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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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle, #431. Light copper pour with small head. Light APA aroma and flavor, but not too much of it. Somewhat disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2008
[November 9, 2008]
Bottle. Pours a light, see-through copper with no head. The nose is of typical American pale sweetness, but virtually no hops are present, just the sweet, honeyish, clean malts. Predictably light palate on this one with hints at honey, bread, and still no real hops. Perhaps the finish is slightly husky and a trace of citrus is buried in there somewhere, but this is certainly malt heavy. This is very clean and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Pour is golden/light copper. First whiff: Caramelly toast with a faint, earthy hop background. Flavor is toffee sweetness against a malty back drop with just a hint of hop. Not getting the ’’citrus’’ that others are getting, just noble/spicy hops. Body is medium, carbonation is just right with a dry finish. The beer is a little thin for the style. Not bad. Supposedly Boone Brewing is rolling out with another beer soon. Hopefully these guys have a brewery up and running sooner than expected. We need one up here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2008
12 oz. bottle on 9/29/2008. Very pale clear amber with a white head that is fleeting. Aroma of some light honey and faintly floral and citrus hops. Flavor is lightly sweet, one dimensional, hops don’t seem to bring the necessary balance, as the finish seems washed out to me. Light to medium body and carbonation, mouthfeel just seems thin. This is just bland. Nothing that is really objectionable, it’s just unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrob21 (2676) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Clear dark orange color with a quickly disappearing off white head. Little bit of caramel malt flavor with a tinge of sweetness. Finish is metallic and hoppy. Slight toasted grain aroma. OK session beer and nothing incredibly memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
CelticBrew (859) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Pours from 12 oz. a light coppery hue, forming white foamy froth. Aroma of citrus and hops, perhaps malted nuts. Malts dominate with a mild hop and citrus ending. Watery and without much real character. I mean its OK beer, probably great for lawns and such, but after that its not really meant for memorable sessions and/or friends. This IS NOT a premium APA, as the commercial description suggest. Drink it and you decide...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MtnBeer (1) - , Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2008 does not count
Excellent pale ale. This beer has a sweeter beginning and a hoppy finish to make for an overall great taste. I like the hint of fruit and the golden pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ncbeerhopper (1) - boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2008 does not count
I like this pale ale-good balance between malt and hops, an easy drinking beer. Company owned by 2 Boone families, brewery owned by a North Carolinian. More info check out: http://www.highcountrypress.com/weekly/2008/07-3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtnftn (1) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2008 does not count
To me, this beer is in the same category as Magic Hat #9. It is a "not quite" pale ale in comparison to other libations of the same ilk. It is drinkable with just the right amount of after taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SacSirPlato (19) - New Buffalo, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle thanks to Bleacherbum. Found this rather uninteresting. No real noticable flaws, but just a bready beer. I’m not getting anything in the aroma. Very bland. Clean for sure, but nothing really there. Biscuity and dry. The name of the beer and company are misleading: This is brewed in Pennsylvania. With all the supposed hoopla their website claims this beer is creating down there in NC, it seems misleading to me. I prefer the Appalachian Ale from Peabody’s in Boone. Atleast it was once brewed in Boone and is still brewed in NC. This beer loses points for it’s misleading and corny nature. You should read how these guys talk themselves up: Visit their website! Pomp and circumstance. Brewed by the Lion brewery in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Meh...Am I harsh? Maybe. Honest? Most definitely.

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