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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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2754) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2008
On tap. Amber with decent head, some lacing. Aroma is a lot of hops, fruity and caramelly. Great smelling beer. Solid flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle from Bruisiní. Pours cloudy orange with a huge beige head. Lots of lace. Big grass & citrus hop aroma. Taste isnít quite as hoppy or intense as the aroma. The hop citrus is still in the taste with grapefruit. The malt balance is a little weak, but still present. Finish is lightly bitter, though not really as bitter as I expected. Iíd say the dry hopping on this was pretty heavy, as the aroma is really intense. Overall, a decent IIPA. Not my favorite, but not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4825) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. murky amber pour with a cream head. aroma of caramel and some bitter hops. very nice on the palate with a bright, citrusy hop flavor and a caramel finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Bomber via a trade from Keith. Pours a nice deep orange/red with a huge, puffy off-white head. Aroma is some caramel mat balanced nicely with thyme, pot (seriously), and lots of other herbal qualities. Begins heavy on the caramel malt in the mouth, followed by a pleasant bittering sensation. Too heavy on the malt in my eyes, but the balance is there and itís kind of nice. Interesting contrast from the malt to the fizzy, bitter hops that is unusually extreme.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3332) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1816) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Appearance: Dark copper / amber with a massive 3 finger khaki crown that shows loads of retention and lace. Smell: Caramel malt with lots of floral and herbal hop presence. Taste: Same as nose. Fairly sweet caramel malt presence which isnít my particular cup of tea. Good amount of bite and a tiny tinge of alcohol. Extremely well balanced even with this much age on it. Would have loved to try this one fresh. Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a medium body. A touch sticky but not quite chewy. Drinkability: The abv holds this one back from a higher drinkability score. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-17-2009

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2014
Draft at Pisgah during RBWG. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have orange citrus, pine resin, some sweet caramel malts, sticky at times, hints of spicy hops. Does show the abv a bit.


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