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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,082 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,082
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 70 | 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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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Lukebell15

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

02-10-2014 02:12:54 | More by Lukebell15
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +6.3%
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 +5.8%
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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fellowrs

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-17-2014 02:26:11 | More by DrMindbender
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Duvel

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Alabama

4/5  rDev +5%

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

Alabama

4/5  rDev +5%

05-02-2014 23:18:32 | More by robertjskelton
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bralston345

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

07-04-2013 00:03:51 | More by bralston345
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KMcG

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this served from a pitcher. When poured into a pint glass, the head developed nicely. It was creamy, off-white, and pretty thick. The color of the brew is a clear, rich amber. 

The smell is sweet and caramely with hints of bright, light citrus hops. 

The taste is toasty, malty, and sweet with a mild bitter bite of citrus hops at the end. 

This brew is medium bodied with mild carbonation.  It's easy drinking and not filling. 

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 18:43:17 | More by KMcG
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WesMantooth

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

07-20-2014 01:37:37 | More by WesMantooth
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elniko

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Rich amber coloring, head minimal but decent lacing. Not much carbonation apparent.

S: Strong malty notes coming from nose with a little English funkiness too.

T & M: Nicely balanced, not a malt bomb with the hop notes coming through. Nice crispness on finish, light to medium bodied.

D: Quite drinkable, a nice twist on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 19:57:42 | More by elniko
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-08-2014 17:35:38 | More by HuntDaddy540
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Jamstone714

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-01-2012 03:16:15 | More by Jamstone714
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LMH88

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-09-2014 01:09:26 | More by LMH88
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KerryCummins1977

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5%

05-14-2013 20:52:14 | More by KerryCummins1977
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

11-15-2011 16:53:51 | More by NCbeerpirate
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charlesw

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours, well, amber. A little on the orange side and yet dark. Small tan head that fades quickly to a lacing that completely covers and lasts forever.

Smell? Wow. Like, malts. A huge caramel nose - like, hmm, an Eku 28, you know what I mean?

Ah. Well, it's not a 10% abv beer so you shouldn't expect it to taste like the Eku... A pleasant amber session ale. Nice and easy on the tongue - no one flavor really shouts anything else down (well, you can just taste the aforementioned malts - but not overly so. Enough to know that they're there). Very very easy to drink... And, hey, it makes a great sorbet, too. Probably because it is so smooth and even... Really, with your buddies in the pub and pitchers of this, well, you're all set!

The body is on the lighter side of medium, but with the crisp freshness of the flavor that goes just fine.

Edit: Ok, ok, the taste is good and has been upgraded! Still, it's not a beer that I'd go out of my way to get - _for_me_ it's a very pleasant session beer...

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 21:26:25 | More by charlesw
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dankjohn

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-24-2013 21:29:35 | More by dankjohn
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Jon

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highland's Gaelic Ale pours a deep amber color with a short-lived white head. Smell is of citric Cascade hops at first, accompanied by a lingering malt aroma. Taste is more on the malty side, but the balance the hops provide is appealing. Pretty smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. Easy drinking, it's not hard to quaff more than a few of these. A pretty solid amber ale all the way through.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2002 10:42:26 | More by Jon
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TEAMHOLT

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

11-14-2011 17:13:19 | More by TEAMHOLT
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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