Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing
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Reviews by drmystery:
3/5 rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
im starting to think highland brewing cant get their shi-stuff together.
their year round beers are, to be frank, underwhelming. especially this beer. to me it tastes like burnt hops...i do like the roasty characteristics of stouts and porters but in an ale im expecting it to taste, well, ale-y; i like those citrusy and hoppy smells and flavors from a good ale.
this beer looks good-it has a nice reddish/copperish/brown apperance. it smells good-nice hops and malts and all that.
but as soon as i taste it, it just tastes like burnt hops. that burnt taste is either from the amount of malts they use-this beer has 5 different types of grain and 3 types of hops., or from not enough hops. i am no "hophead" by any means, i just think this beer is too malty and not hoppy enough for what it is.
overall, i think this beer-and just about every other highland beer is underwhelming for the style it is. i think people tend to overhype this beer when its just an average beer. its not nasty, but its not great. i think this beer is like the guinness of asheville/nc because people come up to asheville and drink it because its one of the more popular beers here, just like how people go to ireland and drink guinness even though its an average beer. im not saying highland brewing are gimmicky, im just saying their beers are overhyped and just average.
Serving type: on-tap
04-11-2013 18:05:05 | More by drmystery
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4.16/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
A - deep amber 1 finger head. Clear. Looks great
S- didn't send much time here but it's a great balance of malty and hop aromatics
T - big maltyness with mild caramel and smooth sweetness. Hops provide perfect balance, but more than just bittering balance. Williamette and cascade go great together. Flowers, spice, mild citrus. "Rounded"
M - it's a little watery, slick. Could be better, but makes it a nice session beer.
Session beer you say?? Yes! This is MY new favorite session beer. Grab me a six pack on the way to the party please!
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2014 00:19:29 | More by TastyAdventure
3.46/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Appears a clear dark amber color, with a light off-white, nearly tan, head. The head disappears fairly quickly, but leaves great lacing.
The nose is pretty laid back, with a bit of toasted malt, caramel and a little citrus sneaking through. The taste is very similar, heavy with caramel and toastiness, a little nuttiness coming through as well. Malt forward, as expected, but nicely complex and pleasant.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, barely sticky on the back end, and has good carbonation levels. Overall, this is a good amber ale, with nice complexities and good flavor. Nothing blows me away here, however, and was hoping for a bit more.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 20:39:48 | More by zimm421
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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