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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Ratings: 650
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-20-2003)
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Photo of SheepNutz


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

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a medium orange color with half a finger of head that dies off quickly. There is minimal lacing on the glass. The smell is fruity, with a good amount of citrusy hops. Lots of pineapple in there, with orange, and even some floral notes. The taste has lots of hop bitterness going on. It's juicy hop flavor at first, but gets a little bit on the harsh bitterness side on the finish. I seem to be detecting a bit of diacetyl in there as well. The mouthfeel is decently thick and heavy. The drinkability is just ok, due to the harshness and diacetyl. It's ok.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 22:46:34 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of kmpitz2


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 6 oz pour. Beer is a light orange color with a light head that sits as a floating island over the brew. Clarity is moderate and only a small stream of bubbles is apparent. Nose is moderately caramel, lightly bready, and a little earthy. No real bright citrusy hop is hitting me, which I would like to find in my IPA. Flavor is representative of the nose. Caramel, earthy hoppy flavors, light breadyness. It finishes with a mild citrusy hop flavor and a moderate peppery bitterness that hangs on nicely after swallowing the brew. Not bad. Feel is moderate with a moderte carbonation that breaks things up nicely, keeping it from being too heavy. Overall, this brew is not giving me what I want from my IPA's, but its not bad. I'd like to see what this one is like fresh and on draft. I have a feeling that there is more brilliance to be found in this one. I'd like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 22:46:25 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a bout a fingers worth of off-white head. Leaves decent lacing. The aroma is spicy. Orange and cedar hop scent. Flavor is surprising. Malt comes through more than expected. Spicy bite from the hops with a bitter finish. Enjoying the sweet malt and zesty citrus combo. Mouthfeel is very good...medium body that's a tad slick from the hop oils and good carbonation. I could see my self having a few of these on a lazy afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 17:38:52 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of nickss


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a 1/4" head... moderately rocky and cream-colored.

Nice citrus hop aroma, although certainly not very complex.

Boring flavour! No hops... should not even be considered an IPA in my opinion.... flavoured more like a weak-ish APA. Very yeasty and musky tasting. Some citrus, but all in all I am underwhelmed.

Nice thickness, but not nearly as crisp as I would like.

Light and drinkable, but I did not find this one enjoyable. There are too many other IPA's out there for a similar price for me to be sampling this one again anytime soon. I was disappointed, because I have thoroughly enjoyed every other Highland brew I've sampled. Back to the drawing board on this one boys.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 18:08:42 | More by nickss
Photo of Crosling


2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Gentle, wimpy aroma with scents of peach, earth, musk, mint, herbs and caramel.

An India Pale Ale for senior citizen bingo night. Seriously, this is one weak ass IPA. The flavor consists of an earthy, herbal and grassy hop profile with a slight note of citrus and a boring, bready, grainy malt backbone. Thin Mouthfeel. Forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 20:33:05 | More by Crosling
Photo of TheEclecticGent


2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on my recent trip to Sylva, NC. I poured it from a large bottle (22 oz.?) into a pint glass.

Appearance – A light golden body with little head that quickly fades and has little lacing.

Smell – The nose is a strong citrus/floral and hops.

Taste – A very bitter beer that, in my opinion, gets better as it warms. The aftertaste loses some of its hoppiness. It’s well balanced and smooth for an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation

Drinkability – I’m not the biggest fan of IPAs but I found this one to be good. It is my least favorite of all the Highlands beers (which I dearly love) but that is due to style and not quality.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 21:12:11 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of thaichile

New Jersey

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

Bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a billowy white head. Has a wheaty nose and not much florality. Interesting mix of fruit and hops on the palate. A very light IPA with an interesting taste. Not a hopheads dream, but enjoyable (I think?). Thanks Derrick for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 19:06:53 | More by thaichile
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a large sticky white head. Awsome head retention. The aroma is sweet and hoppy. I can definately detect the spicy English hops and at the same time the Mt. Hood's pull through with their pine aroma. The flavor is about the same. A well balanced hoppy brew. The hops are a tasty mix of English raw leafiness and Mt. Hood sharpness. A sweet malt and light toasted grain balance out the hops. The drinkability is dangerous. Pint after pint can be consumed if you don't have anything to do the next day. I think my taste have matured since the last time I tried this beer. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 05:05:31 | More by Luigi
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alright, if I haven't said it before, Highland is a real gem of a regional brewery. I've yet to have anything from Highland that didn't impress me - this beer is no exception.

The pour is a deep yellow with a pure white head. The head is a bit on the thin side - maybe a quarter inch but it lasts through much of the drink. The beer starts cloudy and I thought it was an unfiltered IPA but after a few minutes it settles and becomes crystal clear. A very attractive glass of beer, if it had more head I wouldn't rated it a "5"

The smell is nothing but hops - spicy green herbal hops. Words like 'zesty' come to mind when you stick your nose in this beer.

The flavor is very good and just short of excellent. It's also rather surprising because I was expecting an American IPA and this is -not- by any stretch of the imagination a "by the book" American IPA. There's a clear sweet malt flavor underneath with hints of golden grain and honey but the hops are by far the belle of the ball here. The hops are pure Europe all the way with Goldings and Fuggles in massive quantities. The hops flavor actually borders on Saaz or Tettnanger - noble hops and close cousins to Goldings and Fuggles. If you'd handed me this beer and told me it was a "super Pilsner" I would have been utterly convinced.

Excellent hop presentation - very bright, clean bold hop flavors without bitterness. The sweet malt is just perfect in counterbalancing the strong hops notes.

Mouthfeel is very good. This is a light to medium bodied brew with almost enough carbonation to clean the palate between sips. Good balance between residual hop bitterness (mild) and residual sweetness (light)

Very, very drinkable and highly recommended to anyone who can get their hands on this. As much as I was recently disappointed by the "Über Pils" from Clipper City (another excellent regional brewer) if it had tasted like this I would have been overjoyed. This is not your typical pine-n-citrus American IPA but it is an excellent showcase for bold hop flavoring. Also *again* proof that a big, flavorful beer doesn't have to be high in alchohol; this one's only 5.6% but you'd never know it from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 05:28:16 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured differently than i expected. It was a very light yellow color, only slightly darker than a macro brew beer. The head was very thin white color, and had a slight lacing around the glass. It had a mild hopy smell, much less strong than my normal perception of an IPA. It was mild for an IPA overall, and lad a nice hopy finishes with a bitter after taste. I am not normally a huge fan of an IPA, but this reminded me of a pale ale more than an IPA, and that is probably why I enjoyed this so much....It really makes me want to try their pale. If you are not a huge fan of IPA's this might be the first step to enjoying them....if you like sierra nevada, or highly hoped pale ales give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 02:17:05 | More by jameaterblues
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

Lists Asheville, NC (great town!) on the label, but I noticed it's manufactured in Maryland. Whatever state wants to claim it, I'm right in the middle (Virginia) and not totally impressed.

Just a shade darker than a typical golden-yellow pils. Nice frothy head.

Mellow hops come to the nose first, with mellower malts next, and a scary corn essence that reminds too much of bad US macros.

Taste: One of the most unremarkable IPAs I've ever had. Not bad, but not outstanding. Light and crisp, it goes down easily and inoffensively, but the bottle's claim that this is "a bold beer best consumed with a stiff upper lip" comes close to false advertising.

Decent mouthfeel, a little tingly.

Easy to drink, easy to like, hard to love. It's got no real selling points against many other, better IPAs. I much prefer Highland's Gaelic Ale over this.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 23:16:09 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Lightly dusty, sparkling lemon-amber, heavy on the lemon. The alabaster cap is thick and rich and creamy, oh my! It isn't a glass coater of the highest order, but it doesn't fall too far short. This is a very nice looking member of the lighter (looking) IPA school.

The nose is equal parts Union Jack and Stars and Stripes. That isn't surprising at all since it features such hop standbys as Styrian Goldings, Fuggles and Magnum, among others. Pale malt proudly asserts itself, and then graciously steps aside to allow the hops their time in the sun. Even if they aren't sunshine bright, grapefruit and peach esters make an impact.

Kashmir is a quality IPA. The flavor follows the course so competently laid down by the nose. Cookie dough-like malt is a firm presence without making a nuisance of itself. I'm beginning to think that caramel malt has no place in an IPA; at least not the ones I like. Thanfully, there's no hint of caramel here.

I always want more hoppiness, but the amount that has been provided in Kashmir is generous (even if it's unlikely to make a shredded wreck of my tongue). Sweetness and bitterness walk side by side throughout, with bitterness nosing ahead on the longish finish. Lemon joins grapefruit and the flavor profile expands to include tart apples and buttery pears. Good choices on the hop bill, I'd say.

The mouthfeel is a minor blip more full than medium and is as smooth and as lightly plush as a much bigger IPA. The words 'rounded' and 'polished' come to mind. Quality breweries provide quality mouthfeels, it's as simple as that. I like the fact that (if I had them) I could drink a handful of these in a single sitting without getting palate fatigue.

I was surprised to learn that, until the drinkability score of this beer, I had given nothing but 4.0s to the three Highland Brewing Company beers that I've been fortunate enough to drink. The accolades have been well deserved. Kashmir IPA is a keeper. Thanks to WOLFGANG for sending it my way.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 16:50:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly good beer from Highland. It poured out into a Highland pint glass with a minimal head. It is a amber color with a large amount of floaters. It has a hoppy bitter smell. It tastes like it smells, hoppy and bitter. It has somewhat of a bite but not enough to distract from the overall impression too much. The mouthfeel is slightly affected but overall a decent brew. I could drink these again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 02:32:40 | More by Enola
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

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

A: Golden amber with some orange hues. Nice foamy 2 finger head that recedes to a sudsy 1/2" head. I am impressed with the head on this baby.
S: Nice mix of hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Maybe a hint of citrus fruit.
T: The hops don't attack you like some IPA's. They more compliment the sweetness. It still has a strong hop character though. This brew is especially sweet on the finish for an IPA. The brew is a good one but a little too balanced for the style.
M: A little heavy on the carbonation and a little light on the hops. Still it doesn't feel bad.
D: Drinkable, but it made me feel full like a stout.
If your not crazy about hoppy beers this would be great IPA for you. If you are a hophead there is better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 15:46:29 | More by wcudwight
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a couple at a Brixx while in Charlotte, NC. Pours a light golden hue with a frothy ivory 1/2" head cap. Light scents balanced between some malt and citrus.

Flavors middle around a well balanced light caramel and orange citrus.

Feel is medium body with a tight crisp carbonation. A tiny bit tacky in the lingering finish.

Last swigs: Well balanced orange and lolipop malts. Well built enjoyable IPA. Not a balls-out no holds barred IPA. Went well with pizza.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2005 02:31:37 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of ppoitras


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" white head above the dark straw brew. Head is foamy and lasting, with average to good lacing. Aroma is lightly of pale malts, with some hops input, but not as much as I would hope for. Taste starts with some pale malts as well, which are quickly overpowered by hops bitterness. The hops character in the flavor is somewhat generic, but tending towards pine, and not so much the fruity. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, making the bitterness more palatable, and as such, drinkability is good as well. Reasonably standard American IPA, for better or worse.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 23:15:53 | More by ppoitras
Photo of KoG


4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of hoppedup in BIF 21.

Golden body adorned by a frothy white head that leaves an initial thick ring of lace with some smaller ones on the way down.

Smell is a cournicopia of hops. Flowery, citric, piney, pretty much everything. Something else I can't pick out, but it isn't malt.

Taste is pretty well under control as far as the hops go. Nice bitterness greets the tongue and fades into a slightly citric hop flavor with some decent malt. Finishes with a flare of bitterness that doesn't haunt you or kill the palate.

Not an uber bitter IPA but packed with hop flavor and bitterness. Easy to drink and good to relax yourself right before bed.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 07:20:39 | More by KoG
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A great example where the first taste to last taste have exactly the opposite effect. At first I said, wow, this tastes great, what kind of style is this malty brew? After a few more sips and relaization this is an IPA, things really changed. Chewy mouthfeel with no real hoppiness for the style. Okay appearance of a thick head and nice carbonation. One of my least favorite IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2005 02:09:56 | More by Backer2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden with a white low head which was persistent to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a low caramel maltiness and a citrusy hop nose.

The flavor was malty on the palate with a lower level of bittering than expected. The hop flavors were medium and citrusy, but also somewhat earthy and interesting. The malt and hop balance was just toward hops, but the malt backbone was noticeable and fairly well done.

The finish was dry with lasting lightly citrus bittering and flavor ito the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done. Would probably put this beer just into the realm of an IPA. The bittering and aroma could certainly be more agressive, but the beer is very solid and easy to drink.

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 21:25:15 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of warriorsoul


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, thanks AlexJ for this one of many NC brews...
Pours a semi-cloudy golden orange color w/ a full finger of bright white head...lacing is thin but hold nicely for a bit.
Aroma is nothing overwhelming, but pleasant, clean hops hit the nose w/ a somewhat sweet malty background.
The taste is nice...very smooth w/ floral hops dominating the flavor...not overly sweet, but the caramel malt balances it out nicely. Not really any hop bitterness going on in this one until the very last few swigs.
Mouthfeel is average for the style and the carbonation is perfect.
Drinkability is above average, as I could easily enjoy many pints of this brew....my first beer from Highland and I like it. Really glad I got the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2005 00:14:51 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of blitz134


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very light colored IPA, almost lager looking if it wasn't for the slight orange hint. Very white head on top which reduced rather quickly to a thick layer with a bit sticking to the sides.

Light smell overall of some floral hops with a bit of resin and straw and some sweet malts in the background. Not a strong enough aroma to allow me to detect much.

The flavor is well balanced between the hops and malts. Hops present themself as slightly floral with some fleeting resin flavors. A good malt sweetness as well. Nice and light and tasty. Mouthfeel is okay, a bit thin. Drinkability is good though due to the lighter flavor profile and the good balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 05:05:25 | More by blitz134
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

This is a quite confusing beer. An IPA? really? It pours a pale straw yellow color with a pearl white head that leaves spidery lacing down the glass. The smell is pure pilsner, a spicy saaz hops smell with a bready malt background. From the looks and smell it could only be a pilsner. The taste is somewhat like a pilsner...starts with a bread-like biscuity malt and leads into a hoppy, spicy and slightly bitter taste and finishes dry, bitter and crisp. I can hardly believe this is an ale, much less an IPA. It's hoppy but this is definately a pilsner style beer. If it were labeled a "pilsner" or even a "lager" i would consider this a quality brew, even great but this appears to be the victim of sever mislabeling. Not bad by any stretch but most definaetly not an IPA, so be forwarned...a nice, complex hoppy brew but not really an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 05:52:00 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of IceAce


3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer begins with a true misdirection by the nose. Sampled blind, one might think the aroma would be that of an over-hopped pilsas it is bready, sweet, and topped off with just enough hop and yeast to make it interesting.

Designated as an IPA on the East Coast, this beer comes off as a well-balanced Pale in the Land of the Hop Bomb. Entry is rather quiet while shifting to a somewhat dry, biscuity, malty-sweet mid-taste. The magnum hops briefly usher in the finish, only to be balanced out with a dry malty fade.

This is a well-balanced beer that just doesn't live up to its ultra-dry-hopped West Coast bretheren.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 05:58:13 | More by IceAce
Photo of brewQ


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

A clear deep gold beer with a whipped white head.
Definitely a floral hop aroma but not particularly sharp.

The taste is tangy and refreshing, a hint of spruce and not much malt backing. It finishes with an excellent mouth coating that welcomes another drink.

If I lived near the brewery I'd likely make this an everyday beer.I remain confused about where a Pale Ale becomes an IPA- this example seems to straddle the line.

They've been around since 1994 and must be doing something right.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 04:52:51 | More by brewQ
Photo of John1985


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

Bright gold color with a nice white fluffy head with lacing down the glass. Herbal hoppy aroma, flavor dominated by hops with some malt to balance. Hops roll on the tongue during the aftertaste. Nicely done AIPA. Not massively flavored but a good straight forward hop accented ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 18:23:05 | More by John1985
Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.