Greybeard IPA
Pisgah Brewing Co.

Greybeard IPAGreybeard IPA
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Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,676
Ranked #25,409
3.64 | pDev: 12.36%
Oct 27, 2021
Nov 29, 2013
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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3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up as part of a mixed six pack for $10.98 from the Ingles cooler on Spartanburg Hwy in Flat Rock 8-19-21. Canned 6-22-21; consumed 10-27-21. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured gold with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is floral hops with a touch of citrus.

Taste is a moderate pale malt base that is infused by some alpha hopping that present as woody and piney with a touch of grapefruit. Finishes bitter; 8/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall an old school 1990's use of hops with the focus on how bitter can we get this beer. Palate is in a bit of shock LOL! But a beer i would have again as the Pisgah team does a nice job with keeping their brews clean!

Oct 27, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SLeffler27 from New York

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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4.51/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by Jgm0930 from North Carolina

Pale yellow, hoppy and crisp! Love this beer. Very approachable and drinkable

Nov 15, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ncdmz from North Carolina

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
3.85 by dlin0sbb from Ohio on Oct 22, 2019
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4.61/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Coldcoffee from North Carolina

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
3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Oct 16, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

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
3.83 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Mar 09, 2019
3.73 by Kdouble from Tennessee on Dec 30, 2018
4.01 by JohnTurano from Florida on Oct 27, 2018
2.97 by Rockhead from Virginia on Sep 21, 2018
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2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by macrosmatic from Florida

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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3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by farrago from New Jersey

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
3.63 by SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina on Jan 25, 2018
3.56 by sisterofba from Maryland on Dec 27, 2017
3.88 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Dec 21, 2017
3.1 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Nov 30, 2017
3.19 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Nov 14, 2017
4.52 by JKG from Florida on May 27, 2017
3.71 by DrMindbender from South Carolina on Mar 24, 2017
3.96 by Ashaub12 from South Carolina on Mar 12, 2017
4.19 by ninaturner from Florida on Dec 26, 2016
4.32 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Oct 10, 2016
3.77 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina on Sep 01, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by KYGunner from Kentucky

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
3.75 by JohnBradSC from South Carolina on Jul 01, 2016
3.74 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Jun 29, 2016
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3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by tillmac62 from South Carolina

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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2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

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
3.41 by SierraStonePoint from North Carolina on Jun 10, 2016
4.09 by TripelMark from North Carolina on May 31, 2016
3.77 by chiefbender from Georgia on May 11, 2016
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4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Gavage from Nevada

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
3.88 by KensWorld from Florida on Mar 27, 2016
3.64 by buckyp from South Carolina on Mar 07, 2016
3.59 by 13tido from North Carolina on Mar 05, 2016
3.44 by Databrew from California on Feb 28, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by infinitebruner from Arkansas

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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