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Table Rock Pale Ale - Olde Hickory Brewery

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Table Rock Pale AleTable Rock Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 12-01-2009)
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Reviews by thagr81us:
Photo of thagr81us
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of anjah
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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 woodchip
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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 dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +8.1%
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
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Hopstuff
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of devilben02
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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 FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of cwguy5
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Cresant
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
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
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Table Rock Pale Ale from Olde Hickory Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.