gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2011
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I was expecting something a little better from Highland. Alas, it was not to be. Pours, and looks, like a lager. The stark white, frothy head was an instant giveaway. Light gold color and superclarified. Fresh cut grass and wet hay aromas....a little skunky. Light floral notes muddled with lemon zest. No malt to speak of. The body light to medium and the palate is watery and thin. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. Pass.
Cougfan95 (24) - - APR 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - poured nice light Amber in color with medium head that ended in nice lacing. Good aromas and tastes of hops, malts, citrus and pine. Dry finish with hints of hops and citrus.
Doofgoblin (410) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty. Maybe Iíve gotten blasted with hops so many times by other IPAs that itís hard to enjoy the maltier ones. Aroma is nothing to emulate. Very faint hop aroma but itís mostly dominated by the brand flaky malt bill. Deschutes inversion IPA (although with more hops) has a similar type of aroma--think, total cereal. Taste is brand flakes, vitamins, oats, wheat thins mixed with a hint of honey and earthy hops. Finish is not that bitter. Itís more of that lingering malt feel you find in wheat beers. Overall, itís pretty much par for the course in terms of English IPAs--more malt, low hops. "Ease up on the hops ole chap. We just want to keep it from spoiling not use up the lot."
Foxbush (1452) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft from Growlers to Go in Richmond The IPA poured a clear amber with smallish head that dissipated with lacing. A pleasant IPA with mild hints of citrus and caramel malts on the nose and some resin in the taste. The IPA has a medium body with average carbonation. The ale had a refreshingly crisp finish that doesnít overwhelm the taste buds.
tillmac62 (376) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
BOD 5/22/14. Pours a slightly cloudy medium amber. Exceptional head volume and retention, World Class lacing.
Nice nose of subtle herbal hops, with a touch of spice, over a biscuit and caramel background.
Light medium body that has a fairly smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a slight effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.
The flavor profile falls just short of outstanding. It is intense, but falls short in balance and complexity. It has a nice hop flavor focus (herbal, citric and rind) over a mild bitterness in the middle. Caramel and biscuit sweetness appear in the finish, but are overwhelmed by rind and pine hop flavor. This hop flavor lingers.
djd07 (5285) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle during the RBWG Lobby Share. Pours a clear gold with small white head. The aroma is grass and wheat. Medium mouth with strong wheat grass, light bitterness.
Leighton (13519) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared late night in the hotel lobby during RBWG 2015. Pours Clear gold with a foamy white head. The aroma holds some crackers pale malts, pine needles. Medium sweet flavor, some astringent hay, pale bread, pine needles. Medium bodied with average carbonation. More crackers malts to finish, old citrus. Ho Hum.
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted on 9/7/11 from a capped 12oz bottle purchased at Frugal MacDoogal. Pours clear deep golden with a thick white head that slowly recedes to an even blanket of lace, with an even blanket coating the inside of the glass. The nose is sweet caramel malt with just a hint of light hops underlying. The flavor features a bit more of the hops bitterness, but other than that, is the same. The body is medium with average carbonation and a medium bitter hops finish.
swoopjones (6735) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. decent English IPA. earthy hops, hay, caramel malts with medium bitterness. OK
ACHops (919) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Pours bright golden with medium lacy white head. Aroma is dry biscuity malt with light hops on the back. Taste is crisp dry light caramel malt with sharp hop notes of grass and spice. Light bitterness which lingers. Light on the hops overall. Pleasant IPA, definitely English in style.
Aggiebob (179) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a golden color with a small white head. The aroma was grassy and the taste was bitter and hoppy.