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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 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2706) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 4/16/10. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very cloudy dark amber/orange with a thick bone-white head on top. Excellent retention; left a good amount of lace on the glass. Some rings present as well. Scents of greens, toffee, booze, and a bit of pepper spiciness. The body was pretty bubbly, but it went down smooth nonetheless. The bitterness on this one was tending towards the harsher side. Not mouth-scalding, but a little burning. Alcohol was definitive in the flavor as well. Sweetness was absent. This tasted like an aged DIPA. All in all it wasn’t bad, but it’s not one I would reach for very often.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4034) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Tap @ Thirsty Monk. Orange pour. Aroma of pale malts, sugar, earth. Tastes of cereal malts, earth, paper hops. (3907)

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. I’d love to try it once again on draft to get a feel for what it is like at the source.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Poured a hazy copper color with an off-white head. Sweaty citrus hop aroma with a sweet malt base. Sweet malt flavor. The finish is long and moderately bitter. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4310) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Thanks fishingnet for the share. Pours a brown-yellow with a foamy off-white head. Nose is floral hops, pine, citrus, and some spice. Flavor was caramel, all manner of hops, but lacks some of the depth that I would expect from a beer that I have heard so much hype about. Hmmm... Overall not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Courtesy of fishingnet. Pours with a gold hazy matte copper look and floating a modest off white head. The aroma is mild and a bit musty with hints of sweetness and chewy muted sweet citrus. The taste is nice and citrusy and backed up by full smooth malt sweetness. It gets pretty grapefruit hop bitter by midway with support notes of pine, grassiness and a dash of spice. It ends dry and a bit rougher than it started.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2454) - 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.


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