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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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The much awaited release of Pisgah's Vortex series has begun. The first offering is a triple IPA weighing in @ 10.8% and 133 IBU. This beer is packed with Chinook and Nugget hops throughout the boil. The refined bitterness within is the trademark our use of whole hop flowers and the aroma is due to 1# of dry hops per barrel for a number of loving weeks. Treat youself with caution!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (4062) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2009
bomber from a stop in Asheville. copper pour with a massive off-white head that never fully goes away and lots of lacing. musty and toasted caramel malt aroma with a hint of citrus. tastes of grapefruit hops and bread with and earthy malt backbone. long dryish bitter finish. nice medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Draught at Barley’s in Asheville. Pours a deep amber with a small white head. Nose has a nice caramel malt sweetness along with bitter and grassy, fresh floral hops. Good crisp and bitter mouthfeel with a nice bitter, yet balanced, finish. Alcohol pretty well hidden. This kind of reminded me of what 90 minute tasted like 5 years ago. The write-up at the bar says they used 1/8oz of hops per pint of beer. They are such hippies!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2009
On draft at the brewery. Clear orange pour with small light tan head and fair lacing. A triple hopped version of their pale did a good job of balancing the bitterness. Amazing job of hiding the abv. I simply did not even get a hint of alcohol!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Bomber from Bruisin Ales, Asheville, generously schlepped back to me via emacgee (or, as I like to call him, Commander Douchecanoe). Nice looking pour, cloudy and frothing like something ladeled from a wizard’s cauldron. Sharp and piney aroma, but not quite as complex as one would like (no soft floral notes to balance, for example). I found much the same to be the case with the flavors, which suffer from an overly aggressive use of sugary malts. Solid.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Sampled at the ’09 RBPTE, courtesy of Josh (B.A.). Light grain aroma with heavy citrus, resin, and grapefruit hops, followed by a touch of honey. Light brown frothy lacing head sitting atop an amber clear liquid. Medium sticky body with lively carbonation. Quite a strong hop presence, with moderate grain sweetness and a heavy bitter finish. Nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3888) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2016
22 oz bottle served in a lager glass well past the normal BB date. The clear body looks like honey, and there are suggestions of honey in both the aroma and the flavor. The aroma, however, is dominantly and strongly floral. The flavor has some citrus and herbal notes from the hops in addition to the floral ones. A relatively low bitterness (moderate) makes this a very drinkable DIPA, at least when aged some. The high ABV is partially hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Reality Deviant on 04/30/2009. Somewhat hazy dark amber body with some floaties and a large frothy light tan head. Citrus and floral hop aroma with some fruity caramel. Sweet floral and spicy flavor with some citrus and resiny hop kick and a caramel backbround with a big bitter finish. Medium body wtih moderately high carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (3781) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Pours a hazy amber orange from the bomber with fluffy white cap and good lacing. Aromas of citrus and earthy hops, hints of sweet toffee malts, and alcohol. Taste is super bitter, but kind of like an aged IPA moving towards a barley wine. Triple pale ale, hmmmm, I guess that equates to a DIPA. It’s alright, but nothing worth really seeking out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2009
22 oz bottle. Clear honey brown with a thick off-white head that mostly hangs around. Nose is orange, pineapple, dough and apple. Medium body with sharp carb. Taste is grapefruit, caramel, pine oil and pith. Dry, bitter lemon finish. Clean and crisp, retaining a nice hop bite after a half year.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3625) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2014
It poured a hazy amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of caramel, orange, some tropical fruit and grass. It had a medium body with a sugary mouth feel. The taste was fairly balanced with caramel malt sweetness and some bitter citrus hops. Very nice.


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