Pisgah Xtra Pale Ale | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah Xtra Pale AlePisgah Xtra Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mikesgroove on 09-05-2008

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 26
Photo of Axnjxn
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at beerstudy in chapel hill.

pours a pale copper color with a nice white head.

good amount of citrus and hops on the nose. surprisingly strong smell for a pale.

good citrusy hoppy punch is how this one tastes. very flavorful and drinkable. impressive pale.

medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall my first pisgah beer and though not my favorite style by any means, very good. ill have to get more from these guys.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Pisgah shaker while shopping around at Appalachian Vintner in Asheville today. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and subtle citrus hops. The flavor was of sweet malt and light hop. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew for it's style. Had a pretty nice mouthfeel to it, which makes me want to drink it all day long. It had a pretty good flavor and a really nice aroma for a Pale Ale. A must try whether you like the style or not!

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Photo of yourefragile
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks mikesgroove!

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a whitish finger thick head that fades to a film and a few random small bubbles with minimal lacing. Aroma is fairly one dimensional, yet strong and appropriate for the style focusing on biscuit and caramel malt with slightly sweet, citrusy hops. Flavor follows the aroma, but just a touch sweeter, not overly bitter, but definitely tasting lots of citrus hops balanced by the strong grain and malt body. Mouthfeel is slightly resiny with light carbonation producing a medium body. Overall a very pleasant, sweeter than expected APA.

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright orange tinted copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin film and left spotty lace.

S-Biscuit malt and a touch of sweet caramel. Subtle notes of spicy citrus and earthy mustiness.

T-Toasted biscuit and a touch of sweet caramel malt. Light citrus and herbal hops support nicely. Light, astringent finish with the hint of tobacco? Or maybe something else one smokes?

M-Medium-light body fairly smooth and a light lingering bitterness.

D-Solid and sessionable. Nice flavours in a pleasant, easy to drink brew. Nothing outrageous here but nothing negative either.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler shared with Deuane, Ffejherb, SierraGS and brewslut.

A: The pale ale pours with a vigourous 3+ finger white head. The ale is amber with a focus more on the orange side of amber.

S: The aroma is citrusy, thick with some orange rind and grapefruit. Call me crazy but there is a bit of smoke in here, livening up the proceedings.

T: The ale starts off with a donkey punch of hops, focused and citrusy. An added twist of tobacco and grassy hops adds more than the nose let on. The smokiness continues here, light and smooth but strong enough to be evident. Caramel malts support the hops and the smokiness.

M: The hops are strong but not mouth-numbing. The interplay of the hop resins and smoke is interesting.

D: I had several glasses and enjoyed the ale immensely.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Via growler pour on 9/23/08. Thanks for Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear amber/orange body with one-finger off-white head that settled into a patchy film and left spotty lace. Moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Nose is primarily malty with an abundance of fresh bread, grains and sweet caramel. Pretty scant amount of hops for a brew with the moniker "Xtra Pale," but I do pick up on some citrusy and earthy hops in the back.

T - Starts off with toasted grains and a slightly burnt caramel malt aspect, then segues into a bit of citrus and grassy hops with a bready malt finish. More toasted grains emerge in the backend, with an earthy flavor reminiscent of mild tobacco leaves.

M - Medium body with syrupy texture and medium carbonation. Minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty good, drinkable pale ale, although I detected no more hops than your standard pale ale. Nice and sessionable.

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Photo of Sixpoint
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5


hard to say if its the growler fill or the beer, but there definitely was some green apple acetyl action going on...

Overall, definitely a drinkable brew, but razor thin in body and didn't quite stand up to the hop finish. The hops were muted, kind of duct taped around the mouth and wanting to shout.

I felt this brew yearned to be something greater, but for some reason lost a little bit in translation.

I will keep an open mind going forward.

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Photo of jraycee
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few growlers of this last night. Seems this is most likely a limited brew from the boys at Pisgah.
Pours a little lighter and clearer than the Pisgah Pale. Lighter more floral citrus notes in the smell, followed by light grains and fresh hops. Hop smell here lighter than in the Pisgah Pale.
Flavors amazingly balanced for the style. Hops flavors not quite as complex as the original. Definitely different hops being used(or not used). Mouthfeel is lighter, good carbonation. Great session brew, maybe even more so than the original, especially in the warmth of summer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another new one from Pisgah that I had the chance to enjoy yesterday. A different take on the pale ale, using a completely new recipe. Served straight from the tap, I enjoyed this one out of a pint glass. Consumed on 09/03/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich amber color being presented to me straight away. Nice head of about two inches was slow to recede and left behind a nice level of about a half an inch throughout the session. Nice carbonation could be seen through the mostly transparent body of this one.

The aroma was just awesome. Light, fragrant, very floral with nice notes of orange, grapefruit and a touch of lemon thrown in for good measure. Very light grain sitting right underneath it, but it was very bright and floral overall. The flavor was more of the same, rich notes of hops, light tangerine, grapefruit, and hints of light grass with a very light profile. Very well carbonated, this was just a pleasure to drink.

To be honest I actually preferred this one on a hot day to the normal pale ale. It just really had a nice bit of zing to it that really just set everything off, while at the same time not going overboard really on anything. Light body, flavor, and aroma, this was a classic summer session beer. If you make it up that way this is a great one to have in the waning days of summer.

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Pisgah Xtra Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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