ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in Knoxville Mellow Mushroom: Great reddish amber color. thick creamy tan head. good lacing. floral hop aroma. full mouthfeel with great bitterness. It was very nice.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
P: Clear amber brewed tea appearance with minimal khaki head. A foamy halo rest on top leaving the occasional leg of lace behind.
S: Toasted italian herb and cheese Subway bread, toasted caramel and orange juice and bitter orange peel.
T/M: Toasted caramel, bready malt, orange peel and spicy pippali pepper. Finishes dry with lemon zest and toast. Prickly moderate body. Once the beer warns it starts to have a metallic aftertaste to it. It’s not bad but does throw it off a bit.
O: Well balance and simple. An easy drinking ale to throw back after a long day of work. The spicy kick at the end really makes this. Without it I think it would be dull.
Livendadream (196) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Btl pours clear reddish amber color. Thick,creamy off white head that lingers for a while, leaves minimal lace on glass. Smells grain,sweet cereal, a very faint toasted bread aroma and floral hops. Tastes of lightly sweet caramel malt,a faint breadiness (fresh baked) and floral hops. Light to medium body, smooth texture, lively carbonation and dry and smooth bitter finish. Good amber, nice maltiness, balanced taste, easy to drink.
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I am really not an amber fan, so I may not be doing this beer justice. It wasn't bad, but it did seem to have too much of a carmel-candy taste after a few drinks. The aroma was nice, however.
OrthoDoc (188) - South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light bodied and easy drinking amber ale. Faint caramel nose and taste. Not much going on. A good beginner beer. No after taste so goes down easy.
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FatTony (188) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.