Blowing Rock IPA | Blowing Rock Brewing Co.

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Blowing Rock IPABlowing Rock IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Chadpaq on 01-08-2011

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Photo of PatrickOBrien
1.72/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Being from Michigan I'm surrounded by fantastic IPA's, I was actually somewhat excited when this arrived in a BOTM subscription I'd won for free. Unfortunately, it was awful.. Without better words to express my feelings for this beer.. It was a jumbled mess of clashing crap that turned out like crap.

It did however look and smell halfway decent. I'd rather have a Bud light.

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Photo of Sellersjf19
1.75/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of Elprico
1.75/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of Cpawsat
2/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of walkinginplace
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of q33jeff
2.02/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


AROMA: Hoppy, Grapefruit, orange.
LOOK: Light Orange color, minimal head.
TASTE: Hoppy, Grapefruit, orange, Pine, vinegar.Sour Finish

Medium Carbonation.

A bit more palatable than the High Country Lager; with more "bite" than the High Country, but very similar flavors.

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Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Falcone
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of kjrod20
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of NCStateAE
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of daliandragon
2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not precisely certain as to why the Boone Brewing Company produces their beer in Wilkes-Barre, PA. It's not as if land is expensive in western NC, or that sixty odd other breweries aren't thriving here. Odd.

Good looking off the bat, with a virile pour illuminating an offwhite head and plenty of lace, although the former dies early in the movie. Body is Opaque and past copper to a light brown. Nose is predominantly malty, with only the slightest underlying hop scent.

Something seems off on this one. Initially caramel and chocolate malts followed by a strange, off kilter hoppiness that doesn't really do the pine and citrus thing so well. The whole thing seems kind of a mess and turns watery in the middle. The aftertaste gets a bit better but it's not so much balanced as two diametrically opposite tastes, neither of them great, pulling in opposite directions instead of blending seamlessly (like in Two Hearted, for example).

With the glut of decent to good IPAs competing for my drinking dollar I think I can safely say that Pennsylvania can keep this one, although I'm not sure why they'd want to.

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Photo of EinFesteBurg
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of rodlavers
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of cottonkoozie
2.77/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - As I began to pour this one I immediately could tell there would be little to no head, so I intentionally tried to finish the pour rough and still could not produce enough of a head to speak of. Looks flat, barely any carbonation can be seen. Is a clear amber/red color.

S - Not much smell, so it makes it kind of hard to rate. Some bready malts and some hops, but not much of either. I would rate it a 3 for average, but there is a slightly metallic smell underneath that caused me to knock this back to 2.5.

T - Again, just not much here. Average at best. Not a lot of hop flavor, not a lot of malt flavor. What is there is a balanced bready malt, so nothing offensive but nothing really good either.

M - While not quite as watery as it looks, it is still average at best.

O - Not horrible, not great. Its alright, but I wouldn't buy it again and wouldn't recommend buying it to others. Plenty of better beers out there that are readily available. Disappointing that a beer named after such a great place like blowing rock isn't better than this.

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of VaterRoss
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber into tumbler

Pours an gold/amber with a white head. Smell is piney and some grapefruit hops. Taste is similar but finishes with a terrible dryness. This is not hoppy enough to quite be an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium weight and way too dry for an IPA, this killed the beer for me.

Very light and dry for the style with strangely subdued hops. Would not buy again considering the huge variety of IPAs out there.

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Photo of LuthersMug
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't quite hit the right spot with me. I had it at a men's church gathering on a nice spring day after an intense thunderstorm with lightning that hit our house. The smell was fresh and piney. The hops are noticeable, but they didn't balance out the beer. I was hoping for more. It was a decent beer to try, but I would reach out for another.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep copper approaching amber in color with some orange highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that very slowly reduces (showing great retention properties) to a quarter finger layer evenly covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Some light to moderate aromas of malts with pine and earthy hops. Light notes of alcohol towards the finish of the smell.

T: Upfront there are some nondescript malts with just a hint of sweetness, followed by a watery flavor, and then the finish has some pine/resin and earthy hops that lend a moderate to heavy amount of bitterness (almost tastes like the hops are a little past their prime).

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Some light dryness and alcohol heat in the finish.

O: I'm a pretty big fan of IPAs this year (I know that tastes change over time so who nows if I will be saying this in another year or two) but was a little disappointed... Not as well balanced as some and the hops are rather harsh in their bitterness - definitely better offerings on the market.

Note: This one is for you Tsuki, thanks for the 9+ great years of being my dog and companion. You will be missed!

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Photo of italianstallion
2.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of seavercm
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of KevinGordon
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of dsshuck
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Irish57
3/5  rDev -8.3%

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