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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,074 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-11-2002)
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DuffDaddy

Florida

5/5  rDev +31.2%

10-16-2013 17:18:02 | More by DuffDaddy
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chicagogirlie

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-04-2011 03:49:23 | More by chicagogirlie
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lewwjr

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my perspective, this is a nice combination of malt sweetness and hop balance that makes for a very refreshing brew. It pours a nice amber color with malt and hop overtones dominating the nose. My first thought was Pale Ale but after further review, it was definately an amber ale at heart. I like it. The nice smooth hop finish and sweet malts give you something to come back to.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 15:20:34 | More by lewwjr
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ShawnB

District of Columbia

4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. The perfect balance of easy-drinking and complexity.

Appearance: A beautiful red. One of the reddest beers I've ever seen. Pretty much transparent. The head isn't particular thick, but it lasts.

Smell: Mild, slightly boozy. Can detect the slight hoppiness present in the beer, as well as a strong malty scent.

Taste: My favorite tasting beer. Hoppy, but not overly so. A strong caramel, malty backbone that counteracts the moderate hops well. Has some of the strong flavors of a porter or a stout, but with the obvious taste and mouthfeel of a thinner ale.

Mouthfeel: If I have one complaint about this brew, I'd say it might be carbonated a little heavily. It is rather thin, but I prefer a thinner mouthfeel so that's fine with me.

Overall: I love this beer. Such a complex flavor profile, but nothing is overpowering. Really a must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 02:03:18 | More by ShawnB
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Bk6299


4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

06-29-2014 22:27:15 | More by Bk6299
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BigAlofOrion

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

04-05-2012 19:14:42 | More by BigAlofOrion
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ACinSC

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

05-25-2013 06:56:52 | More by ACinSC
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bendukes86

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

01-13-2013 17:25:47 | More by bendukes86
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JaredMarvel

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

07-05-2014 01:03:49 | More by JaredMarvel
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walkinginplace

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

12-13-2013 17:24:54 | More by walkinginplace
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ssk


4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

04-30-2012 17:44:17 | More by ssk
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strata39

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Highland Gaelic is my favorite beer, but I still want to review it. Absolutely the best beer I've ever had with food. Seeing a pint glass of Gaelic always makes me happy.

Nice creamy head in my 2009 Masters tumbler fades to a little outside line of bubbles. Looks like dark iced tea. Roasted malts dissolve to West Coast hops. Go ahead, have 2 or 3 of 'em.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 16:16:23 | More by strata39
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FungusBrewer

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crisp and cool with a hop bite under the kilt. I'd sell my soul to the Blarney Stone to drink this brew above the fog--Spitting on Long-shanks while picking breakfast Haggis out of my dentures.

Smell: Sweet malt, nutty, clean.

Taste: Incredibly drinkable and well balanced. Light malt sweetness up front followed by an extremely pleasant hop aftertaste. Bright and clean flavors unadulterated by any heavy bread like notes, or unpleasant astringency. Stable from start to finish.

Appearance: Reddish-copper almost carnelian in color; clear with no haze. Medium head, medium carbonation.

It only took one Gaelic Ale before organizing a small militia amongst my neighbors to fight against big beer and praise craft brew FFRRREEEDDDOOOMMM!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 05:06:52 | More by FungusBrewer
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introvertedone

Tennessee

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Gaelic Ale was presented to me at the Grey Eagle when it was in Black Mountain, NC in '95 or so. Since then it's been a long time love affair.

I've had this fine ale both from the tap and from the bottle. While I love them both I prefer the tap. It's a beautiful beer in appearance, aroma and taste. This would definitely be my everyday beer if I didn't enjoy trying out fine new brews.

The fine folks at Highland Brewing Company have a fine line of brews with this one being my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2008 21:24:03 | More by introvertedone
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-07-2012 20:29:48 | More by Zakk
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markallmon

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-16-2013 21:12:34 | More by markallmon
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-21-2012 00:07:43 | More by twowheelssoar
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burnzgtm

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-11-2014 18:20:59 | More by burnzgtm
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AndyTaylor

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-13-2012 22:36:32 | More by AndyTaylor
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JakHammer

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-12-2013 21:51:09 | More by JakHammer
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grassybranch

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-28-2013 18:26:15 | More by grassybranch
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange, almost brown color. Very little in the way of foam, but leaves a thin collar around the edges most of the way through.

Smells fresh and delicious. Nose is a bit on the light side as I get some cereal grain sweetness and a touch of grassy hops.

Wow, this is an extremely tasty brew. Very smooth and creamy. Citrusy hop flavor is much more pronounced in the flavor. Has a nice corn flake touch to it that adds a bit of toasty complexity. A very nice beer that I would love to have access to on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 18:54:30 | More by twiggamortis420
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Merticois

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-13-2014 19:06:22 | More by Merticois
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DrMindbender

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-17-2014 02:26:11 | More by DrMindbender
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Braddeforest

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-23-2014 21:32:12 | More by Braddeforest
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.