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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
87
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 8
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:
51.2 IBU

(Beer added by: wcudwight on 05-09-2006)
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Photo of babaracas
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.

babaracas, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
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.

Rhettroactive, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of jsanford
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.

jsanford, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
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!

thagr81us, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of fear025
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.

fear025, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Tripphop
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.

Tripphop, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of brdc
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.

brdc, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of DoctorB2B
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.

DoctorB2B, Jul 29, 2010
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.

John_M, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of wilwfu
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

wilwfu, May 29, 2010
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

bigbluebeerguy, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

oberon, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of cbros
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- This beer is absolutely beautiful looking. The color is a deep orange/yellow with a nice looking carbonation line that flows from the bottom. The head is a white one finger that leaves a tiny white lace till the end.

S- I am picking up the usual tell tale IPA smells of citrus and hop. It also haapens to a sweet undertone to it as well.

T- Damn this is a great tasting IPA! It starts a little sweet but quickly reverts to a well balanced IPA. The dance between the bitter hop note and malty sweet plays till the end. Not an overpowering hop beer by any means, rather a very well balanced great tasting IPA. This beer reminds me a lot of the West Coast IPA's I have been trying recently, but I feel takes it a step further. I would love love love to have this beer available to me on a more regular basis. I could easily see this being a weekend regular if that was an option.

As you can tell above I am very happy to have finally given this a shot. My only regret is that I did not pick up more than 1 bottle of this. I will certianly have this again at the earliest convienece.

cbros, Apr 16, 2010
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

CampusCrew, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

TurdFurgison, Mar 18, 2010
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.

Onenote81, Feb 13, 2010
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.

RedBrewer83, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

growler poured in to a stein type glass.

pours a deep orange with an off whie head.

smell is piney with a hint of biscuit and some citrus.

taste is sharp first then a little bitter with a dry finish.

very easy drinking beer that if anything is a little thin. these will go down very well. nice beer from pisgah.

aubuc1, Jun 26, 2009
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.

mntlover, May 01, 2009
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice pop when I opened the growler which lets me know its nice and fresh. Poured from the growler into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color with a nice frothy finger thick off-white head. The head does recede a bit from the level it is at pour, but seems to retain itself well. There is a bit of lacing but there is not rings left behind by each swallow.

S: A hint of caramel malt aroma is overwhelmed by a load of citrus and floral hop aromas. It smells good, but nothing to shoot it into the top level score range for me.

T: A nice balanced IPA. The caramel malt sweetness is not overwhelmed by the hops like in the nose. They work together well to have an initial sweetness that is washed away with a nice bitterness when the hops kick in.

M: A medium body with a nice creamy mouthfeel from the carbonation.

D: An amazingly drinkable IPA that goes down almost too easy. Another great beer from Pisgah.

GatorBeerNerd, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Kegatron, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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

sholland119, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

taylorhamrick, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

gford217, Jan 26, 2009
India Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.