Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
4.06/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2013 04:56:33 | More by BeerDocT
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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.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2014 01:13:20 | More by phideltashaggy
3.96/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Into a chalice:
A: golden amber colored body that is slightly transparent with a thin half finger white foamy head that dies immediately leaving some speckled spider web lacing clinging pretty hard to the glass,
S: biscuit/cracker malt-like subtleties coated over top of the hops - basically combined nicely, tropical yet slightly citrus hops
T: bittersweet as its nicely combined all the way throughout the entire drink, bittersweet aftertaste, dry sticky finish
M: medium, semi-sessionable, carbonation is good for a DIPA as there is nothing obscure and still gives an adequate sharpness most DIPA's give, surprisingly enough, ABV isn't really noticed - wow - I like it!
O: this is a very good DIPA, but as I get to the end of this, I see its labeled as an English IPA, interesting, no worries I would definitely have this again. I guess it could pass for one as the malts do show themselves pretty strong throughout, but with that ABV, hmm.... I'm just thinking this should probably be labeled as an DIPA.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2013 02:33:32 | More by BeerKangaroo
4.18/5 rDev +6.9%
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 Imperial Kashmir India Pale Ale
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2013 22:43:11 | More by Jadjunk
3.61/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2013 22:09:37 | More by scvance
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...
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2013 01:13:53 | More by dbrauneis
4.39/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-19-2013 00:56:01 | More by joe1510
Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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