Pisgah Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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86
very good

220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | 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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Ratings: 220 | Reviews: 83
Photo of mikem0487
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of beer2day
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near perfect gold with just the right amount of haze. Frothy two-finger head giving way to a thin rind in retention. Very nice evenly distributed lacing left behind on my glass.

The nose is light. Apricot comes out first. Slight bread, almost toast, quality present after that.

Flavor is maltier than expected up front and the hops are not as strong as I would have liked. Still finishes well with a light wood texture.

Feel is very good with a good mix of cream and fizz. Slightly fizzier than I would have liked, but the growler version is better than the bottle imo.

Easy drinker and a nice one to share.

Photo of patre_tim
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Honey Amber and cloudy all the way, with a finger of off white yellowish creamy head. Some bubbles evident, but is so cloudy its hard to see them. Random lacing.

S: Citrus, fresh malts, a light sweetness. Feels like I’m about to drink a fresh squeezed juice. Caramel notes, light pepper note, some passion fruit.

T: Sweet and malty, hints of grapefruit engulfed in sweetness, hints of Jackfruit, light bitterness on the end. Beautiful beer that's well balanced.

M: Thick smooth body, medium light peppery carbonation.

O: Excellent beer. Drank in Asheville, NC June 17, 2014. Bought it today at Greenlife (Whole Foods). Very fresh, can’t find a date on the can but its fresh. 69% organic ingredients is labelled on the can.

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque copper colored body with off-white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Sweet toffee and biscuity aromas. Lightly floral notes.
T: Caramel, bread, toffee up front with dry hoppy bitter finish. Balanced.
M: Smooth, crisp, dry brew.
O: Very drinkable APA in a can! Quite good.

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bro in law for nabbing a growler of this for my visit. I am assuming this is the same as their pale ale currently on tap. Enjoyed from a pint glass.

a - brew poured a soft brown orange that was semi transparent when held to the light. Head was thin and fizzy.

s - nice pale malts, some earthiness, but very appetizing.

t - extremely balanced pale ale. Not hoppy at all, just a classic American pale. Fresh and crisp. Clean and malty. A bit grainy, but nice overall.

m - crisp and light bodied. Could toss them back all day.

o - overall a really nice American pale ale. Malt forward and not hoppy. Classic. Solid.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4/5  rDev +5.3%

A 12oz can picked up at Brusin Ales with a 5.1 abv on the side of the can. It must fluctuate from batch to batch.

A - Copper and bronze with not much clarity, little head and not much lacing

A - Slighty citrus and hoppy, with some pale malt row in the background. Nice mix

T - A light west coast pale ale but not too hoppy. Perfect balance. Slight malty earthy feel, but finishes with a nice hop bite. Very tasty and drinkable

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation. Easy on the tongue for sure. Nothing bitter.

O - A very tasty Pale ale that is well balanced and easy to drink. A great 6 pack for the lake or camping etc. Well done.

Photo of Walken
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Benjacolvin
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Apellonious
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ThurstonHowell3
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First tried at Asheville BeerFest.

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kingjames1
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of marinobrew
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cbros
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of dashirey
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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?)

Pisgah Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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