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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2013
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to buffalohead for sharing this relatively fresh East Coast imperial IPA. Packing a big punch it tastes like something that is perfect for the recent cold snap. I look forward to a chance to try a few more things at the source whenever I finally make the trip to the Carolinas.

Aroma / Appearance - Caramel brown in color the base shimmers and bubbles. Active carbonation erodes the eggshell head. Warm mandarin oranges, peaches, mango, and fresh tropical fruit infuse the air with the smell of summer.

Flavor / Palate - Peaches, mango, and a big serving of fresh fruit adhere to every corner of the palate. Fresh sliced oranges carry towards a pleasing finish. The bitterness might be short lived which is the only flaw in an otherwise excellent beer. Iíd love to try it once again on draft to get a feel for what it is like at the source.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2709) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Sampled @ GABF! Burnt tangerine color with a small ivory head. Decent orange peel aroma with a bit of caramel. Flavor is quite sweet and a little cloying with honey, toffee, and malt. Hops are present but hide a bit in the background. ABV hidden pretty well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle from bruisiní ales. Hazy amber pour, fluffy off white head and thick drippy lace. Resinous citric hops on the nose. Caramel up front with a citric hoppy finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2647) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Draught. This pours a rich, cloudy red with a level tan head. It seems a bit darker than the average IIPA, though I guess this is one of those supposed triple IPAís. The aroma is plenty tangy with grapefruit and pine and a fruitier sweet aroma like apples and berries. The mouthfeel is pretty par for the beer course, providing a medium level of viscosity. The hops are right up front with an initial blast of non-descript acidity which fades rather rapidly to a woody taste like bark. All around, more floral, fruity notes comprise the flavor profile along with touches of acidic tones that resemble pineapple. The finish leaves a hint of toffee and wood on the palate. Iíve noticed a particular floral/berry flavor in most of Pisgahís hoppier brews and this one includes it as well. Itís a pleasing sensation that works well with this style. I went downstairs to get the official description and Iím very surprised to see this listed as 133 IBUís and 10.8% ABV. Iíd never guess that. This makes a fine sipper, but it certainly does not pack the depth or intensity Iíd look for in the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2009
22 from Brusiní Ales muled back from Ethan. Pours hazy amber orange with huge frothy off-white head. Really lovely. Nose shows pretty much equal parts malt and hops... candied orange and pineapple. Also sweet piney resin. Really wish I could appreciate the hops here, but instead of balancing, the malt asserts itself too much. A bit astringent. Not bad, but not my favorite beer (from one of my favorite breweries).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Dark copper color with a thin bubbly head. Super hoppy aroma, with a slight dried fruit backing to it, somewhat like apricots. It was a good IPA, but it was more like a barley then an IPA, but still a good beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldGrowth (2481) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2013
bottle, from Beer Study, bottled 06/13/2013. ok aroma, sweet. brown sugar, orange, honey, toasted grain, little rubber band. Tad hazed, brownish orange color color, small to no head, no lace. Sweet bitter flavor. thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter finish. meh, not doing much for me. big abv, hoppy mess, doesnít come together well for me. too sweet, too grainy

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2462) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle Pours out a orangeish brown topped off with a tall sand head. Aroma was nice a lots of citrus hops and some caramel. Tast of more citrus hops grapefruit peel and some caramel sweetness. Lots of bitterness on this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bomber. Pours a deep orange-amber with a tall stand of ecrue head. The aroma is quite lovely, full of tangerine, orange, apricot, peach, wildflowers, honey, a little bit of pine, slight bubblegum, only a distant trace of alcohol, some herbal tea, and just a tiny bit of ginger and oriental spices. The flavor isnít quite as fruity as the nose, but is more focused on the piney hops (what I usually get from Chinook). Some herbal and floral nuances keep it from being too one dimensional. As it moves through my mouth it takes on a strong toasted wood quality. This leads to a semi-dry, quite bitter finish with lots of pine, some tannicity, some lemon, a little bit of cashew, and some apricot. Warm alcohol follows, and into the aftertaste all that citrus fruit I got in the aroma reappears. Very good beer... I paired it with some pulled pork bbq I made and it worked out quite well. Yum.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 7, 2009
Pours hazy amber with a thick beige head. Smells sweet and tart. Bitter taste with some dark fruit. Funky bitter finish, but I was shocked to see that it is 133 IBU. Doesnít seem like it is all it could be.


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