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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,149 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 28
Gots: 99 | 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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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Notacraftdrinker, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of burnstar
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty dark red with a small to medium head that leaves nice lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Aroma is mild and malty. Caramel. Bready maltiness. Toasty. Not overly sweet. Just the right amount of hops to balance things out. Medium bodied. This is a really solid beer. Definitely one of the better American ambers I've had in a while.

burnstar, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of WesMantooth
4/5  rDev +5%

WesMantooth, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber/copper; medium off white frothy head; good lacing

Aroma: Malty; light caramel; citrusy hops

Taste: Slightly sweet, caramel malt followed quickly by light citrus hops; a little thin, but smooth; finishes semi sweet with minimal hop bitterness. Overall decent; good session ale

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev +5%

Nordbier, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of KFrank729
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

KFrank729, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of tmm313
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

tmm313, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of LukeGude
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

LukeGude, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I am not normally a red ale or amber fan, but this beer really turned me on to the style. The beer pours a reddish amber color with a finger of foamy head that retained ok and left some lacing. The aroma had notes of caramel malt, bread and a good amount of hoppiness. The taste starts with the caramel and bread maltiness and then becomes slightly bitter and hoppy. This really is the pale ale / IPA man's amber. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced and the flavor lingers just the right amount of time. Overall a great beer.

csiewert, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of Lukebell15
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Lukebell15, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a medium amber with a frothy tan head. Aroma is light, with clean and toasty malt.

Taste is a toasty, bready pale malt with only a very mild hop bite. Some caramel sweetness tries to come through, although it never becomes overtly sweet. Finish is only very lightly bitter with a lingering crystal malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and dusty, very drinkable. Not much about this one stands out but it is perfect for a rather neglected and underappreciated style and would make a great daily fridge staple.

assurbanipaul, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of wahhmaster
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an unbranded nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-bronwn kinda tawny color with a foamy head. Head leaves considerable lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: Smells sweet and definitely malty. A small hint of hops comes out in the smell as well.

Taste: Definitely hoppy with a nice malty taste to it as well. Leaves a strong but pleasnt hops aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth. A little on the thin-and-carbonated side but not overpoweringly so.

Drinkability: A solid ale. Definitely one of the better Scottish-style ales out there. Give it a shot!!

wahhmaster, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Soonami
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highland Gaelic Ale is the first beer I've had from the Asheville brewery and it is not a bad beer but definitely not a great beer either. This is deep burnished copper with almost no head, despite the rough pour. I think that any beer especially an American hopped amber should have the carbonation and head to bring up the aroma. The bee smelled mostly malty, with a bit of fresh hops, but mostly just grainy malts. The taste was mostly the same dominated by a biscuity malt and balanced only by a modicum of hoppiness. I think that this style (and not the double) should have an assertive hop character with grapefruit and tropical flavors and medium-high bitterness, which I find lacking in this beer.

Soonami, May 04, 2011
Photo of billhelm
4/5  rDev +5%

billhelm, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Hopswagger
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
Photo of mwa423
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very nice ruby red color with very little head that dies down quickly

S - Typical malt smell, though not overpowering like many of this style tend to be.

T - Lots of malt to go along with the aroma, with a wee bit of hop bite at the end. There is also a caramel aftertaste. Very good!

M - Very smooth, goes down extremely easy, makes you want the next sip!

D - Easily sessionable, if I could get more of this in Ohio, I would put it in regular rotation.

mwa423, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of gopens44
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Coppery brown, about a 2" initial head that relaxed to about 1/2" or less throughout the rest of the beer. Good color though.

S - Pretty simple with a nice hoppy aroma

T - Again, nice hop taste with a hint of caramel.

M - Pretty basic, good carbonation and presence.

I like this one as n every day drinker. Not too adventurous, but good to drink with a lot of the food that I cook. I'll be keeping at least a few of these in the fridge at all times.

gopens44, Aug 23, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

cultclassic89, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Gyle41386
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark amber with a small off white head. Not much retention with splotchy lacing.

Very malty, fruity, sweet scent. To be honest, there's not really a whole lot to the nose here.

Taste matches the nose, but the flavors take the main stage while the aroma takes the backseat. Sweet and very malty with a twang of hop bitterness at the very end. Dry finish.

Feel is very smooth. There's a nice creaminess. Medium body. Excellent balance. Quite drinkable.

Gyle41386, Jan 27, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

ILikeGoodCider, Nov 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of MMAJYK
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice amber in color with darker brown hues. This beer is non-transparent. Head is white and one finger, but has a little bit darker (off white) outline around the edge of the glass after a medium pour.

S- Buttery nuts and caramel are the first hits on the nose. After a swirl of the glass, I pick up some hoppy scents. There is a brown sugar, malty smell present too.

T- Tastes follow very closely to the nose, carrying over the nutty and buttery aspects. The malt is very sweet and very prominent in the taste. There is a slight biscuity taste here too.

M- The carbonation is low to medium and the thickness is on the thin side. Not my favorite aspect of this beer.

D- This beer is nice and smooth. The mouthfeel, to me, needs to be a little more crisp than dull like this one is. I feel it would be a little more enjoyable and refreshing if the carbonation was up a little.

Overall- This is a nice offering, but not on the top of my list. Of course, I am not too big on this style of beer either, but I was really excited initally with this one. Toward the middle to the end of this beer, I was let down. It was like it fell flat on its face after the first taste or two. BUT, I did like it, and I would definitely drink another.

MMAJYK, Dec 27, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

JasonTaverner, May 24, 2014
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.