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Pisgah American Style Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

Pisgah American Style Pale AlePisgah American Style Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 148
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%


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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2007 18:06:56 | More by Georgiabeer
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2007 00:16:11 | More by mikesgroove
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2007 02:04:46 | More by kkipple
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2006 21:53:21 | More by brentk56
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marinobrew

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2006 00:45:24 | More by marinobrew
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kingjames1

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2005 18:34:41 | More by kingjames1
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's Tap Room in Asheville, on 9/23/2005. Arrived in a pint glass, a hazy honey amber body with a small, offwhite head. Excellent retention and attractive island chain lacing decorates the glass. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine cone, suggestive of Cascades. Good caramel maltiness is picked up in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation a bit high. Taste has an aggressive hops bitterness, again suggestive of Cascades, with lots of citrusy rind and pine resin. Caramel maltiness is noticable but in the background. Finishes with a dry and lasting grapefruit bitterness. Very well executed, and highly drinkable. An excellent, Carolina APA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2005 12:59:29 | More by merlin48
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the bar in a plastic cup due to Bele Chere. The beer was clear pale golden amber with a low white and persistent head.

The aroma was sweet caramel maltiness with an earthy citrusy component and a honey aromatic.

The flavor was a nice lasting citrusy and earthy bittering and hop component with a low caramel maltiness. Also present was an oak flavor, unsure where that came from but it added to the complexity.

The finish was dry with lasting earthy and citrusy bittering into the aftertaste. The body was medium. As someone else at the table said, "Interesting and Organic tasting". The citrus was grapefuit and the flavor improved as the beer warmed.

Pint at Barley's in Asheville and then again at Mellow Mushroom in Asheville.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2005 18:27:09 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Paincane

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque copper colored body with off-white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.
S: Sweet toffee and biscuity aromas. Lightly floral notes.
T: Caramel, bread, toffee up front with dry hoppy bitter finish. Balanced.
M: Smooth, crisp, dry brew.
O: Very drinkable APA in a can! Quite good.

Serving type: can

04-03-2014 19:59:10 | More by Paincane
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 02:14:59 | More by dbrauneis
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humuloner22

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

02-13-2014 01:39:27 | More by humuloner22
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can is 5.7%abv slightly higher than stated above.

Apearance is quite dark amber,semi-transparent with a nice white head.

The smell is pretty faint, some earthy tones.

The taste is bread, biscuit, earth and grains.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is crisp and refreshing.

Overall not bad but boring, glad I only picked up a single can.

Serving type: can

01-17-2014 04:31:20 | More by Dave1999
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler my roommate received from a friend. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Rich burnt orange color. Had a smallish white head that went away quickly and lift low lacing.

S: Pretty faint smell mostly floral scents along with some citrus and hops.

T: Taste like toasted toffee and malts. Hops and citrus present themselves stronger in the taste then in the smell.

M: Carbonation leaves a nice tingling on the tongue. Could have a bit more body to it. This is easy to drink.

O: I really enjoyed this as I have all other Pisgah beers ive tried. If your a fan of the stay I would say defiantly pick this up.

Serving type: growler

11-02-2013 20:37:57 | More by watermelon
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cosmicevan

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bro in law for nabbing a growler of this for my visit. I am assuming this is the same as their pale ale currently on tap. Enjoyed from a pint glass.

a - brew poured a soft brown orange that was semi transparent when held to the light. Head was thin and fizzy.

s - nice pale malts, some earthiness, but very appetizing.

t - extremely balanced pale ale. Not hoppy at all, just a classic American pale. Fresh and crisp. Clean and malty. A bit grainy, but nice overall.

m - crisp and light bodied. Could toss them back all day.

o - overall a really nice American pale ale. Malt forward and not hoppy. Classic. Solid.

Serving type: growler

11-10-2012 22:05:20 | More by cosmicevan
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Random beer gift from a friend, served in a snifter. Beer is amber and clear with a nice off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate retention.

Aroma is a little hoppy, earthy, floral, nice.

Beer is medium in body and a little buttery, slightly creamy in the mouthfeel, decent but not great, not a repeat for me.

Serving type: growler

06-17-2012 15:52:30 | More by drabmuh
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

05-22-2012 12:55:01 | More by mrfrancis
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 12:07:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 23:03:58 | More by beerwolf77
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy orangish amber. Smallish head, lazy streaks of lacing.

Smells and tastes pretty much like a scaled-down version of the Pisgah IPA and, much like that beer, I think this might better be categorized as the English version of the style rather than the American. Light floral notes weave in and out of the husky, grainy nose. Tastes pretty grainy, too, toasty and a touch nutty. Modest earthy and tealike hops. A fairly dry beer with a slight juiciness at the swallow.

Overall impression: Pleasant and easy-drinking, but would be more noteworthy as an English Pale than an APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 01:55:45 | More by PDXHops
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AlexanderSelby

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells citrusy, but there is a little armpit-like twinge in there, as if it were a touch stale. Thiis the only turn off of this brew. Beer is well filtered which yields a handsome tangerine/burnt orange color. Flavor is rather malty, with hops mostly for flavor and not hitting too hard with bitterness. Slight citrus in the finish, but mostly a sweet, balanced malt flavor throughout. A touch biscuity. Goes down smooth, but never lacking in flavor. Not a big excitement, but incredibly pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:51:53 | More by AlexanderSelby
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jpro

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:17:40 | More by jpro
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Cheesemoose

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this baby up on a recent trip. Heard about it here on the forums and thought, why not.

1/2 growler between my co-homebrew father-in-law and myself. As I was picking up some other locals at the EarthFare, the cashier mentioned this beer to me. When I asked what it was like, all he could say is that it tasted like "melted angels". I knew I had to have some.

A rather deep yellow, near orange, but with a nice appearance, very reminiscent of a sunny afternoon. The white head is minuscule, and with a heavy pour it is hard to even get a solid 2 fingers. Regardless, there is a solid film that forms, with a substantial lacing that lingers throughout both pours.

The nose is rather complex, given that I am getting earthy malt, yet citrus and floral hops, all in one. With a nice malt backbone, bringing the more earthy tones it is rather nice and inviting, without being overly bitter.

Unlike most other Pale Ales, the hops are not in the forefront, but rather at the end. Starts with a nice almost caramel sweet malt base. The citrus notes are played against a floral hop base, giving a nice crisp finish. If it was fresher, as there was no date, I could only assume the hops would better served from the brewery.

So dang drinkable. This could be my new water, because the smooth nature to it is addictive. Mouthfeel is rather syrupy, but enjoyable.

Melted angel's? Near, as this could be one of the more enjoyable drinking beers to date. Damn fine beer

Serving type: growler

12-12-2010 02:44:14 | More by Cheesemoose
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