HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer has virtually zero aroma. I am sniffing hard and I can't seem to smell anything. The brewer claims 60ibus, but the truth is probably more close to 45ibus. The hop bill consists of Stryian Goldings, Mt. Hood, Fuggles, Magnum, and Willamette. The hop varieties run all across the gamut; lager hops, ale hops, hybrid hops. If I tasted this beer blind I might peg it as a hop accented APA.
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours dark yellow in color with an off white head. smells like citrus and hops. taste isnt that good, its alright but it has a watered down taste. slightly spicy, more hop smell than taste. not too bad though but certainly not highland's strongest offering.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yellow gold with off-white head. Good carbonation & lacing. The aroma is earthy and hopped but musky and offensive. The flavor is balanced but the same plague selection of hops destroys this one. Finishes hoppy & meaty.
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 (5750) - 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.