North High Pale Ale
North High Brewing Company

North High Pale AleNorth High Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,632
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #32,442
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
53
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North High Brewing Company
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  14
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 53 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer I will always remember. Last year there was a manufacturing defect in the cans and they began exploding when the temps reached 90F. I was compensated for them, so let's do this.

Pours a little dark and cloudy. Very nice lacing to it. Hops on the nose (it's dry hopped) but curiously absent from the palate. There's a hint of citrus.

I appreciate a dry-hopped ale every now and again. There's always this battle between the malts and the hops and I feel like the malts are the underdog. Or at least not working in tandem with the hops.

That said, the malt shines in this brew, you get a nice malty note followed by grapefruit and (dry) hops. Low IBU and good flavor.

I think this beer is excellent. This balance is a rarity and if you're on the fence, grab it 100%.

Jun 09, 2019
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reallly close to the IPA. Same golden Color and small white head. The taste of the beer was very similar to the IPA but not as hoppy as the IPA

Mar 17, 2019
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kimlhurst from Ohio

2.46/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange color, tall white collar at pour that sticks around with lacing. Strong hop aroma (grapefruit) but slightly less strong in the taste. Not my favorite.

May 31, 2018
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Try-em-all from Missouri

2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer. Straw yellow with a very full me head with wide lacing throughout the glass foam dissipates after about 5 minutes. My first impression is Pine not pale and it's so overwhelming that it takes away from any other qualities it's intended to have. Not one that I will ever have again unfortunately

Sep 08, 2017
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haines710 from Delaware

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a can in Columbus Ohio. Pours a yellowish color with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the glass and the smell is fruit and pine. Taste is not quite as good. A little metallic and bitter and not the fruit and hop flavor the smell promises. This beer is OK, but not one that I would seek out again.

Apr 12, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hazy gold with a large white head that settles to a blanket with tons of cobweb lace.

Smell is wheat bread, earthy broccoli, and metallic pine, with a hint of orange.

Taste is tart grapefruit, a little apple cider vinegar, metallic pine again, with a little bread dough.

Thin, tangy, slightly bitter and wet.

Jan 03, 2017
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Oopssorryy from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color, with quite a bit of solids floating around near the bottom. A nice white head formed, slowly falling to a nice white cap, with very nice lacing. Nose is full of citrus and alcohol, with not much else there. Beer starts off with light malt, leading into a strong pine bite. Notes of grapefruit and orange can be ascertained in the finish. Beer starts pretty mellow, but bitters nicely right at the end. There is an earthy quality from the bittering that I can't quite place, but it nicely complements the pine flavors. This brew has a light body, with little noticeable carbonation. While it wets the tongue it leaves the palate dry, and with no real after flavors. An easy drinking beer, sessionable if you don't mind the 5.5 ABV.

Oct 15, 2016
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98green from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can to snifter. Look is orange and a bit hazy. Smell is grapefruit juice, some pine. Taste isn't quite as powerful, but plenty of juicy notes. Bitterness is moderate. Feel is excellent, very effervescent and dry. Overall a solid effort

Sep 26, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a can of North High Pale from Andersons in Reynoldsburg, OH. It poured an orangish haze with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has slight bitter tones. The taste has an interesting white wine zeal. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

Jul 24, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, bottled on 10/9/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, light honey, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, berry, lemon/orange zest, light pepper, pine, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately sticky/creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 23, 2016
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Smk54 from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Described as an American Pale Ale. In my limited experience it delivers a very good balance of malt and hops. Poured from can into goblet style glass. Golden color. Moderate white head. Solid citrus notes, somewhere between lemon and grapefruit. Crisp light taste, but not thin. Overall a very enjoyable drink.

Dec 30, 2015
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LAp from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a table glass (reviewed two days after consumption without tasting notes). Pours a straw yellow with a 1-2 finger white head. The beer opens with a grassy, hoppy, crisp taste, but is ultimately held back by its aftertaste. While a lot of interesting things are going on with the forepalate, the back end almost has some almost cheap adjunct lager elements. Overall, a mixed bag. Drinkable for sure, with an interesting opener, but ultimately, by the end of the glass, I wouldn't say it's one I'd buy. The aftertaste is this beer's Achilles' Heel.

Dec 30, 2015
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SINKTIPS_N_SUDS from Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this may not be on the level of grunion or fist city for me, but that doesn't mean its not a very good pale ale. when I read it was hopped with mosaic and nelson I immediately decided to purchase it. smooth and easy drinking. enough hops to keep you satisfied without being intrusive. very good.

Nov 24, 2015
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Yellow with a hint of orange and a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Light malt and light hops
T: A very nice balance of hops & malt, though no specific notes stand out
M: Light-medium bodied, nicely balanced
O: Very easy to drink, nicely balanced though a touch simple

Sep 07, 2015
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50417A2CF024 printed on can, but no date otherwise. Threshold Beer Glass.

Appearance: Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy dark gold, with a 2-finger thick white head, with very good, thick rocky retention. Continuous, but not excessive visible carbonation. Great retention.


Aroma: Hoppy; distinctive note of Simcoe, and a little kiwi/citrus backing up the resin. Has a light, woodsy/grassy air about it.


Taste: Pretty sweet/malty arrival; hoppy and resiny mid-palate with a sturdy malt presence; lingering hoppiness on the finish, but is not excessive. This tastes maltier than it looks or smells.


Mouthfeel: Very good carbonation, with slightly astringent finish. Very cleansing.


Overall: This very well might be my favorite pale ale coming out of Columbus right now. Quite well balanced and certainly well-crafted. Quite bold for 5.5%. It toes the line between being an easy-drinking pale and a beefed-up, wannabe IPA. Definitely worth making a regular buy.

Jun 19, 2015
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jp32 from Michigan

2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Cloudy amber golden color with a light, airy, large white head. Simple hop aroma. The flavor is hoppy with an herbal or earthy note to it, along with a touch of funk. I actually like the flavor better than North High's IPA option, which is unusual. Not quite medium-bodied. Could also have more carbonation.

Jun 11, 2015
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KSOZE from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very solid Pale! I'm impressed with the pleasant citrus notes from Mosaic and Nelson hops used here. Nice malt backbone for the style, giving it a creamy, smooth mouthfeel without overstepping hop flavor.

Jun 08, 2015
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first North High brew and it is one that is apparently new to them. They did a commendable job. They advertise this as a gateway brew to the world of hops. I don't think that gives the drinker sufficient credit.

It pours (from my growler) looking like an IPA - yellow. Maybe a little dark. The head is medium and dissipates quickly. The bubbles are fine and fair in number, and they continue OK. There is a little haze. The aroma is piney hoppy and fairly strongly so, also like an IPA.

The taste is a nice balance of malty and hoppy.. Definitely in the vein of strong American Pale Ales, but it isn't a strong one. It tastes maltier than it should, becoming a great sessionable brew without the over hopped character of the session IPAs. The aftertaste lingers nice and malty.

This is a great introduction for me to this brewery. I find myself in Columbus frequently so I will seek out some of their other brews.

Jun 06, 2015
North High Pale Ale from North High Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 53 ratings