India Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 88
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wcudwight on 05-09-2006

51.2 IBU
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (4,198 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from mikesgroove, thanks Mike! This IPA is on the darker side, medium copper colored and hazy, with nice thick foamy top that retained forever. The aroma is really toasty, kind of reminds me of an English IPA more than an American style, with some citrus and herbal notes underneath. The taste is likewise balanced, caramel malts and light grapefruit hops, a little bitterness in the aftertaste but definitely not too much. Really, this is a well-done amount of balance in an IPA, the malts present in a bicuit and toast way rather than sweet toffee, much more to my liking than most balanced IPA's.

Medium bodied with light carbonation, addictively drinkable. This was a real treat that I'd love to get again somethime. (733 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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! (564 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour at the HMoG at the Brick Store.

Pours a light golden amber with a fluffy white head that leaves some decent lacing as it recedes to a ring.

The hops kick pretty hard up front with an initial earthy aroma with hints of citrus underneath. The caramel malts are subtle but present in the nose as well.

The taste starts with the earthy hops which have a nice opening bitterness which is balanced pretty well with the toasted malt backbone. There are some pine hops to provide a bitterness through the finish.

The mouthfeel is prickly but still smooth with good carbonation.

This is definitely a drinkable IPA and another great brew from Pisgah. (658 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler pour into shaker pint glass on 11/16/08. Shared with Deuane, akorsak and SierraGS. Thanks to greenvilleguitar for sending this as part of Growling at the Moon 2007-08 (cycle #2).

A - Hazy medium to dark copper-colored body with orange tones and two fingers of creamy beige head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left lots of sticky lace. Body is carbonated rather modestly.

S - Hop aroma is pretty earthy and herbal with a bit of citrus hinting at grapefruit. Some floral and pine notes also emerge. Malt is primarily sweet and caramely.

T - Juicy citrus fruit makes an early appearance with grapefruit notes and bitter rind, followed by a little bit of grass and herbs in the middle. A balancing sweet malt character persists throughout with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

M - Medium body with a soft, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Hops provide a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Solid IPA that is on the bitter side of the spectrum. While the malt offers a bit of sweetness, the hops are king with this IPA. Good stuff! (1,076 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ffejherb for sharing a growler of this one. Also shared with Sierrags and akorsak.

A-Copper with a medium white head that reduced to a thin film and left spotty lacing.

S-Initial blast of musty herbalness with a following of citrus and grapefruit. All backed well with a healthy dose of sweet malt.

T-A combo of earthy/spicy/piney/citrus bitterness all melding well with a nice sweet caramel support system.

M-Medium bodied with a long lasting dry bitter finish.

D-A bit different than I remember, maybe the use of different hops, but this is still tasty. Pisgah is certainly one of the best breweries around! (626 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice crisp copper orange with a decent head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is burnt caramel and some earthy pine hops. The taste is a nice blend of citrus hops and caramel malts creating a nice balance. Te beer is nice and crisp and the carbonation has held up very well for a two month old growler. This is a very enjoyable beer, and one I'd love to see in six-packs if Pisgah ever decides to go in that direction. (438 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in GatM from jraycee. Thanks!

A-Slightly hazy orange amber with a fluffy white head and a little lacing.

S-Earthy and piney hops with a light malt sweetness.

T-Tasty balance of earthy hops with some pine and a bit of citrus. A bit bitter in the finish but only a bit.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-ABV 7.5% according to the label, a bit high for the style but taste is very mellow. I could drink this all night.

HV (444 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (319 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (707 characters)

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. (574 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (474 characters)

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India Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.