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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
THE BROS
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 19
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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AndoBrew

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -22%

*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??

12-11-2007 01:03:05 | More by AndoBrew
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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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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

12-01-2007 01:50:27 | More by ncvbc
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

11-28-2007 16:15:25 | More by ArrogantB
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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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wagenvolks

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

11-21-2007 21:30:42 | More by wagenvolks
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

11-19-2007 10:09:34 | More by jasonjlewis
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

11-11-2007 00:32:20 | More by mntlover
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

11-04-2007 22:38:30 | More by kirok1999
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mynie

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +12%

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!

11-03-2007 03:04:28 | More by mynie
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

10-31-2007 13:05:14 | More by barleywinebrewer
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CWiggins

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%

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!

10-30-2007 02:00:21 | More by CWiggins
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

10-27-2007 02:17:17 | More by Georgiabeer
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MrBendo

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -13%

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.

10-26-2007 05:02:41 | More by MrBendo
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +26.1%

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.

10-21-2007 23:28:33 | More by atsprings
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meechum

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

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

10-21-2007 14:43:40 | More by meechum
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

10-21-2007 02:20:15 | More by BeerTruth
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Neehan

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +20.2%

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.

10-21-2007 01:17:23 | More by Neehan
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blackie

California

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

10-16-2007 04:45:17 | More by blackie
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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

10-06-2007 04:54:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

10-02-2007 02:50:35 | More by wcudwight
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +20.7%

Poured a huge head with moderate retention.The color was pretty orange/reddish. Not cloudy at all. The nose had big grapfruit and floral aromas. The taste starts off with smooth caramel and roasted malts.Laying a good foundation of silky pleasure until the bad boys of the hop onslaught begins with wonderful spicy pine resin and grapefruit that so powerful feels like needles on your tongue!!
Then the 10% alcohol comes along to reminds you to sip this beer.
As the beer warms up the malt backbone starts to balance the mix and makes a big silky mouthfeel on the finish. Nobody list the ibu on the bottle but if I had to quess it would be 112 ibu ? Great to see this brewery flex some muscle!

09-25-2007 12:18:26 | More by athensbeermaster
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Enola

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Review #500 for me, and while I haven't made a habit of marking these milestones I felt that with this beer being released today that this would be a good time to review it.

Poured a nice reddish orange with a fair head. The beer is clear with no cloudiness or suspended matter. The smell is bitter piney hops. Also some fruitiness as well. The taste is hoppy as one can imagine with the label stating 200 pounds of hops in 50 barrels. The abv is evident here as well. This is an aggresive beer that likes to show it's teeth. The mouthfeel is smooth with a abv bite in the aftertaste. Drinkability is fair but I think this brew could use a little shelf time to allow it to lay down a bit.

09-24-2007 02:28:21 | More by Enola
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

A- Beautiful amber with two fingers of dense off-white head that leaves some mild lacing on my glass.

S- Tons of sweet amber malt up front, supported by citrusy and piney hops, a hint of yeast, and some warm alcohol.

T- Initially very malty, honey-like and bready, balanced quickly with grapefruity malt character. The finish is balanced, but then turns very bitter and ends with some decently strong alcohol flavor.

M- Smooth. Low carbonation, almost velvety. Very warming and slightly astringent finish.

D- Excellent. For an imperial IPA, it's very drinkable. Not quite as good as Dreadnaught or Ruination, but damn close.

EDIT: 11/21/2008.

This beer changes a bit at this age, and not necessarily in a good way. It's still a good beer. A really good beer. But it now has some brie on the nose, tons of caramel malt, a good bit of alcohol. A suggestion of play-doh was made, and it's totally right.

The flavor is much like the nose, there's actually tons of cheese, a bit sour.

This beer does not age well. If you have it, I'd recommend drinking it NOW.

09-24-2007 00:51:12 | More by khiasmus
Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.