5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Deep caramel, large foamy off-white head, sticky lacing.   Looks great!   Caramel malts, slight hop, sweet citrus
peel on the nose.   Smells very familiar... oddly similar to Dicks Bottleworks IPA.   Oh man, quite thick and viscous on the tongue,
but not cloying.   Getting a good malt base, seems to be caramel malts, along with sweetened citrus peel, tobacco leaves, and a slight
floral hop presense.   Yeah, this one really brings me back to a Dicks Bottleworks IPA I had about two months ago.   I love this
style of IIPA, good and thick, not overly bitter, with a good sweetness to counteract the bitterness.   In my opinion, totally balanced.
I spoze its almost nearing Barleywine territory with its maltiness.   Body and mouthfeel are, you guessed it, fairly full.
Clean, flavorful, and well balanced.   Glad that Tom, OldGrowth, sent me a few of these.   Thanks Tom, this is good stuff!
Oh, and the 10.2% ABV isnít really noticeable.   It packs a punch, but is neither very hot or alcholic.   A sleeper IIPA for
sure.   Beats the piss out of most of the hop dominated IIPAs that are out there.   Long live the malt!!!
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper pour with just a slight haze and lite white head. Aroma citrusy but not really a knockout hop aroma. Rich sweet front end that flows to a good solid bitter. It almost reminds of of oranges in a flavor that changes a number of times throughout the drink. Mouthfeel is solid and full. Carbonation is very good as well. A beer I like alot. I wish it were more readily available.
OldGrowth (2342) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, from Samís Quik Stop. Good aroma, citrusy sweet. Grapefruit, some pine, a toasted grain, peppery. Clean brownish orange color, good head that faded quickly, minor to no lacing. Bittersweet flavor, lots of graprfruit, pinneapple, little peach/apricot. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Itís good, had some moments while sniffing that were great, but didnít quite come together with the flavor I had hoped for. Got a little better as it warmed.
hopdog (8241) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with DragonStout (thanks!). Poured a deeper and muddy amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, pine, tropical fruits, and spicey. Tastes of pine, spices, caramel, and citrus.
Petrucci914 (876) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a vibrant orange-amber color. Aroma is pine, nectarine, and melon. Taste is rather bitter, some citrus comes through, and I also detect a floral or spicy taste.
Juelze (1129) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for the trade Ross. Pours a deep amber color with thin white head. Aroma is light grapefruit, malt, some resin and some earthiness. Taste is citrus hops, malt, vegetal and dirt. Alcohol is well hidden but thatís is itís only redeeming quality. It seems like someone dropped some potting soil in a mediocre DIPA.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delightful grapefruity citrus filled IPA. Dark hazy copper pour minimal white bubbles around the edges. Nose huge on all things citrus......grapefruit is quite potent. This beerseriousy reminds me of good grapefruit juice. Very well done with the malts bringing up the rear just enough to really balance her out.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a muddy looking, dark brownish amber with a small, off-white head that settles quickly to a thin film. Random spots of lacing noted. The aroma is very fruity and malty, which isnít what I was expecting from a fresh IIPA. I picked up notes of melon, orange, grapefruit and pine amongst big, malty caramel and nougat scents. The flavor is again dominated by malts, with caramel, nougat, and even faint hints of chocolate showing through. The hops are discernible, though far more subdued than I would expect. Orange, grapefruit, and pine varieties are all present. Medium-full bodied and very smooth, this one drinks more like a light barleywine than a IIPA. This is an enjoyable beer, but one that defies its description, and most likely, the brewerís original intentions.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 750ml bottle maybe actually a bomber from JMichalel shared with Bartzilla. Pours orange with a 1 finger head. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is sweet big and full of a nice big ass kick. Pretty damn nice east coast imperial ipa.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with off white head. Aroma has hops, pine and citrus. The flavor is full of hops. Really nice bitter finish. Definately one of my favorites from Highland.