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India Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | 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)
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Brewsed

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -48.1%

01-03-2012 21:56:21 | More by Brewsed
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%

Many thanks to Ryan011235 for this growler. And some props are also in order for PDXHops for the steady southern hookup.

Appearance
This has a nice, lacy head. The color is strange for its darkness. It’s a deep rusty red with a modest haze.

Aroma
There are, no doubt, lots of hops in this one, but they take on a fairly unusual bouquet. Its very floral with a honey-like sweetness about it. The majority of the aroma is very dense and weedy. There might be some Summit here, giving off its fleshy overgrowth and wild onion aromas. There is a big element of spice here. Smells like cinnamon. Wet grains and cotton candy round out the appreciable aromatic notes.

Taste
Some sweet hops that are lightly citrusy. A dense, weedy, Summit-like element with a flash of pine. Lots of spice, could there be rye malt here? Bitter, herbal finish.

Mouthfeel
Low carbonation that suits the beer fine. The finish is very dry, spicy, herbal and bitter. The bitterness lingers.

Overall
Quite weird. Its hoppy like an IPA should be, but the hop profile is unorthodox. I can see how one could conclude that this is better categorized under English IPA, but I'm feeling that this uses a decent amount of American hops. So perhaps its a hybrid.

06-03-2011 03:29:56 | More by MbpBugeye
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-17-2013 23:15:45 | More by Thorpe429
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Finatic

Florida

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-24-2011 12:41:48 | More by Finatic
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-21-2011 19:14:12 | More by Rochefort10nh
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%

Growler poured into a nonic pint glass. Slightly hazy amber with a modest head and lazy streaks of lacing.

Toasted malt and husky grain are the chief aromas, with light floral and honey sweetness in the background. Perhaps a whiff of citrus. Pleasant, but if tasting blind you wouldn't necessarily guess you were about to taste an IPA.

Steady bitterness from sip to swallow, but the flavor profile suggests an English, rather than American, IPA. Toasty and nutty malts, a little toffee. Hops are tealike and earthy for the most part, with a bit of orange zest at the swallow. Kinda boozy, but not distractingly so.

Overall impression: I think this beer is quite possibly miscategorized. It's certainly enjoyable, but forgettable as an American IPA.

05-17-2011 15:38:00 | More by PDXHops
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

Growler poured into a Minneapolis Town Hall flute on 6/1/11

Courtesy of PDXHops

Nice, sharp looking beer. Burnt copper of various tones. One and a half finger head thins but leaves sudsy lace and bubbles. Perhaps a bit dark for the style, but looks good.

Herbal, grassy hops are rather potent. Mild orange peel notions are worked in. Toasted bread, caramel and hints of biscuit. Smells ok but it's not what I look for in an American IPA.

Doesn't taste like what I want in the style, either. Reasonably dry and bitter but not quite pushing the astringent territory, at least while cold. Herbal, leafy hops. Hints of over-ripe orange peel. The hops do hold up pretty well against the malts. Toasted bread and hints of caramel. Quite dry throughout; that it's not sweet is plus. The malts are more appreciable as it warms.

The feel is leaning toward the full side for the style. Granular underpinnings. A bit coating, especially as it warms. Carbonation starts out on the high side and tapers off from there.

Though not my cup of tea, it's at least well-crated. Perhaps it would be better labeled as an English IPA.

07-06-2011 01:35:13 | More by Ryan011235
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wilwfu

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%

Big thanks to mikesgroove for sending this my way! Anything exported from Blackmountain NC is a win/win in my book

Sweet biscuity malt in the nose, not much else other than a faint chemical/alcohol smell that I can't put my finger on. Good sticky fluffy head and lacing. Taste is malty with a slight pine resin follow through, subtle hops get overwhelmed by the maltiness.

I'll be honest, I tried to write notes while drinking this and just didnt have much to write. Just not much depth in the smell and taste of it... Im glad I had a chance to indulge, but pisgah offers much better out of the bottle.

05-29-2010 04:00:06 | More by wilwfu
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rvajohn

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

02-03-2013 23:09:13 | More by rvajohn
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%

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

10-30-2012 15:48:55 | More by VaterRoss
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -13%

From notes. Thanks stoutsnipas for this one.

Had multiple servings over one weekend, and presumably this was a fresh growler, so the relative lack of hop punch was somewhat disappointing.
Light golden color, minimal haziness, average white head.
The aroma is as flowery as I had in a long time, with some notes of grassy and citric hops as well, along with a malty sweet caramel backbone.
The body is a major letdown, quite watery, and the flavor, if balanced, is a little too subtle, lacking both malts and hops.
Overall, just OK.

07-30-2010 02:09:26 | More by brdc
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jsanford

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

11-20-2010 05:21:54 | More by jsanford
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-16-2013 20:39:53 | More by LooseMoose1978
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Spider889

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Thanks to Ryan011235 for sharing the growler.

A - Dark copper color, but from a distance it almost seemed like a rose color. Pours with a tall dark sandy head, leaving moderate lacing.

S - Light malting and mild pine aroma. Ultimately lackluster compared to all of the extreme dry-hopping so many IPA's endure these days. While this alone doesn't discount the viability of the Pisgah IPA, it does downplay its impact, and force it into the middle of the pack.

T - Bitter pine, spicy hops, and mild honey flavor. Finishes really weak with a herbal flavor component akin to chamomile, lemon, and grass.

M - Medium bodied feel. Semi-dry.

O - Not bad, but nothing very memorable either.

12-29-2011 06:21:47 | More by Spider889
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SlowWideTurns

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-29-2012 17:30:02 | More by SlowWideTurns
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mklinger

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-17-2012 14:28:22 | More by mklinger
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-22-2013 22:15:29 | More by WOLFGANG
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -7%

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.

05-01-2009 20:52:45 | More by mntlover
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed this while watching the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Pours a slightly murky dark orange/gold with a nice frothy white head on top. Superb retention; left lots of sticky lace and sip rings on the glass. Scents of mild floral tones, some light citrus, and earth. Not that "hoppy" of a nose.

Good smooth body with a subtle carbonation kick on the back end. The flavors in this beer are pretty muted. Nothing really stands out. Some mild citrus like orange zest, moderate bitterness, and a light honey-sweet finish. This was a good beer, no doubt, but it is not in the upper tier for this style. It's organic though, so it's got that going for it. Not bad.

02-13-2010 19:04:27 | More by Onenote81
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

05-17-2011 14:58:18 | More by chinchill
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fear025

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

Thanks to MikesGroove for this beer.

Aroma:Lots of malt flavor in this one, and a little citrus hoppiness.

Appearance:Amber in color, very clear, low head retention.

Taste:On first taste, the harsh piney hops overpower everything else. The midtaste has a flash of sweet honey flavor that fades as quickly as it came. The hops stick around, but have more citrus notes, along with some sweet nutty malt flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:There is some hoppy astringency that is harsh on the throat. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:The hops in this beer are not the most delicious that I've had in an IPA, but it is true to style. In fairness, I don't know how fresh this bottle was.

10-08-2010 23:47:15 | More by fear025
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babaracas

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

On-tap at the tasting room in a shaker pint. Cloudy dull orange, off-white head leaving thick sheet of lace down the glass. Smell: caramel, leafy, earthy, red delicious apple, a little sour whiff (seems to be their yeast character, shows up in most of their beers; slight and not off putting, but out of place at times and especially here). Taste: candied citrus rind, caramel, red delicious apple, leafy, tropical fruit emerges as it warms. Good bitterness and carbonation.

03-21-2011 05:18:54 | More by babaracas
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-30-2013 11:36:12 | More by Cynic-ale
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-17-2014 03:35:46 | More by DrMindbender
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-28-2012 00:25:40 | More by Falcone
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India Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.