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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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Highland Gaelic AleHighland Gaelic Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,112 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,112
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 24
Gots: 85 | 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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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

01-27-2009 04:22:02 | More by Gyle41386
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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-17-2013 01:49:52 | More by javlin624
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gopens44

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

08-23-2010 14:50:01 | More by gopens44
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slowdaddy

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-19-2012 16:32:01 | More by slowdaddy
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MMAJYK

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

12-27-2007 22:29:01 | More by MMAJYK
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spedprof

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-29-2014 00:52:41 | More by spedprof
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robertjskelton

Alabama

4/5  rDev +5%

05-02-2014 23:18:32 | More by robertjskelton
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csmiley

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Thank you to mikesgroove for this Highland selection

A - Pours a murky amber color with some hints of brown thrown in for good measure. The beige head topped out at just under half inch and didn't stick around for too long. Lacing is minimal.

S - Quite malty in the nose. Some caramel and bready aromas really dominate. Nuts and granola finish it up. Hold on, I think there are some hops in there too but they are VERY mild. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Aroma is simple yet nice.

T - Starts out with caramel and toffee. Could be some brown sugar mixed in as well. Bread flavors push through around midway (crust and whole grain). Hop bitterness definitely rounds out the flavor. Touch of lemon and grapefruit. Hop flavor is pretty mild and doesn't get in the way of the malt.

M - Medium bodied with carbonation that is just right. Finish starts out sweet but a lingering bitterness from the hops holds out for a while longer.

D - Dinkability is really good. This would make for a great session brew. There is more than enough going on in this beer to keep it interesting and it is simple enough to put away all night long. Alcohol is hidden behind the flavors pretty well which just adds to the overall drinkability. Kudos to Highland for a tasty brew.

11-06-2008 02:32:36 | More by csmiley
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Nordbier

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5%

01-27-2014 05:02:53 | More by Nordbier
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blitz134

California

3.85/5  rDev +1%

A very nice dark golden orange/copper color with a small light tan head which reduced to the thinnest of bubble layers. Aroma is very balanced with hops and malts. The hops are mainly grapefruit and fruity in nature. This is well balanced with a sweet malty smell. There is also a slight caramel aroma. Taste is mainly hop oriented consisting of pine hops which lead to a nice bitter finish. Similar to the aroma there is a nice balance to this which makes it really drinkable. Overall the flavor is light and refreshing. Coats the mouth well and is relatively full bodied for a red ale. This is a good beer overall and is quite quaffable. I can see myself enjoying this easy drinker on a warm summer day…definitely worth a try.

03-17-2005 01:34:56 | More by blitz134
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kshankar

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5%

Amber with a white head..decent retention on the head. Good lacing all the way down.

Aroma is sweet caramel and some biscuity aromas. Hop presence is low.

Taste is sweet with a nice caramel profile and a biscuity malt backing. Very good

Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. Drinkability is high, could use some more hops though. Rather muted in that department. Otherwise, a good beer.

02-22-2010 04:27:20 | More by kshankar
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wmobley

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5%

03-14-2013 19:37:37 | More by wmobley
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Notacraftdrinker

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-13-2014 05:53:12 | More by Notacraftdrinker
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LukeGude

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-12-2014 03:18:50 | More by LukeGude
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BDIMike

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

Appearance is pale reddish color. Small carbonation and a great sized head.
Smells awesome. Starts with a smell of malts and nuts. Smells of hops, sugars, and other sweet smells after.
Great taste. Hoppy at first. Balanced with a good caramel malt taste. Ends with a sweeter taste. Very well-rounded. Lots of flavor.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness. Smooth going down. Not sharp at all.
Great beer. I did not expect this to be as good as it was. Could drink this one all day.

01-06-2008 00:04:33 | More by BDIMike
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jonathaniler

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

New Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Bottle provided by the almighty oberon, shipped to him fresh from North Carolina -- many thanks! Ever-so-slightly-hazy burnished copper with an effervescently noisy onionskin-hued head. Mild citric hop-tea scent (bergamot and bitter orange) with an earthiness atop some biscuity malt aromas. Doughy and toasty -- the before and the after of bread? -- malt flavors come to the fore at first, followed by some mellow lemon and bergamot flavors; leafy hop flavors through and through. Bit of biscuity taste at the back. Solid taste, for sure. Medium light body, eminently quaffable. I know Irish Red Ales are supposed to be easy-to-drink, but this one here just about defines sessionability. Very nice ale.

12-19-2006 03:07:23 | More by orfeu
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ILikeGoodCider

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-23-2014 23:28:21 | More by JasonTaverner
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sabrills70

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a brilliant medium amber with a 1 finger head and good lacing. Aroma of an earthy malt with good caramel notes. Slight citrusy hop aroma. A nice earthy caramel malt with citrus and pine flavors. More hoppy than other Irish reds I have had. A nice example of the style. Try some if you get a chance.

09-18-2005 01:17:33 | More by sabrills70
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Amber as you would guess with a name of Gaelic ale. An Irish red style--ok fits that description to a tee. There is a nice 1 finger thick head. No lace. Smell is malt with some sourness too. Very straightforward malty taste with a woody character. There is some chalkiness too. Mouthfeel seemed thin at first but after a few sips seems to improve. Not exactly a style I am particularly into, but it is a fine example of what an Irish red should be. Ok for drinkability. I dont think I would want more than 1 or 2.

09-07-2005 21:59:48 | More by rousee
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MSchae1017

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a dark garnett-red with a frothy off white head that laces a little and leaves a bit of film the whole way down. The smells seems to be a mixture of pale and subtle roasted nutty malts. The taste brings back the same flavors present in the aromas however there is also a dimension of balanced subtle hoppiness that adds a slight bit of bitterness. There is a good amount of carbonation that combines nicely with some thickness that makes this beer have a good mouthfeel. Overall another good offering from the Highland Brewing company out of Asheville, NC

03-13-2006 02:24:54 | More by MSchae1017
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inebrius

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Slightly mired amber nether a thin grasping head. Nose is alternately big toasty malt and floral hop. Nicely balanced mild roast malt back to citric hop front. A mite fizzy, but good.

11-11-2002 08:17:16 | More by inebrius
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Lukebell15

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

02-10-2014 02:12:54 | More by Lukebell15
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WesMantooth

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

07-20-2014 01:37:37 | More by WesMantooth
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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