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Pisgah Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Pisgah American Style Pale Ale.

Pisgah Pale is a perfect blend of rich organic malts with whole-leaf Chinook and Nugget hops. A crisp, clean profile makes this, our flagship beer, distinct. 31 I.B.U.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 08-01-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

One of the overlooked CANtributors to The CANQuest ™ is one of my local beer people, soon (eventually) to be a “Character” in my column – Justin C. He does a good job of looking out for new and different CANs for me in his travels and this is one with which he recently returned.

From the CAN: “We All Drink Downstream”; “Respect Tradition[,]Love Beer[,]Treat Yourself ™”; “Reuse[,]Reduce[,]Recycle”; “CANs: Infinitely Recyclable”; “Support Sustainable Brewing Culture”; “Adhering to the strict philosophy of the Pisgah brewers this Pale Ale is crafted just miles downstream from America’s most precious watershed using the finest malts and whole hops packaged for your portable potable pleasure. Whether camping, canoeing, swimming, or disc golfing, enjoy the whole outdoors never leaving your favorite craft brew behind.”; “Ingredients: Water[,] Organic Malt[,]Whole Hops[,]Yeast 69% Organic Ingredients”.

The Crack! gained me access to yet another brimful CAN and I celebrated with an inverted Glug. Following the pseudo-cascade, I simply sat back and watched and waited as it settled into two-plus fingers of tawny head with great retention. The grapefruit citrus of the nose smelled like I had been spraying air freshener, if such a scent existed. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber (SRM = > 9, < 13). Leaning in for a whiff, I also got some pine and caramel. Wow! I have AIPAs that did not smell this good and this was labeled as an APA. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was nowhere near as intense as the nose had led me to expect or hope for. It was more towards pine, although the grapefruit made an appearance and the malts seemed to have disappeared. Finish was semi-dry with the grapefruit taste really lingering, but offset by an indistinguishable sweetness from the malt. Would I take this on any of the activities listed on the CAN? Sure, but I’d also like to taste anything else that they CAN first to see what else might be good. I CANnot see an entire cooler full of this one.

woodychandler, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of swgwilt
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

swgwilt, 5 minutes ago
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

zac16125, Thursday at 12:01 AM
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

birdsellam, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of BeerDocT
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Lots of argle bargle on this can about clean water, organic ingredients and such. OK, great, but how does your beer TASTE? I am going to find out!

Appearance 3.75: Poured out a slightly opaque deep golden color. Good head (1/2") with excellent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Great bouquet. Light malt with a big hoppiness that tantalizes the nose.

Taste 3.75: Front is slightly hoppy and this fades into the Middle where a light malt and pleasant hop blend clashes with the unmistakable taste of corn and boiled veggies (oh, DMS you are a fickle mistress). Finish is slightly smoky (!) and clean with very light malt and slight hops. Aftertaste is long, with a pleasant taste of grains.

Mouthfeel 3.25: I found the mouthfeel to be a bit too watery for the style. It needs to be beefed up a bit in the middle of the palate.

Overall 3.5: A solid Pale Ale that is refreshing, pleasant and satisfying. Would be a great sessioner. It is not perfect and has several flaws in the flavor profiles, but nonetheless, is a good brew. Six packs can run the gambit, but my advice is do not pay more than $9 for a sixer of these.

BeerDocT, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

memphischas, Oct 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Sunstealer, Oct 02, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%

Stelsza, Sep 28, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -4.2%

Goatdavemac, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of BeerDawgs
4/5  rDev +5.3%

A 12oz can picked up at Brusin Ales with a 5.1 abv on the side of the can. It must fluctuate from batch to batch.

A - Copper and bronze with not much clarity, little head and not much lacing

A - Slighty citrus and hoppy, with some pale malt row in the background. Nice mix

T - A light west coast pale ale but not too hoppy. Perfect balance. Slight malty earthy feel, but finishes with a nice hop bite. Very tasty and drinkable

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Easy on the tongue for sure. Nothing bitter.

O - A very tasty Pale ale that is well balanced and easy to drink. A great 6 pack for the lake or camping etc. Well done.

BeerDawgs, Sep 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

RochefortChris, Sep 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

A tasty, deeply-satisfying dry brew which I had the pleasure of trying - on tap - at at the lovely bar at the Asheville Airport!! I'd like to quote atsprings who said: " This is one I will surely seek out whenever I'm in the Asheville area!" Distribution to the Mid-Atl States would sure be appreciated!

DuaneL, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

livingtodie, Aug 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

cp45, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MacQ32, Aug 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

ncstateplaya, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mikeincharleston, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

blbarnett3, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ortie, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

HopAttack3, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

qcbrewer, Jul 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

M_chav, Jul 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Csparks33, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Kelp, Jun 20, 2014
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Pisgah Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.