1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

India Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
51.2 IBU

(Beer added by: wcudwight on 05-09-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by VaterRoss:
Photo of VaterRoss
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance is a dark orange with a small off-white head. Smell is lots of sticky tangerine hops and malt sweetness. There is a bit of oldness in the taste, perhaps from the malt? Strong medium weight body and nice IPA spicy/sticky mouthfeel.

An average IPA.

From notes, Mar 17, 2012

VaterRoss, Oct 30, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On my weekend trip in Asheville I drank alot of Pisgah stuff and brought alot home with me,this being one of them I brought back.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep burnt orange with a thinner lacey white head,resiny hop really sticks out in the nose,a mix of tropical fruit and caramel comprise the other aroma traits.Pretty balanced for an American IPA,again a mix of resin and tropical-like fruitiness intertwined with a hefty caramel base.Smooth going down and not a bitter bomb,nice hop compleity to the this N.C. brewed IPA.

oberon, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Mantooth, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at the May 2011 LEAF Festival, about 1 mile from the brewery.

A - Amber. Clear. Nice bone head is creamy and has very good retention.

S - modestly hoppy aroma for style, with toasted malt

T - fairly rich and earthy, with plenty of toasted malt and hop bitterness. As expected, this IPA has a bitter finish and lingering bitter grapefruit rind aftertaste, but I thought this one had too little actual hop flavor given this level of bitterness.

M - medium body is a bit full for style. Adequate if light carbonation.

O- Good beer, and certified organic, but disappointing given the outstanding track record of this brewery.

chinchill, May 17, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Bruisin Ales in Asheville.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-whte head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells of piney and floral hops with a good amount of malt sweetness.

Tastes very good. Sweet malt flavors coupled with piney flavors up front. There's also a bit of a citrus flavor with light vanilla making its way out as the beer warms. Solid bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is very good. Very good thickness joined by good carbonation make this a heavy yet smooth beer.

Drinkability is good. I shared the growler with a few people, but I'm not ashamed to say I did the most damage. Very easy to drink.

Overall this was a solid beer and I'm not at all disappointed in this brewery after hearing a lot of hype. I wish I'd bought a few more growlers while I was up there.

glid02, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Greenlife in Asheville, NC. Into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with at least 2 fingers of off-white head. Thin creamy retention leaves a rich cascade of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and spicy with a dank herbal quality about it (shocking I know!) and a tangy backing of tropical fruits, caramel, and bready malts.

The taste is fairly bitter at first but then evens out nicely as this warms. The hop profile is earthy and spicy with a touch of a resinous edge to it. The bitterness is nicely balanced by a smooth backbone of lightly toasted malts and caramel and a kiss of sweet fruity citrus. Finishes dry and spicy with some lingering residual sweet notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and creamy carbonation and well hidden ABV that just helps this glide so easily across the palate. Nice.

Really nice IPA from Pisgah here, with a hoppy but well balanced profile and a superior feel and drinkibility that made this quite the tasty and thirst quenching quaff.

Kegatron, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, citrus hops, and an earthy note. The flavor was of malt, earthy/piney hops, a slight nutty note, and cranberries. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and smooth IPA. The earthy hop note is a new one to me and was quite interesting. That being said, this isn't my favorite IPA I have ever had, but it surely is damn tasty. Very nice job on this one Pisgah!

thagr81us, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of rvajohn
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

rvajohn, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Tripphop
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second time trying out of a 22 oz bottle.

Recall from the first taste back in January, robust hop, big malt backbone, nice aroma of pine needles and lime zest.

Second bottle consumed 8 months later.. Hops have faded only the slightest amount. Pours a nice deep orange with reddish glow. Big frothy head with nice chunky white foam. Aroma has a nice mellow hop with a bready undertone. Taste is super. Big bold mouthfeel, crisp yet creamy, nice balance still with some time on it.

Tripphop, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

dvmin98, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ffejherb for the last glass of a Growlin' At The Moon growler.

A: The IPA is an amber color, a dead ringer for a bomber bottle. There is no head, although that is not surprising because this is the last glass out of the growler.

S: The aroma is divinely citrus, intense and biting with a noticeable sweet profile. I'd expect nothing less from Pisgah.

T: The ale is very barleywine-esque, loaded with lots of hops and an equal amount of malts. The grains are caramel, big enough to stand up to the hops. Citrus flavors mix with a minty aftertaste. The initial hop blast is reminiscent of the hop flavor that Selin's Grove puts out.

M: The ale doesn't pull punches with either the hops or malts, a big ale that won't knock you out.

D: I only had one glass but would have loved to dig into several glasses, if only to see how the ale changes as it warms.

akorsak, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of jsanford
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber, with just the thinnest of white heads. No real lacing or retention. Disappointing, looks flat.
S - Sweet malt, burnt orange peel and pineapple hop aromas. Aroma is pretty subdued, but I like what I can smell.
T - This has a very nice, tropical hop profile, lots of sweet caramelized pineapple, mandarin orange and maraschino cherry. Moderately "juicy", but not as flavorful as I'd hoped. This may just be an old bottle, but, sadly, Pisgah doesn't seem to date their bottles so I have no way of knowing.
M - Medium-thin bodied with low carbonation. I really dislike the carbonation level, needs to be higher.
D - Mostly drinkable, despite the carbonation issues. Worked well with the burger and fries I had it with.

jsanford, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so now we know all about how much I love everything that goes on up in Black Mountain. Pisgah is far and away my favorite local brewery, and I make it a point to make trips up there as frequently as possible, especially when something new was out. Last week I was able to make my way up for a visit, because I just had to grab one of their new IPA's and try this. I mean the pale ale is insanely good, the Imperial IPA was to die for, how could the IPA be anything but utterly fantastic. Picked me up a growler and brought it home to enjoy over the weekend. Popped it open on Saturday night, and proud to say I finished it off the same evening. This sixty-four ounce beast was served at various temperatures just to try and bring out all the subtle flavors and nuances, but all were served in a lovely Middle Ages imperial pint glass.

A - Poured this one vigorously into the glass creating a very nice three finger high head of deep thick and sticky foamy off white lace. This reached a height of close to three inches before finally settling down to a thin layer of foam across the top of the glass about a half an inch thick that hung around throughout the entire session. Awesome side glass presentation on this one, really tremendously thick spider web like side glass presentation here, left streaking down the glass for hours after it was done. The color was a very thick and deep amber with a good amount of haze and cloudiness to it as well. Very nice, and you could see through it somewhat, creating a very nice golden copper hue throughout the glass. Some light carbonation bubbling up toward the surface could be seen throughout as well.

S - The aroma was thick and pungent, and off to an awfully good start. There were thick citrus bouquets dancing around the smell, creating just wonderful floral scents that really gave this a nice lively presence. Lots of sugar in here as well, as I was picking up a nice sweetness to it, maybe even a touch of honey in there as well, really coming together quite nicely and offering a very balanced approach to it. As it warmed some light, grain tried to mingle in but was quickly shut down by a nice pine resin bitterness.

T - The flavor was really quite nice. A classic IPA example here. Nothing really shredding about the bittering hop profile, it was rather subtle in its complexities and very nice in how balanced it was against the sugary profile that backed it up. The first flavor I noticed was a very nice orange note that came through, this was almost soaked with sugar it was coming through so sweet, a deep earthy malt profile was hiding out underneath of this, really giving it some depth and a nice overall sense of balance. Some decent pine notes coming in next and mingling with this and some pineapple like flavors. The finish was very strong, tons of grassy like hop flavors just riveting through the finish, really creating a tremendous dry feeling. Very long lasting flavor in here as well, really drawing every little last bit of flavor from your mouth before letting go. Very well done.

M - This was a very nice medium-bodied IPA. There was not too much carbonation in it, which left to it feeling a little thicker, which, was good IMO. It really held its own with some of the better ones I have had in that regard... Very strong finish, and it never for a moment felt dull or flat, and not a chance in heck this one was watered down at all, very solid.

D - As for the drink ability of this one, lets put it this way, I drank a growler in a night, will that suffice. No hint of alcohol at all in this, and at 7.5%abv, that is not unheard of, but still a nice little feat. Great flavors, and smooth as silk going down. Deep dry finish really had you looking back for some more when you were done. I would have loved to drink this every night.

Overall, I would score another for my boys up at Pisgah. This is definitely a very solid offering from them and something that will definitely not disappoint. More of a very well balanced and sweet IPA, then the mouth shreddingly bitter ones I get sometimes. A nice step up from the pale ale and a welcomed addition to their lineup. Looking forward to having this one again.

mikesgroove, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Barley's in Asheville

Dirty, cloudy orange in the glass. Looks darker on the inside and lighter on the outside. Nice sticky finger sized head that last forever. This head is so sticky that I don't see how they can wash it off. Heavy lacing that covers the entire glass. Hops in the nose. Also, mixed fruits, kinda like a Tropicana Twister. This brew is a hop bomb. Does have a nice sweet, grapefruit like finish, to add some complexity. Feels sticky, crisp and bitter in the mouth. The hoppiness hurts the drinkability some.
My first offering from Pisgah and an excellent offering it was. I look forward to trying some more of there brews.

wcudwight, May 09, 2006
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +3.9%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a hazy orange hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a very fresh citric and tea like hop aroma alongside a soft doughiness.

The taste consisted of piney and city's hops atop a slightly grainy pale malt. A touch of sweetness noted as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the softer side of the style.

Overall a very nice IPA. Super fresh sample.

plaid75, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of RedBrewer83
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with bro, dad, and dad-in-law...

A: Pours a hazy orange amber hue with a frothy creamy two finger head. Excellent lacing!

S: Orange peel hop, hint of grapefruit, very biscuity malt in the background. Slight piney hop as well, not overly hoppy though, expected more.

T: Follows nose...still needs more hop. Very crisp orange peel hop, finishes with grapefruit bitterness. Malt isn't as prounounced as in the smell...not as impressed as I hoped i'd be.

M: Medium light body, carbonation is very nice...

D: Smooth, drinkable, pretty good overall, but not great.

RedBrewer83, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of supercolter
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I very much enjoyed this IPA. Appearance is good, nice copper/red color. This beer has a slight head, but very tightly packed which leads to some decent lacing. Smell is also quite good, nice and piney with a bit of hops. The taste is even better as some of the earthiness comes through. The piney backbone is also there and a bit sweet in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice with medium body and nice oily feel. Drinkability is very good as well.

supercolter, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Irish57
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Irish57, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of mntlover
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a fluffy off white head that falls to scum but leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is hops herbal earthy on top mixed with citrus/pine more underneath. Hops are riding on a toasted malt background.

Taste is is like aroma nice earthy herbal hops on top of citrus and light pine resin. Malt base is lightly toasted, not normal caramel more bready in nature. Nice hoppy dry finish. Nothing to exciting going on here a decent IPA but nothing to insert into my normal IPA rotation.

Mouthfeel is light medium with decent peppy carbonation that brings the hops forward.

Drinkability is ok again not something i would repeat buy, earthy herbal is not my favorite IPA style guess I'm an old fart and like my cascade too much.

mntlover, May 01, 2009
Photo of DrMindbender
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrMindbender, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

pathman, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

LooseMoose1978, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From growler purchased at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC to nonic pint glass on 2/22/11
*From notes

A: Just a gorgeous, rich and dark amber hue. On a side note, it does appear to have been filtered. A 1.5 finger head and some of the thickest lacing I've seen in some time.

S: Alcohol esters and sweet ripe tropical fruit, followed by a subtle hint of fresh pine shavings.

T: The fruit envelopes my tastebuds. The reasonable amount of alcohol on this one follows on the mid-palate, leading to a really broad shouldered malt finish. This is one well defined and delicious beer.

M: Quite heavy for an AIPA, and it's got the perfect amount of carbonation to boot. Pisgah's India Pale Ale simply feels authentic, it feels real; like the brewmaster knew this could stand on it's own two feet and so he let it be. Well done good sir (or madame).

O: My first dance with Pisgah, and oh how wonderful it was. I can't stop gushing over the complex and downright wonderful AIPA they've produced. I'd heard nothing but glowing things about this small, organic brewery. Believe it when you hear it: this is worth seeking out.

Rhettroactive, Feb 25, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
India Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.