Pisgah American Style Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.
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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
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
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
09-24-2006 21:53:21 | More by brentk56
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
Fuzzy orange rind with banana peel highlights. A louder than usual escape of CO2 was followed by the creation of four fingers of eggshell colored foam that is on the stiff and rocky side. The glass isn't covered with fine lace so much as small chunklets of suds.
American pale ales (incidently, the brewery dropped the words 'American Style' when they bottled this brew) need to be hoppy for me to enjoy them. Unfortunately, the Chinook and Mt. Hood whole hop flowers don't come through in the aroma like they should. If the flavor follows suit, my first Pisgah brew might be a letdown.
Pale Ale is an okay version of the style that barely squeaks out an above-average score. I'd hate to the think that organic ingredients have anything to do with the lack of 'palate pop', but I've tasted it too many times before. More (and better) hop flavor would have gone a long way toward covering up an off-flavor that is best described as woody.
As far as I can tell, this beer was released in April, so it should be fresh. The malt tastes mostly pale, though there's a lightly toasted grain-like earthiness that is probably coming from a small percentage of Munich. The hops are moderately bitter and are only mild to moderately flavorful (citrus zest primarily). There's no flavor hook here at all.
The mouthfeel is bordering on too light and is slightly too harshly bubbled. With less and higher quality carbonation, I see no reason why this attribute couldn't keep pace with all the others.
Pisgah has a reputation as being one of the South's finest craft breweries. One beer isn't enough of a sample to make me lower my expectations, but Pale Ale could use some major renovations. Suggestions: forget the organic ingredients, find a way to unlock better hop flavor, add more hops, and get the kinks out of the carbonation. I didn't say it would be easy.
06-03-2009 12:12:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.4/5 rDev -10.8%
A: pours a light copper color with a touch of haze , and little in the way of head retention or lacing.
S: very light aroma, with only wisps of pacific northwest hops coming through.
T: a slight malty sweet front quickly succumbs to grapefruit and pine. A tad sweeter than I prefer, but definitely within the style guidelines.
M: light body, great effervescence, and a mostly clean finish. There is also a slight astringency that is typical with hoppy brews.
O: definitely a solid apa, but there are so many great ones out there that it is hard to give it a higher score. nonetheless, it is a hell of a great brew from one of the most impressive beer scenes in the us.
08-19-2011 23:14:28 | More by Avagadro
3.43/5 rDev -10%
Bomber from Peabody's in Boone, NC. Poured into a shaped imperial pint glass...
A: Light amber; slightly off-white, one finger head fades pretty fast leaving some specky lace.
S: Orange rind; biscuit malts; some sweetness / light notes of caramel malts.
T: Some citrusy hops; orange rind; light grapefruit pith; very bready towards the finish; nothing too crazy... simple and good.
M: Almost medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation level; smooth.
D: Very drinkable... perhaps sessionable pale ale; kind of a standard APA (perhaps on the average side, though).
02-20-2011 20:17:40 | More by jpro
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
04-12-2009 21:53:34 | More by tastybeer
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
03-21-2011 05:38:48 | More by babaracas
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
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
10-28-2010 10:07:19 | More by nlmartin
Pisgah American Style Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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