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RATINGS: 696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A deep amber colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (645) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark, clear copper with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is mostly of flowery hops, with a bit of malt. Flavor is much more malty, somewhat but not overly sweet, with bittering hops in the background. Medium-bodied with a dry finish. Very well balanced. Easily drinkable anytime, but an especially good springtime ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5645) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Copper/amber in color with a kind of "from the cask," bubbly head - the aroma and flavor have the biscuity, bready notes and medium woody hop qualities I find most often in english bitters - medium bodied - very smooth and balanced - a nice brew for the spring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Dark, crystal clear copper/orange body. The aroma is nearly nonexistant, though...possibly I detect some sugar, malts and an earthiness. The flavor is also nearly as light. Many more malts here, with a slight sprinking of hops, but its a decent amber ale all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10036) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle. Sweet apple-cherry malt aroma. Reddish amber color with small head. Lightly sweet apple cider and malt flavor with a touch of lemon and mild hops finish. Nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3170) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
Sampled at world beer festival. pours deep copper with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma of hops, sweetmalts, and some grassy notes. Flavor is smooth, sweet maltiness, citrus, and nuts with a slight bitter ending. Good body, good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2006
Clear amber color with a medium, lasting white head. Hops are clearly evident in the aroma, grassy and metallic at the same time. Flavor has a nice bitterness, but lacks any distinctive malt charecter. Not unplesant to drink, but I’m not sure what they were going for here. It’s not quite an APA, but not exactly an amber ale.... well... what the hell is an amber ale anyway?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2006
Copper color with just a hint of red. Taller aged paper colored head. Rather typical amber aroma, with some caramel, toffee, and mild herbs. Very nutty in flavor with some hazelnuts and dry roasted peanuts. A mild acidic flair throughout. Very dry in the finish. Nearly no linger. I seem to catch the willamette, but not the cascade hops. Granted the hops schedule in this one is not one that would make of break it. As I’ve said before, just another amber, and I’m bored to pieces by ambers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2006
Pretty pour to a translucent amber-rose color, with a big tan ice sheaf on top and a creamy doily rung around the edges. Aroma promises with sweet maple dinner rolls, gentle grass, cherry toffee chews, brown sugar, cinnamon coffee cake and a touch of red hot licorice. Somewhat shearing acidity strikes the flavor chords with a curt caramel vibe. Aluminum steel twang with a wholesome whole wheat meets sourdough complex. Bran flakes and a lick of hickory twigs stored in wet, rusty herbicide tins. Harsh palate opposition, effervescent and twanging at the back. When I think of balance, I think of something’s that just not right - maybe it’s the ill-advised alpha acid hop breach and the over boiled caramel malt. Finish winds down to whole wheat bread covering milky toffee chews and piney brazil nuts. Uninspiring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours amber with white head. Faint aroma of cascade hops and malt. Flavor has some toastiness , along with a flavor of carmelized sugar and fruity hops. Nice spicy bitter finish. This is a very solid amber. One better beers from Highland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2006
splotchy lacing. off-white creamy head. deep, ruddy color. high carbonation. smells sweet and fruity, like oranges. tastes of orange, light hops and lemon. Has a "far away" aftertaste.

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