India Pale Ale | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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3.89/5
Very Good
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
51.2 IBU

BEER STATS
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
88
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
 
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 88
Reviews by VaterRoss:
Photo of VaterRoss
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery as part of a flight.

Appearance is a dark orange with a small off-white head. Smell is lots of sticky tangerine hops and malt sweetness. There is a bit of oldness in the taste, perhaps from the malt? Strong medium weight body and nice IPA spicy/sticky mouthfeel.

An average IPA.

From notes, Mar 17, 2012

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On my weekend trip in Asheville I drank alot of Pisgah stuff and brought alot home with me,this being one of them I brought back.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep burnt orange with a thinner lacey white head,resiny hop really sticks out in the nose,a mix of tropical fruit and caramel comprise the other aroma traits.Pretty balanced for an American IPA,again a mix of resin and tropical-like fruitiness intertwined with a hefty caramel base.Smooth going down and not a bitter bomb,nice hop compleity to the this N.C. brewed IPA.

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Photo of mntlover
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a fluffy off white head that falls to scum but leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is hops herbal earthy on top mixed with citrus/pine more underneath. Hops are riding on a toasted malt background.

Taste is is like aroma nice earthy herbal hops on top of citrus and light pine resin. Malt base is lightly toasted, not normal caramel more bready in nature. Nice hoppy dry finish. Nothing to exciting going on here a decent IPA but nothing to insert into my normal IPA rotation.

Mouthfeel is light medium with decent peppy carbonation that brings the hops forward.

Drinkability is ok again not something i would repeat buy, earthy herbal is not my favorite IPA style guess I'm an old fart and like my cascade too much.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ffejherb for the last glass of a Growlin' At The Moon growler.

A: The IPA is an amber color, a dead ringer for a bomber bottle. There is no head, although that is not surprising because this is the last glass out of the growler.

S: The aroma is divinely citrus, intense and biting with a noticeable sweet profile. I'd expect nothing less from Pisgah.

T: The ale is very barleywine-esque, loaded with lots of hops and an equal amount of malts. The grains are caramel, big enough to stand up to the hops. Citrus flavors mix with a minty aftertaste. The initial hop blast is reminiscent of the hop flavor that Selin's Grove puts out.

M: The ale doesn't pull punches with either the hops or malts, a big ale that won't knock you out.

D: I only had one glass but would have loved to dig into several glasses, if only to see how the ale changes as it warms.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a solid orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose there is an attractive, flowery, orange citrus aroma that I appreciate. While not as intense as I might like, it's still very attractive. On the palate, I was struck by how well balanced this IPA, with the moderately sweet malt expertly countered and balanced by the hoppy citrus. The beer finishes very nicely, with a wash of hoppy citrus. This beer is medium bodied and just very easy going, with above average drinkability for the abv.

Nothing special here, and certainly nothing to go ga-ga over, but nevertheless this was a very enjoyable, easy to appreciate IPA.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a hazy orange hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a very fresh citric and tea like hop aroma alongside a soft doughiness.

The taste consisted of piney and city's hops atop a slightly grainy pale malt. A touch of sweetness noted as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the softer side of the style.

Overall a very nice IPA. Super fresh sample.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from mikesgroove, thanks Mike! This IPA is on the darker side, medium copper colored and hazy, with nice thick foamy top that retained forever. The aroma is really toasty, kind of reminds me of an English IPA more than an American style, with some citrus and herbal notes underneath. The taste is likewise balanced, caramel malts and light grapefruit hops, a little bitterness in the aftertaste but definitely not too much. Really, this is a well-done amount of balance in an IPA, the malts present in a bicuit and toast way rather than sweet toffee, much more to my liking than most balanced IPA's.

Medium bodied with light carbonation, addictively drinkable. This was a real treat that I'd love to get again somethime.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Barley's in Asheville

Dirty, cloudy orange in the glass. Looks darker on the inside and lighter on the outside. Nice sticky finger sized head that last forever. This head is so sticky that I don't see how they can wash it off. Heavy lacing that covers the entire glass. Hops in the nose. Also, mixed fruits, kinda like a Tropicana Twister. This brew is a hop bomb. Does have a nice sweet, grapefruit like finish, to add some complexity. Feels sticky, crisp and bitter in the mouth. The hoppiness hurts the drinkability some.
My first offering from Pisgah and an excellent offering it was. I look forward to trying some more of there brews.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ffejherb for sharing a growler of this one. Also shared with Sierrags and akorsak.

A-Copper with a medium white head that reduced to a thin film and left spotty lacing.

S-Initial blast of musty herbalness with a following of citrus and grapefruit. All backed well with a healthy dose of sweet malt.

T-A combo of earthy/spicy/piney/citrus bitterness all melding well with a nice sweet caramel support system.

M-Medium bodied with a long lasting dry bitter finish.

D-A bit different than I remember, maybe the use of different hops, but this is still tasty. Pisgah is certainly one of the best breweries around!

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in GatM from jraycee. Thanks!

A-Slightly hazy orange amber with a fluffy white head and a little lacing.

S-Earthy and piney hops with a light malt sweetness.

T-Tasty balance of earthy hops with some pine and a bit of citrus. A bit bitter in the finish but only a bit.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-ABV 7.5% according to the label, a bit high for the style but taste is very mellow. I could drink this all night.

HV

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of brdc
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From notes. Thanks stoutsnipas for this one.

Had multiple servings over one weekend, and presumably this was a fresh growler, so the relative lack of hop punch was somewhat disappointing.
Light golden color, minimal haziness, average white head.
The aroma is as flowery as I had in a long time, with some notes of grassy and citric hops as well, along with a malty sweet caramel backbone.
The body is a major letdown, quite watery, and the flavor, if balanced, is a little too subtle, lacking both malts and hops.
Overall, just OK.

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Photo of supercolter
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I very much enjoyed this IPA. Appearance is good, nice copper/red color. This beer has a slight head, but very tightly packed which leads to some decent lacing. Smell is also quite good, nice and piney with a bit of hops. The taste is even better as some of the earthiness comes through. The piney backbone is also there and a bit sweet in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice with medium body and nice oily feel. Drinkability is very good as well.

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Photo of cbros
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- This beer is absolutely beautiful looking. The color is a deep orange/yellow with a nice looking carbonation line that flows from the bottom. The head is a white one finger that leaves a tiny white lace till the end.

S- I am picking up the usual tell tale IPA smells of citrus and hop. It also haapens to a sweet undertone to it as well.

T- Damn this is a great tasting IPA! It starts a little sweet but quickly reverts to a well balanced IPA. The dance between the bitter hop note and malty sweet plays till the end. Not an overpowering hop beer by any means, rather a very well balanced great tasting IPA. This beer reminds me a lot of the West Coast IPA's I have been trying recently, but I feel takes it a step further. I would love love love to have this beer available to me on a more regular basis. I could easily see this being a weekend regular if that was an option.

As you can tell above I am very happy to have finally given this a shot. My only regret is that I did not pick up more than 1 bottle of this. I will certianly have this again at the earliest convienece.

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Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice crisp copper orange with a decent head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is burnt caramel and some earthy pine hops. The taste is a nice blend of citrus hops and caramel malts creating a nice balance. Te beer is nice and crisp and the carbonation has held up very well for a two month old growler. This is a very enjoyable beer, and one I'd love to see in six-packs if Pisgah ever decides to go in that direction.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler pour into shaker pint glass on 11/16/08. Shared with Deuane, akorsak and SierraGS. Thanks to greenvilleguitar for sending this as part of Growling at the Moon 2007-08 (cycle #2).

A - Hazy medium to dark copper-colored body with orange tones and two fingers of creamy beige head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left lots of sticky lace. Body is carbonated rather modestly.

S - Hop aroma is pretty earthy and herbal with a bit of citrus hinting at grapefruit. Some floral and pine notes also emerge. Malt is primarily sweet and caramely.

T - Juicy citrus fruit makes an early appearance with grapefruit notes and bitter rind, followed by a little bit of grass and herbs in the middle. A balancing sweet malt character persists throughout with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

M - Medium body with a soft, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Hops provide a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Solid IPA that is on the bitter side of the spectrum. While the malt offers a bit of sweetness, the hops are king with this IPA. Good stuff!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, so now we know all about how much I love everything that goes on up in Black Mountain. Pisgah is far and away my favorite local brewery, and I make it a point to make trips up there as frequently as possible, especially when something new was out. Last week I was able to make my way up for a visit, because I just had to grab one of their new IPA's and try this. I mean the pale ale is insanely good, the Imperial IPA was to die for, how could the IPA be anything but utterly fantastic. Picked me up a growler and brought it home to enjoy over the weekend. Popped it open on Saturday night, and proud to say I finished it off the same evening. This sixty-four ounce beast was served at various temperatures just to try and bring out all the subtle flavors and nuances, but all were served in a lovely Middle Ages imperial pint glass.

A - Poured this one vigorously into the glass creating a very nice three finger high head of deep thick and sticky foamy off white lace. This reached a height of close to three inches before finally settling down to a thin layer of foam across the top of the glass about a half an inch thick that hung around throughout the entire session. Awesome side glass presentation on this one, really tremendously thick spider web like side glass presentation here, left streaking down the glass for hours after it was done. The color was a very thick and deep amber with a good amount of haze and cloudiness to it as well. Very nice, and you could see through it somewhat, creating a very nice golden copper hue throughout the glass. Some light carbonation bubbling up toward the surface could be seen throughout as well.

S - The aroma was thick and pungent, and off to an awfully good start. There were thick citrus bouquets dancing around the smell, creating just wonderful floral scents that really gave this a nice lively presence. Lots of sugar in here as well, as I was picking up a nice sweetness to it, maybe even a touch of honey in there as well, really coming together quite nicely and offering a very balanced approach to it. As it warmed some light, grain tried to mingle in but was quickly shut down by a nice pine resin bitterness.

T - The flavor was really quite nice. A classic IPA example here. Nothing really shredding about the bittering hop profile, it was rather subtle in its complexities and very nice in how balanced it was against the sugary profile that backed it up. The first flavor I noticed was a very nice orange note that came through, this was almost soaked with sugar it was coming through so sweet, a deep earthy malt profile was hiding out underneath of this, really giving it some depth and a nice overall sense of balance. Some decent pine notes coming in next and mingling with this and some pineapple like flavors. The finish was very strong, tons of grassy like hop flavors just riveting through the finish, really creating a tremendous dry feeling. Very long lasting flavor in here as well, really drawing every little last bit of flavor from your mouth before letting go. Very well done.

M - This was a very nice medium-bodied IPA. There was not too much carbonation in it, which left to it feeling a little thicker, which, was good IMO. It really held its own with some of the better ones I have had in that regard... Very strong finish, and it never for a moment felt dull or flat, and not a chance in heck this one was watered down at all, very solid.

D - As for the drink ability of this one, lets put it this way, I drank a growler in a night, will that suffice. No hint of alcohol at all in this, and at 7.5%abv, that is not unheard of, but still a nice little feat. Great flavors, and smooth as silk going down. Deep dry finish really had you looking back for some more when you were done. I would have loved to drink this every night.

Overall, I would score another for my boys up at Pisgah. This is definitely a very solid offering from them and something that will definitely not disappoint. More of a very well balanced and sweet IPA, then the mouth shreddingly bitter ones I get sometimes. A nice step up from the pale ale and a welcomed addition to their lineup. Looking forward to having this one again.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Greenlife in Asheville, NC. Into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with at least 2 fingers of off-white head. Thin creamy retention leaves a rich cascade of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and spicy with a dank herbal quality about it (shocking I know!) and a tangy backing of tropical fruits, caramel, and bready malts.

The taste is fairly bitter at first but then evens out nicely as this warms. The hop profile is earthy and spicy with a touch of a resinous edge to it. The bitterness is nicely balanced by a smooth backbone of lightly toasted malts and caramel and a kiss of sweet fruity citrus. Finishes dry and spicy with some lingering residual sweet notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and creamy carbonation and well hidden ABV that just helps this glide so easily across the palate. Nice.

Really nice IPA from Pisgah here, with a hoppy but well balanced profile and a superior feel and drinkibility that made this quite the tasty and thirst quenching quaff.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler received as a surprise from the wonderful gent that is goRideYourBike. Mike, you're da maan. Split this with DRINKNDRIVE earlier tonight; into my Russian River pint glass

A: Deep copper with some mild haze. Dense tan head that recedes rather quickly to a disk leaving some spectacular lacework.

S: Sharp hop bitterness up front with tons of pine and some citrus. Hops are pretty ridiculously fresh with an earthy character to them. There's a mild caramel sweetness in the back to round things out.

T/M: Opens up with a lot of sharp, bitter pine hops with a mild caramel sweetness. As I let this sit in my glass a while, the fresh, earthy hop flavor asserts itself before a piney bitterness takes over on the finish. Light to medium in body, this beer has great carbonation and a solid, bitter finish. Wonderful.

D: Half a growler of this proved to be no problem. I do wish they dropped the ABV a bit, though.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber, nearing brown. Medium head and spotty lacing but not much. Great color. Smell is a good balance of hops and malt. Sugared grapefruit and light caramel. Very nice though definitely not telling me it's a hop monster. Taste is much of the same but adds a spicy character that adds great complexity to the beer. I'm not sure where this comes from but I'm liking it a lot. Good mouthfeel with a light bitterness and more of a creamy texture. Easy drinking despite the 7.5% this holds. Different for an IPA and enjoyable. I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of wilwfu
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mikesgroove for sending this my way! Anything exported from Blackmountain NC is a win/win in my book

Sweet biscuity malt in the nose, not much else other than a faint chemical/alcohol smell that I can't put my finger on. Good sticky fluffy head and lacing. Taste is malty with a slight pine resin follow through, subtle hops get overwhelmed by the maltiness.

I'll be honest, I tried to write notes while drinking this and just didnt have much to write. Just not much depth in the smell and taste of it... Im glad I had a chance to indulge, but pisgah offers much better out of the bottle.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour at the HMoG at the Brick Store.

Pours a light golden amber with a fluffy white head that leaves some decent lacing as it recedes to a ring.

The hops kick pretty hard up front with an initial earthy aroma with hints of citrus underneath. The caramel malts are subtle but present in the nose as well.

The taste starts with the earthy hops which have a nice opening bitterness which is balanced pretty well with the toasted malt backbone. There are some pine hops to provide a bitterness through the finish.

The mouthfeel is prickly but still smooth with good carbonation.

This is definitely a drinkable IPA and another great brew from Pisgah.

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Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of cbeer88
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Growler into Imperial Nonic glass. Growler courtesy of trade with BA user commis!

Appearance: Moderate pour down the center of the glass gives a little less than 2 fingers of a nice whitish head, but the head fades very quickly. Lacing is there as the beer goes down, but minimal. Gorgeous orange color makes for a very inviting looking brew - the color is probably my favorite characteristic of this beer.

Smell: Malt and flowers, some pine. Not getting the citrusy blast that I like from an IPA, but otherwise pleasant enough.

Taste: Really good. Well balanced, and more of the bitter piney and bread-y east coast flavor up front than the west coast appearance would suggest to me. Some sweet malt on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, medium body. Hits the mark for the style.

Drinkability: High. The 7.5% alcohol is on the high side for the style, but very well hidden, and thus this beer goes down easily. It's a potentially dangerous combination though, as a few pints of this IPA will sneak up on you.

Overall: Very good IPA for those who prefer balance over hop bombs. Well worth tasting if you have the opportunity, but not necessary to go out of your way for.

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