drewdogg (62) - USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad IPA, but if you are looking for an outstanding IPA or want to introduce yourself to Highland brews, look elsewhere. However, this beer is a solid member of the Highland’s lineup.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, courtesy of Beandip (thanks). Clear medium amber, medium snowy head. Gentle floral aroma; hibiscus, honey, peaches and light hops. On the tongue, heavy dark piney hops and light brown sugar with subtle fruit hints hit immediately, and basically stay consistent throughout. Fairly dry finish, some dusty yeast notes, bitterness hangs out for a while after all sweetness and malt fades. Pretty decent effort, all in all.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer after serving its sentence in the 12 ounce brown bottle set in the glass an obfuscated golden yellow, the head behemothic in size, creamy in texture and bright white in color, the lace forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of hops, sweet malt and a lime like crispness greet the nose with the start sweet and rich in malt, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is nicely acidic; the hops bountiful and spicy, quite dry and somewhat sweet aftertaste lingers long on the palate, nice moderate IPA, nice on a hot Arizona day.
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer when poured looked remarkably clear, and pale, perhaps a bit too pale for the style. The head was about an inch thick, and creamy, and hung around for a bit, leaving good lacing as the beer went down. Carbonation was medium to low. The aroma was subdued for the style, with very little aggressive hop character in the nose. The taste was bright, with typical citric-piney American hop profile with sweetish caramel malt giving a chewy toffee taste. The hops were a bit peppery in the mid palate. The aftertaste was chalky-dry with a creamy mouthfeel. A good, middle of the road IPA which is a recent arrival in the Jax in Cumming. Looking forward to tasting the other beers from this regional brewery.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good citrus hopa roma and a good hop balance throughout. Missing a little in the way of body but an average IPA.
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 (2075) - 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.