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.
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.
rangerred (784) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a thin white head. Decent head retention, however, leaving a thin ring around the top of the beer.
Aroma is very resienous with a little must and dankness. Some overripe orange with a touch of lemon and grapefruit.
Loads of overripe fruit in the taste along with pine and earth. Bitterness is very high but there is a lot of malt to back of the hops and the toast and earth gives this a real English quality. With all the malt, though, the mouthfeel is not overly sweet at all and even finishes a bit dry. A quick shot of alcohol towards the finish lets you know this is a strong brew but it is not off-putting.
Overall, a very good job by Highland makining an Imperial English IPA which is something that isnít seen all too often. One Iím glad I picked up.
CelticBrew (747) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by Doughboy at Steveís, what a treat! Poured rather hazy coppery orange from bomber. Aroma of sweet caramels, grapefruits, pine resins. Full bodied, full on pine resin with a strong grapefruit and hop character. The beer is exceptionally smooth and begs to be drank, over and over etc. I would love to try it on tap, what a kick ass beer from NC!!
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Hazy copper pour with a big head. Unfortunately, it smells like a cheap IPA...alcohol, bitterness, a touch of fruit. The flavor is that of an overly balanced IPA. It leans a bit more towards malt than most IPAs, way more than most IIPAs. This leaves a lot of alcoholic burn and not the most complex of flavors. I like that this "brewer of session beers" has ventured into the big beer market, and the price was right, but this oneís not memorable or particularly good.
AndyW68 (706) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good not great. Clear gold with big white head. Aroma is musty citrus. Taste is sweet and bitter. Hint of old rinds.
mathieuc (694) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to AlexFields, thanks a lot sir! Pours a glowing golden with a really small head that doesnít stay for too long. Aroma is nice with (light) piny, citrus and caramel notes. Taste is under control unlike many DIPAs out there with a medium sweetness and a good amount of (gentle) bitterness. This isnít a palate wrecker and I can appreciate that. A little alcohol can be felt but it isnít so bad and doesnít kill drinkability. Overall a real nice proposition!
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.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was a medium brown/orange. The head was creamy, foamy, and off-white. THe aroma was very hoppy, some spice, citris, and pine. The flavor was strong hops, alcohol, pine, a slight bitterness, and citrisy apricot. The palate was lively. The finish was warm and citrisy.
Westchesterco (669) - mclean, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is peppered with floral overtones. Appearance of a golden clear IPA with a slight off white head taste of citrus with a long palate of a slight bitter strong flavor