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Pisgah American Style Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah American Style Pale AlePisgah American Style Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

171 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

01-16-2012 02:44:28 | More by rangerred
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mikem0487

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

12-12-2011 00:00:31 | More by mikem0487
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

01-13-2009 00:53:09 | More by taylorhamrick
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beertunes

Washington

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
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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.

Quite drinkable.

Glad I tried this one.

04-09-2009 00:18:34 | More by Reagan1984
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

10-17-2008 12:28:47 | More by ByTor2112
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

09-12-2007 20:43:11 | More by BEERchitect
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humuloner22

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1%

Nice! In a can, now I can have this without dealing with the hassle of a growler. I don't have many people with my thirst for fine craft ales around here. This is one of my favorite beers, I always get it at least one trip to the bar if they have it on draft. I have drank it for years. On to the review. Nice red ale color a little hazy, the smell a bit of hoppiness, but not too strong, just a well rounded American style Ale. Also, I would like to interject here that the person below stated that theirs was 5.7 abv, this one says 5.1 %. I don't know if there is a variance or if they just confused the 1 or a 7. I looked really close to make sure. The taste is a perfect balance of smoothness with just a hint of the hop bitterness but not overly malty either. I have always loved this beer and I am so happy they are canning it now, I hope they keep this up. I have heard some confusing information about whether they are going to keep doing this or rotate it to another in their lineup. I hope this is a harbinger of things to come and not a one and done.
Overall, if you cant find it in cans, drink it on draft, its amazing, if you can find it in cans, don't buy too many because I am going back and picking up another couple of sixers.

02-13-2014 01:39:27 | More by humuloner22
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ncvbc

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1%

Pours golden copper with steady carbonation and medium frothy head. Good lacing, good retention. Smell is somewhat muted but of fresh, earthy hops for the most part. Subtle, yet inviting. Taste is basically the same bag but steps it up a notch. Rich, earthy hops. Light citrus. Light balancing sweetness. Biscuity and a touch of caramel. Carbonation is just a tad high but aside from that smooth and creamy. Light, simple, approachable. Not quite in the realm of Terrapin Rye Pale for a session beer but up there. I likes it.

03-17-2010 04:51:34 | More by ncvbc
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

On-tap at the brewery as part of a flight.

Pours and orange/amber with a small white head. Pretty dark for an APA. Smell is piney hops with a bed of grapefruit poking through. The taste has lots of orange citrus with the pine as a secondary flavor. Malt presence is very weak and I think it could use a bit more carbonation.

Solid APA, but I think they can do better.

From notes, Mar 17, 2012

10-30-2012 15:45:31 | More by VaterRoss
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blackie

California

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
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a mottled very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops, citrus/orange hops, and light amounts of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel malts which is quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/orange hops. Light amounts of bitterness are present but fade pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - definitely a sessionable brew (and great that it is now available in cans). Well balanced.

03-07-2014 02:14:59 | More by dbrauneis
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HopAttack3

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-23-2014 19:29:27 | More by HopAttack3
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OnryAndMean

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-14-2014 19:30:37 | More by OnryAndMean
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claspada

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-16-2014 15:28:11 | More by claspada
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-28-2013 01:33:43 | More by Rifugium
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-20-2013 02:00:27 | More by IrishColonial
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napetry

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-01-2013 21:32:04 | More by napetry
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kell50

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-08-2014 14:03:19 | More by kell50
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-08-2013 00:51:49 | More by Falcone
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bcrossan

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-24-2014 22:37:33 | More by bcrossan
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JohnParadee

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-21-2014 14:39:51 | More by JohnParadee
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roywilliams

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-12-2013 23:04:14 | More by roywilliams
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mccallisters_dali

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-21-2013 23:11:17 | More by mccallisters_dali
Pisgah American Style Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.