Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing
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3.8/5 rDev +8%
This beer was a pleasant surprise while vacationing in NC and searching for craft brews from the state...
appearance was comparable to other IPAs with a darker pale look
smell was good with a floral aromatic ...almost citrus smell that you would like to accompany an IPA
taste was good. nothing that blows you away but a good find for a local brewery. the best tasting IPA i had on vacation
mouthfeel was a little light. there is an average bitterness but the taste could use a fuller taste since i felt like it was missing something or not having a complete taste
drinkability was great though. again i preferred this IPA over all the other IPAs i had that week (redhook long hammer and flying dog IPA)
I would try it again if i find it.
06-30-2009 19:46:05 | More by chadhops
3.85/5 rDev +9.4%
ckeegan04 sent this to me a little while back and now I'm finally getting to pouring this 12 oz. of Asheville goodness into a Duvel tulip...
Pours a nice honey-straw color with a light pffft of the cap. Head is rather tight - just a thin layer of wisps up top. Can see a decent amount of carbonation and movement. Slight lacing isn't too bad.
Very clean scent - a little caramel malt and maybe just a tinge of floral hops but it's extremely light. Not unpleasant - just very calm and quiet. Maybe a little bit of silage in there, too. A little strawy - gets a little Belgian IPA kick after a while with some raw grains
The hoppiness comes out a little bit more here - somewhat floral and nicely balanced with subtle caramel malt. Nothing exotic - just a decent, straightforward IPA. Crisp, dry finish. With some warmth I am enjoying this even more.
Don't judge this book by its cover...it may not elicit a lot of emotion on its looks or scent but for a decent, solid IPA it's not bad at all. Drinks nicely - very clean...again, quite dry (a good thing)...and no real aftertaste. It's been in the fridge for a month but doesn't show any age. Solid.
Well, hell, I know what I'm drinking in session the next time I'm around Asheville. This must be very good out of the tap, too. Doesn't come out of the gates quickly but it's a marathon, not a sprint. Thanks Chris!
06-30-2009 00:14:37 | More by IBUnit63
3.35/5 rDev -4.8%
on tap @ Hannah Flanagan's in Asheville.
A yellowish-orange color in the glass, poured here with a moderately sized head, maybe 1cm, that left a little bit of lacing as I drank. Looks about average, nothing incredibly impressive. The smell is very earthy, different that I expected, and there's almost a kind of catty, skunky smell to it. Very low on the citrus effect you expect from an American IPA. I can also detect a moderate amount of resinous hop presence. The taste is a bit toasty and bready upfront, kind of stuck somewhere between dry and sweet. A kind of powerful malt backbone, with a light lemon and orange hop presence. Very low bitterness due to the moderate sweetness, low ester presence, and very low on the resins in the taste. I've had much worse, but there's room for improvement, perhaps a bit more flavor and aroma hops are in order. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but is carried through by the sweetness. The carbonation was kind of low, it started out with a slight prickle, and eventually was left as just a tiny rush of tingling bubbles by the finish. This beer is pretty easy to drink, nothing offensive, no harsh bitterness or odd flavors, but nothing really impressive in the flavor. Worth a shot, but it probably will not be a staple beer.
06-27-2009 15:37:36 | More by taylorhamrick
3.4/5 rDev -3.4%
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a small off-white head. Smells slightly malty with some caramel notes, followed by piney hop bitterness. Nothing overwhelming. The taste is strongly malty with a bready character. Hop bitterness is strong in the background. Not terribly complex. Medium body with high carbonation. Not incredibly drinkable, though far from offensive.
06-18-2009 20:17:14 | More by philipquarles
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
3.3/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. Received in a trade with BeerLovinGrl. Thanks!
A - Pours a hazy orange. Small white head that fades away quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Nice, even lacing around the glass.
S - Dominated by caramel maltiness and maybe a little molasses like aroma. Not much hops here -I expected more here from an ipa.
T - Good hop bitterness. Solid malty backbone -balanced more towards the malt side. Not much hop flavor. Malt aroma really forces the sweetness of the malt into the flavor - hard to overlook.
M - Mouthfeel is good. Medium body and carbonation - nothing wrong here, but nothing outstanding either.
D - For an IPA, this is really malt forward. I would prefer more hop flavor and aroma in this one. Maltiness makes it feel heavy, decreasing its overall drinkabilitiy.
06-10-2009 01:11:15 | More by portia99
3.8/5 rDev +8%
Got a chance to try this brew thanks to Rbald42. Cheers bro!
A- Pours a light copper color with lots of dancing bubbles. Nice thick off white head that leaves good lacing.
S- A citrus and floral nose with some spice. Hops are present with a light malt sweetness as well. A little bready scent in there somewhere.
T- Mimic the nose pretty well. An initial wave of floral hop bitterness that succumbs to a fairly potent malt breadiness. Very balanced, a little bit too much so for an American IPA. Seems more like the traditional English IPAs instead.
M- Well carbonated with a light creamy body.
D- Overall, not a bad brew and easy to drink. Judging by style though, this seems a bit too balanced or at least more of an English IPA.
06-02-2009 04:13:10 | More by projectflam86
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
3.63/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured a golden body with two-finger head with tints of orange. A semi-sweet malt smell mixed with some floral hops. Taste is the same as the hops make their appearance, bring some herbal bitterness and citric quality, but this is a lighter IPA that has some good malt sweetness as well. Also some spicing as well (corriander?). Not a typical IPA but I enjoyed this beer.
05-18-2009 15:49:32 | More by clayrock81
3.73/5 rDev +6%
Lighter copper color, almost orange tint. Thin wispy head and not especially fragrant for an IPA. The taste is also on the lighter side - caramel malt and subtle grapefruit. Mouthfeel is pretty average, maybe a little thin. But all things considered, it's a smooth drinking beer. A relaxed refreshing IPA that's still lively enough to keep your taste buds interested 3 or 4 beers in. I could definitely lose track of how many of these I'd put down.
05-18-2009 03:16:38 | More by GeezLynn
3.4/5 rDev -3.4%
Heavy layer of sediment on the bottom, no BB date. Served into my Sly Fox paperweight.
A pretty decent pour left the beer just a shakes worth of floaters in suspension. Syrupy, glazed yellow color. Twinge of dulled-out orange on the second, more heavy-handed pour. Thin, white combover froth.
Smell first malty sweet, turning vine-y & earthy. Very ho-hum.
Taste is white bread & a little too much malt at the start, then turning a touch salty & maybe metallic. Half way through a soapy bitterness starts to go at it, eventually becoming very leafy bittergreen that lingers through a drying, papery finish. Not very bitter, but... gasp, pretty balanced.
Carbonation is middle/middle high, but the dryness plays a bigger, better part. Get those yeasties in there.
It didn't start well, but halfway through it became a pretty decent IPA. This is probably really satisfying super fresh. :)
05-16-2009 04:57:03 | More by PEBKAC
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
pours light yellow to medium orange in color. light white head, great retention. slight lacing.
light scents but not dominant. light orange and slight pine.
taste is rather light up front with a bitter finish. light citrus notes that are balanced well, almost too well. a light orange and tangerine flavor with a bit of caramel.
body is pretty much spot on. great carbonation through and through.
a great IPA although id like to see a bit more hop character. i may assume they are going for more of an English/Scottish style which would make this less hoppy but over all a good IPA.
05-12-2009 03:45:18 | More by hooliganlife
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
Beautiful IPA, classic
appearance: golden and great head retention and long lasting lacing
smell: low hops
taste: good hops aromalow hop flavor for an IPA, did not get grapefruit or anything, almost like a pale ale
mouthfeel: high carbonation and very tasty
drinkability: an extremly easy drinkin IPA. Great session. great flavor and easy to pound. I really like it for that reason.
05-05-2009 04:32:43 | More by CampusCrew
3.78/5 rDev +7.4%
A: Slighty hazy gold color with amber hue. Pours half finger white wispy head. Laced in thin rings.
S: Floral hops, orange, citrus and some grapefruit. Slightly sweet (the malt?).
T: Very consistent with the smell though malt character, crackers and biscuit, were more prominent. Finish was thin and not quite bitter enough.
M: Medium body. Low carbonation; almost flattish.
D: Definitely hoppy with some malt character. Frankly, very drinkable for this style.
05-01-2009 00:44:13 | More by Haybeerman
3.85/5 rDev +9.4%
Pours slightly darker than gold with a decent one-finger head and faint retention. Minimal carbonation. Good lacing.
Nose is very faint, but what is there is nice. Slightly flowery, but not much citrus. A little bready.
Very full bodied taste, but without the associated fullness in the mouthfeel. Starts with a big, slightly stale bitterness and finishess slightly bittersweet.
Decent and one that I would consider ordering again. A little heavier than most IPA's, though.
04-25-2009 23:49:00 | More by beer2day
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
Pours a light copper/amber in color with a sticky and foamy white head. Nice.
It smells lightly of toasted bread and citrus and herbal hops.
The taste is nicely bitter, with big hop flavors of citrus and herbs. It leaves a good bitter flavor in my mouth.
The body is just right: neither too heavy or too watery. It's just slick and smooth.
Overall this is a fine IPA and an impressive first Highland Brewing beer for me. I'm looking forward to trying the rest of their line.
04-25-2009 05:20:39 | More by Shaw
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
My girlfriend got this bottle for me when she went down to see her sister in Florida. Nice little gift she got me.
A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice golden yellow didn't get much head from the pour but had nice lacing on the sides.
S- I got a little floral hops smell almost a little sugary sweet smell too (reminded me of a faint grape juice smell).
T- I thought I could taste more malts and hops with this one. Floral hops taste kind of just there that came and went pretty fast. A little too watery finish for me. Still had that faint grape juice taste to it.
M- Light and crisp. Real thin and not too much carbination to it. Nothing really coated the tounge.
D- Very drinkable session beer for me.
Overall, I did enjoy this beer. I would if I could get this beer here if I wanted something to enjoy over the night without worring about getting a big buzz.
04-19-2009 20:02:18 | More by alleykatking
4.25/5 rDev +20.7%
A= Pours a beautiful translucent orange color with a thick creamy one finger head that's got great lacing on my glass and lasts throughout the drink.
S= Grapefruity and a little chocolate malt? maybe my bottles isn't as fresh as possible. Smell is somewhat supdued.
T= Tastes very very very nice. The hops are there for sure but they are not as strong and active as I would expect for an ipa. Has a lot of toffee taste to it which pleases me. Very nice ipa.
M= Average carbonation, smooth finish that leaves the tip of my tongue a little dry
D= Great. I really enjoy this beer. The smooth maltiness is a great compliment to the hop dominance you usually get with ipa's the hops are great and it's just great. I love it.
04-14-2009 23:25:37 | More by jjanega08
2.65/5 rDev -24.7%
Pours a darker gold with a decent white head on top. About a finger width in size. Retains fairly well, and leaves some spotty lacing. Nothing spectacular, but still pretty. From here on though, it's downhill.
Smells of biscuits, malt, butter, and bread. Nothing that is characteristic of an American IPA. Mouthfeel is decent. Nice and crisp with a nice little pop on the tongue from the carbonation.
Flavor is of toasted biscuits, weird off-meat flavor, and some hints of sour lemon on the end. This tastes more like an APA in my mind. Nothing tells me this is an IPA. I'm gonna move on from this one, and avoid in the future.
04-11-2009 22:07:33 | More by Onenote81
3.78/5 rDev +7.4%
A: pours a clear and crisp vibrant orange. Nice off-white head. Moderate retention. Good lacing.
S: earthy hop notes. Some sweety malty notes, a lot of apple.
T: sweet IPA, sweeter than most, but very well balanced. Solid earthy hop characteristics.
M: very clean and crisp. Solid and mellow, but with a nice bite.
03-22-2009 16:58:51 | More by paulthebeerguru
3.25/5 rDev -7.7%
Pours a light orange color with disappearing head. Smells of light floral and slight citrus notes. Taste is a creamy citrus sweetness with an odd back bite of bitterness. Very odd ipa. Lighter mouthfeel almost a spiciness to it. Heavier maltiness but not overpowering. Allright IPA, nothing spectacular.
03-19-2009 03:21:59 | More by abents
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
got this in a trade with kiefdog. great extra!
poured into a pint tumbler. decent but thin creamy white head. diminishes leaving lace. hazy orange. carbonation is fine but strong initially.
doesnt smell like a whole lot. strange actually. gentle citrus, oranges.
taste is dominated by bitter grass at the end. lingers at the far back of the palate, reminiscent of dandilions. flavor profile is missing something, some sort of depth.
mouthfeel is great. fine carbonation fits the style.
odd bitterness takes away from drinkability a bit.
03-15-2009 22:33:30 | More by imagineiii
3.1/5 rDev -11.9%
A hazy, golden amber with a 2 finger, slowly falling, fluffy, white head. Good lacing.
Not much aroma, a little malt comes through and a bit of bread.
The taste is, more so, bread & malt with a little bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Drinkability is OK, low ABV & no noticeable alcohol.
Unsure of this beers age but the hop profile is non existant. As it is it seems more of an amber ale with very low hops characteristics.
03-01-2009 00:37:04 | More by meatyard
2.98/5 rDev -15.3%
Pours a cloudy yellow in color. No head to speak of, only faint lacing on the glass. Smell is faint hops and some barley. Taste is of fairly weak hops. Crisp, refreshing in the taste and mouthfeel. A decent patio beer. I've had much better offerings from Highland so this seems to be a one beer problem and not a brewery problem for me.
02-28-2009 19:27:28 | More by FtownThrowDown
3.25/5 rDev -7.7%
Pours a pale golden color with a nice two finger head.
Not getting much nose on this one. Getting a little malt with a some hop aroma not alot though.
Getting some caramel malts, also a little biscuit, and some mild citrus hops. I'm generally looking for more hops in my IPA's but if you looking for balance this is the brew for you.
02-27-2009 05:08:42 | More by scifan
Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.