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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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3.7
emacgee (4708) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Draft at barleys asheville. Pours a nice copper gold with some haze. Creamy offwhite one finger head. The nose is very citrusy, malty, sweet background, mildly spicy, less upfront aroma when compared to flavor, some raw mushroom. The flavor is spicy, grapefruit rind, mango, mild phenol, citrusy, sweet malt. Nice spicy grapefruit rind bitterness.

3.4
jandd1983 (4637) - 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
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Thanks to zrrbrrt for sharing this growler. Pours a cloudy golden/orange amber with a foamy off white lacing head. Aroma was floral, lots of orange, some perfume, pine and candy fruits. Flavor of pine, some grapefrui, caramel, chewy hop flavor although not over the top.

3.5
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Tap @ Thirsty Monk. Orange pour. Aroma of pale malts, sugar, earth. Tastes of cereal malts, earth, paper hops. (3907)

3.2
nick76 (4404) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2012
The aroma very hoppy and sweet with citrus and pine as well as brown sugar. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall it’s interesting but a bit too astringent for me.

3.4
goldtwins (4319) - 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.

3.9
Nate (4296) - 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.

3.5
Butters (4176) - 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!

3.9
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Draught at Barley’s 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!

3.6
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 wizard’s 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.


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