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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

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 9
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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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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 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 carrollmel7
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of sdaly3
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Cheet577
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mklinger
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of swgwilt
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DCon
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!

Photo of Brewsed
2/5  rDev -48.1%

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 tclapper
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of grifftheiii
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of eerbayman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 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 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.

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