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India Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%


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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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 02:44:01 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 20:28:20 | More by plaid75
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Mellow Mushroom in Asheville, NC for $5. Tapped from an unknown tap handle (ordered from table) & received in a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a huge grassy and nice hop aroma. Very sweet and good for the style.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that has average retention. Has a dark reddish/copper colored body with semi hazing. Leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Medium hop flavor from the beginning with well blended citrus, pine, and fruity flavors. Medium hop bitterness at the finish. Not as sweet as the aroma but more of a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Lightest Carbonation, Smooth, Creamy, and goes down like warm nectar.

Overall Impression- Not sure what they keep the temp. of the kegs but the semi-warm presentation of this IPA made it even easier to appreciate the beer. Would love to see this again in another beer bar here in Asheville or even @ Pisgah (yet I'll be drinking other Pisgah beers if making it there). Get some of this!

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 16:55:24 | More by DCon
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chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 05:18:54 | More by babaracas
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 20:33:58 | More by thagr81us
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 15:53:01 | More by johnmichaelsen
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CampusCrew

Florida

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

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 00:48:10 | More by CampusCrew
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pisgah IPA, on tap at the Pisgah tasting room, served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Comes a light orange amber, hazy as hell, with some visible fast carbonation that's very fine-bubbled. The one-finger of almost-white head of average retention leaves a big thick collar, a few sparse strings of lace, and a sheen of foam. Good start.

Aroma: Great big grapefruit and light, herbal hoppiness constitute the majority of the hop presence here, and it's backed up by a relatively sweet but well-masked doughy, medium-roast backbone.

Taste: Big mint and other various leafy notes, a healthy amount of citrus zest, and slightly less pungent but nonetheless detectable hints of pine over a sea of crisp, roasted, biscuity malts, accompanied by a moderate to perhaps slightly above moderate level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of effervescence in this one, leading to a crisp, lively, bubbly body. Cuts through the medium thickness rather well.

Drinkability: Big and bold, but very east coast. This is a really solid IPA, flavorful, seemingly reasonably abv%ed, crisp, and bright. I wouldn't mind seeing this one bottled - could be very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 07:18:15 | More by CrellMoset
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wcudwight

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2006 20:32:25 | More by wcudwight
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 00:11:57 | More by BeerDawgs
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Spider889

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2011 06:21:47 | More by Spider889
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

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

Ohio

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.

Serving type: growler

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

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

05-17-2011 15:38:00 | More by PDXHops
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2011 18:33:31 | More by cbeer88
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ballz50401

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Bottle code: #1011(1/11/11) Thanks to mikesgroove for the bottle.

Appearance: A lovely golden amber color. Nice amount of carbonatin. A strong puffy head with good lacing.

Smell: Piney, floral, and perfumy. Assertive toasty sweet malt character. Caramel and toffee notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Some floral and pine hop notes with the toasted caramel flavor. A very nice balance of flavors here. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a nice dry crisp finish.

Overall: A nicely done IPA that has some good aroma and flavor characteristics. Very refreshing and an easy drinker for 7.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:54:59 | More by ballz50401
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2011 21:47:24 | More by Rhettroactive
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-09-2011 22:09:46 | More by corby112
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jsanford

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 05:21:54 | More by jsanford
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fear025

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 05:17:00 | More by Tripphop
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-30-2010 02:09:26 | More by brdc
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first growler purchase ... exciting moment for me.

A: Amber/copper and beautiful. White head with lacing aplenty.

S: The smell of hops is mild but I got more of a spicy tinge.

T: Well balanced is what comes to mind. Like the aroma, the hops aren't overdone and is nicely offset by the malt character.

M: Mild oily & resin feel but not overdone

D: I would drink this every night if I had constant access to it. However, I don't so I'm cherishing every sip of this one.

Serving type: growler

07-29-2010 02:39:58 | More by DoctorB2B
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India Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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