India Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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86
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 10
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:
Beer added by: wcudwight on 05-09-2006

51.2 IBU
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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 48
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of PDXHops
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of wilwfu
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of VaterRoss
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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

Photo of brdc
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jsanford
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of Spider889
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of babaracas
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of fear025
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of cbeer88
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Growler into Imperial Nonic glass. Growler courtesy of trade with BA user commis!

Appearance: Moderate pour down the center of the glass gives a little less than 2 fingers of a nice whitish head, but the head fades very quickly. Lacing is there as the beer goes down, but minimal. Gorgeous orange color makes for a very inviting looking brew - the color is probably my favorite characteristic of this beer.

Smell: Malt and flowers, some pine. Not getting the citrusy blast that I like from an IPA, but otherwise pleasant enough.

Taste: Really good. Well balanced, and more of the bitter piney and bread-y east coast flavor up front than the west coast appearance would suggest to me. Some sweet malt on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, medium body. Hits the mark for the style.

Drinkability: High. The 7.5% alcohol is on the high side for the style, but very well hidden, and thus this beer goes down easily. It's a potentially dangerous combination though, as a few pints of this IPA will sneak up on you.

Overall: Very good IPA for those who prefer balance over hop bombs. Well worth tasting if you have the opportunity, but not necessary to go out of your way for.

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On an immediate pour, this one was incredibly impressive. A perfectly clear almost amber color, with a huge head, but the bubbles clear out kind of quickly and there is almost no lacing. The smell is kind of subdued, a whiff of lightly sweet malts back up a resinous, grassy kind of smell. You can also find plenty of fruity dry hops and some citrus peel. Its not overpowering, but still pleasant. The taste immediately hits you with a bit of a piney taste, then the malty taste comes in, lightly sweet, with a nutty and bready backing. A good base for the hops. There's some citrus rind with loads of resinous hops, with a light tropical fruit kick. It finishes just a bit grassy. This one taste nice, but if the grassiness could be toned down for a bit more hop flavor, but its a good example, and its not lacking a nice malt backbone. The grassiness and the resinous feeling kind of holds this one back. It clings to your mouth, which is a feeling that I love, but it just holds you, then the alcohol warms you up a bit in the end. Drinking this will slow you down quickly, but I really enjoy drinking this. A whole growler will take me some time, I might break it into two sessions, but I will enjoy it all throughout.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A yellow/ golden color with low clarity. 1 finger of sticky head and just a touch of sticky lace on the glass

S - Tangerines and grapefruit. Bittnerness. Not as hoppy as most IPA's on the aroma front, but definitely showing some hop love

T - Citrus and orange up front, but packs a bitter kick at the end. Nice malt backbone to balance it out.

M - High carbonation but light bodied.

O - A good IPA for sure, but not the best in Asheville. I rate Pisgah as the best brewery overall in Asheville based on their other beers, such as the Solstice. But a good beer nonetheless

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.

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.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint glass, a nice light amber color with some dark yellowish notes. Nice, thick, frothy off-white head, about 2 fingers.

Smell is a little sweet, definitely some citrus undertones, along with a nice earthy pine.

Taste is very nice. A little pineapple, grapefruit sweetness comes through, very nicely balanced by a crisp hop bitterness, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is also good, medium bodied with solid carbonation, leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, but not in a bad way.

Very drinkable brew. Will certainly pick up more on my next trip to Asheville.

Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to kubrick215 for bringing a fresh growler of this back from NC!

Pours a golden copper/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger foamy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Floral, perfume-like hop aroma with lots of earthy pine and sweet citrus. Hints of pine needle, grapefruit and lemon peel as well as some caramel malt and sweet alcohol.

Chewy medium body with a very nice balance of bitter, earthy and sweet citrus hop flavor. Not overly dry or bitter with a slight floral character. Slight creamy presence adds to the body and the caramel, toffee malt presence adds balance. Slightly dry finish with subtle alcohol presence. Pisgah is a 100% organic brewery and it shows in how clean and quaffable this beer is.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a solid orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose there is an attractive, flowery, orange citrus aroma that I appreciate. While not as intense as I might like, it's still very attractive. On the palate, I was struck by how well balanced this IPA, with the moderately sweet malt expertly countered and balanced by the hoppy citrus. The beer finishes very nicely, with a wash of hoppy citrus. This beer is medium bodied and just very easy going, with above average drinkability for the abv.

Nothing special here, and certainly nothing to go ga-ga over, but nevertheless this was a very enjoyable, easy to appreciate IPA.

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: nice lacing and golden amber color

smell: good whif of citrus and pine

taste: nice hop flavor of citrus and pine, could have used more pungent hop power. could be slightly aged though.

mouthfeel: medum bodied and on the balanced side

drinkability: nice flavor a little slow drinking. Not bad, solid IPA

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler received as a surprise from the wonderful gent that is goRideYourBike. Mike, you're da maan. Split this with DRINKNDRIVE earlier tonight; into my Russian River pint glass

A: Deep copper with some mild haze. Dense tan head that recedes rather quickly to a disk leaving some spectacular lacework.

S: Sharp hop bitterness up front with tons of pine and some citrus. Hops are pretty ridiculously fresh with an earthy character to them. There's a mild caramel sweetness in the back to round things out.

T/M: Opens up with a lot of sharp, bitter pine hops with a mild caramel sweetness. As I let this sit in my glass a while, the fresh, earthy hop flavor asserts itself before a piney bitterness takes over on the finish. Light to medium in body, this beer has great carbonation and a solid, bitter finish. Wonderful.

D: Half a growler of this proved to be no problem. I do wish they dropped the ABV a bit, though.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a pint glass on tap at the Pisgah taproom.

L – Medium amber color with a 1-finger cream-colored head. Decent retention with some patches of lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Lots of caramel malt and lots of grapefruit-forward hops. Very balanced.

T – Follows the aroma nicely. It starts off sweet with caramel malt and some sweet orange flavors and then progresses to a nicely bitter grapefruit hop finish. Again, very balanced for an IPA.

F – Medium-bodied, good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and mouth-coating feel, and a bitter and dry finish. Bitter grapefruit hops linger for a nice while.

O – This is a very tasty, very balanced, and very drinkable IPA. I really have nothing else to say about it. It’s just a very solid beer and a great example of a nicely-balanced IPA. Cheers, Pisgah!

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India Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.