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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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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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carrollmel7

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-14-2012 00:24:26 | More by carrollmel7
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sdaly3

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-23-2012 15:22:46 | More by sdaly3
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Cheet577


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-17-2012 23:52:25 | More by Cheet577
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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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swgwilt

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-10-2012 19:33:49 | More by swgwilt
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Lantern


4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-11-2012 18:36:00 | More by Lantern
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augie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-23-2012 14:01:30 | More by augie
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greencovesteve

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-20-2012 07:47:47 | More by greencovesteve
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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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Brewsed

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -48.1%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-03-2011 23:39:26 | More by tclapper
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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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grifftheiii

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-21-2011 00:29:26 | More by grifftheiii
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sobeleg

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-17-2011 00:17:05 | More by sobeleg
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eerbayman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 10:43:44 | More by eerbayman
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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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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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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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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
India Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.