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Pisgah Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Brewsed
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Brewsed, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of mwbrady12
2/5  rDev -47.5%

mwbrady12, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of craytonic
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%

On tap at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

Appearance: Hazy bright copper.

Smell: Citrus, herbs, hops

Taste: Hops & oxidation. Pine resin.

Mouthfeel: Average

Drinkability: More IPA; I was not crazy about the hops used, would not drink again. Their high gravities are much better.

craytonic, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of houstoncarl
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%

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

houstoncarl, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Avlbrewer
2.78/5  rDev -27%

Pisgah is a favorite stop while touring asheville, the pale ale (flagship) was a little underdeveloped or green. It's a great beer to enjoy with dinner but I'd prefer something fresher and refined for a daytime brew. The recipe seems to have changed in the years I've been drinking it, but it's always a good standby.

Avlbrewer, Dec 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

13esd, Feb 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

travishardy929, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

GTB, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%

I love Pisgah's high gravity products, can't say I'm as fond of their session brews. This poured a slightly cloudy golden with not much head. The smell was grainy and even slightly sour- not a good sign, and it was poured for me straight from a keg being served by someone from the brewery. The taste was slightly better, but an initial sweetness seemed a little out of place. This was followed by some decent mild hoppiness and some light graininess. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and right for the beer. Okay, but there are plenty of other apas around that I enjoy more. Dissapointing in that many of their high gravs are outta this world.

Georgiabeer, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of PDXHops
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

PDXHops, May 18, 2011
Photo of drperm
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

(Litre) draught at the Biergarden, Asheville NC

First off, perhaps getting a litre-size was not the best idea. I was so impressed that the establishment offered the litre option for the taps (and at the prices!) that I felt like I couldn't pass up the opportunity. Just not sure if this was the best brew to go with.

I have been a fan of Pisgah brewing for some time. This particular offering is probably my least favorite of their array, however.

Appearance: Copper, cloudy, like a good craft APA should be. Inviting.

Nose: What in the world!?! My least favourite part of the whole experience. Again, might have been the litre mug, might have been an off-tap, who knows? An off nose, at any rate: almost on the way to a "rancid" quality. To the point where in order to enjoy the taste (which I did) I had to close off my nose whilst sipping.

Taste: Smooth and hoppy. All of Pisgah's brews must use the same yeast strain, because I recognized a certain Pisgah-y familiarity on the tongue.

Palate: Snappy and crisp. Very APA-appropriate.

Overall: I'm disappointed in a very good brewery for this one. Again, I might have had an off tap or an off glass. Drink it cold, is my advice.

drperm, May 24, 2008
Photo of maleman
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.

maleman, Jan 01, 2010
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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.

TheHopHeadGirl, May 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

acurtis, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, May 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

rvajohn, Jan 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

2dogbrew, Feb 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

RyanAU, Feb 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

ncstateplaya, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of farrago
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

farrago, May 23, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Texasfan549, Jul 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

RochefortChris, Sep 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

M_chav, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of beerwolf77
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

beerwolf77, Aug 09, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

On tap at Barley's in Asheville.

This is a bubbly, gold, highly carbonated, piney, fresh tasting, watery, basic, lightly hopped, organic (?), and drinkable pale ale, but nothing to write home to the kids about. A bit on the thin side.

If this were local, I can see myself drinking it from time to time if the price were right. Lacks that elusive magic that some simple beers have that lets you drink them all night. Perhaps some more hop aroma and a slightly fuller mouthfeel would help. Dunno...

kkipple, Apr 09, 2007
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Pisgah Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.