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Pisgah Red Devil - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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88
very good

15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 47
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mikesgroove on 07-29-2007

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 47
Reviews by deliriumfest:
Photo of deliriumfest
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/17/09 at January TCBA Gathering

Poured a copper color from a growler shared by beerbeagle. Had a sweet although almost nonexistent yeasty aroma. Taste was also sweet with hints of cherry. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and drinkability was amazingly easy. This was a nice treat. (291 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/23/14.Pours into a chalice a deep burnt orange with a hint of red,a thinner pinkish colored head atop,quite alot of carbonation to it.Mild stone fruit and faint lactic sourness detected in the nose.Quite dry on the palate wich is nice,some of the lactic raspberry and light sourness from the cherries are there but not real huge,some mineral/fruit pit flavors underneath as well.It doesn't seem as big as it is,it has a sptritzy feel and i like the fact it's not overly sour or sweet,a nice beer. (510 characters)

Photo of marvin213
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown with a definitive red tinge, it's only darker than I expected. An aggressive pour from Pisgah growler to my big ol Karmeliet goblet froths nicely and appealingly. I'm excited!

It smells like brown Belgian raspberries--no more, no less. I hold the nose bar especially high for fruit brews, but this one's solid. It tastes great...and, quite frankly, it's less filling than you'd expect from so dark a brown. It's got a nice, light mouthfeel that's all of Belgian, light, raspberry, and brown. The fruit takes a backseat really, though it seems to temper the other flavors. It's really a great, neat beer--I've really beer had one like it. It's NB Frambozen with Belgian yeast. That Belgian touch adds a crispness that really is refreshing while the (warmer) raspberry feel teeters on pucker. I do get a sharp sort of bitter aftertaste, but I might blame the growler. Big thanks to Papa El (prolly the only 69-year-old Asheville native willing to scoop up some Pisgah winners before visiting me in Charlotte)! I selfishly wish they'd bottle more (of everything), but I'm pretty certain they don't care! :-) (1,111 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler into a couple of tulip glasses. Thanks to mikesgroove for hooking me up with this in a trade.

A rather aggressive poor of murky rose yields the quick release of a lively carbonated pink colored fizzy head that quickly settled down into just some light wisps around the edges and middle. Lace was left on the sides but didn't stick around long, opting to just slowly slide down the sides of the glass. The aroma is lush with fresh berries, with raspberries being the dominant scent. This is backed by a most pleasant sugary sweetness and just a hint of bready yeastiness in the backend.

The taste is like a restrained fruit explosion, with fresh raspberries and that backing sweetness up front but then melding into a quick balancing flash of cherry tartness. The sweetness then takes over again, and mixing with a light bread element, completely coating the tongue with a lip smacking candied aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but still gentle and silky over the palette. It starts out with an almost slick feel but then the carbonation opens up and it spreads out over the back of the throat. I think that the body is probably the only place that I can feel that 8% ABV, as it carries just a touch of alcohol weight in it.

Wow, this was a real pleasure to drink. Just a ton of fresh fruit character and a sweet tart element that while being assertive, was never cloying. The drinkibility wasn't mindblowing, as although the ABV is barely detected tastewise, it still contributes to a fairly beefy body that needs to be nibbled on over a period of time. That was fine by me though, as this was one beer that I enjoyed every sweet minute of. Kudos once again to those mad scientists down in Asheville! (1,725 characters)

Photo of mbmiche
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Straight from the tap at the Brewery into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice and hazy light amber with a slight reddish tint to it, almost a soft pink. A very nice sized two finger head of frothy white appeared over the top of it and then gradually settled down to a thin film across the top but not before depositing copious amounts of side glass lace. Some nice carbonation was also apparent.

S – Aroma was very sweet. Lots of sugar and berries coming through from the very first whiff. The smell was quite light though, not overpowering, but just enough to let you know it was there, which was perfect. Lots of yeast as well, and a slight touch of some grassy hop like notes perhaps in the back.

T – What a flavor on this one. A very nice and not too sweet berry flavor comes over you in a wave on the first sip. Perfect balance here as it does not come off too sweet, nor is it puckering bitter. Light grainy notes on this as well and a good amount of yeast present too. I picked up some other fruit in there, pears, peaches perhaps, maybe a note of banana. Very light flavor and it gave off a very bright feel. No hint of any alcohol in this at all and a very nice long lasting dry finish.

M – Very smooth with a medium to light bodied feel that was never dull or cloying. The carbonation held up very well throughout and made for a really nice session. It was actually deceptively light as I would have thought it would have had a bit of a crisper edge to it, but rather it was just smooth sailing.

D – Great here, really great. You would think this would be a sipper, but no rather this was something that was easily a session beer. It had a light flavor profile, and the sweetness was so delicately balanced that you did not get sick of it easily. Good carbonation hanging around led to a great experience to the last drop.

Overall I never cease to be amazed by what these guys are doing, and this just goes to further push the envelope. A great fruit beer, done a little different with just great results. A very good profile led to a fantastic session and really just a great brew all around. Glad this one is back as I have not had anything locally that comes close to the style. A real treat that you need to get out and try. This one is just superb. (2,274 characters)

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: served up in a standard pint, Red Devil is a murky pinkish-red in color, sporting a modest white head with only a thin layer retained

s: sweet cherry aromas held above a wheat body, delicately tart raspberry, fruit and clean malt in good balance, hops mostly out of the way - aged and papery, slight yeast note - perhaps adding a belgian touch

m: carbonation medium-high and a bit prickly, the wheat base keeps things on the light side

t: clean, full wheaty base, loads of cherry with some mild tartness in the finish, slightly sweet in the middle, cherry pie filling, raspberry flavors not as present as the cherry, the light malt base makes a good structure - thinning the sugars while keeping the fruit out front, light yeasty edge, grassy aged hops

d:a very good fruit beer but not outstanding, tasty and readily drinkable for a higher abv fruit beer

the Pisgah website lists this at 9 percent - full pint at Mellow Mushroom, Asheville (947 characters)

Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jorrx003
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cardsfan
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kristougher
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of drperm
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from a Pisgah Tasting, December '07.

This is a Belgian-style blonde ale mixed with cherries and raspberries added to the secondary fermentation. I am not often a fan of fruit beer; I'm fond of Atlantic's Blueberry Ale, and the occasional old-school sour cherry lambic if the mood strikes me. But this was absolutely stupendous. Very well-balanced, and silky smooth. Oh, I could have gone home right then and there a happy man. My note was, "best fruit beer I've ever had, basically," which is probably a stretch, but not *too* big of a stretch. (551 characters)

Photo of napetry
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Reddish tinted copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Light, but pleasant, aroma. Very similar to those "mixed fruit" packets of jelly you get in diners!

T-Tart and sharp raspberry along with light, sweet caramel malt support. Pleasant bouncy fruit finish.

M-Medium body and quite tart with just enough residual sweetness to keep things in check.

D-Light raspberry fruit tartness with a killer smooth drinkability makes this one VERY stealthy. A most enjoyable fruit fueled brew! (532 characters)

Photo of Falcone
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of brotherloco
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Pisgah Red Devil from Pisgah Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.