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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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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 09-23-2007)
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South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

10-06-2013 22:09:37 | More by scvance
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

10-03-2013 02:43:43 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

09-19-2013 20:59:12 | More by davet100
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

09-14-2013 20:09:42 | More by tkmountain
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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...

08-29-2013 01:13:53 | More by dbrauneis
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4.39/5  rDev +12.3%

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

08-19-2013 00:56:01 | More by joe1510
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-15-2013 23:40:56 | More by zekeman17
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

08-11-2013 22:57:36 | More by Morey
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

08-06-2013 23:52:31 | More by ekalb31
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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

08-06-2013 14:43:00 | More by BMart
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

08-05-2013 01:17:15 | More by rangerred

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-22-2013 21:58:59 | More by WOLFGANG
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

07-13-2013 06:10:26 | More by rajendra82
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-09-2013 21:32:32 | More by abernethyj
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-09-2013 16:33:34 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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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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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.3%

07-03-2013 19:01:28 | More by BigGingDrinker
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-25-2013 16:48:09 | More by njable
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

06-25-2013 00:42:27 | More by tommyguz
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-23-2013 23:18:57 | More by jaxon53
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-21-2013 21:12:21 | More by Damian74Shensky
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-14-2013 03:57:04 | More by ali1987
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3.71/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

06-14-2013 03:28:29 | More by nickfl
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-14-2013 03:22:28 | More by Lovely85
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3.83/5  rDev -2%

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.

06-14-2013 03:21:42 | More by kylehay2004
Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.