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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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tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bomber. Pours a deep orange-amber with a tall stand of ecrue head. The aroma is quite lovely, full of tangerine, orange, apricot, peach, wildflowers, honey, a little bit of pine, slight bubblegum, only a distant trace of alcohol, some herbal tea, and just a tiny bit of ginger and oriental spices. The flavor isn’t quite as fruity as the nose, but is more focused on the piney hops (what I usually get from Chinook). Some herbal and floral nuances keep it from being too one dimensional. As it moves through my mouth it takes on a strong toasted wood quality. This leads to a semi-dry, quite bitter finish with lots of pine, some tannicity, some lemon, a little bit of cashew, and some apricot. Warm alcohol follows, and into the aftertaste all that citrus fruit I got in the aroma reappears. Very good beer... I paired it with some pulled pork bbq I made and it worked out quite well. Yum.

3.3
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - APR 7, 2009
Pours hazy amber with a thick beige head. Smells sweet and tart. Bitter taste with some dark fruit. Funky bitter finish, but I was shocked to see that it is 133 IBU. Doesn’t seem like it is all it could be.

3.9
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Bomber courtesy of jyounger30 – thanks Jay!. Pours a hazy medium amber with a 3 finger foamy beige head that lasts and leaves nice lacing. The nose is sweet caramel malt and ripe citrus. The taste is caramel, ripe citrus and a nice resin bite in the finish. Medium bodied. Better than I thought it would be. Thanks again Jay!

3.7
bubbleflubber (2227) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Nice Impy IPA. Pours amber-orangish into the glass, with a diminished eggshell cap that reduces, leaving thick solid lacing. The nose has some strawberries and floral notes. Solid malt backbone, a bit sweet but of substance, holds its own as the 133 IBU’s coat the tongue. The finish also integrates a touch of fusel oils, providing a nice sting bite. Oily palate and full-bodied, has a silky texture that slides down the gullet ok. Definitely an aperitif, this isn’t one you’ll want to want to chug. Best offering from Pisgah so far on my beer travels.

3.3
GTAEgeek (2220) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2014
In a flight on tap at the taproom. Pours clear gold, with a small, off-white head. The aroma is very resinous and herbal, with notes of straw, wet grass, and some light peat. Very bitter up front, with a fairly good balancing malt profile, leaving it mouth-puckering, yet drinkable. Medium to heavy body, astringent and dry, with a clean, crisp finish. I usually look for lots of aromatics in an IPA, specifically citrus and floral, but the aroma here is strong, but unpleasant. From the description, this aroma seems to be what they were shooting for, but it don’t really appeal to me.

3.6
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
(22oz bottle courtesy of BgThang!). This one is 9.8% abv. Pours hazy copper color with off-white head. Nice, active carbonation. Aroma has spicy hops that is paired with something that is honeylike. There’s also a bit of cardboard. Taste is bitter with a sweet malt backbone along with a little diacetyl presence. Medium bodied with slick texture. Finish is dry and bitter. This one is probably past its prime, but its still pretty good and alcohol is well hidden.

3.5
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle, thanks KP! Pours blood orange with a light tan head. Strong citrus and grapefruit aroma. Slightly sweet orange peel and pumpernickel with a strong pine hop finish. Nice soft mouthfeel.

3.7
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 isn’t really unpleasant.

3.9
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2009
22oz bottle, dated 3/09 and listed with 9.8% ABV. Poured into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a massive 3-inch head that stays on top as a cap for the duration and leaves sheets of lacing. The aroma is really juicy with tons of citrus fruit, grapefruit, oranges and tangerines. The malts stay in the background in the nose and the bitterness of the hops stings the nose a little bit, or maybe it’s the alcohol. Either way, great smelling brew. The taste isn’t quite as impressive as the nose for me but still has the dominant citrus fruits which leaves a massive bitterness that builds up after each sip and leaves the palate layered with hops. The citrus is led by the grapefruit which really kicks up the bitterness. The bready malts are evident but definitely secondary. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with tons of sticky hops and plenty of carbonation. This is definitely one of the better DIPAs I’ve had recently and full of tropical fruits. The drinkability is good but not great due to the abrasive nature of the hop profile. Still, a great beer.

3.4
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Dark orange with a small head. Aroma is more sweet than hoppy. Flavor is juicy but still on the sweet side. Pretty good for me but I wanted more hops. A little citrus and earth.


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