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Column: This beer from Parish Brewing hypnotized me into a love-sick stupor
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Parish Brewing Co.'s Ghost in the Machine offers a double IPA packed with vibrant citrus and tropical flavors. - photo by Kelsey Podo

Where do I even start?

I’ve tried a brew so bold and smooth, my typical beer-descriptive adjectives seem utterly inadequate. 

Each sip left me dumbfounded. 

I’ve called many beers “balanced” since diving into the craft scene, but none compare to Parish Brewing Co.’s double IPA, Ghost in the Machine.

Unlike 99% of the brews I write about, this one isn’t based in Georgia. I know you’re probably feeling betrayed, but bear with me guys, this beer from Broussard, Louisiana, is more than worth the change of pace this week. 

If I could, I would buy a pack of this beer and send it to the wonderful pool of people who read this column. It’s otherworldly.

I feel like a mesmerized poet stumbling to convey feelings about a lover. 

The hazy body and electrifying flavors seduced me into a state of contentment. My surroundings came back into focus as soon as I finished the beer. 

It boasts large flavors without being too sweet or bitter. The Citra hops packed into this brew offer — you guessed it — citrus notes, but also splashes of passion fruit and a little acidic tingle that you’d find in pineapples.

Unlike many hazy IPAs that I’ve tasted, this one doesn’t lose its bitterness. As a double IPA, the beer provides an assertive aroma and taste but does it in a pleasant way. Ghost in the Machine has a creamy mouthfeel and is ridiculously easy to drink despite its high 8.5% alcohol by volume.

I encourage readers to try this beer and email me with your thoughts. Maybe a dose of reality from someone who doesn’t enjoy this brew will awaken me from my love-sick stupor. I’m not sure someone should feel this way about a beer, but I’m OK with it for now. 

I purchased a four-pack of Ghost in the Machine from Downtown Drafts, which is located on the square in Gainesville. If they don’t have this beer when you arrive or call, beg them to order it again. They’ll understand.

Ghost in the Machine

Brewery: Parish Brewing Co.

Alcohol by volume: 8.5%

Style: Double IPA

Bottom line: Is this love?