SSSteve (3550) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. clear reddish orange pour under a small, frothy, off-white head. aroma is of red apple skins and pear as the description suggests of calypso hops. toasty malt backbone. bittery apple skin hop notes. hints of black tea and coffee grinds. not a lot of sweetness. finishes somewhat dry. medium bodied. not sure iím into the appley hops.
Suttree (4734) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
When I hear "Red IPA", I usually think "oh, you mean an Amber Ale?". That;s kind of the case here. That being said, I did enjoy this. Caramel malts, some grapefruit, nicely thin bodied. I enjoyed it.
NachlamSie (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
6 pack from The Casual Pint. First of all, this is not an IPA. This is an amber ale. This is basically Gaelic Ale 2.0. The aroma is not intensely hoppy, but itís there with grapefruit and a certain dankness. The malts are flavorful with biscuits and toffee and the hops donít come to life but do add a pleasant citrusy bite from start to finish. Balance is struck with a bittersweet profile. This is almost textbook American amber ale.
jbruner (1674) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper color on tap with fluffy tan head and moderate lacing. Aroma of pine and grapefruit from the hops, with slight caramel malt. Taste is fresh hops, pine and grapefruit with a clean bitter finish. Pretty good IPA.
OldGrowth (2326) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at Tylers, good.aroma, sweet. Soft sugary sweetness. Big grapefruit. Skunky. Clean brownish orange, big foamy head, settled down to a ring. Bitter flavor. Light body, smooth mouthfeel, bitter finish. Good, not gonna floor you, has a narrow flavor range all bitter grapefruit.
TURDFERGUSON (3736) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Reddish amber with a frothy yellowish white head. Nose is earthy, with lots of fresh grass, hay, mild citrus, pilsner like malt. Smells more like a dry blonde or pilsner. Not really on point but I like it nonetheless. Flavor shows some toffee malts upfront, earthy, grassy hop bitterness. Finishes a little overly bitter with a light vegetal character, chalk, and spicey wood. Interesting tale on an "American IPA"
emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok, so Iím not sure I had the same experience with this one as most of the 6 people who have rated it. I thought this was a terrible beer. Pour is just fine, pretty and clean with a little depth missing. Nose and flavor however are just not coming together for me. The aroma has an íold onioní component to it that is just a deal breaker on its own. Some spent tea leaf and garlic come through too. I have NO idea where this ípear and appleí is supposed to be... Lightly earthy hops in the flavor with onion/garlic coming through strong. Dry and light (too light....) body. Thin even...
rangerred (781) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a pint glass out of a growler from Libation Station in Johnson City, TN.
Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a thick off-white head. Really good head retention and lacing.
The aroma is full of pine and earth along with a noticeable roasty character. Also toffee and caramel all working in perfect harmony with the hops. A really nice balance and definitely more British than American.
The taste has more in the way of hops than the aroma with tons of pine along with a little bit of Earthyness and dank. Just a tiny amount of citrus in this one. Nice malt character with caramel and toffee and just a little bit of roast. Very assertive long lasting bitterness along with a full and creamy mouthfeel.
Overall, while this is only 6% it feels like a much bigger beer with the substantial mouthfeel. A great IPA and one of the best beers I have had from Highland.
nearbeer (3278) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap. Clear deep amber-copper with a lasting half inch of foam. Nose is dark bread, toffee, citrus, and resin. Flavors of earthy tea leaf, dark caramel, resin, light fruit and wood. Light-medium body has medium carbonation and is well balanced.
maxwelldeux (2694) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish dark amber with a small white head. Nose is rather hoppy, but light and bitter. Taste is bitter and clean. Very good brew.