Butters (3960) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at decaturstevoís Februmergency Tasting for those of us that missed out on Sexual Chocolate í09. Pours a clear golden yellow with thin ring of white head. Aroma of light hops and cantalope melon rind. Flavor is corn with a distinct hop bitterness. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Not bad.
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brilliantly clear gold color with a white head.
Malt aroma with a bit of citrus rind.
A The flavor is mildly sweet with just a touch of hop bitterness. A bit of astringency in the finish.
A simple beer that is very light and sessionable.
Suttree (5541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mildly could orange, decent off-white head. Citrusy, peppery aroma Flavor is surprisingly bitter at first, some bready, biscuity malts in the background. The bitterness is surprisingly harsh and rough, in a good way. Nicely unrefined and a pretty good session ale.
OldGrowth (2913) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, from Cary Whole Foods. Good aroma, sweet, biscuit, dough, mild grass, toasted grain. Clean yellowy gold color, good head, but it faded quickly to nothing, no lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Initial bitterness that has a sweet streak kick mid way through. Lite body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Nice easy to drink brew, this would be a good summer beer, but hey itís here now. Aroma opened up as it warmed , itís lite creamy mouthfeel was nice.
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a soft translucent amber with a one finger frothy offwhite head. The nose is earthy and herbal on the hop side, crisp malty character, some sweetness, mild corn. The flavor is a tad grassy, herbal hops, nice balanced malt sweetness, background bitterness that leaves a residual waxy character. Palate has a very nice balance of malt and hops. Crisp on the out. Nicely balanced and easy to session.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear light amber hue from 12 oz bottle, forming a single finger white foamy head, bubbles galore rise up through the brew, aroma of lightly malted hops, English hillside grasses. Flavour is of yeasty bitterness initially, grass like hoppage with a particular malty character. Ah, yeah, English Pale Ale, drinkable, but only two dimensional at best. Hey Highland, sheeeesh, try an APA for once.
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I donít rate much, actually, this is my first rating in 3+ years.
I wanted to stick up for this beer. I have been very critical of the Highland seasonals. Iíve disliked them all up to this point and went into this beer assuming I would dislike it.
First off, its an English bitter not APA as currently listed.
This is without a doubt the best American brewed bottled bitter Iíve had. It probably helps that is very fresh. The big bitter EKG finish is beautiful. You will often get fresh English Pales at brewpubs in the States that end up with a Ďtea likeí beer or watery C-hopped thing. This is a very well brewed bitter. I would love to see more season bitters and milds. I donít know the ABV but I would guess its close to 4% and itís the perfect beer for what it is, a fresh English style session beer. Iíve been very down on Highland and this beer brought back the faith. Viva American brewed small beers.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. I loved the finish, and just how light this beer felt going down. Very refreshing, and the aroma made me think of tea, for some reason. I loved it.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Faint hop aroma mixed with a bit of malt. Flavor is yeasty up front with a complex bitter finish. Sure itís not a tour-de-force in flavor, but bitterís arenít supposed to be.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Im still astonished they removed Tasgall ale for this line of mediocre seasonal beers. If it aint broken why fix it? Clear gold pour thick white head and drippy lace. Grainy/corny aroma which is very unbecoming in my opinion. Thin bodied easy drinker. Sweet malty flavor with a slight twist of hops. Dry finish.