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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"Lordy, that’s as red as the devil’s britches," exclaimed a local rancher, awed by the vibrant canopy ablaze on what is known today as Devil’s Britches trail. Highland Brewing Company commemorates the history of the Great Smoky Mountains and Devil’s Britches trail with a rich, red IPA. Ashburne Mild malt produces a toasted and biscuity flavor, and Extra Special malt renders an alluring red hue. Apollo hops provide aggressive bitterness(70 IBU), while dry-hopping with Calypso hops yields complex fruity and floral aromas with hints of pear and apple. This devilishly delicious ale is Highland’s twist on the great American IPA.

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3.3
fonefan (49997) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2014

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ cgarvieuk [ Lets do a chrisO Tasting ], Edinburgh, Scotland.

[ As Highland Devils Britches IPA ].
Clear medium to light amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light nutty, light to moderate hoppy, orange - citrus. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate to light heavy bitter with a long duration, hop bitter, caramel, malty, licorice hop notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140315]

3.8
woodychevy (874) - - MAY 11, 2014
Half pour at the source after a decent hike- the way to drink beer, really. Great color- vibrant, rich red with a decent head. Nicely balanced between sweet and hops (avoids pitfall of the Extra Special Malted beers seem that usually err on side of sickly sweet) with interesting finish. Description calls it pear and apple in the finish- not sure I get that, but definitely not your usual hops. Interesting, good. Guess it’s the last of the batch until 2015.

3.2
Foxbush (2071) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2014
12 oz bottle from Kroger The IPA poured a translucent reddish amber with off white head and much lacing. The floral aromas of the Calypso hops greet you with citrus. The ale for high IBU (70) could be better balanced. The light body ale had moderate carbonation. The IPA falls short of its potential. The finish was dry with warming bitterness on the tongue.

3.7
Shag (3027) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2014
A dark orange appearance with a white head. The aroma contains some citrus, caramel, and cider-ish things. The flavor is somewhat bitter but also malty with a dry finish. I taste some caramel, grapefruit, and lemons. The hop character outweighs the malt in this one. Some herbal notes can be found. Overall this a nice one.

3.6
AWISLguy (3224) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bomber from Total Wine in Jensen Beach/Stuart. Bottle date of 1/22/14. Pours a clear brownish orange with a rocky white head leaving great streaks and streams of lace. Aroma has lemony citrus, light pine, some sour stone fruits and a solid malty presence. Taste is of grapefruit, lemon zest, biscuity malts, some sweet fruits and tangy pine. Somewhat more "English pale"y than west coast IPA, but then with mad dry hopping to try to bridge the gap?? Or a little old?? Medium to full bodied and syrupy. Finishes nicely bittersweet, with components of both bitterness and sweetness, and with some length. Seems to have better pieces than the overall picture turned out to be. If there was a 13.5, this would get it. Solid, but something just not put together correctly with it.

3.2
Patrickctenchi (6660) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2014
Draft: Pours hazy amber with a small white head. Scent is peppery orange. Taste is barley malt, orange-peel bitter. A little spice. Not bad.

3.4
Lonick (2509) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle @ The Lets do a Chris O tasting. Pours copper and clear with a big fluffy white head. Quite hoppy and citrus at the start then it turns malty and sweet on the finish, odd, not bad.

4.4
klk343 (162) - - MAR 28, 2014
A clear amber color. Off white head. Very smooth. Easy to drink. Some coffee and toffee flavors. Malt aroma. Balanced with hops. Might be rating the wrong beer.

2.7
jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle from BillyChaos. Pours muddy orange with tall white head. Aroma is citrus, apple. The biscuit flavor mentioned in the description does come through. Some decent malt flavoring but no real hop presence to balance. Ends up being a bit sweet and "one note".

3.1
allmyvinyl (10823) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours clear copper, thick white head. Light citrus aromas, mostly toffee though. Some bitterness on the taste, sweet finish. Odd one.


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