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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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Highland Gaelic AleHighland Gaelic Ale

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1,165 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,165
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

SHAKZULA, Mar 10, 2014
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ramrod666, Mar 25, 2014
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle from bobbyc881 - Thanks!

Clear, orange/brown in color. Medium sized, creamy, light tan head.

Smells like a malt bomb. Toffee and raisins. Honey. Herbal notes.

Taste is quite different from smell, more bitter than sweet. Herbal hops. Touch of coffee/roast notes. Biscuity in the middle. Bit of caramel sweetness as it warms.

Medium body. Medium to high carbonation. Fairly dry.

Overall quite drinkable. Nicely balanced. I would certainly have again.

, Sep 07, 2007
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Brewsed, Apr 18, 2012
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brotherloco, Jun 26, 2012
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bonSreeB, Mar 26, 2013
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MichaelProcton, Apr 06, 2014
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carlmoberg, Aug 14, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one of my experiences at Tyler's Tap Room in Durham, NC. This poured a dark brown-copper color with a decent head and great lace throughout. It had a mild but nice chocolate malt aroma. The taste brought more sweet malt goodness with touches of caramel and butterscotch quite evident. There is a more subtle hops presence which brings in a dry grassy quality in the finish. I even detected a slight fruit highlight, like melon maybe. Very active carbonation and quite drinkable for this style. Definitely recommended for a try and I will enjoy again.

Update 07/30/08: A dark copper color ale with a solid off-white head and some goodly gobs of lacing. The aroma is a mild malty cereal deal, hard to nail down and not particularly strong. The flavor is much more definitive in great malt character with some clove and raspberry/cherry and chocolate. Really complex and fun to drink. Well carbonated and not heavy in alcohol so it is easy drinking for the style. Medium feel, maybe even a bit light for this type of brew but very enjoyable. Definitely try this one as something easy to like and a little different. Malt is the theme and it's a good one.

Durge, Oct 01, 2007
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travismiller80, May 31, 2014
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ToddThompson, Oct 16, 2013
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BeerGod27, Dec 12, 2013
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beerme626, Jan 24, 2014
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grumpygerman, Sep 11, 2012
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with a date of 9-22-10, poured in a New Belgium globe glass.

Amber colored beer came out cloudy. After a while it had cleared up a bit. I got a little bit of off-white head, maybe a finger. Little lacing was seen. The aroma was predominantly of hops with citrus and floral qualities. After it warmed to room temperature, I noted some additional malt aroma.

The label on this beer says that it is "exceptionally balanced" between malts and hops, but I felt the taste of the hops were quite a bit more evident. Came across as hoppy/bitter, although that did give it a nice crisp bite. Body was medium, with a high amount of carbonation. The finish was bitter.

I felt this was a good beer, but could have used more malt characteristics to be in better balance as the style goes.

sommersb, Jan 09, 2011
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mlp673, Aug 11, 2014
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yankeefan287, May 12, 2012
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Mappies, Mar 30, 2012
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rpandre2, Aug 14, 2013
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Skid, Sep 14, 2012
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red amber color iwth a quickly dissipating head. Fresh hoppy aroma, inital flavor had a brisk balanced flavor up front that gave way to a sweet malty flavor. Aftertaste was brief. This ale goes down smooth but is not very exciting. It was available at every restaurant I visited in Asheville NC. For flavor I would opt for the St. Therese Ale.

John1985, Mar 19, 2005
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color I can barely see through. Not much head. Subdued malty nose. Bready caramel taste up front with a sharp hop kick in the middle with a malty finish. Pretty tasty and well balanced. Dry light mouthfeel highly carbonated. Overall a good beer.

Goukbeergals, Apr 21, 2013
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lockewoodfin, Nov 15, 2013
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AMCPhD, Jun 21, 2014
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zestar, Aug 19, 2014
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,165 ratings.