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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 37 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-20-2003)
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer from a great NC Brewery. I love Highlands stuff, this one is no slouch!
It appears as an almost amber hued beer, some hints of orange are noticeable.
The smell of hops is prevalent, and it tastes like a smoother IPA than most. The mouthfeel is smooth, and crisp. I love this IPA, the hops are not overpowering, and the crisp taste is one not to be missed.

ncbeermonger, Oct 22, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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Drazilnc, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Damian
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to mikesgroove for including this as an extra in a trade.

The beer poured a crystal clear, golden-amber color with a fluffy, bubbly, off-white, two-finger head. Chunks of sudsy lacing left thick rings all down the glass.

The aroma was hoppy yet balanced. Semi-sweet. Fruity and citrusy (candied orange peel was noticeable) with a stiff, biscuity malt character. A touch grassy as well.

The taste was very similar to the aroma. Full-flavored, hoppy and crisp yet well balanced. Citrus notes (orange peel) dominated the hop profile. Grapefruit was noticeable as well. Bready, toasty notes came through in the malts. A touch of brown sugar appeared as well. Spicy mid-palate. The finish was crisp, clean and spicy with a touch of lingering hoppy (grapefruit-like) bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy and smooth with a medium amount of carbonation.

Even though this beer might not satisfy hardcore hop heads, it was a super tasty IPA nevertheless. Overall, a very sessionable and well crafted version of the style.

Damian, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of andrewgator
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light gold, with a nice creamy head. Great lacing on the glass with every sip.

Assertive hop bitterness upfront, with an instant maltiness in the background. Aftertaste leaves the lingering bitterness, with a slight biscuit toasted bread flavor. Slight alcohol warmth.

This is a well balanced beer. And the drinkability is excellent. Not too high in alcohol and its easy to put down a few. This may not be as hop forward as your extreme IPA's but the balance makes it one of my favorites. The bitterness is there but it doesn't take over and fatigue the palate. I stay intruiged throughout the whole beer.

Definitely a must try.

andrewgator, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alright, if I haven't said it before, Highland is a real gem of a regional brewery. I've yet to have anything from Highland that didn't impress me - this beer is no exception.

The pour is a deep yellow with a pure white head. The head is a bit on the thin side - maybe a quarter inch but it lasts through much of the drink. The beer starts cloudy and I thought it was an unfiltered IPA but after a few minutes it settles and becomes crystal clear. A very attractive glass of beer, if it had more head I wouldn't rated it a "5"

The smell is nothing but hops - spicy green herbal hops. Words like 'zesty' come to mind when you stick your nose in this beer.

The flavor is very good and just short of excellent. It's also rather surprising because I was expecting an American IPA and this is -not- by any stretch of the imagination a "by the book" American IPA. There's a clear sweet malt flavor underneath with hints of golden grain and honey but the hops are by far the belle of the ball here. The hops are pure Europe all the way with Goldings and Fuggles in massive quantities. The hops flavor actually borders on Saaz or Tettnanger - noble hops and close cousins to Goldings and Fuggles. If you'd handed me this beer and told me it was a "super Pilsner" I would have been utterly convinced.

Excellent hop presentation - very bright, clean bold hop flavors without bitterness. The sweet malt is just perfect in counterbalancing the strong hops notes.

Mouthfeel is very good. This is a light to medium bodied brew with almost enough carbonation to clean the palate between sips. Good balance between residual hop bitterness (mild) and residual sweetness (light)

Very, very drinkable and highly recommended to anyone who can get their hands on this. As much as I was recently disappointed by the "Über Pils" from Clipper City (another excellent regional brewer) if it had tasted like this I would have been overjoyed. This is not your typical pine-n-citrus American IPA but it is an excellent showcase for bold hop flavoring. Also *again* proof that a big, flavorful beer doesn't have to be high in alchohol; this one's only 5.6% but you'd never know it from the taste.

RedwoodGeorge, Mar 01, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

NeroFiddled, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of cdizinno
4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle(pictured) into a tulip glass.

A: Bright amber, orange. Slight cloudiness. Thin white head with moderate lacing.

S: Citrus, hops and mild malt sweetness.

T&M: Nicely balanced hop and malt taste. Not a strong IPA, but very tasty. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Fades slowly to a slight sweet hop taste that I can't describe.

I've had this on tap and it is very good. I read some recent reviews and they are much lower than the ale deserves. It may have been a bad batch, so I hope you'll try it again because this is one of my favorites for a mild IPA. Not too piney or hoppy, but good.

cdizinno, Aug 21, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a tad bit cloudy, but a creamy head with some lacing, nice gold color

Aroma is very malty but with a nice piney smell, very grassy with a hint of citrus.

An immediate bitter bite on first sip, hops are there but not over the top, some IPA lovers may be disappointed, but I feel a good balance here with a nice caramel maltiness, finishing up with a good bitterness. Great taste.

Nice balance in carbonation, not too heavy and not too light ( and no, not like those bud light commercials)

Very drinkable beer. It is not exactly what some would consider to be an IPA but I do enjoy this beer. I will definitely purchase a sixer when I get the chance.

melloashello, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Lupe
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-yellow that is a bit cloudy from chill haze, but brightens up after a bit. One fingered white head that doesn't look like much, but stays around until the last drop is drained and leaves sheets of lace.

Pure hoppy aroma. Very fragrant with spicy and herbal hops with some zesty citrus and pine thrown in as well.

Hops again in the flavor - no surprise. Though the surprise is the flavor from hops. The first taste brings your typical American IPA hoppiness, but then develops to a much more well rounded flavor. Sweet malts come through adding some toasted grain, caramel and honey - adding great balance to the beer. But it is the hop flavor that shines - mostly piney, herbal, and earthy with a dash of citrus. Never overpowering but has a solid bitterness. Smooth and well rounded flavors - very nice.

Medium bodied and smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation. Great drinkability. All this flavor with only 5.6% abv - I smell a session beer. Stood up to and paired well with some spicy fajitas.

Lupe, May 03, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a large sticky white head. Awsome head retention. The aroma is sweet and hoppy. I can definately detect the spicy English hops and at the same time the Mt. Hood's pull through with their pine aroma. The flavor is about the same. A well balanced hoppy brew. The hops are a tasty mix of English raw leafiness and Mt. Hood sharpness. A sweet malt and light toasted grain balance out the hops. The drinkability is dangerous. Pint after pint can be consumed if you don't have anything to do the next day. I think my taste have matured since the last time I tried this beer. I love it!

Luigi, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of Mr3dPHD
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After tasting several IPAs from domestic breweries in recent months, I was very happy with Kashmir. It meets my expectations of aggressive hoppiness I expect from an IPA, but without overdoing it to the point that its hard to drink. I tend to find many IPAs lacking in drinkability to a degree, but Kashmir left me wating more. This is definitely my favorite Highland brew as of yet, and its pretty high on my list of IPAs in general.

Mr3dPHD, Feb 21, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 12 ounce beer with no born on date poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a murky golden yellow with a small white lace that is present till the end. NO activity present after pour.

S- Smell of earthy hops, consist with other IPA's I have had.

T- Taste of hops but with a smooth finish. Very palatable IPA that might be dangerous because of its ease of taste. A nice selection from Highland. Picked this up at a corner store. I've had other Highland selections and this does not diappoint. Good strong taste that is not too hoppy or bitter. Nice flavor combinations make this a must have again. Glad to see that I can pick up a local brew that is of such high quality.

cbros, Nov 17, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

More of a pale ale than an IPA. Not overwhelmingly bitter at all. A slight caramel maltiness in the beginning, with a nice bitter grapefruit-y hop finish. A good session beer, as it will not overwhelm your taste buds at all. Very tasty addition from the Highland Brewery

bgarrity, Oct 11, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

markallmon, Mar 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

norinco, Jun 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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