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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 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

2dogbrew, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +5%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of MacQ32
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

MacQ32, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jak, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Onenote81, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of mikeincharleston
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

mikeincharleston, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of nlmartin
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

nlmartin, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +5%

OldTime, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of patre_tim
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

patre_tim, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Lantern, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of JohnParadee
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

JohnParadee, May 21, 2014
Photo of beerwolf77
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

beerwolf77, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

GJ40, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of GTB
3/5  rDev -21.3%

GTB, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of farrago
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

farrago, May 23, 2010
Photo of garuda
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

garuda, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of rangerred
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a half finger head. Good head retention.

Slight aroma of citrusy hops along with some caramel malt. Not as strong as I would have liked.

Earthy hop flavors come in first followed by a moderate bitterness that lasts throughout. Biscuity malt flavors balance out the hoppyness quite nicely. Finished relatively clean leaving a slight earthy taste.

Overall a nice pale ale that I could easily drink all day long. Nothing too special about it but a solid enjoyable beer.

rangerred, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of babaracas
3.48/5  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.

babaracas, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of beer2day
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

beer2day, Aug 05, 2009
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

thebouch01, Nov 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Soto, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jaswilson2, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kell50, Feb 08, 2014
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

Brewsed, Jan 03, 2012
Pisgah Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.