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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | 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 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
Photo of ncvbc
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one to me is a lighter IPA that doesn't qualify as the best or even close, but good for certain reasons. Appearance is light golden with a medium sized head and steady carbonation. Nice lacing down the glass as well. Smell is faint of hops, more on the floral side with a little citrus. I enjoy the taste of this beer. Crisp, fresh hops and a tiny malt backbone. More on the hop side but they aren't overpowering or intense by any means. Soft and delicate with a light biscuit essence underneath. Mouthfeel is a little light but quite refreshing and the carbonation is damn near perfect. Less bitterness than your typical. Drinkability is great and this one goes down as an excellent session IPA. Lower ABV and pretty good stats in other areas. Affordable, tasty, and quite drinkable. I consider this a "safe" IPA if you have somebody who has yet to delve into that type of beer. It's much less aggressive and bold than the usual but still very lovely.

ncvbc, May 29, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a light copper with a sea foam sort of white head which dissapears quickly.

S-not very strong. Some piney hops.

T-sweetness abounds in the flavour followed by an acidic pine resin hoppiness. This is quite bracing in the contrast between the ultra sweet first impression and the tongue stinging hops. It isn't strong by west coast hop standards but the hops are there.

M-on the lighter side of the middle with a high stinging level of carbonation. You feel this on the tongue.

D. This one has been growing on me. I was put off by the sweetness at first but this is an interesting brew not outstanding but interesting.

sleazo, May 24, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright a gold color, a bit hazy, and with a small head.

Aromas are sour and citrus like.

Flavors are very light, this almost tastes more like a golden ale than an IPA. It has a mildly zesty lemon flavor and some hop bitterness, there is a very dry and crisp finish. It's a pretty mild IPA.

Mouthfeel is OK, a bit watered down though.

Drinkability is good. This is an easy drinking beer, it's just a bit meek, with no really bold flavors. I could see this being sessionable though, since it comes off so mild.

Thanks for sending this my way mikesgroove. (B'day 07)

flexabull, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold color. Almost no head and a little bit of sticky lacing. Smell is faintly citrus and maybe some banana and peach and floral hops odors. Taste is very mild for an IPA up front, some cirtrus hops but mostly caramel malts and some buttery notes. This one finishes with an unpleasant blast of bitterness, faintly piney but mostly just bitter. I wish the hops had more of a presence up front and that it had more of the desirable bitter citrus or pine to it but it just finishes harsh. This one is really hard to get a handle on, my first impression was to lightly hopped to be an IPA and really more of a pale ale (and actually a nice one on first impression) but.... then the finish hits you with the blast. I'll finish the one I'm drinking but this one has a long way to go to compete with the big boys.

beermanbrian, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of AaronMcDonald
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a goldish bronze color with only a little bit of head. Nice lacing that held throughout.

S: Very faint hop aroma. A little weak for this style.

T: Good layered hop flavor throughout the drink. A little citrus flavor that balances nicely with the hops. Finishes with a small of amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body with a nice dry finish.

D: Extremely drinkable. Would make a great session beer.

Overall, a great IPA. Has many of the characteristics I look for in an IPA. Recommended.

AaronMcDonald, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Red Room in Raleigh.

The waiter brought me a golden yellow brew with an impressive white head that remained for 4-5 minutes and left sticky lacing along the top half of the pint glass. Aroma was fairly weak and uninspiring, some notes of banana and hops.

Taste was quite unexpected and hard to nail down. A bit too fruity and sweet for an IPA, with hops left to the backburners. And by backburner I mean aftertaste, to which the hops were a'plenty. Smooth feel across the tongue and a good level of carbonation. I can't say that I'd buy this ever in stores, but it was an interesting try.

wagenvolks, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp pale orange with a thin head that was slightly diminishing. The aroma was of mild hops with a slight malt backbone. The taste was of both citrus and pine hops balanced nicely with pale malts. This beer is light on the palate and the hop blend is nice and refreshing to any hophead without being aggressive at all. For an IPA that is only 5.6%, this one is very enjoyable.

atsprings, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of vwcraig
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a bonus bottle from barleywinebrewer. Thanks, Bill.

Poured a hazy light golden color with suspended particles. Bright-white head fades quickly but leaves behind a ring and a few swirls. Hardly any rising bubbles. Very low nose on this. Most of the smells I'm picking up are malty and like caramel. First taste is sweeter caramel malts and a faint grassy hop flavor way in the back. Light bitterness and kinda mild for an IPA. Tastes almost like an amber or a standard micro pale ale. Medium bodied and low bubbly mouthfeel. Easy to drink and would be alright to drink a bunch of in an evening without getting yourself into trouble.

vwcraig, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Neehan
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, bronze in color with a nice, foam head and good retention. The smell is of hops, though more mellow than a typical IPA. The taste is hoppy as one would expect, but again quite mellow, very smooth in the finish with just a small bit of bitterness. Slightly creamy in the mouth, very easy going down. Incredibly drinkable and would make a fantastic session ale because the bitterness is toned down and it's an incredibly smooth concoction. Nothing will jump out and "wow" you, but you could easily find yourself drinking many of these in a sitting.

Neehan, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey gold, very clear. A really good hop characteristic to the scent, grapefruit and other citrus hints. A better balance in this one as opposed to Highland’s other pale ale.

Very tasty and bitter, it makes a solid IPA. Solid head leaves a lace all the way down, and the hops really shine through as it warms. Not a bad beer to wash down the day.

All in all a good beer, especially for one made in the old South.

saintwarrick, Feb 12, 2007
Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.