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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A brilliant, dry pale ale with an aggressive hop character balanced with a smooth finish. A bold beer best consumed with a stiff upper lip.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2004
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2004
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
singlelensrefl (24) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2004
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rynoSx (29) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2004
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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Peach. 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnmnz (3) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2004 does not count
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2004
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. G-rat

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2004
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Another rare gem on IPA night courtesy of Ross. I canít believe more of these beers havenít been rated. Highland has been great beer. Iím sure this will live up to the previous beers. Big billoughy white head out of bottle. Great Looking golden IPA just taunting me to take a sip. Very good IPA. Nice hops and malts, nice sweet tea undertone. More lemon in this one vs. grapefruit in the Dogwood. Smooth and very very drinkable. Another beer way underrated and suprised that more Ratebeerians havenít tried this breweries product line. Its very very good. Allot of you guys are missing out on some really good beers. This one is probably my favorite of the Highland line. Deserves higher ratings too.


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