SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle. Pours a deep golden color bordering on the orange side, but not quite there. White fluffy head hangs in there with good money. Lacing rings around the shaker. Effervescent carbonation cascades to the top. Distinct rich hop aroma. Buttery mouth feel with a decent up front hop bitterness followed by a mellow sweetness. No risidual hop pain. All the bitterness is up front. A fine IPA that should have mass appeal.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Light hazy light orange/yellow color with a thin white head. The aroma is all bright citrusy hops, juicy mouthfeel with soft carbonation, starts and ends bitter with a long bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light hoppy aroma over a clear yellow color. Ooh, nice flavor! Smooth flavorful hoppyness that doesn’t overpower. Good stuff for a red-state beer!
aracauna (3174) - 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. It’s 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) - Ashburn, 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 I’m 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. Doesn’t have the normal IPA notes of grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy with lively carbonation. Very good brew, but it doesn’t 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 I’ve 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.