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Pisgah Red Devil - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah Red Devil
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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 marvin213
4.35/5  rDev +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! :-)

marvin213, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of unionturf
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

unionturf, May 08, 2009
Photo of ncvbc
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's funny...I ran into a friend who is in college at Warren Wilson while at Pisgah for growler fills on a Thursday. If you know what school I speak of I need not say any more. Of course it was a surprise to see him and he then offered a drink. Apparently this is where he and his friends hang out on Thursdays since they're so close to the brewery. Hadn't really heard of it, but he hands me a glass with "Red Devil" in it. I didn't know what kind of beer it was by looking but later found it to be a fruit beer. Never really had many of these before...

It was pretty clear and a reddish, almost pinkish tint in the glass. A thin ring around the top of the glass with beautiful carbonation.

Seemed a little cold, or maybe it was just the brewery (warehouse type building, high ceilings, etc). I picked up fruit in the nose, that's for sure. Pretty sweet smelling, sugared even. Then a bready yeast.

Taste was a flavor explosion, especially after the temperature went up a little. The first thing I noticed was cherries. It wasn't as sweet as the smell suggested, nor was it tart. A perfect balance between the two that really leaned toward neither. Some raspberries also and a yeasty funk to it.

Mouthfeel was more on the tart side but not so much to make you pucker. Pretty light and easy drinking at the time. Steady carbonation again but slick and near creamy going down, not so crisp.

Wow, seeing that this is 8% here I had no idea when drinking it. I would have guessed between 5.5 and 6% at the most. While I can't give it a 5 for drinkability this one is about as drinkable as it gets for the style and its ABV. A contender in a style that now has my attention...can't wait until it's bottled.

Review #200 for me and Pisgah's 200th batch...here's to a great NC brewery that may not get the hype other breweries receive but brews some very memorable beers that stand up to the best I've had. Cheers!

ncvbc, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of deliriumfest
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

deliriumfest, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of jorrx003
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

jorrx003, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of beesdrone
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

beesdrone, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

YobroitsJoe, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 29, 2007
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Pisgah Red Devil from Pisgah Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.