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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
THis is a nice amber ale w/ a good balance between hops and malt. This is a good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Copper in color with a small white head. Aroma of sweet bready malt. Bitter flavor with a hoppy character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2005
This is yet another fine beer from Highland. Nice copper pour with nice roundness. Very well balanced beer. Most closely resembling an amber ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8597) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 16, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (4348) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2005
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.

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