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Highland Gaelic Ale - Highland Brewing

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very good

1,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 27
Gots: 87 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-24-2014 03:43:45 | More by Slater_Mounts
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-30-2012 17:46:53 | More by dccombs
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-02-2012 04:37:46 | More by 4runner4ever
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

My first Amber love and southern addiction is the Highland Brewery. Their beer is from Asheville, NC and the locality promises the freshness of the sample. The beer is on the hoppy end of the spectrum, but the mellowness of a well crafted amber permeates through the hopped nature of the beer. The beer’s cascade hops add a citrus freshness to add punctuation to the malty caramel taste. The carbonation adds a baked bread, almost a toasted desert bread scent to the nose of this wonderful beer.


06-27-2012 15:41:22 | More by Dudeletter
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-01-2014 23:15:43 | More by jasonPsager
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4/5  rDev +5%

12 oz. bottle Pint glass
Apearance: Nice amber color with a quickly fading light tannish head
Aroma:Sweet malt and Caramel with some hop spicyness
Taste:I thought this was a scotch ale, the maltiness was dominate the hops drys up some of the sweetness but I didnt notice a big
PNW hop profile .
Drinkabilty: heck yea get you some!I think its a great amber that should appeal to most beer lovers

11-30-2005 15:06:15 | More by beerhandy
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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

appearance : dark orange, apricot colored and murky, one finger head that quickly dissipates leaves a little lace.

smell: light floral notes, some sweet fruit, grapes, berries.

taste: well balanced, bottle says a good amount of malty sweetness but i didnt really taste that much malt. little to no hops come throught, floral and balanced.

mouthfeel: smooth as hell, i could drink a sixer of these with out hesitation. flavor stays on the top of your mouth long after swallowed.

drinkability: real easy. fans of balanced beers will love this ale. drinking this beer brings me back to my parents garden, smelling all the flowers around me.

03-19-2006 19:09:12 | More by redelephantdane
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4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

The Highland Gaelic Ale is a great amber. The Ale has a great nose. On the nose it has some light malts, with some very light floral. The mouth feel is very light, but with lots of flavor. The Gaelic Ale has a good balance of malt and hops, not one overpowering the other. It finishes very clean and crisp. At 5.8% ABV is could be a good session beer.

12-18-2010 21:23:58 | More by beldin96
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-10-2012 03:14:51 | More by Jasmina
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-16-2014 19:48:48 | More by Dsg10
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-01-2012 01:09:56 | More by arparker89
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3.85/5  rDev +1%


12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Enjoyed at home.

A: Rich amber color with a thick, off-white head. The head lingered and laced well. This definitely looks like an ale, and the bold appearance suggests some of the strong scents and distinguished taste of this brew.

S: Sweet and malty, while also somewhat toasty, with hints of caramel.

T: A rich flavor. Smooth at the start -- lighter than expected, actually. The taste lingers pleasantly in the mouth. I'd say that this ale has a distinct flavor, but not an over-powering one. Compared with other ales, this one's taste is notable for its bold but drinkable character.

M: Medium-bodied, but perhaps on the lighter side of "medium." Certainly not too light for an ale, but there seems to be room for it to be a bit more robust here.

O: A solid ale, above average but not incredible. It is definitely drinkable and enjoyable, without some of the overpowering flavors of other ales. I'd enjoy it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out.

10-06-2012 01:30:52 | More by maki88
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-11-2014 05:23:53 | More by skinnypete16
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4.8/5  rDev +26%

From my perspective, this is a nice combination of malt sweetness and hop balance that makes for a very refreshing brew. It pours a nice amber color with malt and hop overtones dominating the nose. My first thought was Pale Ale but after further review, it was definately an amber ale at heart. I like it. The nice smooth hop finish and sweet malts give you something to come back to.

02-09-2003 15:20:34 | More by lewwjr
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South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: crystal clear, beautiful amber colored brew that produced a thick but wispy off-white head with light lacing.

Smell: aroma dominated by sweet caramel with hints of smoke and fruit.

Taste: malty but not overly sweet flavor dominated by bread crust and caramel, with hints of smoke, earth, and fruit. Hop flavor subtle but present enought to nicely balance the brew. Flavor reminiscent of a Scotch ale but overall more restrained.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin and highly carbonated, this beer doesn't really linger on the palate.

Overall: a flavorful yet highly drinkable session beer that's rightfully the flagship of Highland Brewery.

02-05-2011 22:15:59 | More by ZacHart
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

04-30-2012 17:44:17 | More by ssk
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-06-2013 23:17:36 | More by willland
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-17-2013 02:37:28 | More by PatDow
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-13-2013 03:01:17 | More by kosmak125
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-08-2012 02:07:01 | More by CherryGhost
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-21-2012 03:49:46 | More by kakelso
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-03-2014 00:29:06 | More by bigjohnn
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-02-2014 19:16:35 | More by thing1
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

An excellent fruity, well balanced between hops and malt, easy to drink session ale. Delightful finish. Has a slight caramelly note. Rich and complex enough to be interesting but never dull. I recommend it very highly. And it is reasonably priced here in East Tennessee.

06-21-2012 01:28:16 | More by KentT
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

11-09-2012 02:36:22 | More by markmccoy
Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
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