emacgee (4010) - 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.
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Asheville Mellow Mushroom. Nice hoppy aroma, with apricot and resin and some grassy quality. A bit of malty sweetness. Amber-dark orange murky liquid, with little head. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts fairly dry, with light caramel malt and a bit of brown sugar. Fairly smooth hop bitterness from start, culminating with a medium harsh chalky bitterness at the end. Nutty dry finish with carbonic tang.
toddkrem (92) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very cloudy and sticks to the glass. Looks like apple cider. Smells good. Tastes good, hoppy and good bite. Very good for a pale ale.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery on 4/17/2008. Deep gold pour with a substantial off white head that showed some staying power. Nice hoppy aromas of pine and citrus, with a hint of spiciness as well. Some honey and light toffee make an appearance, but in the background. Medium body and carbonation with a dry, clean palate. Well balanced between the light maltiness and the citrus rind that lead to a medium-long bitter finish.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Ruby’s in Asheville. This beer was quite crisp and just screamed freshness. Really enjoyable. Nice floral hops: citrus and floral flavors were predominate but not over the top; neither soapy nor overly piney/resiny. Enough malt to make me think of an English style pale ale, but definitely American. I really liked this beer.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
off-white fizzy head (mostly lasting) into cloudy tea like body. good lacing present. aromas of light grapefruit, light caramel, tough of soapyness, and a peanuty aroma in aftertaste. flavor of light bitterness throughout. long finish duration. actually great for a pale ale as i normally hate them.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copper color with a white head. Aroma is caramel and some earthy, citrus hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, toasted malts, and a bitter hoppy finish.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Barleys Taproom Asheville, NC. Pours a clear copper with a one finger off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of floral hops with a hint of pine and sweet malt. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. Very good.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught (entered from old notes). Pours gold with white head. The aroma is a touch of sweet malt and planty hops. The flavor is honeyish and sugary malts with some hop bitterness and citrus. In the finish, though, is a slightly offputting botanical note. This has the potential to be tasty and refreshing... I’m guessing a rearrangement of the hop schedule might help it out. Still decent, though.