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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
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cvstrickland on 08-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,972
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
133
pDev:
16.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
14
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of metter98
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is relatively clear dark yellow in color but has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down a bit, but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted malts and a light amount of bitterness. There are also some hints of earthiness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty for an APA.

Serving type: can

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Photo of oline73
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of smithj4
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, light coppery body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma with a smidgen of caramel and perceived fruitiness backed by some toastiness.

Taste: Pale malts, toasted grains and a little lingering powdered sugar accent. Medium bitterness, with floral, lightly citrusy, earthy hops. Remains still a bit sweetish even on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation. A bit on the thin side, bordering on watery.

Overall: Fairly humdrum, though a few of the cans worked in a pinch snatched up at Publix to pre-game in the parking lot for the Pearl Jam show in Greenville, SC last weekend.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.41/5  rDev -27.2%
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 dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
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 GarthDanielson
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -32%

Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AngusOg
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Axnjxn
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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