thedaidai (21) - - FEB 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice flagship beer anyone can enjoy from a solid. solid brewery.
It certainly isn’t the best of Highland’s beers, but I would never turn one down. Nice malty taste and well balanced. Mixes well with chicken dishes too.
Makes one hell of a beer batter.
Bulk_Carrier (2782) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rcvd in trade.
She pours a hazy yet somewhat clear amber and leaves the same colored body with a two finger head that rose a bit and died leaving some nice spotty spider web lacing in its wake.
The smell has some malts through bready/slightly caramel, subdued citrus/pine hops only coming through as the beer warms.
The taste is mainly balanced through previously mentioned flavors but adds some slight bitterness.
On the palate, she sits about a light to medium, comes across fairly sessionable, and leaves a crisp clean aftertaste and finish.
Overall, this is good for its style and good for me as I would have this again.
thebos (35) - Eatonton, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from bottle amber in color with off white head. Sweet floral scent. Taste is mildly malty with crisp hop finish.
VsXsV (2875) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear reddish liquid with small white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, bread, toast, earth and metal. Taste is dry and light to medium bitter with notes of toffee, dried fruit, metal, earth and bread. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Meh.
mgunn333 (11) - Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 Not much aroma, slightly fruity. Pours a brilliant red, amber-tinged with an off white head like a cappuccino. Very nutty, a faint sweetness from the malt brings everything together nicely. A step above your average amber ale.
eRock_2013 (335) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A well-crafted amber ale, lives up to the reputation of its brewery. Appearance is flawless, a beautiful amber red color with a full and long-lasting head, consistent lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and fruity hoppiness, with OK, but a bit weak, intensity. Taste is pleasant, toasty, caramel maltiness, fruity hops with a modest bitterness. I'm not sure if the sweet maltiness and the fruity hop flavors are the best combination, but whatever is deficient in the taste is more than compensated for by the creamy and full-bodied texture. Finishes smooth with a mild aftertaste. Overall, actually reminded me of a Sam Adams Boston lager, but I would recommend this between the two. I also would say much more enjoyable than most other amber ales such as Fat Tire. I certainly will purchase this beer again, and I intend to try some of Highland's other brews.
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tmongoose (1726) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
on draft poured a clear copper color with white head. leaving lacing around the glass. the aroma was of malt and sweetness and a very minor hop bitterness. the flavor part was very smooth and almost creamy. the sweetness of the malts and the mildness of the hops. the hops truly didnt come out until the end and when it was warmer than served. overall a decent beer from highlands.
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Drank from the bottle. Nice fruit and caramel to the nose. Also a nice hop hit, some citrus. Caramel malts and nice fruit show the most. Really drinkable and full. Nice everyday beer
bkurtz (1007) - PERU - JAN 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour a hazy amber with frothy, beige head. Caramel and dried fruit notes. Interesting amber with a lot going on, but not a favorite.
ContemplateBeer (1777) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: Rich caramel malts that is also slightly nutty; hops are resiny and a bit spicy. Appearance: Dark amber/red, slightly hazy with a skin of bubbly tan head. Flavor: Caramel with accompanying nuttiness; a little resiny/pine hop character throughout; a little more spicy toward the finish. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: A solid hoppy amber.