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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
Suttree (6504) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Very dark brown, thin beige head. Sweet, almost fruity aroma, with some earthy, flinty notes. Nicely blended - the sweet and bitter play of each other throughout. Fruity notes contrast with earthy, messy hops. Some Whiskey-ish notes as it warms. On tap at Barley’s Asheville.

3.9
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Sampled for Growler courtesy of Zrrbrrt. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, oranges, wet grass, and lightly earthy. Tastes followed the same. Somewhat semi sugary sweet but overall had a nice balance. Alcohol content well hidden.

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!

3.9
GAManiac (1946) - 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.

3.9
ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle from bruisin’ ales. Hazy amber pour, fluffy off white head and thick drippy lace. Resinous citric hops on the nose. Caramel up front with a citric hoppy finish

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!

3.9
SrSilliGose (3332) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
pours amber with a nice big foamy beige head. Leaves some nice lace on the glass. notes of pine, mango, clitrusy hops, grapefruit, bread, caramel, and booze, especially as it warms.

3.9
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.

3.9
jrob21 (3801) - 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 I’m 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.

3.9
BeerandBlues2 (13804) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is biscuit and honey malt, earthy, pine, citrus, and resin hops with peach, pear, and pineapple esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, supporting sweet malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation


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