zoidberg (25) - USA - APR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(On tap, Mellow Mushroom, Asheville, NC.) This beer is my favorite from Highland Brewing Company of Asheville, NC. Love the big hoppy flavor and light body with a good alcohol kick in the finish. Pretty to look at, too: light yellowish orange and a touch cloudy. If you're ever near Asheville, NC, this is one to check out.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden with orange hues. The head is white and a bit on the fizzy side. Nice earthy/floral hoppy aroma, with a bit of sweet fruity malt. The flavor is very hoppy with floral and pine dominating. The malt is quite assertive especially given the lightness of the body. Medium creamy body that is not overly fizzy. Overall a very nice IPA from a quality brewer from a beer-poor state. I would like to see what these guys would do without those silly 6% ABV laws.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Atlanta gathering: Amber hues with a weak off-white head and little lacing. The aroma hints of aromatic and citric hops, some pine, and toasted buttery malts. The taste is bitter but not aggressive, good balance with some malt beackground. Got a fruity nature towards finish, berry and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is also weak, thin and lively. More like a APA than IPA, doesn't stand out.
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
weak effort at best. vague hint of an ipa with slight notes of hoppiness but i've had much better. this thing looks like a friggin lager.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 SE Gathering: This is a great IPA. Pours a light gold color with a great head and lacing. Strong hoppy flavor with a nice alcohol warmth. Mmmm...
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Poured a hazy golden color with a lasting white head that laces nicely onto the glass. VERY potent hop aftertaste, preceded by a nice fruity flavor. Tastes like a west coast IPA, and that's a good thing. Go Highland.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale golden color with a puffy white head. Aroma shows a strong hop presence. Body is dry and mild with some sweetness and a touch of hops, but doesn't quite live up to what the aroma promised.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is alot more balanced than its pale ale counterpart. Cloudy golden color, with a quickly fading fizzy head. No strongly dominant flavors, but nicely balanced and easy to drink. Very smooth and crisp. Would make a nice springtime session ipa.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured yellow with fluffy white head. Nice hop aroma and a nicely hopped flavor. I enjoyed this one. Very good.
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit too light in color, and a cloudy pour with an unusually white head to it. Not an agressive hop character, but very well put together. I prefer a more hopped brew, but this was still a better 'textbook IPA' than my preferences, which go towards more bite. Not my favorite, but a well brewed and balanced IPA.