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RATINGS: 696   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatTony (188) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
12 ounce bottle- poured out a beautiful dark tea color with a moderate wheat head. The aroma was dominated by malt. Taste was excellent, caramel and malt with a nice hop bite at the end. Sweet, but not in a bad way. Palate was smooth, just short of creamy. Definitely a keeper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Aquird in trade from quiver. pours amber to carmel in color Aroma were mild with simple notes of carmel malt. Flavors were mild with a buttery carmel mild sweet fruit like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
On draft at the brewery. Highland’s flagship I guess... malt flavors mostly, with some cascade thrown in. Considering this is the basic ale from the largest microbrewery (if it can still be called that) in Asheville, not a bad standard to have on hand. Most anyone could enjoy this beer. Also had a sample of the cask Gaelic they had at the brewery they were experimenting with- it was significantly better in all categories... it would have rated a 4.2

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kingaugusta (181) - Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2015
Pours golden-red with a slight off-white head. Nose is fairly generic amber ale and not very potent. This pattern holds for the flavor; it’s a decent, drinkable beer not no part of it stands out in a meaningful way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Clear amber pour topped with a 1-finger creamy off white head. Nice malty nutty aroma. Toasted, nutty slightly sweet taste with a nice bitter afterbite. Very fine brew.

   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Served from bottle into Stone nonic. Pours deep copper with one-finger off-white head that lingers. Maintained nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, slight fruit, and nuttiness. The flavor is comprised of smooth and crisp malt notes with a subtle nutty flavor mixed in. It has a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this is a very nice brew from Highland. It is quite drinkable and enjoyable. Worth a shot if you get the opportunity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2004
Thick copper read with great carbonation out of the tap - perhaps a fresh keg although head disappeared after a couple of sips. Sprucey nose with slight citrusy sweetness in intial palate. More remnant of an IPA style bitterness than the average American ale. Not as hoppy as described, but heavier malt presence makes this one a decent deviation from the norm. Not my favorite offering from Highland, but drinkable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2012
I cut my teeth on this beer, and it’s always an easy one to come back to. A mild hop character rounds out a malty backbone to this pretty little amber. What is particularly Gaelic about this ale I am not sure, perhaps it comes from the lineage of the people who founded Asheville, but definitely not the brewery, which was founded by a gentleman with the last name Wong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2014
Clear deep amber color, tan head & great lacing. Roasty caramel malt nose. Toffee, caramel and smoky flavors. Smooth, medium bodied brew with light hop profile at the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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