NachlamSie (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
6 pack from Food City. Highland has crafted a super refreshing ale that doesnít skimp on flavor. I was surprised at the aroma being so hoppy and so clean. Obviously hopped with American varieties, this one is grassy and citrusy. I could pick out Amarillo before I even read what style this was intended to be. The palate is pretty light, making this a good springtime refresher as the weather is transitioning out of winter. Hops are the most dominant flavor, but this isnít a hop bomb. Just a nice, citrusy, grassy ale. Itís hard to find a lighter beer, one thatís under 5%, that actually tastes really good. Itís good to have this option, if only seasonally.
emacgee (3749) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light clean straw yellow with one finger of foamy white head. Nose is floral and grassy, smells lightly of Cascades. Some diacetyl. Flavor is buttery and mildly bready, but not like buttered bread (which I like). Mild bitterness and light dry body.
SanfordBrewer (1371) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2011
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 2/20
Translucent gold, thick dense beige head, medium-full body, medium carbonation.
Aroma: sweet pale malt with a hint of caramel, great leafy piney citrus floral hops.
Taste: astringent grain, sharp grassy hop bitterness.
Would be great if the taste matched the aroma.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light clean pour with a fluffy white head. Lots oí lace. Aroma is toffee, caramel and biscuit. Toasty, biscuits, and caramel. Light hops but not nearly enough. Decent stab at a session ale. I wish it was more hop driven.
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Fruity aromas on the nose, sweet bread, with citrus. Pours very light blonde with a thick white head. Very mild session ale with bready malts and a very earthy bitterness with a hint of fruitiness in the finish. Not bad.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at redlight redlight. Though the nose (a rather muddled and less than distinct but not entirely unenticing hoppiness) and the appearance (very very light) are not all that impressive, the flavor (a mild but definite and tasty piny hop bite) and a very refreshing crispness more than redeem this beer. Maybe a better summer ale than spring ale, but the springs here in Florida (low 80ís in Feb. (Christ, I know!)) are so hot and much like summer in many other places that Iím looking forward to drinking a lot of this on muggy afternoons.
Butters (3591) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear light amber pour with sticky offwhite head. Nose of weed and clean light citrus hops. Flavor is similar, but more bitter and sharp. Pretty damn good apa. Refreshing. clean crisp finish.
rondphoto (1266) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color with nice head and lacing. Starts with sweet grain and caramel, is overcome by bitterness of field grass, balanced by a return of sweetness at the finish. Different, original, tasty, but not sure it would be a long-term keeper
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle, super fresh. Pours a crystal clear medium golden hue with a moderately sized, frothy, eggshell tinted head. The foam slowly settles to a small patch with a dense, bubbly ring around the edge, leaving behind a wash of suds that dries as hard, sharp flares of lacing. Bold hop aromas emanate from the glass, suggesting of catty grass most prominently, followed by hints of pithy grapefruit, white pepper, and maybe some lemon. Underlying malts are cereal grain driven, hinting at raw wheat and toasted white bread. The nose is fairly well balanced overall. Flavors follow suit, coming across rather dry and grainy in the base, with a peppery, grassy, catty hop bitterness and hints of bitter citrus pith. Relatively light, crisp, and dry on the palate, it drinks like a summertime brew should, with a crisp effervescence and a complete lack of annoying finishing sugars. Though the catty style hops arenít my favorite, I can appreciate this as a well made, summertime session brew.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottled Jan 26, 2011. Pours clear gold with a small white head. Aroma is citrus, grassy and floral hops, noble hop almost skunky character as well as grains, bread. Moderate to good strength. Flavor is lemon citrus and grassy hops, grainy malt, mild sweetness but finishes dry with lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, medium to high carbonation. Despite technically being an APA, the appearance, aroma, flavor profile, etc all scream Pilsener, Still a good refreshing beer for the upcoming warmer weather.