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Blowing Rock High Country AleBlowing Rock High Country Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 127
Photo of zoso493
2.51/5  rDev -23.7%
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 Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Gyle41386
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
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 cdizinno
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown twist top bottle as pictured.

A: Clear amber/copper color with thick off-white head and heavy lacing.

S: Mild citrus and pine hop scent.

T&M: Lighter body than I would have hoped from the smell. Almost watery and thin, but decent mild malt and hop flavor. Finely carbonated that fades to a slightly hop bitter finish that is just watery.

Decent ale that I got in a 'beer of the month' from my local supplier. I have no idea what the cost is and it would be decent if inexpensive, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 wolfpack87
4.01/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the Blowing Rock ale. I have had it in bottles, but it is so much better on tap. Great appearance, nice foam head but not too much to take away from the initial taste. Taste is overall fantastic, one of my favorite beers around that I have ever had. Drinkability is good. I prefer drinking it alone, but I think it would go well with most meals also. If you can get your hands on some, it is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of tpd975
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice light golden almost amber hue. Nice tall creamy head, pretty good retention and lace.

S: Very malty.... Fresh bread, bread yeast, caramel, and a touch of earthy hops.

T: Malt forward as well. Where is the APA? Nice bready tones with lots of malt sweetness. Very sublte taste of light citrus in the finish. More sweet orange than bitter grapefruit.

M: Medium in body, fairly crisp with good carbonation.

D: Just Ok. Would like a big blast of hops on the backend.

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Photo of montageman
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Purchased this while vacationing in the Outer Banks, NC on a recommendation from a lady at the Brew Thru in Corolla. She really likes this beer and I can see why. It's a totally smooth, easy drinking ale. There is a small hop presence, but the sweet malt finish really steals the show here. Could really get into drinking this on a regular basis. However, this beer isn't available in MI. Oh well. Recommended.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a single in a homemade sampler pack I received. I am familiar with how this is being brewed in PA etc. On to the beer
Poured to my Big Boss pint glass. A good pale color, leading towards some orange-ish colors. Small spotty lacing lingers whilst I sip and drink.
Aroma-smells a touch sweet, light hops, actually smells like a lighter average Pale Ale.
Mouthfeel- Great malt flavors on the sweeter side, not too much. Great hop flavors, floral, minor tangerine flavors. Not overly hoppy, not balanced, but hops are very present IMHO. I am really liking the way this on tastes. Finishes clean and very quaffable. On tap this is probably super-tasty. The malt and hops used in this recipe make this a pretty solid APA. Rating is higher than previous tastings but I enjoyed this bottle.

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Photo of flexabull
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of turtlemoye, thanks again!

I am a little confused about this one, it says Boone Brewing and the bottle says it is brewed in Wilkes-Barre PA, but BA says Blowing Rock NC?

Anyways... on to the beer.

Pours a light gold color with a faint white head.

Aromas are sweet, with a mineral and soda water like note. This is odd smelling, but not bad.

Taste is sweet, a little syrupy, and cloying. There is a cereal grain sweetness, with some caramel malt flavors. Finish has a hint of mineral hop bitterness, but it pretty flat.

Mouthfeel is ok, but comes of as too sweet and thick feeling.

Drinkability is so so. This is an average brew at best. Not terrible, but I don't think I'd want another.

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Photo of nick76
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first element in the aroma is sweet malt with a bit of a metallic bite. There is also some grassy hops. The appearance is gold with an amber hue. The head blows up pretty fast and falls even faster. The flavor is really well balanced between sweet malt and hops. The palate is really smooth from carbonation. I was really thirsty when I drank this beer and it was very refreshing and quite flavorful at the same time. It's not a standout beer but it's a very solid one.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden in color, crystal clear. Thin wet drippy head with some sparse lacing.
Nice aroma of citrus hops and some peaches.
On the balanced side for an APA. Plenty of pale malts and maybe some caramel too. Plenty of hops for the style. Hop flavors bounce from citrus to grassy. Somewhat earthy flavored.
Light bodied and thin mouthfeel which doesn't really add or detract anything from the beer.
Very drinkable and sessionable. Nice summertime ale.

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Photo of skinny0ne
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is a bit light but it has a decent head. The carbonation is also light. It has a great aroma. Lots of sweet malt, floral notes, and honey. The aroma and the taste go hand in hand. It's a little too sweet, but still good. I also get a slight undertone of cloves. The finish is very clean and light. A good ale that could use a bit of hops in the end to even out the sweetness. But a good choice.

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Photo of MVotter
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Blowing Rock High Country Ale pours into a tall pils glass with a quick-rising pale-white head ... a yellow-gold, clear color brew.

The first sniff is of sweet caramel. Outstanding aroma!

The taste is balanced, but seemed a bit too "safe." After smelling this brew, I thought I was going to be hit up front with butter and malts ... it was "malts," but not as pronounced as I had anticipated. The thing that saved this brew for me was the mouthfeel.

It really is a nice, medium-yet-full body feel. It is not an "in your face" kind of a pale ale. You aren't overcome by hops or malts ... just a pleasant mouthfeel, very drinkable brew.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
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 scifan
2.99/5  rDev -9.1%
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 thegodfather2701
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Sticks and Stones in Greensboro, NC. It pours a clear golden color with a small white head. It smells somewhat hoppy, but nothing over powering. When it first hits the tongue it tastes slightly hoppy. The only way I can describe the finish is grassy. It had a decent lacing. This beer reminds me of a lot of Red Oak, but a touch more hoppy. Overall I would recommend this beer to friends who are just getting into craft beer. For me this beer was nothing special and I don't plan on trying it again.

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Photo of moparx12
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the initial aroma is that of hops and some very strong fruit-like notes.

feels somewhat thin in my mouth with a lot of carbonation. The bitterness of the hops take over once it hits the tounge but definately not as much as an IPA.

the aroma seemed to prepare me for something bigger than what i got.

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Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Brooklyn goblet. Pours a crisp bubbly light orange with a thin head that quickly diminishes to a ring but leaves great lacing. Aroma was faint citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is a decent balance of citrus malts and sweet malts, just about what I expect from an American pale ale. The beer is extremely light and crisp with decent carbonation. This one most simply put another run of the mill APA.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A transparent copper body gives way to a 2 inch snow white head which leaves a sticky lacing that survives throughout the enjoyment of this beer.

Primary aromas are of caramel and hops, but I am also detecting something slightly metallic.

For the most part, the taste matches the aroma of caramel and hops, perhaps something spicy, but again metallic as well.

Full body and medium carbonation are a very pleasant compliment to the hop presence on the palate.

Decent beer overall, but in my opinion has just a little something missing in the flavor.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
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 bboven
4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale ales can run the gammut from malty to hoppy. Here's one on the maltier side.

Medium copper color, very clear with a thin head even after a fairly vigorous pour. A little lacing.

Aroma is extremely balanced. Fairly complex mat with a peppery hop aroma are right in tune with one another.

Taste leans slightly towards the malty side but that's not a bad thing. The only thing I can complain about is a slight metallic taste towards the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium-drying, and pretty highly carbonated. I'd knock that down a peg, but that's just me.

All in all, a very balanced, good example of what a pale ale can be. It would be a good one to introduce to non-craft drinkers, for sure.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce twist-off topped bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a clear golden amber body capped with a thick finger of soft ivory foam that retains at a broken sheet and leaves swatches of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink features spicy, herbal hops right up front, backed with a note of pale malt and the lightest whiff of sweet brown caramel. A bit of sweet black tea lurks in the background.

The taste is spicy with a zing of citrusy and earthy hops atop a mild malty backbone. Flavors of sweet orange and a dash of lime nicely accent a tasty cookie-malt character that compels me to have another swig. The component flavors of Blowing Rock offer nothing in excess, but a sweet harmony of mild, balanced flavors is the hallmark of the ale.

The drink is crisp and on the light side of medium-bodied, making it plenty refreshing on a sultry NC summer day. Superb drinkability.

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Blowing Rock High Country Ale from Blowing Rock Brewing Co.
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