Pisgah Brewing Company Reviews




TAR
1.5
Pisgah German Pilsner
Canned on 4/11/16. Hazy golden. Horrendous nose of DMS, popcorn, mildew, wet paper, paint, fabric softener and a faint note of hops. Severely husky, popcorny malt runs rampant right out of the gate, producing an astringency that evokes scorched wood. Lifeless hops do nothing to salvage the flawed malt and inescapable dirtiness. The malts’ woes continue as a papery limpness collides with fuzzy DMS notes. Burnt sawdust is so extreme it’s hard to swallow. This is a DMS and husk bomb and impossible for me to take more than one gulp of. Precisely how not to brew a lager. At least they didn’t filter or pasteurize this, but unfortunately I can’t think of much else positive to say about it, or any of their other wares for that matter. Industrial grade.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

JPDIPSO
3.1
Pisgah IPA
Deep golden color with a taller, stable ecru head. Scents of earthy malt, and mild citrus. Flavors concur with the scents as the earthiness is present throughout, both in the malts and hops. Earthy and mediocre 3/10
Monday, May 16, 2016

Theydon_Bois
3.5
Pisgah Vortex II (Bourbon Barrel)
Bottle split in the fart dungeon, thanks to Beau, 29/01/16. Black with a decent tan head. Nose is bourbon barrel, dark fruit rinds, chocolate, malt, light spice. Taste comprises rich malt, toffee fudge, chocolate, light barrel. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a nip of alcohol. Respectable enough impy.
Friday, May 13, 2016

thegreenrooster
3.8
Pisgah Valdez
Pour is a black with a large tan head. Aroma is of bitter chocolate and a huge roasted coffee. Flavor is a bitter bakers chocolate with more of the rich roasted coffee. This is what all coffee stout’s should taste like. Very bitter and rich with plenty of coffee. Probably not a coffee forward as some of the Founders coffee beers but this is right up there with the coffee rich flavor.
Saturday, May 07, 2016

Nate
3.4
Pisgah Greybeard IPA
From can (5/22/15). Mild hoppy aroma, herbal, fruity. Sweet malt. Medium amber golden with thin head. Medium body with light carbonation. Semi-sweet IPA, malty. Good hop flavor, fresh but no big bitterness. Easy drinking with smooth after.
Saturday, April 09, 2016

OldGrowth
3.6
Pisgah Chocolatized Vortex II
Bottle, from Bottle Revolution RDU. Good aroma. Malty. Chocolate coffee. Dark orangey brown color, good head and lace. Sweet flavor. Heavy body, thick creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Darn tasty hides ABV well. Flavor best part, big sweet chocolate impy stout. Aroma, tad less interesting, but solid. Real good offering from Pisgah.
Friday, April 08, 2016

tmongoose
3.5
Pisgah Vanilla Porter
Draft sampling at the source actually it was the end of the keg. Poured a dark brown with off white head. The nose was quite vanilla and you could get by to get that Porter base. The flavor was actually pretty good you can over do it with the vanilla but they did a good job of blending it in. They also have this on nitro but not a fan of nitro beers.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

tmongoose
3.6
Pisgah Greybeard IPA
Draft at the source. Poured a solid yellow color with white head. The aroma was pine and mild mslts. The thing I liked about this is that there is no punch you in the face citrus. This old fashioned pine and floral. Almost hard to find these days. The flavor was light mild malt and a solid pine offering followed by the floral notes. I really enjoyed this one.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

kevinsenn
4
Pisgah Valdez
Can from Bruisin’ Ales. Nice coffee and chocolate aroma. Oreo cookie crumbs. Rich smooth taste of coffee and chocolate and roasted grains. Great stout.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

b3shine
3
Pisgah Red Ale
Draft to taster at Pisgah. Looks solid; a mostly transparent amberish orange with off-white head. Smells malty and grainy with notes of biscuit alongside a touch of toffee. Tastes like it smells with a bit of bitter hops. A touch of toast on the tongue as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Okay.
Friday, March 18, 2016

b3shine
3.6
Pisgah River IPA
Draft to pint at Pisgah. Looks good; a slightly hazy golden orange with white head. Smells of citrus hops, biscuit, and a bit of caramel. Tastes like it smells, but juicier, and with some piney hops as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and finishes bitter. Enjoyable.
Friday, March 18, 2016

b3shine
3.1
Pisgah Equinox
Draft to taster at Pisgah. Looks solid; a slightly hazy caramelish orange with off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty with soft notes of biscuit alongside some raisin. Tastes like it smells but more caramely than biscuity. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit sticky. Not bad.
Friday, March 18, 2016

OldGrowth
3
Pisgah 10th Anniversary Vanilla Oatmeal Porter
bottle, from Bottle Revolution RDU. Winter 2016 good aroma, malty, chocolate and vanilla. dark orangy brown color, ok head and lace. sweet flavor. medium body smmoth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. it’s nice, not gonna wow you, but solid. flavor best part, IMO. drinkks easy. good chocolate and vanilla.
Sunday, March 13, 2016

dwm1034
3.5
Pisgah Pale Ale
Can from comrade Chris from his Carolina trip...thanks! Pours a darker orange; aroma is fresh hay; mild hoppy on the tongue / nose; lingers a little; very pleasant....
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

nathan30533
4.3
Pisgah Valdez
This is nice mild coffee stout. The color is dark and the coffee is tasty and aromatic. The balance is great as its not too boozy. Great beer and well done.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

jake65
3.8
Pisgah Rouge
Bottle share, thanks Chris. Copper brown color, small ring of head. Oaky, sour, vinous smell. Prickly feel, taste is sour and vinous. Some oak and vanilla.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

BuckeyeBoy
3.3
Pisgah Rouge
Bottle thanks to Chris. pours out a copper amber topped with a sand head. nose is cherries barrel sour tart funk. Taste is more of the cherries some acetone notes.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

DSG
3.9
Pisgah Vortex II (Bourbon Barrel)
[1/29/16] Bottle sample at a hotel room bottle share during RBWG 2016 in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Black. Great aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, fudge. Sweet flavor with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Rather full-bodied.
Friday, February 12, 2016

djd07
3.8
Pisgah Vortex II (Bourbon Barrel)
Bottle thanks to Beau. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roast, bourbon, cocoa. Medium mouth, cracker malt, bourbon, dark chocolate, bitter finish, very nice.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Homer321
3.3
Pisgah Vortex II (Bourbon Barrel)
Bottle in the fart dungeon. Nose is huge with bourbon. Soft chocolate. Taste is very soy. Inky. Interesting
Saturday, January 30, 2016

VsXsV
3.8
Pisgah Vortex II (Bourbon Barrel)
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of bourbon, light oak, chocolate, coffee, raw sugar and vanilla. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate vanilla, bourbon. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Good.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Jabah
3.7
Pisgah Greybeard IPA
West Coast IPA from NC. Not as tropical as many of the ones here in FL in this style. Semi-unfiltered light orange appearance. Aroma and flavor of citrus, pine, and bitter hops. Not quite a hop bomb, but very well-balanced. Smooth, light frothy texture. Will look for this again next time I am up that way.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

chinchill
3.8
Pisgah Vortex II
A full pint served at the brewery. Pours nearly black with a dark tan head. Sweet aroma with only a hint of alcohol; the high ABV is also very well hidden in the flavor. Some dark fruit in the taste; more in the nose. Plenty of dark roasted malt but only mid-taste on. Good sweet-bitter balance. M: medium-full body with medium, low carbonation. O: recommended (2012 notes revised and adjusted with tasting at brewery in June 2013)
Monday, January 04, 2016

chinchill
3.7
Pisgah San Francisco Lager
pint served at the brewery in May 2012 (from notes). A: Pours a clear dark golden yellow with a lasting white head that briefly coats the glass on the way down. Plenty of carbonation is visible. S: Light biscuity malt with only a faint race of hops. T: Sweet and malty initially, but well-balanced with some citrus and spice notes from the light hopping. Clean. One strong point is the nice toasted malt finish. M: light bodied but not watery; crisp with near perfect, medium+ carbonation. 4.25 O: A very good example of this style. Good "summer beer" that is easy drinking, clean, light and smooth. Comes close in quality to Anchor Steam.
Monday, January 04, 2016

chinchill
3.7
Pisgah Roast Chocolate Stout
Pint served at the brewery in 2012 (from notes). Served a bit colder than optimum, as flavor improved with warming. Pours black, or nearly so, with a dark tan head. Taste: A surprising amount of coffee flavor here, perhaps equaling the dark chocolate component. Lingering flavor of very dark malt and bitter chocolate with hint of expresso. S: The balance may be more slanted towards the dark chocolate in the nose, but the aroma carries mainly dark roasted grains. Regardless of this, rather disappointing aroma given my high expectations. M: full body; medium carbonation.very smooth and rather creamy. O: Rich stout with plenty of dark chocolate. Different but not really better than Pisgah’s regular stout, especially with the nitro tap, and for coffee lovers, not up with their excellent Valdez stout.
Monday, January 04, 2016

chinchill
3.8
Pisgah German Pilsner
Pisgah Pilsner served at the brewery in 2011 (from notes). Golden with a white head. Fine carbonation; leaves a surprising amount of lacing. The aroma is somewhat subtle, although both malt and hops are evident. A little earthy T - rich flavor with an exceptionally strong malt base, that is little enough to allow the hops make an approximately equal contribution both in the mouth and in the finish. Nice level of mild bitterness. M - very good carbonation. Crisp, with a semi-dry finish. O - A flavorful pils; excellent for style. Best cold.
Monday, January 04, 2016

chinchill
3.8
Pisgah Nitro Stout
nitro stout on tap at Pisgah Brewery (from 2011 notes). A - black with a creamy tab head. Looks like a model for the style. Aroma - pleasant but light and fairly simple aroma of dark roasted malt. T - plenty of dark roasted malt flavor with a touch of hops. There’s a bit of burnt grain and smokiness too. Mildly bitter and slightly sour. There is a hint of coffee in the slightly dry finish. M - creamy smooth, with a rather light body (like Guinness). O - more flavorful American version of an Irish stout.
Monday, January 04, 2016

chinchill
3.6
Pisgah IPA
(From notes). Consumed at the May 2011 LEAF Festival, about 1 mile from the brewery. A - Amber. Clear. Nice bone head is creamy and has very good retention. S - modestly hoppy aroma for style, with toasted malt T - fairly rich and earthy, with plenty of toasted malt and hop bitterness. As expected, this IPA has a bitter finish and lingering bitter grapefruit rind aftertaste, but I thought this one had too little actual hop flavor given this level of bitterness. M - medium body is a bit full for style. Adequate if light carbonation. O- Good beer, and certified organic, but disappointing given the outstanding track record of this brewery.
Monday, January 04, 2016

chinchill
3.8
Pisgah Vortex I
22 oz bottle served in a lager glass well past the normal BB date. The clear body looks like honey, and there are suggestions of honey in both the aroma and the flavor. The aroma, however, is dominantly and strongly floral. The flavor has some citrus and herbal notes from the hops in addition to the floral ones. A relatively low bitterness (moderate) makes this a very drinkable DIPA, at least when aged some. The high ABV is partially hidden.
Monday, January 04, 2016

jrob21
3.5
Pisgah L.E.A.F.
sample as part of flight at the source. Nutty caramel. A little grassy bitter on the finish. Caramel flavors and candy sugar sweet. Nice to style amber.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

jrob21
3.7
Pisgah Greybeard IPA
Sample as part of the flight at the source. Moderately aggressive pine and citrus hops. Finish is bitter citrus.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

jrob21
3.5
Pisgah Chocolate Pumpkin
Sample as part of a flight at the source. Was expecting a porter but it came a much lighter color and more on the ale side of the equation. An interesting take with a little bit of bittersweet cocoa flavor. Light pumpkin and not a spicy kind, definite pumpkin.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

jrob21
3.9
Pisgah 10 Anniversary Double IPA
Sample as part of a flight at the source. Big fruity tropical hops and aromas. Chewy fruit flavors. Good sweet and juicy fruit. Medium bodied but good balance.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

drfabulous
3.7
Pisgah Cosmos
750 ml bottle. Dark pour. Some dark chocolate but then a lot of fruit and yeast. Raspberry of sorts. Interesting.
Sunday, December 27, 2015

jrob21
3.8
Pisgah Vanilla Porter
Growler from the source. Nice semi sweet and roasted coffee Porter. Vanilla is abundant but complementary. Really nice balance and sweetness and body.
Sunday, December 27, 2015

drfabulous
3.8
Pisgah 10 Anniversary Double IPA
22 ounce bottle.Light to medium orange in color. Slight malt. Little nose. But nice big tropical fruits in taste. Well done.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DiarmaidBHK
4.1
Pisgah Chocolatized Vortex II
Draft at thirsty monk. Pours black with s thin khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Massive chocolate on the nose. Lots of chocolate on the tongue along with with a slight malt note. Hides it's 11% well. Finished clean. Nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, December 20, 2015

drfabulous
3.8
Pisgah Chocolatized Vortex II
Draught at Thirsty Monk. Big dark roasty chocolate imperial stout. Very big and tasty.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Zeswaft
3.6
Pisgah Pale Ale
Tap. Cloudy amber tan color. Aroma of grapefruit. Awesome balance of slight citrus and mild caramel malt. Smooth unfiltered textured. Closest thing to Georgetown Manny’s pale ale I’ve found.
Sunday, December 06, 2015

nearbeer
3.3
Pisgah Red Devil
22 oz. bottled Fall 2015. Red-tinged copper with a pinkish tinted foam on top. Nose is strawberries and raspberries with a touch of caramel. Tastes of the same with a little more caramel. Finish has some cherry cough drop and a hint of apple with the woody pith. Light-medium body has a decent balance and medium-high carbonation.
Monday, November 23, 2015

islay
3.6
Pisgah Greybeard IPA
12 oz. can, consumed on 9-29-15. Labeled as “Pisgah GreyBeard IPA.” Pours a hazy, cloudy gold with a large amount of beige head. Creamy, uneven head. Suspended particulate in the liquid. Looks pretty to very good. Produces good, thick lacing. Apple juice, white grape juice, and apricot nectar scents. Pleasant, fruit-juicy, hoppy smell. Juicy flavor matches the aroma, but with hints of dankness as well as vanilla. Apple juice, white grape juice, pear, and green grape flavors. Juicy yet dry finish. Light to medium body, light for the style and ABV. Soft in the palate. Easy to drink. Quite pleasant and likable. An above average IPA. Not what I was expecting in its gentle juiciness, but I do like it indeed. A friendly beer.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

jredmond
3.4
Pisgah Pale Ale
Draft at Wallys wedding! Pours a deep hazy Amber with thick white lacing. Mouthfeel is medium With notes of soft pine hops, bitter grapefruit and light caramel malt.
Saturday, September 12, 2015

nearbeer
3.6
Pisgah Greybeard IPA
12 oz. can pours out clear topaz with a thin film of bubbles. Nose is orange, caramel, honey, toast and resin. Taste is the same mix. Long finish has pine and wooden hop notes. Light-medium body has a nice balance and a pleasant low-medium carbonation.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

radio_nowhere
3.4
Pisgah Pale Ale
Draft pint at Luella’s Bar-B-Que in Asheville, NC; hazy copper-amber color with very light tan head. Aroma notes of citrus/floral hops, some tropical/grapefruit notes with toasty malt balance. Taste adds grass bitterness, some citrus zest, faint dry fruits and grainy malt sweetness. Medium-light body, moderate-low carbonation, dry, tad crisp with some lingering fruity/citrus finish. Overall pretty nice APA, went well with my BBQ platter.
Monday, August 24, 2015

tmongoose
3.9
Pisgah Hellbender Barley Wine
Bomber shared poured a medium brown with smallish tan head. The initial aroma is brown sugar, black pepper, dark fruits, and booze lots of booze. The flavor holds true and then some. This goes from the sweet dark fruits to the brown sugar to the black pepper to the alcohol burn. The pepper is not a deterrent either blends very well. Overall this is a very nice barley wine. This bottle is dated 11/26/2013.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Panzuriel
2.6
Pisgah Pale Ale
Pisgah Pale Ale is a richer copper colored ale that is a bit hazy. Nose is very faint citrus and grass. The taste is slightly sweet malt with a bit of grass flavor. Body is a bit thin. Overall very drinkable but somewhat unremarkable.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Westchesterco
3.5
Pisgah Nitro Stout
On tap at the brewpub it is a dark Brown with a creamy head. The aroma is coffee and the taste is a strong bitter flavor of espresdo
Friday, July 17, 2015

Westchesterco
3.3
Pisgah Rouge
At the brewpub it is a light amber color with a slight head the aroma is Malty and the taste is thin and there is no real discern able flavor
Friday, July 17, 2015

Westchesterco
3.4
Pisgah ESB
On tap at the brewpub it is a clear dark golden with a slight head. The aroma is citrus and the taste is sweet and it is hard to discern what the flavor is
Friday, July 17, 2015

Iphonephan
3.2
Pisgah Rouge
On draft at the brewery. Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Tart, acetic nose. Vinegar and tart cherry flavors. Tart finish.
Friday, July 17, 2015