Pale Ale
Pisgah Brewing Co.

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From:
Pisgah Brewing Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
American Pale Ale
Ranked #754
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,114
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 12.3%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
184
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 22, 2022
Added:
Aug 01, 2005
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  42
SCORE
86
Very Good
Pale AlePale Ale
Notes: Formerly known as Pisgah American Style Pale Ale.

Pisgah Pale is a perfect blend of rich organic malts with whole-leaf Chinook and Nugget hops. A crisp, clean profile makes this, our flagship beer, distinct. 31 I.B.U.
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Rated: 4.16 by mojohawk21 from Missouri

Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a 12 oz single from TW-Greenville, SC 5-23-22 for $2.49. Canned 4-6-22; consumed 8-2-22. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured light orange with a beautiful white head that is leaving some lacing and has great hang time.

Nose is nice, pale and caramel malts are perfumed with citrus hops.

Taste follows the nose with the classic bready pale and caramel malt base that is nicely hopped with orange and grapefruit. Finishes a touch bitter; 6/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and both smooth and refreshing.

Overall a classic representation of the APA style, nicely done!
Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by haines710 from Delaware

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had in a can at Early Girl Eatery in Asheville after spending the morning hiking. Very refreshing beer. Great citrus scent and perfect mouthfeel. Easy to drink and loved the way is went down easy. Nice can from a brewer that I can’t find at home.
Aug 24, 2021
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Reviewed by NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap in a standard pint glass.

Pours a murky golden brown color with a 1f white cap that holds up and leaves moderate lacing.

Caramel malt aroma, slightly sweet. Hops are a mild mix of citrus, stone fruits, and floral aromas.

Mostly caramel malt flavor. Hops fight for a seat at the flavor table, some light citrus.

Malt forward, medium bodied, perfectly carbonated for smooth drinking. Semi-sweet with some hop bite.

A pale ale as meant to be. I’d order it again.
Jun 10, 2021
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
10/2020 Harris Teeter
Oct 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.81 by Kdouble from Tennessee

Oct 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy, dark golden color with medium head. Scent and taste are both of malts and hops. Clean and crisp. Light mouthfeel. A very good brew that just has something missing
Feb 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Jgm0930 from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
As far as American pale ales go this beer is as good as it gets. Amber color, nice crisp hop flavor, balanced with the malt bill. Super solid pale ale
Nov 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.72 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Nov 02, 2019
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Rated by bubseymour from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Really nicely made malty and earthy old school pale ale. Really enjoyed.
Aug 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had a pint on draft at Mellow Mushroom on 7/22/19.
L -Pours a clear amber color with a white head.
S - Smells of light citrus.
T - Tastes of citrus with a slight maltiness.
F - Medium. Odd and carbonation.
O - This is just an easy drinking pale ale. I really enjoyed it.
Jul 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by crbnfbr from Kentucky

Jul 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Jun 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.66 by brentblackwell from Georgia

Jun 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.97 by Dbrumback1014 from North Carolina

Sep 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Davit from California

Aug 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.69 by Higdon from Maryland

Aug 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.13 by jrpapajcik from Illinois

Jul 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.12 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Apr 30, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by ejohnson654 from Florida

Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Dec 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by oceanrue from Florida

Nov 26, 2017
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Reviewed by kdoodah from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Lighter copper color, poured into glass. Smells of citrus, tastes of crisp grapefruit with a great caramel malt background. Very enjoyable pale ale and would probably be a staple in my fridge if I lived in that area. Glad I found this at the Waynesville Walmart, as it was too late on a Sunday evening for any other beer shopping.
Sep 04, 2017
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Reviewed by UPMD_Bill from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Drank from a can. Clean and refreshing, with some hop bitterness, but I'm not getting much other character from it - wonder if it would have been better in a glass. Concurring with the other review for good outdoor activity beer.
Aug 25, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by JKG from Florida

May 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

May 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Keith_R from Georgia

May 15, 2017
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Rated by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned same day as consumed.
Apr 21, 2017
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Reviewed by SmokySignals from North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
6 pck Cans of Pisgah Pale Ale...sorry, but what an awful logo and design. Looks like someone had the runs. Wins worst looking can prize alongside oskar blues. Fire that designer. Call it Black Mountain Brew or something cool, you just don't want pis-gah or pis-anything in your name if you make average or under beer. Should have been an omen....

Still went into it with high expectations..what with all the "look at me I'm green/organic" hype.

Poured a nice, even almost 2 finger head into new pint glass. Hazy, murky orange tinted golden hue.

The aroma - has a "rounded square " hit of undefinable tartness, then when the head is gone down to a thin surface coat, there's a hint of malty nose, somewhere out there....unimpressed so far....no lacing to speak of...kind of meh.

Taste, well, it's like the nose - a little flash of bursty tartness, then a hint of malty, then gone with the wind into a mild medium bitterness.......so I waited a few minutes to warm it up for the 2nd quarter (my fridge must be near 35F) ..anyway....it gets a little fuller, maltier and more enjoyable as it sits with you. Still it seems a little fizzy and yet somehow lifeless.. It definitely "pales" in comparison to my current favorite APA, a certain St. Terese's, by Highland....

By reaching the right temp./2nd half it gets maltier, richer and more aromatic in every sense, while slightly less bitter and reminding me of a Red Hook ESB or old school EPA....? My brain is confused again.

So, I cracked open a St. Terese, spent 30 min. comparing on that, and came back to pour another can of Pisgah while reading up on it..and, from looking at the hops used, I see what they must be going for...not the US trendy hopped up modern Pale, but a more old school bitter hop (Nugget, Chinook) blend like an English might have...and so my opinion of it changed for the better. Would give higher mark for a better looking brew, more can info, and a pro logo) regarding their approach. Since APA's can be all over the place, depending on any number of things they can do, it would help to know what to expect in that regard
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Try one if you haven't, as it is a quality product no doubt. Most folks like it more than I do. I won't likely buy any more of it, unless the other 3 change my mind....it's possible.
Apr 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Mar 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Jan 09, 2017
 
Rated: 3.39 by BubbleBobble from New York

Jan 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.25 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2016
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Rated by RobinsonRiverRally from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Excellent outdoor activity drinking beer, one of the best can logos in the game.
Nov 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by bb-magic from Florida

Oct 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.38 by ManWithNoName from South Carolina

Aug 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by oline73 from Maryland

Jul 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by Beer21 from Florida

Jul 15, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jul 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by JohnTurano from Florida

Jun 13, 2016
Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 278 ratings