aracauna (2855) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was extremely pale for the style. In fact, visually, it could pass for a pilsner. Itís got a grassy, floral and peachy hop aroma is that downright delicious. When you get in the flavor the hops turn almost salty. The body is too thin, but if they turned up this beer to a bigger body and just amped up the hops a bit, this would be an awesome IPA.
jasonp (1556) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice clear golden with a white head. Aroma is of grassy hops. Maybe Iím insane but, this tastes like a really bold, full-bodied pilsner, which is great but this is labeled an IPA. Has notes of grassy saaz hops, lemon, grains and a pleasurable hint of diacetyl. Pretty sweet, only slightly bitter. Doesnít have the normal IPA notes of grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy with lively carbonation. Very good brew, but it doesnít taste like an IPA to me.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well this is an IPA. I dont like IPAs, but this one pours a lind of piss yellow with a slight white head. Flavor is not as bitter as I would have thought.
singlelensrefl (24) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really thin head. Colored a weak yellow. Slight aroma. Decent amount of hops. Nice "earthy" and herbal flavors that are often in an IPA. Pretty good.
rynoSx (29) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It was a good beer for being an IPA. I liked it because Highland cannot go wrong. It had a strong hop kick but went down smooth.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gentle, wimpy aroma with scents of peach, earth, musk, mint, herbs and caramel.
An India Pale Ale for senior citizens bingo night. Seriously, this is one weak ass IPA. The flavor consists of an earthy, herbal and grassy hop profile with a slight note of citrus and a boring, bready, grainy malt backbone. Thin Mouthfeel. Forgettable.
johnmnz (3) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best beer Iíve had in the USA - gets close to a decent English bottled pale ale. Nicely bitter without the flowery / fruity hop flavour so prevalent in US brews. Pity none of our local restaurants serve it, only the commercial urine brews.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours like monkey piss...light yellow and very very thin. Smells decent. Excellent spiciness coupled with the usual sharpness of an exceedingly hoppy beer. Hop aroma is
present but just not floral enough too spicy. On the tongue this brew starts to sing and then just goes all wrong. Itís certainly not awful but sort of a train wreck. Very very bitter, not resiny at all only bitter. There is also a slight faint fish scale or fish goo flavor that is offsetting. Pretty watery as well. All in all it tastes good but with a few flaws.
AlchemistZ (493) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stylistically speaking, this ale is too sweet in aroma. But as a beer drinker, I found the aroma seductive with its round, toasted sweetness, bready malt, bubblegummy yeast, and lemony hop aroma. Most of the aroma components directly carried through into the flavor profile which I think is a definite plus (subjectively and objectively). The med/light body started to be balanced by a decent but eclipsed acidity that lost out to the overwhelming, though pleasant sweetness. One of my favorites from this brewery.
skaughty (625) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich and creamy, so yummy for me-me.
The pour gives all the signs of something that will hug the throat and lace the glass. After a couple of disappointing HIghland beers, this one showed the character lacking in the others. Dry and creamy at the same time - how did they do that? Clearly the hops are leading to the dryness on the tongue, but the finish doesnít fizzle.