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Pisgah Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah Pale AlePisgah Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5%
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!

Kegatron, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of tastybeer
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dirty amber color filled with darker hazy clouds throughout. Head is giant at the pour and in due time becomes a frothy + spongy 1/4" pile. Big foamy patches are all over the glass and up to the rim initially, but by the end of the glass there are only a few sparse spots that remain. Smells refreshing, with an assortment of lemon, orange, granny smith apples, green grapes, leaves, lemon grass, and some lightly buttered pizza dough. Oddly enough, all the smells combine bringing milky cocoa to mind. Taste is more grassy, doughy and earthy than fruity. Fairly calm overall. Briskly bitter with seltzer water-like carbonation that is a little assertive. Thin, approaching medium body and fluid, slick texture.

Interesting, easy going but fairly bitter brew. An alright option. I think I would prefer it a lot more, fresh via the tap.

tastybeer, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Quite drinkable.

Glad I tried this one.

Reagan1984, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

glid02, Mar 04, 2009
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 taylorhamrick
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-amber color with an enormous fluffy white head. The bubbles stay around like giant clouds and laces the sides of the glass. The beer is also perfectly clear. It looks wonderful. The smell has faint hops and a bit of sweetness. It's not bad, there's nothing off-putting, just nothing very powerful. The taste more than makes up for the smell. Very crisp, with a light floral hoppiness. You get a bit of citrus, like sweet lemon juice. Overall, it's really a great tasting beer. The mouthfeel is a bit watery. I mean, I don't expect it to be full and chewy because its a pale ale, but I feel like the hops and sweetness could be a bit more full as it finishes. The carbonation level is great. This beer begs you to take the next taste, and it may not be as easy to drink in a session at 5.5% ABV, but really worth a try.

taylorhamrick, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of craytonic
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 Kadonny
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a growler via trade with greenvilleguitar. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: A hazy amber orange color with a nice tight one finger off white head. Nice lacy glass lacing.

S: Floral earthy hops with grainly malt. Not overly fragrant.

T: Floral hops with tones of earth, grass, and a hint of pine. Sweet malty fruits come through with some grain flavors and biscuit flavors. Finish is smooth with a twinge of hop bite and a tinny metallic flavor. Not an overly hoppy beer.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel and nothing really lingers. No hint of alcohol.

D: Good drinkability, they go down smoothly and it is very sessionable.

Overall I am really glad I finally got to try a Pisgah beer and I thank greenvilleguitar a ton. But something left me wanting more in this pale ale, more hops, more malt, something. A solid beer but not a standout in my eyes, even as pale ales go.

Kadonny, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of ByTor2112
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased fresh from Greenlife in Asheville
Pours a pale almost orange color with a beige one-finger head that is hanging steady. Spotty lacing is left behind after initial sips.
Aroma-sweet,whiffs of caramel, hops are light but a deep inhale gets some piney hop essence.
Mouthfeel-medium bitterness, malt flavors are tasty, but the malt profile is not that sweet or full. A froth on the palate gets the hops activated and finishes with some medicinal, almost astringent hop bitterness. I can not claim to know what organically grown malts taste like but this pale ale has a unique malt flavor profile. This is a solid pale ale and actually quite sessionable. Anything Pisgah makes is always choice.

ByTor2112, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of dashirey
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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?)

dashirey, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of jraycee
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pouring from a growler into my pint glass it has a short head that leaves slight lacing above the beautiful hazy amber beer. Big smell of flowering hops, fruits, and malt. Taste is almost perfectly balanced. Subtle sweet fruitiness, full lingering hop bitterness, with great tones of fresh grains. Nice mouthfeel with a slight bite from the carbonation. This is one of my favorite regular session beers, worth the trip to Black Mountain every week.

jraycee, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of drperm
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 blackie
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

blackie, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

atsprings, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured golden/bronze with 1" of white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Lemony & earthy hops

T: Biscuitty malt & citrus hops up front. Finished with a pretty good hop snap

MF: Medium bodied with good balance & good carbonation

Drank easy, a nice APA

russpowell, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another enjoyable beer found at Jack of the Wood. Quite typical of fine American micro-breweries, in that it's a well-balanced (malt / hop) beer that leaves you wanting more intensity in both, better body, and a little more complexity. The malts come across with a mild caramel flavor with fruity, citrusy, spicy esters and phenols. Hops contribute a citrus / grassy blend that doesn't take a back seat to the malts, but does not dominate either. Waters a bit in the body, but hangs onto a spicy, floral, hop note and a bite-y metalic taste well into the aftertaste. A fine beer, but after one, I'm ready to move on to other flavors.

BEERchitect, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Vaguely hazy ambery body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Caramel malt mixed with fruity notes of grapefruit and melon. Somewhat woody.

Taste: Though the hops lead the way in the aroma, they're mostly mild and light in the taste, with the caramel malt sweetness picking up the slack. Still, the hops bring flavors of grapefruit and citrus. Again, there's that forest-like woodsiness. The sweetness and bitterness cancel each other out for a fairly light, neutral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, delightful, easy-drinking APA.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Mellow Mushroom this past weeked..Poured a nice copper amber with a thick head which faded a bit quickly and some very nice lace throughout. Smell was richly hopped. Predominant orange smell with a bit of pine, but citrus all the way. Taste was grand. Very smooth, and little carbonation. But a wonderful piney hop, with a dry finish. Only thing that could have improved was it felt a bit thin, but this was a very nice brew and would buy it anytime.

mikesgroove, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of kkipple
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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
Photo of jwc215
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

jwc215, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Enola
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pre-packaged growler bought at Greenlife.

This beer is a llittle more yellow than a typical pale ale. And the head was a bit more foamy than I prefer so this appearance score was lowered just a bit. The smell is fairly good. It kindly smells like inscence. Citrusy and hoppy. The taste is bitter but not ovebearing. Grapefruit as one earlier reveiwer mentioned. The mouthfeel is fair, just a bit of twang to it. The drinkability is good. A sessionable brew for sure. I could try this beer again.

Enola, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy light copper color and a decent head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Vaguely hoppy aroma, almost woody

Taste: Starts out with a caramel malt base but after the swallow it moves in a grainy direction; not as much citrus as I would like; in fact it is dry and woody

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While this is drinkable, I would like to see a lot more fruit in the flavor

brentk56, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of marinobrew
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

marinobrew, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of kingjames1
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

kingjames1, Oct 23, 2005
Pisgah Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.