Pisgah Brewing Company Reviews




drfabulous
3.7
Pisgah Mountain County Stout
Bottle shared at Toddís. Sticky and sweet stout with molasses and a somewhat light body.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

AWISLguy
4
Pisgah Mountain County Stout
650ml bottle from Bruisin Ales in Asheville. Shared with bananabi11. Black pour with a brown head. So often looking for that, so often disappointed. Nose is big whiskey and chocolate. Some caramel. Taste is of strong bakers chocolate, sweet vanilla from the barrel and a solid caramel malt base. Very tasty blend! Quite sweet, but the chocolate fights through to supply some balance. Full bodied with some alcohol presence, although not as much as the nose would seem. Finishes long, strong and leaning to the sweet side of bittersweet. This was a surprisingly excellent brew. 15.3
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SHIG
3.8
Pisgah Vortex II
Bottle: Poured a black with a tan head, Aroma was boozy with rich malts. Taste was sweet malts, alcohol burn, and very boozy.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Bailz316
4.1
Pisgah Solstice Tripel
Big bomber. Pours a light blond with serious white head. Good lacing. Aromas of bananas, cloves. Light mouth feel. Very drinkable, highly recommended.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

bubbleflubber
4.1
Asheville Brewerís Alliance Imperial Session IPA
Pours from the brewery a golden-straw into the glass, with a nice 3-finger head that leaves chunky lacing. The nose is dank, of both floral and citrus notes. Flavors are of orange, lemon, grapefruit, vegetal notes, dank hops, with a raw, lingering citric-pine finish. Intricacies are perfect here, with the light grain-bill supporting the hops beautifully. This makes for a medium-bodied mouthfeel that has substance and complexity without an overbearing malt presence on the palate (hence the IPA classification, instead of DIPA). This is extremely sessionable, provides an easy quaff, has complexity for days, and goes down perfectly during hot summer months. Not much more to say than yet another superb offering out of Asheville, which I might add is brewing some of the best brews in the country now. (Note: The Asheville Brewerís Alliance includes the following breweries [in order of joining] - Highland, Greenman, Catawba, Asheville Brewing Company, French Broad, Pisgah, Wedge, Oysterhouse, Lexington Avenue Brewing, Nantahala, Southern Appalachian, Altamont, Bearwaters, Blind Squirrel, Hi-Wire, Wicked Weed, Andrews, Appalachian Mountain, Blue Mountain, Burial, Innovation, Lookout, Oskar Blues, Thirsty Monk, Tipping Point, Boojum, One World, Sierra Nevada, Twin Lear, Bhramari, Lazy Hiker, Blue Ghost, Habitat and New Belgium Breweries.) Talk about a packed house! Kudos to these fine brewers and their fine collaborative offering!! (Brewed and bottled by Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, NC.)
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

bubbleflubber
3.7
Pisgah Double IPA
On tap at the brewery, this pours golden-orange into the glass with a wispy white head that leaves medium soapy lace. The nose is citric with some light sourdough notes. Flavored are certainly bitter from start to finish, with citrus hops and doughy malt undertones. The finish is a long, lingering peppery bitter that ends the pull nicely. Definitely for hopheads, as the medium body and light citrus-melon doughy backbone is held in check to let the bitterness shine through the palate. A nice take on a West Coast DIPA here, for sure.
Sunday, August 07, 2016

chinchill
3.9
Pisgah 10th Anniversary Vanilla Oatmeal Porter
Shared bomber bottle. Clear mahogany bottle with a decent head. Plenty of vanilla but itís more subdued in the aroma and not overpowering in the taste. Mild+ sweetness.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

MadRobin
3.3
Pisgah Pale Ale
On tap at Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. Lightly hazy amber with an an off-white head and fair lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted grain and light fruit. Taste of caramel, mild floral hops, grain, toast, dank forest duff, citrus and light fruit. The flavors work well together to make this a right decent APA. Medium body and medium/low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Thursday, July 21, 2016

theisti
3.5
Pisgah Pale Ale
Shaker pint draft at Intermezzo in Charlotte, North Carolina. The pour is a hazed orange copper with a Ĺ inch light tan head. The aroma is orange and grapefruit citrus, a bit of citrus peel and toasted grain malt. The taste is a nice blend of the softly bitter citrus and the toasted cracker malt. Clean and fresh. The palate is medium to light bodied with active carbonation and a dry mildly bitter finish. Nice Pale Ale.
Monday, July 18, 2016

magsinva
3.6
Pisgah Mountain County Stout
Bottle from App Vintner - pitch with a tan head. Iím getting the bourbon and the dark chocolate of the cocoa nibs, but Iím not getting the coffee, which is weird. Itís good, but Iím disappointed over the disappearing coffee.
Sunday, July 10, 2016

DiarmaidBHK
3.4
Pisgah Mountain County Stout
Bottle from Appalachian vintner. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Big bourbon on the nose. Lots of good ass bourbon on the tongue along with some cocoa notes. Not getting much of the coffee which is not how coffee usually works. Kind of boozy on the tongue. Solid but not spectacular. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, July 10, 2016

thegreenrooster
2.2
Pisgah German Pilsner
Pour is a hazy gold with a large white head. Aroma is more a pale lager malt. Not real dry and bready more sweet and cloying. Flavor is more of a sweet and thick malt with no real hop profile. This is way more adjunct pale lager than a pilsner. Mine was also canned on 4/11/16 like the rater below me so either something happened that day or this beer is just naturally a corny sweet, watery mess.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

tillmac62
3.3
Pisgah Greybeard IPA
COD 4/19/16. Light amber pour with some suspended matter. World class head volume, lacing and retention. The final pour delivers quite significant amounts of particulate matter that results in a hefeweizen appearance. Very good nose of light citrus (lemon), light tropical (passion fruit), spruce and a solid malt base that has biscuit and bready aspects. Light body that is smooth. Very good carbonation / body balance. The middle is slightly effervescent while the finish approaches prickly. The flavor profile is good, but lacks sufficient bitterness flavor for the style. As an pale ale, I would rate the flavor very good to borderline outstanding. It is rich in hop flavor (mostly sweet tropical initially, then shifts to spruce and ends with pine and zest) but has very little bitterness. Underneath is a rich malt base that follows the nose (biscuit and bready). The finish is a slow fade that is mostly lingering zest.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Cybercat
4.1
Pisgah Solstice Tripel
Pours hazy golden with a thick and frothy eggshell head. Aroma offers banana, pear, butterscotch, yeasty and fresh malt notes. Flavor ramps up the fruit and adds a strong note of sweet apple, very lip-smacking. All the other notes make appearances, along with a hint of honey. Mouthfeel features fairly firm body and good fizz. Whoops, I drank this a day late - but better late than never. Welcome summer!
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

M4grem
3.8
Pisgah Porter
Excellent body and flavor for a porter. Definitely a fav. A hint of creamy with a bite at the palate. Light spice flavor. Really good porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, June 17, 2016

hman43
2.8
Pisgah Greybeard IPA
It pours yellow with an off white head. It has aromas of citrus, bread, and hints of tropical fruits. It has flavors of citrus, and bread with floral and piney elements in the background and hints of tropical fruit. It has a moderate feel to it with a moderately bitter aftertaste. Overall the beer is balanced towards the hop, but the malt backbone is prominence.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Angelmonster
4.1
Pisgah Chocolatized Vortex II
Not sure the age of this bottle but Im guessing bout a year old. Pours a pitch black hue, completely opaque. Head is 1/5th of an inch and milk chocolate colored. Lacing and head retention were above average for such a strong beer. Smell is of hersheys chocolate syrup, whoppers chocolate malt balls, malted barley, roasted oak and a touch of alcohol. Hops are not present, Sweetness is just the right amount, nice balance of chocolate and traditional imperial stout aromas. Taste is very smooth for an 11 percent abv stout. Rich velvet chocolate mends nicely with roasted barley, burnt malts. Getting a lot of malt powder which is unusual but adds a nice chocolate malt shake characteristic to the beer. Oak and a bit of smoke balance out the sweetness, alcohol is super tame. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Chocolate creaminess coats the tongue, wish head was a bit fuller. Overall, this was a very good chocolate stout, on the brink of top five chocolate beers Iíve had. Just wish head was a bit fuller. Regardless, would buy again if available to me locally.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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 maltsí woes continue as a papery limpness collides with fuzzy DMS notes. Burnt sawdust is so extreme itís 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 didnít filter or pasteurize this, but unfortunately I canít 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 stoutís 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 Bruisiní 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. itís 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 Pisgahís 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. Thereís 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