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Pisgah Equinox - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah Equinox
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
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Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-09-2005

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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 19
Reviews by Rihup:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was looking forward to trying this beer but it left me hangin a little,poured a slight hazed deep amber with a thinner off-white head that was gon pretty fast.Herbal,spicey notes stick out most aroma wise maybe a touch of caramel malt but light,flavors dissapaointed me a bit starting out lightly caramelly sweet and doughy with just a light herbal finish but quite faint and abrupt.Glad I tried it but I wouldnt drink again I dont think.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy golden-copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with hints of leafy and slightly earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of light citrus flavors work their way into things before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I have to imagine that this keg had been sitting around for a while as the hops just didn't taste as though they were all there. An easy-drinking beer but one not worth seeking out.

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and an earthy note. The flavor was of sweet malt, earthy, and subtle earthy hops. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. It was very light on the aroma and hard to pick up on anything. The flavor was full of the typical earthy notes that Pisgah is known for. This one is a must try if you have the opportunity.

Photo of wedge
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, hazy rust color. A small but creamy head forms on top and subsides to a bubbly sheet. Interesting herbal, earthy malt aroma - faint sweet caramel, dried leaves, vegetal notes, fruit, and hay. Herbal caramel in the flavor as well, but with more sweetness. Peppery, earthy, and maybe smoky? This is a unique tasting beer. Medium body is light on carbonation and creamy.

This here is no pale ale let me tell you. It does somehow capture the season. The slight veggie-ness prevents it from being really good and its not as hoppy as I though it was at Brewgrass...but its an interesting fall beer...whatever it is.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

64oz Growler, bottled the day before and served into several Pint Glasses

A – Poured a very thick looking hazy caramel color brown with a nice two finger head of tan colored lace on top. Very nice slow recession left behind lots of concentric rings of side glass lace. Very impressive looking.

S – Aroma was very sweet, interesting for a harvest ale this seemed to have a big focus on malts and sugars. There was definitely a hoppy tone in there, it was just well hidden. When it did peek through it was a dark sweet hoppiness. Lots of smells of caramel and almost a roasted nuttiness.

T – The flavor was very rich and full. The caramel and sweet notes were really very much present here and were by far and away the dominant force in this one. There was almost a sweet oatmeal or lactose sugar flavor to this, very rich. The hoppiness of it was very dark and sweet, with some nice pine resin flavors making up the back. Robust flavor without even the slightest hint of being watered down. This was definitely nice. Not even a hint of the ABV was present in the taste, very mellow and relaxed flavor, quite unique.

M – Medium bodied ale with a bit of graininess to it. This had a silky like feel to it and really a great follow through. The carbonation stayed around throughout and really allowed the flavor to explore and roll around in your mouth. Very nice finish, not too dry but a very long lasting.

D – Very nice here. I actually finished the whole thing over the course of the day, which was actually easy to do as it was full of flavor and a very easy drinker. Never really got sick of the flavor at all, could have had another by the time I was done,

Overall this was a very interesting and unique ale. It was sort of a mish mash of a brown ale and a light porter, but with some of the flavors of an oatmeal porter. Very nice indeed. This is one of the better harvest ales I have had that tend to shy away from the deep mouth ripping hops but rather rely on a more balanced approach that let you see some of the more unique flavors. I really liked this and would have to defiantly recommend it to anyone.

Photo of wcudwight
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not a pale ale. Pisgah's website describes this as a Harvest Ale. It's also not a harvest ale like SN Harvest Ale or Great Divide's Fresh Hop.
With that said it is a good beer and at 7.5% it can pack a punch and hid it's alcohol well.
It comes to the table in a pint glass a dark copper and amber in color. It has a thin head that holds well and lot's of sticky lacing.
It has a sweet smell of caramel and a bit of spicyness. I don't smell any of the citrus, piney, floral or grassy hop flavors I was expecting.
The taste is lot's of caramel malts at the beginning. Again some spicyness, but I don't know what the spices are. The hops make a subtle but bold appearence in the finish and leave a nice hoppy aftertaste. The alcohol is completely secluded behind the big malt backbone and the hop, spice mixture.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and filling.
Overall this is not the beer I was expecting but it is still a good beer.

Photo of blackie
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

since nearly everyone else has made a stab at the style, my vote is for a brown-dubbel hybrid

a: Deep, rich brown in color with flawless retention and thick lacing.

smell and taste: Extremely rich and malty both in aroma and flavor, but in a very Belgian way. That is, for all the toffee and toasted malt flavor, there isn't an excess of sweetness. Subtly yeasty at times and somewhat earthy. Perfect, papery hop flavor and a very pleasant bitterness. Quite complex and very original.

m: Body on the full side with ridiculously smooth carbonation at the medium-high level.

d: extremely quaffable for such a full beer and of a relatively high abv

on-tap at Barley's

Photo of mntlover
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A strange beer here not really an APA but here it goes.

Shows up as an deep dark amber color almost brown with a small off white head from the pour no doubt.

Aroma is malt, fruit and light spices.

Taste is big on malt some fruitiness noted and yeasty flavors adding the spice. Finish is light spice and hops herbal grassy. Over all strange not sure where I would put this one but it tastes alright.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, lightly zesty feel but mellow carbonation. Spice may be adding to the zest.

Drinkability is ok , would have again to try and figure out whats going on with this beer. But I wouldn't make it a regular purchase.

Photo of DrMindbender
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally made it out west on spring break this week and picked up a growler of this Pisgah brew that I had knocked back at Ed B's BBQ the night before quite easily. I was quite surprised to see this labeled on the site as an APA as I had noted its malt profile last night.

The color is also unlike my expectation of the style, with a dark rust maroon hue and and a dark tan head and lace. The nose is spicy (cinnamon and clove?) and sweet malt. There is also an underlying yeasty tone to the aroma.

The taste is broad and malty up front with notes of honey and alcohol. The hops kick in with balancing bitterness and follow through to the aftertaste. The texture is light but strong enough to carry the flavor and abv.

Well made, badly classified by style. I could be happy drinking this for quite some time.

Photo of AngusOg
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of drperm
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from a December Pisgah tasting.

"Amber harvest ale." 7.5% ABV. A mild nose that for some reason made me think of bubblegum -- but on the tongue it was anything but! A nice raisiny quality, with a lot more besides. It was superb with a cube of sharp cheddar, and I wrote to myself to try this with winter soup.

Photo of Deuane
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Slightly hazed deep dark copper with a thin off-white head that reduces to a thin ring and leaves spotty lace,

S-Sweet caramel malts with backing citrus notes and a bit of spiciness.

T-Sweet caramel malts hit first then quickly backed by a nice pop of citrus hops. Semi-dry finish.

M-Medium bodied with mild sweetness and lingering bitterness.

D-Certainly good but does not carry the flavour profile in a brew that clocks in at 7.5% ABV. Not my favorite Pisgah offering but might please somebody that is more into malt forward brews.

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of m1ked
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear deep ruby red, white head. that recedes and hangs onto the sides of the glass

S- Roasted malts and grains, a little sweet. Clean and crisp.

T-Comes through with the roasted malts and grains, slight bitterness. No real alcohol warmth.

M- Smooth, interupted by crisp bubbles.

D- This is a very easy drinkable beer.

Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy copper color and a frothy head - good retention and lacing

Smell: The aroma was moderately spicy and hoppy

Taste: Start out with an intriguing yeasty caramel flavor; after the swallow an intriguing mix of bitter, peppery and spicy flavors left me wondering what style this is. I was guessing Belgian yeast and coriander - a riff on a Saison, perhaps

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An intriguing brew that crosses a number of paths - not sure an APA captures what is going on here

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have to agree with everyone else- not a pale ale. That being said, not a bad brew. Pours dark amber with a short head that fades relatively quickly. Nicely balanced nose with citrusy/earthy hops and sweet malt. Quite a dry brew. The sweet malt on the nose is quite a bit dryer in taste. The same citrusy hops and a touch of spice on the finish. Not super hoppy or rich in malt, but they are both there. Dry, attenuated style gives a somewhat crisp mouthfeel and the alcohol is certainly not noticeable. Not my favorite Pisgah brew, but worth trying.

Photo of gford217
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Ding at the Brick Store with the usual crowd.

Pours a hazy brownish amber with a big creamy white head that shows good lacing.

The aroma is interesting and dominated by the toasted malts with some caramel thrown in. The hops are there in the nose but really just in a supporting role. Definitely not the nose of an APA.

The taste follows the aroma and has plenty of caramel malt sweetness and some floral hops that are more prevalent in the bitter finish than up front. The taste has an overall dry and slightly toasted character.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and a bit crisp in the finish.

This is not one of my favorite Pisgah brews but it's certainly drinkable despite not having a ton of complexity. Good but not great.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ding for the growler!

Pours a beautiful reddish brown that is quite hazy. An off white head quickly dissipates. Smells of fruits and bready yeast. First sip is pure maltyness, that is caramel sweet then quickly bitter to the finish. There's plenty of citrusy hops here that scream, "I am not an APA!" The 7.5% ABV is very well hidden.

Photo of atsprings
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't help but give review #420 to the boys at Pisgah! I must agree with other reviewers before me that this is not a Pale Ale. Pours a very deep hazy amber with a decent off-white head that left great lacing on the glass. Aroma was some sweet malts and citrus hops with a hint of spice. The taste was a very interesting balance of sweet malts and mild earthy citrus hops. Much more reminiscent of an amber ale than a pale in both taste and color. A lasting pine hop flavor lingers on the tongue for a wonderful finish. The beer is light bodied with decent carbonation and well hidden alcohol. This is yet another very enjoyable beer from the boys in Black Mountain.

Photo of ChemistBrewer
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Barleys in Spindale NC.

A: Very nice deep amber appearance almost brown

S: Obvious hops, around 47 IBU if I read correctly though I could not id what variety. Smelled of assorted spices often found in fall brews.

T: Very nice explosion of taste. Comparible to an Oktoberfest/Marzen style. In addtion the bite of a higher alcohol content is prevalent but not overwhelming.

D: Definitely not a beer I would consider a session beer or one for the faint of heart. Although I found it above average and will look for it again.

Photo of KFrank729
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from jraycee for growling at the moon. Thanks!

A:Really nice cross between a deep brown and an amber color. A finger of slightly brownish head with great lacing.

S: A weird but nice nose. Very nice clean malt. A touch of some fruit as well. Almost like a brown dubbel mix.

T: Really nice clean taste. The malt is isolated nicely. The hops are in the back the whole time but really do not shine through till the finish and even then it is hard to describe.

M: Medium body. Well carbonated for a growler pour.

D: Very easy drinking. At over 7 percent not something I would session but a damn fine easy drinking beer. I am stumped on the style as well so lets just call it good.

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