hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice amber color with a white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of cereal malt and celery. Flavor is thin at first but lots of grassy-pine hops come through in a fairly bitter finish. Medium slick feel with a dry metallic finish. The hoppiest amber I’ve had so far. Not bad.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THis is a nice amber ale w/ a good balance between hops and malt. This is a good session beer.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper in color with a small white head. Aroma of sweet bready malt. Bitter flavor with a hoppy character.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a nice, deep, reddish-orange color with a slight, light brown, even head. Starts with some fruity berry-y sweetness. And ends slightly hoppish and every so slightly citrusy. Well-balanced, medium bodied (by my definition of ’body’ which is still developing). I’d definitely drink this beer again. I think it’s some of the best NC has to offer.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent. Dark copper color, with an aroma of pine and sweet malt. Flavor is much the same, fairly sweet and malty with hoppy/piney tones, moderaly bitter, not too complex. Decent but not so great.
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is yet another fine beer from Highland. Nice copper pour with nice roundness. Very well balanced beer. Most closely resembling an amber ale
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Suttree for this. Copper pour with medium, off-white head. Aroma of malt, toffee, nuts, some hops. Tastes malty, with hops, toffee, and slight cognac elements. Smooth finish. This one is very good.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep copper color bordering on ruby red. Khaki colored head fades fairly quickly to a ring. Some lacing left behind. Pleasant citrus and floral hoppy smells mix with a rich sweet malt aroma. Body is medium and smooth. Flavors mimic aroma with caramel malts and an appropriate hop balance. Perhaps more like an APA. Decent beer however.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle bought in Asheville, sampled last July. Poured a coppery red. Aroma was caramel. Taste seemed a bit watery but had some tones of caramel and hops in it, nothing very striking, thought was smooth and clear.
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Hop and Leaf Feb 2005. Another striking pour (like the Cottonwood IPA) with a deep burnished copper body, bright and tinted with orange and gold. Clear, with a smattering of white head. Aroma and flavor give off strong hops and lightly fruity yeast notes. Very dry and bitter notes up front, with a strange, dry bready finish. The mouthfeel is good though. It starts off moderately carbonated, but finishes much more smooth and lightly creamy. I’m still not thrilled about it, due to the finish. Tastes like an APA to me, strong bitter hops, very dry, with a dry pale malt body.