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Pisgah American Style Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 79
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brentk56 on 08-01-2005)
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North Carolina

1/5  rDev -73.8%

01-03-2012 21:52:19 | More by Brewsed
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -47.5%

07-29-2013 00:50:43 | More by mwbrady12
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District of Columbia

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.

11-17-2008 18:07:53 | More by craytonic
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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

01-06-2010 00:10:00 | More by houstoncarl
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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.

12-22-2012 20:46:48 | More by Avlbrewer
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-14-2013 00:31:54 | More by travishardy929
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-24-2013 00:48:16 | More by GTB
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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.

06-27-2007 18:06:56 | More by Georgiabeer
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South Carolina

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.

05-18-2011 01:55:45 | More by PDXHops
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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.

05-24-2008 20:03:45 | More by drperm
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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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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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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-28-2012 13:04:03 | More by acurtis
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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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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-31-2013 13:35:23 | More by rvajohn
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

02-04-2013 23:52:53 | More by 2dogbrew
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

02-26-2014 03:08:49 | More by RyanAU
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-15-2014 13:35:45 | More by ncstateplaya
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New Jersey

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.

05-23-2010 02:18:19 | More by farrago
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-06-2012 16:22:42 | More by Texasfan549
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New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-12-2014 04:58:27 | More by M_chav
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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.

08-09-2011 23:03:58 | More by beerwolf77
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South Carolina

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...

04-09-2007 02:04:46 | More by kkipple
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North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

01-22-2010 03:40:47 | More by callisbeers
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Pisgah American Style Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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