Pisgah Jason's Brown Ale | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mikesgroove on 07-24-2008

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by ahatcher78:
Photo of ahatcher78
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this on tap followed by a growler purchase. Someone need to stop the brown ale train in Black Mountain, NC. This is easily the best Brown I've had in my BA days. It pours to a finger of egg shell colored head, and a nice nutty aroma. The taste has a nice malt background that's edged out with a delicate hop after taste. This is a real winner. The drinkability is off the charts.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at mellow mushroom in asheville, overwhelmed with options and somehow this is what i ordered 2nd. bartender actually referred to it as james brown ale

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, faded mahogany body, little in the way of lace

smell: dry roasted malt, light grain, very distant chocolate

taste: i cant give this one the pisgah bias - its a decent brown but its too light bodied and the flavors are very subtle...light woodyness, dry malts, slight chocolate, grainy aftertaste

mouthfeel: on the light end

drinkability: high

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed at the source on 07/22/2008.

So not only did I get the chance to go visit, but got some new brews to try as well, very good day. I was very excited to try the brown ale, as I had missed it somehow last time. Grabbed one as soon as I walked in the door in the searing heat outside. Poured a rich, decadent looking chestnut brown. Nice color shinngthrough showing off some good carbonation in the profile. Nice two finger high head of creamy looking off white foam settled down after a couple minutes, but never left the top bare, and a really quite nice looking side glass lacing coated the glass on the way down.

The aroma was rich and sweet,. Nice notes of caramel malt, a slight nuttiness and a good amount of earthy tones. Nice bready aroma as it warmed, but still a nice sweet smelling brown ale. The flavor was more of the same. Rich caramel malts, balanced against a bread like middle. Smooth, and lightly hopped finish was enough to dry out slightly, while still staying nice and sweet. Light toastiness in the aftertaste. Great feel, smooth, with a light body and low ABV. This was very session able, evening in the searing heat it stayed light enough that you could put it down without much issue.

Overall this was really quite nice. One of the best brown ales I have had in a long time. Nice and simple, but at the same time, enough complexity to keep you coming back. Very nice to see a lighter, session able brown floating around again, one of my favorite styles to enjoy with dinner. I would have no issue getting as much of this as possible whenever it is around. Definitely another winner from Black Mountain!

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Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kristougher
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler shared at the party pad--thanks to J-Mart for sharing!

A-Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights. A thick, light tan reduces a bit and then leaves sticky,coating lace.

S-Rich, roasted malts with touches of cocoa, caramel and toasted biscuit.

T-Caramel sweetness up front with toasted biscuit, earthy hops, nuttinesss and even a touch of dry cocoa.

M-Medium-light and creamy but feels a tad thin. Nice lingering flavours saves this from slipping further,

D-Despite the knock on the light(ish) body this is a flavourful and very easy to drink brown. A tasty brew that has more than enough going on to keep it interesting pint after pint.

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Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to mikesgroove for sending this growler my way!
This one poured a deep brown with reddish tints topped by a dense 3/4 inch cap of fine, light tan bubbles. Sticky, streaky and spotty lacing coated the glass after a few sips. Rich, malty aroma with lots of caramelized sugar and nuttiness. There were also bready notes and hints of dry cocoa as it warmed. Quite sweet up front, lots of caramel and bread. Light earthy hops appeared after that, nuts and toasted malt too. Bitterness was mild up front, but made its presence felt towards the end, though it stayed light and well balanced which let the malt shine. It finished with a flash of roast and chocolate. Lowish carbonation with a medium to light body and creamy texture. Highly drinkable and what I would consider a great session ale. The flavour was solid throughout and it stayed tasty through multiple glasses. I liked the focus on malt with just enough hops to provide balance. You can't ask for much more than that from a brown ale.

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Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One finger head composed of a mix of bubble sizes, slightly off-white in hue, steady dissolving leaves no lacing behind. Brown mud in color with a streak of amber red through it, lightens a few shades at the rims. Relaxed nose produces caramel, coffee and cocoa powder at first, takes its time blending in French bread, chestnut and a raw grain side, the freshness of the stream water touches tames any real hoppy edge and let's the malts stretch out further. Medium-bodied, shows good composure and harmony, each sip exactly like the last. The carbonation is light and gently prods things forward, never interferes with the fairly dry milk chocolate, caramel, butterscotch flavors. No real citrus or fruit component, as in the nose the grain and bread most display the hops. General nuttiness. Smooth as she goes through the finish, no feeling of falling off.

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Photo of jraycee
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This seems to be Pisgah's newest regularly brewed beer. It was originally James Brown Ale, but I guess the had to change the name. Pours a dark brown with red tint. Lacing down most of the glass while drinking. The head was light brown and most of it disappeared quickly.
Smells of coffee, roasted malts, nutty. Taste follows same basic lines adding in a chocolate and slight hop finish. Great balance.
This growler was kinda light on the carbonation. Still the beer had a nice light creamy texture. Not too heavy, a good session.
Reminds me of what a certain big name brown ale would taste like if it was fresh.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear almond color brown. Smells like some roasted malts, maybe a little brown sugary. Probably served to me a little too cold, and the flavors got better as it warmed up a bit. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but it would help in sessioning it. A bit of earthy hops, not too much bitterness.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on 12/28/09 via growler procured at the brewery.

A - Cloudy, muddy-looking brown body with deep amber highlights and a thick, frothy tan head that settled to about a half inch of retention and left spotty lacing.

S - Subtle aroma with nutty malt notes, a hint of brown sugar sweetness and slight caramel malt notes. There's also a very muted earthy hop character lurking in the background.

T - Flavor is much more inspiring than the nose, with a sweet and nutty malt character taking center stage, followed by earthy, woody notes, although the hop character is very faint. Some mild leafy notes to creep out, but ultimately this is a pretty safe sweet, malty brown ale.

M - Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a smooth, creamy texture, albeit slightly thin and watery overall. Finishes with just a tinge of bitterness and residual sweetness on the palate.

D - This is a quaffable brown ale for sure, though it's not too terribly exciting or intriguing. Instead, this one is a bit understated, although still quite tasty.

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Pisgah Jason's Brown Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 12 ratings