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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,210 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 28
Gots: 132 | 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 Mojo
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are beers that just get your attention because they are strong and powerful and there are beers that get your attention because their qualities are a little more understated. This beer is the latter. It pours a beautiful copper with a large taupe head and substanstial lacing left over. The smell is pine, citrus, grasses and bread. Mouthfeel is good with just the right amount of carbonation. Taste is very sweet on the front seamlessly giving way to some subtle hoppiness on the finish. This was my first beer from this brewery and if this one is any indication of the overall quality, then I will certainly want to try more.

Photo of CorgiDad
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of LukeGude
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Naugros
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of beerme626
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of spedprof
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Lukebell15
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard drive data scraping is well worth the money, let me tell you. Priceless family photos, rebates & receipts, insurance forms, music, nah... kb after kb of old beer reviews. That's what it's all about. :D

Thanks to bboven, whether these beers sit well with me or not.

Rounded pint glass. Unusual, lop-sided, dough-colored milky head. Uniform lacing over a dirty amber, chill-hazed, iced tea-like body.

Caramel & spicy/tangy orange hop notes. A little dry bread crust & heavier then expected alcohol.

Taste isn't as big as the nose suggests. Slightly resinous/rindy hops, honestly in balance with the doughy malty. A lingering spicy citrus sizzles along with the enthusiastic carbonation. Astringency is at a minimum.

Easy.

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of qcghost
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful bright amber with hints of red. a creamy two-finger cream colored head has impressive retention, fading to a thin frothy cap that leaves beautiful lacing.

aroma is malty and earthy with hints of caramel and toffee. brown sugar and hints of hoppy spice... pepper and a bit of clove... but sugar and malt dominate. relatively neutral... not bad, but not stunning.

Taste is malt, caramel, and some hoppy spice. a bit peppery, a bit tangy, and then a bit of pine and a touch of citrus hops pull through. more malt, a hint of peat, a bit of smoked wood and more caramel. fairly sweet with a lingering roasted malt bitterness. Right on the line between 3.5 and 4... i'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

mouth is smooth, full bodied for the style, with beautiful creamy carbonation that makes this one a pleasure to drink. the carbonation carries across the spice nicely without being overwhelming, and remains soft enough to be creamy. a nice lingering bitterness hangs subtly.

all in all, one of the better ambers I've had. appearance is incredible, and flavor doesn't fall far behind. the delicious mouthfeel really makes it enjoyable, and just goes to prove that highland can make some fairly impressive brews. Nothing amazingly out of the ordinary, but a damn good amber.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours brick-red with a finger of off-white head that holds and laces okay.

S: Strong caramel, light peatiness, and some chocolate.

T: Again, the strong caramel takes president with peat, chocolate, and toffee mixing in.

M: The carbonation is a little low with a slightly syrupy palate.

O: This is a decent hybrid of Amber Ale and Wee Heavy.

Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ToddThompson
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a wonderful clear orangish red. Light tan head with a low retention rate. Decent lacing.

S: some light hop aroma. Some outdoor wood notes, like a hiking trip to me.

T: malty, almost biscuity, but something is missing. Nice caramel malts. Moderately hopped. A little grassy.

M: easily drinkable. Very smooth and crisp. Good carbonation.

Photo of Lukafer
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly reddish amber, with a golden head. Smells slightly nutty with caramel malts. Tastes very malty, slightly metallic and pretty smooth with some alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, but okay. Pretty drinkable, I could put probably 3 down.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bboven
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really think these new hoppier reds need their own style, but so it is.

Straight-up copper color, clear with a bi head and respectable lacing.

A surprising amount of hops in the aroma, biscuity and sweet malt also dancing around.

This one tastes more like a malty pale ale than an amber. The hops lay too prominent a roll to be true to style, but it's very tasty regardless.

Pretty spritzy carbonation lifts the flavor off the tongue pretty quickly. Pretty drying from the big hop profile.

Very tasty beer, just not a true amber. I buy this stuff a lot, usually on-tap and it never disappoints. Really good if you can't decide between a malty or hoppy beer.

Photo of BigRedDog
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bbeane
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a weak head that is gone in no time. Beer is a nice reddish amber color with some mild activity

S- Has a nice malty aroma, caramel, toffee, and some mild hoppy notes coming through

T- Caramel, toffee, slightly bready with some hinting hop flavor coming through. All the flavor ends kind of abruptly though. Where your hoping there a bit of bite in the finish, it just ends

M- Light carbonation, little slick... medium body

O- I'm starting to think it's hard to not make a decent amber ale. Almost every one that I've ever tasted had nice flavor and was a relatively worthwhile session beer... as is this one

CHEERS!!

Photo of DruRho
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of taigor
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Poured dark amber color with thin head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Malts, caramel and almonds.

T - Malts dominate followed by sweet caramel, toffee, honey with a slightly bitter dry nutty finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - Very good ale from Highland that's a bit unconventional but very tasty. I would highly recommend it.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.