Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 14
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-20-2003

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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
Photo of JohnQVegas
2.6/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into shaker pint.

Pours a vibrant clear gold, rather pale for an ipa, with almost no head, retention, or lacing.

Nose carries some light caramel and just enough grapefruit to pass as an ipa.

Taste is a bit on the bitter side. Seems to be the formula for "lesser" ipas - bitter up a pale ale and you're good to go. A bit on the harsh, astringent side, with light caramel underneath giving way to a brisk, moderately bitter hop bite a bit of grapefruit. The relative lack of hop flavor compared to bitterness makes it seem more bitter than it really is. Really isn't that bitter considering, but definitely favors the earlier hop additions over the later ones.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the sticky, heavy side, certainly full bodied with a carbonation that's a bit sluggish.

Overall, not what I would call a noteworthy ipa. There are several I would take over this one as daily drinkers.

More User Reviews:
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 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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of blitz134
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Duster72
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

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.

Photo of drmystery
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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)

Photo of pwoods
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lists Asheville, NC (great town!) on the label, but I noticed it's manufactured in Maryland. Whatever state wants to claim it, I'm right in the middle (Virginia) and not totally impressed.

Just a shade darker than a typical golden-yellow pils. Nice frothy head.

Mellow hops come to the nose first, with mellower malts next, and a scary corn essence that reminds too much of bad US macros.

Taste: One of the most unremarkable IPAs I've ever had. Not bad, but not outstanding. Light and crisp, it goes down easily and inoffensively, but the bottle's claim that this is "a bold beer best consumed with a stiff upper lip" comes close to false advertising.

Decent mouthfeel, a little tingly.

Easy to drink, easy to like, hard to love. It's got no real selling points against many other, better IPAs. I much prefer Highland's Gaelic Ale over this.

Photo of allthatAles
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: A true amber, plays between orange an honey a light haze, the head formed and receded within a short time but left a reasonable lacing covering nearly all the surface.

Nose: Light malt bit of citrus and a little soapy on the finish

Mouth: the light malt comes in from the beginning to the middle, the hops are assertive at the beginning and the end, with the ending featuring a grassy characteristic that lingers with soapy feel, after savoring for moment, the esters reveal some nice fruity notes that actually out last the hops

Overall not bad. however, i was more impressed with their Gaelic Ale.

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good IPA. The aroma is not hoppy, its more on the spicey characteristic. The appearance is cloudy yellow, with dot bubbles. The taste is well balanced and rather chai, saison-like. Its bitter and more offset by spicey-yeastness than by the normal sweetness. Nicely done change of pace.

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish gold with a quarter of an inch of soft, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is bready and malty with a faint citrus aroma. The flavor is similar; sweet, bready, and very malty. There is a smooth, balanced hop character that features that is mildly citrusy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a very malt-forward IPA. It's an easy drinking, smooth, refreshing beer that's both flavorful and balanced. It's definitely worth checking out.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Their Kashmir IPA is similar to their American pale ale but with a lighter color; a more floral than citrusy hop character to the nose; a bit more hop flavor (also more varied); and with about twice the bitterness (although it doesn't seem quite so once it warms a bit). Its slightly hazy (bottle-conditioned) golden body is capped by a thin head of creamy bright-white foam that holds well, maintains a solid surface covering, and leaves some spotty lace about the glass. The nose is bright and fresh with floral & grassy hops over a sweetish, bready malt. The body is medium with a very fine and gently crisp carbonation that's lightly crisp across the palate. The flavor offers a solid one-two punch of floral and grassy hops over sweet malt that's well backed by bold bitterness. It finishes short and dry with some very short lingering malt and piney hops that fade quickly to just bitterness. It's well done and very drinkable!

Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz bottle a brilliant golden hue with a half-inch, bright white head. Nice aroma of sweet malt, light floral hops, and honey. Flavor is assertive, but not particularly bold. The hops are nice and floral, but have low lupulin levels that don't give this beer the bitterness that is characteristic of an American IPA. Some bitterness does emerge in the aftertaste, but it still isn't much. Nice body helps this one go down easy; it's a pretty good session beer
While not particularly in keeping with stylistic guidelines, this is still a fine beer.

Photo of dirtylou
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, shipped by blackie

appearance: pours into a between the buns pint glass...cloudy orange body, virtually no head but a layer of clear bubbles is present...

smell: highland malts noticed immediately, grapefruity hops

taste: caramel malts dominate up front, nutty, bitter grapefruit and citrus hops, flavor profile is pretty flat without a good finish

mouthfeel: flat and slick

drinkability: decent

Photo of Ezone024
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale hazy straw color thin yet aromatic head about 1/2 inch.

smells mostly of citrus with a little pine. smell disappears with head.

taste is very good and balanced, mild up front with a bitter hop attack at the end that lingers around on the tongue.

my 1st beer from North carolina, i'm impressed. thanks brent K on the trade.

Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangish amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is caramel, malt and some citrusy hops! The taste has a solid malt backbone for an IPA with a dose of citrusy hops in the finish. Overall, Kashmir IPA is a pretty solid IPA that is definitely worth a try. Recommended!

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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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