Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale
Hi-Wire Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,529
Ranked #40,396
3.68 | pDev: 11.14%
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Hi-Pitch India Pale AleHi-Pitch India Pale Ale
Notes: A western North Carolina IPA that does not apologize for balancing a sturdy malt backbone with citrus-forward aromas and a lingering bitterness. Expect big grapefruit flavors from the plethora of hops to balance out the malt in this well-balanced ale.
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arizcards from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint with dinner at Mezzaluna in downtown Hendersonville 5-25-2021 for $5.50.

I thought this was a solid WCIPA with a nice body, nose that was citrus and tropical fruit forward with flavor that followed the nose that finished nice and bitter 8/10 on my scale. Will have to purchase a can in the near future for a proper review. Definitely worthy of a shot if you want more of a WCIPA brew.

May 26, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can
packaged 03/27/20
thanks to Anthony for giving me a can to try!
L: copper with some haze; foamy ivory head
S: herbal/spicy hop, citrus, mango
T: more herbal hops, grapefruit & orange rind, piney mango
F: medium body, moderate carbonation, pungently bitter finish
O: this was pretty good, but nothing I'd seek out

Aug 01, 2020
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into Hi Wire Spiegelau ipa glass.

Good orangey gold. slightly cloudy body, full white head which lingers and leaves lace

Amazing aroma of fresh light fruits, and in a BIG way

Taste is following closely; the initial malty and fruit sweets combine and then bitter off nicely, while the beer just kind of explodes pleasantly with bitter dryness, And a feel that matches perfectly - medium-ish at most.

Overall, still a damn fine IPA on any coast or no coast. Absolutely get it.

Feb 10, 2020
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the nose and nice color too.... A bit flat but taste good... Bought a six-pack of cans, consumed in a snifter glass... This is high quality and above-average

Oct 12, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the Hi folk, in a can, poured into a snifter. This nice IPA
pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a nice head of white foam
that settles to a thick ring, clumping thick layer, and shows some
nice lacing. Nose of musk melon, lemon zest, pink grapefruit, and
sweet honey malts. Flavors surpass the nose with a nice honey
and caramel malt backbone followed by flavors of musk and
honeydew melon notes over a bed of light lemon and pink
grapefruit with a hint of sticky pine and floral hops. Nice
mouth feel; medium body, smooth, light carbonation, and
a bracing citrus hop finish that is balanced by sweet malt
that finishes lightly dry.

Overall, a mighty fine brew indeed!


Jun 22, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Hi-Wire switched to cans recently. I got a 6 pack for $9.99, same price as Lo-Pitch.

Pours hazy amber. Lumpy head dissipating quickly into a resiny lacing. Smells much like Lo-Pitch, citrus and strong hops on the nose.

I would describe the taste as well balanced. The dank note sticks out at the most and hangs around on the finish. There are also floral notes, but they are dominated by hop action.

Good brew. I feel like this would go well in most stores that claim to have a high IPA variety. I would like to see Hi-Wire make a brew with Lupus hops.

Jun 09, 2019
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strong lemon grass taste. Bitterness is superb. Nose doesn’t give a hint to the better flavor that follows. Good ipa that has a back bitterness ....if that is such a thing.

May 27, 2018
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Davidstan from Alabama

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have gone a little high on this rating but the aftertaste is so smooth and the upfront is refreshing for an underrated beer. Nice low abv IPA to have in fridge.

May 02, 2018
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Hackattack from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really hoppy, juicy, citrus -flavored brew. It also has a strong malt influence. Nice job on this. I would make it a reasonably-priced craft beer go-to but we are visiting here in SC. It is not found up in Northern IN where we reside.

Nov 25, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hi Pitch ends up similarly balanced as Lo Pitch. They must up the hops to make up for the malts.

It is less amazing looking than Lo, but still rather AIPA perfect. The aroma is a bit different too. Hoppy.

The taste is similarly dry, but with more malts under the hood. The ingredient are all in good concert. It sits nice and malty on the palate. Recommended especially paired with Lo Pitch.

Jun 18, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Copper, with some clarity, 1/2 a finger of head and some minor lacing

S - Big citrus aroma

T - Citrus and biscuity malt up front, but not as citrusy as the aroma. Tasty though

F - medium body and carbonation

O - Very tasty IPA - heavy on the citrus flavors

Jun 17, 2017
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jp32 from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours transparent golden in color with a nice looking head on top. Looks like a classic west coast syle ipa. Pungent aroma reminscent of both pine and ganja with notes of citrus and biscuit malts in the background. It's flavor is an anti-climatic blend of malt sweetness, tea-like bitterness, orange peel, grapefruit, floral hops, and apricots. It's flavor doesn't match the inviting, intensely fresh aroma my senses received, but it's still not bad. Medium bodied. Good carbonation, wonderful lacings. It's a good beer, but there are a lot of good beers out and about right now.

Feb 24, 2017
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazy pale orange color with a nice fluffy off white head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice biscuit malts sweet but hops are also sweet floral notes. along with some bitter citrus notes . Nice balanced nose as mosaic tends to lean toward sweet.

Taste is some malt sweetness along with floral notes and some light bitterness from grapefruit. Taste isn't quite up to the nose nor as tasty as most Mosaic brews.

Mouthfeel is medium or maybe little lighter with medium carbonation.

Overall nice nose taste just a notch below, worth a try.

Jan 12, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hi-Pitch is a deep, deep gold IPA with a quite hazy, effervescent body and a brief-lived off-white head that leaves a solid sheet of very tattered lacing. The nose is medium in intensity: a nice blend of sweet grapefruit, spicy/sweet candy-like florals and hints of cannabis, with slight alcohol overtones riding aloft. Up front, the palate is a modestly bitter blend of melon and pineapple, and is slightly grassy. Mid-palate, the grapefruit from the nose displaces the pineapple, but the melon remains ascendant, and an unusual light mint/basil herbal topnote emerges; the grassiness increases a bit, and the malt shows as hints of caramel and a modestly apparent bready malt foundation. The finish is pretty clean, showing just a bit of grassy melon, followed by the onset of a mild melony/piney/grassy bitterness that lasts for awhile. Mouthfeel is on-point for the light-medium body, and is fairly astringent; the texture is slightly creamy, slightly slick and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, no code date)

Oct 18, 2016
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass, thanks to Trevor.
A: pours a slight hazy golden orange with some sediment since it is unfiltered, great two finger slightly off white foam head, carbonation
S: sweet heavy malt, biscuit, citrus, grapefruit
M: medium body
T: sweet malt at first, earthy hops, biscuit, piney hop resin towards the end, bitter hop resin that sticks to the tongue for the finish
O: good brew that has an English ipa feel.

Sep 17, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Priding themselves in not only a slew of hop aromas and flavor, but also a somber and responsible balance that brings this American IPA back in line to the well-sculpted flavors that frame their British roots. Hi-Wire's Hi-Pitch carries a firm malt support without interfering with the abundance of hops.

The North Carolina IPA pours a hazy burnt orange color with a depth of amber through the center. The nose is rife with hops- citrus, herbal, grassy and tea-like with hints of jam and honey. The initial taste picks up on those sweeter impressions and carries through with caramel, granola and biscuit roundness.

While the malty backbone holds firm, the sweetness drifts slightly and makes way for the hop balance to gradually take command. Pink grapefruit, freshly zested orange, hints of lemon and apricot with a smooth mango and passionfruit flavor following up. Trending bitter yet smooth, the finish is sprucy with juniper berry, citrus peel, woodsy and perfumy sassafras and broadly bitter with tea and stone fruit.

Medium-bodied for IPA, the beer's starchy and biscuity texture offers a pillowy softness that buffers the sharpness of hops and keeps their gripping bitternesses in check. An aftertaste of citrus and herb outlasts the malt and reminds the palate that this IPA has deep West Coast roots as well.

Jul 28, 2016
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no freshness info.

Decent head with a dirty orange body. The lack of hops is evident with a heavy malt presence mixed with a biscuity aspect. A disappointing offering.

Jul 16, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a slightly hazy darkish amber with a small head, quickly dissipating to a thin layer. Very light in the nose, surprisingly. Malt and hops in the flavor. Not bad.

Jun 18, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that lasts a while. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: light citrus aroma is all you get.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, mango, pear, and a moderate bitterness makes up a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a real easy to drink IPA that would go with anything. Easy to have a few of these in a session.

May 14, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper amber hue with excellent clarity and big white head that lasts for a few minutes but does leave a thick, impressive lace. Nose is grassy and a little malty but overall not much to speak of.

Very malty for an IPA. Grainy and thicker in body than I was expecting. There is some decent bitterness in the finish, with citrus and a touch of pine. Aftertaste helps salvage this one. Not overall as tight as I was hoping for.

It's not bad, but it doesn't stand out as something I'd look for again. Not sure how these guys survive in Asheville with only an okay flagship IPA, but no one asked me.

Apr 17, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12/30....pours a modestly dark bronze with loads of white foam. Light grapefruit and pine notes in the aroma. Big bitter open, light malt, heavy bitter close. Grassy/oily. Heavy pine throughout.

Feb 06, 2016
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Roby923 from Canada (AB)

3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one has more of a malt backbone supported by some mid-level hop bitterness. Not overwhelming considering the 61 IBUs. Drinkable but not memorable.

Bottled from TJs in Asheville.

Jan 11, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A copper orange pour with a slight haze produces a 2” off white foam cap that is moderately persistent and lacy.

S: Earthy, minty hops with some citrus and light fruit aromas.

T: Medium toasty malt with light fruit, a touch of orange citrus joined by a moderately assertive herbal quinine-like bitterness.

F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation.

O: Flavorful with nice malt and hops.

Dec 15, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a lager glass. Apparent BB date on the bottom of May 2016.
Pours with a deep amber body that appears to have ample carbonation. The small but durable bone-colored head leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass. High clarity for an "unfiltered" (label) brew.

Citrus and herbal hop aromas precede the very fruity (citrus) flavor. Moderate bitterness is below average for American IPAs, which is fine by me.

O: a very good IPA, at least for those who like the fruity hop varieties and limited bitterness.

Oct 14, 2015
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jk175d from North Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Unpleasantly surprised by this ipa. It has a strange taste that made me look at the bottle to see if it was some kind of hybrid ipa. It's not apparently. I finally identified the flavor as something familiar to me only reminiscent of canned bamboo shoots. Behind that unpleasant flavor is a good beer so it's a shame it has this weird flavor dominating. I won't get another one of these.

Jun 19, 2015
Hi-Pitch India Pale Ale from Hi-Wire Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 232 ratings