Pisgah Pale Ale | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
254
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.7%
 
 
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5
Gots:
38
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0
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Ratings: 254 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of RochefortChris
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of M_chav
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of WVUbrew
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

3.26/5: A standard pale ale, but softer than most

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

Finger plus of larger bubbles, delicate, eggshell white, razor thin streaks of lacing, decent retention given the larger size of the bubbles. Opaquely cloudy burnt orange color, slight yellowing at the outer edges, looks dense. The nose has a muted character, pine, tree leaves, straw, white grapefruit peels, peat moss, very light glance of toffee and potato bread, comes across as somewhat "closed" in wine terms. Full-bodied, not bottom heavy, heavy from top to bottom. The carbonation doesn't overtly appear active but elicits a few burps with ease. Orange, lemon citrus, forest floor matter and earth, slight metallic ring. Doughy, country style bread aspect. Apricot and peach pit, some pear as well. Very little sweetness, the malts don't coalesce into a recognizable whole, cocoa and mocha there most. Flat-footed finish, plays it close to its vest when it needs something sparkly to catch your eye.

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Photo of kkipple
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's in Asheville.

This is a bubbly, gold, highly carbonated, piney, fresh tasting, watery, basic, lightly hopped, organic (?), and drinkable pale ale, but nothing to write home to the kids about. A bit on the thin side.

If this were local, I can see myself drinking it from time to time if the price were right. Lacks that elusive magic that some simple beers have that lets you drink them all night. Perhaps some more hop aroma and a slightly fuller mouthfeel would help. Dunno...

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle received from several BA's reviewed using old notes. Split and poured into tulips.

A: Hazy golden orange hue. Small white head fades leaving soapy lace.

S: Sweet and fruity nose. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple. Mild maltiness in the background.

T: The flavor is much malt forward. The hoppiness of the nose is much more subdued. Hints of hops but nothing big and substantial.

M: Medium to light body. Modest carbonation.

O: Nothing horrible but not really something I would reach for again.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of callisbeers
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper, orange color with nice inch of head and good lacing. Nice smell of hops
(citrusy, piney). Very disappointed in taste after such a great aroma. Just a bland average taste that doesn't match the hoppy smell. Mouthfeel is fine and would be a good session beer if the taste was a little bit better. I would have again only if I had few other options.

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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 DefenCorps
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Fiddlin' Pig in Asheville last night

A mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with good retention and decent lacing. The nose is classic East Coast pale ale. Moderately sweet with caramel and honey, there's a prominent hoppiness as well, aggressive and bitter. Bitter pine and grapefruit pith are present, and there's not much by way of floral or a more delicate fruity nature. This is also reflected on the palate. Moderately sweet with a mildly husky component to go with the caramel, the bitterness is rather potent. Juicy grapefruit with an aggressive, zesty hop character. Bitter and moderately resiny on the finish, this could use more flavor hops to balance out the bittering hops. Solid

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Photo of brentk56
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy light copper color and a decent head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Vaguely hoppy aroma, almost woody

Taste: Starts out with a caramel malt base but after the swallow it moves in a grainy direction; not as much citrus as I would like; in fact it is dry and woody

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While this is drinkable, I would like to see a lot more fruit in the flavor

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Photo of Avagadro
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light copper color with a touch of haze , and little in the way of head retention or lacing.

S: very light aroma, with only wisps of pacific northwest hops coming through.

T: a slight malty sweet front quickly succumbs to grapefruit and pine. A tad sweeter than I prefer, but definitely within the style guidelines.

M: light body, great effervescence, and a mostly clean finish. There is also a slight astringency that is typical with hoppy brews.

O: definitely a solid apa, but there are so many great ones out there that it is hard to give it a higher score. nonetheless, it is a hell of a great brew from one of the most impressive beer scenes in the us.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jpro
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber from Peabody's in Boone, NC. Poured into a shaped imperial pint glass...

A: Light amber; slightly off-white, one finger head fades pretty fast leaving some specky lace.

S: Orange rind; biscuit malts; some sweetness / light notes of caramel malts.

T: Some citrusy hops; orange rind; light grapefruit pith; very bready towards the finish; nothing too crazy... simple and good.

M: Almost medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation level; smooth.

D: Very drinkable... perhaps sessionable pale ale; kind of a standard APA (perhaps on the average side, though).

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Photo of argock
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a mason jar.

A:Copper with offwhite, oatmeal colored 1-finger frothy head.

S: Aroma is solid APA with floral and grapefruit character on a soft light caramel pale malt backing.

T: Flavor leaves a lot on the table with a flabby malt character that is missing a bready or caramel note that is badly needed. THe hopping also is flat with some floral notes and light grapefruit and honeysuckle most of all. Moderately bitter.

M: Light and right on the money for feel with medium at most carbonation and dry finish.

O: Needs a boost in hop and malt flavor to be a contender.

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Photo of babaracas
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in Asheville in a shaker pint. Hazy dark orange with thin white head, sheet of fine lace down the glass. Smell: grainy, husky, a little spicy and citric. Taste: a little caramel, way earthy, spicy. A very NC / Pisgah take on the APA with the dominant hop contribution being the earthiness. Different but worth a try.

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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 Bru-ster
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

6 pk of cans bought in Ingles Shelby NC. Pours nice deep amber golden color. Nice aroma of hops to come. Slightly watery on the moth feel - could probably beef up by adding some carapils malt to the kettle. A nice balance of hop flavor and malt, not overbearing. A clean tasting brew with a fleeting taste of malt on the end. Definitely very drinkable and will always have a place in my fridge

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Sunstealer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
31.8 IBU, Organic, no date.

Thanks to Beerwolf for giving me my first Pisgah. Boy that sounds awkward.

A - Pale golden yellow and hazed over with a low but dense cream-colored head. Good retention with an arch of lace reaching skyward.

S - Almost wheat-like pale malt behind a good floral hop nose, mild notes of resin underline the citrusy aroma hops. A bit average though.

T - Toasty caramel malt underlines the subtle hop flavor. Faint floral aspects pop out with a dab of honey and a pinch of lemongrass on top.

M - Malt balanced, hops don't add much more than dryness to the feel. Medium-light bodied and grainy-finishing.

O - Bland but not entirely without flavor, Pisgah's Pale is understated. The one-dimensional hop profile could use quite a bit of tweaking and additional dry-hopping. This one's an easy drinker though!

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pisgah Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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