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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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very good

1,137 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,137
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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Photo of dccombs
3/5  rDev -21.3%

dccombs, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An amber red with cloudiness and 1 finger of head. Slight lace left on the glass. Looks good!

S - Lots of sugar, molasses, and brown sugar. Huge maltiness in the nose.

T - Malts kick in up front. Like the smell, sweet, sugar and caramel. Nicely balanced with some bitterness at the end.

M - Light bodied and fairly well carbonated.

O - A very drinkable amber ale. Well balanced, and good.

BeerDawgs, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of ErickWright
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

ErickWright, Nov 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

tmm313, Nov 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

ncstateplaya, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A three-inch, gold tinted head is frothy as it slowly turns to pancake batter consistency while dropping spotty lace on a fisheye pint glass. Ample carbonation clings to the glass beneath a clear, copper brown beer.

The aroma is biscuity with malt, toffee, tea, and a dash of lime in the background.

This is well balanced with a malt backbone and some brown sugar. Whole wheat bread with light hop flavors and light hop bitterness are followed by toasted grains, some nuts and a modest, lingering finish.

The watery texture and medium body contain modest carbonation and no sense of alcohol, with a light astringency in the finish.

This is a good everyday beer, perhaps best with a sandwish. I suggest roast beef on rye.

SLeffler27, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

GeoCait, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

eargle, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of TheSSG
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, soft, light head. Sweet malt dominates the nose. Lovely, almost ruby, red. Starts with an unexpected hop bitterness (didn't smell that) which bright and citric. Moves up into a medium bitterness, then becomes more like citrus rind as the malt comes through. The finish is a stupendous blend of malt and hop, though.

A nice blend of the two dominate takes on ambers; malty and hoppy.

Swirling the bottom bits in the bottle gave it a much nice hop aroma and flavor.
As it warmed, the malt just became more pronounced, so it just gets better.

TheSSG, Nov 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

adam_e, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

cackalacky, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

Axnjxn, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Morockm, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

dirtysanchez843, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

markmccoy, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a nice slightly hazy deep amber color with a nice off white sort of tannish head on it that holds steady at a half finger high and leaves some steady lacing.

S= The smell is a sort of nutty deep almost caramelly sweetness... No hop aroma and not much deep roast. The smell is sort of unique and not unpleasant. It has a sort of grainy raw mash smell to it.

T= The taste is again a very nice sweetness. Little to no hop flavor in it but there is a nice sort of grainy mash taste to it that leaves you wanting more. This is a nice tasting amber that isn't overly hopped.

M= A near perfect carbonation.

O= This beer is avery well done red ale that isn't the overly hopped variety. This beer has a nice grain flavor and a solid mouth. This is a solid beer that you should seek.

jjanega08, Nov 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

sendbeer, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of cruzbay
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, and has a surprising red color, with little head.
The initial taste was sweet and malty, not overpowering or overly bold. The finish was a light grapefruit taste but did not last too long. Overall it had both the malt and hop flavors associated with an ale, but they were light, which makes this beer enjoyable for the taste, and drinkable.

cruzbay, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

crownrl28, Nov 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

rabiddawg, Nov 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

LouDogg114, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

EdelweissDad, Oct 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kakelso, Oct 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

CarolinaKev, Oct 20, 2012
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,137 ratings.