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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Tap @ Thirsty Monk. Orange pour. Aroma of pale malts, sugar, earth. Tastes of cereal malts, earth, paper hops. (3907)

3.4
   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (4269) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle from Appalachian Vintner. Pours dark, dark orange with very little head. A bit of alcohol and pine on the nose. Fairly bitter on the tongue without a ton of flavor. Its big but Im not feeling it.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (4245) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Sampled at the 09 RBPTE, courtesy of Josh (B.A.). Light grain aroma with heavy citrus, resin, and grapefruit hops, followed by a touch of honey. Light brown frothy lacing head sitting atop an amber clear liquid. Medium sticky body with lively carbonation. Quite a strong hop presence, with moderate grain sweetness and a heavy bitter finish. Nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (4203) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Pours a hazy amber orange from the bomber with fluffy white cap and good lacing. Aromas of citrus and earthy hops, hints of sweet toffee malts, and alcohol. Taste is super bitter, but kind of like an aged IPA moving towards a barley wine. Triple pale ale, hmmmm, I guess that equates to a DIPA. Its alright, but nothing worth really seeking out.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Draught at Barleys in Asheville. Pours a deep amber with a small white head. Nose has a nice caramel malt sweetness along with bitter and grassy, fresh floral hops. Good crisp and bitter mouthfeel with a nice bitter, yet balanced, finish. Alcohol pretty well hidden. This kind of reminded me of what 90 minute tasted like 5 years ago. The write-up at the bar says they used 1/8oz of hops per pint of beer. They are such hippies!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4049) - 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!

3.6
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3936) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2014
It poured a hazy amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of caramel, orange, some tropical fruit and grass. It had a medium body with a sugary mouth feel. The taste was fairly balanced with caramel malt sweetness and some bitter citrus hops. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Reality Deviant on 04/30/2009. Somewhat hazy dark amber body with some floaties and a large frothy light tan head. Citrus and floral hop aroma with some fruity caramel. Sweet floral and spicy flavor with some citrus and resiny hop kick and a caramel backbround with a big bitter finish. Medium body wtih moderately high carbonation.


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