Blowing Rock High Country Ale | Blowing Rock Brewing Co.

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Blowing Rock High Country AleBlowing Rock High Country Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
blowingrockbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cvstrickland on 08-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
131
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
16.36%
 
 
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0
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14
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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.88/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not a very nice beer here. Tastes very adjunct to me.
Pours a decent looking straw color with a white head and no lacing. Smells of artificial oranges and hops. Tastes of minimal orange flavor with some malts, and tons of hops. Bitter. Mouthfeel is very thin, below average. Drinkability is certainly not good.

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Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of hamilton23
2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber and golden with thin beige head.
S: BMC lager. No hops, nothing to get excited about.
T: BMC lager. If this is an APA, where is the hoppiness?
M: Thin, slightly watery. Nicely carbonated.
O: I know why this is called "Blowing"...it blows.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.41/5  rDev -27%
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 Augustiner719
2.43/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

pours a reddish brown color with crystal clear visability. no head to speak off and looks lightly carbonated. Smell is faint corn and light malt characteristics. has a yuengling type smell with some american adjuncty aromas of corn and ethanol. Tastes not much different as its got sort of a sweet bitter finish with an extremely light body and little finish. Nothing great here, just plain old beer meant for drinking fast i guess. mouthfeel is alright as its got a crisp finish, but still nothing to brag about. I would rate this a better version of miller high life or coors original, but nothing more than that. really a simple style beer capable of being replicated by the macro companies.

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Photo of jheezee
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Rdc67
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Jmbbabson
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of EddieJoe
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of zoso493
2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was proudly raised in Boone and still live there (or here) today, and had always looked forward to drinking this beer. The label, however, contains the puzzling caveat that this beer was in fact brewed in Pennsylvania, despite being brewed by the Boone Brewing Company. Now I have my doubts about the quality of a beer that's been outsourced for brewing, but here goes.

Appearance: Pours a nice but very transparent bronze-amber color that has a nice two-finger head above the beer that dies down quickly but manages to impart some lacing on the glass before it goes.

Smell: The smell is a combination of toasted and sweet malts, neither of which I am finding to be particularly appealing. The malts smell entirely artificial and the whole scent is very dissuasive to getting to take a drink.

Taste: The taste pretty much follows the smell and is not especially palatable. The horrible sweet malts are the first things you'll find, with the toasty, buttery malts playing a close second fiddle. It all ends with a barely-discernible hop finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer is not too thin, despite being very highly carbonated. There is no cloying from any of the flavors, so I guess I have no complaints.

Drinkability: I think I am being very generous in giving this a 2 because I would never want to drink another one of these ever.

Overall, this is a pretty bad beer. I hate to bash a brew, but this is an especially poor beer, especially considering it is a pale ale. It just tastes extremely "fake", and the sweet malts are borderline repulsive. I would say that I'm happy to support a local brewery, but seeing as this beer is brewed in Pennsylvania, I will not be supporting this particular product anytime soon.

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Photo of Luigi
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours our a clear golden color with a two finger head that quickly goes down to a thin lace around the glass.

The aroma is clean with a hint of biscuit like malt, with a mild hop presence.

A sweet malt hit the palate first and lingers for a bit. Very clean but no real hop presence at all.

Light crisp body and goes down easy.

I remember trying this ale years ago and I could have sworn there was a bigger hop flavor. Then again it could have been the IPA. Either way this Pale Ale was a disappointment.

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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.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
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 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.

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Photo of oline73
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jaswilson2
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of wupika23
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jrob21
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Smoky54
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dtivp
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
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 hxcryne
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Gyle41386
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Photo of scifan
2.99/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice honey color with a thick dense foamy head. leaves minimal lacing
not getting a lot of nose on this one a small citrusy hop aroma and some sweet maltiness.
Not very much hoppiness to this one kind of sweet almost reminds me of blue moon.
Very drinkable you could pound these all night but i don't know why you would want to not much to it

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Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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