jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Wasn’t expecting much from this beer, but it actually suprised me. Not a huge hop nose, but a very nice hop flavor profile. Very easy to drink. Best Highland brew to date.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours a murky copper amber body with a lasting almond head that sheds some sheet lacing on the glass. Robust aroma is awash in hops. Spicy, leafy, herbal, pine and citrus notes dominate the hints of caramel maltiness. Full medium body is well carbonated. A ton of hops in this one. Earthy and leafy bitterness is complimented by notes of tobacco, leather, citrus, and pine. Black pepper and warming alcohol add complexity. Solid malt backbone infuses some caramel and keeps the hops from totally bullying the playground. Very well done. One of Highland’s best efforts.
Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Puddintane
Bottle: The aroma consists of fruit, caramel, and citrus hops. It poufs a hazy amber, almost orange, with a small white head. The flavor starts with a big dose of caramel and faint toffee. The finish has a muted/aged citrus hoppiness. This tastes more like an aged Barley Wine.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz from Sam’s, Durham. Digging this more than many folks are, and I find it a lively, pleasant, if not overly complex DIPA. Orange to copper body with an admirable frothy head, there’s a noticeable aroma of big floral hops. Continues in the flavor, which isn’t so citrusy to my taste but is quite fruity (almost mango? weird) and enjoyable. I get what people are saying with the barleywine comments, and there is a substantial malt backing, but the piquant flavors seem to keep it on style. Nice effort from Highland (hey guys, how about an imperial mocha stout?).
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from ucusty. Murky amber with a dense off white head. Sweet malt and orange nose, some earthy notes, a bit of pine, rather fruity. Very earthy flavor, a bit of pine in the back, caramel. Nose is far more interesting than the flavor, but still a nice beer. Borders in a barleywine.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of mgumby10. It pours a hazy copper with gold edges and thin off white head. The aroma has an initial hit of sweet grapefruit hard candy (if there is such a thing), some pine hops mixed with malty sweetness. The combination creates a fruity – pale – almost hay like aroma. The thick mouth feel ushers in malt sweetness and grapefruit hop bitterness that seems to give way to a citrus hard candy flavor. A malty backbone shows up midway with lightly roasted malts and malt sweetness to interrupt the hop momentarily. The grapefruit hop bitterness grows into the finish and after taste. It doesn’t come together all that well for me. The flavors seem disjointed somewhat.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
murky bronze in color with a creamy whit head that laves no traces on the glass as it settles.aroma is of cotton candy,oranges,caramel malts,and juicy fruit gum.the flavor boasts much of the same.this really tastes more like a barley wine to me.i wonder how old this bottle is?
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle pours a hazy amber, medium off white head, fair lace. Fresh hoppy aroma of citrus, with some pine and spice, background of toffee and light fruitiness. Medium/full body, medium carbonation, resinous, slightly sticky, but drying out well. Quite malty with lots of sweetness up front, peppery bitterness comes on at the end. All in all, not bad, but really heavy in the malt department.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
orange/amber witha nice frothy head. big hops and sweet malts. a bit sweet upfront but hops give it a nice bitterness and bite. citrus hop flavors mixed with carmel. nice sharpness in the piney bitter finish. yum.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ross, the monroe transfer authority. Thanks to Navin for the free shipping. Pours hazy orange amber with an off white head. Aroma of rich toffee malts and citrus hops. Medium to full bodied with a slight syrupy texture. Initial flavor of toffee and apricot that transitions to a sharp hoppy middle. Finish is dry with a bold grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers, with a very small amount of alcohol detected. Definitely one for the hopheads, and not bad at all. Beer is a little better than than the score indicates. However, this is second string to beers like Hercules, Dreadnaught, Pliny, Hopslam, etc. Good to see some East Coasters taking a stab at IIPAs.