Highland Black Mountain Bitter | Highland Brewing

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Highland Black Mountain BitterHighland Black Mountain Bitter

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by wagenvolks on 12-18-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of CrellMoset
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, courtesy of and enjoyed w/ dkachur - thanks! Poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly light and pale yellow, transparent bodied beer, full of lively and effervescent carbonation, spritzy, fine, and fast. The one-finger of foamy white head has average stick and retention. The lacing itself is clingy, foamy, a little bubbly, fairly nice.

Aroma: Very light and pale, slightly dry and biscuity, graham cracker-like in places, with a shallow and slightly tart hop presence, reminiscent of lighter citrus and hay.

Taste: A definite toasted malt presence, accompanied by some paler, sweet notes and a leafy, slightly minty hop presence that comes across very well. The balance is pretty good, decent for the style, even if it is a little simplistic.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly light and crisp. The body itself isn't too thin, but the sheer volume of carbonation in this one really cuts through whatever body is there - very light and airy on the tongue, which works well for the style and flavor profile.

Drinkability: Pretty high, I'm gonna have to say. This one may be dangerously sessionable - it's just a straightforward, balanced, relatively simple ale. I could definitely see myself enjoying a few pints of this at some North Carolina bar some spring or summer evening. Give it a go.

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Photo of cdizinno
1.86/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: On-tap at Flying Saucer. Clear yellow/orange.

S: Slight earthy hops and sweet malts, very bland.

T: Even more bland than the smell. No taste that is discernable.

M&D: The beer is very light and watery.

Unfortunately, this is the worst Highland I've had yet.

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Photo of gford217
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of OldStyleCubfan poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is pretty unimpressive with mostly toasted grains and light malts. There is maybe a hint of grassy hops in the nose, but not much.

The taste is slightly better with a much more noticeable grassy hop presence up front with the same light bready malt base as in the aroma. The finish is dry and slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation though it could use a little more body overall.

This is a fairly drinkable pale but really basic overall with minimal hop presence. Not bad but nothing too complex or flavorful.

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Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks!
Clear gold with a whitish, soapy collar and thin skim of fine bubbles. A bit of stickage and decent head retention. Grassy, floral, and light citrus hop aromas with mellow sweet malts. Solid bitterness with a light malt presence, just a bit of toasted grains and honey sweetness. Same hop characters, but with additional spiciness and a bit more citrus in the finish. Light bodied with average carbonation. Fairly crisp. Pretty tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed as an English Bitter

a: a fluffy white head caps the clear golden ale, average retention and light lace

s: bready pale malts support a simple, dried citrus hop nose, aromas of dried grasses

m: lively carbonation around medium in level, light-medium body

t: pale malts are not quite bland but the beer does seem a touch watery as a whole, the malt does however lend a nice grainy flavor upon which the hops are applied, dried lemon peel, bready, clean and crisp

d: sessionable, as it should be

sixer from Whole Foods, Cary, NC

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Photo of farrago
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin, loose head, gets close to one finger and then dissolves swiftly, likewise minimal lacing. Very clear light orange to yellow in color, fully transparent. Big curious whiff of banana upon pouring, knits in over time with the grains, wild rice, rye and straw bundles, not a lot of malty counterpoint, note of dried butter like it was left on the breakfast plate that morning. Light-bodied, as in the nose it is open and easy to assess, but mostly so because of its relative lack of complexity. Everything comes in small portions, be it orange to lemon citrus, soda bread, biscuit, straw or hay, wheat, apricot to peach pit styled fruit, or used tea bags. The carbonation is on the low side, so what's there tends to sag. The banana thing knits into the whole more here. Releases swiftly through the finish, slight bitter astringency left on the tongue. Not deeply flawed at all but lacks the stuffing to hold your interest.

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Photo of skeeordye11
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Transparent golden yellow with a very thin white head that falls quickly back into the liquid

S- Malt predominates. No dectected hop aroma. Good, but nothing special.

T- Very smooth. Malt upfront, with a touch of hops on the exhale. Balanced and very tasty.

M- Thin, but very refreshing.

D- Very good! I could totally drink a sixer of this daily. Recommended to all.

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Photo of atsprings
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Flying Saucer, reviewed from notes. Served a crisp pale orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves slight lacing. The aroma is some slight Earthy hops and sweet malts, not much there. The taste is a decent balance in the initial with slight Earthy hops in the finish. The beer is light crisp and refreshing, but somewhat watery. I must admit, this is the most mediocre beer from Highland I've had yet.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a dimpled seidel (and in utter disregard of whatever the hell style of beer Black Mountain BPA actually is), the brew pours yellow-gold with a milky white cap of foam. The head recedes to a large bubbly collar that deposits flecks and wisps of lacing onto the sides of the mug.

The smell is mild and grainy with a touch of lemony citrus and sweet green grass.

The taste is cereally, mild, and toasty with a splash of lemon and a mild buttery quality that fits into the flavor profile just fine. Mild bitterness introduces a somewhat nutty finish that dries the palate as it lingers upon it.

This particular bottle is light-bodied and significantly undecarbonated, but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised when this beer came served in a pint glass on draft. The bartender was also surprised. We both expected a bitter to be darker. Then I see it classified an APA on here. I am not sure about style, so I will not judge it by style.

Appearance: A light golden body with plenty of carbonation bubbles creating a thin layer of white foam on the top of the glass. There is slight lacing as well.
Aroma: Grainy, lemons, floral, citrus
Taste: Very balanced between a cracker like malt flavor and grassy lemon bitterness in the mineral dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Pretty well carbonated with a light crispness.

Overall an enjoyable beer, but just not what I was expected. I would throw in more crystal malt and less carbonation. Well... after it warmed near the end of the pint, it was nearly perfect in mouthfeel.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of this before I went away as I has not had it before and was eagerly awaiting its arrival. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/15/2009.

Very nice pour here with a clear amber color and a nice bit of white foam up on the top of the glass. Lots of carbonation coming up and off of it and nice slow and gradual settling of the layer of foam. Smooth and mellow flavor here as I take a nice crisp and clean sip of this one. Really very well done here as I move through the profile. Clean and crisp hop profile with a nice and mellow tea like flavor mid palate. Picking up some of this on the smell as well. Light grain and tea like smells and a really nice and mellow light citrus touch. Smooth delivery and a clean finish left this one on the tongue just long enough to make you come back for another touch. Really nicely sessionable I was able to pull through really nicely on this and was looking for another right away.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for throwing a bottle of this organic brew my way. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a clear bright yellow color with barely a quarter inch of foam. Smells of grassy grains with citrus undertones. Tastes of bready grain, and ever so lightly toasted malt. Crisp with a medium body.A nice drinking beer you don't have to think too hard about, just enjoy it.

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Photo of mntlover
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color touches of haze not much at all but not clear. White head head by small sparse bubbles rising, not much of a head its small so is the amount of lace its small also.

Aroma is classic english grassy small amounts of lemon noted on bready malt background. Aroma is good suites the style, smells nice crisp and you know its going to be refreshing easy drinking brew.

Taste before we start not sure why this is under APA for style might be why the marks are not great, the bottle clearly states its an English bitter and it is quit decent one on par with other British ones i have had. Taste is like the smell light crisp bready malts with good grass notes and touches of lemon that leave a decent lingering bitterness. Nothing over the top here this is a good easy drinking session brew, hell its even organic if that appeals to you.

Mouthfeel light side nice crisp clean smooth easy drinking brew, carbonation is good enough for some pep no extra.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable bitter smooth easy drinking, don't see me buying more now but come June and its hot and humid out this one sure would hit the spot.

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Photo of Strix
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wouldn't call this an APA, label calls it an English Bitter.

Pours medium-dark yellow with a fluffy head.

Smell weak, lemon and English hops.

Taste muted, but pleasant. Grains, lemon, yeast, and bread present. English hops in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel about average.

A good candidate for a session beer, but on the simple side; This could use a little more flavor.

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Photo of craytonic
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful bubbles during the pour; fun watching them twist and swirl. The small head disappears very quickly, no lacing. Brilliant and sharp clarity.

Smell: Toasted biscuit, malt, citrus, light caramel, hops

Taste: Similar to the smell, with a lingering hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, a little too much carbonation.

Drinkability: One-off, plain vanilla and wouldn't try again. Too simple. Organic natty light.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a brilliant clear gold with a couple fingers of foamy brite-white head. A thin fizzy layer of retention actually sticks around for a while, leaving some moderate sized swathes of lacing that stick to the sides. The aroma is extremely floral and citric smelling with some light toasted malts behind it. Pleasant enough but there isn't a real lot in there.

The taste is similar, with grassy hops and lightly tart lemon citrus controlling the majority of the profile but I'm picking up that same toasted malt character as well, and this time it's got a bit of butter on it as well. The finish is a bit sweet with a touch of lingering bitterness but it unfortunately peters out way to soon. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a moderately smooth carbonation but this is just coming off as a bit too thin and watery at times.

Refreshing and easy drinking, I just wish that there was a bit more to this (especially in the body). Decent for the style I suppose but I expected a little more from this Highland beer.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a bright gold hue; a small white head of rocky bubbles makes an appearance and fades quickly into a broken foamy cap that sticks around and leaves some speckling on the glass.

An extremely mild aroma of grassy hops is all that forwardly shows itself in the nose.

Palate is equally mild, with some thick bready malt flavor that morphs into a lightly bitter, grass-like hoppiness, falling into a somewhat watery fade that leaves behind a solidly dry and bitter finish on the back of the tongue. Body is light-to-medium, leaning more toward the light side, with a carbonated character that is similar to everything else in this brew: mild.

Easily drinkable and sessionable, but compared to Highland's other offerings, this is a bit of a let-down, especially for a seasonal release. The first USDA Certified Organic release from this brewery will certainly catch the eyes, but it won't hold on to the taste buds.

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Photo of glid02
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a clear straw/gold color with a thin white head. The head recedes quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top that leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and butter with hints of hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The buttery flavor is more predominant in the taste department, but the roasted malts are still there. The only real hop presence is in the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but it still manages to go down without much problem.

Drinkability is alright. I know this is supposed to be a simple beer, but it's too simple.

Overall this isn't a horrible beer, but there are plenty other Highland offerings out there that are better than this, the Black Mountain Bitter is only worth a shot for curiousity's sake.

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Photo of witster18
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Organic Bitter or 'Pale Ale'...
either way it's not the most flavorful offering in the world.
Of course, I get that with many 'organic' brews...
This is like Mothership wit without the haze and with a bitter finish.
pours straw with a slighty copperish hint and a little foamy head. smells of nothing. taste is lemongrass and hint of cloying malt.
nice oily mouthfeel from a nice grain but nothing stands out to me on this one.
Probobly wanes a bit due to the fact I just had two Dortmunders golds... which make this taste like water. Clean and decent quality with nice oily characteristics but just not enough flavor.
A little hops about 3/4 of the way through helps and I guess that's where they're getting the Pale Ale idea but to me this is a cross between a really light wheat and a really light English Bitter.
It's alright and would be a good late spring drinker but this is nothing more than a carefully crafted, organic 'High Life'. Ouch but true.

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Photo of possumfollower2
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thoughts on the beer was it was a medium bodied ale. Very light head. Definitely pursued in the English ale tradition. Light coppery complexion. Light fruity tones, like berries---seems Oscar and his crew go in this direction, remember Cold Mtn? Slug this guy down and look out 420, you've got another contender.
This is a pleasant beer. Not overly impressive but a solid, very solid pale ale. It's extremely quafable. Session beer says it all! I'd rather have this on tap while watching a match or a hockey game. It's a great quencher. Also, Oscar if you're reading this: I love the topographical map effect on the packaging. Thanks.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off this is no APA this is an English style bitter,the label is confusing though calling it a pale ale,and then in the fine print description calling it an "English style bitter".Poured into a nonic a dull light to medium golden with a thin wispy head that was gone in a flash.Aromas are toasted with light caramel sweetness and biscuit malt,lighter mouthfeel makes it easy going down.Obviously malt tilted with firm toastiness up front with lighter caramel/biscuit sweetness with a gentle herbal hop smack in the finish.A beer intended to be quaffable but with flavor,it succeeded but it wont blow ya away.

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Photo of parkerss
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Highland Brewery.

A-Pours a clear copper with almost no head
and minimal lacing.

S-Faint hop aroma, citrus notes.

T-Crisp and clean and mildly bitter. Nice
balance of hops and malt.

M-Smooth, light mouthfeel. Dry finish.

D-Very nice session beer, I wish I had more

I want to thank Paul at Highland for serving me up this first organic offering from their brewery.

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Highland Black Mountain Bitter from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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