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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

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 07-29-2007)
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2009 17:04:22 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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taospowder

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -19%

09-03-2013 03:53:53 | More by taospowder
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2009 23:07:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Brewsed

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-03-2012 21:58:37 | More by Brewsed
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-28-2013 23:25:04 | More by kylehay2004
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-30-2009 12:02:27 | More by ffejherb
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-06-2012 21:09:35 | More by chinchill
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dirtylou

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-07-2013 00:32:02 | More by dirtylou
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-29-2013 21:28:40 | More by mc4z
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-20-2013 02:02:46 | More by IrishColonial
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napetry

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-01-2013 21:26:58 | More by napetry
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-03-2011 23:41:22 | More by tclapper
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-01-2009 00:19:06 | More by DrJay
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-17-2013 14:46:48 | More by Agentveba
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MaximumYuks

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-12-2014 01:39:54 | More by MaximumYuks
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 19:04:13 | More by CrellMoset
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-14-2010 12:25:35 | More by Deuane
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blackie

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 18:27:31 | More by blackie
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drperm

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-29-2008 13:14:25 | More by drperm
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6%

09-21-2013 12:39:21 | More by KevinGordon
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-28-2013 05:37:39 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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tazzman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-29-2013 01:26:58 | More by tazzman
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +8%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-08-2008 05:03:40 | More by Kegatron
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marvin213

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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! :-)

Serving type: growler

02-18-2012 21:08:51 | More by marvin213
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unionturf

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First...this is coming from someone who does not like fruit beers....just a note.

Had on tap at Pisgah, pours clearish red, sorta looks like a wine cooler. Smell is ok, nothing amazing but fits the bill. taste is very good for me, this is one of the first fruit beers (their Dancing Hobo being the other) I have ever liked. Mouthfeell and drinkability are tops...you would never know this is a 8-9% beer and you could drink this all night long (or till you fell over) because the alcohol is so well hidden.

I liked it and enjoyed a few growlers at home.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2009 07:09:38 | More by unionturf
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Pisgah Red Devil from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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