Table Rock Pale Ale | Olde Hickory Brewery

42 Reviews
Table Rock Pale AleTable Rock Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 2016 NCBMF; revised using a 12 oz 2016 bottle on 2 Jan. 2017.

Some appealing sweet malts in the aroma that are way more subtle in the hoppy, mild-moderately bitter flavor.
Clear amber body with a rather weak, bubbly head. Smooth, medium body.

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Photo of Subvette
2.72/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip glass with minimal head after a vigorous pour. Funky malty smell, not too far off from the better maltier pale ales in nc. Taste is flat and watery with a hop profile that is not complementary to the malt. Based on other reviews I'm hoping I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, slight haze, tons of carbonation in fine bubbles, 2 fingers of yellow tinted sea foamy head.

S: Sweet, light citrus, tea, light evergreen.

T: Light citrus, light orange, malt, red tea like dryness, light lactic milk quality. Like I’m having an iced milk tea, with orange pekoe.

M: Light medium body, medium low carbonation, dry tannic finish.

O: Great beer, bought in Asheville, drank in Canton , NC June 20, 2014. Different than any other APA I've had.

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Photo of Mojo
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber into tulip glass

A - pours up a deep clear amber with a frothy one finger white head, minimal retention and decent lacing.

S - pine, bread, earthy notes

T - sweet caramel malts well balanced and a piney bitter finish with a twist of sour lemon zest.

M - well carbonated with a bit of a linger piney aftertaste

O - this one is excellent. Don't pass it by if it comes your way.

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Photo of walkinginplace
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light amber coloring. Substantial frothy head.

S: Very hoppy aroma with a distinct citrus kick to it.

T: Again, very bitter and hoppy but has a bit of a caramel (particularly at the beginning) and biscuity taste to it as well. The tartness really lingers in the aftertaste.

F: Fairly light-bodied with loads of hops and carbonation. Thin but not in a bad way.

Overall: Light and refreshing. A very good pale ale, even if it isn't quite a favorite.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellowish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a finger and a half tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with slightly stronger smells of citrus/grapefruit pith.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith hops and just a hint of something herbal. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Very well balanced between the malts and the hops which make this beer extremely easy to drink. This beer would pair with just about any food and I could easily have a couple of these.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate amounts of caramel malts and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a really good balance between the malts and the hops. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into an Olde Hickory goblet. Poured a hazy red-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, grain, caramel hop and subtle fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. I found this one to be quite earthy upon inspection and OT definitely carried on throughout the glass. I do like the subtle kiss of fruit hop on the followthrough of this one as it did help to balance it out slightly, but it was definitely a case of too little too late. Still not bad for the style, just wish it would have gotten away from the earthy tones a little more.

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Photo of Hopstuff
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to go with the Bros on this one. Its a damn great beer.

A staple for American made pale ale.

And its from NC, so that makes it hotter.

This beer makes spaces between review segments sweat with envy of what might come.

I get this in Growlers from the brew pub and it holds up for a week!

Yummy, YUmmy Yummy...solid as the Rock working out at Miami University's football gym.

And yes there is a video of that!!

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this 22 oz. bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Best by: May 2012. The body was medium amber color with a slight haze. The cream colored head left lacy sheets in the glass and a cap on the beer.

The smell was jammy. Whole wheat bread and apple skin.

The taste was fruity with a rather strong grassy bitter finish.Pretty bold hops for an APA (fine by me!). Apples in the taste too. This character bloomed even more which became cloying.

The mouthfeel was medium in density with zippy, prickly carbonation.

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Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours orangish amber with a quarter of an inch of soft, dense, cloud-like, white head that has great retention

S - super bready, biscuity, sweet, citrusy

T - bready malt; citrusy hop character; faint, piny, bitter finish; overall a rather light flavor profile but fitting for the style

M - crisp, smooth, medium bodied, a bit thin at times

The flavor profile is a bit light but it has good character overall. The bitter finish is a bit intense in comparison to the rest of the flavor profile. In the end, it's flavorful, drinkable, and smooth. It's a good APA that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a hazy copper amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) white rocky head that was mostly diminishing but did have excellent spotty and clingy lacing.

The aroma was of a straw malt, a strong herbal hop and a moldy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (over ripe grapefruit).

The taste was bitter and acetic with a mild caramel note in the beginning with the finish being rather bitter, hoppy and pungent with the taste of over ripe fruit. The flavor lasted a decent while after the swallow allowing one to totally get the full effect of the hoppy citrus ending.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall an average Pale Ale with a twist, it is a brew that is just a tad bit on the harsh side of hoppy...

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Firm aroma is malty and fruity, mainly apple, with a subtle yeasty undertone. It pours a nice clear coppery amber with a fairly thick, fluffy and rather persistent pale golden tan head. Malty flavor has a fruity undertone and a good hint of wood that is just slightly bitter. Smooth texture has about average body and average fizziness. Overall, not spectacular but definitely satisfying.

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Photo of billab914
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into my mad Fox glass. It poured a bright copper color with a foamy head filling the top inch of the glass. great looking beer, I loved the color.

The aroma has more of a bready, caramel malt presence to it with a good amount of tart and crisp fruits coming through as well. Just a little bit of citrus hop notes are there.

The taste also shows a lot of caramel, bready malts and tart fruits to it. A little more of a citrus hop presence and herbal bitterness comes out in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall, it was a decent beer but not one that really stood out in the style. It seemed to have a little too much tartness and caramel flavors to me which just seemed to overpower everything else.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rich orange color, with lots of haze, and visible streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. Big white, frothy head slowly faded to leave about a half inch that stayed until the end. Big time sticky lace all down the glass. Smell was very crisp, lots of citrus flavors and some hints of grass or fresh leaves. As it warmed some more grain and earthy bread like smells became apparent. The taste was very light, crisp, refreshing. This beer absolutly screamed sessionable at me, could drink this year round anytime of day, was perfect with dinner(ham) and just very enjoyable. Taste was predominantly the hoppy side, grapefruit and pineapple as well as hints at some pine freshness.

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Photo of bosox941827
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomb bottle into Great Dane imperial pint glass; poured cold and warmed as it tasted - picked up at Sam's QuikMart in Durham.
A - Brown side of amber, bit of a head of the pour, reduces to lace pretty quickly.
S - Mostly hops off the pour, and pleasant hops at that.
T - This is a solid, solid pale ale. A bit of malty sweetness up front is quickly overwhelmed by a solid, but balanced hop bite. The finish is clean, with just a bit of lingering bitterness. There's a bit of earthiness in here as well (chocolate malt) that adds some complexity. Extremely solid, well done pale ale.
M - Carbonation is prickly and a bit higher than other pale ales, but doesn't detract from the beer.
Overall a highly recommended example of a pale ale.

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Photo of beer2day
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just to the red of amber, with a nice billowy two-finger pale cream head. Decent retention, with a 1/4 left at the end of the glass. Light lace, but in sparse chunks.

Nose is way more malt than hops. Sweet, bready malt with underpinnings of very light citrus hops. A bit underbalanced.

Tongue is a bit more even, with malty sweetness leading the way. A decent shot of fairly mellow orange citrus shows up in the finish. Light burnt caramel in there, too.

Body is about right for the style. No complaints there.

Overall, a very drinkable pale but a bit light on hops.

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Photo of MayLattimore
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber shade of pale and a modest, off-white head. The aroma features a nice, subtle yet present hop profile. The flavor has a bit more of an herbal/earthy Noble hop kind of bitterness, but there is also a light malty sweetness to provide some semblance of balance. Goes down clean and easy.

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Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange golden color with a big, fluffy head. Nice lacing. Leafy, herbal hop aroma with floral and lemony notes. Taste follows the smell closely. Leafy and floral with some grain. Medium-light body, crisp, and solidly bitter. This is getting hoppier as I drink it. Quite a nice, fresh pale ale right here. Not super-dank and citrusy...more leafy and earthy, but that's fine with me.

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Photo of fields336
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a SN Snifter.
Best by August of 2011

A: pours a pretty clear, amber/honey/copper color. 1 finger bubbly, firm looking white head. leaves a good deal of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: sweet caramel and bready malt backed by Citrusy, grapefruity, grassy and earthy hops undertones. there is a slight spicyness or pepperyness, most likely from the grassy/earthy hops, but maybe from the yeast. There is also a slight fruitiness that is from the ale yeast. More malty than hoppy, though the smell is not too powerful.

T: Has a really nice, grassy and earthy hops bite, the peppery and fruity notes are there, along with some citrus, floral and grapefruit as well. it fades away to leave a lingering caramel malty aftertaste, though the hops are still there. The taste is awesome

M: medium bodied, perhaps a bit too heavy, with decent carbonation, not the best, but is good enough for an APA. Perhaps a bit heavy, but still really drinkable nonetheless.

O: Overall this is a good pale ale, though its identity is a bit mixed. The smell is not very hoppy whereas the taste has a really nice bitterness, its kind of a mixed bag. Its individual parts are good, but on a whole its not the best. Pick some up, but don't go expecting an A+

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy head hat leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Malty and grainy, with a hint of earthy/piney hops underneath

Taste: Bready, at the outset, with the taste of crusty bread lingering underneath througout; by mid-palate, there is a building sense of aggressive bitterness that has an earthy/piney character that provides a lingering contrast to the bready malt

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A different twist on an APA, that's for sure; well-crafted, though I am not crazy about the end result

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled grassy with a rich, malty backbone.

T - Mild spicy bitterness up front with a touch of cut grass. A bready malt base adds sweetness to the brew.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A smooth, medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was a nice brew. Thanks to drfabulous for sending it our way.

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Photo of devilben02
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split between two glasses so both a friend and I could enjoy, this one pours a medium amber shade of pale with a modest, creamy off-white head. The aroma features a nice, subtle yet present hop profile, with a combination of lemon, earth, and pine. The flavor has a bit more of an herbal/earthy Noble hop kind of bitterness, but there is also a light malty sweetness to provide some semblance of balance. Although somewhat generously hopped, the texture is only somewhat resinous, with the overall mouthfeel being quite crisp and clean, making this one go down easy. Overall, this is a nicely hopped yet refreshing pale ale that I greatly enjoyed on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of mothman
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of off-white head. Fades to a thin ring. Leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Very hoppy with a lot of floral notes. Has some pineapple and citrus flavors. A bit of pale malts show.

Taste: A very hoppy apa that reminds me of an ipa. Floral and citrus flavors. A bit more malts. Ends very resiny.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter, especially for an ipa. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky.

Overall, this was a bit too bitter and sticky for an apa. I think they overdid the hops. Not really for me.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a medium copper color with a slight white head. The aroma has a light citrus rind note with some florals. Medium/light mouthfeel. One of the more hoppier pales I have had before. Starts with a light caramel type flavors and then transitions into a hoppy resin citrus rind. Bitterness lingers on. No evidence of the alcohol.

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