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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

192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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 Walken
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pisgah: Pale Ale (No bottling date) (Tasted 06/16/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Unfiltered hazy light amber, verging on brown beer with a healthy two millimeter head of frothy off-white foam, good retention, ok lacing.
Odor: Fresh white bread crust malt aroma with hints of toast leads off mild floral and spicy hops.
Consistency: Full end of light bodied, smooth, mid to high riding carbonation.
Taste: Cracker & raw grain malt flavors with a mild flower and spice hop bitterness punching holes now and again. Malt flavors go toastier into the finish, smooth and crisp with a bit of toast and spicy hop lingering for a few seconds.

Very pleasant pale ale, synthesizing aspects of early American pales and their English counterparts into a nice, drinkable beer!

Walken, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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 beertunes
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beertunes, May 12, 2010
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had on tap at a few different locations around Asheville last weekend.Poures a somewhat hazy burnt orange with a well defined white head,aromas of light floral hop and toasty grain mainly.Well balanced flavors with a somewhat sweetish caramel/biscuit malt base holding up well to a hefty does of citric/piney hops.Pretty clean and crisp in the finish makes it pretty sociable,a nice all around APA.

oberon, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of cbros
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a Pisgah pint glass.

A- Pours a dark orange, almost amber color. Initally there is a massive head but it gradully falls away to a nice even one; this head produces a nice white lacing that sticks around to the end of the glass. There is a lot of carbonation activty after the pour as well. Overall a good looking pale ale.

S- I am picking up only subtle hints of pine and hops in this one. In my opinion, there seems to be little, if any smell notes coming off this beer.

T- This is a very tasty APA. I taste the bitter hop notes from start to finish. Nothin overwhelming but a nice even taste that is strong enough for an APA but not teetering on the IPA style. Overall a very good APA offering that I could easily see as a session beer if it were available to me on a regular basis.

I had previoulsy had this before at the brewery on tap but I was unable to take notes. I did remember that it was a good beer and that if given the chance I should try it again. Once again Pisgah has made good stuff and I definately will be having any chance I get.

cbros, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of ncvbc
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ncvbc, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

A - Golden color with what started as a thin white head and quickly gave way to no head at all

S - Balanced smell, caramelly, sweet malts with a light hop aroma

T - Crisp, fresh, balanced taste with a faint wood flavored finish, has a decent amount of flavor but neither the malt nor hops stand out

M - Decently carbonated with a light to medium body

D - Easy to drink and is a good representation of the style. If this beer was easier to obtain I would probably pick this up more often and drink when I just wanted a simple beer that I didn't have to think about. I am a little disappointed though, I was expecting something magnificent due to the reputation of the brewery.

jpmclaug, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of callisbeers
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper, orange color with nice inch of head and good lacing. Nice smell of hops
(citrusy, piney). Very disappointed in taste after such a great aroma. Just a bland average taste that doesn't match the hoppy smell. Mouthfeel is fine and would be a good session beer if the taste was a little bit better. I would have again only if I had few other options.

callisbeers, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of houstoncarl
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving draft pint
Appearance amber/copper medium polish
Nose - light hop over 2 row

Strange overall. I wrote about this one because of the near cult like following of the brewery. The front end was cardboard which broke into really delightful shards of citrus & hops, but then the finish was bittering hops with no aromatics. Nice to try once, but Asheville has so many good microbrews, I will not be drinking this again

houstoncarl, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head on a slightly hazy, copper-orange body. The head settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Light aroma of citrus hops with a bit of pine. Some caramel malt and bready notes.

T - Sugary malt up front with some sweet orange flavors. Bready malt in the middle with some toasted notes. Citrus hop flavors in the finish with some pine and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A nice drinkable pale ale. Not much to write about, but it is a good sessionable beer.

nickfl, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of maleman
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 1 pint, 6 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A - poured a medium amber, with a one-finger creamy head that quickly receded into less than a tight cap. thin lacing.

S - clean hops, piney resin.

T - very resin-like, quite pronounce phenols

M - medium toward heavy-bodied taste. tasted in very back of mouth. a tinny aftertaste/finish.

D - i'm a pale ale fan, but not of this one. the tin/alcohol taste kept it from being overly enjoyable.

maleman, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of drunkboxer1
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale copper color. Smells like earthy/piney hops. Flavors are very well balanced, a good amount of bittering and a heavy enough malt presence. Tastes slightly bready. Definitely a great example of the style and is probably my favorite thing I've had from this brewery.

drunkboxer1, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Deuane, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -8.4%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.6%
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 +7.9%
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 +2.1%
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 -32.1%
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 -4.5%
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 +1.3%
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 +15.8%
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
Pisgah Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.