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Pisgah Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah Pale AlePisgah Pale Ale

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82 Reviews
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 20.84%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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:
Beer added by: brentk56 on 08-01-2005

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.
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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 227
Photo of mikem0487
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz beer pored into standard pint glass.

Appearance-Pours a golden brown with an orange hue. About a fingers width head with great lacing and good head retention.

Smell-Initial smell is a malt sweetness with a slight caramel notes. Not getting to much hop aroma at all which is disappointing considering the beer style. Even though it has a lack of hop aroma it still smells appetizing.

Taste-Taste is good. Get some sweet malty notes with slight orangey zest in there. Do not get really any bitterness until the swallow but is only there slightly.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with slight carbonation. Good overall for this style.

Overall-Very drinkable pale ale. Not my favorite but could enjoy drinking this all day. Would like a more aggressive hop taste and aroma to balance out the malt character this beer contains. Good but not as good as its IPA sibling.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
31.8 IBU, Organic, no date.

Thanks to Beerwolf for giving me my first Pisgah. Boy that sounds awkward.

A - Pale golden yellow and hazed over with a low but dense cream-colored head. Good retention with an arch of lace reaching skyward.

S - Almost wheat-like pale malt behind a good floral hop nose, mild notes of resin underline the citrusy aroma hops. A bit average though.

T - Toasty caramel malt underlines the subtle hop flavor. Faint floral aspects pop out with a dab of honey and a pinch of lemongrass on top.

M - Malt balanced, hops don't add much more than dryness to the feel. Medium-light bodied and grainy-finishing.

O - Bland but not entirely without flavor, Pisgah's Pale is understated. The one-dimensional hop profile could use quite a bit of tweaking and additional dry-hopping. This one's an easy drinker though!

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Photo of Avagadro
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light copper color with a touch of haze , and little in the way of head retention or lacing.

S: very light aroma, with only wisps of pacific northwest hops coming through.

T: a slight malty sweet front quickly succumbs to grapefruit and pine. A tad sweeter than I prefer, but definitely within the style guidelines.

M: light body, great effervescence, and a mostly clean finish. There is also a slight astringency that is typical with hoppy brews.

O: definitely a solid apa, but there are so many great ones out there that it is hard to give it a higher score. nonetheless, it is a hell of a great brew from one of the most impressive beer scenes in the us.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle received from several BA's reviewed using old notes. Split and poured into tulips.

A: Hazy golden orange hue. Small white head fades leaving soapy lace.

S: Sweet and fruity nose. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple. Mild maltiness in the background.

T: The flavor is much malt forward. The hoppiness of the nose is much more subdued. Hints of hops but nothing big and substantial.

M: Medium to light body. Modest carbonation.

O: Nothing horrible but not really something I would reach for again.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy orangish amber. Smallish head, lazy streaks of lacing.

Smells and tastes pretty much like a scaled-down version of the Pisgah IPA and, much like that beer, I think this might better be categorized as the English version of the style rather than the American. Light floral notes weave in and out of the husky, grainy nose. Tastes pretty grainy, too, toasty and a touch nutty. Modest earthy and tealike hops. A fairly dry beer with a slight juiciness at the swallow.

Overall impression: Pleasant and easy-drinking, but would be more noteworthy as an English Pale than an APA.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in Asheville in a shaker pint. Hazy dark orange with thin white head, sheet of fine lace down the glass. Smell: grainy, husky, a little spicy and citric. Taste: a little caramel, way earthy, spicy. A very NC / Pisgah take on the APA with the dominant hop contribution being the earthiness. Different but worth a try.

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Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells citrusy, but there is a little armpit-like twinge in there, as if it were a touch stale. Thiis the only turn off of this brew. Beer is well filtered which yields a handsome tangerine/burnt orange color. Flavor is rather malty, with hops mostly for flavor and not hitting too hard with bitterness. Slight citrus in the finish, but mostly a sweet, balanced malt flavor throughout. A touch biscuity. Goes down smooth, but never lacking in flavor. Not a big excitement, but incredibly pleasant.

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Photo of jpro
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber from Peabody's in Boone, NC. Poured into a shaped imperial pint glass...

A: Light amber; slightly off-white, one finger head fades pretty fast leaving some specky lace.

S: Orange rind; biscuit malts; some sweetness / light notes of caramel malts.

T: Some citrusy hops; orange rind; light grapefruit pith; very bready towards the finish; nothing too crazy... simple and good.

M: Almost medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation level; smooth.

D: Very drinkable... perhaps sessionable pale ale; kind of a standard APA (perhaps on the average side, though).

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Fiddlin' Pig in Asheville last night

A mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with good retention and decent lacing. The nose is classic East Coast pale ale. Moderately sweet with caramel and honey, there's a prominent hoppiness as well, aggressive and bitter. Bitter pine and grapefruit pith are present, and there's not much by way of floral or a more delicate fruity nature. This is also reflected on the palate. Moderately sweet with a mildly husky component to go with the caramel, the bitterness is rather potent. Juicy grapefruit with an aggressive, zesty hop character. Bitter and moderately resiny on the finish, this could use more flavor hops to balance out the bittering hops. Solid

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Photo of nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Cuzco for sending this beer to me. The beer was chilled and served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer has a bright coppery coloration. The head is thick white but fails the mustache test. Nice webs of lacing mark this beers quick passage from my glass.

Smell: Nice caramel malt leads the aroma. Then the next wave of aroma goes to citric hops. Very nicely done.

Taste: The beers flavor leads with a slightly toasted caramel maltyness. The sweetness is put in check by grapefruit hops. The hops and malts ebb and flow very nicely done.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light very gentle on the carbonation. This is a very satisfying throw back beer that I would revisit frequently if it was available in cincinnati.

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Photo of cwalexander
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap small off white head maybe 1in or so gone with a few minutes with lacing all the down nice malty body fresh taste like the smell of mountain laurel deep in the pisgah mountains has a nice hop aroma from the dry hopping. All around a good session beer you can drink all day or night and its organic

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Photo of jsanford
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my New Belgium globe

A - Pours a dark orange with a 1-finger white head and nice lacing.

S - Caramel malt, light pine resin, orange peel hops. Pleasant, but subdued.

T - More light caramel-ly malt, pine resin and orange citrus. Very nice level of bitterness towards the end, really balances this one out.

M - Crisp and refreshing with a medium-light body and effervescent carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable, quaffable even. A great example of an APA, very nice for the style.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Walken
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of farrago
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus of larger bubbles, delicate, eggshell white, razor thin streaks of lacing, decent retention given the larger size of the bubbles. Opaquely cloudy burnt orange color, slight yellowing at the outer edges, looks dense. The nose has a muted character, pine, tree leaves, straw, white grapefruit peels, peat moss, very light glance of toffee and potato bread, comes across as somewhat "closed" in wine terms. Full-bodied, not bottom heavy, heavy from top to bottom. The carbonation doesn't overtly appear active but elicits a few burps with ease. Orange, lemon citrus, forest floor matter and earth, slight metallic ring. Doughy, country style bread aspect. Apricot and peach pit, some pear as well. Very little sweetness, the malts don't coalesce into a recognizable whole, cocoa and mocha there most. Flat-footed finish, plays it close to its vest when it needs something sparkly to catch your eye.

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Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jpwv for this. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured an attractive orange color with less than 1 finger of slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly and left moderate lacing.

The aroma was pleasantly balanced, with nice floral hop notes blending with a solid, but not thick, malt foundation. The flavors were, as well, nicely blended. Nice hops and smooth maltiness combined for a tasty brew indeed.

The body was full and crisp, while remaining manageable. Drinkability was very good, I could see an afternoon of these with no trouble.

Overall, a very good example of the style, if it were local for me, it would be in my regular rotation. Try it when you can.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of cbros
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a Pisgah pint glass.

A- Pours a dark orange, almost amber color. Initally there is a massive head but it gradully falls away to a nice even one; this head produces a nice white lacing that sticks around to the end of the glass. There is a lot of carbonation activty after the pour as well. Overall a good looking pale ale.

S- I am picking up only subtle hints of pine and hops in this one. In my opinion, there seems to be little, if any smell notes coming off this beer.

T- This is a very tasty APA. I taste the bitter hop notes from start to finish. Nothin overwhelming but a nice even taste that is strong enough for an APA but not teetering on the IPA style. Overall a very good APA offering that I could easily see as a session beer if it were available to me on a regular basis.

I had previoulsy had this before at the brewery on tap but I was unable to take notes. I did remember that it was a good beer and that if given the chance I should try it again. Once again Pisgah has made good stuff and I definately will be having any chance I get.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden copper with steady carbonation and medium frothy head. Good lacing, good retention. Smell is somewhat muted but of fresh, earthy hops for the most part. Subtle, yet inviting. Taste is basically the same bag but steps it up a notch. Rich, earthy hops. Light citrus. Light balancing sweetness. Biscuity and a touch of caramel. Carbonation is just a tad high but aside from that smooth and creamy. Light, simple, approachable. Not quite in the realm of Terrapin Rye Pale for a session beer but up there. I likes it.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

A - Golden color with what started as a thin white head and quickly gave way to no head at all

S - Balanced smell, caramelly, sweet malts with a light hop aroma

T - Crisp, fresh, balanced taste with a faint wood flavored finish, has a decent amount of flavor but neither the malt nor hops stand out

M - Decently carbonated with a light to medium body

D - Easy to drink and is a good representation of the style. If this beer was easier to obtain I would probably pick this up more often and drink when I just wanted a simple beer that I didn't have to think about. I am a little disappointed though, I was expecting something magnificent due to the reputation of the brewery.

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Photo of callisbeers
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper, orange color with nice inch of head and good lacing. Nice smell of hops
(citrusy, piney). Very disappointed in taste after such a great aroma. Just a bland average taste that doesn't match the hoppy smell. Mouthfeel is fine and would be a good session beer if the taste was a little bit better. I would have again only if I had few other options.

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Photo of houstoncarl
2.71/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving draft pint
Appearance amber/copper medium polish
Nose - light hop over 2 row

Strange overall. I wrote about this one because of the near cult like following of the brewery. The front end was cardboard which broke into really delightful shards of citrus & hops, but then the finish was bittering hops with no aromatics. Nice to try once, but Asheville has so many good microbrews, I will not be drinking this again

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Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head on a slightly hazy, copper-orange body. The head settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Light aroma of citrus hops with a bit of pine. Some caramel malt and bready notes.

T - Sugary malt up front with some sweet orange flavors. Bready malt in the middle with some toasted notes. Citrus hop flavors in the finish with some pine and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A nice drinkable pale ale. Not much to write about, but it is a good sessionable beer.

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Pisgah Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.