bigben873 (95) - 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
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit too light in color, and a cloudy pour with an unusually white head to it. Not an agressive hop character, but very well put together. I prefer a more hopped brew, but this was still a better 'textbook IPA' than my preferences, which go towards more bite. Not my favorite, but a well brewed and balanced IPA.
swenocha (81) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden (slightly orange pour). Slight white head that dissipates. Aroma of sweet caramel malts overpowering any hops. Taste is bitter hops and caramel malts. Not much in the way of flavor hops. Good beer, but not the best example of an IPA.
dnlsartin (80) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden pour with sharp floral aroma. Soft mouthfeel and a bright, lasting hoppy finish.
william146 (80) - Winterville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at World Market, Winston-Salem, NC
Good taste; wanted a bit more but still had solid flavor and bitterness.
metalhead0043 (77) - 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.
benclarkiii (73) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2007
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I am the first to admit I rate IPAs high, but I have to say this one was a little too harsh for my taste. How many IBUs does this beer have. Overall good, but it is not for the faint of heart.
tron3000atl (72) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not sure how they call this an ipa. Aroma is citrus and hay like. Bitter up front then finishes very astringent. Was difficult to drink so I chugged the rest of it. Then I drank water, not another one.
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like Heineken, really poor. No head or lacing to be found. Taste is watery with a little bite at the end. Zero
complexity. Mine might have been old or skunked but I just picked this sucker up, and I'm really disappointed. Had this a few months ago and it wasn't THIS bad, but I didn't like it before either.
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I hate IPAs but this stuff isnít too bad. Most IPAs leave me with a horrible aftertaste, but this is very smooth. If you donít like hoppy beers, like most IPAs, this stuff wonít bite.