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Pisgah Pale AlePisgah Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
pisgahbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brentk56 on 08-01-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
246
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
21.16%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
37
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 246
Reviews by marinobrew:
Photo of marinobrew
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

David Quin is the head brewer at Pisgah. He won the Gold with this beer at age 26. Pisgah Pale Ale has set a standard for me in the American Pale Ale catagory. It is the measuring stick for all others. You must try this beer if at all possible!!!
Straight from the tap it was a deep honey/soft rust color. The head was long lasting-slightly off-white and tight laced. The nose was fresh cascade hops and apricot. The mouth was no disappointment either. The combination of malt, fruity esther (mostly apricot), and good bitters had my attention for 6 more pints. This is an extremely well balanced beer with much depth and character. The lingering taste of soft fruit and esther was well satisfying.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

One of the overlooked CANtributors to The CANQuest ™ is one of my local beer people, soon (eventually) to be a “Character” in my column – Justin C. He does a good job of looking out for new and different CANs for me in his travels and this is one with which he recently returned.

From the CAN: “We All Drink Downstream”; “Respect Tradition[,]Love Beer[,]Treat Yourself ™”; “Reuse[,]Reduce[,]Recycle”; “CANs: Infinitely Recyclable”; “Support Sustainable Brewing Culture”; “Adhering to the strict philosophy of the Pisgah brewers this Pale Ale is crafted just miles downstream from America’s most precious watershed using the finest malts and whole hops packaged for your portable potable pleasure. Whether camping, canoeing, swimming, or disc golfing, enjoy the whole outdoors never leaving your favorite craft brew behind.”; “Ingredients: Water[,] Organic Malt[,]Whole Hops[,]Yeast 69% Organic Ingredients”.

The Crack! gained me access to yet another brimful CAN and I celebrated with an inverted Glug. Following the pseudo-cascade, I simply sat back and watched and waited as it settled into two-plus fingers of tawny head with great retention. The grapefruit citrus of the nose smelled like I had been spraying air freshener, if such a scent existed. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber (SRM = > 9, < 13). Leaning in for a whiff, I also got some pine and caramel. Wow! I have AIPAs that did not smell this good and this was labeled as an APA. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was nowhere near as intense as the nose had led me to expect or hope for. It was more towards pine, although the grapefruit made an appearance and the malts seemed to have disappeared. Finish was semi-dry with the grapefruit taste really lingering, but offset by an indistinguishable sweetness from the malt. Would I take this on any of the activities listed on the CAN? Sure, but I’d also like to taste anything else that they CAN first to see what else might be good. I CANnot see an entire cooler full of this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fuzzy orange rind with banana peel highlights. A louder than usual escape of CO2 was followed by the creation of four fingers of eggshell colored foam that is on the stiff and rocky side. The glass isn't covered with fine lace so much as small chunklets of suds.

American pale ales (incidently, the brewery dropped the words 'American Style' when they bottled this brew) need to be hoppy for me to enjoy them. Unfortunately, the Chinook and Mt. Hood whole hop flowers don't come through in the aroma like they should. If the flavor follows suit, my first Pisgah brew might be a letdown.

Pale Ale is an okay version of the style that barely squeaks out an above-average score. I'd hate to the think that organic ingredients have anything to do with the lack of 'palate pop', but I've tasted it too many times before. More (and better) hop flavor would have gone a long way toward covering up an off-flavor that is best described as woody.

As far as I can tell, this beer was released in April, so it should be fresh. The malt tastes mostly pale, though there's a lightly toasted grain-like earthiness that is probably coming from a small percentage of Munich. The hops are moderately bitter and are only mild to moderately flavorful (citrus zest primarily). There's no flavor hook here at all.

The mouthfeel is bordering on too light and is slightly too harshly bubbled. With less and higher quality carbonation, I see no reason why this attribute couldn't keep pace with all the others.

Pisgah has a reputation as being one of the South's finest craft breweries. One beer isn't enough of a sample to make me lower my expectations, but Pale Ale could use some major renovations. Suggestions: forget the organic ingredients, find a way to unlock better hop flavor, add more hops, and get the kinks out of the carbonation. I didn't say it would be easy.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had on tap at a few different locations around Asheville last weekend.Poures a somewhat hazy burnt orange with a well defined white head,aromas of light floral hop and toasty grain mainly.Well balanced flavors with a somewhat sweetish caramel/biscuit malt base holding up well to a hefty does of citric/piney hops.Pretty clean and crisp in the finish makes it pretty sociable,a nice all around APA.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's Tap Room in Asheville, on 9/23/2005. Arrived in a pint glass, a hazy honey amber body with a small, offwhite head. Excellent retention and attractive island chain lacing decorates the glass. Hoppy aroma of grapefruit and pine cone, suggestive of Cascades. Good caramel maltiness is picked up in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation a bit high. Taste has an aggressive hops bitterness, again suggestive of Cascades, with lots of citrusy rind and pine resin. Caramel maltiness is noticable but in the background. Finishes with a dry and lasting grapefruit bitterness. Very well executed, and highly drinkable. An excellent, Carolina APA.

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Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kingjames1
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I apologize for the lack of detail, as I'm doing this review from memory. The appearance was typical for pale ales - light amber in color, clear, and had a decent head.

The smell was difficult for me to determine (this was at the Asheville Brewgrass Fest), but I could definitely smell the grassy hops.

Taste was terrific. This is one of the most unique pale ales I've had, and of all the beers I sampled at the Brewgrass festival, the most remarkable. I don't know if it was the type of hops used (Chinook and Mount Hood), or the fact that it was "USDA certified organic', but it was a very distinctly flavored pale. And it was very good, very drinkable. I only wish I could have purchased some to take home.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at the May 2011 LEAF Festival, about 1 mile from the brewery. {Description tweaked following Fall 2011 tasting at the brewery.)

A - Amber. Clear. Nice bone head is creamy and has very good retention.

S - Pleasant but rather unremarkable aroma that is typical for style.

T - Well balanced with toasted malt flavor that allowed the hops to shine. Hops eventually dominate, leaving a distinct bitter finish and lingering bitter grapefruit peel aftertaste.

M - Smooth with excellent (moderate) carbonation. Some dryness in the finish

O- Very good pale ale with a bonus: it's certified organic.

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Photo of Mirthrandir
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopAttack3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ByTor2112
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased fresh from Greenlife in Asheville
Pours a pale almost orange color with a beige one-finger head that is hanging steady. Spotty lacing is left behind after initial sips.
Aroma-sweet,whiffs of caramel, hops are light but a deep inhale gets some piney hop essence.
Mouthfeel-medium bitterness, malt flavors are tasty, but the malt profile is not that sweet or full. A froth on the palate gets the hops activated and finishes with some medicinal, almost astringent hop bitterness. I can not claim to know what organically grown malts taste like but this pale ale has a unique malt flavor profile. This is a solid pale ale and actually quite sessionable. Anything Pisgah makes is always choice.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Decade's in Asheville, NC.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer of bubbles on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with hints of citrus. There's also a husky, earthy hop aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front with light amounts of citrus hops. The earthy hops come in right before the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got good thickness with solid carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have a few more of these.

Overall this is a solid pale ale that doesn't try and do too much. The flavors all work well together - worth a shot.

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Photo of Beer21
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of dashirey
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Deuane for filling and bringing this beauty back from NC for me!! This is my third different Pisgah offering and I cannot wait for more.

A - Caramel colored beer. The beer pours from the growler with at least a finger of head that really doesn't last too long, but there was plenty of lacing.

S - Mostly earthy and grassy hops come through. There is just a faint maltiness that follows the initial hops.

T - Taste is great, but fairly straightforward. Hops aren't overpowering (it is a pale ale after all). There is a balance that I haven't found in many beers.

M - Close to medium bodied, low carbonation (which fits the beer). Smooth drinking.

D - 5. Not much more to say - easy drinking, great flavor, session beer. I split the growler with my wife, but I could have drunk the whole think easily. I only wish this one was regularly available!!

Thanks again Deuane, you the man!! (Enough props?)

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Photo of tastybeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dirty amber color filled with darker hazy clouds throughout. Head is giant at the pour and in due time becomes a frothy + spongy 1/4" pile. Big foamy patches are all over the glass and up to the rim initially, but by the end of the glass there are only a few sparse spots that remain. Smells refreshing, with an assortment of lemon, orange, granny smith apples, green grapes, leaves, lemon grass, and some lightly buttered pizza dough. Oddly enough, all the smells combine bringing milky cocoa to mind. Taste is more grassy, doughy and earthy than fruity. Fairly calm overall. Briskly bitter with seltzer water-like carbonation that is a little assertive. Thin, approaching medium body and fluid, slick texture.

Interesting, easy going but fairly bitter brew. An alright option. I think I would prefer it a lot more, fresh via the tap.

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Photo of KingEdward
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Asheville.

A - amber with a hazy orangish hue; soft white head; great retention

S - earthy, piny, floral - decent hop character

T - toasty, burnt malt character; floral, faint grapefruit

M - medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth

This one has an odd malt character. The toasted malt is off putting. The hop character is good but doesn't redeem this one. I'll probably avoid this in the future.

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Photo of seakayak
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 13esd
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of erikschmerik
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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