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Pisgah Red Devil - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah Red Devil
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BA SCORE
88
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 07-29-2007)
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/05/2009. Sampled from a growler at PPRBSG09. This beer pours a light reddish-pink with a small white head. The aroma is of light fruit and melon. The flavor is of sweet raspberries and wheat malt. I though this was kind of bland really, meh.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of taospowder
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

taospowder, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, reddish-pink body with a small, fine, white head.

Smell: Vague pale maltiness and a waft of tart-smelling cherry juice, with only a minor backing of raspberries.

Taste: Light, brief maltiness then it's off to the tart cherries and raspberries, though as with the aroma, it's mostly cherries. A touch of sweetness emerges briefly, but eventually gives way to more tartness. Tiny pinch of spices. Finishes tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight syrupiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A reasonably pleasant interplay between the tart and sweet fruit components, but, for me, it leaned decidedly on the tart side of things. Decent overall.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Brewsed, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

kylehay2004, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

KAF, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of ffejherb
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass on 4/29/09, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Poured an orange body with reddish hues and a bit of haze and half a finger of off-white head that quickly reduced to a patchy film and sparse amount of lace.

S - Apparent berry sweetness that focuses more on raspberry rather than cherry, although there are scant traces of tartness in the nose. Subtle spices and some Belgian candi sugar are also present.

T - Initial flavor is fresh berries and a mild clove spiciness. There is a faint cherry tartness in the middle, but Red Devil is largely a sweet affair with raspberry in the starring role.

M - Medium body, although kind of thin and watery, with moderate carbonation and a syrupy texture. Finish is sweet on the palate with just a hint of sourness.

D - Nothing amazing, but a pretty tasty fruit/Belgian hybrid beer with a pleasant berry presence.

ffejherb, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -6%

chinchill, May 06, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -6%

dirtylou, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -6%

mc4z, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

IrishColonial, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of napetry
3.75/5  rDev -6%

napetry, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

ncstateplaya, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +0.3%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from mikesgroove. Thanks again for the Pisgah growler!
Clear, light amber with a bit of a coppery red hue. Thin cap of off-white bubbles that showed some stickage and stuck around for quite a while. There was a constant stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of my tulip, helping support the collar and thin skim that lingered on the surface of the beer. The aroma was a little strange, but definitely grew on me as I worked through the growler. There was a spicy yeast aroma coupled with an earthy cherry character that stayed quite subtle. Some grassy notes as well. The flavour was very similar to the aroma, but a little more on the sweet side and with a hint of berry tartness. It finished with a bitter kick, making you want to go back for another sip to get the fruity sweetness back. Mild spiciness, reminiscent of coriander seed and cloves. Average carbonation, but with fine bubbles, medium bodied with a bit of dryness. Solid overall.

DrJay, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Agentveba, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of MaximumYuks
4/5  rDev +0.3%

MaximumYuks, May 12, 2014
Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pisgah Red Devil, on tap at the Pisgah tasting room, 12/30/08. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, reddish copper-colored body with tons of fast, medium-sized effervescence. The one finger white head that sits atop it when it arrives is bubbly, foamy, and fades relatively quickly into a sheen of spotty, erratic foam.

Aroma: Sweet cherries, faint but pleasant, with hints of pale malts and grassy, subtle hops. The earthiness of the hops melds with hints of green wood. Light and estery, though lacking in a few places.

Taste: Subtle hints of lighter fruits, mainly flourishes of strawberries, pears, cherries, capped with the faintest hint of raspberry (not anywhere near Hobo-esque, of course, which I had prior to this). It's crisp, replete with light malts, pils-like in most places. It's pleasant, and all the fruity notes are well-integrated.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly even and smooth while still being crisp and expressive. The effervescence is medium-sized, and the body itself is of thin-to-medium thickness.

Drinkability: No alcohol of which to speak, which is pleasant given the 8.0% and, truth be told, lack of relatively bold flavors beneath which such EtOH could hide. It's very Belgian-blonde like, on the whole - pale, fruity, and light. Not necessarily my favorite of theirs, though it is an interesting, solid, and enjoyable brew.

CrellMoset, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Deuane, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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

blackie, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of drperm
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

drperm, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

KevinGordon, Sep 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

BlackBelt5112203, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of tazzman
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

tazzman, May 29, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Kegatron, Mar 08, 2008
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Pisgah Red Devil from Pisgah Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.