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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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676 Ratings
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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-20-2003)
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Reviews by Frosty80:
Photo of Frosty80
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours pale golden. sits brilliantly clear pale gold. beautiful.

Smell: very light, clean nose with nothing standing out too much and definitely not an assertive hop character. pale malt and light hopping provides a clean balance with just a tinge of earthy, floral hops

Taste: just like the aromas, no flavor proves outstanding. everything is in good balance, but the hops should be standing out more. low alcohol for the style, or at least at the bottom of the range. finish is lightly bitter, which is basically the only place you DO find bitterness, with a hint of pale malt

Mouthfeel: light body with medium-high carbonation

Notes: looks, smells, tastes, and feels like a really good German pilsner, but really lacks as an IPA

Frosty80, Jan 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably the best brewery in Nc at least of all the beers I have had down here.Had the aroma of a traditional IPA hoppy,grassy,and this one a little apple essence.Poured nice gold/copper color with nice rocky head that stayed awhile.Taste was of course very hoppy and fruity but pretty well balanced.When in Asheville will get this when at Barleys I wanna try on tap.

oberon, Feb 16, 2003
Photo of ExtraStout
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystalline clear gold with a small wite head. Smells weakly citrusy and a wee bit grassy. Slight yeast twinge too. Tastes nicley sweet and grassy. A scant amount of resinous pop. Really just a slightly over sour IPA. Mouthfeel and drinkablility are ok. This beer doesn't do a lot to seperate itself from the "just another IPA" herd. Could have choosen Harpoon IPA and been just as happy.

ExtraStout, May 22, 2011
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
2/5  rDev -43.2%

BenTherHppedThat, May 19, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice light gold hue. Minimal head when poured into a pint glass and it faded quickly with decent lacing.

S: Very light fruit/citrus hop with a vigorous swirl. Very nonchalant for the fold flavors that follow.

T: Nice balance at first and then the hops take over with a great floral bitterness that lasts well past the swallow. There's a touch of sweetness if you look for it but the mellow bitterness is really the primary flavor component.

M&D: Deceptive body and weight given its light golden color. The nice finish makes you ready for the next sip.

Overall this is a very good IPA - and it's from my home state to boot! I really liked the floral hoppiness and the nice lingering without overdoing the bitterness. The color and aroma can really throw you - you wouldn't expect this kind of robust flavor coming out like it does. I very much enjoyed this brew.

SIRIUS2, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of blitz134
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very light colored IPA, almost lager looking if it wasn't for the slight orange hint. Very white head on top which reduced rather quickly to a thick layer with a bit sticking to the sides.

Light smell overall of some floral hops with a bit of resin and straw and some sweet malts in the background. Not a strong enough aroma to allow me to detect much.

The flavor is well balanced between the hops and malts. Hops present themself as slightly floral with some fleeting resin flavors. A good malt sweetness as well. Nice and light and tasty. Mouthfeel is okay, a bit thin. Drinkability is good though due to the lighter flavor profile and the good balance.

blitz134, May 28, 2005
Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

markallmon, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Duster72
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this one is a touch under rated...

Pours a nice hazy dark golden with a one finger head. Nice retention and sticky lacing. Aroma is very nice blend of malts and citrus hops. Taste is citrus malts and sweet malts without a bad bitterness. Very easy drinking IPA, which is exactly what I like. If I lived in Asheville, this would easily be a go-to beer, and that would be great. Very nice IPA.

Duster72, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -14.8%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of warriorsoul
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, thanks AlexJ for this one of many NC brews...
Pours a semi-cloudy golden orange color w/ a full finger of bright white head...lacing is thin but hold nicely for a bit.
Aroma is nothing overwhelming, but pleasant, clean hops hit the nose w/ a somewhat sweet malty background.
The taste is nice...very smooth w/ floral hops dominating the flavor...not overly sweet, but the caramel malt balances it out nicely. Not really any hop bitterness going on in this one until the very last few swigs.
Mouthfeel is average for the style and the carbonation is perfect.
Drinkability is above average, as I could easily enjoy many pints of this brew....my first beer from Highland and I like it. Really glad I got the chance to try this one.

warriorsoul, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

dankjohn, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Mantooth, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of yankeeheel
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystalline clear gold with a small wite head. Smells weakly citrusy and a wee bit grassy. Slight yeast twinge too. Tastes nicley sweet and grassy. A scant amount of resinous pop. Really just a slightly over sweet IPA. Mouthfeel and drinkablility are ok. This beer doesn't do a lot to seperate itself from the "just another IPA" herd.

yankeeheel, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of drmystery
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.

drmystery, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

williamjbauer, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks very similar to their pale ale apricot copper slightly hazed with a billowing bright white head rises above the edge of my pint and has large bubbles floating to the top, so far great retention and lacing is thin and sporadic. Aromatics are muted here much more so than the dry hopped pale ale, some citrus and floral hop nose but not that impressive. Some fruity notes with a touch of alcohol make their presence known as well. Flavor is pretty much grapefruit pith and floral perfume tones an astringent bitterness lacquers the palate from the first sip to the finish a touch of balancing malt sugars provide enough sweetness to make this tolerable but this brew comes off one dimensional same flavor aspect working over and over again. Mouthfeel is oily carbonatin is sturdy and tickles the back of the throat definitely medium bodied some protein filled thickness is definitely welcomed in the texture. Drinkability is so so I'm not a fan of the one dimensional hop bitterness IPA that lacks in hop flavor, I'm a hophead but I like to see balance and harmony in the combonation of malts marrying hops that doesn't go down here.

WVbeergeek, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in Highland Brewing pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange-golden with a modest amount of white head. Head has moderate retention and good lacing.

Good carbonation. Some nice citrusy hop notes paired with a solid malt background. But ...
While not flawed or imbalanced, this is too much of an "IPA light" in terms of flavor and, a bit, in its lean mouthfeel. For some, this should make it a highly drinkable IPA, at least on a hot day, but I was hoping for something richer and bolder.

{Ratings confirmed on 5/6/11)

chinchill, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of BrianCuoz
2/5  rDev -43.2%

BrianCuoz, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of pwoods
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the P's for picking this up for me while they were on vacation.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a light apricot, hazy. Decent hea with good retention and some lacing.

S: Light citrus with lots of spices, not just peppery. Light biscuity malts.

T/M: Bitterness is at a decent level and slowly builds throught he finish. Hops and spices form the nose, some floral tastes. Malts have lots of sweetness and only a bit of the biscuity quality. Body is medium with good carbonation.

D: Tasty and drinks pretty easy.

pwoods, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of brewQ
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear deep gold beer with a whipped white head.
Definitely a floral hop aroma but not particularly sharp.

The taste is tangy and refreshing, a hint of spruce and not much malt backing. It finishes with an excellent mouth coating that welcomes another drink.

If I lived near the brewery I'd likely make this an everyday beer.I remain confused about where a Pale Ale becomes an IPA- this example seems to straddle the line.

They've been around since 1994 and must be doing something right.

brewQ, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of mully
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pimpp for send this in our trade

cloudy golden color looks a little like honey, thin white head leaves some lace

slightly mineral nose similar to a british style pale herbal hop presence not much malt in the nose

malty sweetness herbal hops smoothes out as it warms balanced, a little bit of malt biterness

good mouthfeel clears out good size body but well balanced

this would be a great beer on cask more drinkable at the warmer cellar temperature

mully, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of lcdawg
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

lcdawg, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of tastybeer
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear bright amber-orange color with a small fluffy white head. Nose is earthy green and grassy, light and floral, lemon pepper at the top with substantial sweet, bready/caramel malts. This is more a decent hoppy PA instead of an IPA, as the hops are not the focus but work well with the beer as a whole. English style which meshes with the calm hop profile. Taste has a substantial amount of malts to hold the tasty herbal, grassy hops. Bitterness is easy going and fits the flavors. A touch of dryness tops it off. Great finish of malt sweetness with refreshing citric spice. Body is a light-medium. Drinkability is great.

Mellow and not in your face, but flavorful and aromatic.

tastybeer, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Jordanbryan10
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Jordanbryan10, Jan 27, 2012
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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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