Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Reviews: 355
Hads: 744
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
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 BeerNoobNC
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an alright beer; I'm not going to pour it down the drain after taking a few sips, but I'm probably not going to jump to buy more of it. Of all the beers I have tried from Highland, this is my least favorite. It is labelled as an IPA, so I am judging it based on that. To me, there are not enough hops in this. When I am opening an IPA, I expect a fair amount of hops. This beer did have a good balance and a nice citrus flavor, but just not what I wanted in an IPA, which I was actually pretty excited about beforehand. I would say overall this beer is about average and would recommend other selections from this brewery before this one. (646 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Pilsner Glass. Another Beer Mail Review!

Appearance - Very hazy Golden/Orange in color; it's awfully bright for an IPA, looks almost like a Belgian Pale Ale. Head pours around a 2 finger width with an aggressive pour. Leaves behind quite a bit of lacing as well!

Smell - Floral Hops, but not overtly pungent. The main smells here are sweet yeast/malts and sweet orange, with the former being a little more powerful.

Taste - Much like the smell, the flavor is mild citrus with sweet malts. The floral hops are still there, but they tend to blend in more with the overall components of the flavor as opposed to standing out among them. The flavor tends to remind me of a Belgian Pale Ale more so than an IPA.

Mouthfeel - It's got a pretty light body and it's not too thick The carbonation is moderate so it feels just right.

Overall - It's by no means a hoppy IPA, in fact, I'd probably classify this more along the lines of a Belgian Pale Ale. However, for what it is, it's pretty good. The flavor, while nothing too spectacular is pretty good and it's fairly easy to drink. (1,099 characters)

Photo of LaCoursiere
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mecherd for this extra. 2011 b2, not sure how to interpret that in terms of date. Poured into a NB globe.

A - Pours an impeccably clear orange amber with 1/2-finger off-white head. The head disisipated to a thin layer. Not much visible carbonation other than a little coming from the etching in the glass. Nice lacing.

S - Not a very strong aroma on this one. I'm getting faint citrus and malt hiding in a hay field. Grassy and herbal notes dominate.

T - Slight carmel sweetness and malt up front that is taken over by mostly grassy hop flavor in the middle. The grassiness fades leaving a moderately bitter finish that lingers.

M - A light body that is nice and creamy right away but quickly breaks into fine carbonation that lasts longer than your average beer. There is a hint of alcohol warmth.

O/D - This is a solid beer in terms of looks and feel. To me, I would appreciate a bit more aroma from an IPA than this one has. The hop profile was a bit grassier than I prefer as well. (1,000 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a hazy medium amber with an average (1-2 finger) sized frothy white head that lasted a decent while and produced excellent lacing.

The aroma was very basic with a mild grain malt and a grassy hop with a nice touch of citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was moderately bitter, mildly acidic with a nice malty feel from the start then progressed with an increasing bitterness that had a healthy dose of hops and a bit of citrus at the finish leaving the flavor to linger for a nice long time proceeding the swallow allowing for extended enjoyment of this brew.

Mouthfeel was just a tad above light in body and had a very dry texture to it with an almost prickly carbonation.

Overall a nice and hoppy brew with a slight maltiness which allowed for superb drinkability and an excellent finish. (834 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Brent. Thanks. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy straw color with a cap of fluffy white head. Pretty good retention and leaves some sticky lace.

Kind of sweet on the aroma, with a candied orange essence and a bit of bitterness in the finish. A little bland honestly. Not much to the pallet except a little bit of bitter hops in the background. Slight hints of melon on the middle but I feel like I'm reaching.

The body is light and the carbonation is somewhat soft. Overall nothing offensive here but this one is a little bit boring. Enjoyable, but there are better IPAs on the market. (613 characters)

Photo of pBRale
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From tasting notes on 9-6-11
Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance: Golden honey color, clear beer with a thin off-white head that leaves surprisingly thick lacing.

Smell: Floral and grassy hop notes, a slight bit of malt on the nose.

Taste: Earthy hops, a bit of malt to offset, and plenty of hops leading to a crisp and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable. Light body and highly carbonated.

Overall: Pretty decent beer--surprised me--not a huge flavor profile, but what is there is very good. (509 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy golden orange with about a half finger of white head, good lacing, ok retention

S - Mostly citrusy hops with a fair amount of sweet maltyness, not very pronounced

T - Grapefruit hops with a solid malt backbone, pretty simple but very well balanced. There is also a piney presence

M - Medium bodied, very drinkable, appropriate carbonation

O - A good drinkable IPA, nothing too crazy but well balanced and pleasantly bitter. Will defintely buy some more of these (487 characters)

Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear, medium-light golden body. A medium, foamy, white head settles slowly to a thin film with a prominent edge. Thick patchwork lacing coats the glass well. The aroma shows heavy nougat up front, with toasted caramel and orange/grapefruit hops following suit. I even picked up a bit of chocolate, which seems completely out of place in an IPA. The flavor follows suit almost exactly. Nougat, caramel, biscuit, and citrus hops provide the bulk of the flavor, but that weird chocolate note is still in there. Medium bodied and very easy to drink, despite its weirdness. (585 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (439 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy gold with a bright white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S-Citrus especially hints of fresh cut oranges and some malt.

T-Very balanced IPA with hops upfront with notes of grapefruit followed by a nice caramel/graham cracker malt finish.

M-About right for the style, not too thick or overly carbonated.

D-Pretty drinkable IPA especially given its abv. however, I would choose other options. (424 characters)

Photo of engagechad
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - dfh snifter

Pours a hazy yellow gold with not much head after an aggressive pour. little bit of lacing. Smells funky and not really in a good way. not much hop on the nose at all and almost farmy. taste follows unfortunately. pretty wimpy for an American IPA.

Overall this beer was a disappointment and I probably wouldn't buy it again. Not terrible, but just not really any good. (453 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An active pour with swirling carbonation... A fingers worth of tightly packed slick off-white head with very level top... Modest retention gives way to a full veil of lacing... A modest bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation... The color is a vibrant light amber...

S - Apricots... Light citrus... Mango... Gummy candies... Golden raisins... Apple juice... Oyster crackers... Simple and fairly subdued, yet quite appealing...

T - None of the sweetness alluded to by the nose ever materializes on the palette... What there is moderately bitter with lots of grassy notes... Bread crust and saltines... Even a hint of pepper and spice... The bitterness lingers on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Modest carbonation... Fairly sleek... Dry throughout... Bitter finish...

D - A fairly textbook slightly below average American IPA in my estimation... The nose and flavor are polar opposites which is probably the most off putting characteristic of this brew... Not terrible, but not something I would recommend nor seek out again... (1,046 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper/orange clear beer with small 1 finger head
Smell - strong hoppy spicy scents

Taste - Good pine hop notes and very well flavored IPA. The thing I like best is despite the style of hop flavor presense, the finish is quite smooth with little bitterness nor dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - This is a very well crafted IPA. I was glad to get to try one while on vacation in NC OBX as Highland Brewing doesn't distribute up in Maryland as far as I'm aware. Nice treat! (498 characters)

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada becker glass. This is my first go at Kashmir. The color is more on the golden side than the typical orangish of many IPAs. It actually looks more like an APA. The clarity is quite good. The head was small from a conservative pour, but the bubbles rise and the head is more than adequate. The lacing is as thick and attractive as any beer I've seen. When I finished the whole glass was covered with lacing.

The smell is a lovely lemony aroma with some bready notes. I also smell some tangerine and perhaps some grapefruit. The taste is dominated by the hops, which are on the citrus side. There's a malty presence and then you're left with a nice hop bitterness. While I would call Kashmir a balanced IPA, there's enough hop flavor to please me. Kashmir is not nearly as skewed toward the West Coast style as some hop heads will prefer. But even the most dedicated West Coast hop head will like the interesting lemony hop finish that hangs with you for quite a while.

The mouth feel is quite nice as almost all the Highland products I've tried have been. It's medium, but with a refreshing carbonated feeling on the tongue that, as I said before, hangs around quite a long time between sips.

This is an IPA that you could drink 2 or 3 easily and not lose interest or get weighed down. Moreover, it's not the same old thing. As Highland claims, it's a wee bit different. Put me down as a big fan of the Highland philosophy of brewing. I'm lucky here in Atlanta to find Highland product just about everywhere, at least in the bottle. Finding it on tap is another issue. As it is right now for me financially, that's not a big issue. My beer consumption is mostly limited to buying reasonably priced bottled beer, and very little of that. Highland product is right down my alley. (1,820 characters)

Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright lemon yellow with an "amber" glow and a nice frothy whit head that falls quickly but that leaves nice modest lacing.

The aroma is fresh and clean pale malts with bright citrusy and earthy hops.

The flavor parallels the aroma nicely with clean pale malts, no caramel, and bright tasty hops mingling nicely between the earthy spicy and citrus resin variety. Very nicely balanced flavors and very drinkable with a strong but not overpowering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium/light very smooth, medium carbonation with a light creaminess.

Overall a very tasty and drinkable IPA, quality beer from a brewery I give more respect every time I try a new beer of theirs. (674 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Straw yellow color and has a tiny bit of fizzy head. It's actually surprising how little head there was.

S: Aroma is decidedly hoppy, but also earthy and woodsy. Some dry malts linger along with a hint of lemon and some crisp hay. It smells a lot like a good saison.

T/M: Taste is more reminiscent of a traditional IPA with medium carbonation and a decent amount of hops. There is a heavy bitterness in the finish with some of that earthiness, kind of like eating tree bark. It doesn't taste as gross as it sounds.

This IPA is wonderfully more hoppy than anticipated, a very noble effort. (625 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of white foamy head that doesn't linger very long. The aroma has caramel malt notes, with some weak citrusy hop presence. The taste is similar, fairly weak on the hoppiness for what I would expect from an IPA. It also seems a little empty and watered down. The mouthfeel reflects this as well, but is balanced alright regarding carbonation. Overall an ok IPA, but would call it more a pale ale myself... it's right on the threshold. (482 characters)

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is a clear gold, with very little white head. The scent is some citrus and pine; nice but rather weak. Taste is mostly pine to grass up front, with maybe a bit of grapefruit. A surprising amount of malt flavor comes through in the finish, considering this is an IPA. Probably too malty for the style - this seems almost pilsener-like to me. A slight alcohol taste is noticeable in the aftertaste. Pretty average overall; not an IPA I'd go for again. (455 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystalline clear gold with a small wite head. Smells weakly citrusy and a wee bit grassy. Slight yeast twinge too. Tastes nicley sweet and grassy. A scant amount of resinous pop. Really just a slightly over sour IPA. Mouthfeel and drinkablility are ok. This beer doesn't do a lot to seperate itself from the "just another IPA" herd. Could have choosen Harpoon IPA and been just as happy. (396 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear and dark golden / yellow with a thin bit of foamy head with a touch of lacing

S - Comes across a little odd with a cross between a malty and pilsner? kind of thing going on.

T - Malty at first with a bit of bitterness that comes across with a slight smidgeon of citrus sweetness

M - Creamy and smooth with a medium carbonation. Bitterness comes through in the aftertaste.

O - Good beer but not a hop head's best bet. Well balanced and not overly demanding. (471 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into shaker pint.

Pours a vibrant clear gold, rather pale for an ipa, with almost no head, retention, or lacing.

Nose carries some light caramel and just enough grapefruit to pass as an ipa.

Taste is a bit on the bitter side. Seems to be the formula for "lesser" ipas - bitter up a pale ale and you're good to go. A bit on the harsh, astringent side, with light caramel underneath giving way to a brisk, moderately bitter hop bite a bit of grapefruit. The relative lack of hop flavor compared to bitterness makes it seem more bitter than it really is. Really isn't that bitter considering, but definitely favors the earlier hop additions over the later ones.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the sticky, heavy side, certainly full bodied with a carbonation that's a bit sluggish.

Overall, not what I would call a noteworthy ipa. There are several I would take over this one as daily drinkers. (897 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden, clear, with a thick finger and a half head.

S- Hops, grassy earth smell, very faint overall.

T- The hops are present, though not overpowering. Dry finish, with some back tongue bitterness. The malt presence increases and it warms. Some spice.

M- Mouthfeel is great. Good carbonation, balance.

O- Overall, a solid, refreshing IPA, but mellow in comparison with some other IPAs, which, depending on your taste, may not be a negative. A perfect beer for a spring/summer three beer session. (509 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz poured into shaker, from quick notes.

A - pours a slightly dark yellow with lots of tiny bubbles. Mainly white, 1" head, minor lacing

S - I did pick up the bitterness, mostly citric (orange and lemon) but it wasn't very pungent. Meek aroma.

T - Didn't step up and punch me with bitterness. Sorta just walked out of the gate after it opened. Mainly lemon and grass bitterness with some minor caramel malt mixed in the back. I did pick up some pepper as well.

M - Light to thin, not 'juicy', or even dry, as you might expect from an IPA.

O - I think I'll pass on this one again if offered, however, I've heard good things about some of their other beers that I am looking forward to trying. (698 characters)

Photo of KomodoDragon
2.87/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A decent one inch head above a hazy orange beer provided an optimistic intro to this Ashville brewer whose Gaelic Ale and Oatmeal Porter impressed me considerably.

S - Certainly a hop pressence, along with some orange peel smells

T - A piney bitter finish was clear, the rest was non-descript. Some mild maltiness, but mostly bland.

M - Light carbonation.

O - Not unpleasant, but nothing special. I'll be going back to Highlands other fine ales. (455 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

#103.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a 1.5 finger depth head of a frothy consistency; retention is decent but could hold better. There is some minor lacing left behind as the head recedes. Color is a medium straw yellow with a slight peach tint and crystal clear. Carbonation appears plentiful and incredibly active. A slightly above average appearance but I could imagine much worse. 3.5

(Smell) A very curious aroma. The smell has a malty blend of caramel, barley and possibly corn? A bit grassy and some metallic smells; this is interesting. Lesser known hop presence than I expected. Considerably calm, not very striking and very subtle on the nose. Potency is medium. Can't really tell whether the smell is pleasant or not. It smells very close to a cheap macro beer which is not very appealing, but the malt balance offers more dimension than it's mass produced smell-alikes. 2.5

(Taste) There's the hops! There's a really nice blend of hops and malts in the taste, offering a consistent medium bitterness evenly distributed throughout the entire taste. Malt is also in fair amounts; the barley and caramel is most evident, fortunately a pleasure for the strange macro corn aromas. Nice balance but this isn't entirely exciting, especially for an IPA. Fortunately it's much better than I expected from the nose. This beer is memorable for it's balanced flavors and overall subtlety in flavor. I don't personally enjoy it much, but It's nothing offensive. It will definitely work for some. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Initially light prickly carbonation up front but an overall smooth appearance. Aftertaste is pretty mild; a barley grain malt blend with hoppy bitterness. Smooth texture with a medium thickness and a light/medium body. Alcohol is tucked away quite well. The beer is largely smooth, pretty interesting for an IPA but I think it could use some carbonation action and some hop manipulation could add some excitement to this stage as well. It cuts out acceptable in the end; passable. 3

(Drinkability) The subtlety of the flavors in this brew make it either easy or difficult to drink, depending on how you feel about IPAs. If you're looking for hoppy excitement, you're going to be somewhat disappointed. The taste of the beer is consistent from beginning to end; there's no "stages" in this brew. The blend can be cloying over time, and the wavering metallic or corn macro taste is alienating to me at least. I wouldn't get this again for some time. I know Highland does good jobs in other styles; perhaps this just isn't one for me. 2.5

Verdict: I didn't feel this beer. As fortune has it, I have another to help me draw a more accurate conclusion and clear up any confusion I may have had about this beer later on. In the meantime, I would recommend either some other American IPA or a Highland Classic, the Oatmeal Porter. Be wary. C+ (3.05) (2,906 characters)

Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.