Pisgah American Style Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
David Quin is the head brewer at Pisgah. He won the Gold with this beer at age 26. Pisgah Pale Ale has set a standard for me in the American Pale Ale catagory. It is the measuring stick for all others. You must try this beer if at all possible!!!
Straight from the tap it was a deep honey/soft rust color. The head was long lasting-slightly off-white and tight laced. The nose was fresh cascade hops and apricot. The mouth was no disappointment either. The combination of malt, fruity esther (mostly apricot), and good bitters had my attention for 6 more pints. This is an extremely well balanced beer with much depth and character. The lingering taste of soft fruit and esther was well satisfying.
03-10-2006 00:45:24 | More by marinobrew
4.28/5 rDev +12.3%
Pale copper color. Smells like earthy/piney hops. Flavors are very well balanced, a good amount of bittering and a heavy enough malt presence. Tastes slightly bready. Definitely a great example of the style and is probably my favorite thing I've had from this brewery.
12-30-2009 17:00:00 | More by drunkboxer1
4.23/5 rDev +11%
On tap at pisgah brewery
A - cloudy golden orange. Thin head that sticks on the side of the glass.
S - citrus, fruit, mild hops
T - it's all here, hops, clean finish, some mild sweetness, malts, some back of tongue bitterness.
M - spot on. Great balance.
O - defintiely one of the better apa's I have had. Organic and fresh makes a difference.
04-13-2012 19:27:26 | More by Apellonious
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing a growler from his trip to the South:
Pours a murky amber with a swirling patch that almost covers the top.
The smell is lemony, tea-leafy and herbal. Some citrus.
The taste is of lemon/orange citrus. Amazingly hoppy - almost an IPA, but a sweet brown-sugar-like malt supports it and brings it all together. It's hoppy, but balanced in the finish.
Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.
This is a nice APA that comes close to an IPA, but the balance in the finish keeps it in style. Nice brew here!
03-12-2007 03:37:36 | More by jwc215
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
Tap pours provide bigger head and nice floral and citrus aromas. Pisgah is 90%+ organic but since hops are not sources organic, the USDA changes made them lose the label. Great mouth feel and better than typical Pale Ale tastes including a nice malty- hoppy balance.
01-06-2014 00:05:04 | More by Benjacolvin
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
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
On draft at the brewery.
Poured a hazy orange hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
See my review of the IPA and know that the profile is essentially the same except that the pale ale is cleaner with a touch less sweetness (duh).
The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.
Overall a tasty hop driven pale ale.
11-10-2012 20:42:21 | More by plaid75
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
Sampled on tap at Camino's in Black Mountain, NC.
A - A cloudy, golden ale with an orange hue and a small but sturdy white head. Nice lacing.
S - Sweet and fruity with some orange coming through.
T - A fruity hop lead with a citrusy, somewhat bitter finish. Very flavorful for a pale ale (a lot like what you'd get on the west coast).
M - Moderate carbonation and a bit on the thin side.
D - A very refreshing beer that's interesting and easy to drink. I wish I could get this one closer to home.
02-09-2009 00:30:04 | More by GJ40
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
The beer arrived on the bar in a plastic cup due to Bele Chere. The beer was clear pale golden amber with a low white and persistent head.
The aroma was sweet caramel maltiness with an earthy citrusy component and a honey aromatic.
The flavor was a nice lasting citrusy and earthy bittering and hop component with a low caramel maltiness. Also present was an oak flavor, unsure where that came from but it added to the complexity.
The finish was dry with lasting earthy and citrusy bittering into the aftertaste. The body was medium. As someone else at the table said, "Interesting and Organic tasting". The citrus was grapefuit and the flavor improved as the beer warmed.
Pint at Barley's in Asheville and then again at Mellow Mushroom in Asheville.
08-02-2005 18:27:09 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
A-Bright copper with a medium off-white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.
S-Dank earthy/grassy with light citrus hops lying over a mildly sweet caramelmalt base.
T-Amazingly simple in it's delivery--grassy citrus hops with a nice supporting light caramel malt base. Nothing flashy but it works together so well.
M-Medium-light bodied with a nice lingering bitterness and a supporting malt balance.
D-There is a reason this is the "Yuengling Lager" of Asheville being on tap EVERYWHERE throughout the city. It is easy to drink and flavourful without getting out of control. Hard to dislike.
09-22-2009 05:22:50 | More by Deuane
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
Pisgah: Pale Ale (No bottling date) (Tasted 06/16/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a dimple mug.
Appearance: Unfiltered hazy light amber, verging on brown beer with a healthy two millimeter head of frothy off-white foam, good retention, ok lacing.
Odor: Fresh white bread crust malt aroma with hints of toast leads off mild floral and spicy hops.
Consistency: Full end of light bodied, smooth, mid to high riding carbonation.
Taste: Cracker & raw grain malt flavors with a mild flower and spice hop bitterness punching holes now and again. Malt flavors go toastier into the finish, smooth and crisp with a bit of toast and spicy hop lingering for a few seconds.
Very pleasant pale ale, synthesizing aspects of early American pales and their English counterparts into a nice, drinkable beer!
06-16-2010 21:25:45 | More by Walken
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
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
4/5 rDev +5%
22oz bottle recieved from Mikesgroove. Thanks alot man!!!
A- Pours a golden honey orange with a thin white head that leaves decent lacing.
S- Sweet caramel pale malts with a slight earthy hop presence. Not to much there.
T- Floral earthy hops up front with a solid pale malt base. Some lemon and citrus in there as well.
M- Medium body with moderate carb and a slight bitter dryness in the finish.
08-04-2010 19:28:17 | More by Arenbeer
Pisgah American Style Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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