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RATINGS: 125   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/16/2010. This Imperial IPA pours a medium orange gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is citrusy and fruity. A medium bodied Imperial IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and piney. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Big hop bit at the finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
(22oz bottle courtesy of BgThang!). This one is 9.8% abv. Pours hazy copper color with off-white head. Nice, active carbonation. Aroma has spicy hops that is paired with something that is honeylike. There’s also a bit of cardboard. Taste is bitter with a sweet malt backbone along with a little diacetyl presence. Medium bodied with slick texture. Finish is dry and bitter. This one is probably past its prime, but its still pretty good and alcohol is well hidden.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - APR 21, 2011
I’ve been encountering a lot of beers lately that bill themselves as double or triple IPAs that, quite frankly, include so much malt they almost drink more like barley wines. This is the latest. I picked this bottle up while on a visit to Asheville, a great little, picturesque town with a flare for food and beer and the outdoors. It looks like a barely wine (translucent dark amber), smells like a barley wine (tons of sweet malt, a bit grassy, with a note of alcohol), and tastes like a barley wine (reflecting the nose, but with a hint of hops on the tale end). Remind me again why this isn’t labelled a barley wine? I think perhaps the reviews on this one are a bit lower than they should be because the hop heads feel let down.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bomber to snifter (shared with jmborggren, his wife, and the Mrs.; thanks John!). Looks good; a hazy amberish orange with off-white lacing. Smells solid; bitter hops with a semi-sweet malty backbone. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8176) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
[ Tap ][ Pisgah ][ 6oz ][ Taster ][ ? ][ 2/7/14 ]
>> Pours clear, deep orange with weak foam. Nose is toasted coconut. Taste is sticky orange, squash, sugar, cantaloupe. Wasn’t sure if this was a DIPA or blonde barleywine. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Draft at barleys. Nice lacing. Pretty pour. Nice, but hop combo tastes like aspirin bitterness. Okay.

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 doesn’t compare with the top of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3725) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2009

Source: 22 oz bottle at a tasting.
Glass: Snifter.
Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a one finger off white head.
Aroma: Pine hops with some spiciness. Caramel malt. Hint of citrus.
Flavor: Caramel malt base...almost too sweet. Pine and citrus finish.
Palate: Medium/full bodied with solid carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.
Overall: A bit too sweet with the caramel malt. Would prefer a bit hoppier, and less sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (803) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a three finger head. Aroma is fairly weak from what I would expect from a IIPA. However, I could pick up on citrus, floral, and malt. Flavor starts as sweet malt, but then the bitterness slowly sneaks up, which it hangs around for a while. Mouthfeel is slightly oily and the ABV is not detectable. Overall, not bad, my only complaint is I expect my IIPA’s aroma to pop and sting your nose from the hops.


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