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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,082 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,082
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 70 | 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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ThePopper

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful, dark copper color; nice foamy head.

S: Malt notes, with a whiff of pine.

T: An amber-style ale with nice caramel and malt notes, very subtle hops, and tones of vanilla and sassafras.

M: Rich and smooth.

O: A very drinkable, high-quality ale, with more malt complexity and full flavors than a pale ale. On par with the very best ambers – highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 21:07:21 | More by ThePopper
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robertaddis

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-20-2012 00:24:56 | More by robertaddis
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-17-2012 16:32:56 | More by rolltide8425
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mattsdenney

Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into NB globe glass.

A: Medium amber in color, slightly hazy, thick looking, light brown thin head.

S: Dried cherry, fig, bread, honey, and sweet malt.

T: Great tasting beer. Strong taste of dried fruit, bready malts, and a nice hop balance. The backbone reminds me of a belgian style ale but it mixes nicely with the american amber flavor.

M: Thin, light, medium carbonation. Feel doesn't linger for long.

O: This is an amber ale with substance. Great on flavor but not overbearing in weight or feel. Will definitely buy again when I'm craving this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:04:34 | More by mattsdenney
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Theheroguy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

07-13-2012 01:40:52 | More by Theheroguy
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-09-2012 20:29:44 | More by IrishColonial
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

a - dark reddish brown w/ 1 finger head

s - very sweet and malty. Lots of caramel / brown sugar scents

t - easy to drink, no hop pressence, lots of caramel. Sort of like a bock style

m - very watery and thin

o- an average beer , decent flavor, sessionable but a little lacking in body

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 19:17:38 | More by bubseymour
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Zakk

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-07-2012 20:29:48 | More by Zakk
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cheapswiller

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-06-2012 23:06:41 | More by cheapswiller
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Jason_Quad


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-05-2012 23:22:04 | More by Jason_Quad
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber and is relatively clear. Sticky white head floats atop. Smells of toasted malt and smoked peat. I'm glad I knew to expect some hops, because they are definitely noticed. Thankfully, not overpowering (wouldn't fit the style). Caramel, smoked peat and other complex malts are upfront with the piney hops balancing nicely. The malt lingers longer than the hops.Flavor of iced tea as it warms, as well. Clocks in at 5.8% ABV.

I'd say this is more of an Amber Ale than it is a Scotch Ale. It's tasty, has good balance, and is on the hoppier side of the spectrum.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 02:30:58 | More by McNealc31
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Carrboro Beverage Co.

Nice amber pour with a small head. hm...

Definitely a malty red. Toffee and caramel come to mind, but they fade away into a grassy malty thing.

Very sweet and full bodied. Hints of toffee caramel accent what seems like a light Scotch Ale. Very smooth and full bodied. This would be my go-to if it were available in more places. Plus Rally Drum Red from Great Lakes is just plain better.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 21:51:48 | More by VncentLIFE
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-02-2012 00:52:53 | More by Hanzo
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matthageman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-28-2012 16:08:29 | More by matthageman
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Dudeletter

Georgia

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.

http://www.dudeletter.com/?p=1000

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 15:41:22 | More by Dudeletter
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brotherloco

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-26-2012 20:38:08 | More by brotherloco
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

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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mecmd

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

06-24-2012 23:41:48 | More by mecmd
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Daktah

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

06-21-2012 19:03:55 | More by Daktah
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KentT

Tennessee

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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tjsmith910

Florida

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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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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SlowWideTurns

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-19-2012 13:34:43 | More by SlowWideTurns
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BeerdNick


4/5  rDev +5%

06-17-2012 20:49:51 | More by BeerdNick
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Cheet577


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

06-16-2012 15:06:39 | More by Cheet577
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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