Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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1,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 29
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-11-2002)
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Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a dep amber color with a nice head that fades to lacing.

S: Aroma of caramel, malt sweetness with a bit of citrus and pine.

T: Starts with a malty sweetness and some grain. There is some citrus that peeks through from time to time. There is a nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F:Medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy. Nicely balanced. Has nice character.

O: Goes down easy, good amber ale. Worth a try.

Photo of swh1972
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Agold
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice caramel color with a short white head that recedes to a bit more than a film. Leaves a bit of lacing, but not much. Very nice looking. Aroma is nice, biscuit, a bit of caramel, and some floral hops. Flavor is a bit nutty, mildly bitter, nice earthy, floral hops, very mild cocoa, but nothing outstanding. Good beer though. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation, could be a bit fuller, but not complaining. Overall, nice beer. Really easy drinking and refreshing.

Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a haul of beer my parents bought me on their way back from Florida.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 10/05/11.

Appearance: Body is a nice mix of orange and amber. A voluminous head that slowly recedes yet hold strong at 2-3 fingers. Spidery lacing glues itself to the glass.

Smell: Resiny hops mixed with caramel malt, tangerine and orange.

Taste: Tea-like bitterness (discreet) with a strong caramel overtone as well as a biscuity side. Earthy hops but malt controls this. Plush fruit as well.

Mouthfeel: Low lying bitterness that tapers off as it warms. Overall nice feel.

Overall: Not a standout but i ended up liking it. Definitely a viable option as compared to bland beers.

Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of AndyTaylor
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Hopman1985
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of wowbagger
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear red. Not much aroma, some hop.

Good and hopy red, a little dry but not too much. Some sweet notes. Coats the tongue nicely and has some sharpness at the back of the mouth.

Overall, a very solid amber ale. Hopier than most reds, but still quite good. I'd definitely recommend it.

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of sendsilk
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of danoeltico
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of dcellis
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DCon
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Ingles Grocery Store in Asheville, NC & added to my Mix-A-Six Pack for $8.88. Poured from the Red/Golden Labeled bottle w/ a Scottish character playing the back pipes into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date.

Aroma- Strong sweetness, maltiness, and caramel. Smooth and smells like its going to be an easy going brew.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a light amber colored body and is fairly clear. Leave thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Starts clean with light caramel and good amount of sweetness. Has a sweet finish too. Lightest hop flavor and no bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Bodied, Smooth, Clean, and has a sweet caramel aftertaste.

Overall Impression- Easy going brew with light character and all around nice amber ale. Could enjoy many of these back to back but definitely wish there was more hop and character to them. Above average overall and definitely know there are much better brews from Highland. How should I say this without be cliche? Session ale?

Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of OldTime
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of everlong353
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of BeerNut78
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of tvv375ia
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-somewhat hazy burnt orange color with about a finger of head that fades quickly to a ring without much lacing

S-big bready malt up front then some carmel with a little fruitiness maybe apple or pear witha little citru hop on the finish

T-not quite as big as the smell but starts with some nutty malts and fruit like sweetness which is balanced by a mild hoppy finish

M-medium body with good carbonation

O-well balanced that really shows the style well

Photo of smarkham24
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Bell's pint glass and the brew is a clear amber (duh) color with a smallish off white head. There is thinnish sliding lacing on the glass.

The aroma is amber malts and hops (Cascade and Willamette according to the bottle).

The flvor follows the nose and it is very well balanced malt and hops bill with the bittering hops leaving a bit on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is a hint under medium with lowish carbination and a semi dry finish thanks to the bittering hops. This brew is spot on as far as style description goes and it is definately a great drinker that could easily be consumed all day long or untill one was face down in the gravel.

Although it's not that complex, it's an AAA, there's no need for it to be. Tipping my old worn out Dale Earnhart hat to you Highland Brewing, for a great American Amber !

Photo of beerguy36
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of StateMech
4/5  rDev +5%

Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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