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RATINGS: 126   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle, thanks KP! Pours blood orange with a light tan head. Strong citrus and grapefruit aroma. Slightly sweet orange peel and pumpernickel with a strong pine hop finish. Nice soft mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Big candied fruit and vegetables (weird, I know) aroma. Medium sweet with a bit of a phenolic or plastic-y edge to the hop flavor that isnít really unpleasant.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2009
22oz bottle, dated 3/09 and listed with 9.8% ABV. Poured into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a massive 3-inch head that stays on top as a cap for the duration and leaves sheets of lacing. The aroma is really juicy with tons of citrus fruit, grapefruit, oranges and tangerines. The malts stay in the background in the nose and the bitterness of the hops stings the nose a little bit, or maybe itís the alcohol. Either way, great smelling brew. The taste isnít quite as impressive as the nose for me but still has the dominant citrus fruits which leaves a massive bitterness that builds up after each sip and leaves the palate layered with hops. The citrus is led by the grapefruit which really kicks up the bitterness. The bready malts are evident but definitely secondary. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with tons of sticky hops and plenty of carbonation. This is definitely one of the better DIPAs Iíve had recently and full of tropical fruits. The drinkability is good but not great due to the abrasive nature of the hop profile. Still, a great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Dark orange with a small head. Aroma is more sweet than hoppy. Flavor is juicy but still on the sweet side. Pretty good for me but I wanted more hops. A little citrus and earth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2009
Pours very hazed, orangey brown with a dense foamy light brown head. The nose is candy seet with a grapefruit rind. Same grapefruit flavor with sweet muddled malt flavors. Thick syrupy body with a sweet finish. Good, but it doesnít compare with the top of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1832) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Nice Impy IPA. Pours amber-orangish into the glass, with a diminished eggshell cap that reduces, leaving thick solid lacing. The nose has some strawberries and floral notes. Solid malt backbone, a bit sweet but of substance, holds its own as the 133 IBUís coat the tongue. The finish also integrates a touch of fusel oils, providing a nice sting bite. Oily palate and full-bodied, has a silky texture that slides down the gullet ok. Definitely an aperitif, this isnít one youíll want to want to chug. Best offering from Pisgah so far on my beer travels.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Pours a dark amber with thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, grapefruit, floral hops, yeast, light pine, honey, caramel. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of grass, pine, citrus, grapefruit, caramel, honey. Generally medium body with a floral finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Poured amber with thin head. Aroma was musky like a basement. Some strange hop aromas, most likely nugget. Flavor was dingy and sweet with almost clashing hop flavor. Hid the alcohol well, i didnít realize it was over 10% until right now. Thin bodied. "Treat yourself with caution" is good advice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
Growler thanks to zrrbrrt for sharing. Cloudy orange body meloowing out to a nice thin ring - nice legs to it. Sweet malty aroma with some lite soapy hops. Sweet flavor that was lightly carbonated with a hoppy orangey taste, caramel. Very smooth with the 11% alcohol not being present.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2009
2008 Bottle - Thanks Sam! - Pours a clear orange with a large off white head...aroma is floral hops, some grapefruit and caramel malt...flavour is fairly standard IIPA, odd bitterness present, finish was nicely void of any alcohol bite...decent...


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