Pisgah Brewing Co. Pale Ale
By: Ben Dofflemyer
First Impression: This brewery really boasts their Organic ingredients and whole hops, their logo even looks a lot like the USDA Organic logo. I always feel like I’m making a healthy beer decision. Pisgah Brewing Co. is in a gorgeous little town right outside of Asheville called Black Mountain, a great place for us Asheville locals to get away form the hustle and bustle.
Pour: Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, it is a beautiful, slightly opaque, golden copper color, like honey. It has a very actively fizzy, but lasting head about half an inch thick.
Aroma: There is a nice aroma of a complex hop bill, balanced and rounded by the earthy, biscuity malt tones. The hops smell citrusy and resiny, reminiscent of a strong IPA with a complex malt backbone.
Taste: The hop flavor kicks pretty hard at the beginning, though not as hard as the aroma would lead me to believe. Initially sweet, with some bitter and citrusy grapefruit notes. There are some interesting esters once the hop flavor recedes, some that give it the earthy, bread like flavor, but also some that give me hints of a vegetable broth, like a bit of pesky residual dimethyl sulfide.
Overall: As the first warm days of Spring arrive, I have been enjoying this refreshing American Pale Ale very much. This is the flagship of Pisgah brewing, which offers some delicious beers, both with unique and traditional ingredients (organic whenever possible). A particularly good choice for floating down the river, going to an outdoor festival or concert, or doing whatever it is that residents of Asheville and Western NC like to do.