Pisgah Leaf Amber | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah Leaf AmberPisgah Leaf Amber

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mikesgroove on 04-22-2009

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 44
Photo of OldSwampy
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive chestnut brown ale with fairly modest off-white head. Great malty nose with some spices. Taste is a fine balance of sweet and spicy malt and some decent hops. Clean and balanced start to finish, a slightly dry mouthfeel. Happy to try this, my first beer from this brewery. Poured from a can dated 04/20/16 -- presumably the production date (if it's a best-by date, I'm even more impressed).

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Photo of Apellonious
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into IPA glass. Canned on 4/20/16.

A - semi cloudy orange/amber color with brown highlights. A one finger tan head that retains well.

S - Light citrus (Orange), pine, and biscuit.

T - Follows the nose, with some mint and spruce on the finish. A touch of the caramel malts peek through every now and the.

M - Medium low carbonation, moderate to low mouthfeel.

O - Goes down fast, pretty straight ahead and clean beverage, and it helps a great cause. Recommended.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint a clear rich copper with nicely tight formed half finger off white head atop that leaves a broken ring of lace behind.Muted aromas with some faint earthiness and nutty malts mainly.Crisp and dry on the palate with a good amount of nutty maltiness to go along with earthy somewhat spicy Chinooks,again very crisp and dry,one of the dryer amber ales I have had.A nice almost creamy feel and the dryness makes this very quaffable at 5.7%,a solid beer here.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. shaker.

pours a light red with a mild head. smell is more hoppy than malty. taste is the opposite , more malty than hoppy. very good though, and I'm usually not a fan of malt forward beers . medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall a very good amber!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bomber picked up in Asheville in the fall of 2012

A - A deep mahogany red, with 1 finger of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. Impressive appearance

S - Burnt toast and grain, with a slight alcohol kick. Nothing very strong though

T - Sweet amber and huge malty backbone. NOt too much hop presence.

M - Medium bodied, oily, and high carbonation. Nice mouthfeel

O - A decent amber, but amber is not a prefered style of mine. But I love the Pisgah brewery. Most of their other brews are better, especially the Solstice!

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - orangish amber with a thick, dense, whit head that has great retention

S - caramel, sweet, a bit soapy

T - caramel, sweet, faint earthy bitterness in the finish

M - smooth, medium bodied, crisp

This is pretty standard amber. It's flavor is one dimensional and simplistic. It has a light caramel malt character that is sweet and a bit sticky. Ultimately, this is a pretty forgettable beer.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a compact, lingering beige head.

S: Faint aromas of caramel, cream, and earthy hops are present on the nose. Compared to most American ambers, this is a very neutral smelling ale.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, dark bread, lemon, and nutty grain are apparent on the entry. Around mid-palate, earthy, leathery hop notes become noticeable. The finish is rich and smooth with notes of leather, earthy hops, lemon, and caramel.

M: Medium-bodied, firm, and dry. Carbonation is unobtrusive, but not quite lethargic. Very quaffable.

O: This is a nicely balanced amber/red ale that displays a pleasant mix of citrus, caramel, and earthy hop flavors. My only qualm is that the nose is so weak.

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Photo of rangerred
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with "Spring 2012" printed on the label into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with a tiny head that quickly fades.

A slightly toasty caramel aroma is apparent but not much of anything in the way of hops. Pretty underwhelming.

Some toasted caramel is present on the taste transitioning into a little bit of toffee. A quick touch of earthy hops is followed by a light bitterness lingering through the finish.

Overall I am really not impressed by this beer. Everything about it screams "average" which is somewhat unusual for this brewery. I was really expecting more.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - A dark, slightly hazy amber. Small head had very good retention.

S - It smelled mainly of lightly toasted malt.

T - Rich toasted malt flavor with a nice touch of hops.

M - Crisp with excellent (moderate) carbonation. A medium bodied and smooth ale.

O- An excellent amber ale, with more hop balance and less caramel malt sweetness than average.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid American Amber Ale that refuses to conform to the abuse of caramel malt sweetness, but favors classic, clean, and crisp malt dryness of American Pale Ales and the hop balance to suit.

This Amber pours a... well, amber color with copper and strong golden high/low lights. Eggshell white foam forms a foamy/froathy head and holds onto intermitten patterns of sticky lace that adhere to the sides of the glass. Good retention all leads to a classic American Ale look.

Aromas are more hoppy than expected, allowing a balanced scent of pine, citrus, caramel, and slight fruit esters of apple/pear.

Flavors follow the same rout- sweet caramel and malt flavors keep eachother in check while layers of grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and fresh cut grass give a bitter, spicy, and herbal balance to the beer. Very well done, not allowing any one ingredient from becomming totally one-dimentional or over bearing.

Caramel and malt sweetness envelops the carbonation for a creamy and semi-rich upstart. As carbonation subside, the hop bitterness/dryness kicks in and ushers in a crisper, cleaner finish than most Amber Ales provide. Miny, citrusy, and grassy bitterness lingers in the back of the throat for a decidedly American Ale finish and aftertaste.

A very nice Amber that could be mistaken for a richer Pale Ale, but this crisper, hoppier Amber Ale shows why Pale Ales are generally better beers than Ambers.

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Photo of jsanford
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear copper with a 1-finger off-white head.

S - Sweet caramel malt with a lovely floral hop nose.

T - Nice balance of sweet caramel malt and more earthy, floral hops with just the slightest bit of bitterness at the end.

M - Light bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable, could have a couple of these easily.

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Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. The head receded quickly and left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet bready malt with a grassy/floral aroma, too.

T - This is a bready sweet amber with a strong malty backbone. It had a mild grassy hop profile.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale that is easy drinking.

D - This is a nice amber ale. It definitely leans to the malty side of the spectrum.

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Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finger plus or tan brown head, complete mixture of bubble sizes, nice cascade across the surface, thick lacing streaks and above average retention. Pleasing amber orange color with some darkening redness, on the cloudy side. Molasses and brown sugar notes give the nose a friendly demeanor, followed on by malty chocolate and then pumpernickel bread and a light pepperiness, never gets citrusy nor grassy, however, you can feel the hops stiffen its presence, smattering of apricot, white grape and peach fruit scents. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is on the fluffy side and keeps things softly expanding outwards. The chocolate, caramel, toffee flavors proportionate to the whole, more loaded into the mouth entry than finish. At the end there's more of a mineral water, rye, lemon peel array, drier and more briskly refreshing. Pinch of dried flowers as well. That carbonation keeps it reverberating on the tongue after the liquid is all down the chute. Could use a little more richness, however, devoid of any glaring flaws and the nose is very enjoyable.

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Photo of introvertedone
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 06/07/09

The LEAF Amber was a beautiful golden amber in color and presented a sweet, flowery aroma. It had a nice, light, grassy taste with a smooth, nicely carbonated mouthfeel. This is a nicely built amber. I could live on this stuff! It's definitely one of my faves from this fine brewery.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber with a cool picture of an African man on some soft of tribal instrument. Leaf Amber is a beer which supports Lake Eden Arts Festival. The bottle tells me quite a bit about the festival and how it supports local arts. The beer will have to speak for itself.

Tons of foam and a spirtz sound hit when I open the bottle. bad sign: hope not. The color is unfiltered dark reddish brown.

The nose is caramel malty and sweet and toasted bread with little hop presence. Wait, a new sniff reveals a slight fruity hop nose.

The taste is sweet up front with a sharp carbonation noticeable. Flavorful upfront with good malt character then some hop bittering to keep it balanced. Toasted bread taste sticks to the tongue more than the hops. Some character of this reminds me of a homebrewed beer of mine, but I just can't quite pick it out. Quite a bit hoppier than most ambers.

This beer seems to be a bit overcarbonated. Scale back on the carbonation please. I like my amber/reds to be a bit more smooth.

With warmth and as the beer looses some carbonation, the flavors jump out even more.

A decent amber that is worth purchasing to support local arts in Western NC.

Bottle acquired through atsprings in a trade. Thanks buddy.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with some copper highlights, slightly hazed, but you can still see through it pretty easily. A big fluffy, white heat forms on top, falls back a bit, and leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is nice and sweet - it brings southern sweet tea to mind for me. A bit floral on the hop front, leafy with an additional bit of citrus, like lemon and orange. There's a nice toasty malt backbone behind it all too. The taste comes off first with a toasty crackery malt presence. A nice sweetness, too. There's quite a bit of a caramelized sugar flavor here. There are very light esters here, but still present to a pleasant degree. There's also a nice orangey, almost lemon-lime type hop presence, followed up more strongly by a nice bit of leafy, earthy hops. It finishes really clean, and the balance between dryness and sweetness really makes the last bit in your mouth enjoyable. I'd also bet that there's a bit of chocolate malt in here, too, which cuts through the lighter malty sweetness, making it very interesting. The body is a bit on the thin side, which isn't bad for the style, but doesn't do anything to set this beer apart. The carbonation tickles though, which is pleasant. Overall, this is very enjoyable. A very nice beer to drink, kind of light and refreshing. I could really see myself digging into a few 22oz bottles of this in a night.

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a nice frothy eggshell head that quickly diminishes to a rinf and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of citrus hops and slight caramel malts. The taste is a great balance of citrus hops and sweet malts. The beer is quite light and crisp. A very decent hoppy session brew!

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Photo of HopDerek
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing some of this growler with me.

Pours a clear copper color with 2 fingers of thick off-white head into a nonic pint glass. Good retention leaves some decent lacing. Smells of caramel, spices, bread, and pine and spicy hops. Tastes of light spices up front like coriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon before a nice sweetness of caramel and toffee. Toasted bread malts and some nuttiness follow before a nice touch of spicy hops balances it all out. Medium in body with some good poppy carbonation. A little weak, could definitely last a bit longer in flavor, but ultimately pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with several fingers of rigid off-white head. This settles into a smooth looking layer of foam that leaves a great cascade of lace that sticks in swathey patches. The aroma has a bold hoppy spiciness to it, before blending into a tangy smelling mix of citrus, caramel, and bread. Solid bouquet here, with the hops nicely popping in the nose.

The taste starts with a lightish tangy and sticky blend of toasted bready malts and toffee notes that melds into that same moderately bitter and spicy hop character that hangs on the tongue for a bit, along with some residual sweetness. I'm digging the interaction between the spices and tang but I'm wishing that the overall taste just went a touch deeper. The mouthfeel is overall medium bodied but it does thin out a bit towards the back of the swallow. The carbonation on this also leans toward the sharper and more prickly side. It's not too bad but I'm wondering if maybe a little more of a creamy feel might not have complimented this particular flavor profile a little more. Luckily though, this doesn't inhibit the drinkibility at all, remaining quite nicely quaffable.

I understand that this is Pisgah's first attempt at an Amber Ale and for the most part this was solid. Like I said before, I wish that the flavor had popped a little more, but that could have easily been because it had been in a growler for over a week. Nice stuff here and I hope that Pisgah continues to brew this beyond the current batch.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So what we have here is a very hoppy american amber ale that was brewed as a one time deal for the LEAF festival by Pisgah. I was very thrilled to be able to take a taste of this one this afternoon on my trip. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/21/2009.

The pour was very nicely done here, and I have to say the best looking amber ale I have seen. Deep, dark, copper color with a lightly cloudy appearence that quicly filtered intself out. Rich looking head of creamy white came up and over the top and settled down nicely into a pillow across the top that seemed to have lasted forever. Nice caramel and light hopped aroma here. Nice and sweet with a decent touch of nuttiness as it warms up. The flavor was wonderful. Rich and sweet caramel notes here with tons of bitter piney hops that bring up the finish, very well balanced and really a wonderfully done amber that blows the doors off anything else I have had in the style. Nice medium body with great carbonation and a really nice overall feel to it.

Overall I am not out of line when I say this is easily one of the best amber ales I have ever had. Such a smooth mix and very easy to drink profile I would have no issue at all with having this one again. I am glad I was able to sneak a try of it.

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Pisgah Leaf Amber from Pisgah Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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