Piedmont Park in Atlanta has a new brewery! Isn’t that a nice development? Piedmont Park is in a great area of the city, one rich with recreational, educational, and gustatory possibilities. There’s nothing like a stroll in the park (with your dog if you like) followed by a fine meal and a beer, perhaps a Druid Hills Pilsner, at Park Tavern. With your dog if you like.
Now, though, you have a second beery option, Orpheus Brewing, also in the Piedmont Park area. Unlike Park Tavern, however, Orpheus is a packaging brewery, not a brewpub, so you’ll have to come by on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday for a tour and samples. Sadly, you can’t buy a growler to go thanks to Georgia’s crazy beer laws. You can, however, buy a growler of Orpheus beer in one of the growing number of growler shops here, and the fine folks at Orpheus will be happy to point you to one of you ask them nicely.
For my part, I picked up a growler of Orpheus Transmigration of Souls, a double IPA, at Stout’s Growlers here in canton. Orpheus says of this beer:
Spring is a time of rebirth, and the writings of Orpheus revolve around this theme. Transmigration of Souls is an irresponsibly hopped Double IPA, bursting with life from an absurd amount of aromatic hops. You’ll experience a bouquet of orange, lemon, and tropical fruit, sitting on top of a clean, dry malt body.
Ingredients from the website:
Hops: Azacca, Lemon Zest, Apollo, Wakatu
Grain: Two row barley, white wheat
Fermentation: American Ale yeast
Orpheus Transmigration of Souls has a formidable alcohol content of 10% by volume. It seems to be available, like all of their beers, only on draft at the present time, though their website says that 6-packs of cans are on the way. I paid $6.50 for a 32-ounce growler at Stout’s.
Orpheus Transmigration of Souls pours to a bright orange amber color with an admittedly light head formation but an absolutely sinful nose of tropical mango and passion fruit aromas. Taking a sip, this one has some light chewy caramel malt up front, but certainly not a lot of it, and that makes the beer seem less potent than it really is. The tropical fruity hop notes of passion fruit, pineapple, and mangos all come to me here, and quickly, but the beer has a big, long dry grassy bitterness at the last to balance it all out as well. Alcohol warmth? I’m not getting 10% and that makes this dangerously drinkable. The bitter finish makes that all the more true. Amazing, just amazing.
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.