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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 39 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 01-20-2003)
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Photo of davidt
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish orange color. Quickly vanishing head with plenty of lacing left behind. The aroma is a floral and citrus hops, with some maltiness in the background. The taste is citrus with a far amount of bitterness. The aftertaste is bitter hops and somewhat astringent. This is a decent IPA but slightly lower in hop kick than many IPA’s.

davidt, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, shipped by blackie

appearance: pours into a between the buns pint glass...cloudy orange body, virtually no head but a layer of clear bubbles is present...

smell: highland malts noticed immediately, grapefruity hops

taste: caramel malts dominate up front, nutty, bitter grapefruit and citrus hops, flavor profile is pretty flat without a good finish

mouthfeel: flat and slick

drinkability: decent

dirtylou, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A little bit on the reddish side of a yellow amber the head and the lace were about average.

Smell- A nice bold and hoppy floral scent.

Taste- The taste was not as hopped up as I thought it would be but still pretty hoppy. Slightly fruit like with some citrus in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied for an IPA.

Drinkability- IPA’s are not my usual but this one is not bad.

MTNboy, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of cbleary
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle into a glass mug. Nice light amber color with a small head.

Well, if you're after a real piney citrus bomb this is it. 'Kashmir' evokes a kind of exotic twist on the style of the beer and they went for it. Unfortunately, to me it felt like the brewer's emphasis on the aggressive pine flavors threw the beer off balance and made it a bit of a chore to drink. It wasn't a terrible experience but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this beer again. Highland brews some good beers but this isn't a high point in their catalog.

cbleary, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful honey brown with yellow-golden hues. This beer is non-transparent. It leaves 1 finger of white head after a semi agressive pour. It also leaves some lacing around the glass initally after the first few sips and then a few spots down the glass while drinking it down.

S- Up front- Citrusy hops aromas, followed by some caramel scents with floral notes following closely behind.

T- Bitter hops on first taste. Not overwhelming, but just right. The citrus comes in second to the hops. Smoothing all of this out is a light buttery taste in the middle, then the expected bitter aftertaste to close out it all out.

M- Carbonation is high. Mouthfeel is medium and oily.

D- Not too strong or bitter and low enough on the ABV scale to make it VERY drinkable.

Overall- This is a very nice and enjoyable beer as a session beer or just as a stand alone. This is a great offering and is a great representation of style. I think this is my favorite Higland offering to date, but I do have a few more to try.

MMAJYK, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy golden color with a thick white head – quickly dissipating. The aroma is of hops with an undertone of sweetness. The taste is malty and hoppy all at the same time. There is a bitterness that lingers after tasting. Great flavor balance in this IPA. The mouthfeel is medium with a touch of creaminess. Overall, this may not be the boldest IPA, but it is quite drinkable!

barefootbrewer, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of jokelahoma
2.35/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a bottle at Old Chicago in Wake Forest, NC.

This one poured a hazy pale copper, with little head and hardly any lacing.

The aroma on this one was surprising. There was nowhere near the level of hops you'd expect, and it contained a strange vegetal/grainy odor, lending an odd sweet smell to the entire thing. Hard to place what exactly I was smelling, but it seemed out of place.

The taste was as disappointing as the aroma. Right up front, the flavor seems to be dominated by a sickly sweet, grainy, six-row barley chewiness, very much like a macro lager. There aren't any hops in the fore here. For that matter, they don't appear mid or late, either. The hops, what there are of them, are very subdued. The perceived bitterness level here would seem to barely qualify this one for pale ale status, let alone an American IPA. The sweet, macro lager flavor persists throughout the drink, ending in an almost cloying aftertaste. Certainly not at all what one expects from an IPA.

The mouthfeel was rather thin, adding that much more to the macro lager feel of this brew.

Overall, a major disappointment. One doesn't expect super sweet, grainy flavors to dominate in an IPA, but that's exactly what you have here. Highland makes some decent beers. In my opinion, this isn't one of them. Skip this one and try something else in their lineup.

jokelahoma, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a hazy light peach color, a thin creamy head with some holding power. Laces well with thin sheeting down the glass.

Aroma - very light grain, very light citrus. A little too light for the style.

Taste - caramel/biscuit malt base, an easy transition to some robust grapefruit tasting hops. Maintains some bready presence amid the bitterness. Goes dry after that, grapefruit rind and pine-like. The most intense hops are on the finish.

Mouthfeel - evenly carbonated, maybe a little more. Body is average, the mouthfeel doesn't really develop the flavor IMO.

Drinkability - nothing spectacular but easy enough to drink a handful.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Chip's in KDH.

A: The ale is a rather light orange, full of color just not as much amber as I expected. The head was large and has laced nicely throughout the glass.

S: The nose revealed a more assertive hop aroma when cold, which threw me a bit. As it warmed, cereal grain notes emerged to replace the bitterness with a toasted bread scent.

T: A big gulp reveals more grains than hops, a malty mixture that allows citrus hops to emerge periodically to remind you that this is an IPA. The malts are bready, biscuit and caramel come to mind immediately. The end of the sip allows for hop bitterness to come through, creating a citrus fruit swirl of grapefruit and orange peel. The hoppy finish is a high point of the beer.

M: The mouthfeel is subtle, sitting back until the end of a sip to really show itself. Make that finish last throughout a drink and you'd have a winner on your hands.

D: I would gladly have another bottle or two of this. The drink goes down easy and adds bigger flavor kicks at all the right spots.

akorsak, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden with a thin off white head and a few patches of lace.

S - Faint grassy, herbal and grapefruit hops.

T - Mild in taste with some grassy, herbal hops, almost a touch buttery and a caramel sweetness.

M - On the light side of medium and slightly creamy creating a bit of a watery feeling.

D - Easy drinking session beer that is a touch light on the aroma/flavor.

brewcrew76, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a small foamy head with some good retention and some medium lacing. Aroma of bitter malt is dominating with no discernable notes of caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some deep bitter hops notes with some subtle malt presence. I would have appreciated some more notes of citrus or resin. Body is about average with some medium carbonation.

Phyl21ca, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange / amber with a frothy 1” white head. Each pour added froth – the whole glass was coated by the end.

Weak notes of pine and citrus in aroma, but they were surprisingly a bit weak in the taste. For an IPA, the taste was different with a woody resin taking front seat. More IPA hopping would have easily pushed this up another notch on the ladder – still, an easy sliding brew.

Nice beer received in the CEO / Old farters BIF from unclejedi

Vancer, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this brew up in Nashville a few weeks back. Drinking it while grilling some chicken outside and chattin with the wife now that it is finally starting to get cooler in Florida.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This is a slightly hazy medium gold beer with a one finger creamy head that lasted a few minutes.

A floral to spicy hopped IPA with a bigger than usual body and malt character. A slight nuttiness is apparent as well. A balanced beer with not as much hop character as West Coast IPA, however the hop bitterness lingers for quite sometime.

Lightly carbonated and extremely drinkable. If this was available in my area I could envision myself picking up a 6 pack from time to time.

IPAcraig, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks very similar to their pale ale apricot copper slightly hazed with a billowing bright white head rises above the edge of my pint and has large bubbles floating to the top, so far great retention and lacing is thin and sporadic. Aromatics are muted here much more so than the dry hopped pale ale, some citrus and floral hop nose but not that impressive. Some fruity notes with a touch of alcohol make their presence known as well. Flavor is pretty much grapefruit pith and floral perfume tones an astringent bitterness lacquers the palate from the first sip to the finish a touch of balancing malt sugars provide enough sweetness to make this tolerable but this brew comes off one dimensional same flavor aspect working over and over again. Mouthfeel is oily carbonatin is sturdy and tickles the back of the throat definitely medium bodied some protein filled thickness is definitely welcomed in the texture. Drinkability is so so I'm not a fan of the one dimensional hop bitterness IPA that lacks in hop flavor, I'm a hophead but I like to see balance and harmony in the combonation of malts marrying hops that doesn't go down here.

WVbeergeek, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of bobbyc881 - Thanks!

Slightly hazy, light golden color. Medium sized, creamy, off white head. Some lacing, no legs.

Grassy and herbal scents. Bit of sweetness - honey. Very mild aroma.

Bitter more than sweet, herbal in character. Overall though, good balance, almost too much so for an IPA. Biscuity middle. Nice little bit in finish, with some bitterness lingering in aftertaste.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very good, light IPA. Could use more hops, but a pleasant summer sipper nonetheless.

, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber with 2 fingers of fluffed up cream colored head. Super lacing & good head retention

S: Bready with some lemony hops

T: Breadyness with grapefruit & lemon hops up front. Honey malt, plus earthy & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes grapefruitty with a little boozey warmth, hop snap & some honey malt

mF: Chewy with slight oilyness & low carbonation. Pretty good balance skews a little malty for the style

Drinks pretty easy, kind of tame for a AIPA though, but solid, none the less

russpowell, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear light golden with some leggy lacing. Smell is pretty massive and nicely balanced between hops and malt.
Taste is a sharp hop bite at first that mellows into some caramel and bready malt in the middle. The finish is a resurrection of the hops.
Very nicely balanced but a bit malty for an IPA. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Goes down very easy and is a great hot weather beer.
Thanks to meechum for the extra in a trade.

kirok1999, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first IPA and I think I picked a good one to start with. This had a good balance between malted smoothness and a good hoppy bite. I wasn't sure how I'd take to IPAs because of the hoppiness...but this was a great beer.

A - Hazy golden color, looked kind of yeasty (I just don't know anyway else to put it) to a nice pillow of white head with good sticky lacing

S - Strong hoppy smell up front with notes of malted smells and hops

T - This has the initial bite of the hops up front but then moves into a good malted taste with a almost creamy finish..no bad after taste (this was my biggest fear was a bitter after taste)

M - Med to big carbonation but not overpowered..since this is my first I'm going to take it that this is how it should be and like I said a creamy feel to the finish of the sip

D - I could see downing more than one of these things in an evening. If this is indicitave of most IPAs then I can see why so many BAs love IPAs and I may have found something to really look into.

Overall for my first try at IPAs I think this was a great one to try..another good offering from Highland brewing, I have yet to meet a beer of theirs I didn't like.

meechum, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this one is a touch under rated...

Pours a nice hazy dark golden with a one finger head. Nice retention and sticky lacing. Aroma is very nice blend of malts and citrus hops. Taste is citrus malts and sweet malts without a bad bitterness. Very easy drinking IPA, which is exactly what I like. If I lived in Asheville, this would easily be a go-to beer, and that would be great. Very nice IPA.

Duster72, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is on tap all overt he place in Western North Carolina, but I had it at Bele Chere, and cannot believe I havent reviewed this before. Been drinking it for a long time, I guess I just never got around to typing up the review, so anyway here it goes. Poured a nice golden amber, a touch hazy, with good visible carbonation. Nice two inch head slowly faded away to just a layer of lace on the top. Decent side lace on the glass as well, looks like a good IPA. Smell was very sweet and hoppy Lots of orange and tangerine, but a definate malty back was apparent and was obviously present. The taste is great, a nice light hoppy IPA. A touch sticky with a good bitter dry aftertaste. First flavors that come through are nice fresh citrus followed by a touch of sugar and a yeasty bread flavor that is lingering around in the back. Very well balanced. A nice smooth drink, good carbonation and easy drinker. This is a definate classic session IPA. I could really drink this all night long. One of my favorite local IPA's and a good representation of the quality brewing going on around here. If you gcan get it, go for its a definate winner. If you cant get it give me a shout I will send ya some!

mikesgroove, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a soapy white head that leaves a touch of lacing on the glass that quickly runs back down. The taste is initially very good with hop oils seeming to jump onto my tongue, a little bitterness in the after taste, and just plain delicious. I get so partial to hop bombs that I sometimes overlook nice balanced IPA’s such as this one. However, as it warmed it was not so good. The mouthfeel is chewy. Ok stuff but I might not make a second purchase.

ArrogantB, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours from its silly looking pink and brown bottle into a chalice with a finger and a half of foamy white head. The color is orange, or "burnt sienna" for those of you with the 64 pack of crayola's (or from rio linda). Very cloudy, and the head only lasts for a minute, but leaves some quite attractive lacing.

S- Malty, but well balanced and practically overridden by grapefruity, citrusy hops. A tinge of yeast very faintly back there... and a hint of white bread. Also a sweet, fruity, almost berry-like tinge, making it very pleasant to savor.

T- "Mmm." That's what I said just now after savoring a sip. Some malt that smacks of sweet bread, slightly rosy floral character, with medium maltiness and a hint of caramel. Perfectly balanced by acidic hops that finish the beer with a grapefuity taste.

M- Almost perfect. medium-high carbonation, but also medium bodied and creamy, complimented by the carbonation and then the astringent, dry finish left by the hops.

D- Excellent. I had a six pack when I came back from the store yesterday, and now I have one left... This could become my go-to IPA. So good, but not too strong or hoppy so that you can drink several and be fine, even want more. Cheers!

khiasmus, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Little head, clear golden-copper color. Really a brillant clearness to the beer. Head continues to cover with some decent lacing.

S: Sweet fruity hops. Citrusy, grapefruit stands out the most. Some piney/sappy character, buttery tones as well.

T: Not too bitter but does finish with definite bitterness. Bitterness sticks to the back of the tongue for the finish. A certain subtle sweetness up front. Although bitterness is light through out, it is enough to cover the up front sweetness. The citrusy hop character shows up again. Bitterness seems to become more pronounced as temperature rises.

M/D: Light-medium bodied, maybe a touch heavy on the carbonation. Probably about average drinkability, not enough balance.

NCSUdo, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of tommy78
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper color with some head, which settled into the beer rather quickly.

Smell: Standard aroma of hops for an IPA. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Taste: Soft at first, but the hops make up for it in the aftertaste. You can taste a bit of fruit with the sweetness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Average for an IPA as well. Slightly carbonated, but nothing you couldn't handle.

Drinkability: One can easily polish off 3 or 4 at a sitting. A decent beer, but I wouldn't go looking out for it in the future.

tommy78, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Caught somewhere between the indigenous IPA styles of both America and British, the North Carolina brewers bridge the pond with a taste that takes us straight to England.

Bronze-gold in color, Kashmir pours brilliantly clear for elixir of great charm. Perhaps a tinge lighter in saturation than typical American varieties, the ale is capped by a heady blanket of dense foam. The ivory froth structures stay firm and laces the glass with rings at each sip.

Balanced to the nose, the beer rarely favors hops over malt for an even-keel scent from start to finish. Light caramel and cashew provide the base scent while bready aromatics of bread crust pull from the grain as the beer warms. Lightly fruity, but mostly spicy- the nose fills with broad spruce tips, honey suckle, and gently muddled grassy herbs.

To taste, the beer once again refutes high hop dominance; instead allowing the subtle crusted bread and caramel sweet taste to seep onto the palate first. But then the light floral character of honey, marmalade, and soft nuts to rise just as the spicy and broad bitterness takes hold in the middle. A brisk finish of equal part bready malt and spicy hops carry the beer to a crisp and clean taste to close.

Medium bodied, the malt rises and the hops recede to take on proportions best suited for English Ales such as ESB. The beer sheds its malt sweetness, yet retains its starch malt structure deep into finish. Buffered by malt, any alcohol warmth and bracing bitterness remains subdued and rounded even in its quick aftertaste.

Kashmir is an extremely rewarding and sensible ale that steers clearly toward well balanced and bolder English ales than the more common American examples. Highland's flagship IPA will be well received in the Central Kentucky market!

BEERchitect, Jun 17, 2007
Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.