bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Pours a straw-brown into the glass, with an initially wispy head that reduces to nothing. The nose is of grassy hops. The flavors follow in tow, with a subtle dry malt that follows through a dry lemongrass bitter finish. The body is light with subtle carbonation, providing a nice lingering, yet unilateral hop at the back-palate. Decent, but marketed as a winter seasonal is probably placing the brew in the wrong season. This feels much more like a summer refresher than a heartier, cold weather offering. It’s not extremely complex, yet has enough lingering bitters to lather the tongue decently. Decent brew here. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Dry grainy aroma reminds me of pale lager. Bright gold and a small white head reminds me of a pale lager. Light in body, light in roast, ample honeyed sweetness, little earthy hops. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours out an orange color without much of a head on it. Smell is somewhat hoppy, some sweetness, a little bit of malts. Eh.... Taste is light, watered down tasting, kind of sweet, no hops, and a dry finish. There really isnt much to say about this one. These guys have the potential to brew very good beer, but this one is just not doing it for me. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Trade extra via emacgee. Light amber in color with a small lasting white head. Aroma of floral/slightly vegetal hops with some mild pale and caramel malt sweetness. Taste has some earthy, slightly metallic hops, and some light pale malt sweetness- get some light fruit and biscuity malt suggestions. Light bodied, finishes with a light slightly metallic hop bitterness. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of OldStyleCubfan poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing.
The aroma is pretty unimpressive with mostly toasted grains and light malts. There is maybe a hint of grassy hops in the nose, but not much.
The taste is slightly better with a much more noticeable grassy hop presence up front with the same light bready malt base as in the aroma. The finish is dry and slightly bitter.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation though it could use a little more body overall.
This is a fairly drinkable pale but really basic overall with minimal hop presence. Not bad but nothing too complex or flavorful.
zizzybalubba (1882) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2010
On tap at Coasters (listed on the taphandle as Highland Black Mountain Bitter Organic Pale Ale). Pours light yellowish orange with very little head. The aroma is almost non-existent although it most closely resembles a light lager. The same could be said of the taste; very lager-like in quality with some bitterness and very light floral hops. A bit of spiciness on the finish as well. This does not represent a bitter or pale ale very well in my opinion. I would not choose to drink this again. BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle etched 02/03/09 below the label. Poured a clear orange with a fizzy white head that settled quickly. Earthy, grassy aroma with a malt background. The flavor found hops and grain followed by a nice earthiness as it warmed some. Medium body, dry, grain aftertaste. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle. Nose is old hops and bitter skunk. Mild hop flavor and tart (?). Very light body and very carbonated. Not memorable. nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2009
12 oz bottle purchased at Stone’s River Total Bev in Murfreesboro. Poured a clear golden copper color with a two finger, bubbly, white head. The aroma was grass and bread. The flavor was very British, with a good malt base, but not very much of a hop presence in the finish. More of an earthy finish. I thought this was good. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2009
They call it a bitter. They call it a pale ale. I call it dull but drinkable. A fairly dry but tasteless beer with a bitter finish. I don’t see the point in making stuff like this.