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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | 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 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
Photo of BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thin white head on a orange cloudy body. Decent lacing which sticks to side of glass.
S- Big grapefruit rind aroma. Citrus hops fill the nose with a light malt background. Pretty simple smell.
T- A tad bit watery. A light citrus hop flavor. Has grapefruit, orange and maybe one or two other fruit flavors in it. Light to medium bitterness lingers on the tongue with a light citrus orange flavor. Bitterness builds up to at least a medium amount left behind in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is a easy drinking IPA. Pretty simple all the way round. No strong flavors (helps for easy drinking). Nothing special but not bad.

BlindPig, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

IPA night continues with this beer that was acquired via trade from NClifestyle, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint and contains mostly hops, as expected, with mild notes of citrus and caramel.

T: The flavor of hops comes out first and dominates the taste but it’s very pale and dry. Sweet flavors of caramel and citrus follow up, but they seem to battle with the hops instead of being complimentary. The malt character seems very weak.

M: Very crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: This isn’t a very flavorful beer, nor does it go down too easy. It’s not very filling, which is about the only compliment I can give to it. I’m quite surprised, since I liked Highland’s Gaelic Ale so much, that didn’t like this beer at all.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew paired it with a spicey mexican dish. Turned out to be a very good call.

A - crisp rich golden color. billowy white head. lots of lacing!
S - biscut malts and lots of citric hops.
T - light malts and nicely layered hops. seemed to froth between citric and pineapple.
M - light bodied
D - after enjoying a half glass I dove into dinner. It went great with really spicy mexican and was not a heavy hitting brew. Easy to enjoy a couple of dinner and feel good.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear bright amber-orange color with a small fluffy white head. Nose is earthy green and grassy, light and floral, lemon pepper at the top with substantial sweet, bready/caramel malts. This is more a decent hoppy PA instead of an IPA, as the hops are not the focus but work well with the beer as a whole. English style which meshes with the calm hop profile. Taste has a substantial amount of malts to hold the tasty herbal, grassy hops. Bitterness is easy going and fits the flavors. A touch of dryness tops it off. Great finish of malt sweetness with refreshing citric spice. Body is a light-medium. Drinkability is great.

Mellow and not in your face, but flavorful and aromatic.

tastybeer, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear darkened gold. The head is thick and pillowy, almost creamy leaving some strings of lace before my first sip. By the end of the glass, lacing covers nearly the entire inside of my glass. Mild UK hops hit the nose first - earthy, spicy, faintly peppery, and floral with a hint of citrus to finish it off. Hops wash over the tongue, but not in an aggresive American way, smooth and flavorful. Lots of balance between floral, grassy, and tea hop flavors and a solid, creamy maltiness. Lightly bitter, medium bodied, and wonderfully smooth.

This is an excellent session IPA if I ever had one. More characteristics of an IPA brewed across the pond, so to speak, than right here in NC. I won't be overlooking this one anymore.

wedge, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear pale gold with a thick, stubborn, rocky white head.

Incredibly balanced for an American IPA. Nose is surprisingly mellow. Sweet malt background lightly covered by grapefruit/peach citrus and floral hops.

Grapefruit and orange citrus and sweet bready malts nicely balanced, with the hops coming out slightly on top. This is not the type of IPA I'm used to but excellent nonetheless.

Decent level of carbonation and medium-bodied. Very refreshing and somewhat crisp. A bit creamy and highly drinkable. Thanks again to northerntimber for this one.

Phocion, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a low white head that gradually becomes a ring around the glass. The beer is a golden amber in color.

smell: Grassy, pulpy, herbal hops upfront with a smattering of grainy pale malt aromas. Decent.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body on the light side of the medium range.

taste: Clean, pale malt flavors blended with a moderate American hop flavor. After the swallow, the bitterness begins low and increases slightly to a moderate level in the finish. Not much complexity of flavor, but well balanced. Lacks the tropical fruits that I like in an IPA.

drinkability: Not a spectacular beer, but nothing off and easy to drink. Probably a good session IPA.

Single bottle from WF Raleigh. No dating on the label or bottle, Highland needs to get on that.

blackie, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden reddish with a healthy froth of head and visible lacing before I've even taken a sip. Body is completely transparant. Nose improves as it warms, with all hops muted early before breaking out a little bit. Not a spectacular sstart but not terrible..

Round, even taste with broad hop flavors and healthy ripples of bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is slightly overdone but not too bad and balance could use some tweaking but for the style, this is flavorful and refreshing.. Mouthfeel is stiff enough to hold up the hops. I wouldn't go far out of my way for this one but it's a solid enough effort.

daliandragon, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright, let me begin by saying, I believe that this has been lightstruck or been otherwise made defective. I didn't smell or taste bad. However, it really had no smell and very, very little flavour. It poured a medium yellow with a big beautiful fluffy snow white cap that stayed for ages. It looked wonderful. However, there was no smell. Nothing, like smelling a glass of water. The taste, too was almost non-existant. Just a tiny bit of bitterness at the end. As I looked at it, there were 1000's of tiny particles suspended and floating about in the beer. I thought at first they must be bubbles, but upon further inspection, they were clearly matter of some sort. I'll let tonight's review of this stand, but I would like to review this again in the future with a fresher example. Everything else was fantastic, especially the appearance.

SilentSabre, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy pumpkin color into a pint glass. Not a great head, but did leave some residual lacing on the glass.

Aromas grapefruit, cut grass. Nice aroma, but not as strong as other IPAs I've had.

Taste was mildy bitter, with a strong malt component. Not as bitter as other IPAs I've had. Decent flavored beer, would make a good beer to give to non BA'ers as an introduction to the style.

Mouthfeel was fine. Slight bitter aftertaste that lingers just slightly. Mild carbonation.

Overall very drinkable. While not the best I've had in this style, certainly a worthy beer and worth trying.

doppelmeup, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Cresant
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. into a pint glass. Opaque, cloudy creamed-corn color. Soapy head. Sporadic bead.

Smelled of mild grains and faintly of hay. A little "tea-like". Smell blossomed as it warmed.

Mildly bitter. Nice understated linger. Not complex. A tame IPA.

Medium bodied with a mild hoppy tingly texture.

Cresant, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of JBStith
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highland Kashmir IPA, I was a bit disappointed with. Overall it is not what I look for in an IPA.

A: Poured a slioghtly hazy, golden color. Bubbly white head that dissapated quickly with no lacing.

S: Malty and notes of honey and cirtus. I look for a stronger presence of hops.

T: Similar to smell. Overall taste is doniated by malt and is not balanced enough with bitterness. Also had metallic after-taste that was not enjoyable.

M&D: Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Not very drinkable for me.

Overall, not a great example of the IPA style. I might try this again just to give it a second chance, but it did not impress me on the first go around.

JBStith, Jun 26, 2006
Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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