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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Reviews: 357
Hads: 751
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 65 | 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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Photo of hophead723
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours quite golden and clear, with an estimated SRM rating of 9-11. The head, being an aspect of the overall appearance, is so closely tied with the protein content that I will elaborate further in the mouthfeel section of this review.

Smell: Marijuana. Cannabis. Ganja. If you smell this beer and cannot discern the cannabis-like qualities therein than you are simply not a "Canna-sieur". The aroma contains elements of an Indica-dominant strain with pungent skunky aromas. I get nuances of grape skin, subtle buttery rye, stone fruits, and unfiltered honey.

Taste: This brew has an inadvertent English-style earthiness but quickly showcases numerous fruity hues that include melon rind, peach, and pine. The warm fermenting ale yeast lends a helping hand to the expressive elements of juniper, fresh milled grains, and corn husks which dance elusively behind a veil of dominant herbal hops.

Feel: Textbook medium-body, slightly dry middle, and moist finish. The definition of drinkable.

Overall: What an amazing IPA. There are so many great aspects of cannabis that are captured in this brew making it genuinely second to none. Forget West coast style IPAs for a second and marvel at the beauty of this rustic concoction. (1,235 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I haven’t ever tried Highland Brewing Company, but I picked up an excellent type of beer called an English-style IPA. This variety has 6.0% ABV as opposed to the incorrectly recorded 5.6% ABV listed on beeradvocate.

Look-This one pours a crystal clear golden yellow color that reminds me of a light honey or perhaps a lager. The head does not exist, but instead is a thin film. The lacing is sparse, but is moist and delicate.

Smell-I get a subtle bouquet of flowers and citrus. I also pick up on some slight spices and light malts.

Taste-The taste is more apparent than the aroma was, but has a grainy malt base tinged with maybe bread and yeast. The hops are various floral subtleties, a tinge of citrus like orange and clementine, and lastly a very mild bitterness that is almost imperceptible. I would say that the IBUs taste like 50-55, but apparently they are more like 60, eh, I think that is believable, but this is definitely a well-balanced and tampered brew…in a good way. The bitterness comes at the very end right when the most carbonation is released.

Mouthfeel-It is medium-bodied with a refreshing feel. It also has a creamy and moist feel with medium carbonation.

Overall-I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I wasn’t expecting much, but one of my first few experiences with EIPAs was a good one with this variety in particular. The malts and hops are well-balanced and do not go over the top like stronger IPA styles might. It’s refreshing and crisp and could be drinkable all year round. Cheers! (1,534 characters)

Photo of gnumber9
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not what i expect in an IPA, but here the nuance is great. it's main component is a caramel candy taste with a very interesting fruit, hop and malt that hints at a piney coffee/cola, but this is anecdotal. i love this trick to my nose. it is a very drinkable beer. it's sweeter than i'm typically use to, but it's brewed with either french broad river or well water from this area, both which are sweet and offers a wholesome taste. i use to live in asheville and the water is awesome. btw, new belgium is brewing from the same river or if a well, maybe the same aquifer. look below the big bridge to the south and you'll see the brewery on the west bank. anyway i know this isn't typical beer jargon, but it's my take on it. i really like this "ipa". (751 characters)

Photo of Chug-a-lug
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (151 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of DeaconsBrew
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (169 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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. (194 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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 (397 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of JimKal
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of blordo1685
2.24/5  rDev -36.9%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with a nice white head.

Aroma/Flavor: Light intensity grassy hops over a bready, biscuity malt bill, and some slight fruity yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, some sticky resinous hop linger. Not overly bitter.

Overall: This beer gets poor reviews because it's an English IPA and not a West coast – but it's a fine example of the style. (383 characters)

Photo of Paincane
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of jbridge127
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of UnionJack31
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of slusk
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
2.45/5  rDev -31%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (856 characters)

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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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