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Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 20
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mikesgroove on 09-23-2007

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Photo of phideltashaggy
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"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 Brewing's
Highland Imperial Kashmir India Pale Ale
4.18/5.00

Photo of scvance
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a brilliantly clear deep gold color with a thick, long lasting, fluffy, white head. High carbonation levels are visible. Smell is quite mild, some caramel notes, and slight alcohol. Taste is quite strong in alcohol, that really hits up front and lingers throughout. There is also a lasting sweetness, as well as a long lasting bittering finish. The sweetness is a little strong for my tastes. Medium carbonation present in the mouthfeel, and this beer is quite viscous.

I enjoyed this beer, however, it does not remind me of the original Kashmir which I really like. To call it "Imperial Kashmir" seems a misnomer when you relate it to the original. Overall, this is a good IIPA, however, for the price, I expected more.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some deep golden yellow + orange + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness followed by some moderate to strong aromas of citrus/orange rind, citrus/tangerine, and earthy hops. Moderate aromas of pine and spicy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange rind, citrus/tangerine, spicy, and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly. Light amounts of alcohol in the finish.

M: Slightly more than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: An Imperial English IPA is an interesting brew and not one that I find very often. I like the combination of hop flavors and aromas which are not too aggressively bitter and do not linger for too long. Does not drink like it is as high in ABV as it is...

Photo of joe1510
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

I was lucky enough to get this bottle in a trade from RustyDiamond, thanks Rusty. Imperial Kashmir enters the glass a hazy apricot with a few streams of large carbonation rising to the surface. A good looking finger and a half head of pure whiteness that eventually falls to a skimming and leaves some streaks of lacing on its way down.

The aroma on this beer is utterly unique. Things are a little faint at first but if you stick with it crazy notes of ground spruce needles and mandarin oranges jump out at you. There's something else in there, and although I can't put my finger on it, it fits flawlessly. A touch of alcohol spiciness finishes things off.

This beer is delicious! The flavor shows more pine needles than the aroma would suggest. The pine is big and pungent (in a good way). The crazy citrus involved wafts through the pine until the finish. There's some rich caramel maltiness that shows up and fortifies the hoppiness on the backend. The swallow leaves a nice tongue tingling bitterness.

You couldn't ask for a much better mouthfeel on a IIPA. The body is velvety and smooth. I run into far too many that are sweet and sticky. This walks the line perfectly.

For such a high abv this beer drinks far too easily. I'm crazy about the unique hoppiness (tangerine and mandarin oranges) and the pine bitterness.

Truth be told I thought this would be a good IIPA but it turns out it's an outstanding IIPA. I'm going to have to try and get my hands on a few more of these. The unique flavors work wonders in the mouth.

Reviewed: 1/19/08

Photo of rangerred
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a thin white head. Decent head retention, however, leaving a thin ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma is very resienous with a little must and dankness. Some overripe orange with a touch of lemon and grapefruit.

Loads of overripe fruit in the taste along with pine and earth. Bitterness is very high but there is a lot of malt to back of the hops and the toast and earth gives this a real English quality. With all the malt, though, the mouthfeel is not overly sweet at all and even finishes a bit dry. A quick shot of alcohol towards the finish lets you know this is a strong brew but it is not off-putting.

Overall, a very good job by Highland makining an Imperial English IPA which is something that isn't seen all too often. One I'm glad I picked up.

Photo of rajendra82
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very clear amber body was topped by a one finger thick head, and had lots of carbonation streamers running through it. The smell of the beer was a little muted for the style, and I could detect mango, pineapple, hay, grapefruit, and some spice. The taste was nicely balanced between bitter and sweet, with none overpowering the other. There were some tropical fruit flavors, and a lingering spiciness, but the overall flavor profile was simple and bold. The feel was sticky, and mouth coating, and the finish dry. An unassuming DIPA with decidedly English take.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance 3.50: Poured out a perfect golden color. No head at first, but magically a head popped up and then slowly dissipated. Old Hindu magic trick, no doubt.

Smell 3.75: Very pleasant bouquet. Very fragrant, but all one level and expertly balanced. Hop alkalinity hits the nose first along with pleasant grains and light caramel malts, like golden syrup.

Taste 4.25: Wow! Front is slightly salty (!) and here you also get the first hints of the hop overflow to come. The hops hit in the center of palate at this stage. Middle is where a silky-smooth, semi-sweet malty punch sneaks in along with more very pronounced but well-balanced hoppy goodness. Finish is wonderful: it seems like everything comes together in one malty, hoppy package. I am usually able to differentiate different hop tastes or flavor profiles, but with this beer, the consolidated flavor package is just so delicious... . I also detect that saltiness here; I don't find it unpleasant in the least. Aftertaste is relatively short, and fades away quickly making you want to grab the glass and quaff some more...always a good thing. Absolutely no hint of the 10+% ABV.

Mouthfeel 4.25: They nailed this, too. Perfect and outstanding level of carbonation that really accentuates this beer and kicks it into the stratosphere. I never grade this category high, but this brew deserves it.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding is right. You will search and search for a better Double IPA, but you will have a very hard time finding one better than Imperial Kashmir. Smooth, balanced, nuanced...this beer is an example of brewing excellence. The hops in this beer are all high-palate hops and I can recognize the "3 C's": Cascade, Chinook, Columbus. No funky, chunky or skunky hops in this baby. I have had other Highland Brewing beers and this bad mamma jamma is the Emperor of the bunch. Track it down if you can, it comes highly recommended.

Photo of nickfl
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves slightly lace.

S - Musty, pine hops and some rich malt.

T - Bready malt and bitter pine hops up front. More musty hop character in the middle and a finish of toffee, bread and herbal hops.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet, but slightly harshly bitter finish.

D - Meh, this is somewhere between an American a British IPA. The hops are strongly present, but not particularly pleasant, there is enough malt to balance the bitterness though and it is reasonably drinkable.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: thin head with some lacing on a clear deep gold with slight amber hue body.

S: caramel malt, pine resin, mild generic citrus but favors grapefruit and breads

T: pine resin, grass, floral and earthy hops, caramel and sour malts. Finishes with medicinal hops and mildly burnt toast.

M: medium to full body and moderate carbonation. oily coating the palate.

Overall: Booze are fairly well masked and not overdone. Not sure I have had an imperial english IPA. Not memorable or all that great but not bad either.

Photo of wyatt13
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Onenote81 sent me this bottle last week -- thanks, Jon! Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a stemmed glass.

A - Pours a quite clear, golden color with two fingers of a creamy white head. Great retention that promises impeccable lacing. No surprise -- sheets of thick lacing leave the glass looking beautiful.

S - This one definitely smells like an English IPA. A good amount of hop bitterness on the aroma, but well supported by a caramelized malt backbone. A nice sweet, yet fruity blend.

T - Very intensely flavored, with a swift kick in the taste buds halfway through the swallow. Sweet malts and a bit of fruity hops combine together for a lengthy aftertaste. A bit boozy, but I think it works pretty well with the style.

M - A rather full mouthfeel for the style, with a heavy presence in the mouth. Appropriate carbonation with a nice sticky residue that remains.

O - A very robust version of an English IPA. Very flavorful and a nice change of pace from the intensely hoppy IPAs I have been drinking lately. Thanks, Jon!

Photo of kemoarps
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brentk56 for helping fill my new place with good beer after the big move.

Pours a very light straw. Very clear. Enticing little white head. Good retention and lacing.

Minimal hops on the aroma. Grainy, a little grassy, but not fresh cut grass, more of an old dry grass element. Some candy sweet in the third act, and some floral hops finally peek in at the end. Underwhelming so far. Almost a soapy undertone (and no, it's not from the glass).

Well, this is a tale of two halves, as my buddy Scott was so fond of saying. While I was incredibly underwhelmed by the appearance and the aroma, the taste, thankfully, takes over and is executed much better than the two previous categories.
Starts off with a caramel sweet creaminess that quickly gives way to all kinds of bitterness. I can't quite pin down the specifics of the bitter, but there's definitely some orange rind, I'm catching a touch of pine sap and as it fades the interplay of bitter and sweet conjures memories of honeysuckle from my youth. Now if that's not florid and sappy enough for you (get it? GET IT??!?), I don't know what to say...
As it warms, I do get that aspirin pill chalky-bitterness that has been mentioned in previous reviews, but not to the point that it ruins an otherwise enjoyable beer for me.

The punch of the bitter dissipates, leaving a creamy sweet finish with a bitter mid-palate, but not in an enjoyably sense.

Of the recent box I received, this was one of the lower-on-my-list-of-excitement bottles. After the pour and sticking my nose into it, I felt my low expectations were justified at least. Then I started drinking it. I'm excited to try the other brews I received, because if this marks the lower end of that box, I'm in for a treat.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear burnt orange. Nice hints of dark gold at the edges. Head is off-white with full of large bubbles, creamy, and leaves a small clumpy cap. Sheets of sticky lacing and notches mark the glass with each sip. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: A bit of booze over a big sweet malt base. Syrupy with a ton of caramel and toffee sweetness. Biscuity with some serious cooked and caramelized malts. Hop profile is all over the place. Loads of grapefruit flesh with some pithy undertones. Deeply floral. Sweet and some pine. Oily.

Taste: Hoppy syrup booze. Crazy cooked sugars. Runs the gamut from caramel to toffee to a hint of molasses and brown sugar. So much malt sweetness. Sharp alcohol on the back is a bit more pronounced as the beer warms. Nice punch of citrus and some bitter pine. A bit leafy and floral. Some artificial pineapple lingers. Warming makes it a bit too sweet overall. A touch of butterscotch.

Mouthfeel: Wet and oily. Super slick and smooth. Moderate carbonation helps. A bit of drying alcohol on the back.

Overall: An improvement over the standard, but a bit of a mess overall.

A big boozy malt bomb that's aggressively hopped. I know it's a blurry line, but this really hits as a super hoppy barleywine with all the crazy malt things going on. A bit unbalanced and over sweet, but good and definitely worth the time.

Photo of farrago
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good amount of larger to moderately sized bubbles gives the head an irregular surface, little under two fingers high, clean white in color, thick sheets of lacing with excellent stickiness. Mild orange amber in color, not really golden, not especially clear and curious absence of any visible bubbles. The nose is extremely sweet with coconut custard, juicy pink grapefruit, molasses, flowers and apricot, peach fruit, balances this out with pepper and cut grass notes and lighter metallic earthiness, strong nostril presence with lots of length and staying power. Full-bodied, creamier and more carbonated than expected based on visual inspection, almost heavy at times. Here too it emphasizes its sweetness with pink and white grapefruit, mandarin orange citrus and pine sap in addition to pineapple, nectarine, apricot fruit. The florality gets lost in the mix. Maple syrup, molasses and brown sugar keep the love fest going but, at the same time, there a hardness to the finish, pepper, baked bread crusts, meadow grasses to green straw. It is boozy for sure and its syrupy texture keeps it adhered to your mouth pores long after you have swallowed it down. Likely over the top for many but if you enjoy the full metal jacket approach now and then this may be up your alley.

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of hops are present in the nose. It is difficult to discern particular aromas since so many hops were used, but I can pick up some citrus and pine resin.
T: You can immediately tell that this is an Imperial IPA as it has a strong underlying malt backbone to support the high alcohol content, but the hops take center stage on the taste and lend a moderate to high amount of bitterness. Hints of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a rather full-bodied IPA so it is one that really needs to be slowly sipped. I definitely would not have more than one of these in a single sitting.

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle

A - clear golden orange with a thin, white head that has great retention

S - crystal malt, faint citrus

T - bread, sugary, faint birthday cake, citrus, pine, bitter

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit warm

This is a nice DIPA from Highland. I am partial to a sweeter DIPA that offers that delicious birthday cake-like, sugary sweetness. This one also packs a solid hop punch. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of MacQ32
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a near clear light orange gold with a finger of near white head. Rentention is a little weak, moderate outer ring crawls up the glass a bit, lacing is swell.

S - Sweet (slightly bready) caramel malts, slightly resinous hops, citrus/sweet fruits (grapefruit).

T - Very bitter, hop intensive, dry and resinous up front. Citrusy qualities are detectable but the alcohol definitely dominates. Aftertaste is astringent and slight dry bitterness. Alcohol outweighs any other flavor.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Somewhat chewy

O - Pretty tasty but the alcohol too dominant relative to the other flavors imo

Photo of ThickNStout
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 7.99. No bottling date but this is a pretty recent re-release. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours a clear but faded amber gold with three quarters finger white head which fades to a thin layer and leaves a good deal of lace.

Smells of earthy and floral hops with traces of pine and sweet citrus.

Taste packs a bitter wallop. As in the nose, the flavors seem more floral and earthy bitter hops. Strong bready, sweet malt presence. Pine, citrus rind, burnt caramel and pepper. Very little noticeable alcohol despite an abv topping 10%.

Oily, slick and approaching chewy medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Bitter floral finish with a kiss of booze.

A different take on the imperial IPA. Far better than their standard Kashmir IPA in my opinion but still not what I typically look for. Still, no regrets as a one time purchase of something "just a wee bit different" and I had no problem finishing the whole bomber.

Photo of johnsonni
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into duval pint sized tulip

A: Pours a transparent dark orange with about two fingers of off-white head.

S: Smells of warm alcohol up front briefly, followed by scents of citrus/grapefruit, floral scents, mellowed by smells of hops and sweet malt, maybe caramel malt.

T: Upfront you get soft notes of grapefruit and pine, mostly overshadowed by the hops and dominating malt. Finishes with a hard to pin bitterness due to the 6 different hop types and also a somewhat strong boozy aftertaste.

M: Slightly prickly from the carbonation, medium body, somewhat creamy.

O: Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA, especially since its a local brew to me. Nothing I would go extremely out of my way for if it wasn't readily available in your area. If it is, definitely worth a try.

Photo of AlexFields
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very clear plain amber, large and impressive head but the color is pretty dull.

Nose has a strong and nice malt character, fairly bready, decent hoppiness too with pine and maybe some light fruit and floral notes, this smells pretty sweet and malty overall which usually I hate in an IPA but I enjoy the nose on this for whatever reason.

Taste is pretty unusual--very malty again, lots of bready character, some nice spicy and floral notes, some grassiness maybe, light bitterness. Not aggressively hoppy.

Pretty nice mouthfeel, good carbonation and really creamy feel, some booze though and this is too malty or an IPA to be super drinkable. Pretty thick and chewy feel.

This is okay--not really my type of IPA, I still enjoy it despite it being a malt forward IPA with very little citrus, but at $11 a bottle I won't be buying it again.

5.8/10

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an yellowish color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A subtle aroma of hops, malt, and a hint of citrus.

T: Tasted of hops more than anything else (this is a DIPA after all), some malt, a hint of citrus, and a little bit of pine as well. Slightly different than your typical Double IPA flavor, but still worthwhile.

M: A highlly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not exactly what I expected, but nonetheless a very good beer. On the whole, drinkable.

Photo of pwoods
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours an attractive bloody amber. Two solid fingers of stiff tight head forms and holds like a champ. good lacing.

S: Spicy hops with a muted citrus backbone. Big, super sweet, chewy malts.

T/M: Bitterness seems muted. So does the citrus. Big sweet malts, chewy and syrupy. closer to a BW. Very juicy but not citrusy. Alcohol is pretty big. Body is thick and chewy with moderate carbonation.

D: Not a favorite. Pretty big ABV.

Photo of Arbitrator
1.83/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. 2007 vintage, tried at the end of July 2009. Sent (and recommended) by Uwftke26.

A: Pours a cloudy amber body with orange tones against the light. Has a fairly generous 2 inches of head with pretty good retention, taking between 5-10 minutes to collapse into a lighter cap on top of the brew before I can start drinking. Thick scoops of lace down the sides from the head, and light register marks as I sip.

S: Lots of caramel malts with something of a nutty bent to them, and some barnyard notes (infected?). Grapefruit and herbal hops next. I'm surprised it's still hoppy for something that is two years old.

T: Tilted slightly toward sweet caramel with nuts and molasses, with citrus hops making a play toward the latter half of the taste. It pulls to a resiny finish with a lingering bitterness. It's not bad, but just kind of unimpressive. I really don't think the hops held up well.

M: Medium bodied. Fizzy carbonation, but not enough to clean the resin off, giving it a slightly oily feel. Definitely boozy still, with some heat on exhalation.

D: It was pretty interesting to try, but I couldn't figure out how to respond to this beer. It's not really a great IIPA, and the malts aren't complex enough to make it a good barleywine... Just kind of a muted compromise between both. I'm not sure what I was supposed to get out of this one.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for bringing me a few of these back from Asheville when they were released. A 22 ounce bomber bottle (my last one) poured into a standard shaker glass. The ale appears a cloudy deep rich apricot color with at least two fingers of pillowy off white head. The foam leaves behind a thin sticky lace in it's wake. Nose and flavor are of sweet caramelized malts, a nice dose of citrus such as grapefruit and lemon, medium toasted bread, earthy, bitter fruits, still quite a bit of alcohol lingering about. The ale falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with adequate carbonation for a DIPA. Drink 'em up.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at local BA tasting.

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus and earthy aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

My expectations where met.

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Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.