Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Reviews: 356
Hads: 746
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 66 | 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 DoreenAndDave
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a bright gold; it looks like sparkling apple juice. It has a thin head; leaves some lacing. Aroma is slightly toasty with some caramel and generic hops. Taste is crisp. Some nice malt up front with a pleasantly bitter and slightly astringent piney hops finish. Mouthfeel is good. It is pretty highly carbonated, and overall the beer is fairly light, without being wimpy. Overall, this is a decent IPA. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it is pretty crisp and refreshing. (477 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden bronze; effervescent; huge frothy head; long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Malty; piney hops

Taste: Creamy, but a little thin; hoppy, piney bite in mid; resinous aftertaste with dry finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (282 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Lively carbonation pulls throughout. Small bright-whit head drops almost instantly. Leaves small clumps of a cap with a tiny collar. Nice rings of lacing.

Smell: Light, pale malts. A bit sweet with a distinct cracker and grassy finish. Some floral elements along with a small hint of citrus. A bit earthy. Biscuit dough, very uncooked. A bit of toasted grain as well. Smells closer to a hoppy blonde than a traditional IPA.

Taste: Floral with a light hint of grapefruit rind. A slight oily pine. Mostly earthy and floral, really floral. Hints of cracker and uncooked biscuit dough. Warming brings out a bit of lingering bitterness along with a slightly sweet pale maltiness. Lots of clean malts coupled with a dirty hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Light with some push toward medium body, but it's not there. A bit dry on the finish, but relatively clean. Slightly above average carbonation.

Overall: I am whatever style I want to be!

A unique spin on an IPA. Not quite in the "session" IPA territory and not quite a "true" IPA, and therefore confusing. Closer to a blonde, but still a nice beer. (1,163 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is an IPA, it says it on the bottle, but if I I had done a blind taste test I would have guessed European Lager or American Adjunct.

The head was light and bright white but it sat atop a orange hue that was far from IPAish.

The scent and taste were somewhat cloned as I got cereal malt graininess or maybe corn adjuncts. No metallic taste synonymous with corn adjunct beers it was like a watery Heineken. Very light, easy to drink, it was better than Bud but not an IPA. (478 characters)

Photo of MDM
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first exposure to a Highland beer, and to be honest I picked it up as part of a "make-your-own-6-pack," and didn't know what to expect. It is definitely on the lighter side of IPAs. The IBUs weren't listed on the bottle, but I'd have to guess that it is on the low end when compared to most. That said, it has a bright, almost citrus flavor that I liked. It also had a smooth finish, and was more refreshing than I think many IPAs tend to be. To reiterate, I think it's worth a try, but it won't be what most people expect out of an IPA.... (552 characters)

Photo of drmystery
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden from a 12 oz. bottle and into a pint glass. Offers a half inch of whitish foam and standard retention.

Nose is quite subtle and remarkably so for an IPA. A bit earthy and dusty on the nose with a light spice. Pleasant yet subtle and with a slight oaky character.

Taste is of flowery grain and a lightly fruity malt character. Rather dry overall and somewhat lacking in bitterness on the finish. Offering a bit of peppery hop spice in its stead.

Feel is smooth and light. Touch of citrus yet a bit thin in body though not out of balance for a 5.8% ABV IIPA. Overall not really sure where they're going here so off to thier web site I go. And yes as expected they are aiming more for an English IPA here. And still it misses to a degree yet by not so much as for an American version. Mediocre overall and a bit aimless yet ok in the end. (859 characters)

Photo of Thiestru
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden with a thin white head. Good retention. A little watery-looking, but not too bad.

Smell: Citric. No malt to be found here, just a rather subdued hop aroma.

Taste: See above. It's quite enjoyable, but there's no kick to it at all. I would not have thought this was an IPA if the bottle didn't tell me it was; it's more like a standard pale ale with maybe a bit more hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, not too thin. Nice and tangy. Probably the best thing about this beer.

This isn't a beer that I'd refuse if it were offered to me, but I wouldn't seek it out. It's not very representative of its style, but taken on its own merits, it's a perfectly good beer. (756 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (389 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with some orange highlights and a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy bright white head that very slowly reduces to small to medium sized thick patch of large bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a light amount of grainy malts with just a touch of apple and lemon. Moderate aromas of floral, citrus, and grassy hops (think orange blossom) that is quite inviting.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of grainy malts with some light amounts of honey sweetness and just a touch of lemon citrus. There is a moderate amount of floral and citrus hops (think lemon/orange blossom) that contribute a light amount of bitterness that lasts for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy.

O: Very well balanced and the alcohol is hidden - easy to drink and enjoyable with wonderful hop flavors and aromas. Another solid brew from Highland Brewing and one I would be happy to get again - I used to get this pretty often when I lived in NC and wish we could get it in NJ. (1,270 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

pours a rich copper color with an inch thick lingering white head. fruity sweetness on the nose, not exactly what a normal IPA smells like but its not bad. taste is quite different as well. I don't taste almost any hops here at all. malt character is apparent with some slight lemony sweetness on the back. lighter side of medium body with medium carbonation. no alcohol apparent.

overall hard to call this an IPA. with no hop presence and a slight sweetness it reminds me of an amber lager. nothing wrong with that, but its not what I was expecting. (584 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Highland Brewing mixed 12 pack. Pours a light golden color, smallish white head to it. Faint hop aroma. Light to medium bodied, okay mouthfeel. A very malt heavy IPA, would have liked the hops to be a bit more upfront. Solid and well balanced, but a bit on the boring side and doesn't break any boundaries. Serviceable IPA, but nothing special. (356 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a clean golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head, visible carbonation, nice lacing and great retention. kind of an OLD familiar smell.. getting a very reminiscent smell of miller high life... which is weird.. i guess it's malt heavy. definitely smelling pilsner malt, grass, bready yeast.. not an ipa smell at all, hmm...
a very subtle but weird taste.. bitter up front, grassy/floral tasting hops, a very malty yet bitter flavor overall, slightly sweet on the finish.
light-medium body , creamy but well carbonated so it goes down smooth and easy.
overall, i really like this one. it's a nice change in beer expectancy. (633 characters)

Photo of Veristic
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kashmir IPA poured into a 3 Floyds tulip pint glass, consumed on 6/5/12. Bottled: 4/6/12

A- One finger white head with good retention. Crystal-clear golden body, most definitely filtered. Some spotty lacing. A decent crown hangs on through the end.

S- Out the neck: light hop aroma, some malt, kinda stale/skunky, not very appealing. Once poured, more of same. I'm not impressed. The hop aroma is just strange and barely existent.

T- Nice bitterness upfront. Some citrusy hops and pale malt. Not all that interesting. A kind of stale bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O- This was the 2nd IPA I'd ever tried when I had it about 5 years ago. I was not a fan then, and now that I've grown to love IPAs, I'm afraid I'm still not a fan. There would've probably been a point that I would've enjoyed this say 2 or 3 years ago but at this point it falls short. WAY too many other IPAs I would choose over this. (957 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I got a bottle of Highland's Kashmir IPA that my brother brought back from his trip down south. I have had their Oatmeal Porter before and I thought it was good so I am interested to see what this brewery can do with an IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok and is pretty much the same as their Oatmeal Porter, it just has a pink plaid background instead. It poured a pretty clear pale golden color that took on a brighter orange/gold color when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This was an ok looking beer, but I thought the color was pretty pale for the style and it was much clearer then most American IPA's.

S- The aroma is not too intense with this beer, it starts out with a good amount of medium sweet malts that impart a sweet grain aroma and slight bready aroma. After that comes the hops which are mainly citrus, with grapefruit and pineapple sticking out the most with a little bit a grassy hops towards the end. It's ok, but it smells a little muted, I would like a little more going on with the aroma.

T- The taste doesn't really follow the nose well. It starts out with some pale malts have a lower amount of sweetness and impart a dry and thin grainy taste that is pretty thin tasting and doesn't make for a great base for this beer. Next up is some hops which seems much more floral then citrusy, but overall the hops are still pretty light and impart some slightly grassy and floral hop flavors, the hops are pretty weak and I wish that those nice citrus hops that I picked up in the aroma made their way to the taste. It had a lower amount of medium bitterness with a stale grain aftertaste. I was pretty disappointed with the taste of this beer, it was thin, bland, and pretty boring, not what I want from a good American IPA.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly dry, on the light side of being medium bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad and may be the most true to style thing about this beer.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I thought that it was a below average IPA, it just didn't have any of those great hoppy aspects that I look for in an American IPA, and the malt base wasn't that good either. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth and went down faster then I expected but not because it was good, but because I wanted to be done with it, the flavors were really bland and could not hold my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was the only part of this beer that was true to style. What I liked least about this beer was pretty much everything else with the taste sticking out as being the worse, it was just way too bland and unappealing for my tastes. I would buy a single of this again if I knew it was fresh but other then that I am not really motivated to revisit this beer anytime soon and I can't say that I would recommend this beer to anyone. Their Oatmeal Porter turned out to be good but this beer was not and was pretty much a let down, I am kind of on the fence with this brewery but I got a few more of their beers to try before I come up with a solid opinion on this brewery. A pretty unimpressive American IPA, I hope their other beers are much beer since this one wasn't good. (3,417 characters)

Photo of argock
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. 01/06/12 etched under bottom of front label. Single purchased at Ingles Market (Boone, NC) for $1.49.

A: Clear light-orange with fluffy 2-finger off-white head with decent retention and a short curtain of lacing circles the glass.

S: Hoppiness is muted with some soft grapefruit and floral aromas with a light caramel note.

T: The flavor is also muted with pale maltiness as prominent as the light floral, orange-grapefruit hoppiness. There is plenty of bitterness but just not a lot of additional hop character.

M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation and a good coating quality.

O: Very run-of-the-mill IPA. Not sure if it was this one was a bit on the old side but not really too excited to try it again. (765 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: First blush, nothing too exciting, but excellent head retention gives perfect tide marks down the side of my glass showing the slow, steady retreat of the slightly hazy golden glass.

Smell: At first I didn't think there was a smell. A very, very mild white bread yeast with just a whiff of earthy hops.

Taste: Very smooth, balanced, even, everything an IPA shouldn't be really. The hops are there, and they are pleasant showing a mixture of lime rind and earthy pine, but they don't punch, or come across as particularly bitter. A very light soapy note that is probably hop driven.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium low carbonation, clean finish (where I would expect a little more oil from the style).

Overall: An enjoyable glass of beer. Mild for an IPA, mild period. Enjoyable none the less.
Big thanks to Illudium for the sample! (846 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a nice white head, good lacing, lacks carbonation.

Smell: Barely detectable sweet barley.

Taste: Very nice with a variety of floral hops. The taste is a different but better world from the smell.

This is an extremely satisfying ipa. It doesn't look or smell like much, but when you drink it, everything comes together in this excellent beer. (368 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light copper color. Quick, nright white head with a little film o'foam after a few sips. Then nothing. A few sluggish bubbles rise to the top.

Mild, earthy hops aroma and some faint toasted malt smells.

Astringent palate from start to finish. Slightly lemony and mineral earthy hop bite. Some mild toasted malt jumps in the middle of teh palate, but thats it. Pretty simple, easy IPA. Nothing special or bad really. (425 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in trade from Jpvw, thanks.

A: Pours a crystal clear straw/amber with one finger of white head

S: Mildly sweet and fruity pineapple, with a hint of grain. Smells muted but pleasant.

T: It fails to follow the nose. The bittering hops overpower the flavoring hops, and it is not particularly enjoyable. The expected fruitiness was nearly nonexistent, with some dry floral hops instead. Some grainy malts round things out.

M: Average all around, but a bit more creamy than expected. Finish is very bitter and dry.

O: As an IPA, I would rate this a 1.5. Style aside, it's more of a 3 beer. I would have guessed this was an English Pale Ale or possibly even a hopped up Cream Ale. This is not as advertised, and is very forgettable. (742 characters)

Photo of DIM
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a bright, clear coppery golden color. It poured with a short lived, medium sized head.

s: Mild mineral-y hops and sugar cookie malts.

t: Sugar cookies up front before a mildly medicinal but largely flavorless bitter finish.

m: Crisply carbonated.

o: Kind of a meh IPA. (284 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a decent head with some lacing on the way down.

Smell: Malts, caramel with some citrus and a nice hop aroma

Taste: Light malt taste, decent amount of hops with a faint citrus flavor. Finishes very nice and smooth. Nice hop balance and not overwhelming

A very good IPA which I recommend. (321 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

Arrived a clear medium gold with a small head. Pretty good lacing.

About the only smell I could detect was citrusy hops notably orange and grapefruit.

Strong hop bitterness takes hold from the first sip with citrus hop flavors being predominate. there is some light bready grain towards the finish but hops take center stage.

Overall a middle of the road IPA. One I would have again but not necessarily seek out. (428 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass.

A: Light head, clouds of bubbles inside a perfectly clear, light yellow beer. Generally unimpressive.

S: Skunky. Some hops, but grassy and not entirely pleasant. Slight citrus.

T/M: Fortunately, it tastes pretty good. A substantial, almost creamy mouthfeel complements a lightly sweet body counterbalanced by lemony, herbal hops. Aftertaste is only lightly bitter.

O: I enjoyed it, but it's a fairly mediocre IPA. Quite drinkable. Not particularly recommend. I might drink again, but probably not if I had other options. (578 characters)

Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.