maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours a reddish dark amber with a small white head. Nose is rather hoppy, but light and bitter. Taste is bitter and clean. Very good brew. 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. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Poured into a pint glass out of a growler from Libation Station in Johnson City, TN.
Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a thick off-white head. Really good head retention and lacing.
The aroma is full of pine and earth along with a noticeable roasty character. Also toffee and caramel all working in perfect harmony with the hops. A really nice balance and definitely more British than American.
The taste has more in the way of hops than the aroma with tons of pine along with a little bit of Earthyness and dank. Just a tiny amount of citrus in this one. Nice malt character with caramel and toffee and just a little bit of roast. Very assertive long lasting bitterness along with a full and creamy mouthfeel.
Overall, while this is only 6% it feels like a much bigger beer with the substantial mouthfeel. A great IPA and one of the best beers I have had from Highland.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Dark copper color with nice off-white head that laces the glass. Smell is definitely hop forward, spicy, almost grassy, but very fresh with a noticeable sweet caramel maltiness right underneath and burnt toffee fade. Flavor is similar to the aroma. To my delight the layered maltiness does not overpower the hops at all, but lends the beer an interesting balance. Underrated. mcrowther (50) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
I agree this is underrated Nice red color, really fantastic aroma, balanced hop flavor. A really good sessionable IPA/
zizzybalubba (1868) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2013
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Really nice aroma of pine needles and grapefruit. The flavor is very hop-forward with bitter grapefruit rind, fresh cut grass, and pine. The bitterness is the first impression but it is not overwhelming. A nice surprise. jhliesen (832) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle--cooper color with a medium, white head. Piney hops aroma that sat well on a base of biscuit, almost like roasted hop. Biscuit and caramel flavor up front followed by a good amount of hops. Good lacing throughout with some hop bitterness on the finish. Total wine. An IPA with roast and caramel, my kind of drink. Cybercat (5830) - Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Comes out of the growler - crud, it fizzes like nobody’s business, and when I finally get more beer than foam it’s a lovely clear mahogany with a VERY thick and fluffy wheat head. Dang, you just look at the growler and it starts to fizz over. Strong and hoppy aroma has an apple overtone and notes of hay and citrus plus a hint of - cloves? Hoppy flavor is woody and scarcely bitter, quite fruity with equal parts apple and sour orange, subtly malty with a snip of cloves. Yes, that is cloves. Texture is thin and watery but has good fizz. A devil of a good IPA. wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours clear amber. Nose is candy, pears, cherries, spicy hops, citrus, sweet mango. Medium toasty crackery malt flavors with a touch of burnt caramels and again the sweet fruity hop flavors. Really pretty damn solid. nearbeer (5413) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Pint on tap. Clear deep amber-copper with a lasting half inch of foam. Nose is dark bread, toffee, citrus, and resin. Flavors of earthy tea leaf, dark caramel, resin, light fruit and wood. Light-medium body has medium carbonation and is well balanced.