BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Golden copper pour with white head that lingers as thick white ring leaving some lacing. Very nice looking IPA. Tropical and citrus fruits mix with bready malt, floral/piney hops and lemongrass in the nose. Body is surprisingly light /med for such a big brew. Crisp carb and med dry finish. Well balanced with caramel sweetness, nice hop bite and some spice in the finish. Overall a very good DIPA. Alcohol is well hidden and it’s very drinkable. DialSquare (5029) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Bomber from Proof bottle shop. Orange pour with a medium frothy off-white and good retention. Visible carbonation. Aroma is soft caramel, tropical fruit juice, bread and pine. Tastes lean a little to the malty side with caramel sugars and then some of the bitter herbal, floral, pine. Background citrus. Buttery medium texture. Can feel the warmth, but not evident in the taste. I tend to like the more bitter DIPAs, but this was quite good. Well played. Chudwick (3207) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bomber - pours deep gold with white head. Nose is floral caramel. Flavor adds resin. Wow, surprised with this. Malty and balanced taste wise. Torpedo on steroids. EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Asa’s Pre-Flight Tasting Beer #8. This is by far the best thing I have had from Highland Brewing Company. Pours golden with a white head. The front end hop bite is solid, but is a little less than I might like on a IIPA. Very smooth and sweet finish. Would like to try again. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 22 oz bottle, 2 days after its release. Pours a brilliant dark copper-amber with off-white head. The aroma is fruity as all get out; it’s really heavy on candied pineapple and apricot, with some pine and toast mixed in there, too. The flavor isn’t as citrusy as the nose, but is intensely piney. As it approaches room temperature it also takes on a very herbal hoppiness. There is a bit of earthiness in the middle, and another burst of pine toward the finish, where most of the bitterness waits. As it subsides, it leaves a very pleasant toasty aftertaste. Not exactly what I was expecting, but I’m definitely pleased. It was worth crossing the mountains for.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 pours a hazy copper color with giant beige head. lots of lacing. Nice citrus aroma. sweet mouthfeel piney hop finish. excellent beer worth driving from the triangle for. 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. 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. 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?). jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Wasn’t expecting much from this beer, but it actually suprised me. Not a huge hop nose, but a very nice hop flavor profile. Very easy to drink. Best Highland brew to date.