metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
6-pack of 12 oz bottles for 7 bucks. Pours clear gold with a white head. Looks more like a lager than an IPA. Aroma is of some fruit and citrus as well a slight hint of malts. Strange aroma for an IPA though. Taste is bitter and on the end turns quite astringent. Decent enough, but unremarkable. I donít know why Highland IPAs just are not very good. They do other styles well, but neither this nor the Devilís Britches IPA are worth noting. This beer is just not balanced and lacks in hops.
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2008 Pours a hazy brownish orange color. Quickly vanishing head with plenty of lacing left behind. The aroma is a floral and citrus hops, with some maltiness in the background. The taste is citrus with a far amount of bitterness. The aftertaste is bitter hops and with a somewhat drying sensation. This is a decent IPA but slightly lower in hop kick than many IPAís.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a pale,pale golden with thin white head. Nose is faint with spicey hops and a very subtle sweetness. Taste is thin and citrusy with a mild hop bitterness. I had this a while back and remember it being a lot better.
bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma - a little fruity
Appearance - a little cloudy, nice pale amber color; little head
Taste - Hoppy yet not bitter; medium strength, not the best aftertaste
Palate - average
Overall - A solid IPA; aftertaste takes away from overall good. Could be smoother
IndyBeerSnob (132) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Creamy IPa pours a standard ipa color maybe a bit more dark orange. Taste is heavy and creamy but with a pleasant hop palate. Its okay
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
hazy orange with a thick fluffy white head. aroma is grassy, woody hops... not as spicy as most american ipaís. smooth taste... some bitterness and piney hop taste. bodyís a bit thin. seems like more of an english ipa than an american.
sallad (115) - USA - JUN 17, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy golden with a touch of orange. Thick bubbling white head. Toast and honey malt with some spicy floral pineapple hops. Slightly astringent bitterness hits rather hard, somewhat subdued malt in the background. Kinda thin body finishes with spicy citrus and a touch of alcohol warmth.
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Review date 6/30/2009...
Iím finally getting to pouring this 12 oz. of Asheville goodness into a Duvel tulip...
Pours a nice honey-straw color with a light pffft of the cap. Head is rather tight - just a thin layer of wisps up top. Can see a decent amount of carbonation and movement. Slight lacing isnít too bad.
Very clean scent - a little caramel malt and maybe just a tinge of floral hops but itís extremely light. Not unpleasant - just very calm and quiet. Maybe a little bit of silage in there, too. A little strawy - gets a little Belgian IPA kick after a while with some raw grains
The hoppiness comes out a little bit more here - somewhat floral and nicely balanced with subtle caramel malt. Nothing exotic - just a decent, straightforward IPA. Crisp, dry finish. With some warmth I am enjoying this even more.
Donít judge this book by its cover...it may not elicit a lot of emotion on its looks or scent but for a decent, solid IPA itís not bad at all. Drinks nicely - very clean...again, quite dry (a good thing)...and no real aftertaste. Itís been in the fridge for a month but doesnít show any age. Solid.
Well, hell, I know what Iím drinking in session the next time Iím around Asheville. This must be very good out of the tap, too. Doesnít come out of the gates quickly but itís a marathon, not a sprint.
USCBeerMan (109) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
golden copper color with a thick head. Citrus grapefruit and pine aroma. Very bitter hopping but also a good sweet balance.
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow-gold pour with a lacy white head. Aroma consists of a slight hoppiness with some maltiness. Iíd agree with a floral scent that consumes the hop aroma. The aroma is deceptive as the sharp hop attack pierces the first swallow. As the beer warms this dissipates and the drinker is left with a chewy caramel/toffee flavour.