Pisgah American Style Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
Had this on-tap at Decade's in Asheville, NC.
Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer of bubbles on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of sweet caramel malts with hints of citrus. There's also a husky, earthy hop aroma.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front with light amounts of citrus hops. The earthy hops come in right before the mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got good thickness with solid carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have a few more of these.
Overall this is a solid pale ale that doesn't try and do too much. The flavors all work well together - worth a shot.
03-04-2009 01:11:55 | More by glid02
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
05-12-2010 20:30:19 | More by beertunes
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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!
09-01-2011 12:07:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
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
11-28-2010 20:11:45 | More by DefenCorps
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Pours a hazy amber with a thin, creamy white mousse.
S: Faint aromas of ripe peach, nectarine, tangerine, caramel, cream, mandarin orange, and biscuits are present on the nose. Not nearly as assertive as I would like, but still very pleasant.
T: Notes of caramel, cream, vanilla, biscuits, nectarine, peach, tangerine, mandarin orange, lemon, and lime wash across the palate. The finish is gentle and fruity with a wealth of peach, nectarine, orange, and tangerine flavors.
M: Medium in body, smooth, and much creamier than I would expect from a beer of this style. Not all that crisp or dry. Very easy to drink.
O: This is a highly unusual APA, but is very appealing in its own way. The flavor profile is intriguing. I would love to sample this again, either out of the bottle or on-tap.
05-22-2012 12:55:01 | More by mrfrancis
3.58/5 rDev -6%
on draft at beer study in chapel hill. tulip.
pours a copper color with a half inch white head. smell is very malty with some lemon zest and citrus. the taste is also extremely malty, not much hops at all. its okay, just too malty. decent drinkability.
overall its decent.
09-02-2013 23:42:42 | More by Axnjxn
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
a: Served in a pint. The beer is amber in color with a decent white head.
smell and taste: Hops come through pretty nicely on the nose, but they seem to lack a bit in flavor...still, above average. The hops are, largely, of the floral/tropical variety. Good caramel malt character. Moderate bitterness.
m: medium carbonation and body
d: pretty good
on-tap at the Bier Garden
12-28-2007 23:19:16 | More by blackie
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
Big Thanks to Bhalter8 for providing this as a great extra in a recent trade. Great Trader! Nice beer.
Pours with a slightly aggressive foamy white head that takes on a bit of a shaving cream texture. Lots of retention and lace. A light amber color with a touch of orange highlights. Nice clarity and a touch of visible carbonation.
Aroma is of fresh bread, a touch of spice and the hint of hops (citrus)
Flavor is very nice and quite bread like. Tastes like a nice crusty bread with some light fruit notes and a mild hop bitterness towards the end. A touch of caramel sweetness but very subtle. The bread is the star of the show here and I find it quite interesting. A scant note of phenolic flavors. They don't get in the way, but a touch is present.
Mouth feel is fairly light bodied and the carbonation is quite subtle.
Glad I tried this one.
04-09-2009 00:18:34 | More by Reagan1984
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
4.08/5 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
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
11-10-2012 22:05:20 | More by cosmicevan
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
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
09-01-2010 04:00:13 | More by jsanford
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
@ Barley's (Asheville)
Clearish amber body, appearing well-carbonated with a ridiculously long-lasting, super fluffy, frothy white head. Lightly floral, spicy hop aromas with some pale fruit. Spicy, fresh floral hops upfront in the flavor...fresh grain and leafy/herbal notes. Fairly earthy overall - not much in the way of citrus. Medium bodied and satisfactorily bitter. While it's not something to get too excited about, it is a solid, pleasant Pale Ale that I enjoy whenever in the Asheville area.
07-21-2012 18:06:02 | More by wedge
4.7/5 rDev +23.4%
A hard pour from the growler produces a nice frothy one-finger head that slowly diminishes and leaves very spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is earthy citrus hops and sweet biscuity malts, quite fragrant! The taste is a wonderful balance with citrus hops just barely overpowering the sweet malt backbone, extremely tasty! The beer is light to medium bodied with low carbonation and is quite refreshing. This growler is making for a great session as I enter in other reviews from notes from earlier this week. This is one I will surely seek out whenever I'm in the Asheville area.
09-28-2007 02:09:30 | More by atsprings
Pisgah American Style Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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