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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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BA SCORE
76
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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blowing Rock Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cvstrickland on 08-17-2008)
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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.1%

nmann08, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +13%
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

oberon, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

Mora2000, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

tempest, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

afsdan, Sep 02, 2014
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.

tdm168, Oct 07, 2011
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.

chinchill, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

sendbeer, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

GarthDanielson, May 19, 2014
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

harpus, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

avalon07, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Axnjxn
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Axnjxn, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -9.1%

IPAchris, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev -9.1%

ZEB89, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -9.1%

ROGUE16, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of AngusOg
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%

AngusOg, Sunday at 09:09 PM
Photo of tpd975
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

tpd975, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of flexabull
3/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

flexabull, May 11, 2009
Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

buckyp, May 23, 2013
Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Falcone, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of jheezee
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

jheezee, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

donkeyrunner, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3/5  rDev -9.1%

RedneckBeerz, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

atsprings, Dec 10, 2008
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Blowing Rock High Country Ale from Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.