RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A deep amber colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness.

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bikerunbeerman (8) - Grinch Mountain, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2005 does not count
On tap in Asheville, NC. Nice deep red/amber color. Very nice mix of malt and hops. Subtle hint of fruit, not too sweet and the finish is smooth and very refreshing. This is a very nice brew. Keep up the great work Highlands!

dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Aroma of plum, fig, slight grapefruit. Appears a hazy reddish-orange with no noticeble effervescence and with no head. Flavor is bitter hoppy and resinous with an underlying biscuity malt base. Palate is appropriately light and refreshing, with low carbonation. Overall, this beer is just slightly less than the sum of its parts, perhaps partly because aroma scored relatively high.

shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2005
A pleasant blend of malt and hops, though it seems that the balance is not quite there. At first sip I tasted the hops a bit too much, but thereafter the malt sweetness seemed to be overwhelming the bitters. All in all, a pleasant brew when served nice and cold.

Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of BlueDevil0206 via trade. Aroma is a combination of apricot and raisins with a light hint of grapefruit. Pours a hazy amber with slight amount of sediment. Small off-white head quickly fades to a razor thin sheet. Dominant flavor is definitely raisin. Hints of apricot in the background struggle to get thru. Finish is lightly bitter. Nice somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Did not expect raisin flavors at all, at it’s a little too much for me.

NachlamSie (3568) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 bottle. Pours a very rich, deep red with a fast fading off-white head. The nose is predominantly malty and has hints of caramel, earth, peat, and dried apricot. The flavor has the slightest suggestion of earthy coffee. Fairly juicy sweetness is present with a berry-like finish and hints of tobacco. Not much in the way of hops. Not quite the typical amber ale, it’s almost a hybrid with a scottish ale, just lighter on the palate. Nothing special, but I could drink one of these any time.

hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Bottle... Dark, clear, amber ale. Tiny, off-white head. The nose is sort of non-descript, but it’s up against cigar smoke and something with a lot of vinegar just down the bar. Well-balanced flavor. Medium bitter and lightly tangy. Light-bodied and watery with medium carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter and dry.

Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Poured dark amber with a fizzy huge tan head that settled down nicely with good lacing. I got fruit in the nose, maybe raisins and some pine-hops, sweet malty backbone. There was a bitter dry hopiness, and some other flavors. Mouth feel was light, but this was different and very nice. Thanks to suttree.

Tarheel (2) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2005 does not count
12 oz Bottle: Dark copper color and slightly hazy. Slight sweet malt aroma noticed with a thin white head when poured. At first taste it was suprisingly bitter wih an almost nutty/fruity hops taste then leaning more toward a spicy malt flavor. It finishes very well with a above medium amount of carbonation makes it slightly crisp. The further into the glass I get the better it is. Overall I found it to be a good beer and very refreshing. Glad that I can purchase this at the store locally!

gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2005
I enjoyed this beer greatly. Again anything from this brewing company is heavy and flavorful. A truly good beer.

arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2005
12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip. Obtained in the 2004 Secret Santa from Suttree. Imagine the smell of an afternoon walk on the western Irish countrysides, as the farmers cut the peat and the sod and freshly baked bread wafts from the window of your dirt-walled hutment. Now imagine that scaled back about 80% and emanating from a beer glass. In otherwords, the aroma of this beer is like the pale shade of some earthy dopeness that died long ago. Amber orange and mostly clear in the glass with not much beige head. Hops and malt are well-balanced in the flavor, as advertised, but the hop character is weird. Oxidized? Some mutant variety? Who can say? It’s biting morphing into tangy, but in a way I’ve never experienced. Medium to full body. Gets metallic in the finish. Blah.

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