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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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726 Ratings
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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-20-2003

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Ratings: 726 | Reviews: 356
Photo of Chug-a-lug
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Citrus smelling - grapefruit, SRM 5 - pale gold, lace that last the entire serving, dry and plenty of hop bitterness. Another great beer from Highland!

Photo of cdrinkwine
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Smooth, finishes a little bitter and a little oily. Enjoyable brew.

Photo of tillmac62
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BOD 5/22/14. Pours a slightly cloudy medium amber. Exceptional head volume and retention, World Class lacing.

Nice nose of subtle herbal hops, with a touch of spice, over a biscuit and caramel background.

Light medium body that has a fairly smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a slight effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile falls just short of outstanding. It is intense, but falls short in balance and complexity. It has a nice hop flavor focus (herbal, citric and rind) over a mild bitterness in the middle. Caramel and biscuit sweetness appear in the finish, but are overwhelmed by rind and pine hop flavor. This hop flavor lingers.

Photo of DeaconsBrew
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsner glass @ 55 deg. F.

Typical EIPA with perhaps a bit more substance than many. Floral citrus (grapefruit) notes that linger for a couple of minutes.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Clear golden with a white half-finger head that dissipated fast. Thin lacing.

S: Light malts, grainy, fruity.

T: Lager-y, grainy. A slightly bitter finish. Like an English Bitter meets a Lager. Not a good combo.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Kinda meh. Not my cup of brewski.

Photo of everythingiszen
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Harsh and unpleasant.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks like it should for the style, dark golden hugh with a tight white head.

The smell is actually what you would expect for an EIPA. Like a more concentrated version of a traditional English IPA. Herbal and Medicinal for sure with a strong backbone of malt.

The taste is more of the same as the nose. Hugely bitter with a grassy, herbal aroma hops. The malt backbone is sticky and balancing.

There is a resinous hop flavor that literally coats your mouth for minute after minute. It just overpowers everything else.

If you can appreciate an EIPA, this is your bet. Great Lakes Commodore Perry is a bit too American to be a traditional EIPA, but this is spot on.

Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%

Floral, grainy aroma, light citrus flavor, a moderately bitter finish. Nice nutty malt backbone.

Photo of kkleu357
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

From notes on 4/6/14

Regular macro style straw body. Wonderful delicate hoppy aroma. Slightly bitter flavor. Very easy drinking. Light floral taste. Some sweet maltyness. Good sessionable beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Highland Kashmir IPA has a thin-to-medium, off-white head, a mostly clear, gold-orange appearance, some residual lacing, lots of bubbles, and noticeable lace left on the glass. The aroma is faint, but one can pick up some apricot and sweet malt. Taste is of sweet bread, apricot, and mellow bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Highland Kashmir IPA finishes semi-dry and refreshing.

RJT

Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice deep gold with a slight amber tint. The head has slight retention, with a thin disc and some nice lacing. The aroma is pretty mild, with some light malt aromas (think dried fruit). The taste is alright. There is neither the malt depth of traditional English IPAs or the hops of American IPAs. It's not a bad flavor, but it's not very complicated. The body is lighter, as an English IPA tends toward and it's not bad, but it's not really going to blow you away.

Photo of JimKal
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Shaker Pint. Amber gold color with a one finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly. It does leave some nice lacing.

S: Malty aroma.

T: There isn't much going on here. I know this style isn't as hop forward as the American IPA but Goose Island does a better job with the style.

M: Light to medium perhaps as a result of the low level of carbonation.

O: I picked this up in a mix six as I've been wanting to try it. As much as I want to encourage NC craft, I won't be repeating this one.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal-clear, golden-yellow coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout, and a short, filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of floral hops, subtle caramel backbone, light fruit esters, and subtle bitterness. Flavors are bitter forward, with a tart citrus character of tangerine and grapefruit, followed by subtle toasted and caramel notes, and some floral highlights. The body is smooth, with a sharp edge to it. The aftertaste is more floral and sweet than anything, with fruity notes up front. The finish is smooth, somewhat effervesced from the carbonation, and slightly bitter. Very drinkable English IPA.

Photo of blordo1685
2.24/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This beer could best be compared to a poor version of Sierra Nevada. Nothing new or exciting here. A truly prosaic and mediocre beer. After a few sips I poured this one out.There are too many decent beers out there so I recommend that you skip this one.

Photo of Foyle
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: clear, golden appearance
Aroma: mild floral hops
Mouthfeel: medium, slightly sticky
Flavor: somewhat citrusy hop bitterness initially and a dry bitterness at the end with a sweet caramel malt flavor in between

Overall: Nicely balanced and not over the top. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Paincane
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden body with white head and nice retention and lacing.
S: Citrus, floral hoppy and bread aromas.
T: Balanced malt backbone with wonderfully hop forward flavors. Pine and citrus at the back end.
M: Crisp, bright & lightly bitter finish.
O: Solid IPA that is well-balanced.

Photo of Immortale25
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Base of bottle says Filled 02/18/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring around the edge.

S- Hard to get a good whiff even with the Spiegelau glass. Mild hops and some faint bready malt. Slight alcohol fume and there's some strange chemical-like aroma I can't put my finger on. Kind of off-putting.

T- Taste is a bit better with some solid bitterness and more bready malt. Looking for some hop flavors but I really just taste bitter. Some honeyish sweetness going on.

M- Sharp and bitey. Medium carbonation with a lightish body.

O- Not sure what they were going for with this but it missed the mark for me. I did like it a bit better when I had it on tap but was still underwhelmed. For a better English-style IPA also brewed in Asheville, try Green Man IPA.

Photo of TheSSG
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, resiny white head that laces quite densely. Soft, citric aroma. Hazy, straw color. Starts bitter with a citrus rind hop flavor, a quick jump to a pine hoppiness. Malt comes through near the end with lingering citric bitterness.

Not bad at all. Very vibrant hop flavors and the hop bitterness is right on the edge of being too bitter without crossing that.

Photo of jbridge127
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my new favourite IPAs. I just recently started enjoying IPAs Im more of a Stout guy myself. I would highly recommend this for someone who is trying to get their feet wet with IPAs. It is not as bitter as some others. Another IPA I'd recommend is Sierra Nevadas Torpedo.

Photo of RyanPoff
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint stein.

A: Clear amber with about two fingers of foamy white head. Good lacing on the way down. Not quite the traditional IPA, but very nice appearance nonetheless.

S: Herbs, some citrus, and light floral hops. Not a traditional IPA smell, a lot lighter on hops. Very refreshing, almost "spring like."

T: Light hops present. This isn't an IPA. More citrus, like lemon and grapefruit. Again, I get the "spring and flowers theme." I like it, but it's NOT an IPA. At all. I didn't get the bitterness or astringency some others noted.

M: Light to medium body, not filling, but not watery either. Nothing like I'd think of when I think of an IPA.

I have no idea what they were going for here., It's not an IPA, but it's a good beer.

Photo of UnionJack31
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: a very hazed, opaque reddish blond body. slightly off-white head is very frothy and leaves thick tufts along the side of the glass. good retention.

S: melon, papaya, juniper berries. some sort of soft herbal sweetness i cant exactly put my finger on....

T: starts sweet and fruity, very similar to the nose. a single bitter note throughout. a little bit of hop astringency towards the finish leaves the palate a bit more unsatisfactory.

M: lower carbonation. medium body.

D: not a bad IPA, but that unwanted lingering hop astringency is a bit of a turn-off. otherwise, super solid taste makes this pretty inviting.

Photo of slusk
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Got this beer in a variety pack. I usually love Highland brewing's offerings but this one seems to fall short.

Appearance - Golden light coppery appearance that pours a thin white, short lasting head. Even though the head isn't profound, it does have fair amount of lacing.

Aroma - Not what I expected in a typical IPA. My first sniff left me asking, where's the hop forward aroma? I could faintly identify a floral hop, crystal possibly but It seems they neglected the aroma or wort hop additions. I actually got more malty aromas right off the bat.

Taste - Ahh, there are the hops. Not too bitter but it seems to me their hop additions went mostly toward the bittering end. A malty and slightly spicy tone with muted floral hop and a barely perceptible acidic touch that finishes a little dry. If you prefer the bitter without a nice aroma hop balance, this is for you.

Mouthfeel - Nice light to medium body. It's what I would expect with a typical IPA. Nice job there.

Overall - Not one of my favorite IPA's, I probably wouldn't buy this again. it's a little too one dimensional in my opinion. I think a little more towards the aroma side of the hops would make this a better beer. I wouldn't touch the bitterness, I think it's fine.

Photo of BMMillsy
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My 100th IPA rate...maybe I should have chosen better for this. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with little to no head. Aroma of sweet malt, honey, and no hops at all. Flavor is a muddled mess of honey and dusty stale hops, I guess. Sweet malt all the way through with an unpleasant aftertaste. Light and a bit watery. What a disappointing IPA.

Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a clear golden yellow with a white cap. Some sudsy to spotty lace hangs on the glass and overall displays decent retention with a swirl that revives.

The smell is sulfur and herbal blending to grassy hops. A minor floral note and alcohol with a faint grain base. Some suggestion of minerals evolves as it warms up. Not the best smelling brew and actually a bit of a let down considering how good their pale ale smells.

The taste is bitter and rindy like grapefruit with herbs and lemon/orange zest quality. Some sulfur pokes through with solvent alcohol also present. The flavor profile is sadly on point with bitterness alone and everything else lackluster.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not terrible but not really something I would return to either.

Photo of Ballerbrewer
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A. Traditional IPA color. Dark gold. Clear.

S. mild hop notes in the aroma. Nothing overwhelming. Very mild biscuity malt aroma.

T. Sweet, hopped more like a pale ale by today's standards. Nice taste overall. Very balanced for an ipa.

M. Firm consistency. Not too thin. Good mouthfeel.

O. Solid east coast IPA. Not overly hopped. Very subtle. Nice malt character.

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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.