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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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very good

1,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 27
Gots: 112 | 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%

caaameron, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

LGFitz2, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

williamjbauer, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kegmans, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

mwar, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

4runner4ever, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

TDintino, Nov 30, 2012
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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
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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
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.