Greybeard IPA
Pisgah Brewing Co.

Greybeard IPAGreybeard IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,449
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,960
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 12.3%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
152
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Pisgah Brewing Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
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Greybeard IPAGreybeard IPA
Notes: Named for Black Mountain's highest summit, GreyBeard is an innovative IPA extracting its bitterness from massive doses of whole leaf hops utilizing a unique hop-back system to infuse extra lupulin resins into the body and aroma. Bold and adventurous, GreyBeard takes you to the top of the mountain.
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine foam head is golden white, rising to two inches and holding for a long while. Clouds of itty-bitty carbonation sparkle as they slowly meander upwards to reinforce the head. A thick webbing of lace forms rings on the small, "Sparkles", PBGC Dimpled mug. The beer is clear and dark gold with amber depths. And the head is still there with only a few sips to go.

The aroma is similar to grassy pine straw, with plenty of orange pith. Floral notes are mild and give way to orange zest.

Slightly more bitter than sweet, with both being fairly high. Caramel malt is also prevalent with grapefruit pith. Pinesap is present, particularly before a long, dry finish that accentuates the bitterness.

With a medium body and slick cotton texture, the carbonation is surprisingly creamy. Alcohol is as expected, and there is a light astringency that builds with warmth.

This is a fine IPA. I imagine it will pair better with a warm sunny day than this cool, overcast winter afternoon.

Apr 05, 2020
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ncdmz from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like the taste of this NC mountain beer. Piney and hoppy without major dry mouth afterwards. I like to start out with something lighter like a Carlsberg and graduate to this later in the session. It's a nice finisher.

Nov 10, 2019
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Coldcoffee from North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is good stuff if you like IPAs. If you don't like IPAs, then..... you need to get right. Work on yourself. Color: I don't know; I drank it from the can 'cause I'm lazy, and if I dirty up a glass, I'll just have to wash it. Life's too short to wash dishes. Smell: If it was cologne, I'd wear nothing else. Taste: Perfect blend of citrus and pine. Mouth Feel: Mild and kinda creamy, in a good way. No burn. Very drinkable. I really enjoyed it.

Oct 18, 2019
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with an off white head.

Citrus, floral, and tropical fruit - mango, star fruit - in the nose.

Citrus lemon and orange, followed by star fruit and mango, flowing to a sweet bread malt.

Jul 31, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short and sweet, just what you'd expect from an IPA. Nothing remarkable either positive nor negative about this one. I would purchase it again, but would not be my first IPA choice

Mar 16, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Bradaplast for sending this one! Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Cigar City Brewing pint glass.

A: Medium gold and modestly hazy. Forms a thin but dense white head with good retention. Average visible carbonation.

S: Resinous and herbaceous hops. Bready malts with a bit of caramel sweetness. An unexciting but inoffensive nose.

T: More malt-forward than expected - bready and some caramel again. Resin hops with a touch of citrus rind and vegetal flavor, but the hops seem to stay below the malt flavors. Mild oxidative cardboard here as well. It finishes fairly balanced with lingering citrus rind and some ethanol heat as well. There's a tinny metallic flavor here also, which gets more pronounced as it warms.

M: Average heft to the body. A low enough level of carbonation sensation that it detracts some. The alcohol flavors seem overly prominent for an IPA.

O: This can, at least, was really quite subpar. I hate judging a beer (potentially an entire brewery?) on one can. Especially with no dating information to be found on the can, leaves one wondering about a potentially old and/or flawed sample. But this just isn't good. It lacks hops, it's too malt-forward, and some oxidation and caramel in the malts. Disappointing.

Jun 24, 2018
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farrago from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger plus head, very frothy surface and craters easily, bone white, pretty good retention, the lacing forms a thin latticework against the glass. While hazy, the liquid overall is closer to transparent than translucent, dark gold to light orange in color, scattered and lazy bubbles. Sharp and angular nose of cracker, biscuit, black pepper, lawn grass and lemongrass, dried white grapefruit pulps, not much fruit just a smattering of withered pineapple, peach. Full-bodied, while generally creamy it is also so dry that there’s minimal soaking in and it feels firm enough that you sense little fluidity. Hops, hops and more hops upfront, the malty creaminess really doesn’t come with distinct flavors per se, light cocoa or buttered biscuit. Earthy and metallic, here the tangerine to pink grapefruit able to add a dollop of sweetness at the end. However, the pineapple, papaya to peach fruit attenuated and fleeting. It is distinct and honest in an unadorned manner. But the relative lack of fruit and citrus make it one dimensional, if still drinkable provided you like your IPA super dry.

Apr 25, 2018
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing too big nor nothing too small,nthis is a balanced IPA. Starts lightly bitter with grapefruit and pine and eases into some fruity citrus notes. Underlying caramel and honey back bone with some barley. It won't save the world but it tastes good after mowing the lawn.

Jul 13, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

COD 4/19/16. Light amber pour with some suspended matter. World class head volume, lacing and retention. The final pour delivers quite significant amounts of particulate matter that results in a hefeweizen appearance.

Very good nose of light citrus (lemon), light tropical (passion fruit), spruce and a solid malt base that has biscuit and bready aspects.

Light body that is smooth. Very good carbonation / body balance. The middle is slightly effervescent while the finish approaches prickly.

The flavor profile is good, but lacks sufficient bitterness flavor for the style. As an pale ale, I would rate the flavor very good to borderline outstanding. It is rich in hop flavor (mostly sweet tropical initially, then shifts to spruce and ends with pine and zest) but has very little bitterness. Underneath is a rich malt base that follows the nose (biscuit and bready). The finish is a slow fade that is mostly lingering zest.

Jun 24, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: It pours yellow with an off white head.

Smell: It has aromas of citrus, bread, and hints of tropical fruits.

Taste: It has flavors of citrus, and bread with floral and piney elements in the background and hints of tropical fruit.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it with a moderately bitter aftertaste.

Overall the beer is balanced towards the hop, but the malt backbone is prominence.

Jun 17, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a 1" head that breaks down quickly. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: loads of citrus with a mild floral and earthy hop bitterness that comes through to the nose.

Taste: mild caramel flavors with orange, some grapefruit, mango, and an earthy bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish with the earthy and citrus tones lingering long on the tongue.

Overall: a well balanced IPA that is flavorful and not over the top, which makes it easy to consume.

Apr 09, 2016
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

January 21, 2016

12 oz. can, tulip

A – Dark gold to amber and mild-to-moderately hazy. Snow white foam cap of a half-inch sticks around for the long haul.

S – The overall aroma profile is very mild. Some grapefruit and melon hop notes up front. More malt-heavy, toasted crackers and light bread crust. Seems like age could be a factor but this is about 100 days old, not enough to make a massive difference.

T – Again, just not a lot here. Light grapefruit from the hops, and moderate-high hop bite. Malt backbone is substantial, again toasted cracker. There’s nothing *bad* here; it just doesn’t make much of an impression at all.

M – Very little sweetness despite a moderate-full malt-emphasized body. Enough malt to brace the moderate-high hop bitterness. Mostly dry with some juiciness on the finish.

O – Sadly, just an unremarkable beer. Again, it isn’t *bad*. I do wonder if age is a bigger factor than it should be given the date on the can.

Feb 14, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours gold with a slight haze under a ½” rapidly dissipating white head.

S: Not a big aroma. Some fruit, spice and citrus, light malts, biscuit and perfume.

T: Has a malty start joined by tropical fruit and citrus. Has moderate to moderately low malt, moderate hop flavors and moderate bitterness. The fruit flavors increase as it warms and become more tropical. The beer achieves a nice balance between fruit, malt and bitterness.

F: Medium light body and medium high carbonation.

O: A very refreshing, easy to drink beer.

Nov 21, 2015
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: deep copper color, thick, clinging head
S: not much on the nose at all
T: piney bitterness on the finish, balanced OK
F: clings to the front of my tongue
O: eh, OK, wish I would have only got a single instead of a sixer

Sep 09, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: earthy, cat piss; a little caramel;

T: earthy up front; floral gets added in at mid-palate; finish is moderately bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: good, but not exceptional;

Jun 29, 2015
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pretty murky burnt amber color with a thumb sized off white head that laces well.

Aroma is somewhat subdued, lightly dank citrus earthy notes on a pretty malty base.

Taste is like the nose good malts, dank citrus notes, good earthy/herbal like hops do emerge in the finish and add an IPA kick. Just not a great IPA would say if the whole brew was like the finish it would be nice.

Mouthfeel is a big medium good malty base for the hops.

Overall looks nice like darker murky brews more then clear ones. But wouldn't recommend it just because it looks good.

Mar 22, 2015
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, not much carbonation, one finger head that lingers.

S-Some malt, earthy/grassy spices, some citrus.

T-Like the nose, still too malty. Some grass and a wee bit of citrus, but more malt than hops.

M-Medium bodied, some hop resins, nice carbonation.

O-Too malty.

Mar 20, 2015
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Wicked Weed snifter. The pour is hazy in appearance with an apricot-amber color and sports one finger of frothy white head. I get feint hoppy aromas on the nose. Lemons, fresh linen, and lavender.

The beer has a medium body and a nice, firm feel. Excellent balance. This IPA is not as aggressively-hopped as some of its peers, but it is definitely American in character. I get flavors of fresh toast, marmalade, lemon rind, rose hips, and grapefruit juice. Nice dry, hoppy finish on this one.

The flavor profile reminds me a little of MadTree PsycHOPathy, but with less of a nose and a firmer feel. This is not necessarily an IPA to seek out, but the locals who have regular access to it should be very proud. It has more of the pine-like character and lacks the level of citrusy flavors I favor in this style (peaches and oranges), but I still enjoyed it and may reach for it again the next time I'm in Western NC.

Mar 15, 2015
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hotpauko from South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not a bad beer and I'd get again. If the rating is low it's only because it's not a pretty looking beer and, try as I might, couldn't get a good smell from it. Recommended by Good Bottle on Remount in Charlotte. It has a decent malt hop taste to it, a little more malty, but mixed well and smooth in the mouth. Maybe a little thin in flavor, but a good, standard IPA. If they could add a touch more hops and make it into a double, it could be something special. Appreciate the local brewery and will try more.

Mar 15, 2015
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BeerBeast from Florida

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting back-end flavor, not sure I've tasted another IPA quite like it. A distinctly burnished finish well balances with the aggressive hop notes. Very good, but not great.

Dec 17, 2014
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BeerDocT from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

UPDATED: January, 2016.

Picked up a six-pack of this on my last trip through Asheville, NC.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a hazy, golden color. OK head (less than 1/2") and very good lacing.

Smell 4.25: Fantastic nose on this beer. Spicy grains, lively hop blend. Just delightful.

Taste 4.5: Front is slightly sweet with some interesting corn hints. Middle is where a big wave of sweet malt comes rolling in along with a very distinct grain/corn taste. I really cannot get enough of this mid-level delight. What is this? Pleasing and refreshing and unique to this IPA. Finish is where the hops come charging in: piney and slightly grassy with a very nice mid-palate bitterness. Aftertaste is remarkably short and quite nice.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Pleasant and refreshing. Silky smooth.

Overall 4.5: An excellent and unique (in a good way!) IPA in a sea of IPAs. Does this one really stand out? Yes, it does! I would buy this beer again and intend to. It's just that I have a problem with the price. I paid almost $9 for a sixer of these at a store about 5 miles from where the beer was brewed! I know, I know, "running a business is expensive," etc., but give me a break! This is a great beer but shouldn't be priced like it's a rare import from some abbey in Belgium. /rant

Dec 06, 2014
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SlamKing from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Look: Don't know, drank it from the can.

Smell: It has a light aroma.

Taste: Not too hoppy or bitter, this is a fairly mild IPA. It is more on the fruity side of the IPAs I've had. Easy drinking for a 6.9%.

Nov 04, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge tropical fruit smell. Lots of fruit up front, green apple. Pretty clean bitterness, light, drinkable. Not bad at all.........................................

Oct 20, 2014
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humuloner22 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%

My palate is changing somewhat due to my changing over to fall beer styles. But, they keep coming out with fresh beers that are canned and were once more difficult to obtain, so I am drinking some IPAs but they do taste better in hotter weather. Maybe its the tropical/citrus fruits maybe its the heat and lighter body. Anyway.

Pisgah, recently began canning this one, they have had a few of their beers canned this year. First it was the Pale Ale, which I think will be a mainstay. Then they did the LEAF which I passed on due to price and style. But, I couldn't pass up this one. I believe I had it on draft at the brewery but I really didn't give it a good assessment then, now that I have a six pack and have had time to check them out I really like the fact that they chose this one to offer in cans.

Its somewhat of a bitter hopped up style. West Coast, I believe that is a good analysis of what they are going after. Although, its probably not as good as some of the actual West Coast style beers it is a damn good interpretation. Its resinous, not too much malt at all, very mildly detected if any. Some grapefruit, and maybe some pine going on. This is a bit of a bruiser beer, so don't let it be your first one. It might challenge the rest of the beers you drink unless you plan on going more aggressive from there on out. I am happy Pisgah is canning this one and look forward to other offerings in the future. I am hoping for maybe a barleywine, stout or something in that line coming from them in the future with more consistent releases of them.

Oct 03, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dubbed as a "West Coast-style" IPA, its dry malt backbone allows for full hop control and sharp bitterness for effortless taste and texture- for the hop-heads at least.

Pouring a bright, near-brilliant golden-peach color, the beer swirls into a mildly hazed body with a cottony-white head that floats above with arid honeycomb structure. Long on retention and clinging with lace, rings form at each drink.

Poignant hop aromas dominate the nose- grapefruit and orange lead the way with their floral oils. Its malty undertow gives just enough light caramel, honey and graham cracker character to give the citrus a plump, ripe and vibrant impression. A developing pine note rises just before the taste.

Its light graham cracker character is dry and supple of sweetness- caramel and honeysuckle is light and short as the middle palate of hops come quickly. Sharp citrus tones ensue with the flavor of grapefruit in all its pulp, peel and pithiness along with the zesty taste of freshly zested oranges. Trailing bitterness is lightly grassy but more so of pine resins that extend well past the finish.

Medium-light at first, the beer's creamy sweetness quickly evaporates and trends dry, arid and lightly toasted late. Its drying hop resins assist the warmth of alcohol for an effortless finish that comes quickly and with light hop-derived astringency and smooth bittering.

Beautiful in its recipe formulation and in brewer execution, for a West Coast type of IPA, I want to see even more exacerbated hop bitterness and further receding of malt sweetness.

Apr 07, 2014
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