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Pisgah Leaf Amber - Pisgah Brewing Co.

Pisgah Leaf AmberPisgah Leaf Amber

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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%

Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 04-22-2009)
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with some copper highlights, slightly hazed, but you can still see through it pretty easily. A big fluffy, white heat forms on top, falls back a bit, and leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is nice and sweet - it brings southern sweet tea to mind for me. A bit floral on the hop front, leafy with an additional bit of citrus, like lemon and orange. There's a nice toasty malt backbone behind it all too. The taste comes off first with a toasty crackery malt presence. A nice sweetness, too. There's quite a bit of a caramelized sugar flavor here. There are very light esters here, but still present to a pleasant degree. There's also a nice orangey, almost lemon-lime type hop presence, followed up more strongly by a nice bit of leafy, earthy hops. It finishes really clean, and the balance between dryness and sweetness really makes the last bit in your mouth enjoyable. I'd also bet that there's a bit of chocolate malt in here, too, which cuts through the lighter malty sweetness, making it very interesting. The body is a bit on the thin side, which isn't bad for the style, but doesn't do anything to set this beer apart. The carbonation tickles though, which is pleasant. Overall, this is very enjoyable. A very nice beer to drink, kind of light and refreshing. I could really see myself digging into a few 22oz bottles of this in a night.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 21:58:42 | More by taylorhamrick
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on draft at beer study in chapel hill. shaker.

pours a light red with a mild head. smell is more hoppy than malty. taste is the opposite , more malty than hoppy. very good though, and I'm usually not a fan of malt forward beers . medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall a very good amber!

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3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bomber picked up in Asheville in the fall of 2012

A - A deep mahogany red, with 1 finger of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. Impressive appearance

S - Burnt toast and grain, with a slight alcohol kick. Nothing very strong though

T - Sweet amber and huge malty backbone. NOt too much hop presence.

M - Medium bodied, oily, and high carbonation. Nice mouthfeel

O - A decent amber, but amber is not a prefered style of mine. But I love the Pisgah brewery. Most of their other brews are better, especially the Solstice!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 23:00:36 | More by BeerDawgs
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A - orangish amber with a thick, dense, whit head that has great retention

S - caramel, sweet, a bit soapy

T - caramel, sweet, faint earthy bitterness in the finish

M - smooth, medium bodied, crisp

This is pretty standard amber. It's flavor is one dimensional and simplistic. It has a light caramel malt character that is sweet and a bit sticky. Ultimately, this is a pretty forgettable beer.

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A: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a compact, lingering beige head.

S: Faint aromas of caramel, cream, and earthy hops are present on the nose. Compared to most American ambers, this is a very neutral smelling ale.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, dark bread, lemon, and nutty grain are apparent on the entry. Around mid-palate, earthy, leathery hop notes become noticeable. The finish is rich and smooth with notes of leather, earthy hops, lemon, and caramel.

M: Medium-bodied, firm, and dry. Carbonation is unobtrusive, but not quite lethargic. Very quaffable.

O: This is a nicely balanced amber/red ale that displays a pleasant mix of citrus, caramel, and earthy hop flavors. My only qualm is that the nose is so weak.

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Some toasted caramel is present on the taste transitioning into a little bit of toffee. A quick touch of earthy hops is followed by a light bitterness lingering through the finish.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A - A dark, slightly hazy amber. Small head had very good retention.

S - It smelled mainly of lightly toasted malt.

T - Rich toasted malt flavor with a nice touch of hops.

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Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear copper with a 1-finger off-white head.

S - Sweet caramel malt with a lovely floral hop nose.

T - Nice balance of sweet caramel malt and more earthy, floral hops with just the slightest bit of bitterness at the end.

M - Light bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable, could have a couple of these easily.

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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. The head receded quickly and left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet bready malt with a grassy/floral aroma, too.

T - This is a bready sweet amber with a strong malty backbone. It had a mild grassy hop profile.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale that is easy drinking.

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4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 06/07/09

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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber with a cool picture of an African man on some soft of tribal instrument. Leaf Amber is a beer which supports Lake Eden Arts Festival. The bottle tells me quite a bit about the festival and how it supports local arts. The beer will have to speak for itself.

Tons of foam and a spirtz sound hit when I open the bottle. bad sign: hope not. The color is unfiltered dark reddish brown.

The nose is caramel malty and sweet and toasted bread with little hop presence. Wait, a new sniff reveals a slight fruity hop nose.

The taste is sweet up front with a sharp carbonation noticeable. Flavorful upfront with good malt character then some hop bittering to keep it balanced. Toasted bread taste sticks to the tongue more than the hops. Some character of this reminds me of a homebrewed beer of mine, but I just can't quite pick it out. Quite a bit hoppier than most ambers.

This beer seems to be a bit overcarbonated. Scale back on the carbonation please. I like my amber/reds to be a bit more smooth.

With warmth and as the beer looses some carbonation, the flavors jump out even more.

A decent amber that is worth purchasing to support local arts in Western NC.

Bottle acquired through atsprings in a trade. Thanks buddy.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 19:55:38 | More by rtratzlaff
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Pisgah Leaf Amber from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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