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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,045 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 21
Gots: 54 | 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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ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-16-2013 15:59:17 | More by ToddThompson
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy amber with an off white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S-Sweet, with some caramel. There are some malts and hops present.

T-Hops up front with a nice malty finish. Caramel and a hint of toffee are present. This beer is perfectly balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

M-Perfectly carbonated.

D-Very,very drinkable. It is a session beer all the way.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I am glad I bought a six pack and I will deffinitely drink this more often.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 03:48:05 | More by thegodfather2701
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jonathaniler

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-27-2013 01:28:33 | More by jonathaniler
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-10-2013 21:55:25 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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Luigi

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich and clear amber/red color. Starts off with a 2 (maybe more) finger white head that settles down to decent lacing around the glass. has good retention by keeping at least a blanket of foam on top from start to finish.

The aroma is full of toasted malt goodness. Sweet yet mildly smokey. And the hops are blended so well.

Rich toasted malt, and some caramel or toffee hits the palate through out the life of the ale. Only to be blended perfectly with the right amount of hop bitterness.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Great drinking for any time you are in the mood for one of the best American Red's you can find. Go get some!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 02:49:35 | More by Luigi
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icehawk

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

08-10-2013 12:37:26 | More by icehawk
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a light tan head.
Aroma of caramel malt with a fruity hop undertone.

Taste shows toasty, caramel malt flavors . Fairly smooth. Hops balance this one nicely with a Juicy Fruit flavor. Slight citrus notes. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, I like this one. A good, balanced beer with a nice flavor and some character.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 13:19:51 | More by PhantomVodoo
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tjsmith910

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Red amber mix with a 2-finger beige head with a good and relaxed lacing.

S: i rate all beers a 3 on smell due to the fact that I have no since of smell

T:. The malty ness and hoppiness mash up really makes this a very good beer. it is as the label says the perfect mix of hops and malty flavor.

M: not heavy not over powering. how about nearly perfect overall

O: Period, this beer is great. one of my top 5's. not just in style but over all. i enjoyed every aspect of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 01:24:03 | More by tjsmith910
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-23-2014 23:28:21 | More by JasonTaverner
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jkrich

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. freshness stamped bottle: beautiful and clear, deep red with a foamy, beige head that slowly dissipated.

The aroma solidly emphasized the malt profile: sweet and malty with some hints of spicy hops.

Very nice and refreshing flavor that is well balanced by the cascade hops. The flavor is sweet and slightly fruity with a gentle hop bit at the end. The malt profile never becomes cloying even as the ale warms in the glass.

The mouthfeel is soft and silky with a light to medium body. The carbonation is not overpowering yet keeps the ale refreshing and zesty on the palate. While the palate is coated with the malty sweetness, there is a pleasant, lingering bitterness.

This ale reminds me why I always enjoy trying the amber ale style; you never know how the brewer will interpret this vague style. This is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 23:33:20 | More by jkrich
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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-17-2013 01:49:52 | More by javlin624
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sweethome

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark amber color. White head look a little out of place for this dark beer. Sweet carmel nose. Nice, rich malts await. Just a hint of hop resins on nose too.

Medium mouthfeel - sweetness flows out to envelope palate. Clean malt flavor profile. Not overly complex, but again - clean malty profile. A hint of clover honey. Just rich enough to satisfy. Flavorful with out being complex - an easy drinking Scottish style ale. Not overly true to style - but it works nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 15:32:28 | More by sweethome
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ILikeGoodCider

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red brown color with a tan head and a little lacing. Smells of malts and some hop aroma. Tastes sweet with a strong hop flavor for a well blended smoothness. Mouthfeel was smooth with a crisp, clean finish. Drinkability is really decent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 15:59:34 | More by TheKingofWichita
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cantfindme

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-04-2011 06:31:53 | More by cantfindme
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Chips Wine and Beer Market in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: Nice dark amber hue. Very clear. Off white head with good retention.

S: A good melange of citrusy hop aroma with some light and subtle malt aroma. Some caramel in there.

T: Also a very good balance between caramel malt and a west coastesque grapefruty citurs hop flavor. Nice lingering aftertaste.

MF: Medium full creamy mouthfeel with a tingling light carbonation.

D, notes: This is a good drinkable red.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 19:26:55 | More by Nipitato
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours almost a garnet color with a small off-white head. The head itself is fast receding with no lacing.

S: A nicely balanced nose of sweet caramel malts and hops.

T: Upfront flavor of sweet caramel malts, followed by fruity hops, and finishes malty, although a bit bitter.

M: Medium body and carbonation, with a slick and lean texture.

D: I find this one very easy to drink. Nothing too fancy that it's easy to down before you realize how many you've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 04:44:30 | More by BrewCrew2010
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Lupe

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper in color with a tight off-white head. Good retention and a nice amount of lace is left behind.

Aroma of toasted and caramel malts with a touch of hops. A well balanced nose that is neither sweet or hoppy.

Balance is the theme in the flavor as well. Rich with toasted and caramel malt, and some toffee yet balanced but hop bitterness. Hops are herbal and grassy and blend well with the malt sweetness. Citrus and honey round things out. Finishes slightly dry.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Gentle carbonation enhances the mouthfeel. Great session beer with enough flavor to keep you interested. Can easily stick with this all night.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 17:32:32 | More by Lupe
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark amber color with an epic foamy head that sticks around for some tiem. Nice lacing.

Smells hoppier than expected. Great malty nose among the hops.

The taste is very nice. The malt is great with some nice sweet notes. Not as hoppy as the nost, which is a shame, but still a little bitter on the finish.

The beer is nicely balanced in the mouth. Nice creamy feeling.

Very drinkable. Too bad the store I found this in only had individual bottles and no sixers.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 05:04:30 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

02-01-2014 03:16:02 | More by 100200300
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fellowrs

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

12-18-2013 22:15:46 | More by fellowrs
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Nordbier

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-27-2014 05:02:53 | More by Nordbier
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Duvel

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-08-2013 14:34:24 | More by Duvel
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Brinks

Alabama

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-28-2013 20:59:14 | More by Brinks
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bralston345

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-04-2013 00:03:51 | More by bralston345
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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