nearbeer (3998) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml. Copper with a lasting inch of foam. Clean hoppy aroma of resin, citrus zest and dried wood. Flavor has all the same elements plus some light caramel apple and orange. Light-medium body is drinkably smooth and watery, a bit too frothy at times, and well-dried. Good but nothing outstanding; a pretty standard session APA.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Jack of the Wood. Copper colored, small head. Big hoppy flavor and nose pushes this one closer to a super smooth IPA than a standard APA. It’s extremely clean finishing with a lovely crisp mouthfeel. Awesome session beer I wish I could get locally.
drfabulous (4494) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Bruisin Ales. Glass handed to me by owner. Light and crisp pale that is overall well done. Balanced.
swoopjones (6629) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Another winner from Pisgah. Very well balanced APA. Nice well balanced brew. Hop flavor & aroma is definately here, malts balance thingsnicely. Smooth & easy drinking
dchmela (2761) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap all over Asheville and I drank it everywhere I went. I found this to be a very nice easy drinking pale ale that was great on a hot day. Dark gold pour. Light citrus hop aroma. Clean citrus bitter taste with a good malt balance. Nice and smooth. Crisp and tasty, very good.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Wow great lacing, great looking beer Aroma is earthy and citrus hops, a bit nutty. Nice flavor, good stuff.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Jack of the Wood. Drank after the green man IPA. This was much better. Hoppier and less watery. Nice piney hop flavor. Clean crisp finish. Highly drinkable and refreshing.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
golden amber pour with smaller head. light citrus aroma. flavor was of light hops and had some fruit in the back. clean flavor overall with a nice balance of malt. bitterness came through in the finish. not a bad pale ale. also had this randalized while I was at the brewery under the name Bravo.
emacgee (4272) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 Draught at Barleys. Pours a really hazy brownish amber with a thin head. The nose is earthy, light citrusy hops, sweet, earthy. The flavor is similar, mostly hop bitterness, some grapefruit peel.
Had this out of a bottle. Pour is the same. Hops are more prominent on the nose and in the flavor. Enjoyed this more bottled.
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Litre) draught at the Biergarden, Asheville NC
First off, perhaps getting a litre-size was not the best idea. I was so impressed that the establishment offered the litre option for the taps (and at the prices!) that I felt like I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Just not sure if this was the best brew to go with.
I have been a fan of Pisgah brewing for some time. This particular offering is probably my least favorite of their array, however.
Appearance: Copper, cloudy, like a good craft APA should be. Inviting.
Nose: What in the world!?! My least favourite part of the whole experience. Again, might have been the litre mug, might have been an off-tap, who knows? An off nose, at any rate: almost on the way to a "rancid" quality. To the point where in order to enjoy the taste (which I did) I had to close off my nose whilst sipping.
Taste: Smooth and hoppy. All of Pisgah’s brews must use the same yeast strain, because I recognized a certain Pisgah-y familiarity on the tongue.
Palate: Snappy and crisp. Very APA-appropriate.
Overall: I’m disappointed in a very good brewery for this one. Again, I might have had an off tap or an off glass. Drink it cold, is my advice.