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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,149 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 28
Gots: 99 | 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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4/5  rDev +5%

naturallight1, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

CMOrak, May 11, 2013
Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ADTaber, May 10, 2013
Photo of Hopswagger
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Clear amber brewed tea appearance with minimal khaki head. A foamy halo rest on top leaving the occasional leg of lace behind.

S: Toasted italian herb and cheese Subway bread, toasted caramel and orange juice and bitter orange peel.

T/M: Toasted caramel, bready malt, orange peel and spicy pippali pepper. Finishes dry with lemon zest and toast. Prickly moderate body. Once the beer warns it starts to have a metallic aftertaste to it. It's not bad but does throw it off a bit.

O: Well balance and simple. An easy drinking ale to throw back after a long day of work. The spicy kick at the end really makes this. Without it I think it would be dull.

Hopswagger, May 09, 2013
Photo of BucBasil
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: The beer is a rusty deep orange and red color. Head is 2 fingers of off-white to really light tan and sticks around a while. Good looking beer.

S: Nice balanced character - sweet and matly for a quick second - bread and maybe some toast. Then comes a well proportioned hoppiness. Pine and light citrus. Well done.

T: Surprisingly hoppy at first then calms down to a nice balance. Has some light fruits throughout the middle there, but mostly citrus peel and some light piney notes. Bready malt holds it altogether. Nothing really stands out, just a solid beer with a good kick.

This is a super drinkable and flavorful beer with a great amount of balance. I could drink this all day in any season, but really reminds me of fall.

Well done Highland

BucBasil, May 06, 2013
Photo of MLKincer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

MLKincer, May 05, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber with a frothy one inch khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of holy lacing.

Nutty, toasty, slightly sweet caramel malt and floral hops form the aroma.

Flavor reveals sweet, caramel malt at the base, becoming slightly toasty, dry, and a touch bitter at the finish. Floral hops are evident throughout. Nutty, toasted malt add complexity. There's a hint of citrus at the base.

Body is moderate to slightly watery, with moderate carbonation.

Malt is definitely dominant, with bready, roasted caramel notes surfacing throughout. Slight bitterness at the finish rounds out the flavor profile well. Malt complexity is somewhat lacking, though, as well as hops for an amber. There's a metallic tang that is offputting.

barczar, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Bamarooster, Apr 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

baklo, Apr 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Goukbeergals
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color I can barely see through. Not much head. Subdued malty nose. Bready caramel taste up front with a sharp hop kick in the middle with a malty finish. Pretty tasty and well balanced. Dry light mouthfeel highly carbonated. Overall a good beer.

Goukbeergals, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of JakHammer
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

JakHammer, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of drmystery
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

im starting to think highland brewing cant get their shi-stuff together.

their year round beers are, to be frank, underwhelming. especially this beer. to me it tastes like burnt hops...i do like the roasty characteristics of stouts and porters but in an ale im expecting it to taste, well, ale-y; i like those citrusy and hoppy smells and flavors from a good ale.

this beer looks good-it has a nice reddish/copperish/brown apperance. it smells good-nice hops and malts and all that.

but as soon as i taste it, it just tastes like burnt hops. that burnt taste is either from the amount of malts they use-this beer has 5 different types of grain and 3 types of hops., or from not enough hops. i am no "hophead" by any means, i just think this beer is too malty and not hoppy enough for what it is.

overall, i think this beer-and just about every other highland beer is underwhelming for the style it is. i think people tend to overhype this beer when its just an average beer. its not nasty, but its not great. i think this beer is like the guinness of asheville/nc because people come up to asheville and drink it because its one of the more popular beers here, just like how people go to ireland and drink guinness even though its an average beer. im not saying highland brewing are gimmicky, im just saying their beers are overhyped and just average.

drmystery, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

ecmoon3, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

marley2112, Apr 09, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

pauldave1976, Apr 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

RyanInGA, Apr 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

CRJMellor, Apr 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

BigRedGator, Apr 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

GetTheYayo, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

NastyNate11, Apr 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

MagnusThunnus, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

pathman, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

hokieguy95, Mar 27, 2013
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.