Blowing Rock High Country Ale - Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
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Reviews by chinchill:
3.43/5 rDev +4.6%
A 12oz undated bottle of beer brewed in PA. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a clear amber despite some visible sediment on the bottom of the empty bottle. Some visible carbonation under a creamy tan head. The head has decent retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
The aroma and flavor both feature light hops with a solid malt backbone. Nice but weak aroma.
More flavorful but less citrus than indicated by aroma. Taste is a tad metallic. Overall, sweet and bitter are balanced until the mildly bitter aftertaste.
Crisp feel in a medium-thin body; Slight dryness in the finish. A bit too acidic feeling.
10-25-2011 23:38:00 | More by chinchill
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3.58/5 rDev +9.1%
Brewed in Wilkes Barre,PA according to the label,poured into a standard pint glass a clear light to medium golden with a tight formed craterous 1/2 finger white head.Good balance to the aroma,mainly biscuity crystal malt,leafy,and citric hop,with some toasty notes as well.The mouthfeel is thin and a little prickly wich takes away some of the fullness of flavor,flavors are again balanced with some light caramel-like sweetness and biscuit,the hops finish nicely with a crisp citric note.Not bad,its well balanced but the mouthfeel leavs something to be desired.
10-06-2008 23:37:12 | More by oberon
3.4/5 rDev +3.7%
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours yellow with a white head. The aroma is almost impossible to detect but there is some wheat and lighter malts in there. The flavor is wheat malt with some citrus, but it is also a little faint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
03-19-2010 22:43:28 | More by Mora2000
4.13/5 rDev +25.9%
This was a single in a homemade sampler pack I received. I am familiar with how this is being brewed in PA etc. On to the beer
Poured to my Big Boss pint glass. A good pale color, leading towards some orange-ish colors. Small spotty lacing lingers whilst I sip and drink.
Aroma-smells a touch sweet, light hops, actually smells like a lighter average Pale Ale.
Mouthfeel- Great malt flavors on the sweeter side, not too much. Great hop flavors, floral, minor tangerine flavors. Not overly hoppy, not balanced, but hops are very present IMHO. I am really liking the way this on tastes. Finishes clean and very quaffable. On tap this is probably super-tasty. The malt and hops used in this recipe make this a pretty solid APA. Rating is higher than previous tastings but I enjoyed this bottle.
06-04-2009 15:16:21 | More by ByTor2112
3.03/5 rDev -7.6%
How many ways can you say "average?"
A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A two finger head receded fairly quickly and left a ring of light lacing.
S: A bit of hops. A bit of biscuit malt. Just a bit. Kind of average.
T: Some malt sweetness, some bready flavor, some hops. Not much of any. Not flavorless either.
M: Clean mouthfeel with a dryish finish.
O: Pretty much everything I can say about this beer revolves around "average." It certainly beats a macrobrew but there is nothing particularly notable about it. Neither the hops nor the malt stand out nor is it like a good English Pale Ale which has both a strong malt and a strong hops profile. This would be a decent introductory beer for someone who is used to the macro products or a decent lawnmower beer.
12-31-2012 04:09:16 | More by HerdNo1
2.63/5 rDev -19.8%
Comes out golden when poured with thin, bubbly head that quickly fades to nothing. Heavy carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The smell is light malt, metal, and apples. The taste is malty with an apple-like sweetness that dominates. There are faint hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.
This is a little one dimensional and sweet. There is no complexity; neither dominant malt character nor noteworthy hop presence. I think I'll pass in the future.
10-06-2011 23:02:26 | More by tdm168
3.38/5 rDev +3%
Had a bottle with lunch at Lovie's Kitchen in Corolla, NC for $2. Not bad for a relatively cheap beer (though Lovie's was selling PBR cans for $1.25). It's a simple, balanced pale ale with a subtle, mild citrus character, with clean biscuity bread barley. Yeah, it's basic for the style and doesn't have big bitterness, but it does an excellent job of washing down my turkey and brie sandwich.
06-15-2012 22:17:22 | More by tempest
3.73/5 rDev +13.7%
A lovely day up in the mountains that let me try a huge sample of some new NC locals. Always thrilled when a day works out like this one did.
One of my first chances to try anything from them, I was excited to go for this lighter pale to see what they were making way up in the hills. A nice light color, golden around the edges with a hint of a dark amber in the middle. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass left a nice two finger head of white foam that capped the top of the glass very nicely. Aroma is light hops, biscuit notes, and hints of herbal, floral tones and a light touch of grain. Well balanced with nothing really dominating more then anything else. Body was light, well carbonated but light with hints of caramel and sweet piney hops that hit the tongue on the first sips. Smooth and gentle the flavor did not evolve much over time and the finish was about as clean and quick as they come.
Overall a solid little ale, nothing really to complain about and nothing that would keep you from putting down more then one on a hot day. Good effort.
06-07-2010 23:50:43 | More by mikesgroove
3.75/5 rDev +14.3%
Bright golden in color, crystal clear. Thin wet drippy head with some sparse lacing.
Nice aroma of citrus hops and some peaches.
On the balanced side for an APA. Plenty of pale malts and maybe some caramel too. Plenty of hops for the style. Hop flavors bounce from citrus to grassy. Somewhat earthy flavored.
Light bodied and thin mouthfeel which doesn't really add or detract anything from the beer.
Very drinkable and sessionable. Nice summertime ale.
03-01-2009 20:40:36 | More by wcudwight
3.06/5 rDev -6.7%
A. A light caramel color, hazy, but semi-see-through. It has a white bubbly head, fairly small, without much lacing. A good amount of bubbles coming up.
S. It has a sweet malty scent to it.
T/M. It is very sweet. A lemon taste. It is malty and carbonated. Fairly light bodied. It is kind of tart. Some watermelon flavor in there.
O. It's a solid beer, in that it's easy to drink and has some flavors. I had a nice, cold, crisp one and found it to be refreshing, if unremarkable.
07-20-2013 18:44:08 | More by Amalak
3.35/5 rDev +2.1%
This beer gave me one of those, "I have been defrauded" experiences. I bought the beer thinking it was brewed in Boone, NC. Only after I got the six pack home did I notice that the beer was ACTUALLY BREWED IN WILKES-BARRE, PA. Yeah, the place where those corrupt judges illegally sent all those poor kids to jail. Perturbed, I have tried to be as neutral in this review as possible. However, I hope that if you are reading this and thinking of purchasing the beer, remember IT IS NOT BREWED IN BOONE, NC.
Appearance 3.25: With one hiss of the screw-top, this beer poured out an attractive copper gold. Nice 1/4" head shrunk down to a 1/8" head that stuck around the entire session.
Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Noble hops mingle with barley and slightly spicy hints.
Taste 3.25: Front is dry and focused on a slight barley taste. Middle is also dry, but does have some slight sweetness. This fades into the finish, which is where a very light noble hop character comes in along with more of a light barley taste and barely discernible treacley sweetness. Finish is short and is focused on a light and grassy barley/cereal grains flavor.
Mouthfeel 3.25: Mouthfeel was well matched to the beer and certainly did not affect my enjoyment of it.
Overall 3.25: A little better than OK ale. This is a pleasant beer and certainly a standard example of an "APA." It is light, refreshing and would be great with a meal, especially something hot and greasy like Buffalo wings. I would not buy this one again, but would not hesitate to order it with a meal if I saw it on a menu, either in Wilkes-Barre or in Boone.
12-09-2013 06:17:32 | More by BeerDocT
3.55/5 rDev +8.2%
Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown twist top bottle as pictured.
A: Clear amber/copper color with thick off-white head and heavy lacing.
S: Mild citrus and pine hop scent.
T&M: Lighter body than I would have hoped from the smell. Almost watery and thin, but decent mild malt and hop flavor. Finely carbonated that fades to a slightly hop bitter finish that is just watery.
Decent ale that I got in a 'beer of the month' from my local supplier. I have no idea what the cost is and it would be decent if inexpensive, but nothing to write home about.
01-10-2010 22:59:08 | More by cdizinno
2.68/5 rDev -18.3%
Deep gold color with a average white head. Some thin swirl retention and minimal lace.
Smell is almost non-existant. Maybe corn bread?
Light and crisp. Sweet corn bread malt with some very, very mild citrus. Peppery tin can taste with swallow. Ebulliant cabonation. There are so many off things about this beer (weak retention, lack of smell, metallic taste, etc.) that it seems like a crapshoot homebrew. Mild enough beer that one could drink a few of these if that was your thing.
01-22-2009 12:59:32 | More by donkeyrunner
2.38/5 rDev -27.4%
A: Amber and golden with thin beige head.
S: BMC lager. No hops, nothing to get excited about.
T: BMC lager. If this is an APA, where is the hoppiness?
M: Thin, slightly watery. Nicely carbonated.
O: I know why this is called "Blowing"...it blows.
06-15-2011 03:32:59 | More by hamilton23
2.5/5 rDev -23.8%
I was proudly raised in Boone and still live there (or here) today, and had always looked forward to drinking this beer. The label, however, contains the puzzling caveat that this beer was in fact brewed in Pennsylvania, despite being brewed by the Boone Brewing Company. Now I have my doubts about the quality of a beer that's been outsourced for brewing, but here goes.
Appearance: Pours a nice but very transparent bronze-amber color that has a nice two-finger head above the beer that dies down quickly but manages to impart some lacing on the glass before it goes.
Smell: The smell is a combination of toasted and sweet malts, neither of which I am finding to be particularly appealing. The malts smell entirely artificial and the whole scent is very dissuasive to getting to take a drink.
Taste: The taste pretty much follows the smell and is not especially palatable. The horrible sweet malts are the first things you'll find, with the toasty, buttery malts playing a close second fiddle. It all ends with a barely-discernible hop finish.
Mouthfeel: This beer is not too thin, despite being very highly carbonated. There is no cloying from any of the flavors, so I guess I have no complaints.
Drinkability: I think I am being very generous in giving this a 2 because I would never want to drink another one of these ever.
Overall, this is a pretty bad beer. I hate to bash a brew, but this is an especially poor beer, especially considering it is a pale ale. It just tastes extremely "fake", and the sweet malts are borderline repulsive. I would say that I'm happy to support a local brewery, but seeing as this beer is brewed in Pennsylvania, I will not be supporting this particular product anytime soon.
03-26-2010 23:00:16 | More by zoso493
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