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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-20-2003)
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Photo of Paincane


3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 00:03:07 | More by Paincane
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 03:04:29 | More by Immortale25
Photo of TheSSG


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:36:02 | More by TheSSG
Photo of jbridge127


3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 02:26:49 | More by jbridge127
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 02:05:56 | More by RyanPoff
Photo of UnionJack31

North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 16:40:20 | More by UnionJack31
Photo of slusk


2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 18:14:13 | More by slusk
Photo of BMMillsy


2.44/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:50:07 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of stakem


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 18:42:16 | More by stakem
Photo of Ballerbrewer

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 19:21:43 | More by Ballerbrewer
Photo of DoreenAndDave


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

Beer is a bright gold; it looks like sparkling apple juice. It has a thin head; leaves some lacing. Aroma is slightly toasty with some caramel and generic hops. Taste is crisp. Some nice malt up front with a pleasantly bitter and slightly astringent piney hops finish. Mouthfeel is good. It is pretty highly carbonated, and overall the beer is fairly light, without being wimpy. Overall, this is a decent IPA. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it is pretty crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 01:55:02 | More by DoreenAndDave
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden bronze; effervescent; huge frothy head; long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Malty; piney hops

Taste: Creamy, but a little thin; hoppy, piney bite in mid; resinous aftertaste with dry finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:41:58 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


2.69/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Lively carbonation pulls throughout. Small bright-whit head drops almost instantly. Leaves small clumps of a cap with a tiny collar. Nice rings of lacing.

Smell: Light, pale malts. A bit sweet with a distinct cracker and grassy finish. Some floral elements along with a small hint of citrus. A bit earthy. Biscuit dough, very uncooked. A bit of toasted grain as well. Smells closer to a hoppy blonde than a traditional IPA.

Taste: Floral with a light hint of grapefruit rind. A slight oily pine. Mostly earthy and floral, really floral. Hints of cracker and uncooked biscuit dough. Warming brings out a bit of lingering bitterness along with a slightly sweet pale maltiness. Lots of clean malts coupled with a dirty hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Light with some push toward medium body, but it's not there. A bit dry on the finish, but relatively clean. Slightly above average carbonation.

Overall: I am whatever style I want to be!

A unique spin on an IPA. Not quite in the "session" IPA territory and not quite a "true" IPA, and therefore confusing. Closer to a blonde, but still a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 20:48:20 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of KYGunner


3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is an IPA, it says it on the bottle, but if I I had done a blind taste test I would have guessed European Lager or American Adjunct.

The head was light and bright white but it sat atop a orange hue that was far from IPAish.

The scent and taste were somewhat cloned as I got cereal malt graininess or maybe corn adjuncts. No metallic taste synonymous with corn adjunct beers it was like a watery Heineken. Very light, easy to drink, it was better than Bud but not an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:50:41 | More by KYGunner
Photo of MDM


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first exposure to a Highland beer, and to be honest I picked it up as part of a "make-your-own-6-pack," and didn't know what to expect. It is definitely on the lighter side of IPAs. The IBUs weren't listed on the bottle, but I'd have to guess that it is on the low end when compared to most. That said, it has a bright, almost citrus flavor that I liked. It also had a smooth finish, and was more refreshing than I think many IPAs tend to be. To reiterate, I think it's worth a try, but it won't be what most people expect out of an IPA....

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 20:29:58 | More by MDM
Photo of drmystery

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

this IPA isn't very "IPA-ish". its not that hoppy for an IPA but more hoppier than a pale ale. i think it's been described on here as "light IPA" and I'll have to agree with that. it tastes hoppy enough but it's also watery and more carbonated than I'd like. the appearance is pale orange with a good head. I think this IPA makes for a good introduction to IPA for somebody new to IPAs or craft beers. it doesn't taste bad or offensive or anything, I just think this IPA could be a lot better for what it is.

overall it's a good beer, but if you want a solid IPA go for something else. if you are new to IPA and/or craft beer this one will be a great stepping stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 23:46:59 | More by drmystery
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanx Damian74Shensky:

Into a pint glass:

A: light golden colored body with a nice foamy one finger head, light lacing on the glass

S: malts/hops combination leads to a decent sweet/bitterness

T: sticky sweet through previously mentioned flavors, light sweet aftertaste and finish

M: light, sessionable, ABV not felt

O: this is good for its style and good for me, might come back to it, however it seems a bit undefined in what its tryin' to convey

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 22:02:17 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of HalfFull


3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden from a 12 oz. bottle and into a pint glass. Offers a half inch of whitish foam and standard retention.

Nose is quite subtle and remarkably so for an IPA. A bit earthy and dusty on the nose with a light spice. Pleasant yet subtle and with a slight oaky character.

Taste is of flowery grain and a lightly fruity malt character. Rather dry overall and somewhat lacking in bitterness on the finish. Offering a bit of peppery hop spice in its stead.

Feel is smooth and light. Touch of citrus yet a bit thin in body though not out of balance for a 5.8% ABV IIPA. Overall not really sure where they're going here so off to thier web site I go. And yes as expected they are aiming more for an English IPA here. And still it misses to a degree yet by not so much as for an American version. Mediocre overall and a bit aimless yet ok in the end.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 04:22:01 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Thiestru


3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden with a thin white head. Good retention. A little watery-looking, but not too bad.

Smell: Citric. No malt to be found here, just a rather subdued hop aroma.

Taste: See above. It's quite enjoyable, but there's no kick to it at all. I would not have thought this was an IPA if the bottle didn't tell me it was; it's more like a standard pale ale with maybe a bit more hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, not too thin. Nice and tangy. Probably the best thing about this beer.

This isn't a beer that I'd refuse if it were offered to me, but I wouldn't seek it out. It's not very representative of its style, but taken on its own merits, it's a perfectly good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 03:27:26 | More by Thiestru
Photo of oline73


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

This is more of an east coast style IPA. There is a prevalent hop bitterness with a very mild malt backbone. Honestly, this one could use more malt in the finish. There is a fruity undertone that goes well with the bitterness. Nothing overly interesting here, but it's still not bad. The head is fluffy white and leaves some nice lacing.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 01:19:52 | More by oline73
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with some orange highlights and a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy bright white head that very slowly reduces to small to medium sized thick patch of large bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a light amount of grainy malts with just a touch of apple and lemon. Moderate aromas of floral, citrus, and grassy hops (think orange blossom) that is quite inviting.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of grainy malts with some light amounts of honey sweetness and just a touch of lemon citrus. There is a moderate amount of floral and citrus hops (think lemon/orange blossom) that contribute a light amount of bitterness that lasts for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy.

O: Very well balanced and the alcohol is hidden - easy to drink and enjoyable with wonderful hop flavors and aromas. Another solid brew from Highland Brewing and one I would be happy to get again - I used to get this pretty often when I lived in NC and wish we could get it in NJ.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 22:08:26 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

pours a rich copper color with an inch thick lingering white head. fruity sweetness on the nose, not exactly what a normal IPA smells like but its not bad. taste is quite different as well. I don't taste almost any hops here at all. malt character is apparent with some slight lemony sweetness on the back. lighter side of medium body with medium carbonation. no alcohol apparent.

overall hard to call this an IPA. with no hop presence and a slight sweetness it reminds me of an amber lager. nothing wrong with that, but its not what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 17:25:51 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of marlinsfan4


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Highland Brewing mixed 12 pack. Pours a light golden color, smallish white head to it. Faint hop aroma. Light to medium bodied, okay mouthfeel. A very malt heavy IPA, would have liked the hops to be a bit more upfront. Solid and well balanced, but a bit on the boring side and doesn't break any boundaries. Serviceable IPA, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:12:43 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a clean golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head, visible carbonation, nice lacing and great retention. kind of an OLD familiar smell.. getting a very reminiscent smell of miller high life... which is weird.. i guess it's malt heavy. definitely smelling pilsner malt, grass, bready yeast.. not an ipa smell at all, hmm...
a very subtle but weird taste.. bitter up front, grassy/floral tasting hops, a very malty yet bitter flavor overall, slightly sweet on the finish.
light-medium body , creamy but well carbonated so it goes down smooth and easy.
overall, i really like this one. it's a nice change in beer expectancy.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:33:49 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of Veristic


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kashmir IPA poured into a 3 Floyds tulip pint glass, consumed on 6/5/12. Bottled: 4/6/12

A- One finger white head with good retention. Crystal-clear golden body, most definitely filtered. Some spotty lacing. A decent crown hangs on through the end.

S- Out the neck: light hop aroma, some malt, kinda stale/skunky, not very appealing. Once poured, more of same. I'm not impressed. The hop aroma is just strange and barely existent.

T- Nice bitterness upfront. Some citrusy hops and pale malt. Not all that interesting. A kind of stale bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O- This was the 2nd IPA I'd ever tried when I had it about 5 years ago. I was not a fan then, and now that I've grown to love IPAs, I'm afraid I'm still not a fan. There would've probably been a point that I would've enjoyed this say 2 or 3 years ago but at this point it falls short. WAY too many other IPAs I would choose over this.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:59:43 | More by Veristic
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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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