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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 40 | 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 ffejherb
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into goblet on 3/2/08. Thanks to Deuane for picking this one up for me.

A - Light golden/orange coloration with a slight haze to the body. Almost one finger of white, bubbly head that quickly receded into a sparse film, but left some ornate lacing around the glass. Very minimal, slow-rising carbonation.

S - Quite a malty aroma for an IPA. Lots of sweet caramel malt and some spiciness up front with a perfumy hop character and some floral notes as well. A touch of breadiness in the back.

T - Malt-forward IPA with plenty of sweetness to counter the assertiveness of the perfumy and floral hops. Pretty aggressive hop finish.

M - Creamy texture with a bit of heat from the alcohol. Has a bit of an oily, sticky mouthfeel with fairly soft carbonation. Moderate dry, bitter finish lingers for a while and emits a mild burn on the palate.

D - Pretty good IPA, but it drinks more like a hopped-up ESB, with sweet caramel malt base and floral/perfumy hop characteristics. I prefer more of a citrus or piney hop profile in an IPA, but this is still pretty tasty.

Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crisp golden yellow color. Puffy white head with above average lacing.

S: Tons of biscut malt with hints of citrus.

T: Malt rules here. Tons of biscuit malts with hints of citrus. This one is more english in taste than american.

M: Light and bubbly.

D: Not too bad, I like my IPA a little more American and more aggressive in the hop profile.

Overall: Not too bad overall, if you like you IPA's malty. This one is more about the malt than the hops. Not too bad overall, but does not rank up with my top IPA's.

Photo of dedrinker
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy gold with a thin head that lacked motivation or direction. Aromas of faintest citrus oils. The flavor was the shocker - I just couldn't taste that much. There was some hop bitterness, and even the moaning ghost of citrus herbal hop character, but it tasted locked away and submerged beneath the bubbles. A little toasty malt rounds it out, but I'm missing the IPA part here, unless this one has already been on a sailing vessel all the way to India and back to North Carolina (where your not-so-humble hoss sits sipping this). I even smelled my clean shirt I put on a few hours ago after a shower, and it has more going than this beer. Medium body, bitter finish. I can drink this fine, but I wouldn't pay for it. If it was your homebrew, I would gladly have one whenever I came over. I'll try one more in a couple days and get back to you.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale gold with an ample white head that laces and holds nicely. The smell is of toasty, biscuit like and staw like with an interplay of citrus and spicy hops. The taste is up front with the hops as would be expected, but the malt characteristics also have a significant role here. This is certainly not quite as assertive of an IPA in the flavor department as would be desired for an American IPA. The mouthfeel is dry and appropriately medium bodied. Overall, a good IPA. This wouldn't be my first choice, but I would never say no to it.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice light gold hue. Minimal head when poured into a pint glass and it faded quickly with decent lacing.

S: Very light fruit/citrus hop with a vigorous swirl. Very nonchalant for the fold flavors that follow.

T: Nice balance at first and then the hops take over with a great floral bitterness that lasts well past the swallow. There's a touch of sweetness if you look for it but the mellow bitterness is really the primary flavor component.

M&D: Deceptive body and weight given its light golden color. The nice finish makes you ready for the next sip.

Overall this is a very good IPA - and it's from my home state to boot! I really liked the floral hoppiness and the nice lingering without overdoing the bitterness. The color and aroma can really throw you - you wouldn't expect this kind of robust flavor coming out like it does. I very much enjoyed this brew.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ThorsHammer for this one.

Poured into a pint glass (Scorpion) a nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is more on the malt side, but a nice little touch of hops, slight citrus, not much pineyness at all. The taste is malty, some hoppiness, really not much citrus or pines in this one. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, but not what I would look for in an IPA.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. with no freshness date - the beer is a clouded medium gold, with ample carbonation that leads up to two fingers of light tan head that provides tons of lacing. The aroma consists of mild toasted malts, American hops and some heat, but is pretty weak. Lots of bitterness on the palate from the piney, citric and perfumy/spicy hops, on top of a really dry, medium body that is a bit tingly and leaves a long finish. Overall a nice, drinkable IPA, but nothing earth-shattering.

Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short Version:
Tasty well balanced beer. A bit malty and underhopped for an IPA. Suprising earthiness to the nose and saltiness in the taste.

I'm a fan of Highland Brewing company and am quite partial to their St. Theresa's Pale Ale and their Oatmeal Porter (Oatee P) for raw drinkability and day-to-day consumption.

Kashmir is running a strong third on my list with them. This one may be a little long in the tooth (found it in the back of the beer fridge) but still was delicious and had a strong yeasty presence.

Cloudy honey-orange color.
Very lacey and clingy. Tight foamy 3/4" head showed some perseverance.

Damp hay smell with some wet mowed grass mixed in perhaps. Although it wasn't entirly dank so maybe some flower to lighten it up.

Taste: Subdued earthy taste. Hops are present but not strong for an IPA. Surprised by the creamy malt showing. I'd say equally balanced and maybe the hops are even being edged out a bit. Again, not what you'd expect for an IPA but quite tasty.

Another surprise is the saltiness. Keep trying to convince myself otherwise but I'm tasting a lot of salt.

Even the finish is salty with a sweet undertone. Quite the dichotomy. Aftertaste is rather pleasing. The kind you could take to bed with a good buzz without brushing... and not lay there awake imagining your toothbrush.

Mouthfeel is medium to buttery. Nice full finish. I don't get any watery sensation and no alcohol.

Overall a very pleasurable pint. Not exemplary but a quality brew I would buy another six of any day.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.