RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
magical gift bottle courtesy of turdferguson, the beer sommelier and fedex. very nice translucent light sienna pour with a nice 2 finger orange-creamsicle head that lasts through the entire glass. nose is very delicate and subtle, with hop resin, earthiness and wild flower honey coming through. taste is a well balanced hop bomb. large wildflower honey sweetness in the taste, very earthy hops, and a nice slightly burnt caramel finish. aftertaste is a perfect balance of sweet and bitter, delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (11041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle, thanks Ryan! Amber pour, light head. Nice aroma of floral/citrus hops and caramel malt. I get some notes of tropical fruit as well. Flavor is a bit sweeter than I expect, a big malt bill with some tropical fruit flavors and some lost hops. Not bad, not world class either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2009
22 from Brusin Ales muled back from Ethan. Pours hazy amber orange with huge frothy off-white head. Really lovely. Nose shows pretty much equal parts malt and hops... candied orange and pineapple. Also sweet piney resin. Really wish I could appreciate the hops here, but instead of balancing, the malt asserts itself too much. A bit astringent. Not bad, but not my favorite beer (from one of my favorite breweries).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Bomber from Bruisin Ales, Asheville, generously schlepped back to me via emacgee (or, as I like to call him, Commander Douchecanoe). Nice looking pour, cloudy and frothing like something ladeled from a wizards cauldron. Sharp and piney aroma, but not quite as complex as one would like (no soft floral notes to balance, for example). I found much the same to be the case with the flavors, which suffer from an overly aggressive use of sugary malts. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle pours amber color with off white head that lasts and laces the glass as you drink it. Aroma is pure pine with a sublte sweetness. Mouthfeel is tingly from the carbonation and hops. Flavor is biting pine hop flavor, some alcohol, and finishes slightly dry with more hop flavor lingering. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (10015) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle from Bruisn Ales in Asheville in May 2009. Rich amber pour with foamy off white head. Aroma of citrus and hops with light sugary smell, too. Same flavors, with hops and alcohol strong, especially as it wears down. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, but overall pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Brought a bottle home from Bruisin. Solid DIPA, very bitter, slow drinking. But not what I would consider a top-tier DIPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2009
In short: A brutal sugary grapefruity IIPA. An acceptable sipper, no more.
How: Bottle 22oz. Age unknown but consumed immediately upon reception. Graciously sent to me by ygtbsm94, thanks a lot Brad.
The look: Cloudy dark orange body topped by a large beige head
In long: Nose of caramel and grapefruits. Taste is more of the same. A lot of crunchy sugary caramel, biting grapefruity bitterness, brown sugar, alcohol apparent. After-taste has more brown sugar than anything else. Way too much brown sugar overall, this beer is not well balanced. Dont know if they brewed it more than once but my bottle label clearly said 9.8% and not 10.8% as listed here, but Im not gonna complain about a 1% mistake, because if I do Ill kill my 2008-2009 financial advisor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Draft @ the brewery. Pours golden with an off-white head. Pine and citrus hops on the nose, some apricots, some caramel malt backbone. Citrus and apricot in the flavor up front, strong bitterness in the finish, with a prominent malt middle. Didnt pick up the high ABV at all. Fairly dry finish, medium body, refreshing even.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (7387) - 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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