India Pale Ale | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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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

Added by wcudwight on 05-09-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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 chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed at the May 2011 LEAF Festival, about 1 mile from the brewery.

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

S - modestly hoppy aroma for style, with toasted malt

T - fairly rich and earthy, with plenty of toasted malt and hop bitterness. As expected, this IPA has a bitter finish and lingering bitter grapefruit rind aftertaste, but I thought this one had too little actual hop flavor given this level of bitterness.

M - medium body is a bit full for style. Adequate if light carbonation.

O- Good beer, and certified organic, but disappointing given the outstanding track record of this brewery.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +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 mikesgroove
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
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 ZEB89
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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 John_M
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 KAF
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Eziel
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to kubrick215 for bringing a fresh growler of this back from NC!

Pours a golden copper/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger foamy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Floral, perfume-like hop aroma with lots of earthy pine and sweet citrus. Hints of pine needle, grapefruit and lemon peel as well as some caramel malt and sweet alcohol.

Chewy medium body with a very nice balance of bitter, earthy and sweet citrus hop flavor. Not overly dry or bitter with a slight floral character. Slight creamy presence adds to the body and the caramel, toffee malt presence adds balance. Slightly dry finish with subtle alcohol presence. Pisgah is a 100% organic brewery and it shows in how clean and quaffable this beer is.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From growler purchased at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC to nonic pint glass on 2/22/11
*From notes

A: Just a gorgeous, rich and dark amber hue. On a side note, it does appear to have been filtered. A 1.5 finger head and some of the thickest lacing I've seen in some time.

S: Alcohol esters and sweet ripe tropical fruit, followed by a subtle hint of fresh pine shavings.

T: The fruit envelopes my tastebuds. The reasonable amount of alcohol on this one follows on the mid-palate, leading to a really broad shouldered malt finish. This is one well defined and delicious beer.

M: Quite heavy for an AIPA, and it's got the perfect amount of carbonation to boot. Pisgah's India Pale Ale simply feels authentic, it feels real; like the brewmaster knew this could stand on it's own two feet and so he let it be. Well done good sir (or madame).

O: My first dance with Pisgah, and oh how wonderful it was. I can't stop gushing over the complex and downright wonderful AIPA they've produced. I'd heard nothing but glowing things about this small, organic brewery. Believe it when you hear it: this is worth seeking out.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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 pathman
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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 TurdFurgison
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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 glid02
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at Bruisin Ales in Asheville.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger off-whte head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells of piney and floral hops with a good amount of malt sweetness.

Tastes very good. Sweet malt flavors coupled with piney flavors up front. There's also a bit of a citrus flavor with light vanilla making its way out as the beer warms. Solid bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is very good. Very good thickness joined by good carbonation make this a heavy yet smooth beer.

Drinkability is good. I shared the growler with a few people, but I'm not ashamed to say I did the most damage. Very easy to drink.

Overall this was a solid beer and I'm not at all disappointed in this brewery after hearing a lot of hype. I wish I'd bought a few more growlers while I was up there.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of thagr81us
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured red-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, citrus hops, and an earthy note. The flavor was of malt, earthy/piney hops, a slight nutty note, and cranberries. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and smooth IPA. The earthy hop note is a new one to me and was quite interesting. That being said, this isn't my favorite IPA I have ever had, but it surely is damn tasty. Very nice job on this one Pisgah!

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 DrMindbender
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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India Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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