OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2009
I donít 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. Iíve 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 Iíve 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 Ďtea likeí beer or watery C-hopped thing. This is a very well brewed bitter. I would love to see more season bitters and milds. I donít know the ABV but I would guess its close to 4% and itís the perfect beer for what it is, a fresh English style session beer. Iíve been very down on Highland and this beer brought back the faith. Viva American brewed small beers.
brownaler (646) - 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 itís not a tour-de-force in flavor, but bitterís arenít supposed to be. UNCCTF (578) - 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. zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - FEB 12, 2009
Taste 2/9 Bottle. Looks: Clear golden body with a thin top. Aroma: Mild yeast must and a mild sweetness from the malt. Taste: Nice pepper spice and must. A little hint of lemon. A nice mild/english ale. Session worthy. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2009
On tap Brick Store Pub. Pours deep gold - almost orange - with white head that laces the glass. The aroma is grassy hoppy with a light malt sweetness. The aroma is slightly earthy, but the hops smell more like European hops (German or Czech) than like British hops as description suggests. Flavor is pleasant and hoppy and a little bit (unexpectedly) delicate - like a hoppy American wheat, but without the wheat. There is a light malt sweetness with a touch of fresh, yeasty bread. The finish is spicy dry and pleasantly bready. The mouthfeel is crisp and spritzy with a medium body. Overall, a decent session beer better suited for warmer months.
ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2010
I found this beer to be surprisingly refreshing after tasting it immediately after the pour. A reasonable head,bread, cereal, floral on the nose. a hazy golden ale.Iím a big fan of ESBs and Iíd characterize this as a medium bitterness, bitter. enjoyable durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Bottle from Sams. Bright clear golden pour with slight fizzy white head. Sweet grainy malt nose with some floral hop presence similar to a pilsner. Similar on the tongue, but surprisingly dry and as promised a nice bitter finish. Not exactly a winter beer, so Iím a bit baffled at the seasonal release date. Hand this to me on a warm summer day, though, and Iíd be quite happy. emacgee (4674) - 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. Suttree (6361) - 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. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle from ROBORB. Thanks man! Pours golden with a medium lived whitish head. Smell is fresh with earthy, grassy hops. Taste is very smooth, clean and simple, but with no off flavors. Earthy, moderately hoppy, and just enough body to keep it satisfying. Some fruitiness and very light yeast to it too. Normal carbonation and nicely dry overall. Very sessionable and its about time I found something today I actually want to finish.