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Pisgah American Style Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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86
very good

171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 08-01-2005)
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Reviews by VaterRoss:
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

On-tap at the brewery as part of a flight.

Pours and orange/amber with a small white head. Pretty dark for an APA. Smell is piney hops with a bed of grapefruit poking through. The taste has lots of orange citrus with the pine as a secondary flavor. Malt presence is very weak and I think it could use a bit more carbonation.

Solid APA, but I think they can do better.

From notes, Mar 17, 2012

10-30-2012 15:45:31 | More by VaterRoss
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

I had on tap at a few different locations around Asheville last weekend.Poures a somewhat hazy burnt orange with a well defined white head,aromas of light floral hop and toasty grain mainly.Well balanced flavors with a somewhat sweetish caramel/biscuit malt base holding up well to a hefty does of citric/piney hops.Pretty clean and crisp in the finish makes it pretty sociable,a nice all around APA.

04-21-2010 12:05:50 | More by oberon
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-13-2014 01:20:40 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

On tap at Barley's Tap Room in Asheville, on 9/23/2005. Arrived in a pint glass, a hazy honey amber body with a small, offwhite head. Excellent retention and attractive island chain lacing decorates the glass. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine cone, suggestive of Cascades. Good caramel maltiness is picked up in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation a bit high. Taste has an aggressive hops bitterness, again suggestive of Cascades, with lots of citrusy rind and pine resin. Caramel maltiness is noticable but in the background. Finishes with a dry and lasting grapefruit bitterness. Very well executed, and highly drinkable. An excellent, Carolina APA.

09-25-2005 12:59:29 | More by merlin48
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kingjames1

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

I apologize for the lack of detail, as I'm doing this review from memory. The appearance was typical for pale ales - light amber in color, clear, and had a decent head.

The smell was difficult for me to determine (this was at the Asheville Brewgrass Fest), but I could definitely smell the grassy hops.

Taste was terrific. This is one of the most unique pale ales I've had, and of all the beers I sampled at the Brewgrass festival, the most remarkable. I don't know if it was the type of hops used (Chinook and Mount Hood), or the fact that it was "USDA certified organic', but it was a very distinctly flavored pale. And it was very good, very drinkable. I only wish I could have purchased some to take home.

10-23-2005 18:34:41 | More by kingjames1
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Consumed at the May 2011 LEAF Festival, about 1 mile from the brewery. {Description tweaked following Fall 2011 tasting at the brewery.)

A - Amber. Clear. Nice bone head is creamy and has very good retention.

S - Pleasant but rather unremarkable aroma that is typical for style.

T - Well balanced with toasted malt flavor that allowed the hops to shine. Hops eventually dominate, leaving a distinct bitter finish and lingering bitter grapefruit peel aftertaste.

M - Smooth with excellent (moderate) carbonation. Some dryness in the finish

O- Very good pale ale with a bonus: it's certified organic.

05-17-2011 03:48:55 | More by chinchill
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HopAttack3

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-23-2014 19:29:27 | More by HopAttack3
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1%

Purchased fresh from Greenlife in Asheville
Pours a pale almost orange color with a beige one-finger head that is hanging steady. Spotty lacing is left behind after initial sips.
Aroma-sweet,whiffs of caramel, hops are light but a deep inhale gets some piney hop essence.
Mouthfeel-medium bitterness, malt flavors are tasty, but the malt profile is not that sweet or full. A froth on the palate gets the hops activated and finishes with some medicinal, almost astringent hop bitterness. I can not claim to know what organically grown malts taste like but this pale ale has a unique malt flavor profile. This is a solid pale ale and actually quite sessionable. Anything Pisgah makes is always choice.

10-17-2008 12:28:47 | More by ByTor2112
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glid02

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Had this on-tap at Decade's in Asheville, NC.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer of bubbles on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with hints of citrus. There's also a husky, earthy hop aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front with light amounts of citrus hops. The earthy hops come in right before the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got good thickness with solid carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have a few more of these.

Overall this is a solid pale ale that doesn't try and do too much. The flavors all work well together - worth a shot.

03-04-2009 01:11:55 | More by glid02
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-28-2012 13:04:03 | More by acurtis
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dashirey

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

Thanks to Deuane for filling and bringing this beauty back from NC for me!! This is my third different Pisgah offering and I cannot wait for more.

A - Caramel colored beer. The beer pours from the growler with at least a finger of head that really doesn't last too long, but there was plenty of lacing.

S - Mostly earthy and grassy hops come through. There is just a faint maltiness that follows the initial hops.

T - Taste is great, but fairly straightforward. Hops aren't overpowering (it is a pale ale after all). There is a balance that I haven't found in many beers.

M - Close to medium bodied, low carbonation (which fits the beer). Smooth drinking.

D - 5. Not much more to say - easy drinking, great flavor, session beer. I split the growler with my wife, but I could have drunk the whole think easily. I only wish this one was regularly available!!

Thanks again Deuane, you the man!! (Enough props?)

10-02-2008 23:20:26 | More by dashirey
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Dirty amber color filled with darker hazy clouds throughout. Head is giant at the pour and in due time becomes a frothy + spongy 1/4" pile. Big foamy patches are all over the glass and up to the rim initially, but by the end of the glass there are only a few sparse spots that remain. Smells refreshing, with an assortment of lemon, orange, granny smith apples, green grapes, leaves, lemon grass, and some lightly buttered pizza dough. Oddly enough, all the smells combine bringing milky cocoa to mind. Taste is more grassy, doughy and earthy than fruity. Fairly calm overall. Briskly bitter with seltzer water-like carbonation that is a little assertive. Thin, approaching medium body and fluid, slick texture.

Interesting, easy going but fairly bitter brew. An alright option. I think I would prefer it a lot more, fresh via the tap.

04-12-2009 21:53:34 | More by tastybeer
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

05-07-2012 13:22:13 | More by twowheelssoar
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Asheville.

A - amber with a hazy orangish hue; soft white head; great retention

S - earthy, piny, floral - decent hop character

T - toasty, burnt malt character; floral, faint grapefruit

M - medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth

This one has an odd malt character. The toasted malt is off putting. The hop character is good but doesn't redeem this one. I'll probably avoid this in the future.

05-26-2012 17:54:11 | More by tdm168
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13esd

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-25-2012 23:23:17 | More by 13esd
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-17-2014 03:25:27 | More by qcbrewer
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erikschmerik

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

05-28-2013 19:58:00 | More by erikschmerik
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured golden/bronze with 1" of white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Lemony & earthy hops

T: Biscuitty malt & citrus hops up front. Finished with a pretty good hop snap

MF: Medium bodied with good balance & good carbonation

Drank easy, a nice APA

09-20-2007 15:05:09 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a coppery gold and initially has a pretty foamy pour to it. It takes a bit (but not too long) to get a good amount in the glass and settles into several fingers of poofy eggshell colored white head. Retains with a robust finger or so that leaves thick patches of foamy lacing back. The aroma is deeply floral, herbal, and citric. Underlying nots of spice and Pale malt gives the bouquet an extra layer that nicely compliments the herbal and fruity sweetness of this. The aroma just has an all around crisp freshness to it that I'm really digging.

The taste also possesses that nice crisp quality to it. Leafy hop bitterness and fresh citrus character with just the right amount of bready tasting lightly toasted malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy carbonation and also an all around crispness to the feel as well that lends this some good drinkibility.

Very nice, this was one of the better American Pale Ales that I've had in a while. Great fresh quality to this that made the flavors pop. I shudder to think how this is on draft. Tasty!

04-27-2009 17:02:17 | More by Kegatron
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maleman

Mississippi

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A - poured a medium amber, with a one-finger creamy head that quickly receded into less than a tight cap. thin lacing.

S - clean hops, piney resin.

T - very resin-like, quite pronounce phenols

M - medium toward heavy-bodied taste. tasted in very back of mouth. a tinny aftertaste/finish.

D - i'm a pale ale fan, but not of this one. the tin/alcohol taste kept it from being overly enjoyable.

01-01-2010 21:25:19 | More by maleman
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rvajohn

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-31-2013 13:35:23 | More by rvajohn
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TheHopHeadGirl

District of Columbia

3.2/5  rDev -16%

6% pale ale from NC. Very cloudy orange color. At pizza paradisio a glass goes 6$. Glad i got a small glass cause its just comparing to thhe dogfish head saison du buff thats sitting on my table. Again, its ok. No aftertaste which is good. But it doesnt stand out either.

05-15-2012 19:20:16 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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mdalpert

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

01-17-2012 17:46:18 | More by mdalpert
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Cheesemoose

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

Picked this baby up on a recent trip. Heard about it here on the forums and thought, why not.

1/2 growler between my co-homebrew father-in-law and myself. As I was picking up some other locals at the EarthFare, the cashier mentioned this beer to me. When I asked what it was like, all he could say is that it tasted like "melted angels". I knew I had to have some.

A rather deep yellow, near orange, but with a nice appearance, very reminiscent of a sunny afternoon. The white head is minuscule, and with a heavy pour it is hard to even get a solid 2 fingers. Regardless, there is a solid film that forms, with a substantial lacing that lingers throughout both pours.

The nose is rather complex, given that I am getting earthy malt, yet citrus and floral hops, all in one. With a nice malt backbone, bringing the more earthy tones it is rather nice and inviting, without being overly bitter.

Unlike most other Pale Ales, the hops are not in the forefront, but rather at the end. Starts with a nice almost caramel sweet malt base. The citrus notes are played against a floral hop base, giving a nice crisp finish. If it was fresher, as there was no date, I could only assume the hops would better served from the brewery.

So dang drinkable. This could be my new water, because the smooth nature to it is addictive. Mouthfeel is rather syrupy, but enjoyable.

Melted angel's? Near, as this could be one of the more enjoyable drinking beers to date. Damn fine beer

12-12-2010 02:44:14 | More by Cheesemoose
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

03-09-2014 14:50:57 | More by KevinGordon
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Pisgah American Style Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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