JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2007
22oz from Sam’s, Durham. Digging this more than many folks are, and I find it a lively, pleasant, if not overly complex DIPA. Orange to copper body with an admirable frothy head, there’s a noticeable aroma of big floral hops. Continues in the flavor, which isn’t so citrusy to my taste but is quite fruity (almost mango? weird) and enjoyable. I get what people are saying with the barleywine comments, and there is a substantial malt backing, but the piquant flavors seem to keep it on style. Nice effort from Highland (hey guys, how about an imperial mocha stout?). Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bomber from ucusty. Murky amber with a dense off white head. Sweet malt and orange nose, some earthy notes, a bit of pine, rather fruity. Very earthy flavor, a bit of pine in the back, caramel. Nose is far more interesting than the flavor, but still a nice beer. Borders in a barleywine. Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Courtesy of mgumby10. It pours a hazy copper with gold edges and thin off white head. The aroma has an initial hit of sweet grapefruit hard candy (if there is such a thing), some pine hops mixed with malty sweetness. The combination creates a fruity – pale – almost hay like aroma. The thick mouth feel ushers in malt sweetness and grapefruit hop bitterness that seems to give way to a citrus hard candy flavor. A malty backbone shows up midway with lightly roasted malts and malt sweetness to interrupt the hop momentarily. The grapefruit hop bitterness grows into the finish and after taste. It doesn’t come together all that well for me. The flavors seem disjointed somewhat. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
murky bronze in color with a creamy whit head that laves no traces on the glass as it settles.aroma is of cotton candy,oranges,caramel malts,and juicy fruit gum.the flavor boasts much of the same.this really tastes more like a barley wine to me.i wonder how old this bottle is? DrBayern (1140) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
22 oz. bottle pours a hazy amber, medium off white head, fair lace. Fresh hoppy aroma of citrus, with some pine and spice, background of toffee and light fruitiness. Medium/full body, medium carbonation, resinous, slightly sticky, but drying out well. Quite malty with lots of sweetness up front, peppery bitterness comes on at the end. All in all, not bad, but really heavy in the malt department.
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2007
orange/amber witha nice frothy head. big hops and sweet malts. a bit sweet upfront but hops give it a nice bitterness and bite. citrus hop flavors mixed with carmel. nice sharpness in the piney bitter finish. yum. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottle from Ross, the monroe transfer authority. Thanks to Navin for the free shipping. Pours hazy orange amber with an off white head. Aroma of rich toffee malts and citrus hops. Medium to full bodied with a slight syrupy texture. Initial flavor of toffee and apricot that transitions to a sharp hoppy middle. Finish is dry with a bold grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers, with a very small amount of alcohol detected. Definitely one for the hopheads, and not bad at all. Beer is a little better than than the score indicates. However, this is second string to beers like Hercules, Dreadnaught, Pliny, Hopslam, etc. Good to see some East Coasters taking a stab at IIPAs. aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2007
The color was a medium brown/orange. The head was creamy, foamy, and off-white. THe aroma was very hoppy, some spice, citris, and pine. The flavor was strong hops, alcohol, pine, a slight bitterness, and citrisy apricot. The palate was lively. The finish was warm and citrisy. emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Pours a burnished amber with a medium creamy light tan head. The aroma is sharp hops, pine, citrus, resiny, some alcohol . The flavor is strong hops, alcohol, resiny, citrus, good malt backbone. Dry warm palate and waxy mouthfeel. bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Very lucky to have a friend snag several extremely limited edition releases of this year’s batch. The inconsistency of hops available and grown by the Highland Brewing Company is likely for the variety of rating scores... it varies from year to year, and a different "version" emits every year. Fortunately, this year, the batch was quite good. The pour is a deep orange-nut, with a very nice eggshell froth that diminishes to a soapy cap. Pineapple and pine are predominate in the nose. Tropical citrus and caramel/toffee are quite smooth, backed with a spiced hop... just a touch of alcohol peppers lightly on the end of the pull. This is extremely well-integrated, but my only concern is that the body is a little lighter than the traditional Impy IPA. Very, very smooth, however, with medium carbonation levels. My impression is that the beginning and ending of the pull are done nicely, just sagging slightly in the middle.