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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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Highland Gaelic AleHighland Gaelic Ale

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1,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,119
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 26
Gots: 86 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

11-08-2013 03:02:54 | More by Hanselpb
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

01-08-2012 20:49:54 | More by Naamandroid
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

08-22-2014 03:44:42 | More by jbierling
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

12-23-2011 16:30:36 | More by Jeffreywhite22
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2.55/5  rDev -33.1%

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.

01-23-2004 04:31:29 | More by ElGordo
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2.58/5  rDev -32.3%

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.

07-04-2010 19:51:20 | More by schoolboy
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Rhode Island

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%

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.

06-23-2005 23:43:54 | More by ybnorml
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2.74/5  rDev -28.1%

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.

10-30-2013 01:06:57 | More by Fcolle2
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

03-24-2012 22:15:36 | More by locckdown
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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.

06-04-2011 21:27:07 | More by nickthetick
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

06-17-2014 21:37:29 | More by SLewis
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

11-27-2013 04:57:53 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

04-21-2013 06:47:05 | More by Bluecane
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

04-30-2014 01:57:10 | More by FreddieMercuryHayes
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

01-16-2014 00:32:09 | More by foghornleghorn22
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2.8/5  rDev -26.5%

Thanks goes to Erikkoppin for this brew. Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cloudy orange brown. A faint trace of off white head forms and fades simultaneously. A tiny bit of soapy lace.

The aroma is rather muted. Mild malt. Hints of caramel, apples, and a metalic like quality.

The flavor is about as average as the nose. Light malt and a hint of nuttieness. Slightly metalic and watery. Nothing real appealing.

Light body with average carbonation.

Overall a less than stellar brew. Just another average beer to lump in with all the other ones.

05-04-2010 23:57:44 | More by beerwolf77
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2.85/5  rDev -25.2%

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a muddy, yeast particulate laden brown body with a meager attempt at forming a head. What is there falls quickly leaving behind a loose collar.

S - Quite malty, molasses, brown sugar and caramel. Some toastiness too. Strangely I get a bit of a chlorinated pool water type aroma in here too...not especially pleasant.

T - Definitely malt forward, especially caramelly...a bit of metallic hoppiness mixed in. Molasses touches towards the finish. Hop bitterness balances out the sweet malt fairly well...a bit toasty and dry towards the finish.

M - On the thin side of medium bodied - starts out mildly sweet and finishes rather dry and biscuity. Balance is good. Carbonation is medium level, fizzy and tingly.

O - Weird pool water aroma detracts heavily here. Otherwise not bad...flavor is much better than the aroma, but still only really rates an average for me. Not undrinkable by any stretch, but not particularly satisfying either. Glad to try it, but likely a one and done for me.

12-10-2011 18:29:32 | More by portia99
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2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Had this at Barley's Tap house in Knoxville, TN.

Deep copper colored beer with white head, hops and crystal malt in the nose.

Medium bodied with big crystal malt flavor, then spicy American hops running up the back. Finishes with lingering crystal malt flavor. A decent if, but not really exciting beer.

11-20-2006 03:55:54 | More by BrewnZ
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2.93/5  rDev -23.1%

A - amber/red body, clear, small off white head.

S - vanilla, sweet malts. Not bad.

T - dry, kind of hoppy (pine). this is bizarre. Weird malt profile, funny bitterness.. not very keen on this.

M - thin, light, reasonable.

O (D) - this is a strange beer. Nose and tongue are not in line. I do not care for it.

07-20-2011 23:19:00 | More by ColdPoncho
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2.98/5  rDev -21.8%

thanks to blackie for the chance to try this offering.

Pours a perfect hazy reddish amber color with a one finger white head that keeps nice retention. Fluffy head hangs onto the sides mostly. Figs and dark fruits hit the nose first. Sweet malt notes give this brew a nice base aroma. Spicy hops mix well with the sweet caramel malt.

Malts seem to rule the base of this brew. Sweet caramel and biscuit malt flavors. Smooth on the palate after an initial carbonation blast. Slight bitterness that continues into the finish, but it's not very prevalent. Thin body to this brew--almost watered down in my opinion. It wants to be more thick than it is, but it just doesn't have the legs. A session brew that didn't wow me as the mouthfeel isn't very good--too thin. Highland does good things, but this may be the most pedestrian of their offerings.

03-18-2007 20:50:58 | More by bjohnson
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2.98/5  rDev -21.8%

Another bottle shared by Lunch, thanks! You are suppose to be a red ale? oops. I thought something totally different.

Beer is reddish I suppose, mostly clear with an offwhite head of small bubbles, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, mildly caramel, not much of it there.

Beer is sweet and medium in body, the back is moderately bitter, finish is not dry. Overall a below average tasting ale. I won't have it again.

06-17-2011 13:18:11 | More by drabmuh
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

04-11-2013 18:05:05 | More by drmystery
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-19-2012 00:55:28 | More by jmbraxton
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-07-2014 18:20:25 | More by BrianCuoz
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-25-2013 04:20:46 | More by Insubordinator
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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