Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Beer Review: Parish Brewing Ghost in the Machine

So I finally got my hands on Parish Brewing's Double IPA Ghost in the Machine the other day.  I walked into Whole Foods on Magazine St and apparently grabbed 2 of the last 3 bottles.  You're welcome whoever grabbed the last!

There is a lot of local hype surrounding this brew and deservedly so.  Parish pumps out some amazing beers.  Especially their specialty stuff like Grand Reserve.

The world of Double IPAs has some seriously tough competition. You have Bell's Hopslam, DFH 90 Minute IPA, Alchemist Heady Topper, Russian River's Pliny the Elder and locally NOLA Brewing Mechahopzilla.  How does Ghost in the Machine stack up?  See below.

I guess if I were to have one "complaint" it would be the 750ml for a beer this hoppy is a bad idea. Note the other beers listed above.  None of them come in a 750ml.  All are in 16 oz or less.  There is reason for that.  My tongue fell off after drinking this beer.  It was too much hop in too large a bottle. Lets's do too much hop in a perfect size bottle.  16oz or less!  Here is my review:

Brewery:  Parish Brewing

Beer:  Ghost in the Machine

Style:  Double IPA

ABV: 8.5%

Louisiana Availability:  Yes.  But seriously it's probably all sold out by now.

Appearance:  Huge,foamy, sticky off white head which clings to the glass and doesn't want to go away.

Smell: Huge floral aroma with a pine tree stuck up your nose.

Taste: Like a hop Monster truck just did donuts all over your taste buds.  Hints of pine, grapefruit, pepper.  Everything that should be there is.

Mouthfeel:  Lively carbonation.  Oily in a good way.

Overall:  Just a total hop bomb.  This ranks up there with the best of them.  I think the large bottle hinders it honestly though.  Best double IPA in Louisiana?  I'll let you decide.  By the way my pee smelled like hops after drinking this.

Score:  4 out of 5 Buddhas  photo 4buddhas.jpg


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1 comment:

Andy Pollack said...

Just had to ask for more at WF. They weren't out - when I saw you left one bottle I ran over there. Thanks and Happy Mardi Gras.