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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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675 Ratings
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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-20-2003)
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Photo of jjanega08
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jjanega08, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Onenote81, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of abents
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

abents, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of imagineiii
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

imagineiii, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of meatyard
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

meatyard, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of scifan
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

scifan, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear straw gold. Practically no head, just a fine line of foam, that dissipated quickly to sparse bubbles.

Some orange in the nose along with some piney hops and caramel malt.

Starts out sweet, then quickly shifts to hoppy citrus bitterness. Good malt backbone provides a nice balance. Crisp and refreshing, some oily hop feel, dry finish. Standard IPA qualities. This one is a pretty smooth drinker. Highly drinkable.

The appearance was a huge letdown, but this turned into a pretty solid brew.

Gyle41386, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Drew966
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Highland Kashmir IPA pours a pale orange with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a mild citrusy aroma. There is a very nice mouthfeel, silky and a bit on the thick side. The flavor has a nice hoppy thing going on, but it's also fairly spicy. Hoppy but not really a hop bomb. Pretty good, definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Mr3dPHD
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After tasting several IPAs from domestic breweries in recent months, I was very happy with Kashmir. It meets my expectations of aggressive hoppiness I expect from an IPA, but without overdoing it to the point that its hard to drink. I tend to find many IPAs lacking in drinkability to a degree, but Kashmir left me wating more. This is definitely my favorite Highland brew as of yet, and its pretty high on my list of IPAs in general.

Mr3dPHD, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of cnjohn19
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

overall great choice for someone who would enjoy a more 'light' ipa...pours a cloudy orange with a cloudy white head...looks unfiltered, but not sure...smells of strong orange peel and pine-dominated hops...distinct hops and just a slight hint of roasted malts dominate...refreshing, crisp, and light...strong bitterness presents itself just after each drink...

will buy again and suggest you try for yourself...(NOTE: i first had this beer on tap and suggest this over a bottle)...

cnjohn19, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of weeare138
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a hazy, light orange toned amber with a small, fluffy cap of velvet that slowly fades into a mild head. Scattered rings of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of mild caramel, biscuit, and very mild citrus. Two-row...maybe some Marris Otter but where are the hops? This is supposed to be an IPA, afterall!
Taste doesn't get much better from the aromas. Flavors of mild caramel, a hint of brown sugar, toasted biscuits, and very mild zest of grapefruit. Everything is very mild to me in this beer. I'm not sure about this one. It's ok so far but I think some macros posing as craft beer would even give this one a push lately.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, citrusy, mildly malty...sheesh. I'm running into the same thing here. Mildness with nothing really jumping up and grabbing my attention.
Unfortunately, this one was a bit of a snooze fest for me. I wanted to enjoy it and give it a chance. I even finished the whole thing in hopes that I would be swayed at some point. It's just not realy an IPA to me. In fact, I'd say it's a bit of a stretch to call it a hoppy Pale Ale. The hops seemed "stale" to me but I'm unsure of the age of the bottle outside of when I purchased it (5 months ago in SC). Up the ante on the hops 3 fold and pump up the malt bill a bit and let's start talking IPA's.

weeare138, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangish amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is caramel, malt and some citrusy hops! The taste has a solid malt backbone for an IPA with a dose of citrusy hops in the finish. Overall, Kashmir IPA is a pretty solid IPA that is definitely worth a try. Recommended!

cjgator3, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Damian
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to mikesgroove for including this as an extra in a trade.

The beer poured a crystal clear, golden-amber color with a fluffy, bubbly, off-white, two-finger head. Chunks of sudsy lacing left thick rings all down the glass.

The aroma was hoppy yet balanced. Semi-sweet. Fruity and citrusy (candied orange peel was noticeable) with a stiff, biscuity malt character. A touch grassy as well.

The taste was very similar to the aroma. Full-flavored, hoppy and crisp yet well balanced. Citrus notes (orange peel) dominated the hop profile. Grapefruit was noticeable as well. Bready, toasty notes came through in the malts. A touch of brown sugar appeared as well. Spicy mid-palate. The finish was crisp, clean and spicy with a touch of lingering hoppy (grapefruit-like) bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy and smooth with a medium amount of carbonation.

Even though this beer might not satisfy hardcore hop heads, it was a super tasty IPA nevertheless. Overall, a very sessionable and well crafted version of the style.

Damian, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of gabe23
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque light amber color with a quickly fading white head. Solid lacing.

S - Malty, honey-like sweetness is predominant. Some floral hops and a slight citrus tone, but not the hop blast you get with a lot of IPAs.

T - Mild sweetness followed by a strong grapefruit bitterness. Overall very earthy with a dry finish. Much maltier than most IPAs I've tried.

M - Medium body and very smooth but slightly oily.

D - This is a pretty mild IPA, and a very drinkable one. I could session with this beer, but it's definitely not recommended for the hardcore hopheads.

gabe23, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of gabeerfan
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a fluffy off-white head that falls to a thin ring and whispy cap.
Somewhat light aroma. Toasted biscuits drizzled with honey, some grass, pine and citrus aromas.
Flavors are subtle too, but not as subtle as in the aroma. Some bitterness in the beginning with the biscuits and honey coming in next and grassy/piney hop bitterness at the back of the tongue. The flavors do wake up more as the beer warms.
Medium-bodied. Nice carbonation. A little resinous and finishes dry.
Nicely drinkable. Good, but subtle, flavors make this an easy drinker.
A good, but not great, beer. I would drink this again.

gabeerfan, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Old Chicago in Wake Forest, NC; served in a pint glass.

A - Darkish golden with a slight haze. One to two fingers of white head sip atop the beer with good retention and leaving a thick cap behind. Gorgeous sheets of lacing line the glass.

S - Not a huge amount of aroma coming off the beer; subtle notes of pine and grass with some slight breadiness.

T - Taste begins with a gentle build up of pine and grassy notes with floral and earthy notes creeping in on the edges. Bitterness grows mid palate along with an indistinct citrus character. Soft bready flavor holds things together but never quite shines through. The finish is highly reminiscent of orange pith.

M - Very soft carbonation with a nice medium body. Extremely smooth.

D - A rather tame IPA but also unique and refreshing. I can't decide whether I'd keep it mild or amp it up a bit, but as it is it's still an enjoyable brew.

PatrickJR, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip glass

Pours a clear deep golden with a white lacey head.

Smell is sweet grapefruit, pine, and some sweet malt.

Taste is bitter yet sweet and malt. Nothing overpowering, and nothing missing.

Good mouthfeel and good balance in an ipa. I am glad this is now in my market.

aubuc1, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of nick76
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma has a grassy and floral hop with malt, and yeast. The appearance is hazy gold with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma except its astringent. The palate is smooth. Overall it's interesting but it's not a good IPA. Its bitter in a soapy way.

nick76, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty average IPA. Pours a nice orangey hazy color. Medium size white head, minimum retention. Smell is mild and hoppy.

Taste is ok. Hoppy bitterness but fairly subdued and earthy. No big pine, citrus or floral element to get your attention. Mouthfeel is good but a bit thin.

Drinkability is good. Not an outstanding IPA but solid enough and low enough abv to make this a session IPA.

JayQue, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the P's for picking this up for me while they were on vacation.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: Pours a light apricot, hazy. Decent hea with good retention and some lacing.

S: Light citrus with lots of spices, not just peppery. Light biscuity malts.

T/M: Bitterness is at a decent level and slowly builds throught he finish. Hops and spices form the nose, some floral tastes. Malts have lots of sweetness and only a bit of the biscuity quality. Body is medium with good carbonation.

D: Tasty and drinks pretty easy.

pwoods, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of cbros
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 12 ounce beer with no born on date poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a murky golden yellow with a small white lace that is present till the end. NO activity present after pour.

S- Smell of earthy hops, consist with other IPA's I have had.

T- Taste of hops but with a smooth finish. Very palatable IPA that might be dangerous because of its ease of taste. A nice selection from Highland. Picked this up at a corner store. I've had other Highland selections and this does not diappoint. Good strong taste that is not too hoppy or bitter. Nice flavor combinations make this a must have again. Glad to see that I can pick up a local brew that is of such high quality.

cbros, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my East End Brewing pint glass

A - pours a hazy copper color with 1/2 inch of foam that left lacing throughout the glass

S - light malt aroma with citrus hops

T - a nice flavor of bitter citrus hops with just a bit of sweet maltiness

M/D - It was a little heavier than I was expecting. A little too think for my taste. I think it was good, but not something I would search out again.

mikereaser, Nov 16, 2008
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.

Poser, Nov 14, 2008
Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.