he manages to dry this out even more, I'd be very, very, impressed.

UPDATE: Batch 2, drier, and damn close to perfection in my eyes. This is what hoppy beer should taste like.

O - It's incredibly encouraging to see this new brewery going big, and doing it well. The transition into the brew system has yielded great results so far, I can't wait to see what comes out of here once they're totally dialed in.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -27.5%

11 ounce pour - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Delivered to my corner of the bar a hazed, dingy-looking golden body with a slim, white head. Nil lacing.

Smell: Presents no more than a modest aroma, it's certainly not the pinnacle of my beer-drinking experience, but it does give some touches of its pilsner and wheat malt base and floral hops, with a thin vein of sweatiness.

Taste: Slender maltiness, a little crackery, a minimal grain quality, showing barely any sweetness that transitions into the floral, citric hops, though far, far less showing than one would anticipate. Medium-plus bitterness. There's some slight sweaty byproducts like maybe a hint of butyric acid or isovaleric acid thinned with still, chilled mineral water. Closes out quite dry and still a bit floral on the far-from-crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It wasn't a dreadful beer, but it's not exactly perfect in every way and could use some tweaks to dial this one in. Thanks for your time, friends.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is one helluva great beer! Definitely best new beer I've had from Atlanta this year. Very slightly soft in the mouth, this beer is creamy and gentle enough with the malt to support the extremely juicy hops. The aroma is all pineapple and guava, and the taste has that in spades plus a stanky herbal quality and very ripe tropical fruit on the creamy finish. Very different and very appealing to my palate. It doesn't hurt that this is obviously super fresh. Superb!

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Photo of argock
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a clear glass tulip. Canned on 03/24/15 on bottom of can. Able to try courtesy of my good friend Erinn from ATL.

A: Slightly hazy, honey gold with 1-finger of oatmeal colored head with decent retention and several craggy lines of lace down the glass.

S: Huge dank blast up front with tropical fruit and pine aromas. Light caramel malt, crackery and lightly bready but without sweetness -- good counterbalance. No yeast or alcohol aromas.

T: Whopping flavor with subtle light maltiness, robust but still without sweetness to confound the smackdown of hops that comes: dank, pineapple, passionfruit, lime, and floral all push through. This is not one of today's "berry-melon" hopped DIPAs -- this is an imperial MF with old school hop flavor even though they use new school hops. No alcohol at all. Moderately bitter at most. Lethal drinkability.

M: The mouthfeel is superb with incredibly light body for the ABV but with a sticky, coating quality that you look for in the top tier imerial IPAs, medium carbonation and finishes dry.

O: Transmigration of Souls is a stellar imperial IPA with maltiness without sweetness to counter the hop assault on your palate. Exceptional brew.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned April 19th 2016. Thanks Woody!

Deep orange, almost amber red body color, with nice fine carbonation rising throughout. Head is a real nice booming off white nearly tan vanilla yellow in color, with lots of microscopic bubbles. Settles simply to a nice finger with no lacing but hangs around. Real nice looking IPA.

Light caramel, a bit of toast on first whiff, then the nose goes to the hop angle. Sweet tea like qualities, more malt forward than expected, and not getting any citrus or tropical qualities at all.

Palate is definitely more in the malt realm. Light sensing caramel, a bit of floral to tea like softness. Sticky finish with a bit of dry like malt pasty character, and a punch of yeast. Mild astringency. Definitely malt forward with hardly any hop character, but with a solid backbone and mouthfeel and not overly boozy for such a large ABV.

So where's the hops on this thing? Hard to think after a can date 7-8 weeks after the fact this would be so faded, not buying that angle. Just not feeling it, totally feels like something is missing here.

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Photo of tonyrocknroll
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dank citrusy crushable DIPA. Tasty!

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Photo of Lionhearted1987
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to fill a growler from Batch #2 at my local Whole Foods (cleaned out the keg). Poured into 16 Oz. Pint glass. Very little head and pours deep orange almost. Smell of citrus, almost fruity. Tastes very hoppy with citrus. Dry. Juicy and refreshing. Excellent. I think Orpheus might be the Russian River of the southeast. Feeling extremely satisfied that I that I tried this before it all runs out. Please give us cans, Orpheus!

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Photo of ordybill
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. this is a fantastic beer. It has a nice golden orange color with a small white head. It has a great citrus aroma with a hint of hops. The flavor is world class and the ABV is well hidden.
Overall, a first rate beer. A must try for DIPA fans.

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Photo of jeffbell
4.99/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been looking forward to this beer for a while. Once I had it I was completely amazed. One of the best beers around. Definitely the best beer to ever come out of Atlanta.

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Photo of clcross
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From can into a tulip glass. Delicious dipa. Floral and citrus but not over powering. Tastes much more like a 6% than a 10. Nice and juicy hops with a tad bit of malt....orpheus is stepping up.

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Photo of Tridement
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious DIPA that I never new existed, this is why I love insisting on local extras when trading. Can't wait to visit Orpheus in the future.

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Photo of JonBeer
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I would put this up there with top doubles I have had. I think it blows lot of top DIPA's out of the water... Serious contender for an Atlanta brewer. Finally!!!

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Photo of Bull19
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great reason to look forward to Spring.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a huge ipa thats robust and creamy in the mouthfeel, loaded with spruce and herbal hop qualities, and from a brewery that i had never heard of before my buddy brought me back one from his travels. so glad he did, this is unlike others in that it hides its abv really really well, and isnt overly harsh on the bitterness or sweet and over balanced on the malt front. because of that, there is a sort of void where these sensations collide in most beers like this, and in that space here, some of the hop nuance comes out, right past the midway mark in the experience. its soft, even delicate for how huge it is, a weird calm in the eye of the storm that really is endearing and different. its floral and bright just for a second, before a flash of juicy citrusy, and then back to heavy pine in the finish. i dont get a booze burn at all, and the beer is fluffy and rich without being sweet. impressively well made, and way beyond the all too common kitchen sink approach to big ipa. this is calculated and dialed in. curious to get some more beer from them, hoping and half expecting them to all be this tasty...

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 Oz can canned on 7/23/15

A: pours Orange with a slight haze. A solid finger of head
S: Very subtle. Tropical fruits and grapefruit
T: Grapefruit melon Meyer lemon and key lime. Hint of pine. Plenty of subtle flavors.
Mf: Juicy and easy drinking. You wouldn't guess this was 10%
O: this is a great beer. It doesn't whack you in the face with bitterness. The more I drank this the more I wanted another sip.

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Photo of BearcatGA
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The smell is very good for a DIPA, at 10.5% abv its a really tasty citra. Probably the 2nd best beer in GA behind Tropicalia. 13.99 a 6pk is a little pricey but worth it. Bummer that they only make it for about 4 months at a time though.

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Photo of MonkeyboyATL
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

I don't really get this beer. It looks great in the glass but there's not much else to say about it. I get almost no aroma. The slight bit I do get is a nice fruit and malt combination. The taste is just so far removed from what I expect from a DIPA. It's very malt forward with some booziness and yeast. I just don't taste the expected hops. The mouthfeel is very nice and substantial though. Maybe I'm being too harsh and should just enjoy it as a pretty descent strong ale. A DIPA though? I'm just not seeing it.

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Photo of 100200300
3/5  rDev -27.5%

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Transmigration Of Souls from Orpheus Brewing
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 499 ratings