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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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Highland Gaelic AleHighland Gaelic Ale

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very good

1,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,135
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 28
Gots: 95 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

meehandennis, Feb 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

jonathaniler, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of orfeu
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.

orfeu, Dec 19, 2006
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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.

sabrills70, Sep 18, 2005
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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.

tjsmith910, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of rousee
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.

rousee, Sep 07, 2005
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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

MSchae1017, Mar 13, 2006
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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.

inebrius, Nov 11, 2002
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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.

thegodfather2701, Feb 08, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

100200300, Feb 01, 2014
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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!!!

Luigi, Jan 10, 2012
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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.

jkrich, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

cultclassic89, Jul 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

icehawk, Aug 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

dunlap926, Jul 22, 2014
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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.

PhantomVodoo, May 16, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Guitars_and_beer, Feb 04, 2014
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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.

sweethome, Sep 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

andy1701, Jun 12, 2014
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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.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 18, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jamstone714, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

cantfindme, Dec 04, 2011
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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.

Nipitato, Sep 30, 2008
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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