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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

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
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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Photo of kuranes
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. into pint glass.

A: Cloudy and glows golden-red. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. Really yummy foamy head. This might be the best-looking beer I've ever had.

S: Enchanting deep sweetness with hoppy notes of grapes and oranges. Also slight caramel scent.

T: Unexpectedly mild. Caramel and citrus taste cascades across the palate and then comes a mildly hoppy finish. Light notes of pineapple or some other tropical fruit. ABV well-hidden until the finish. Personally, I like a little kick to let me know it's high-grav. This beer balances the classic IPA equation of bitterness vs. sweetness well, but not perfectly.

M: Well-balanced and creamy. Somewhat bitter aftertaste.

D: NC microbrews represent! Next time I go to Asheville I'll buy a lot more!

kuranes, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

A: Pours a clear brownish copper under a good finger worth of white head. Pretty good lacing and good retention. I would say a near perfect example of how a darker beer of this style should look.

S: Piney and grapefruit hops dominate while the sweet malt backbone more than holds its own. Caramel makes an appearance and I could have swore I even caught the slightest hint of a light chocolate. Further samplings have resulted in a much more grapefruity character and oranges as well.

T: Again, grapefruit and piney/earthy hop really dominate from nearly the word go. Some hints of lemon and some toasted and sweet caramel malt. 10.20% is hid well and gives a slight warming only on its way done. Pretty well done. Again, after further samplings, there is an orange juice character that is unmistakable.

M/D: Medium body that doesn't seem to be too oily. A nice layer of carbonation gives this one a somewhat velvety character. Drinkability is good as well, especially for 10.20%. This is really a very good example of a IIPA.

NCSUdo, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cartdan for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is mostly hops, with a very nice touch of malts, not much pines, but some citrus, and the usual caramel. The taste is sweet at first, then some nice hoppyness, and then some malts, and some slight citrus. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA, would recommend.

Wasatch, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of AndoBrew
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*did not mind would not buy*

app: kinda a let down in the shade of copper, i wish it was more rich. nice head!

smell: nice hop smell, tiny hints of some malt goodness, but very hop foward. smells like a good mix of hop flavors, some reason i doubt it will have them though. small hint of cheap candy takes the 4 away.

taste: not bad, seems like a straight foward d ipa, not that fancy or important tasting. it seems to have some cheap malt candy flavors making up the booze taste in it, though they are mild. hops are narrow and unexciting mostly back of the throat acid, dont get me wrong there are plenty of flavors in the beer, none really shine though. nor do they balance together into a great glob. a watery finish.

mf: watery and to thick all at the same time.

drinkable?: yeah. not a big tounge catcher though.

all n all an ok good beer, some cheap off flavors, nothing special.. imperial??

AndoBrew, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

dirtylou, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty nice beer that I looked forward to trying. Poured a deep murky amber with steady carbonation and a somewhat thin head that faded into a ring. Smell was strong of spicy hops. Grapefruit, floral, and a big piney scent with an underlying candy like malt presence. Big bold hop character that has a huge bitterness but also a decent malt backbone. Resinous and almost drying in mouthfeel. This one leaves a tingle on the tongue and you can tell dry hops were used. While there isn't much to this, it does somewhat remind me of the Kashmir, which I find very drinkable. Well, this one goes pretty quickly too and I can't help it! I wish I'd tried this right when it came out at its freshest but it's still nice and I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

Thanks goes to NCSUdo for sending some of this my way!

ncvbc, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle split between three people. Color was ruddy orange with a good soapy head. The smell was intense hops but not pine or citrus. the taste was very hoppy with some tropical fruit flavors but not quite a West Coast. The only complaint I had with this beer was the astringency on my tongue. it got worse as I got to the bottom of my glass. Still, nice to be able to try this one.

ArrogantB, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

merlin48, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Pours an attractive, amber-golden body with a nice depth to the color. Good carbonation levels fuel a decent size light tan head. Lacing and retention are both above average, especially considering the alcohol content. The aroma is funky (in a good way). Notes of clover, fresh cut grass, herbal teas, and big malty notes. The hops are almost a secondary smell, here, and they are quite resinous and floral.

The dominating flavor here is cereal-rich malts mixed with floral hops and fresh cut grass. It's certainly original as far as IIPA's are concerned. Some type of barley/organic greeneries are present too...a bit hard to place exactly where I've tasted it before, but it's familiar. The body is of medium-high thickness, and quite viscous across the palate. Well carbonated, too, and the warming note from the alcohol is an added plus. Drinkability is a bit limited...this is a thick, heavy double IPA. I'd be in real trouble trying to finish an entire bomber by myself...thankfully, trep was around to help me out.

wagenvolks, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick head with great lacing. Nice amber color. Very inticing. Very cloudy.

Smell is of caramel malts and hops. Some pale malts in the background. A slight pear smell comes out as well, undertones of slight apple come out. Slight rasin and grape undertones come out.

Taste: Nice sweetness from the malts balanced with a great in your face hop finish. Nice balance. Fruity notes are undertones which add complexity to a beer that would be fairly simple otherwise. Slight grape and raisin undertones There is a slight astringency from the alcohol.

Malts have appropriate thickness and the beer had appropriate carbonation. Creaminess is very low but there.

A damn good DIPA.

Thanks to NCSUdo for the sample. I wish I could go pick up more of this at the store.

jasonjlewis, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of mntlover
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Enola for picking me up some of these, as I didn't make it over for the release.

Pours a lightly hazy deep copper color with a light tan one finger head that falls to a ring that leaves some nice lace behind.

Aroma is hops pine and fruit jumping out at you from a lightly sweet caramel malt base.

Taste is bammm lots of hops pine with fruit mixed in but pine ends up winning in the finish and overpowering the fruits, lots of resin sticking to my tongue. There is some malt carrying all those hops but it is really overpowered in the taste, at least for now. Finish is pine like noted above with some light earthy spicy in the mix.

Mouthfeel is big big medium approaching full nice mellow carbonation, rich smooth feel.

Drinkability is good this is one big beer loaded with hops, decent malt base but hidden well by the hops. Some alcohol noted as it warms, like to see how this one matures.

mntlover, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear light copper gold. Nice white head and sticky lacing. Smell is one of the weirdest candy smells I've ever experienced. It's almost like a cotton candy, not at all what I expected in an IPA.
Taste has that same candy note as well. Well hopped with lots of citrus notes and a nice bitter lingering aftertaste. Well carbonated and slick and creamy in the mouth.
A really nice quenching beer, I really enjoyed this and wish I could get some more.

kirok1999, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark transmission fluid orange with a small white head that quickly dies into a little white cap.

When it comes to these here imperial IPAs, what I'm 'a lookin' for is a chewy breadiness. It's very easy to pile on a bunch of hops and comes out decent. This does that, in the smell. Big giant grapefruit hops. Goldings and Willamette stick out, but there are certainly more, and the malt does not seem at all syrupy or burny.

Tastes just like it smells! Wonderfully intense and the malt nearly keeps up with the hop. The malt is a bit understated, though, and while that's better than an overstated, syrupy, burny malt, it's still not perfectly balanced.

Quite a treat!

mynie, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to mikesgroove for this!

A - rich golden red in color, nice off white billowy head.
S - rich viscous caramel malts swirl with a massive citric hop note.
T - rich viscous caramel malts superbly complemented by a citric / resinous piney hop.
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, thick mouthfeel but not cloying.
D - enjoyed after dinner and what an amazingly drinkable beer this is! I had no idea the ABV till writing the review. Does nothing to give away how strong it is.

A classification blurring beer if ever I've had one. Seems more of an American Barleywine to me but hey when it's this drinkable and this good you can call it what you want. ME, I'm happy to have had a chance to try this great beer.

barleywinebrewer, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of CWiggins
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Limited availability beer from Highland. In the Raleigh/Durham area I've only seen it at Sam's Quik Stop in 22oz. bombers. I couldn't resist picking up a bottle this week; Highland's output is high quality, and, although I don't crave every style they make, a few of their brews are my favorites.

This Imperial IPA pours a dark copper with gold highlights. A thick, foamy head formed, probably the result of too fast a pour. I find the haziness of the color very intriguing; IPAs aren't usually this cloudy. Hops dominates the aroma, while malts and a bit of citrus round things out. Flavors of piney hops, light malts, and a little sweet tropical fruit (mango, specifically) are exhibited here. What really grabbed my attention was the texture: it's smooth and relaxed, not big and aggressive like so many Imperial IPAs I've experienced. It's silky, with a great balance of flavor and sublteness. Well done!

Oh, the alcohol is well disguised, so take it easy!

CWiggins, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best beer I've had from Highland.Nice to see them stretch their legs a bit with this. I'm only sorry its a one-off. I bought my bottles directly from the brewery on their release day. Pours a dark orange/amber with a decent head and some lacing. Not bad given the abv- this is a big beer. The smell is sweet, spicy, and quite hoppy with a nice range of hop aromas- piney, citrusy, and earthy. Very well balanced, and quite obviously lots of malt and hops. Extreme all around. The taste is heavenly. Beautifully balanced hop and malts. Quite a bit of hop bitterness that grows as you drink. Similar hop profile to the nose, with the finish especially earthy. Mouthfeel is substantial, with lots of hop oils and a creamy finish. Absolutely delicious and best fresh.

Georgiabeer, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of MrBendo
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to limesmut for the bomber.
Hazy orange with a medium head. Aroma of earthy caramel malt and tropical fruit hops. Flavor was earthy with pine and tropical fruits that was very balanced with the sweetness of the caramel malts. Some spice in there also.
Nicely spicy and bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. A bit too 'balanced' for my taste.

MrBendo, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.93/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks go out to my Aunt Marsha of Black Mountain for making a stop at Bruisin' Ales to score me a few bottles. Poured into a Duvel snifter a deep amber that was very thick and somewhat opaque. The frothy head slowly diminished to a thin layer and left decent lacing on the glass. Aroma was abundant earthy pine hops and burnt caramel. The taste was a wonderful balance of pine hops with a hint of citrus mixing wonderfully with deep caramel malts and a hint of brown sugar. The beer is certainly on the heavy side with some sticky alcohol, but even so, it is still very refreshing and not at all overbearing. I am willing to go so far as to rank this right up there with Dreadnaught and Ruination as one of my new favorite DIPAs, here's to hoping they decide to drop the limited status, or at least up the hops and alcohol a little on their Kashmir IPA as this one only proves that's what that beer needs.

atsprings, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of meechum
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A amber color with a deep slow falling white head that left a nice lace

S - The smell was dominated by piney hops..there was also a hint of malt in there

T - A hops explosion up front giving way to the malt, caramel tastes and then a resurgance of the piney hops on the finish

M - Very full and chewy

D - I'm not a huge hop head and this was a very good beer..another great product from Highland brewing

meechum, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to unclejedi for this one.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark rich copper with a somewhat foggy look that has a big chunky two finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a nice layer that remains throughout. Smell is a light floral perfume like aroma with a bit of pink grapefruit in the nose as well. Minor caramel malt with a bit of dirty earth scent too. Taste is a syrupy pine hop flavor with a big caramel malt presence. Some earth hop flavors with a drying effect as well. Some dry wheat flavors seem to appear in the aftertaste that is a mix of dry hops and brown sugar. Thick almost full body with a tingle of carbonation. Some decent drinkability but it's big mouthfeel hurts it a bit. Solid DIPA, but there are many out there that surpass it.

BeerTruth, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Neehan
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter yields a light, ruby body with mild carbonation and leaves light seafoam retention that returns back into the body rather quickly. The smell is powerful in strength but light in substance with floral hops that are exceptionally sweet and oily. The smell is light with pine and grapefruit and then a nice sugary sweetness. The taste is also delightful with a syrupy sweetness and light floral complexities. Quite complex yet not overly bitter like its peers of the style. The 10.2% ETOH is magically hidden, nowhere to be found in the taste but it has a pleasant warming feeling on the body and tongue. A well-balanced oily mouthfeel and lightness makes this incredibly drinkable although the alcohol will catch up with you quickly. The only downfall of this beer is its incredibly limited availability. This one is a privilege to sample.

Neehan, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

review #700

a: The pour into my small snifter gives a respectable khaki head with decent remains after the recession. The beer is a rich, deep amber in color. Sweet label, too.

s: The nose of this beer is simply amazing. Deep, rich, thoroughly grainy caramel and toffee malts set a canvas for a range of thick, juicy hop aromas. The varied hop additions used in the making of this beer are beautifully evident. Both mingling with the malt and jumping to the front, it's very hard to put down. Very pulpy, fresh, floral, evergreen, and tropical. Notes of concentrated fig juices and grainy honey from the malt. Just the right booze note well integrated into the aroma, which in my opinion is absolutely essential here. A fine liquor isn't expected to completely hide it's ABV, and nor should a beer like this.

m: Carbonation around or just over medium, with a borderline full body. Very smooth but that it's a little overbearing in the finish is my only complaint...like the coating left in your mouth after a butterscotch hard candy. With this malt load, though, I won't really knock it on that.

t: At first taste this thing is obviously a hop monster, but with a huge amount of malt to hold things together. Starts of with sweet malty notes of butterscotch, toffee, and caramel behind strong, pulpy hop flavors ranging from piney to tropical. After swallowing the tongue remains thoroughly coated with candied malts and hop juice. Just a light booze in the back of the throat. This one seems to focus more on hop flavor and aroma than enamel-stripping bitterness. Yeah it's bitter, but the bitterness is so well balanced that it almost escapes my notice. Thoroughly complex, and I'm gonna be savoring the bottle for longer than I'd rather stay up

d: definitely a sipper, and a very enjoyable one that certainly runs with the best of the style

Single bottle from Bruisin' Ales. I've got three more bottles picked up at the brewery this past weekend; only one is for myself, and it's gonna be hard to send the other two away.

blackie, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sammy, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich, clear dark amber body with a lush, creamy off-white head.

Smell: Pungent, redolent aroma of resinous pine and fresh-smelling citrus fruits. Plenty of caramel malt ready to balance things out, though. As the beer warms and is allowed the breath, the alcohol really begins to perk up, as does a bright spice character.

Taste: The hops do not wait for the caramel flavor and sweetness to dissipate, right away you get smacked with the fruity citrus, pine needles, and all the bitterness help within. A distinct spiciness continues to build throughout. The hops and bitterness hold on relentlessly into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Hmm, I'd place it at the high-end of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rich, luscious mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Quite nice. I look forward to seeing how this one ages and whether or not Highland will continue this trend of releasing an imperialized version of their current beer line. An Imperial Black Mocha Stout might be nice.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Enola for picking up a couple bombers for me at the brewery.
Looks like a DIPA. Amber in color. Small but dense sticky head that holds it's shape better than Ms. Spears. Head has a kind of pale yellow color to it.
Rarely, if ever, have I had the aroma of a beer fill the room the way this one has. I stick my nose to the glass to get a better whiff of the hoppy goodness and I sneezed 3x. This is all about the hops.
As the aroma foretold, this beer is all about the hops. My first sip led to another sneeze. HUGE citrus and piney hops. Honey flavored malt sweetness and alcohol flavor similar to that of a barleywine. This is one BIG beer!
Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and sticky at the same time. It's so sticky that my lips are sticking together.
The beer is drinkable now, but it is a big beer and pretty green. I bet in a year the drinkability will be up to a 5.

wcudwight, Oct 02, 2007
Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.