Table Rock Pale Ale | Olde Hickory Brewery

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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

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Added by oberon on 12-01-2009

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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by thagr81us:
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3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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 oberon
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its great to see some Olde Hickory bottles here in the triad.Poured into a standard pint a clear light to medium gold, with a sticky two finger white head atop,two rings of lace were left behind as it settled oh so slowly.A mix of citric and spicey hop and toasty malt in the nose,neither wins out.A tad thin in the mouth but not to the point of being watery.A balance of pine and citrus hop,and toasty,lightly sweet malt,true to American pale form.This is a nice beer,its spot as far as the style.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Their flagship beer runs the path most traveled with the use of Cascade hops. Brilliant copper hue with a truly amazing lace on the glass. Perfect carbonation provides the crispness needed to be a Pale Ale. Cascade hop aroma is a bit perfumey and runs from citric to minty to floral; faint whiff of biscuit malt behind the hops. Ale qualities come right out with some fruitiness and faint esters, and malt shows a good foundation of bready and biscuity flavor.

A perfect snapshot of modern-day American craft beer, giving enough inspiration to get back into drinking Pale Ales again.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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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2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hoppy and full bodies

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to bullywee

pours a nice vibrant orange tinted copper with hints of faint yellow. very light fluffy head, light retention. little to no lacing

very faint floral and citrus hops and light sweet malts.

hops pick up in the flavor. a nice light pine like bitterness up front with slight earthy tones. faint sweetness. malts pick up through the finish. light toffee flavor.

light body with a moderate carbonation

pretty easy drinking pale ale, needs a little more to it.

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3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. "To ensure brewery fresh taste keep me cool, serve me cool, and enjoy before" M 11 marked on the label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for another local brew in an awesome surprise box!

A - Table Rock pours a beautiful goldenrod color with fantastic clarity and good carbonation. A thick finger of head rises to lower back down slowly while leaving dense lace.

S - The plump two-row pale barley provides a round and full backbone for the rich cascade hop bouquet. Touches of honey liven up the lightly lemon-citrus, perfumy floral aroma. Good balance in the aroma.

T - Lemon citrus comes forwards a bit more in the flavor as the cascades provide a strong herbal, floral flavor. The pale malt provides good balance once again. In addition notes of honey and biscuit come through.

M - This pale seems a little heavier on the malt making it a little more medium-full bodied. The carbonation is decent but could be brought up a bit to offset the bolder feel of the beer. A nicely balanced low-to-moderate hop bitterness finishes the beer out.

D - I don't exactly understand why a standard offering is packaged in a bomber. It's a good beer but one I wish I would have shared rather than opening alone. A little too much to put down at once.

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Photo of Whiteam94
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loved this beer another great North Carolina pale ale!

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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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 wcudwight
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer at my local waterring holes.
Smells of toasty pale malt and Christmas tree. Hints of a floral aroma as well.
This pale ale is all about the cascade hops. Lot's of citrus and pine flavors. Grapefruit and orange add just enough tang. The pale malts keep it from being too much tang.
Medium bodied with some zest in the mouthfeel.
This is one of my favorite local beers and if you're in the area I recommend you try it.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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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3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hopstuff
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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Table Rock Pale Ale from Olde Hickory Brewery
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