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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,166 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 29
Gots: 108 | 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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Ratings: 1,166 | Reviews: 501 | Display Reviews Only:
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

Kiknwitcooper, Jan 15, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

claspada, Jul 03, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

allbrigs, Mar 12, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

pauldave1976, Apr 09, 2013
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

BGsWo22, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of nrbw23
2.05/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A- I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or what but this one poured a hazy golden orange color. Also had quite a bit of floaters and a large amount of sediment at the bottom of my glass.

S- First thing I noticed was citrus hops and that was about it.

T- Citrus hops and a sour metal taste is about all that I'm picking up.

M- Medium in body and pretty much no carbonation.

D- Wow, couldn't finish this one at all. I hope I just got a bad bottle.

nrbw23, Jan 12, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

served in a 22oz brown bottle with a crimped cap into a tulip glass.

Deep rich amber color,hazy, with a 2" frothy white head with good retention and lots of tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass.

The aromas were on the faint side,mostly fruity tropical fruits,light toasty malts with some nutty carmell.

Fruity tastes that are sour/tarty,faint malt tastes of carmell/toffee with a bit of nuttiness. Finished with a dry tart finish.

Light to medium body,grainy,on the rough side. Had a hard time finishing the bottle. Liked the two other beers i tried from this brewery this one was nothing like the two others i had tried.

jcdiflorio, Aug 22, 2007
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Lob, Apr 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

KevMo84, May 31, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Jerid, Sep 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Hanselpb, Nov 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Naamandroid, Jan 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

jbierling, Aug 22, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Jeffreywhite22, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep orangish-red with a very small head and minimal lacing. I'm actually wondering if the bottle was somehow damaged, the carbonation was so low. Aroma of roasted malt and light caramel. Palate is dominated by malt, with a flourish of light sweetness before a sharp bitterness on the finish. Overall I'm not a huge fan, but I'll have to try this one again. The bottle must have been old or damaged or both.

ElGordo, Jan 23, 2004
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2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was the first beer I tried from my Highlan sampler. I thought that I had made a mistake and would be stuck drinking twelve beers like this that I did not like.

I won't be kinds here since I ended up liking everything else in the sampler much more than this. It's boring and borderlinee funky. It's semi-creamy. Creamy isn't usually a good sign for an ale like this.

I ended up drinking all of these from the sampler, and although Highland did redeem itself somewhat, this one did not work for me. No recommended.

schoolboy, Jul 04, 2010
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2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean cooper/amber beer. Has a small creamy off white head with some lace. The aroma was a bit of sweet malt with a caramel note. There was a salty seaweed aroma in the back ground. The flavor starts with a bit of sweet malt with a hint of smoke in the background. The finish has a quick promise of hops and then its gone. The label says " a wee bit different". That difference did not capture me.

ybnorml, Jun 24, 2005
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2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Gift from my family in their trip to NC. $3.75 price tag on a 22oz I don't know whether to be amazed or scarred.

Pours somewhat dark amber in color with some slight hues of copper and red. Head is about 1 finger and retains nicely also leaving some lacing.

Smell is about $3.75. Sweet corn like malt is forward and not appealing. Some herbal hop aromas are present but very light.

Taste has a good light caramel malt flavor before a more corn like grainy sweetness dominates the midsection and persists into the after taste. Aftertaste is bitter but not in a hoppy way.

Mouthfeel is light for the appearance, light carbonation.

Fcolle2, Oct 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of nickthetick
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear dark amber into an American shaker glass with a thin white head that leaves spotty marks on the glass.

S: sweet malt and toasted bread greet the nose and are accompanied by a light hop note.

T: a lot like the nose and the hop flavor is unidentifiable but there is a distinct peat flavor.

MF: a bit thin from what I expected and medium effervescence.

O: I probably wouldn't pick this one up again.

nickthetick, Jun 04, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

SLewis, Jun 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

ILikeGoodCider, Nov 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

FreddieMercuryHayes, Apr 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

foghornleghorn22, Jan 16, 2014
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Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.