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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 13
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-20-2003)
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Photo of Poser


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark golden hue with a respectable top. Aroma is a little subtle with some malt and citrus but also with a slightly pungent background. Citrus flavor and slightly off caramel. I think they were going for a woodsy feel but it falls a little short. Not bad at all, but I think a little more bitterness would help.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 23:59:08 | More by Poser
Photo of mnstorm99


3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure where some of the other reviews are coming from here, but I had a very different experience.
Nice hazy light orange pour with a small head, and minimal lacing.
Aroma, I am not getting much hops here, what I am getting is caramel malts and biscuit. There is a touch of hops, mostly along the lines of floral hops.
Taste, this one is different, not really the tastes of an IPA to me. Buscuit malts, with quite a bit of caramel, maybe even a little buttery (controlled diacetyl?). Floral hops, I am not getting any citrus here, and there doesn't seem to be enough for my liking.
Mouthfeel, is full and smooth. This is a very drinkable beer, and it is good, but I am not a huge fan of it as an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 13:29:30 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of spointon


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured an opaque orange color with a 1/2" off-white head. The head quickly dropped to a skim and left some decent rings of lace on my glass.

S= A bit unbalanced with the malts falling far short of the hops, even for an IPA. Hop aromas were of the pine and citrus variety. Very light estery notes and just a tiny bit of biscuit malt smell. Some alcohol was exposed when the beer was swirled.

T= As others have stated, this was a very simple IPA. Taste starts from citrusy bitter hops and pretty much stays there throughout each sip. Only the mildest of malt presence. Finish was dry and short.

MF= light side of medium bodied with a bit of a thin watery feel. Mild carbonation gave this a smoothness.

D= Very drinkable, but not one I would want to drink again (if that makes sense). Not a lot to object to here becasue there isn't a lot here. A bit of a one trick pony, but still, if you like "lighter" IPAs and like west coast hops, this will be the one for you!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 20:56:54 | More by spointon
Photo of ncbeermonger

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer from a great NC Brewery. I love Highlands stuff, this one is no slouch!
It appears as an almost amber hued beer, some hints of orange are noticeable.
The smell of hops is prevalent, and it tastes like a smoother IPA than most. The mouthfeel is smooth, and crisp. I love this IPA, the hops are not overpowering, and the crisp taste is one not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 05:13:54 | More by ncbeermonger
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of hops, but also of citrus. Mild and pleasant.

T: A solid taste of vibrant hops and orange. Well balanced and very tasty.

M: Good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Fairly full-bodied.

D: This is a good IPA. It goes down easy and has a nice taste to it. Not the greatest IPA, but still quite well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 14:15:31 | More by avalon07
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 00:19:08 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of CrellMoset


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Mac's, Atlanta, GA. Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: A hazy orange amber with a nice internal light. A foamy, snow white two-finger head rises from an aggressive pour and sticks around for a decent amount of time and leaves sticky, splotchy lacing as it recedes. A nice-looking IPA.

Aroma: A bit of a step down, with a few stereotypical notes - grassy, leafy notes, some faint light citrus (lemon, orange zest), and some faint, simple sweet malts.

Taste: Another step down here. This is a very simple IPA - it's not offensive or bad or anything, just very one-dimensional. The hop notes are all very vegetal/faintly citrus, almost like they used nothing but Cascades (and haven't we all had enough Cascades by now? Kidding, of course, but a little something else would have been nice), and the malt notes are all just basic lightly roasted biscuity/grainy. There's

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, a good amount of effervescence, but it does leave a bit of an oily film.

Drinkability: Like I said up there in the taste, this isn't a bad or offensive beer, it's just not particularly impressive. The malt profile is sort of dry and biscuity, the hops pretty standard ... can't recommend this one, though I won't say it's an "avoid."

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 23:55:04 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of Kegatron


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 16:47:54 | More by Kegatron
Photo of lpayette


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- soft yellow with hints of orange hues. Some chill haze. Bright white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell- creamy and malty for an IPA. Still some nice hop notes come through though.

Taste/mouthfeel- wow, this IPA is way more malty than most. I'm not complaining, just stating the facts. It still has a nice hop bite to it. I like how soft this rides on the palate.

Drinkability- If this was more readily available to me I'd probably pick it up fairly often. Despite being more malty than most IPAs, it makes this beer particularly well balanced and I like it. I can see where this is called kashmir because it is so smooth, delicate, and soft in the mouthfeel. Very easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 02:12:24 | More by lpayette
Photo of maximum12


3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rnorgart for throwing this into a recent trade; love getting beer from breweries I've never heard of before!

Pours a golden yellowish with not much head & strong carbonation. Smell is close to non-existent.

Taste is standard IPA fare (that's not a bad thing!). Doesn't stand out from the crowd, but I'd never mind standing around the backyard grill with one in my hand.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 01:41:55 | More by maximum12
Photo of changeup45


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Brawley's Beverage in NC. Pours a golden/orange color with a decent off-white head with some retention. First scent I got was malty followed by light floral hopping. Malts are present in the flavor as well and hops are perhaps a bit light for an IPA but there's at least more of a crisp bitter grapefruit hoppy taste than the aroma would indicate, which is a good thing. I thought their Pale Ale was a bit underhopped as well. Anyways, not a top shelf IPA but certainly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 17:53:56 | More by changeup45
Photo of FenwaySquid


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale orange color, some carbonation can be seen rising inside. The head formed small and faded quickly into a thin layer with some lacing.

Aroma: Citrus and piney hops with some crystal malt in the background.

Taste: Citrus hops up front, some pine flavors come through in the middle along with, then the finish is citrus hops again, hints of grapefruit. The brew had a nice sweet malty backbone to it, but the hops dominated.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The carbonation balanced well.

Overall: A nice American IPA. Nothing out of the ordinary, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 01:15:20 | More by FenwaySquid
Photo of n00tz


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Drinking poured from a growler in a tall glass. Clear, beautiful amber color. Carbonation is balanced and everything I'd look for in a beer. Very inviting to partake.

Smell - I'm still tuning my "beer nose" but it seemed to have a somewhat mellow malt smell, almost toasty. Somewhat piney.

Taste - Very soothing hoppy flavor with subtle hints of citrus.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, well balanced and clears the palate in a timely fashion. Not an overpowering presence after drinking.

Drinkability - Glad I was able to be talked into a growler as my first impressions are very impressive for an IPA. I would gladly drink this again, matches well with a flavorful pizza.

Serving type: growler

08-20-2008 22:54:24 | More by n00tz
Photo of ectomorph


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 1/2 gal growler of this at Riverside Beverage this afternoon.

A - Clear golden/hazy orange in color, this poured a nice 1 finger white head that fades slowly in patches.

S - Mild hop and citrus aroma with some pine and malt on the backside finish.

T - Very well balanced hop bite (nothing crazy) and crisp finish. An IPA that spares your palate? Crazy.

M - Excels in this area, head is still there, medium body, nice..

D - I love IPA's and pizza... Going to preheat the oven now...

Serving type: growler

08-20-2008 20:44:10 | More by ectomorph
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into my Highland etched-logo shaker pint glass yields a clear glowing copper-amber body capped with a finger of rocky ivory foam that retains at a thick sheet and leaves 3-D bands of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of the drink is hoppy with a bit of mellow malt. A buffet of hops, announced by a pervasive perfume of herbal, citrusy, earthy and floral notes screams, "Drink Me!" My pleasure!

The taste of the drink is sweetly malty and laced with grapefruit, pine, and orange. A toasty note arises as the drink progresses, along with a flavor of fresh rubbed thyme. A dry, solid bitterness cleans the sweet-and-fruity house and claims ownership the finish.

With great smoothness, mellow drinkability, and plenty of hop bite, Kashmir IPA is easily my favorite offering so far from Highland. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 23:25:18 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of ruckzuck


4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes taken during the Brick Store's awesome 11th birthday week. I recall really enjoying this with a duck and rabbit pate that was served as a special that day

A - a lovely amber body with a rockin' white head that faded and then stuck around

S - massive citrus and grapefruit hop aroma. Man, it just fills the nose. Delicious. Yes, I have the hophead shirt. Yes, this ruled

T - again, massive citrus and grapefruit deliciousness all over the palate. Massive bitterness in the back of the throat going down. Bitter aftertaste rules that much. If you like hops you really would've enjoyed this. Some bready malt is present, but it is totally just there hanging around doing somewhat of a balancing act it can't hope to win. That is not a bad thing here. Thank you, Brick Store, for this awesomeness

M - medium bodied, smooth, and delicious

D - great drinkability. Wondefully hoppy. I think I had like 3 of these. No, I did not drive. My sister was there too and enjoyed one. Would love to drink again (and again)

Serving type: cask

08-07-2008 20:12:23 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of beavers

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear marigold with little carbonation moving within. Nice creamy white head that leaves a blanket covering, and some spotty lacing.

Mild (perhaps timid) aroma of grassy, earthy hops with faint citrus notes. Sweet pale malts present.

Sweet pale malt come through in taste as well, with flavorful piney, herbal hop character. Sweetness is washed away with a rather present alcoholic taste in the finish. I don't feel any "heat" from the alcohol, but its definitely in the taste.

Finish is the only thing that keeps me from sessioning this beer. I could drink 1 maybe 2...but would be easily ready to move on to another beer after.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 13:47:07 | More by beavers
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden with a nice rocky head that fades to a cap and leaves some decent lacing. Smells light, minerally, and a bit bready as well. The taste is also quite bready and there is a lingering earthy bitterness that is almost metallic, but fairly pleasant. This combines well with the deep breadiness. Pretty pleasant, but maybe a little heavy for a session beer. There are some developing waxy citrus notes as well that I like. I'm reviewing this in the bottle, but I think this is particularly good on cask.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 00:39:51 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of mully


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pimpp for send this in our trade

cloudy golden color looks a little like honey, thin white head leaves some lace

slightly mineral nose similar to a british style pale herbal hop presence not much malt in the nose

malty sweetness herbal hops smoothes out as it warms balanced, a little bit of malt biterness

good mouthfeel clears out good size body but well balanced

this would be a great beer on cask more drinkable at the warmer cellar temperature

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 04:44:53 | More by mully
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3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into wine glass. Gold color, light carbonation, thin head, with moderate, oily lacing.

Apricot, mild pineapple, faint biscuit, brown sugar malt.

Slick on the palate that hammers the tounge with a hop attack that tastes of butterscoth, lemon, honey, and corriander. Distant malt appears with a light grain & caramel. Mouth is left like any agressive IPA: dry and tart which demands aother sip.

Enjoyed this one a great deal and noticed that there's a little west coast in the Carolinas. Nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 03:20:00 | More by jdoncbus
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with 67couple.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy, golden color with a fluffy white head that settled down, leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

S - citrus hop aroma.

T - citrus hop flavor dominates but a balance of malty flavor makes itself known.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - goes down easy

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 03:14:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange in color. This white head quickly fades away. Average lacing.

S - Light aroma of citrusy hops. Also a little sweetness. Smells are not strong at all.

T - Citrusy and piney hop bitterness. Light sweetness up front. Somewhat funky aftertaste.

M/D - Medium bodied and a good level of carbonation. A good IPA, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 20:19:01 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's got a lightly hazy and very pale gold body with a frothy ivory head. Sheets of lace left on the glass. Light herbal hop aromas with a hint of citrus.

Herbal bitterness that builds as you drink it. No sweet citrus here. Lightly sweet pale malt and bitter finish, lightly sticky. Medium bodied with a biting bitter aftertaste.

Not bad. Quite a solid single IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 13:56:50 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of largadeer


3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 02:42:36 | More by largadeer
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4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great, balanced little IPA here... Highland Brewery makes some damn good brews and sometimes don't get the credit they deserve. All of their brews are solid as hell and this is a damn good one here.

Pours out a clear golden with one of the fluffiest puffiest heads that never goes away...

Aroma of slightly piney/citrusy hops with a sweetness from the malt. It smells good but not pungent like some others...

This is where this brew outshines lots of the so-called big boys...it starts out with a hint of sweet malts and then turns sharply bitter and satisfying. This hoppy goodness finishes strong and slowly fades to that sweet malts again, leaving me hankering for the next sip.

Very, very well crafted brew that surprised me with how hoppy it was. This would be an excellent session brew even with the bite...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 00:22:22 | More by Tilley4
Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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