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Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Imperial Kashmir IPAHighland Imperial Kashmir IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 09-23-2007)
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

07-08-2013 04:56:33 | More by BeerDocT
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

Man it kicks ass to find this brew up here in western NY,poured from the bottle a deep slight hazed burnt orange with a tight formed 1 1/2 finger white head.Deep piney aromas in the nose with some grapefruit rind and caramel sweetness.Resiny flavors really hit up front like that of leather and pine with underlying grapefruit rind and a hefty caramel base.I have drank alot of Highland brews in the past but this takes the cake it kicks major arss.

01-06-2008 23:21:57 | More by oberon
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

04-20-2013 03:51:10 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

Bomber pours a hazed copper amber body with a respectable almond head. Good retention with attractive sheets and patches of lace decorating the pint glass.

Very robust aroma that is awash in hops. Herbal, earthy, spicy, pine, and citrus notes are all there. A background of caramel reminds that some malts are lurking underneath.

Solid medium body has a hint of hops resins and chewiness. Well carbonated.

Taste is dominated by earthy and leafy hops. Herbal tea notes, leather, and tobacco are also picked up. Bitter pine and citrus rind notes add to the fun. Spicy pepper and warming alcohol add even more interest. A solid malt backbone plays second fiddle but keeps the hops from totally bullying the playground.

Very well done. Certainly one of Highland's better efforts. Many thanks to mntlover for sending this one to western Kentucky.

11-22-2007 17:29:05 | More by merlin48
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WeymouthMike

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +23.5%

A- Feat looking reddish amber with a beige/white head

S-This beer smells incredible. Tough to describe but would say a boozy honeylike smell.

T- Again honey with citrus and wonderfully malty. Definetly a warming alcohol finish.

M- Smooth with little carbonation and a slight bitter alcohol finish

D-I love this beer. Probably the first NC beer I've had a would love more after trying this one

05-09-2008 23:48:24 | More by WeymouthMike
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barronkr

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +18.4%

Pours from a 22 oz. bottle.

A nice translucent copper color with a fine head. The smell is deep and complex, a mix of different hops. A very intense but invitingly sweet, fruity hop aroma. An excellent smell.

The taste is somewhat acerbic at first, with an assault of hop flavor that just dominates the first sip. The sweetness swiftly follows, but fades fast into a drier finish. No particular hop variety is readily distinguishable (in my opinion), but it is truly a well-blended mix of citrusy, earthy, somewhat piney, mildy fruity (a touch of salty) hops. As the beer warms, the malt starts to hold its own against the hops, offering some bicuity and ever-so-slighty toasted notes to the taste. Overall, this is what I hope every IIPA tastes like when I try it - too often they venture into the ambiguous gray area that fringes on a barley wine. This is perhaps one of the best representations I have tasted.

The mouthfeel is great, but there is a certain tingling sensation on the tongue that endures througout the swallow, a feeling you would know if you have ever chewed on a freshly dried hop cone (don't get me wrong, I LOVE hops).

An amazing beer overall. Hopefully more will be brewed next year.

02-23-2008 03:58:55 | More by barronkr
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pwoods

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

10-30-2009 00:23:47 | More by pwoods
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ltdantheman

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-10-2013 14:04:12 | More by ltdantheman
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Highland- Imperial Kashmir IPA

Thanks to Limesmut for this 1.

A- Nice looking bloody reddish orange with a big foamy head.
S- Sweet sugary malt. Dried fruits and pine needles.
T- Sweet malt with hints of vanilla. Dried fruits like cherries and pinapple blended with a sweet sugary red grapefruit and oily pine needle hops.
M- Although sweet throughout not overpowering and quite refreshing. This is 10.2% alc?! Neer would of guessed it. Well hidden alc. but just a touch cloying in the end.

Overall- A highly drinkable Imp. IPA. A definite addition to your fridge or Wants list!

01-13-2008 21:26:01 | More by NJpadreFan
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Thanks goes out to khiasmus for this one.

Pours a nice dark brown reddish ruby color with a nice fluffy stark white head that retains well, and leaves good lacing.

Nose is all malt. Some faint hops in here, but nothing massive like one would expect in a big IPA.

Taste follows, but there is some more hops in here than the nose indicated, although not much. Malt profile is enormous. Incredibly sweet. Hop bitterness starts to show up more towards the end, but is still quite faint. I kind of expected this, as this one does have a bit of age on it, but it is still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is nice, a bit too viscous, but overall pretty good.

Drinkability would be much better if this one still had the hop punch that it may have had at one time. Now it is a bit harder to drink.

OVerall I think this may have been a quality DiPA at one time, but at this point (this review is here solely for those who still have some of this laying around) it has faded quite a bit i think. Unless this one was one hell of a malty IPA to begin with, I would say this one is well past its prime. Still an enjoyable beverage, but it seems to be a shadow of what it once was. A good beer.

11-01-2008 05:30:05 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%

With great appreciation to Mike from Cole's for sharing his bomber. Soapy head. Yeast and complex meld of five hops, including dry hops. this is not a hop bombing DIPA. Really drinkable as I had this after several other beers, and was reluctant to rate it but it really stood out.

10-15-2007 04:30:46 | More by Sammy
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1%

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.

05-18-2013 23:40:43 | More by tdm168
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dirtylou

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +1%

22oz bomber, shipped by blackie blackistone

Highland is the best NC brewery (by far, no possible debate) so i'm looking forward to this one

appearance: pours into a snifter - hazy copper amber body, its clear but murky if that makes any sense...beige frother levels out quickly leaving a light layer around the rim...pretty standard

smell: distinctly highland - i dont know what it is about their beers (a distinct malt structure perhaps) but they all have a common characteristic, and in this case its a great thing...a bouquet of tropical fruit and passion fruit hits the nose first with a strong caramel malt blend following shortly there after

taste: much of the same tropical fruit hits the tongue first followed by a sharp burning alcohol sensation that is quite spicy, malts play a major role providing a smooth caramel core. The hops are mostly tropical and citrus with pine hiding in the background

mouthfeel: the burn is a little unsettling

drinkability: pretty good

12-06-2007 01:48:18 | More by dirtylou
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-21-2013 21:12:21 | More by Damian74Shensky
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-17-2014 03:19:58 | More by qcbrewer
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

10-03-2013 02:43:43 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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HPGrenade

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +24.8%

Psk! - I pried the cap off of the bottle with my LEGO brand bottle opener--Did you know LEGO makes a bottle and wine corker? I was pretty surprised too--and I was punched by a fist made of floral, fruity hops. I picked myself off of the floor five minutes later. That'll teach me to stick my nose into the bottle of every damn beer I crack open.

I poured this beer as smoothly as I could into a Highland Brewery nonic pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle, creating a two-finger head that clung to the glass like, like... gosh, like two LEGO bricks. The same smell lingered, threatening me, twitching its hoppy wrists at me. Orange and slightly cloudy through the glass, like all that hop flavor is just sitting there suspended, waiting for me.

Took my first quaff... holy hell. Spicy caramel malts overpowered by a huge hop character, fruity, floral, frickin' fantastic! The resinous hops made this beer stick to my tongue like this beer had a sudden rebellious teenage phase and decided it was going to be syrup for a semester.

I started this beer cool, after a scant hour in the fridge, and as it warmed the alcohol bullied its way to the front of the lunchline but I found it pleasant and very complimentary to the huge hop profile of this delicious beer. Strong and assertive, yet silky and seductive to those who understand its power, this beer is a treat for the hop fanatic. I will be heading back to the brewery to pick up another couple bottles as soon as I can.

03-24-2008 00:51:38 | More by HPGrenade
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tabascosigned

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-24-2013 14:18:34 | More by tabascosigned
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Lugenbeast

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-29-2013 22:19:00 | More by Lugenbeast
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2%

22oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a clear amber with a huge off-white head that fills nearly 1/2 the glass on the first pour. After it finally settles down, it actually retains very nicely into a rich, creamy layer that left good sticky hop lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a big DIPA nose of piney hops, citrus, spice, thick malt and heat.

The taste is resinous hop bitterness and tangy citrus that is nicely balanced by a big chewy backbone of spicy malt. The mouthfeel is a full, creamy body with great carbonation. Unfortunately, there is a fair amount of alcohol present and while it has more of warming nature to start, the more it warmed, the more of a stinging burn emerged.

This was a pretty solid Imperial IPA that possessed a big mix of hops, malt, and alcohol. Unfortunately, I think it has maybe just a tad too much beef and heat to keep the drinkibility high though.

03-19-2008 19:38:14 | More by Kegatron
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ewright

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured about half of a 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Beer pours a ruddy copper color with a bit of cloudiness. One finger of off-white head dissipates slowly.

S: The aroma is dominated by hops, but you don't get the strong citrus aroma typical of Cascade-family hops. Unidentified herbal aromas show through, along with a sweet smell from the malt.

T: Very nice balance between malt and hops. The hops are bold, but not overpowering. The malt shows through with hints of toast.

M: Thick feel up front, lower alcohol burn than one might expect from 10%+. Hop tingling remains in aftertaste.

D: This is a sure sipper. One does not rush through 22 oz of 10.2% beer. I expect this will last through at least the first half of the game (AFC champ) today.

01-20-2008 20:25:15 | More by ewright
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is classic DIPA. light copper with good carbonation in a very think malt. I love to watch the bubbles as these pour. The head is a tall 3 fingers of white and leaves some lace.

The smell is a nice think earthy hops.

The taste follows, think caramel malt blasted with huge amounts of hops. The balance is good.

The mouthfeel in spot on, a think body and lots of good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not a brew I would stock up on but worth a try.

prosit, MK

05-17-2008 05:52:02 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-18-2013 23:56:37 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

05-05-2013 14:55:34 | More by KevinGordon
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wedge

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

1st Bottle

Lightly hazed orange-amber. An inch of off-white foam quickly settles to a sticky cap. The aroma is surprisingly light - spicy, minty, piney. Smells obviously dry-hopped in a grassy sense. Oranges and brown sugar...a swirl stirs up some alcohol. This is different stuff. Woody-like flavors upfront. Sticky hops and alcohol...but different than most. Juicy, sweet, grassy green hoppiness and hints of maple syrup. Maybe too much young dry hop flavor for my tastes, the malts don't quite have enough to match everything else. Mouthfeel is a little chewy and warming, finishing with a drying bitterness that isn't overdone.

The flavor is significantly bolder, but I prefer the aroma more at this point. Its hoppy, its strong, its got a good solid bitterness, and its different. Not anything like your atypical West-coast variety, this is more green, earthy, and minty. An interesting beer but probably a little young to be really good when I cracked this bottle 2 or 3 months after its release.

01-09-2008 05:21:25 | More by wedge
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Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.