rayg1 (580) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep orange-reddish with a nearly rediculously huge head. Pine and citrus dominate the aroma, and leaves you fairly satisfied and wanting to take a sip so badly. Taking a sip reveals a rich brew full of malts that taste of caramel and toffee but are quickly bitch smacked away by a huge hop profile. This brew is heavy on cascade I can tell but I can’t pick out the other four. Oh well no matter, this is a very nice brew sweet at first and then the bittering pucker factor with the hops. I like this alot.
SpringsLicker (3193) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Suttree for this one.
Deep orange/amber with a huge off-white head.
Piney citrusy hop aroma with a sticky malt base below.
Toasty bready graham cracker flavor with some bitterness in the finish.
The malts remain dominant however.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice hop aroma. Good looking beer in the glass. Thick white head. Good thick mouthfeel. A little too sweet for my taste. Still has a nice hop bite to it.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a tough beer to rate at the IIPA Capitol of the world, O’Briens. Smells malt with the flavor of rich passion fruits and raisens.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Caramel color, light head and light lacing. Nose of bright earthy citrus and pine, some citrus. The flavor is woody, light tobacco and bright acidity, lacking a malt backbone to backup the bitterness but isn’t under sweet per se. Bamboo? Interesting.
jake65 (2792) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a nice copper color with a small beige head. Aroma of malts and fruitiness, moderate on the hops. Flavor is more malty sweet and floral hops. A good offering in the I2PA arena.
IndianaRed (2674) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poures a hazy medium amber. Snall of white head. Malty sweet BW like aroma. Hops are soft and faded. Thick bodied and a bit syrupy. Boce malts and brown sugar flavors with nearly enough IBUs. Slight cardboardy woody trailer.
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 (5274) - 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.