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Blowing Rock High Country Ale
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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our flagship High Country is a deep, golden ale brewed with American 2-Row and Munich style malts. Cascade and Centennial are used in the finish and dry hopping. This is our best selling and most versatile ale due to its balance between a floral citrus hop profile and well-integrated hop bitterness. Clean. Crisp. Refreshing.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2009

Date: April 18, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: Brewfest, Hickory Hops
Appearance: hazy gold, fine white head
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with an abundance of citrus hops
Flavor: sweet crystal malt flavor, lots of floral and citrus hops, touch of fruityness, light balancing bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2009
12 ounce bottle from... somewhere. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and muddled grainy malts. Taste is caramel, butter and light leafy hops. Medium bodied, Decent.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAR 25, 2009
Taste 3/9 bottle. Looks: Clear gold/copper body with a one finger white top. Aroma: Grain/sweet malt. Taste: Grain and malt. Has almost no hops presence and has a strange cloying yeasty finish. Medicinal.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
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. Itís not a standout beer but itís a very solid one.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ben4321 (4093) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
February 2009 Beer of the Month Club

Aroma: Citrus, hops, both light
Appearance: Light gold, slight cloudiness
Flavor:Not much there, lacks hops, slight bitterness, slightness of flavor
Palate: Light body, watery
Overall Impression: Ok Ale, I would prefer more flavor/hops/identity from an American Pale

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle, thanks to Mei. Gold color, with some white film on top. Aroma is wet bread, a little sweetness and rye malt. Flavor is somewhat like a pilsner, crystal malt, eastern european hops. Somewhat metallic mouthfeel, but decently crisp finish.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2009
this beer kind of sucked. not much flavor, not much aroma. and to top it off its brewed in penn not blowing rock nc

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jm37j (2) - Rockwell, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2009 does not count
I agree with some of the others that this beer simply hasnít enogh strength to compete with the traditional American ale, but when considered on itís own without comparison, I found it quite good. It has a mild but pleasant aroma and the flavor, though mild, is quite good. I found it very refreshing and was moved to have more than one. I have bought it again and will continure to do so on occasion

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Crystal clear light amber pour thin white head and no lace. Caramel malts on the nose. Watery thin mouth-feel. Bland flavor mostly malts needs some more hop flavor/bitterness to balance it out.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2009
12 oz screw-top bottle, pours a crystal clear light pale amber color with a persistent thin head across the entire surface. Very effervescent. Nose is sweet crystal malt with no detectable hop aroma. Disappointing considering this is an American pale. The flavor is only a tad better with hints of hop bitterness to offset the sweet malt, plus ample carbonation (almost too much for this style), but still no distinct citrusy American hop flavor. As others have made clear, this is an unremarkable beer.


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