Greybeard IPA - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Greybeard IPAGreybeard IPA

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mc4z on 11-29-2013

Named for Black Mountain's highest summit, GreyBeard is an innovative IPA extracting its bitterness from massive doses of whole leaf hops utilizing a unique hop-back system to infuse extra lupulin resins into the body and aroma. Bold and adventurous, GreyBeard takes you to the top of the mountain.
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Photo of hotpauko
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not a bad beer and I'd get again. If the rating is low it's only because it's not a pretty looking beer and, try as I might, couldn't get a good smell from it. Recommended by Good Bottle on Remount in Charlotte. It has a decent malt hop taste to it, a little more malty, but mixed well and smooth in the mouth. Maybe a little thin in flavor, but a good, standard IPA. If they could add a touch more hops and make it into a double, it could be something special. Appreciate the local brewery and will try more.

Photo of SlamKing
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Look: Don't know, drank it from the can.

Smell: It has a light aroma.

Taste: Not too hoppy or bitter, this is a fairly mild IPA. It is more on the fruity side of the IPAs I've had. Easy drinking for a 6.9%.

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, not much carbonation, one finger head that lingers.

S-Some malt, earthy/grassy spices, some citrus.

T-Like the nose, still too malty. Some grass and a wee bit of citrus, but more malt than hops.

M-Medium bodied, some hop resins, nice carbonation.

O-Too malty.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Wicked Weed snifter. The pour is hazy in appearance with an apricot-amber color and sports one finger of frothy white head. I get feint hoppy aromas on the nose. Lemons, fresh linen, and lavender.

The beer has a medium body and a nice, firm feel. Excellent balance. This IPA is not as aggressively-hopped as some of its peers, but it is definitely American in character. I get flavors of fresh toast, marmalade, lemon rind, rose hips, and grapefruit juice. Nice dry, hoppy finish on this one.

The flavor profile reminds me a little of MadTree PsycHOPathy, but with less of a nose and a firmer feel. This is not necessarily an IPA to seek out, but the locals who have regular access to it should be very proud. It has more of the pine-like character and lacks the level of citrusy flavors I favor in this style (peaches and oranges), but I still enjoyed it and may reach for it again the next time I'm in Western NC.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer of this on my last trip through Asheville, NC.

Appearance 3.75: Poured out a hazy, golden color. OK head (less than 1/2") and very good lacing.

Smell 4.25: Fantastic nose on this beer. Spicy grains, lively hop blend. Just delightful.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly sweet with some interesting corn hints. Middle is where a big wave of sweet malt comes rolling in along with a very distinct corn taste. I don't know what this is...strange. I guess corn is organic, right? As long as it is not GMO. LOL! Anyway, this is not bad, just strange in an IPA. Finish is where the hops come charging in: piney, slightly grassy, but a lifeline of sorts from the corn. Aftertaste is remarkably short and actually quite nice.

Mouthfeel 3.5: Far too watery in the mouth. Carbonation is slightly low, but this is not as distracting as the wateriness.

Overall 3.75: A very good IPA, but in a sea of them, does this one really stand out? Yes, it does! I would buy this beer again and intend to. It's just that what the consumer is receiving is not on par with the price. I paid $9 for a sixer of these at a store about 6 miles from where it was brewed! I know, I know, "running a business is expensive," etc., but give me a break! This is a good beer and should be priced as a good beer, not priced as some exotic, imported, five-star, groundbreaking brew. /rant

Photo of mntlover
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pretty murky burnt amber color with a thumb sized off white head that laces well.

Aroma is somewhat subdued, lightly dank citrus earthy notes on a pretty malty base.

Taste is like the nose good malts, dank citrus notes, good earthy/herbal like hops do emerge in the finish and add an IPA kick. Just not a great IPA would say if the whole brew was like the finish it would be nice.

Mouthfeel is a big medium good malty base for the hops.

Overall looks nice like darker murky brews more then clear ones. But wouldn't recommend it just because it looks good.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden apricot to honey orange in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and hints of peach highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to small patch of thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of floral, citrus/grapefruit pith, and pine hops over light aromas of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy and caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral, citrus/grapefruit pith, and pine hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness that fades moderately quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness.

O: This is a very light, very easy to drink IPA and is not as bold or in your face as some of the others in the style - the flavors and aromas are slightly more subtle.I found this one to be an easy drinker that pairs well with just about any type of food (in my case pork chops and spinach).

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Huge tropical fruit smell. Lots of fruit up front, green apple. Pretty clean bitterness, light, drinkable. Not bad at all.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dubbed as a "West Coast-style" IPA, its dry malt backbone allows for full hop control and sharp bitterness for effortless taste and texture- for the hop-heads at least.

Pouring a bright, near-brilliant golden-peach color, the beer swirls into a mildly hazed body with a cottony-white head that floats above with arid honeycomb structure. Long on retention and clinging with lace, rings form at each drink.

Poignant hop aromas dominate the nose- grapefruit and orange lead the way with their floral oils. Its malty undertow gives just enough light caramel, honey and graham cracker character to give the citrus a plump, ripe and vibrant impression. A developing pine note rises just before the taste.

Its light graham cracker character is dry and supple of sweetness- caramel and honeysuckle is light and short as the middle palate of hops come quickly. Sharp citrus tones ensue with the flavor of grapefruit in all its pulp, peel and pithiness along with the zesty taste of freshly zested oranges. Trailing bitterness is lightly grassy but more so of pine resins that extend well past the finish.

Medium-light at first, the beer's creamy sweetness quickly evaporates and trends dry, arid and lightly toasted late. Its drying hop resins assist the warmth of alcohol for an effortless finish that comes quickly and with light hop-derived astringency and smooth bittering.

Beautiful in its recipe formulation and in brewer execution, for a West Coast type of IPA, I want to see even more exacerbated hop bitterness and further receding of malt sweetness.

Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev +11.7%

My palate is changing somewhat due to my changing over to fall beer styles. But, they keep coming out with fresh beers that are canned and were once more difficult to obtain, so I am drinking some IPAs but they do taste better in hotter weather. Maybe its the tropical/citrus fruits maybe its the heat and lighter body. Anyway.

Pisgah, recently began canning this one, they have had a few of their beers canned this year. First it was the Pale Ale, which I think will be a mainstay. Then they did the LEAF which I passed on due to price and style. But, I couldn't pass up this one. I believe I had it on draft at the brewery but I really didn't give it a good assessment then, now that I have a six pack and have had time to check them out I really like the fact that they chose this one to offer in cans.

Its somewhat of a bitter hopped up style. West Coast, I believe that is a good analysis of what they are going after. Although, its probably not as good as some of the actual West Coast style beers it is a damn good interpretation. Its resinous, not too much malt at all, very mildly detected if any. Some grapefruit, and maybe some pine going on. This is a bit of a bruiser beer, so don't let it be your first one. It might challenge the rest of the beers you drink unless you plan on going more aggressive from there on out. I am happy Pisgah is canning this one and look forward to other offerings in the future. I am hoping for maybe a barleywine, stout or something in that line coming from them in the future with more consistent releases of them.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Smooth, tasty

Photo of Axnjxn
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

fresh 22oz bottle into a teku glass.

pours an orangish color with a nice head. Smell is intriguing and honestly a bit off...not really hoppy at all...taste holds true and this is more like a hopped up pale than an IPA.. flavor itself isnt bad a tad fruity but this is marketed wrong. not enough hops to be called an IPA and the label description is very off. light bodied almost...mild carbonation.

overall not an IPA by any stretch...

Photo of BeerBeast
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting back-end flavor, not sure I've tasted another IPA quite like it. A distinctly burnished finish well balances with the aggressive hop notes. Very good, but not great.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: earthy, cat piss; a little caramel;

T: earthy up front; floral gets added in at mid-palate; finish is moderately bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: good, but not exceptional;

Photo of Harvest06
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good example of a West Coast IPA made out east.

Greybeard IPA from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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