JDBaker11058 (1067) - Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: seems a medium brownish amber at first, but proper backlight reveals a deep golden-orange beer, perfectly clear, with a dense, creamy near white head of two fingers slowly shrinking to a fat cap and leaving rich swathes of lace. Aroma: hops and malt are evenly mixed in the nose: grapefruit, blood orange, hint of lime for the hops; graham cracker, honey smacks, light molasses on the malt. Taste: flavors are not as rich as the aroma: there is some bitter citrus at the fore, with a well-balanced malt undertone that has some good sweetness to it. Finish: slick and smooth, with a creamy, very light palate that borders a couple notches better than watery; the last flavors I get, lasting just a few seconds after each sip, is a candied fruit and sweet bread flavor reminiscent of Italian holiday fruitcake. Notes: If this beer had the palate and flavor to match the appearance and, to a lesser extent, the aroma, it would be a nearly perfect pale ale. Even so, malt and hops are in perfect balance. I just wish the flavors and palate were a tad more bold.
scotchzombie (180) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear golden with carbonation bubbles and a small white head. Aroma is mild pine and citrus. Tastes crisp with some malt and a mild hoppy finish balanced with a touch of citrus (resolves to grapefruit). Not a lot of depth but easy to drink.
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phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks, Chris! Pours a pale, clear gold with a small white head. Very light, even for the style. Aroma of pale and toasted malts, crackers, cereal- not getting any hops here, just a variety of lighter malts. Same with the flavor, with crackers, straw, pale malts, and maybe a bit of grass. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. I’ve been a fan of other Highland stuff in the past. This is a little disappointing.
JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle shared at b3shine’s. Pours a lighter gold with no head. Aroma is grainy and neutral. Dry and a lite herbal on the taste. Lighter on the palate.
foyle (140) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: 3/4” white head with leaves decent lacing on the glass. Color is gold and mostly clear. Significant carbonation bubbles streaming up.
Aroma: Strong aroma of citrus & floral hops dominate the smell with some mild yeast and malt aroma in the background.
Mouthfeel: fairly light and watery with a refreshing finish.
Flavor: Differs widely from the aroma – although the hops are evident they are well balanced by a malt that presents cracker and yeast roll flavors.
Overall: This a very pleasant session ale that will pair well with many meals, but can also be enjoyed as a stand alone.
rollinsr (303) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 16, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear and yellow with a finger of white head. Aroma is piney citrus with a presence of yeast esters. Flavor is crisp and sweeter than expected. The hops seem to simply cut the malt flavor just the slightest bit so that it doesn’t sit on the palate too long. Highly drinkable.
LiMuBai (136) - - JUL 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a crystal clear, golden color with a very thin white head. Little to no lacing. Nice full malty and hoppy aroma. A very light taste with a hint of hops.
bkurtz (621) - PERU - JUL 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear golden/amber with a smallish head. Pine and citrus aroma. A little watery, but a nice flavor, a bit sweet with some bitterness and smooth finish. Not a bad APA.
ttutony (586) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden color with a white head. Nice balance between malty sweetness and some hop bitterness. Nothing really stands out as unique but still a decent pale ale.
Fritz123 (564) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL. Snifter. Thin white head on an orange hazy pour. Lacing throughout. Aroma of floral notes, malts. Taste is somewhat flat with a nice floral hopness and delicate malts. Body is medium light. Mouth is smooth. Finishes smooth and slightly funky. Mediocre.