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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   IBU: 87   ABV: -
Ghost River 1887 IPA commemorates the first year that the famous Memphis Sands Aquifer was tapped. Now over 100 years later, Ghost River Brewing has turned Memphisí water into an aggressively hopped beer IPA (India Pale Ale) using the bold assertive flavors of American varietal hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beer_rookie (405) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 31, 2016
Pre pour thoughts....True to the name, itís ghostly. No date of any kind on the bottle. No ABV anywhere to be found.

Pours a very golden color. About two fingers white head. Good lasting power. Retention is okay, mostly clumpy chunks remaining. Pretty good lacing. Nicely carbonated.

Aroma is weird for an IPA. Seems to be more melon than your usual IPA. Also seems to be less citrus. Hops are more floral, strange. Unexpected, uncommon, and Iím unsure....

Taste is odd also. While the aroma is floral, the taste is herbal and earthy. Yes, I taste some resin, but itís not pine. I do taste some citrus peel, but itís not prominent. Other than that, a little nutty, and decent caramel sweetness. Itís balanced well enough to hide the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. The alcohol is well hidden, of course itís no where to be found. Not as bitter as 87 IBUs. It has an earthy aftertaste.

Overall, this is strange. Sure, I appreciate the effort to be a little different. Maybe theyíve created a new style. Maybe itís a big joke. I canít say, but this is so far off a regular IPA, I donít know what to say about it. Itís not so good. I would not recommend it. I will not buy it again, and Iím discouraged from buying anything else from this brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21454) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Sample at Hattiesburg fest. Clear deep amber color, white head. Aroma of citrus and light pine. Taste is lightly bitter and earthy summer fruit. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle in LA - picked up at Walgreens in West Memphis. Pours clear orange-gold with a frothy, white head. Rindyborange in he nose, some crispy bread, lightly toasted caramel, tangerine. Medium sweet flavour with more bready malts, hints of berries and white grape, oily pine, melon. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes with light resin, further piney notes, sun-kissed biscuits, bread, ripening citrus. Decent IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
northropfrye (3254) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 28, 2016
On tap at BB Kings Memphis. Orange body. A little hoppy and bitter with a nuttiness as well. Pretty mediocre IPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (3062) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Decent aroma if a bit mild, mostly malt with a bit of citrus. The flavor is bitter with just a bit of the malt coming though. A little thin and light bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
snoworsummer (4715) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2014
Growler from the brewery. Shout out to Andrew! Pours very clear copper with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like malty, nutty hops. Creamy nutty grapefruit with a musky, lingering aftertaste. Smells like grapefruit, roasted nuts,cans toasted caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sonnycheeba (5090) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2014
Growler from brewery. Pours clear amber with creamy white head. Aroma is biscuit and cereal malts, light floral notes, light funk, and faint orange peel. Flavor is dry malts, sharp bitterness, light citrus, and some pine; dry, bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bourbon2beer (9) - Oxford, Mississippi, USA - APR 12, 2014 does not count
Nice finish at first. Very smooth. A little harsh after most of a glass. Great legs. Worth a repeat for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mithrilbalrog (24) - Ithaca, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours golden with a thin tan head. Aroma of spruce with light toasty caramel. Predominately sweet, complimented by a significant bitterness. A very good IPA overall, well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhgrantjr (466) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 On tap at Mellow Mushroom. Pours an amber color with an almost two finger off white head. Slight lacing. Aroma of hops, but not overwhelming. Seems to have a good earthy hoppiness. The taste is very smooth. There is a balance of the malts and hops, which I really like. I thought it had a medium feel to it, slightly on the light side. Not as thick as other IPAs, but this made it extremely drinkable. Carbonation is just right. Very smooth. Overall, this turned out to be a really good and smooth IPA. Iím really glad its a local one. Iíll be drinking more of it. Great first offer by Ghost River.

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