Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle at decaturstevo’s Februmergency Tasting for those of us that missed out on Sexual Chocolate ’09. Pours a clear golden yellow with thin ring of white head. Aroma of light hops and cantalope melon rind. Flavor is corn with a distinct hop bitterness. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Not bad. SpringsLicker (3660) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Brilliantly clear gold color with a white head.
Malt aroma with a bit of citrus rind.
A The flavor is mildly sweet with just a touch of hop bitterness. A bit of astringency in the finish.
A simple beer that is very light and sessionable. Suttree (6466) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Mildly could orange, decent off-white head. Citrusy, peppery aroma Flavor is surprisingly bitter at first, some bready, biscuity malts in the background. The bitterness is surprisingly harsh and rough, in a good way. Nicely unrefined and a pretty good session ale. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2009
bottle, from Cary Whole Foods. Good aroma, sweet, biscuit, dough, mild grass, toasted grain. Clean yellowy gold color, good head, but it faded quickly to nothing, no lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Initial bitterness that has a sweet streak kick mid way through. Lite body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Nice easy to drink brew, this would be a good summer beer, but hey it’s here now. Aroma opened up as it warmed , it’s lite creamy mouthfeel was nice. emacgee (4697) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Pours a soft translucent amber with a one finger frothy offwhite head. The nose is earthy and herbal on the hop side, crisp malty character, some sweetness, mild corn. The flavor is a tad grassy, herbal hops, nice balanced malt sweetness, background bitterness that leaves a residual waxy character. Palate has a very nice balance of malt and hops. Crisp on the out. Nicely balanced and easy to session.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Pours a clear light amber hue from 12 oz bottle, forming a single finger white foamy head, bubbles galore rise up through the brew, aroma of lightly malted hops, English hillside grasses. Flavour is of yeasty bitterness initially, grass like hoppage with a particular malty character. Ah, yeah, English Pale Ale, drinkable, but only two dimensional at best. Hey Highland, sheeeesh, try an APA for once. OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2009
I don’t rate much, actually, this is my first rating in 3+ years.
I wanted to stick up for this beer. I have been very critical of the Highland seasonals. I’ve disliked them all up to this point and went into this beer assuming I would dislike it.
First off, its an English bitter not APA as currently listed.
This is without a doubt the best American brewed bottled bitter I’ve had. It probably helps that is very fresh. The big bitter EKG finish is beautiful. You will often get fresh English Pales at brewpubs in the States that end up with a ‘tea like’ beer or watery C-hopped thing. This is a very well brewed bitter. I would love to see more season bitters and milds. I don’t know the ABV but I would guess its close to 4% and it’s the perfect beer for what it is, a fresh English style session beer. I’ve been very down on Highland and this beer brought back the faith. Viva American brewed small beers.
UNCCTF (587) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottled. I loved the finish, and just how light this beer felt going down. Very refreshing, and the aroma made me think of tea, for some reason. I loved it. brownaler (691) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Faint hop aroma mixed with a bit of malt. Flavor is yeasty up front with a complex bitter finish. Sure it’s not a tour-de-force in flavor, but bitter’s aren’t supposed to be. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Im still astonished they removed Tasgall ale for this line of mediocre seasonal beers. If it aint broken why fix it? Clear gold pour thick white head and drippy lace. Grainy/corny aroma which is very unbecoming in my opinion. Thin bodied easy drinker. Sweet malty flavor with a slight twist of hops. Dry finish.