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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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1,168 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 28
Gots: 111 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.3%

beernads, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Ant4711, Jun 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

pjsikorsky, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

jman005, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber hue there was a thick head that fleeted from view quickly.

The scent is quite weak but a biscuity malt aroma is present and quite nice when you find it.

The taste, as well, is weak but when you catch it, its quite good. Biscuit malts, roasted, bready with a slight cracker aftertaste it is crisp but tends to watery.

Amp this thing up and it's a great ale but at its present form it is just above average.

KYGunner, Jun 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

BraveGator, May 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

CalbeDacks, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

ImpactDan, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

woodchip, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Petrofessor, May 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Rifugium, May 28, 2013
Photo of scvance
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, amber red color. Crystal clear, with a good half inch of very fluffy and creamy foam. Smell is malty sweet, with caramel and oak notes. Very slight hop aroma. Taste is well balanced, with a malty beginning fading to a nice lingering hop bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation, makes this beer very easy to drink. Smooth, and fairly thin mouthfeel. This is a good beer overall, however, Highland has several others that I prefer and will be sticking to over this one.

scvance, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

WallingBrew, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

prof_dynamite, May 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

ACinSC, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

iCabaLLero, May 23, 2013
Photo of Crimsonfloods
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pint glass

Nice amber/orange tinge on it. Creamy white head with a nice lacing.

Smells bold caramel and malt, almost an oaky sent in the background.

Taste is a fine balance between hops and malt, slight bitter.

Feels good, smooth relatively dry finish.

Pretty good overall, nothing too ground breaking.

Crimsonfloods, May 22, 2013
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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.

ShawnB, May 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

khargro2, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

mralbertson, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

naturallight1, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

CMOrak, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ADTaber, May 10, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Clear amber brewed tea appearance with minimal khaki head. A foamy halo rest on top leaving the occasional leg of lace behind.

S: Toasted italian herb and cheese Subway bread, toasted caramel and orange juice and bitter orange peel.

T/M: Toasted caramel, bready malt, orange peel and spicy pippali pepper. Finishes dry with lemon zest and toast. Prickly moderate body. Once the beer warns it starts to have a metallic aftertaste to it. It's not bad but does throw it off a bit.

O: Well balance and simple. An easy drinking ale to throw back after a long day of work. The spicy kick at the end really makes this. Without it I think it would be dull.

Hopswagger, May 09, 2013
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.