Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing
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3.41/5 rDev -12.8%
Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet.
A- Orange/light copper that is difficult to see through completely. Thin, white head that dissipated quickly.
S- initially smelled bitter and a slight bread smell. With a few more sniffs, lots of pine and resin came through. As it warmed, citrus overcame the pine a little. Herbal notes came through as well.
T- Not as much of an alcohol taste as I was expecting from the gravity. Some light caramel and bread come through in the middle of the taste, while a nice bitterness kick off the taste and stick in the back of your mouth. Some malty flavor sticks around as it warms up some. Resin notes form hops hang out a while as well. Not as much citrus in the taste when compared to the nose, even as it warmed.
MF- Thin initially, but the hops wrap my tongue in a little sweater, waiting for the next sip.
Overall, this is possibly the best IIPA I've had (I'm generally not big into them, for what it's worth). This is not "too much", which is what I usually say about Imperial IPAs (I'm a bit of a puss.) This is a nice brew to sip on in a cold night in January after class.
01-30-2014 01:13:20 | More by phideltashaggy
4.18/5 rDev +6.9%
"An aggressively hopped and higher gravity version of our Kashmir IPA. Six hop varieties added at seven different times in the brew kettle, hopsack, whirlpool, and fermenter contribute to its complexity. This Imperial IPA also differs from our traditional Kashmir with the addition of over 60 pounds of dry hops per 50 barrels. In all, over 200 pounds of hops are used in each 50-barrel batch of this limited release. The robust, malty, and delightfully intense hop flavors and aromas are best enjoyed with an extremely stiff upper lip." Brewed in the style of an Imperial English India Pale Ale. This beer was most recently released in April 2013 after many years of absence.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a creamy eggshell white head over a medium amber body with medium haze and flakes of sediment in suspension. Retention is well above average, lacing is light and streaked. There's a lot of substance to this Double IPA. 4.25
(Smell) Biscuit and cracker malt combination, clean yet complex with a pairing herbal and tropical fruit hop profile with a moderate bitterness. Yeast and water choice is quite possibly English in origin or influence, with a slightly acidic tartness and some hard water mineral qualities, the subtleties only add an inviting complexity to this beer. Potency is medium. 4
(Taste) The malt base relies on mostly light pale and pilsner malts, although a touch of biscuity european malt adds a pinch of sugar sweetness and body. Hop bitterness and flavor is the dominant focus in the flavor- with a blend of fruity, resinous and herbaceous hop varieties, there is a very tasty blending of flavors and it comes together phenomenally. This beer finishes with a potent herbaceous and fruity hop with a strong, clean bitterness to match. Double IPA or English Imperial, this is a wonderful representative of both styles and comes off as dangerously drinkable. 4.25
(Mouthfeel) Mouthfeel is slick and thin with a light, clean texture. Carbonation adds some vitality with a subtle creaminess and smoothness to the beer. The body is lighter than expected for a Double IPA- I don't find myself slowly sipping at the body as it keeps light and drinkable, avoiding any highly viscous, thick and overly sweet balance, opting rather for a bitter-over-sweet balance. Overall it sits slightly above medium body amongst all beer styles. Alcohol presence is light/medium but doesn't come off in the least bit unpleasant with some mellow esters that are considerably masked by the hop bitterness and yeast qualities in this beer. 4
(Overall) Wow, what a solid effort. I don't find Imperial Kashmir reminding me all that much of the standard Kashmir release, although I'm going to have to give Kashmir a second look to see how it stacks up against this thoroughly enjoyable beer. Be wary of the Imperial treatment- the body keeps light and sessionable but the alcohol still kicks in just as strong. The beer has a beast of a hop presence and bitterness, as well. It's good to try a double IPA that doesn't go overboard in malt textures and rely solely on west coast hops. The yeast got it's fair share of credit in building this beer as well. I hope that Highland doesn't wait too long before they put this marvel out again. 4.25
Highland Imperial Kashmir India Pale Ale
10-07-2013 22:43:11 | More by Jadjunk
Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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