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Blowing Rock IPA - Blowing Rock Brewing Co.

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Blowing Rock IPABlowing Rock IPA

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Reviews: 19
Hads: 78
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blowing Rock Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Chadpaq on 01-08-2011

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 78
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new offering from Blowing Rock,hopefully they will brew their stuff in NC soon.Poured into a standard pint a deep rich bronze with a great one and a half finger creamy slight off white colored head,it stuck like glue and finally settled into a creamy mass.Big citric and floral hops in the nose,very fresh smelling,a bit of toasty sweetish caramel malt underneath as well.Balanced on the palate,a good shot of piney,citric hops intertwined with a hefty caramel biscuit malt base.This is pretty damn good,easily the best BR beer I have had,I could drink alot of these. (569 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz undated (but cryptically coded) bottle served in a pint glass. Labels says "brewed by Boone Brewing Co., Wilkes-Barre, PA ... exclusively for Blowing Rock Brewing Co., Boone, NC".

Pours a fine reddiish amber; clear with visible fine carbonation and a lasting but smallish tan head. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is a bit light in the hops for style, and a bit more earthy than normal. The Taste is good, but with hop levels about mid-way between a PA and an IPA, and the flavor is more grassy than usual, although more piney than grassy. I enjoyed the taste enough to assign it a 4, but this is a bit of stretch in that it departs a little from style and is only a bit on the upside of the 3.5-4 line. Decent earthy, toasted grains and hops finish.

Good carbonation with a semi-dry finish.

O - a little different; not challenging and more tame than bold for style. (888 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep copper approaching amber in color with some orange highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that very slowly reduces (showing great retention properties) to a quarter finger layer evenly covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Some light to moderate aromas of malts with pine and earthy hops. Light notes of alcohol towards the finish of the smell.

T: Upfront there are some nondescript malts with just a hint of sweetness, followed by a watery flavor, and then the finish has some pine/resin and earthy hops that lend a moderate to heavy amount of bitterness (almost tastes like the hops are a little past their prime).

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Some light dryness and alcohol heat in the finish.

O: I'm a pretty big fan of IPAs this year (I know that tastes change over time so who nows if I will be saying this in another year or two) but was a little disappointed... Not as well balanced as some and the hops are rather harsh in their bitterness - definitely better offerings on the market.

Note: This one is for you Tsuki, thanks for the 9+ great years of being my dog and companion. You will be missed! (1,380 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - moderate amber color; quarter inch of dense, off white, foamy head; decent retention

S - floral, citrusy, grapefruit-like hop aromas

T - very light malt; bitter, piny, floral, herbal, earthy hop character; unbalanced; except for a strong bitter finish there is little flavor

M - crisp, a bit over carbonated, medium bodied

This is a rather average IPA. It lacks depth or a distinct character. It's all hops with little balance, and the hop character is not very pleasing. Avoid. (486 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light amber with a ring of white foam. Decent lacing. Malty pine smell. Light.

Firm burning hop flavor start to finish. Grapefruit in there. Lip smacking finish, good bite. Lingering bitter. Not obnoxious but clearly intending to leave a mark.

Good IPA. (306 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OK IPA, nothing great. Looks and smells good. Pours a clear copper color with a good size, slightly off white head. Good head retention and good lacing. Smell is impressive as well, floral and citrus hops, quite pronounced!!

Taste is a drop off. Bready malts overpower the hops. Some citrus hops and hops "bite" at the end, but mostly a mild malty beer. There is also a slightly metallic after taste.

Mouthfeel is average. Not too light, somewhat crisp.

Drinkability is ok. Nothing special. There are much better AIPAs out there. (532 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A swirling cascading pour yields slightly more than two fingers worth of crisp slightly whipped light khaki colored head that forms a slightly rocky top as it settles... Excellent retention... The color is deep moderately dark medium gold... Still with no discernible carbonation... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Subdued all the way around... A mix of pale and toasted malts... Some caramel sweetness... Some doughy bread malt... The hops are truly missing in action on the nose... There is also a slightly odd soapy note buried beneath the surface...

T - As expected the malt base dominates the palate... Caramel... Biscuit... Caramel... Biscuit... Repeat... While it's not a bad start, there isn't much more going on... The finish slightly hopped and there is a slightly off soapy quality to the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Lightly carbonated... Goes down easily enough... Crisp... Clean...

D - Drinks much more like a subdued American Pale Ale rather than an IPA, but it's not a terrible beer by any stretch... It's simple... It's straightforward... It's unpretentious... This one is a the poster boy for average... (1,145 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A. It has a dark reddish-brown color with a one-finger foamy white head and some lacing. Some bubbles can be seen. Fully opaque.

S. It has a roasted hop scent.

T/M. It has a dark fruit hoppy taste to it. There's a grape and a caramel sweetness and tartness to it. Fairly smooth with a bit of a celery calm to it.

O. It's a very basic IPA. It has a slight hop taste but more fruity. Descent but nothing special. (413 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a huge two finger head. Head retention is excellent as is lacing.

Aroma of piny hops along with some citrus. There is also a slight scent of roasted malt that comes through.

Flavor is a combination of piney and citrus hops. There is almost a Belgian banana flavor throughout which is a bit odd. Not so much roasted malt in the flavor as there was in the aroma but some caramel malt is present. There is a nice hop bite and the beer finished fairly clean.

Overall a decent IPA but not a favorite of mine. I just don't really care for the yeastiness. (624 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not precisely certain as to why the Boone Brewing Company produces their beer in Wilkes-Barre, PA. It's not as if land is expensive in western NC, or that sixty odd other breweries aren't thriving here. Odd.

Good looking off the bat, with a virile pour illuminating an offwhite head and plenty of lace, although the former dies early in the movie. Body is Opaque and past copper to a light brown. Nose is predominantly malty, with only the slightest underlying hop scent.

Something seems off on this one. Initially caramel and chocolate malts followed by a strange, off kilter hoppiness that doesn't really do the pine and citrus thing so well. The whole thing seems kind of a mess and turns watery in the middle. The aftertaste gets a bit better but it's not so much balanced as two diametrically opposite tastes, neither of them great, pulling in opposite directions instead of blending seamlessly (like in Two Hearted, for example).

With the glut of decent to good IPAs competing for my drinking dollar I think I can safely say that Pennsylvania can keep this one, although I'm not sure why they'd want to. (1,118 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz can

L - Copper with clarity, 1 finger of head and some lacing left on the glass

S - Bitter hops

T - Nice mix of citrus and bitter hops. Hoppy up front but aftertaste is a little too metallic

F - Light bodied and medium carbonation

O - This one is better than the other reviews I read. Pretty good easy drinking IPA (329 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a thick and frothy tan head that retains impeccably and leavings impressive lacing. The aroma is all hops upfront, with citrusy and floral notes, along with caramel and toasted bread, fruity esters and some alcohol. The flavor is similar with piney and citrusy hops upfront, along with some fruity esters, flinty sharpness, toasted bread, caramel and alcohol. The mouthfeel is sharp and carbonation is a bit high. Decent IPA, nothing I would seek out though. (483 characters)

Photo of FriedSlug
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A copper colored clear beer with a light tan head and almost no lacing. A malty and slightly citrus noise with a little bitter aroma. The taste is unremarkable with mostly malt and bitter. Was hoping to get some citrus based on the aroma but really just bitter without the benefits. (282 characters)

Photo of VaterRoss
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber into tumbler

Pours an gold/amber with a white head. Smell is piney and some grapefruit hops. Taste is similar but finishes with a terrible dryness. This is not hoppy enough to quite be an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium weight and way too dry for an IPA, this killed the beer for me.

Very light and dry for the style with strangely subdued hops. Would not buy again considering the huge variety of IPAs out there. (421 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
2.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - As I began to pour this one I immediately could tell there would be little to no head, so I intentionally tried to finish the pour rough and still could not produce enough of a head to speak of. Looks flat, barely any carbonation can be seen. Is a clear amber/red color.

S - Not much smell, so it makes it kind of hard to rate. Some bready malts and some hops, but not much of either. I would rate it a 3 for average, but there is a slightly metallic smell underneath that caused me to knock this back to 2.5.

T - Again, just not much here. Average at best. Not a lot of hop flavor, not a lot of malt flavor. What is there is a balanced bready malt, so nothing offensive but nothing really good either.

M - While not quite as watery as it looks, it is still average at best.

O - Not horrible, not great. Its alright, but I wouldn't buy it again and wouldn't recommend buying it to others. Plenty of better beers out there that are readily available. Disappointing that a beer named after such a great place like blowing rock isn't better than this. (1,057 characters)

Photo of LuthersMug
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't quite hit the right spot with me. I had it at a men's church gathering on a nice spring day after an intense thunderstorm with lightning that hit our house. The smell was fresh and piney. The hops are noticeable, but they didn't balance out the beer. I was hoping for more. It was a decent beer to try, but I would reach out for another. (354 characters)

Photo of Chadpaq
3.97/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scooped a sixer of this at my local Harris Teeter. I was in the market for some Noble Pils but I settled for this stuff. I had never seen it before and the name was quite intriguing.

It wasn't until I got home until I realized that the beer label was a complete contradiction. The beer itself is called "Blowing Rock IPA" and it's brewed by The Boone Brewing Company (allegedly). In actuality, this stuff is concocted in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsyvlania by Lion Brewery, and the name "Boone Brewing" is presumably contracted out.

I was willing to lay all this aside, however; the taste of a beer should speak for itself.

I cracked this bottle and was blown away by the hop content that the nose seemed to contain. The stuff smelled pretty damn amazing! It wasn't until I tasted it that I noticed a fair amount of malt to counteract this. The beer itself registers at 60 IBUs, and I think that's a pretty accurate assessment.

Extremely drinkable. Hoppy, without too much bite. I don't think the alcohol content is terribly high...or is it? Hard to say. But drinkable? Absolutely.

If you can find this stuff, definitely get a sixer of it. I think it's definitely worth. Apparently there are no reviews for it yet...that's soon to change. (1,244 characters)

Photo of dataskatt
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this IPA a lot! The smell was incredible! Nice floral notes, with grapefruit, and mild grassy notes. The taste was really good. Grapefruit with a smooth hoppy bite. Very drinkable, with nice medium body mouthfeel. I would definitely buy again, and am looking forward to trying other offerings from Blowing Rock! (319 characters)

Photo of PatrickOBrien
1.72/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Being from Michigan I'm surrounded by fantastic IPA's, I was actually somewhat excited when this arrived in a BOTM subscription I'd won for free. Unfortunately, it was awful.. Without better words to express my feelings for this beer.. It was a jumbled mess of clashing crap that turned out like crap.

It did however look and smell halfway decent. I'd rather have a Bud light. (377 characters)

Blowing Rock IPA from Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.