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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,139 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,139
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 28
Gots: 96 | 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%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

grumpygerman, Sep 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

mlp673, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

lockewoodfin, Nov 15, 2013
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zestar, Aug 19, 2014
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MLKincer, May 05, 2013
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Proclarush, Dec 25, 2013
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kosmak125, Jan 13, 2013
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BillRoth, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Guitars_and_beer, Feb 04, 2014
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Texasfan549, May 22, 2012
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thing1, Aug 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

rolltide8425, Jul 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby red with a nice thick off white head that retains well till the bottom of the glass with a little lacing.

S: Strong malt with a noticeable sweetness and a very slight hop spice at the very tail end.

T: Very similar to the smell. The malt comes through sweet initially followed by a nice bready flavor. The hops follow with a slight spice and then a clean bitterness that lingers for a bit.

M: An initial creaminess is broken by a moderate level of carbonation that dances on the tongue until the beer is swallowed.

D: Highly drinkable. A well rounded beer balanced nicely between malts and hops as well as creaminess and carbonation. If I lived around here I could definitely use this as a basic session standard.

EvilPumpkin, Nov 14, 2009
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,139 ratings.