1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

Not Rated.
Highland Gaelic AleHighland Gaelic Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

1,250 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 521
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 30
Gots: 170 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-11-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 1,250 | Reviews: 521
Photo of danoeltico
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of dcellis
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DCon
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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%

Photo of RKel888
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ONUMello
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent reddish-orange color. Next to no head.
S: Loaded with brown sugar and caramel. Some bread and just the tiniest hint of hops come through as well.
T: Slightly sweet with caramel and generic fruit notes. Then toasted malt and spice come through, with hops to round it out. Very balanced and pleasant.
M: Perhaps a bit thinner than I would expect but medium weight, nice overall.
O: Very drinkable, good balance. I enjoyed it.

Photo of JayAre46
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to louisb for this extra. pours a brilliant transparent amber with some ruby hues very striking color. the head is white and produced one finger from the pour and quickly fell but shows great retention. the aroma is very subtle of apple covered carmel, grain minimal hops and some toasted aspects. maybe some cinnamon spice as well. the taste has that same apple covered caramel to it then goes into sweet spice and malt character with a touch of hops with almost no bitterness. alcohol is not present. the mouth feel is medium, very clean with a moderate amount of carbonation and is refreshing. overall this is well made brew lacking the hops or it could be outdated, no date found. anyway i would look at this as a gateway craft brew for individuals wanting to get their feet wet. thanks again louis

Photo of Kiknwitcooper
1/5  rDev -73.8%

Photo of Apellonious
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from six at the Teeter.

A- amber with orange highlights, solid but clear, pours with just a thin lace .

S - Sweet smell, some nut/malt and fruit, slight alcohol.

T - there is a mild fruit sweetness, some malt chewieness, some light brown ale suggestions, with some hops on the back end. Noting some vanilla. I am going to go out a limb and say Fat Tire was modeled after this beer.

M - great balance and carbonation, a tad watery.

O - this review is long overdue ( was reviewed on another beer review site a while back). This has been one of my "go to" beers for many years. Definitely recommended. An amber ale with some additional complexity while being highly drinkable.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up a little less than a month ago when in NC. poured into my blue point snifter. poured a deep shiny crimson red with a off-white frothy head that was gone quick leaving spotty lacing. smell and taste are somewhat bland, with a subtle mix of caramel toastiness. very easy drinker, but a bit watery. very unassuming and unoffending, but certainly not attention grabbing. the most noticeable thing about this beer is how even the taste is. ambers can be a turnoff if they are too aggressive and this one is pretty likeable.

Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich and clear amber/red color. Starts off with a 2 (maybe more) finger white head that settles down to decent lacing around the glass. has good retention by keeping at least a blanket of foam on top from start to finish.

The aroma is full of toasted malt goodness. Sweet yet mildly smokey. And the hops are blended so well.

Rich toasted malt, and some caramel or toffee hits the palate through out the life of the ale. Only to be blended perfectly with the right amount of hop bitterness.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Great drinking for any time you are in the mood for one of the best American Red's you can find. Go get some!!!

Photo of Naamandroid
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of rangerred
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap.

Arrived a clear medium ruby with a thin layer of foam.

Smell was caramel malt with some hoppyness present. Also seemed to be a slight yeasty quality.

Taste was quite malty up front with caramel being a predominate flavor. A moderate hoppy bitterness soon took over and lasted through the finish.

A decent beer from highland but not really my favorite.

Photo of busterwhite
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange to amber color with 1 finger off white head.

Smells of malty sweetness with slight floral/peppery hop aroma.

Malt sweetness in the taste balanced well with the hops. Nicely balanced.

Smooth, medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall a solid Amber Ale with a solid malt backbone. This one goes down easy.

Photo of joeyrvv
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jpotocik
5/5  rDev +31.2%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.