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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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102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 185
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 21
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mikesgroove on 09-23-2007

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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 185
Photo of SLeffler27
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tulip glass fills with a big egg-white head that turns rocky as it drops gradually over a cloudy, pale, orange beer with loads of carbonation.

The hop character leads, with grapefruit and mixed herbs followed by molasses, hay and slight barnyard notes. Caramel is a constant undertone throughout.

The flavor of this IPA closely follows its aroma, but is far more balanced than anything called a double should be expected to be. Hops are nicely present in a bitter finish, albeit too quickly.

This one has a medium body with a slick texture and fizzy carbonation. The alcohol is clearly present, yet well under control as this is a real palate cleanser.

Highland's Imperial offering will pair well with company and dinner. Have a second one on a full stomach.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle of 2007 version tried 20 Sep 2008. Received in trade from trep (I think, sorry my records are incomplete here).

Poured into a standard shaker glass. Small fizzy cream colored head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy rosy copper color. Aroma is fairly strong, molasses, ethanol, pumpernickel bread, resin and pecan pie are all present. Starts sweet, resiny and quite malty, lots of deep caramel sugar flavors. Alcohol quite noticeable throughout. Seems almost like more of an American barleywine, the hops are present but seem a bit muted, most noticeable in the aftertaste.

Overall a tasty beer. Would like to try a fresher bottle to see if the hops are more upfront.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SaCkErZ9 for this bottle.

Poured from the bottle a cloudy peach color with a very thin off-white of foam.

Aroma is big and malty with a light presence of citrus hops.

The taste has the same maltiness but the hops are much bigger here. Grapefruit and pine hops, along with caramel round out this beer. The 10% alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

So well-balanced, so drinkable, so tasty! Must pick up more.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a pink label adorned 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Very hazy and murky. Light tobacco colored with a small white head.

Aroma is hoppy, malty sweet, and alcoholic. Also citrus fruity and floral. A really strong malt backbone lends itself to the sweet and bready aromas.

Very fruity flavor up front. Almost berry like but really a blood orange and sweetened grapefruit flavor. Significant floral flavors. The alcohol is certainly noticeable and there is a significant malt presence. Actually not very bad at all. I thought it would be more malty but even after a year this one still has a nice hop kick to it.

A little thin on the mouthfeel, if you ask me. Light to medium bodied but still a slickness and oiliness lends an extra oomph. A little too much carbonation as well. I bet this would be great fresh and even as an older bottle, this one held its own. Pretty good overall and worth a shot, I think. NC has some awesome breweries here and I am glad to be part of them.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy orange with a small white head, but some great lacing.
Aroma is nice sweet hops, with a good caramel floral mix.
Again the taste has a interesting mix of floral hops and caramel malts. Also some biscuit touches in there.
Mouthfeel is full with a very oily sticky residue left on the palate. This is a good and very drinkable DIPA, and I would easily have one every so often.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : POurs a cloudy amber color with a nice, tightly bubbled head that sticks around and dots some lace

Smell: Big caramel malty aroma, with hops persisting underneath, even after all this time; still quite boozy, too

Taste: Opens with a huge caramel base that becomes very bitter by mid-palate, with an aspirin-like bitterness; after the swallow, the bitterness fades a bit as the sweetness rebuilds to control the finish

Mouthfeel: Very big and sticky, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: When this was younger, I objected to the aspirin-like bitterness (I prefer more citrus); with a bit of age, that flavor profile is now taking a back seat to the malt, but it is still there

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Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very murky orange amber with a thin white head and little lacing.

S-Very malty with some hops behind and a hint of something like brown gravy. Weird, not bad but weird.

T-Taste follows the nose with a lot of malt throughout with some hop bitterness in the finish. A little light in the hop character for my liking but not bad.

M-Oily and rich at the same time. Nice.

D-A pleasant sipper but too high in alcohol to have more than one.


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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love this beer! Darker than the Kashmir, and a little heavier it is a great NC IPA. The head sticks well to the side of the pint. The smell is of immediate hops, and hints of light citrus.
It is a smooth Imperial IPA slightly heavy in feel and drinkable! It is in no way too heavy, but it is heavier than most in the IPA family. It is a very drinkable beer, but I couldn't see myself having more than a couple in one sitting.
When you can find it this is a great NC beer to pick up and enjoy!

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BRoss242 as part of Dance/Trance/EDB BIF. Thanks!
Slightly hazy burnt orange colour with a dense, finger high cap of yellow/beige foam. Good head retention with sticky lacing. Hops jumped out at me when I opened the bottle and there was a lot of fruity citrus character at first - grapefruit and orange - plus a little pine. Behind that was a rich caramel aroma. Great balance. From start to finish it walked a fine line between bitterness, citrusy hops, caramel, and alcohol. Sweetness was a combination of fruity and sugary, well short of cloying. Plenty of warmth, no heat. A bit sticky with soft carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a big beer.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one spewed hops from the moment i opened the cap, this was a heavy ipa with a strong "wet" hop flavor that perameated the entire beer, the malt was nice and had an apple cider tipe sour presence. the hops started as nice floral hops and finished as strong piney hops. this is a beer that i must have agan, thank god that my cousan lives about 20 minits from the brewery!

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Rocking the Kashmir? Pours a mostly clear amber color with copper highlights. A good pour left a soft white head with good retention and lacing through the entire tasting.

The nose is more along an East Coast IPA. Malty notes come out with grainy and light caramel notes. Some light toasty notes as well. The hops have more of an English feel with a mixture of earthy notes with a floral and rose like aromas. The rose is more of a sweeter hoppy note versus estery. There is some noticeable yeast notes as well. Would have liked more hops on the nose.

The taste is more on par with a US IPA. The malt actually comes out more than the hops. A caramel malt flavor that is boarder line syrupy. Almost has a unattenuated feel. The hops are balanced well. A good zip from the bittering hops. There is a mix between pine and floral for finishing hops that leave a green finish. Noticeable yeast and alcohol notes come out. Some minor esters but really off setting heat.

The body is moderate to full with the underattunation feel to it. Overall a bit distracting with the alcohol coming out. The negative, I would have liked more hops as well and a clear flavor. The positive, a nice blend of hops. More on the "eh" side of IIPA's.

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Photo of csmiley
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to bross242 for this bottle

A - Pours thick and viscous. Color is a strong combination of amber and orange. The off white head is acceptable and sticks around for a short amount of time. It settles to a very thin cap and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - The aroma is big and strong. It starts out with some earthy notes of leaves, dirt, and tobacco. Some fruitiness pushes through with orange and mango. Hints of grapefruit are present as well. The malt base is solid with some caramel present.

T - Strong fruit is at the front. Mostly orange with some grapefruit following close behind. The malt is much more present in the flavor with caramel and biscuit. Some bitter pine show up toward the end. The alcohol is present throughout and comes across as a little strong/hot for this beer.

M - Full bodied with average carbonation. Finish is dry with some sweetness that lingers.

D - Drinkability is good. There is no doubt about a ton of hops being in this beer. The malt base bigger than expected giving some sense of balance to the beer. This one is thick and strong and probably not for the faint at heart. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy dark golden/orange, thin white head forms, settles to a ring, some lacing. Smell is very malty, toffee, bread pudding, floral, nuts, light pine, some brown sugar, bit of alcohol, not bad. Taste is similar, insanely malty, toffee and brown sugar, pine, grapefruit, sour fruits, some spice, floral, nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth going down but the alcohol is pretty smooth. Very malty for a DIPA, but solid and drinkable. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained through ipa2xs at DLD08.

Appearance - pours a pleasant iced tea amber color, just a tiny bit of haze in there. A finger of lace sports various bubble sizes and as such doesn't have the longest life. It hangs around for a bit though, long enough to stick plenty of lace on the glass.

Aroma - heavy sweet caramel malts and big juicy, syrupy fruit. Generally a vague fruitiness but orange comes to mind after several deep sniffs.

Taste - big sweet and chewy malts, a faint touch of roast in the earlier sips. 200 pounds of hops in 50 barrels, and they don't exactly wait around to make a statement. Good citrusy flavor, with an ideal amount of malt sweetness to keep them from going medicinal. 10.2%? I don't taste it. There's some fitting abv presence, but nothing to make me think double-digit territory. Grapefruit and general bitterness on the swallow, drying out to the finish. The late aftertaste goes a touch medicinal, but it's mild and not much of a factor.

Mouthfeel - good portions of heaviness and smoothness without going too far. Moderate crispness is a good fit.

Drinkability - IKIPA, a five letter word for 'trouble'. At 10.2 this beer will do you before you know you been done. It ain't right to be this good at this strength. Speaking of which, say Roger, nab me a 1/4bbl for DLD09! ;-)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from both WeisGuy & mikesgroove, so a big "Thank you" goes out to them. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong citrus flavor and some caramel. Then there's a good hops presence that comes in and is quickly follow by the sting of alcohol. The malt character is on the thin side for the style. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, this is a beer that you can drink for a while until the ABV catches up with you, but there are better 2IPA's out there.

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Photo of grub
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

kkipple gave me this one in a recent trade. thanks dan!

22oz bottle. sampled june 7/08.

pours deep orange, nearly brown, with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. big caramel and malt. floral and slightly herbal hops. crackers and white bread. bit of alcohol. orange and tangerine.

taste is good. bit of alcohol. medium-low bitterness level seems a bit low. caramel. bit of maple syrup? call me crazy, but i swear there's maple in there. some floral and herbal notes. white bread and cracker. grapefruit. bit of orange.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced, but a bit unbalanced toward alcohol. solid malt base, but not quite enough hops to hold it all together. still, for one of the first > 8% brews to come out of NC it's good stuff.

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Photo of burnstar
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours clear reddish gold with a small to medium head. Aroma is stong pine and citrusy hops with a bit of sweetness in the nose as well. Taste is sweet which of course is off set by copious hops. Nice hop profile. Citrus, pine, herbal- not any flavor is too dominant. A touch of alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Very light pleasant aftertaste. Very balanced. Everything really works well together here. Full bodied with low carbonation. Pretty drinkable despite the alcohol.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Loki for this one.

Appearance: Pours a hazy unfiltered amber, turbid and almost opaque. The head rises to an inch and then slowly settles into a ring.

Smell: Tons of oily hops balanced by an equally large malt backbone. Mango, pine, grapefruit and honey all come to mind.

Taste & mouthfeel: Honey-like sweetness, tropical fruit and citrus with a resiny bitterness beneath. This is rich, sweet and fairly heavy for the style. The finish brings out a bitter earthy hop note that lingers on the palate for quite a while. Balance and complexity are excellent; this is a well-made DIPA. While I generally prefer this style to be lighter in body and malt presence, I still enjoyed this.

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Photo of beavers
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an impressive auburn with a fluffy white head descending into a thin covering. Decent lacing.

Smells of sweet citrusy hops, rich oak chips, pine sap, super malty backbone.

Very complex brew. This over the top hop bomb is fully loaded with potent bittering hops but is blindsided with rich maltiness that tastes like candied fruit and oak chips. Spicy, bittering finish (cinnamon, coriander).

Full bodied, good carbonation. Balance is most definitely extreme. Alcohol is masked nicely, but the richness of this brew makes it a little less drinkable than other versions of the style. Spiciness is wonderful. I would venture to call this one an Extreme Winter Warmer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of GJ40
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

A - Amber color with a slight haze and a moderate white head.

S - A mix of fruity hops, yeast and malt. Not as hoppy as I expected after reading the label.

T - My first reaction was that this was more of a scotch ale based on the malty, earthy and smoky flavor. There is a lot of hop bitterness but not a lot of hop flavor.

M - This is a thick and chewy beer.

D - This is just too sweet and not hoppy enough for a DIPA. One was plenty.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this beer in a trade with 67couple.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - cloudy, golden color with a fluffy white head that settled down, leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

S - citrus hop aroma.

T - citrus hop flavor dominates but a balance of malty flavor makes itself known.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - goes down easy.

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Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one came as part of the UGLY BIF.

A: Pours a nice cloudy red orange color with a nice head. The carbonation swirls like a tornado as you pour this one into the glass. The foamy head dies down and leaves behind beautiful lacing.

S: Lots of malty sweetness which is married to such a variety of hops. If you breathe in and really concentrate you will realize how complex this one is. The hops are all over the place. Some are floral, others piney, hoppy, and spicy. Lots of hop character here.

T: Sweet caramel malt right up front. Then the hops kick in. Those noted in the nose can be picked out in the taste as well. Lots of floral hops with hints of citrus. The malty sweetness yields to the pine in the finish. Biscuity malty sweetness married to tons of hops. Tons of balance, tons of taste.

M: Full bodied and thick, almost syrup like.

D: Very, until the review I had no idea what kind of punch this one packed. Holy smokes over 10% ABV, you would never know it.

Overall: I think this is my favorite Highlands brew to date. There are a few more waiting to be tasted in the beer fridge, but this one will be hard to beat.

Thanks wcudwight, this one is what the UGLY BIF is all about!!

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Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.