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Blowing Rock High Country Ale - Blowing Rock Brewing Co.

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Blowing Rock High Country AleBlowing Rock High Country Ale

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 115
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cvstrickland on 08-17-2008

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 115
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.44/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.41/5  rDev -26.7%
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....

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated and some average lacing.

S: Had an aroma of malt and floral hops. Not an overly powerful nose, ut OK.

T: Tasted of floral hops up front and some sweet malt in the finish. As is typical of pale ales, this one isn't bad, but doesn't win points for complexity.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable, if unspectacular pale ale.

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Photo of tpd975
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice light golden almost amber hue. Nice tall creamy head, pretty good retention and lace.

S: Very malty.... Fresh bread, bread yeast, caramel, and a touch of earthy hops.

T: Malt forward as well. Where is the APA? Nice bready tones with lots of malt sweetness. Very sublte taste of light citrus in the finish. More sweet orange than bitter grapefruit.

M: Medium in body, fairly crisp with good carbonation.

D: Just Ok. Would like a big blast of hops on the backend.

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Photo of flexabull
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of turtlemoye, thanks again!

I am a little confused about this one, it says Boone Brewing and the bottle says it is brewed in Wilkes-Barre PA, but BA says Blowing Rock NC?

Anyways... on to the beer.

Pours a light gold color with a faint white head.

Aromas are sweet, with a mineral and soda water like note. This is odd smelling, but not bad.

Taste is sweet, a little syrupy, and cloying. There is a cereal grain sweetness, with some caramel malt flavors. Finish has a hint of mineral hop bitterness, but it pretty flat.

Mouthfeel is ok, but comes of as too sweet and thick feeling.

Drinkability is so so. This is an average brew at best. Not terrible, but I don't think I'd want another.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Brooklyn goblet. Pours a crisp bubbly light orange with a thin head that quickly diminishes to a ring but leaves great lacing. Aroma was faint citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is a decent balance of citrus malts and sweet malts, just about what I expect from an American pale ale. The beer is extremely light and crisp with decent carbonation. This one most simply put another run of the mill APA.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
3.07/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce twist-off topped bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a clear golden amber body capped with a thick finger of soft ivory foam that retains at a broken sheet and leaves swatches of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink features spicy, herbal hops right up front, backed with a note of pale malt and the lightest whiff of sweet brown caramel. A bit of sweet black tea lurks in the background.

The taste is spicy with a zing of citrusy and earthy hops atop a mild malty backbone. Flavors of sweet orange and a dash of lime nicely accent a tasty cookie-malt character that compels me to have another swig. The component flavors of Blowing Rock offer nothing in excess, but a sweet harmony of mild, balanced flavors is the hallmark of the ale.

The drink is crisp and on the light side of medium-bodied, making it plenty refreshing on a sultry NC summer day. Superb drinkability.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A transparent copper body gives way to a 2 inch snow white head which leaves a sticky lacing that survives throughout the enjoyment of this beer.

Primary aromas are of caramel and hops, but I am also detecting something slightly metallic.

For the most part, the taste matches the aroma of caramel and hops, perhaps something spicy, but again metallic as well.

Full body and medium carbonation are a very pleasant compliment to the hop presence on the palate.

Decent beer overall, but in my opinion has just a little something missing in the flavor.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of dtivp
2.77/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of nick76
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first element in the aroma is sweet malt with a bit of a metallic bite. There is also some grassy hops. The appearance is gold with an amber hue. The head blows up pretty fast and falls even faster. The flavor is really well balanced between sweet malt and hops. The palate is really smooth from carbonation. I was really thirsty when I drank this beer and it was very refreshing and quite flavorful at the same time. It's not a standout beer but it's a very solid one.

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Photo of bboven
4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale ales can run the gammut from malty to hoppy. Here's one on the maltier side.

Medium copper color, very clear with a thin head even after a fairly vigorous pour. A little lacing.

Aroma is extremely balanced. Fairly complex mat with a peppery hop aroma are right in tune with one another.

Taste leans slightly towards the malty side but that's not a bad thing. The only thing I can complain about is a slight metallic taste towards the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium-drying, and pretty highly carbonated. I'd knock that down a peg, but that's just me.

All in all, a very balanced, good example of what a pale ale can be. It would be a good one to introduce to non-craft drinkers, for sure.

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Photo of Gyle41386
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a golden amber with a fairly small white head. Retention is minimal, dropping quickly to a tiny ring. Not too much in the lacing department.

Aroma is kind of odd...plenty of pale malt and citric hops, with a spicy, peppery kind of scent on top. Weird, but not off-putting. Almost has kind of a cider vibe.

I just don't know about this one. It's sweet and sour. It's got enough of a grainy flavor to make it lager-y. This is just a weird beer. I'm not entirely sure what's going on with this one.

Light body, watery and thin, very tingly carbonation...probably overdone. There's nothing about this beer that I'd consider bad, but, unfortunately, there's nothing I'd really consider good, either.

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