RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
We are proud to present homebrewer Aaron Schenk’s Cream Ale as Best of Show in the first annual Highland Cup held earlier this year. Highland will enter this beer in the 2008 Great American Beer Festival’s Pro Am competition held in Octover. This limited edition beer will only be sold in the local Western North Carolina area. This cream ale strikes a perfect balance between the clean profile of American Two Row Barley Malt, the grainy maltiness of German Pilsner Malt, and the crisp bitterness of Mt. Hood hops. A perfect summer beer!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2008
12oz bottle thanks to Book m Dano. Lightly hazy onion skin colored pour with a light head. Musty aroma that is kind of like fresh top soil. The flavor is grain. Just smooth grain like flavors with a touch of earth. Drinkable for sure, just not particularly interesting. Fairly smooth medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2008
decaturstevo’s 2008 Zapit Tasing Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Butters. Clear yellow body with a thin white head. Light body, aroma is adjunct, corn, pils malt. Dry pils malt taste, corn then a light hoppiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Bottle courtesy of durhambeer. Pours copper with a white head. Smells of some sweet malt, light citrus, toasted malt. Tastes sweet with a citrussy hint and a touch of bitterness on the finish. I can see why this won best in show. Excellent!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4672) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Pours a pale greenish yellow with a 1-2 finger sticky frothy white head. The nose is cornish, lager yeast definitely comes though, a tad sweet, some hay and grassy hops, bready. The flavor is sweet, bready, some grassy hops, cornish. Easy to drink and sessionable but not something we need another one of on the market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3648) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Not a very common style for me but I found this one refreshing and tasty. May not be all that complex but well balanced and drinkable. On tap at barleys in Asheville. Poured a slightly clear yellow color with a white head. Flavor was light bread and wheat. The German pilsner malt was pretty apparent but well done.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2008
This was disgusting. Hard to believe this won best of show. Pours out a golden yellow color with a white head. flavor had some grain and corn to it. Aroma was not really present. I didnt really care of this beer at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Damn if I really know much about this style, but this was pretty good. Certainly very light and not amazingly flavorful, but this seems meant to be an easy-drinking summer beer, and I could see myself drinking many of these. My pour was draft at Brewgrass. Clear gold with white head. Very mild. Some corn/grain. Minor hop presence. Not an overly crisp finish, but pleasant. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (6325) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Sampled at Brewgrass 2008, Dark yellow, smallish white head. Corny, citrusy aroma. Flavor is similiar, with a borny flavor up front and a mellow, tasty hop finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OldGrowth (3461) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
pint @ Barley’s Tap. Ok aroma, sweet. Little corn, little white sugar, sour grassy notes. Clean orangy gold color, good head that faded quickly, ok lace. Sweet bitter flavors, like aroma. Malt has that malt ball kind of taste. Lite body, thin creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Hits the mark for a cream ale. Didn’t make me want another. Flavor would be my favorite part as I got a little more out of it than aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
pours a clear gold with fluffy white head. light crisp sweet aroma, smooth palate with dry finish, refreshing qualities of the cream ale, sweet millde and creamy background. light and sessionable, but a good quality palate, It is a ceam ale so complexity is light, but a good cream ale it is. the beer is good for its style.

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