We’ve all been waiting on this beer in this region for quite some time… when I say this beer, I don’t mean specifically “Ghost in the Machine,” I mean a fantastic IPA, that’s locally brewed. In this case, it comes in the form of a DIPA, and I’m so glad it’s finally here. The first review I saw was from my buddy Brenton, who brews and reviews beer, and also maintains the craft beer blog, “The Ale Runner.” Brenton knows his stuff when it comes to beer, and to be honest, it took me by surprise when I saw the praise heaped upon Parish Brewing’s “Ghost in the Machine.” See his review here. I was skeptical… yes, I knew that Parish was one of the finest breweries in the state, but I’ve yet to come across an IPA or DIPA that is locally brewed that can be put up against any other great IPA in the country… until now.
Which brings me to the beer, Ghost In The Machine!
Upon pouring the beer, I notice the a really nice golden and slightly amber color. The glass had about a two finger head with very nice lacing that had excellent retention.
The smell really hits me, and at this point, I know I’m in for a treat! Hops, hops, and more hops! Very piney, with as the dogs say, “much citrus,” “wow,” “very hops.”
The taste on this bad boy… it’s like the first time you had sex… no, that was terrible… more like the 4th time you had sex… yeah, that’s it. A ton of piney and citrusy hops, also a hint of caramel malt. As a personal opinion, I’m a huge fan of beer that’s slight on the malt, but it’s definitely there, along with a huge hop presence… this fits the bill.
I’d say the mouthfeel is light to medium body, which despite the higher ABV, really allows for a highly drinkable ale. The hops hit you, but the slight caramel malt keeps everything in check. It’s really well-balanced.
Well, I’ve always thought that Parish had some high quality brews, but this one definitely stands on top. I hope for two things… One, that this becomes more available to everyone. I realize that hops are hard to come by in this region, and expensive. However, with beer like this, it’s all worth the expense to the consumer. Another thing I would love to see out of this product, is it being available in a can. Even if it’s a four pack 12 ounce can, I’d be totally happy. I’m not picking at this product when I say this, but as of the past year or so, I really feel that the 750ml bottle is getting out of hand. Not only does it make a product seem like it’s exclusive, and limited, but it’s also hard to take anywhere, or do anything with. I really hope the trend continues of more breweries heading towards cans, especially since few places in Louisiana recycle bottles, also, they’re just a pain in the ass and they don’t keep the beer as fresh.
With all of that said, I can say that this is to date, my favorite beer to come out of Louisiana. Kudos to everyone involved at Parish Brewing!