Pilot Mountain Pale Ale takes the phrase “mountain man” to the next level. This is the Mount Rushmore of North Carolina ales. I’m not sure why, but I really like the mountain man’s hat. That style is timeless right there.
This pale ale pours a clear amber with a thin wispy head…I’m much better at pouring the beer in my mouth than in my glass. It’s slightly darker than most pale ales and has a very light amount of carbonation. The aroma is very hoppy with bright notes of floral citrus and, surprisingly, a light hint of apricot. So far so good.
The flavor is expectedly hoppy with a heavy dose of citrus that shocks your palate. There’s also a pleasant toasty character from the malt that adds a slightly unconventional aspect. The citrus blast carries through the end of the sip and finishes relatively crisp. However, the flavor does linger for a few seconds. The body is on the lighter side, making this excellent springtime beer.
Trust the man in the mountain; wear a floppy hat…and get this beer! The flavor and body make this ale the perfect companion for a springtime hike or just an outside stroll. Hell, you should probably give this a go even if you’re just going to be sitting inside watching college basketball. I’m a sucker for refreshing and flavorful.
- Appearance: Clear amber
- Aroma: Floral citrus, apricot
- Flavor: Heavy citrus, mildly toasty
- Mouthfeel: Medium minus
- ABV: 5.5%
- Size/Price: 6pk 12 oz. / $8 – $10
- Score: 83