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RATINGS: 702   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PorterPounder (7425) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Jax Wine and Beer, Atlanta, Ga - 12 oz bottle. Dark orange to medium copper pour with a thin white head. Sweet, home-brew type aroma - smells similar to Kids vitamins. Flavor is artificially sweet with some sweet brown sugar candy notes, a touch of molasses and maple syrup. Mouthfeel is slighlty sticky, but not in the best way. Donít go out of your way for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuff (9) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2005 does not count
This is a very fine American ale. I would love to try it on draft. Very flavorful, medium hoppy with a clean finish. Every fridge in the Carolinaís should have one in it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bikerunbeerman (8) - Grinch Mountain, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2005 does not count
On tap in Asheville, NC. Nice deep red/amber color. Very nice mix of malt and hops. Subtle hint of fruit, not too sweet and the finish is smooth and very refreshing. This is a very nice brew. Keep up the great work Highlands!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Aroma of plum, fig, slight grapefruit. Appears a hazy reddish-orange with no noticeble effervescence and with no head. Flavor is bitter hoppy and resinous with an underlying biscuity malt base. Palate is appropriately light and refreshing, with low carbonation. Overall, this beer is just slightly less than the sum of its parts, perhaps partly because aroma scored relatively high.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2005
A pleasant blend of malt and hops, though it seems that the balance is not quite there. At first sip I tasted the hops a bit too much, but thereafter the malt sweetness seemed to be overwhelming the bitters. All in all, a pleasant brew when served nice and cold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pailhead (6427) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of BlueDevil0206 via trade. Aroma is a combination of apricot and raisins with a light hint of grapefruit. Pours a hazy amber with slight amount of sediment. Small off-white head quickly fades to a razor thin sheet. Dominant flavor is definitely raisin. Hints of apricot in the background struggle to get thru. Finish is lightly bitter. Nice somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Did not expect raisin flavors at all, at itís a little too much for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 bottle. Pours a very rich, deep red with a fast fading off-white head. The nose is predominantly malty and has hints of caramel, earth, peat, and dried apricot. The flavor has the slightest suggestion of earthy coffee. Fairly juicy sweetness is present with a berry-like finish and hints of tobacco. Not much in the way of hops. Not quite the typical amber ale, itís almost a hybrid with a scottish ale, just lighter on the palate. Nothing special, but I could drink one of these any time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (10651) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Bottle... Dark, clear, amber ale. Tiny, off-white head. The nose is sort of non-descript, but itís up against cigar smoke and something with a lot of vinegar just down the bar. Well-balanced flavor. Medium bitter and lightly tangy. Light-bodied and watery with medium carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Poured dark amber with a fizzy huge tan head that settled down nicely with good lacing. I got fruit in the nose, maybe raisins and some pine-hops, sweet malty backbone. There was a bitter dry hopiness, and some other flavors. Mouth feel was light, but this was different and very nice. Thanks to suttree.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tarheel (2) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2005 does not count
12 oz Bottle: Dark copper color and slightly hazy. Slight sweet malt aroma noticed with a thin white head when poured. At first taste it was suprisingly bitter wih an almost nutty/fruity hops taste then leaning more toward a spicy malt flavor. It finishes very well with a above medium amount of carbonation makes it slightly crisp. The further into the glass I get the better it is. Overall I found it to be a good beer and very refreshing. Glad that I can purchase this at the store locally!

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