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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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Highland Gaelic AleHighland Gaelic Ale

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1,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,119
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 26
Gots: 86 | 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 inebrius


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
Photo of meehandennis


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-08-2014 04:02:49 | More by meehandennis
Photo of cwd


4/5  rDev +5%

09-04-2013 02:36:31 | More by cwd
Photo of tjsmith910


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

06-21-2012 01:24:03 | More by tjsmith910
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

02-08-2010 03:48:05 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of 100200300


3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-01-2014 03:16:02 | More by 100200300
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

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!!!

01-10-2012 02:49:35 | More by Luigi
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-08-2014 17:35:38 | More by HuntDaddy540
Photo of jkrich


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

08-10-2013 12:37:26 | More by icehawk
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-22-2014 16:08:01 | More by dunlap926
Photo of PhantomVodoo


4/5  rDev +5%

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.

05-16-2003 13:19:51 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of sweethome


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

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

4/5  rDev +5%

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


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

02-28-2011 04:44:30 | More by BrewCrew2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-01-2012 03:16:15 | More by Jamstone714
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

05-23-2008 17:32:32 | More by Lupe
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

11-20-2009 05:04:30 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-18-2013 22:15:46 | More by fellowrs
Photo of Duvel

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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


4/5  rDev +5%

12-28-2013 20:59:14 | More by Brinks
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4/5  rDev +5%

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


3.43/5  rDev -10%

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. 

09-03-2011 18:43:17 | More by KMcG
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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