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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8683) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Acquired via trade. This was pretty good, deserving of this brewery's "flagship beer" status. Pours a deep amber color with a medium and foamy light tan head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Medium-bodied with an assertive malt flavor and a touch of hops. Finish is sweet but not overly so. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Draft. Big and malty in nose and first sip. Starts caramelly and candylike, but fades to marshmellow and artificial-honey flavoring. Very unbalanced at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Good overall beer, I don't remember too much from the tasting...but good overall, nothing to complain about immediately!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2003 Small light tan head fades quickly. The promise of the nice malt aroma is fulfilled with the first taste. But the malt is balanced by a bit of hops at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopshead (24) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Another great brew from Highland. Very malty and smooth. a nice all around ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2003
One of the few beers from the southeast, this one pours a clear dark amber color with a small off white head. The aroma is malty sweet, with some fruity tones and a slight hoppiness that adds to the character of the nose. Medium bodied, the flavor is quite malty with hints of caramel, but the hops balance out the sweetness in the end. The finish is balanced with just a hint of hop bitterness poking through. Overall, a very nice amber ale that is complex, smooth, and satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UNCCTF (495) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 RE-RATE: I have to bump this one up a couple of notches - I think I have a fresher batch this time, and man is this stuff good. This beer has so many good things going for it - the floral nose, the hoppy flavor with the balanced finish... heaven to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3565) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Orange color out of the bottle with a thin head and a grainy nose. Nice toasted grain flavor, maybe a little dusty. Well balanced dark sweetness with a clean hop finish. Good session beer. I’d drink another if I had it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Malty sweetness dominates, but a bit of hoppiness is apparent in the end. Great color and flavor overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 a frothy topped amber transparency oozing with carmel apple drizzles..an unjuicy apple smothered in sugarless carmel coating..raining an artificial sweetner, the clouds form an evil forcefield against the ordinary..as homer says 'Boring!'

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