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Blowing Rock High Country Ale - Blowing Rock Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 115
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blowing Rock Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cvstrickland on 08-17-2008

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 115
Photo of tillmac62
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear medium amber. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of biscuit and hops.

Light body with a texture that has smooth moments. Below normal carbonation with just a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is good, in a lawn mower or session sense, albeit not very complex. You get a modest hop flavor accompanied with a modest pine/rind bitterness over a modest biscuit sweetness with a hint of caramel. The finish lingers with a rind note. (492 characters)

Photo of smweir
3.02/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can at a local coffeeshop. Definitely too malty for an APA. Very short initial spike of hops that disappear quickly leaving malt flavor. Nose is actually kind of nice, I wish it tasted the way it smelled. The "look" rating is kind of a guess as Im drinking out of a can. (277 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.41/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer Pours clear but very flat which provided no head or lace....as well as the Mouthfeel was poor. Some slight hop on the nose....and 5 he taste was more malty than hop/bitter so the balance is off. This was from a can so it's tough to say I got a bad bottle.....just so so.... (284 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, slightly pale copper-gold coloring with a thin, sparse, white head. Nose of biscuit, caramel, and not much else. Flavors are toasted forward, with a heavy caramel and butter character. Roasted tail-end, on a smooth, light body. Caramel sweet aftertaste, with a smooth, light finish. (345 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. (1,611 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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. (481 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a dark golden color with a off white head. The head was gone pretty fast. The smell and taste was hoppy big time. I would not buy it again. It just was dead tasting and I did not like the taste. (260 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a Lagunitas wide mouth glass. No apparent bottling date.

Pours a dark copper color with an inch and a half thick lingering white head. Mild bready malts on the nose, but nothing too strong. Taste has a malty backbone with a tad of sweetness and hops on the backend. Not much bitterness to this one at all. It's pretty standard, but refreshing. It's got a nice feel to it, easy drinking for a summer day. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very typical beer. Enjoyable for what it is. (525 characters)

Photo of HerdNo1
3.02/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (779 characters)

Photo of Luigi
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours our a clear golden color with a two finger head that quickly goes down to a thin lace around the glass.

The aroma is clean with a hint of biscuit like malt, with a mild hop presence.

A sweet malt hit the palate first and lingers for a bit. Very clean but no real hop presence at all.

Light crisp body and goes down easy.

I remember trying this ale years ago and I could have sworn there was a bigger hop flavor. Then again it could have been the IPA. Either way this Pale Ale was a disappointment. (510 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (393 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (620 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (499 characters)

Photo of dtivp
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured a medium clear golden amber with a very small white head that faded quickly into a ring with light lacing.

Aroma was a very weak with hints of sweet malt.

Taste followed the nose with a slightly sweet malt with a slight hint of hops.

Mouth Feel was light to medium body with light carbonation and a slight oily feel.

Overall I was not impressed, needs a little more hop bitterness to make this a better APA. (418 characters)

Photo of hamilton23
2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (248 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.88/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not a very nice beer here. Tastes very adjunct to me.
Pours a decent looking straw color with a white head and no lacing. Smells of artificial oranges and hops. Tastes of minimal orange flavor with some malts, and tons of hops. Bitter. Mouthfeel is very thin, below average. Drinkability is certainly not good. (310 characters)

Photo of JDH2000
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours clear gold with two fingers of head.

S- smells of sweet malts

T- Surprisingly sweet with fruity hops and light caramel malts--in a nice balance.

M- medium bodied with light carbonation. Has a slightly oily mouthfeel.

D- Overall, not too bad. At first the sweetness threw me off, but then it really grew upon me. (326 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.26/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - clear honey color, golden on the edge of the glass. Nice head and great retention. Good lacing.

S - Sweet hops dominate. Mostly fruity undertones. Some slight earthy qualities.

T - Hops upfront, with a mild bitterness. Much sweeter than I expected. Has a taste I can't quite pinpoint, but I think it reminds me a little of maple. Not what I was expecting, but still good.

M - Good full feeling. Not overly carbonated, but appropriate to give good feeling and prevent from being syrupy.

D - Very good. Not sure what the ABV is here but I'd say its about average, and would be a great session beer.

I was expecting a lot more bitterness when I bought a 6 pack of this and it was not at all what i expected on my first sip. But this one really grew on me. Not too pricey, and i could see myself buying this one again. (823 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
2.43/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

pours a reddish brown color with crystal clear visability. no head to speak off and looks lightly carbonated. Smell is faint corn and light malt characteristics. has a yuengling type smell with some american adjuncty aromas of corn and ethanol. Tastes not much different as its got sort of a sweet bitter finish with an extremely light body and little finish. Nothing great here, just plain old beer meant for drinking fast i guess. mouthfeel is alright as its got a crisp finish, but still nothing to brag about. I would rate this a better version of miller high life or coors original, but nothing more than that. really a simple style beer capable of being replicated by the macro companies. (741 characters)

Photo of mjaquillard
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic ale for a hot summer day.

a - poors darker than you would think after tasting it. tons of carbonation and good head to go with it

s - eh, slightly sweet smelling, not to hoppy. not much, but my wife loved it for some reason

t - a toned down apa, but toned down without losing balance.

m - light for an ale of this style

d - +++

Not a huge fan of this, but it's a pretty refreshing beer, especially for an ale that still tastes like an ale (464 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of 7thInningSuds
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looked pretty good.

S - Smelled pretty good.

T - On the hoppy side. Not to bitter of an aftertaste, but noticeable.

M - Okay.

D - Wanted to try this Boone-brewed beer to see what it was like. Not too bad, but it won't be a regular in the beer fridge. (258 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a transparent dark orange with a thick off-white head resting on the top. Retention is fair; leaves some light lace on the glass. Scents of sweet malts, honey, and a faint piney resin on the back end.

The mouth is firm with a crisp carbonation front, and a smooth finish. Great sweet malty flavors that mix well with a moderate hop bitterness. Some fresh bread aftertaste. I could drink these all the time, and with this beer being sold everywhere in the city, I just may. Much better than anticipated. (548 characters)

Photo of zoso493
2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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. (1,725 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (299 characters)

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Blowing Rock High Country Ale from Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.