Table Rock Pale Ale - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Table Rock Pale AleTable Rock Pale Ale

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93 Ratings

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oberon on 12-01-2009

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Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 41
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Their flagship beer runs the path most traveled with the use of Cascade hops. Brilliant copper hue with a truly amazing lace on the glass. Perfect carbonation provides the crispness needed to be a Pale Ale. Cascade hop aroma is a bit perfumey and runs from citric to minty to floral; faint whiff of biscuit malt behind the hops. Ale qualities come right out with some fruitiness and faint esters, and malt shows a good foundation of bready and biscuity flavor.

A perfect snapshot of modern-day American craft beer, giving enough inspiration to get back into drinking Pale Ales again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its great to see some Olde Hickory bottles here in the triad.Poured into a standard pint a clear light to medium gold, with a sticky two finger white head atop,two rings of lace were left behind as it settled oh so slowly.A mix of citric and spicey hop and toasty malt in the nose,neither wins out.A tad thin in the mouth but not to the point of being watery.A balance of pine and citrus hop,and toasty,lightly sweet malt,true to American pale form.This is a nice beer,its spot as far as the style.

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours orangish amber with a quarter of an inch of soft, dense, cloud-like, white head that has great retention

S - super bready, biscuity, sweet, citrusy

T - bready malt; citrusy hop character; faint, piny, bitter finish; overall a rather light flavor profile but fitting for the style

M - crisp, smooth, medium bodied, a bit thin at times

The flavor profile is a bit light but it has good character overall. The bitter finish is a bit intense in comparison to the rest of the flavor profile. In the end, it's flavorful, drinkable, and smooth. It's a good APA that I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to bullywee

pours a nice vibrant orange tinted copper with hints of faint yellow. very light fluffy head, light retention. little to no lacing

very faint floral and citrus hops and light sweet malts.

hops pick up in the flavor. a nice light pine like bitterness up front with slight earthy tones. faint sweetness. malts pick up through the finish. light toffee flavor.

light body with a moderate carbonation

pretty easy drinking pale ale, needs a little more to it.

Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into an Olde Hickory goblet. Poured a hazy red-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, grain, caramel hop and subtle fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I found this one to be quite earthy upon inspection and OT definitely carried on throughout the glass. I do like the subtle kiss of fruit hop on the followthrough of this one as it did help to balance it out slightly, but it was definitely a case of too little too late. Still not bad for the style, just wish it would have gotten away from the earthy tones a little more.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. "To ensure brewery fresh taste keep me cool, serve me cool, and enjoy before" M 11 marked on the label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for another local brew in an awesome surprise box!

A - Table Rock pours a beautiful goldenrod color with fantastic clarity and good carbonation. A thick finger of head rises to lower back down slowly while leaving dense lace.

S - The plump two-row pale barley provides a round and full backbone for the rich cascade hop bouquet. Touches of honey liven up the lightly lemon-citrus, perfumy floral aroma. Good balance in the aroma.

T - Lemon citrus comes forwards a bit more in the flavor as the cascades provide a strong herbal, floral flavor. The pale malt provides good balance once again. In addition notes of honey and biscuit come through.

M - This pale seems a little heavier on the malt making it a little more medium-full bodied. The carbonation is decent but could be brought up a bit to offset the bolder feel of the beer. A nicely balanced low-to-moderate hop bitterness finishes the beer out.

D - I don't exactly understand why a standard offering is packaged in a bomber. It's a good beer but one I wish I would have shared rather than opening alone. A little too much to put down at once.

Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange golden color with a big, fluffy head. Nice lacing. Leafy, herbal hop aroma with floral and lemony notes. Taste follows the smell closely. Leafy and floral with some grain. Medium-light body, crisp, and solidly bitter. This is getting hoppier as I drink it. Quite a nice, fresh pale ale right here. Not super-dank and citrusy...more leafy and earthy, but that's fine with me.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rich orange color, with lots of haze, and visible streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Big white, frothy head slowly faded to leave about a half inch that stayed until the end. Big time sticky lace all down the glass. Smell was very crisp, lots of citrus flavors and some hints of grass or fresh leaves. As it warmed some more grain and earthy bread like smells became apparent. The taste was very light, crisp, refreshing. This beer absolutly screamed sessionable at me, could drink this year round anytime of day, was perfect with dinner(ham) and just very enjoyable. Taste was predominantly the hoppy side, grapefruit and pineapple as well as hints at some pine freshness.

Photo of wcudwight
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer at my local waterring holes.
Smells of toasty pale malt and Christmas tree. Hints of a floral aroma as well.
This pale ale is all about the cascade hops. Lot's of citrus and pine flavors. Grapefruit and orange add just enough tang. The pale malts keep it from being too much tang.
Medium bodied with some zest in the mouthfeel.
This is one of my favorite local beers and if you're in the area I recommend you try it.

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate amounts of caramel malts and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a really good balance between the malts and the hops. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these in a night.

Photo of Hopstuff
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to go with the Bros on this one. Its a damn great beer.

A staple for American made pale ale.

And its from NC, so that makes it hotter.

This beer makes spaces between review segments sweat with envy of what might come.

I get this in Growlers from the brew pub and it holds up for a week!

Yummy, YUmmy Yummy...solid as the Rock working out at Miami University's football gym.

And yes there is a video of that!!

Photo of devilben02
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split between two glasses so both a friend and I could enjoy, this one pours a medium amber shade of pale with a modest, creamy off-white head. The aroma features a nice, subtle yet present hop profile, with a combination of lemon, earth, and pine. The flavor has a bit more of an herbal/earthy Noble hop kind of bitterness, but there is also a light malty sweetness to provide some semblance of balance. Although somewhat generously hopped, the texture is only somewhat resinous, with the overall mouthfeel being quite crisp and clean, making this one go down easy. Overall, this is a nicely hopped yet refreshing pale ale that I greatly enjoyed on a hot summer afternoon.

Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this 22 oz. bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Best by: May 2012. The body was medium amber color with a slight haze. The cream colored head left lacy sheets in the glass and a cap on the beer.

The smell was jammy. Whole wheat bread and apple skin.

The taste was fruity with a rather strong grassy bitter finish.Pretty bold hops for an APA (fine by me!). Apples in the taste too. This character bloomed even more which became cloying.

The mouthfeel was medium in density with zippy, prickly carbonation.

Photo of patre_tim
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, slight haze, tons of carbonation in fine bubbles, 2 fingers of yellow tinted sea foamy head.

S: Sweet, light citrus, tea, light evergreen.

T: Light citrus, light orange, malt, red tea like dryness, light lactic milk quality. Like I’m having an iced milk tea, with orange pekoe.

M: Light medium body, medium low carbonation, dry tannic finish.

O: Great beer, bought in Asheville, drank in Canton , NC June 20, 2014. Different than any other APA I've had.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

This was recommended to me by someone from the area as a must try.

A: Nice shade of sunset red-orange with a thick fleece of white head.
S: I get plenty of the caramel malt, but very little in the way of hops. A quick sniff of the remainder in the bottle supports this. Not much aroma for a relatively fresh beer.
T: Light caramel and biscuit flavor upfront. Again, not much for hops, but the Cascades do bring a strong bitterness to the finish.
M: Somewhat flat and watery, definitely on the lighter side. I prefer a pale ale to be somewhat crisp with prickly carbonation.

Overall, a fairly simple, straightforward pale ale with most of the focus on the bitter finish. I think this beer could be right up some folks' alley, however this is definitely a different APA than the SNPA I was raised on.

Photo of rpstevens
1.92/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bomber into a Celebration pint glass. The beer pours a nice hazy light orange copper with a thick bone white head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving sheets of oily lacing. This is a really nice looking APA.

The smell is sweet malts first and foremost, some caramel malts, hay, honey sweetness dominates. Not what I want from an American Pale Ale at all. There's some perfumy, floral hops in the background, but only if you really dig for them.

The taste follows the smell. Malty, sweet, boring. There is an unpleasant metallic twang where I think bitter hops should go.

The beer is well carbonated and I can't take points off for the body, but drinkability suffers because this is a bad beer. Too sweet to be an American Pale Ale, and that metallic finish just lingers forever.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellowish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger and a half tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with slightly stronger smells of citrus/grapefruit pith.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and just a hint of something herbal. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Very well balanced between the malts and the hops which make this beer extremely easy to drink. This beer would pair with just about any food and I could easily have a couple of these.

Photo of Mojo
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber into tulip glass

A - pours up a deep clear amber with a frothy one finger white head, minimal retention and decent lacing.

S - pine, bread, earthy notes

T - sweet caramel malts well balanced and a piney bitter finish with a twist of sour lemon zest.

M - well carbonated with a bit of a linger piney aftertaste

O - this one is excellent. Don't pass it by if it comes your way.

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled grassy with a rich, malty backbone.

T - Mild spicy bitterness up front with a touch of cut grass. A bready malt base adds sweetness to the brew.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A smooth, medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was a nice brew. Thanks to drfabulous for sending it our way.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a thick yellowish white head and a ton of lacing. Smells of cascade hops, some biscuity malts, and a little grapefruit. Tastes of a little citrus, biscuit, and tons of piny hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a thick carbonation. Drinkability is nice.

Photo of SwillBilly
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A: Pours dark gold, bordering on light amber with a frothy 2 finger off white head. Crystal clear with streams of bubbles jetting to the surface. Head slowly fades to a sheer lacing that sticks to the side of the glass and lingers.

S: Not a lot going on in aroma department, slight biscuity malt aroma with an ever so slight fruitiness with a small dose of caramel.

T: Starts nice and clean but quickly transitions with slight tropical fruitiness followed by really nice biscuit type malt, perhaps munich along with some tell tale crystal malt sweetness. Hops finally make their appearance in the finish with an initial burst of citrus followed by a long linger, earthy bitterness.

M: Medium in the mouth with ample carbonation.

D: Really easy drinking beer. It won't blow you away but its so well balanced between malt and hops. The malt backbone is not overpowering but you know its there with slight caramel and biscuit flavors and the citrusy and earthy hops give it some balance. Yeast lends a bit of fruitiness to the equation. This would make a great session beer. Probably one of the better Pale Ales I've had in a long while. Seek and Enjoy !

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy head hat leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Malty and grainy, with a hint of earthy/piney hops underneath

Taste: Bready, at the outset, with the taste of crusty bread lingering underneath througout; by mid-palate, there is a building sense of aggressive bitterness that has an earthy/piney character that provides a lingering contrast to the bready malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A different twist on an APA, that's for sure; well-crafted, though I am not crazy about the end result

Photo of GJ40
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Brawley's in Charlotte, NC.

A - Golden with good clarity and a moderate white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Piney and bready. Not bold but nice.

T - Basic and balanced with a mix of toasted malt and a moderate bitterness. The hops seemed to jump out more as I went on. Somewhat dry.

M - Good body for a pale ale and a nice low carbonation.

D - Very refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of MayLattimore
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber shade of pale and a modest, off-white head. The aroma features a nice, subtle yet present hop profile. The flavor has a bit more of an herbal/earthy Noble hop kind of bitterness, but there is also a light malty sweetness to provide some semblance of balance. Goes down clean and easy.

Photo of afausser
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice dark belgian-y color, a golden dark amber. a cream head, about one finger. nice, sticky, webby lacing at first that disappears.

Smell: nice, sugary, syrupy strong. Caramel malts and nice sweet biscuit notes.

Taste: better than the smell, the syrupy malt notes are balanced very well by the nice hop notes which are piney and particularly strong in the aftertaste. Really great hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: pretty good, it doesn't blow me away, but nothing jumps out at me as wrong, either.

Drinkability: nicely sessionable. the smell is a little much, but the taste is very nice.

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Table Rock Pale Ale from Olde Hickory Brewery
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