Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing
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3.78/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
03-10-2008 04:52:31 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +16.5%
Lightly dusty, sparkling lemon-amber, heavy on the lemon. The alabaster cap is thick and rich and creamy, oh my! It isn't a glass coater of the highest order, but it doesn't fall too far short. This is a very nice looking member of the lighter (looking) IPA school.
The nose is equal parts Union Jack and Stars and Stripes. That isn't surprising at all since it features such hop standbys as Styrian Goldings, Fuggles and Magnum, among others. Pale malt proudly asserts itself, and then graciously steps aside to allow the hops their time in the sun. Even if they aren't sunshine bright, grapefruit and peach esters make an impact.
Kashmir is a quality IPA. The flavor follows the course so competently laid down by the nose. Cookie dough-like malt is a firm presence without making a nuisance of itself. I'm beginning to think that caramel malt has no place in an IPA; at least not the ones I like. Thanfully, there's no hint of caramel here.
I always want more hoppiness, but the amount that has been provided in Kashmir is generous (even if it's unlikely to make a shredded wreck of my tongue). Sweetness and bitterness walk side by side throughout, with bitterness nosing ahead on the longish finish. Lemon joins grapefruit and the flavor profile expands to include tart apples and buttery pears. Good choices on the hop bill, I'd say.
The mouthfeel is a minor blip more full than medium and is as smooth and as lightly plush as a much bigger IPA. The words 'rounded' and 'polished' come to mind. Quality breweries provide quality mouthfeels, it's as simple as that. I like the fact that (if I had them) I could drink a handful of these in a single sitting without getting palate fatigue.
I was surprised to learn that, until the drinkability score of this beer, I had given nothing but 4.0s to the three Highland Brewing Company beers that I've been fortunate enough to drink. The accolades have been well deserved. Kashmir IPA is a keeper. Thanks to WOLFGANG for sending it my way.
01-12-2006 16:50:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a big, well-constructed head that leaves nice sheets of lace
Smell: Balanced aroma of cookie dough malt and pithy citrus
Taste: After the initial cookie dough malt flavor presents itself, the profile dashes over to the pithy citrus side, with subtle hints of stone fruit; the sweet malt persists through and after the swallow to keep the flavor profile nicely balanced
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A nicely balanced IPA to please both the hopheads as well as those who want some sweetness to counter the bitterness
07-14-2004 01:10:36 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +13.6%
This is on tap all overt he place in Western North Carolina, but I had it at Bele Chere, and cannot believe I havent reviewed this before. Been drinking it for a long time, I guess I just never got around to typing up the review, so anyway here it goes. Poured a nice golden amber, a touch hazy, with good visible carbonation. Nice two inch head slowly faded away to just a layer of lace on the top. Decent side lace on the glass as well, looks like a good IPA. Smell was very sweet and hoppy Lots of orange and tangerine, but a definate malty back was apparent and was obviously present. The taste is great, a nice light hoppy IPA. A touch sticky with a good bitter dry aftertaste. First flavors that come through are nice fresh citrus followed by a touch of sugar and a yeasty bread flavor that is lingering around in the back. Very well balanced. A nice smooth drink, good carbonation and easy drinker. This is a definate classic session IPA. I could really drink this all night long. One of my favorite local IPA's and a good representation of the quality brewing going on around here. If you gcan get it, go for its a definate winner. If you cant get it give me a shout I will send ya some!
08-05-2007 17:02:41 | More by mikesgroove
3.76/5 rDev +6.8%
Caught somewhere between the indigenous IPA styles of both America and British, the North Carolina brewers bridge the pond with a taste that takes us straight to England.
Bronze-gold in color, Kashmir pours brilliantly clear for elixir of great charm. Perhaps a tinge lighter in saturation than typical American varieties, the ale is capped by a heady blanket of dense foam. The ivory froth structures stay firm and laces the glass with rings at each sip.
Balanced to the nose, the beer rarely favors hops over malt for an even-keel scent from start to finish. Light caramel and cashew provide the base scent while bready aromatics of bread crust pull from the grain as the beer warms. Lightly fruity, but mostly spicy- the nose fills with broad spruce tips, honey suckle, and gently muddled grassy herbs.
To taste, the beer once again refutes high hop dominance; instead allowing the subtle crusted bread and caramel sweet taste to seep onto the palate first. But then the light floral character of honey, marmalade, and soft nuts to rise just as the spicy and broad bitterness takes hold in the middle. A brisk finish of equal part bready malt and spicy hops carry the beer to a crisp and clean taste to close.
Medium bodied, the malt rises and the hops recede to take on proportions best suited for English Ales such as ESB. The beer sheds its malt sweetness, yet retains its starch malt structure deep into finish. Buffered by malt, any alcohol warmth and bracing bitterness remains subdued and rounded even in its quick aftertaste.
Kashmir is an extremely rewarding and sensible ale that steers clearly toward well balanced and bolder English ales than the more common American examples. Highland's flagship IPA will be well received in the Central Kentucky market!
06-17-2007 18:58:07 | More by BEERchitect
3.03/5 rDev -13.9%
Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a small foamy head with some good retention and some medium lacing. Aroma of bitter malt is dominating with no discernable notes of caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some deep bitter hops notes with some subtle malt presence. I would have appreciated some more notes of citrus or resin. Body is about average with some medium carbonation.
10-02-2007 15:30:19 | More by Phyl21ca
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
12 ounce bottle - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, copper-colored body with a small sized, white head.
Smell: Pale malts scattered with flecks of sweet-scented toffee a hint of steeped grains. Muted lemon note with undertones of florals and earthiness.
Taste: Pale, faintly grainy malts along with a taste of crisp, sweet toffee and honey candy. Earthy, lightly citrusy, lightly floral hops with only a medium amount of bitterness present, but more than enough to counteract the malts. Finishes dry with just a light touch of lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A smooth, pleasant, easy-going IPA that strays away from the excessively assertive, brutal hop doses that many West Coast IPA's deliver.
06-13-2009 17:14:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.38/5 rDev -4%
A: single finger head with a nice murky golden with amber hues body
S: a little musty with subtle hop and grapefruit notes.
T: Really disappointed. this is a little waterd-down. Up front mild pine/bitter hops with a citrus sweetness but overall each of these flavors are understated.
M: light to medium body for an IPA. Mild to moderate carbonation.
Overall: A little let down by this one. The flavor is overall understated and watery.
08-31-2011 02:09:34 | More by kylehay2004
4/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
02-16-2003 09:12:40 | More by oberon
3.05/5 rDev -13.4%
Appearance: Clear and pale gold with a nice one finger head that clings to the glass.
Smell: Earthy, malty. Subtle citrus hop notes. I'd like a bolder hop aroma, but this isn't bad.
Taste/mouthfeel: Semi-sweet pale malts, citrus and herbal hops, subtle mint and spice. Light-bodied with a dry, bitter finish. This brew leans toward the bittering hops rather than the aroma and flavor additions, but it has a great balance between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Though this isn't my favorite style of IPA, I'll give it a nod for being a drinkable and well-crafted beer.
Notes: Thanks to Loki for this one. My first NC brew!
06-03-2008 02:42:36 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +25.9%
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!
12-07-2003 21:21:42 | More by NeroFiddled
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a off gold with a thin creme head. Nose is airy citrus. Flavor is whoa on the malts. Loooads of them. Citrus hints are there. Slight salty edge. Feel has a sticky slick thick liquid feel. Carbonation is about at medium level. A nice enough IPA. Big amounts of malts. I bet this would be interesting if cask conditioned properly.
Thanks to michaeld23 for this one.
10-11-2008 00:19:08 | More by RblWthACoz
2.83/5 rDev -19.6%
IPA night continues with this beer that was acquired via trade from NClifestyle, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is faint and contains mostly hops, as expected, with mild notes of citrus and caramel.
T: The flavor of hops comes out first and dominates the taste but it’s very pale and dry. Sweet flavors of caramel and citrus follow up, but they seem to battle with the hops instead of being complimentary. The malt character seems very weak.
M: Very crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.
D: This isn’t a very flavorful beer, nor does it go down too easy. It’s not very filling, which is about the only compliment I can give to it. I’m quite surprised, since I liked Highland’s Gaelic Ale so much, that didn’t like this beer at all.
01-14-2007 02:02:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.78/5 rDev +7.4%
A - One finger of white head that disappears quickly, but leaves thick, sticky lace. Clear, golden-copper colored body.
S - Spicy, pine-sap hops with moderate malt peeking out from behind.
T - Thick malt up front with moderate bitterness. Some fruity hop flavor in the middle that leads to a finish with darkening hop character with light notes of tobacco.
M - Medium body, moderate-light carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - Drinkable but a bit bland. Nice, if somewhat subdued hop character and powerful malt that leads to excellent balance. Overall, good but not great.
05-21-2009 06:25:12 | More by nickfl
3.15/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
09-15-2007 15:25:56 | More by WVbeergeek
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured amber with 2 fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Super lacing & good head retention
S: Bready with some lemony hops
T: Breadyness with grapefruit & lemon hops up front. Honey malt, plus earthy & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes grapefruitty with a little boozey warmth, hop snap & some honey malt
mF: Chewy with slight oilyness & low carbonation. Pretty good balance skews a little malty for the style
Drinks pretty easy, kind of tame for a AIPA though, but solid, none the less
08-29-2007 05:00:18 | More by russpowell
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy yellow gold with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy off-white head. 1/2 finger of retention that flares up nicely, leaving massive, sticky, hop lacing behind. The aroma is fairly average at first but does open up a bit more later. Notes of light spice and floral notes as well as some citrus and other underlying malt character.
The taste is pretty much comparable to the aroma but seems a bit more assertive. Spicy hop bitterness up front that gives off a moderate prickle at times (but seems to be generally earthy) that is well balanced by a backbone of citrus character and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and slightly slick feel at times.
Not bad. Decent IPA with a moderate hop bite but nothing that really made it stand out. Still quite drinkable though.
09-22-2008 16:47:54 | More by Kegatron
4.1/5 rDev +16.5%
The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and biscuit malt scent along with nice piney hop aroma. The taste is good as well. It has your basic East IPA flavor; pale and biscuit malt, piney hops. It's smooth and easy drinking with a hint of bready character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty standard IPA. It's balanced and true to style; a fine session ale.
01-10-2011 21:15:51 | More by WesWes
3.13/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
01-17-2013 01:19:52 | More by oline73
Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.