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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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Highland Gaelic AleHighland Gaelic Ale

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1,069 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,069
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 64 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-28-2012 16:08:29 | More by matthageman
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Amber love and southern addiction is the Highland Brewery. Their beer is from Asheville, NC and the locality promises the freshness of the sample. The beer is on the hoppy end of the spectrum, but the mellowness of a well crafted amber permeates through the hopped nature of the beer. The beer’s cascade hops add a citrus freshness to add punctuation to the malty caramel taste. The carbonation adds a baked bread, almost a toasted desert bread scent to the nose of this wonderful beer.


Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 15:41:22 | More by Dudeletter
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-26-2012 20:38:08 | More by brotherloco
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Dark and roasty for an amber. Sweet crystal malt. Medium sweet caramel and bitter American hops.

Appearance: Medium copper. High clarity. Head is light brown, decent retention and tons of lacing.

Taste: Sweet malt with a bitter side, some Munich perhaps. Bitter floral and pine hops, little citrus character. Mildly toasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Somewhat oily, the finish is dry. Very little carbonation, but enough to be detectable.

Overall: On the roasty side of things. Not exactly pleasant and/or savory. Not memorable in other words.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 00:14:26 | More by soulfly1492
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-24-2012 23:41:48 | More by mecmd
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-21-2012 19:03:55 | More by Daktah
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent fruity, well balanced between hops and malt, easy to drink session ale. Delightful finish. Has a slight caramelly note. Rich and complex enough to be interesting but never dull. I recommend it very highly. And it is reasonably priced here in East Tennessee.

Serving type: growler

06-21-2012 01:28:16 | More by KentT
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 01:24:03 | More by tjsmith910
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy, lingering off-white head.

S: Aromas of bread, caramel, sweet cream, and mild herbal hops are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla bean, bread crust, sweet cream, lemon, orange rind, and herbs wash across the palate. The finish is pleasant and delicate with a nice balance of bready caramel malt and lemony, grassy, herbal hop flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, dryish, and relatively firm upon entry, but grows smoother and silkier toward the finish. Carbonation is active, imparting a refreshing, crisp mouthfeel.

O: A really solid amber with great balance. I can see why this ale has remained so popular over the years.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 15:36:12 | More by mrfrancis
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-19-2012 13:34:43 | More by SlowWideTurns
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-17-2012 20:49:51 | More by BeerdNick
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

06-16-2012 15:06:39 | More by Cheet577
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear red/orange with a thick, creamy white head. Great head retention, lacing is wispy and spotty.

S: Caramel and sweetbread, toast, a pleasant grainy scent, a vague and faint coffee scent, and muted grassy hops. Pretty much what you'd expect from the style, but nothing too exciting.

T: Wave of caramel up front. Bread crust and toast next. The slight coffee impression is here too. Touch of fruitiness and a very subtle snap of tartness. Hops contribute a sharp burst of unidentifiable citrus bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Grass and hay. Toasted grain. Starts sweet but ends dry with a toasted malt taste.

M: Light to medium in body, full and creamy. Carbonation is moderately sharp and creates a seltzer-like impression. Very slightly astringent.

O: More complex and well-rounded than the vast majority of reds out there. I enjoyed it and appreciated it, but most beer geeks would probably just gloss over it and move on.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 02:14:53 | More by ryan1788a5
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Some caramel malt, toasty, slight fruitiness, herbal.

L: Crystal clear amber, white head that dissipates.

T: Sweet, light caramel malt. Medium low herbal bitterness leading to an additional caramel maltiness with some hop flavor. Fairly clean and simple throughout.

M: Medium light body, medium carbonation.

Ok, a little above average all around, solid classic amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 03:20:45 | More by bum732
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-13-2012 02:46:30 | More by derekfilcoff
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-12-2012 08:09:38 | More by sevenmoist
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-11-2012 03:39:37 | More by Keffa
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-10-2012 03:14:51 | More by Jasmina
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-08-2012 17:11:39 | More by TDizzel
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-07-2012 19:03:25 | More by AltimusPrime
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A rough ruby hue with a tan head. Decent retention.

S - Heavy on the sweet biscuit. Some floral notes and a touch of caramel.

T - It is clear this is a beer based on a caramel malt. I feel the malts dominate the traditional red ale flavors: biscuit, toffee and some sweet floral hops. Interesting for sure!

M - Medium bodied but a sufficient amount of carbonation to set off the hops. The caramel makes it a tad chewy, which bumps this up to a above average.

O - This is not a bad beer, but I have seen all the elements which compose it in great lights. Not quite the beer for me, I prefer an amber from Bell's or perhaps even Smutty.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 06:37:32 | More by mscudder
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It is a rusty orange color. I got two inches of beige head.

S - The aroma is sweet. I get some toffee and some biscuit.

T - The taste is toffee, caramel, and toast.

M - Moderate

O - This is a tasty brew. It kind of reminds me of Conways Irish Ale. Not quite as good, but would work as a poor man's substitute.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 18:01:22 | More by buschbeer
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-03-2012 19:42:57 | More by bushwack
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-03-2012 16:45:45 | More by JohnQVD
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-30-2012 06:05:12 | More by WynnO
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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