Ghost in the Machine Double IPA

Review Date 7/28/2006  By John Staradumsky

I was supposed to go to New Orleans. This, of course, was some time ago, back in mid-March. We were going to Harrah’s Casino, we were going for several days and I, of course, I was going to breweries. Sad to say, that brewery trip never happened, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic which hit its stride the week before we were to go.

One of the breweries I had my heart set on was Parish Brewing. Although I never made it there I did, however, get to try what is perhaps their most famous brew, Ghost in the Machine Double India Pale Ale, in early July. My daughter went to Florida the week of the 4th and offered to bring me back beer. She sent pictures of what they ahd at the well-stocked store she visited. I got some local beers of course, but when I saw Ghost in the Machine, I knew I wanted that.

Here’s what Parish says:

Welcome to the future. Our collective human consciousness, or Ghost in the Machine, has gained a tolerance for hops beyond what mankind has ever known before. This double India Pale Ale is the necessary outcome. Brewed with obscene quantities of hand-selected Citra hops from our favorite farm in Yakima Valley, WA. Expect pungent grapefruit aromas and flavors, tropical fruit, and less harsh bitterness than most IIPAs.

Parish Ghost in the Machine Double India Pale Ale has an alcohol content of 8.5% by volume. It is definitely on the pricey side at $13.79 for a 4-pack. I think I want 6 bottles at that price, or perhaps a lower price for the 4.

Parish Ghost in the Machine Double India Pale Ale pours to a dense hazy yellow color with a thick head of creamy foam and a juicy grapefruit rind nose with mint and pineapple. Taking a sip, the beer is medium malty and wonderfully juicy with pineapple, orange, and grapefruit flesh and peel. It is minty in the finish with grapefruit zest and a moderate bitterness.

I think I would like a bit more bitterness to my taste, though to be fair they are not aiming for that and admit it frankly in the description. This is a tasty, citrusy, very hazy New England style double IPA. It gets very high marks on the beer geek sites, but to my taste I have had a few I like as much or prefer (Three Taverns Hop Leaf Project Supernal IPA, Toppling Goliath King Sue, and Treehouse Doppelganger Double IPA to name a few). Still, this is a wonderful beer, and one I will be drinking again-and again.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.