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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,209 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,209
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 28
Gots: 131 | 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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Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color with very little foam head. Very unique flavor. More hop character than a lot of amber ales but same sweet caramel malt flavor. Very good and unique taste. Highly recommended, even from someone that is not a big fan of this style.

Photo of eristicrat
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of portia99
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a muddy, yeast particulate laden brown body with a meager attempt at forming a head. What is there falls quickly leaving behind a loose collar.

S - Quite malty, molasses, brown sugar and caramel. Some toastiness too. Strangely I get a bit of a chlorinated pool water type aroma in here too...not especially pleasant.

T - Definitely malt forward, especially caramelly...a bit of metallic hoppiness mixed in. Molasses touches towards the finish. Hop bitterness balances out the sweet malt fairly well...a bit toasty and dry towards the finish.

M - On the thin side of medium bodied - starts out mildly sweet and finishes rather dry and biscuity. Balance is good. Carbonation is medium level, fizzy and tingly.

O - Weird pool water aroma detracts heavily here. Otherwise not bad...flavor is much better than the aroma, but still only really rates an average for me. Not undrinkable by any stretch, but not particularly satisfying either. Glad to try it, but likely a one and done for me.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Clearish amber with a steady stream of small bubbles. A nice finger of head leaves behind nice lacing. A pretty beer, but nothing exceptional.

S: Quite nice! Fruity, floral, bready/malty, and just a touch of hops. Mm, the finest-smelling amber ale I can call to mind at the moment.

T: Tasty and unobjectionable. A clean, toasty taste, full of malts, with a minimal bitterness that manages to round off the flavour quite nicely. The aftertaste is lightly drying.

M: 'Clean' is all I can really say. It leaves little trace after departure, save the aforementioned dryness. Incredibly easy to drink.

O: An excellent ale that fails to achieve greatness only because it is so easygoing and...average, but I mean that word in the best sense. A great casual drinking beer; recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of gerite
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average one to two finger head with a thick cloudy copper color with good lacing throughout. Only the slightest bitterness with a smooth malt taste. Very little carbonation. The mouthfeel is full and robust with just a hint of hops. A very enjoyable well balanced beer that gets better with every sip.

Photo of planbee
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Poured dark amber color with thin head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Malts, caramel and almonds.

T - Malts dominate followed by sweet caramel, toffee, honey with a slightly bitter dry nutty finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - Very good ale from Highland that's a bit unconventional but very tasty. I would highly recommend it.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 1,209 ratings.