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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,080 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,080
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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bonSreeB

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-26-2013 16:58:00 | More by bonSreeB
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MichaelProcton

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-06-2014 04:37:47 | More by MichaelProcton
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Durge

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one of my experiences at Tyler's Tap Room in Durham, NC. This poured a dark brown-copper color with a decent head and great lace throughout. It had a mild but nice chocolate malt aroma. The taste brought more sweet malt goodness with touches of caramel and butterscotch quite evident. There is a more subtle hops presence which brings in a dry grassy quality in the finish. I even detected a slight fruit highlight, like melon maybe. Very active carbonation and quite drinkable for this style. Definitely recommended for a try and I will enjoy again.

Update 07/30/08: A dark copper color ale with a solid off-white head and some goodly gobs of lacing. The aroma is a mild malty cereal deal, hard to nail down and not particularly strong. The flavor is much more definitive in great malt character with some clove and raspberry/cherry and chocolate. Really complex and fun to drink. Well carbonated and not heavy in alcohol so it is easy drinking for the style. Medium feel, maybe even a bit light for this type of brew but very enjoyable. Definitely try this one as something easy to like and a little different. Malt is the theme and it's a good one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 02:44:57 | More by Durge
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travismiller80

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-31-2014 21:53:50 | More by travismiller80
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-16-2013 15:59:17 | More by ToddThompson
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BeerGod27

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-12-2013 18:29:09 | More by BeerGod27
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beerme626

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-24-2014 01:45:28 | More by beerme626
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-11-2012 12:18:49 | More by grumpygerman
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with a date of 9-22-10, poured in a New Belgium globe glass.

Amber colored beer came out cloudy. After a while it had cleared up a bit. I got a little bit of off-white head, maybe a finger. Little lacing was seen. The aroma was predominantly of hops with citrus and floral qualities. After it warmed to room temperature, I noted some additional malt aroma.

The label on this beer says that it is "exceptionally balanced" between malts and hops, but I felt the taste of the hops were quite a bit more evident. Came across as hoppy/bitter, although that did give it a nice crisp bite. Body was medium, with a high amount of carbonation. The finish was bitter.

I felt this was a good beer, but could have used more malt characteristics to be in better balance as the style goes.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:36:31 | More by sommersb
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yankeefan287

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-12-2012 20:48:45 | More by yankeefan287
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Mappies

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-30-2012 03:01:17 | More by Mappies
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rpandre2

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-14-2013 20:08:29 | More by rpandre2
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Skid

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-14-2012 19:37:41 | More by Skid
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John1985

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red amber color iwth a quickly dissipating head. Fresh hoppy aroma, inital flavor had a brisk balanced flavor up front that gave way to a sweet malty flavor. Aftertaste was brief. This ale goes down smooth but is not very exciting. It was available at every restaurant I visited in Asheville NC. For flavor I would opt for the St. Therese Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2005 16:04:50 | More by John1985
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Goukbeergals

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color I can barely see through. Not much head. Subdued malty nose. Bready caramel taste up front with a sharp hop kick in the middle with a malty finish. Pretty tasty and well balanced. Dry light mouthfeel highly carbonated. Overall a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2013 06:40:56 | More by Goukbeergals
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lockewoodfin

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-15-2013 12:35:43 | More by lockewoodfin
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AMCPhD

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-21-2014 00:29:44 | More by AMCPhD
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MLKincer

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-05-2013 01:15:01 | More by MLKincer
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Proclarush

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-25-2013 03:18:01 | More by Proclarush
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kosmak125

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-13-2013 03:01:17 | More by kosmak125
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-18-2013 03:00:50 | More by BillRoth
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Guitars_and_beer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-04-2014 15:40:16 | More by Guitars_and_beer
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-22-2012 18:16:43 | More by Texasfan549
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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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EvilPumpkin

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep ruby red with a nice thick off white head that retains well till the bottom of the glass with a little lacing.

S: Strong malt with a noticeable sweetness and a very slight hop spice at the very tail end.

T: Very similar to the smell. The malt comes through sweet initially followed by a nice bready flavor. The hops follow with a slight spice and then a clean bitterness that lingers for a bit.

M: An initial creaminess is broken by a moderate level of carbonation that dances on the tongue until the beer is swallowed.

D: Highly drinkable. A well rounded beer balanced nicely between malts and hops as well as creaminess and carbonation. If I lived around here I could definitely use this as a basic session standard.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 02:59:56 | More by EvilPumpkin
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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