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. I’d 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.
darkko (99) - Kingsport, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Started out with thick head and strong hoppy aroma. Taste was absolutely delicious with a moderate bitter quality and malty and dry aftertaste. A great IPA!.
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle acquired via trade with SpringsLicker. Poured a clear golden color with a minimal white head. Not much going on in nose, some citrus and spicey hop aroma. Decent hop flavor with a nice malt presence as well. Godd citrus and caramel notes combine for a well balanced, medium-bodied taste. A decent beer, but not enough hop flavor for an IPA,.
Lutz2jm (95) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much aroma to this beer. This is on the lighter side of an IPA but with that said it is an enjoyable beer. It's hard to go wrong with anything from Highland brewery.
pnesbit (94) - Marietta, South Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pour of bright clear yellow with a fluffy white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with grassy earth notes and a hit of lemon peel. Taste of aggressive bitter grassy hops with a touch of sweet malt to smooth it out and a citrus acidity that keeps it bright. Light to medium body that is smooth but clean and has a long, strong and bitter finish. Overall a beer that stays true to it's roots and provides a refreshing punch to your taste buds.
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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.
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.