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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3519) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2010
Bottle back from NC on the last trip up there. Hops are a present but not overpowering, actually a decent balance here with the malt body working in the form of some caramel and sweetness. Touching a little on my hated band aid, fusel alcohol palate but not so much Im dogging the beer. Aroma has a little bit of that hop presence but there is a pine aspect to it as well. Flavor is full bodied and coats your mouth well. There is a caramel flavor that fades into a resiny pine bitterness and you are finally left with a touch of orange and sweetness sort of like one of those orange rind candies. Pretty entertaining double here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Bottle. A bit darker bronze color than is typical for an IPA. Subtle grassy nose and a nice sized white head. The hops come through in the flavor more in the finish than up-front as they leave a spicy burn in the mouth. Hops lean towards pepper and grass. The bodys filled out nicely with some dark caramel sweetness. I like how this is called a Triple Pale Ale...its as strong as a double IPA, but not so aggressively hopped as has become come for the style. Another nice beer from this awesome brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Bottled 03/10. Dark amber orange, thick lumpy beige head with thin looping lacing. Good solid backbone aroma, toffee, bready, caramel, apple, overlayed with pine hops, some almost fruity hops. Taste is caramel, apple, some spicy hops, pine straw, nice lingering bitter. Hints of alcohol but no heat. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1844) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2010
On tap at Barleys Taproom and Pizzeria in Asheville, NC. Dark copper colored pour with an impressive, dense off-white head. Tangerine, grapefruit, and sweet caramel malt aroma. One of the most perfectly balanced flavors of any DIPA Ive run across; tangerine, a hint of roses, and caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden at first but is detectable at the end of the glass. Excellent overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebmalon (62) - Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Tap to tasting glass at Pisgah brewery. Pours hazy amber with appropriate ratio of white head. Holy hops!! Nose is citrus with a hint of yeast. Taste is sweet and full of PNW hops fading to biscuit/bready yeast. Finishes warm and bitter. Lovely ipa. Too bad i couldnt survive a session of this :p

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 isnt 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 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 isnt really unpleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10761) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Bottle Hazy golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is straight-up toffee and biscuit with afterthoughts of spicy hops, pine and grapefruit. Full-bodied and creamy with tingly carbonation. Flavor-wise, there are touches of toffee and biscuit here, but masochistic bitterness is most definitely the star of the show. The tongue-scorchingly bitter finish dries out a bit at the very end.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sampled at RBWG 2010. A nice orange pour with a good off-white head. The aroma is soapy hotness with some oxidized sweetness. The flavor is extremely bitter but not necessarily hoppy, almost more like an old ale thats pretty hoppy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (10686) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle at the 2010 March Metro Detroit tasting. Poured a very cloudy gold with and amber hue and minimal head. Aroma had notes of hops, mainly pine with an undertone of sweet grains. Flavor had more earthy hops with the just a slight undertone of grains and hay.


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