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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-20-2003

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Photo of dhd1491
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

American IPA is my favorite beer style so I was really looking forward to cracking open one that I hadn't tried before, especially since I enjoy Highland's Tasgall Ale.

Quite disappointing. Appearance is fine, with good yellow-amber coloring and thin covering of creamy froth. However, it all goes down hill from there. Distinct bready note to aroma was a warning. Completely lacking the citrusy, floral nose that I love in an IPA. Taste has a pronounced woody, cereal flavor that was a turn off. Some hops and butter come through, which almost saves it, but not quite. Some smoke on finish.

Pretty weak effort, I'm afraid. Unfortunately I have three more to finish off. Maybe I'm spoiled by easy access to Sweetwater's IPA which is really, really good and not even that expensive, but I won't be buying the Highland Kashmir IPA again.

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

A: Poured a two finger off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. Slightly hazed deep golden body.

S: Had a strong aroma of grainy malt. Slightly spicy, but not what I excpect (or desire) from an American IPA.

T: Bitter and a bit spicy - just enough to overpower the grainy malt. Not much citrus until the lemony finish.

M: A touch thinner than medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry finish with a tart and bitter aftertaste.

D: The aroma was lacking and I prefer much more citrus in an IPA. Otherwise, it was decent & fairly drinkable.

Photo of JDV
2.34/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from emacgee, I believe. Thanks!
Pours a semi hazy bright, light orange with a diminishing head. Smell is bland and light citrusy malt with no real hop presence to speak of. Taste is thin with a watery hop flavor and some orange citrusy characteristics. Nice moderate bitterness and more hop flavor in the taste than in the smell at least. Still something kind of dusty, musty and odd about this, as if it has an almost mold flavor. Drinkable.

Photo of drperm
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pub glass

Appearance: apple juice. Not as clear and golden as some, but still lovely. Thin head.

Nose: On the weakish side. Apples again. Faint citrus; fresh, floral hops, light malt. Inviting, if somewhat faint.

Taste: This is where it is beginning to shine! Nice, nice. Earthy, complex hop concoction. Black pepper, turmeric, lots of citrus. Lovely and drinkable.

Palate: Harmonious, lingering. Goes down the throat and begs for another sip to follow.

Overall: Not my favorite IPA, but the taste is quite fetching and keeps me coming back for more. Highland exhibits a high level of quality across the board.

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

This poured dark amber with a little head. It had the scent of yeast and light hops. It had a smooth flavor of yeast and moderate citrus hops. It wasn't very bitter and had a fairly weak aftertaste, but I still really liked it. Maybe it was just my mood that day, as I typically prefer the stronger and more flavorful beers. But sometimes it's nice to have something a little more simple for a change of pace, to give your palette a rest.

Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to grub for sharing this bottle.

Pours a clear amber, medium sized white head forms, leaves behind some solid lace spots, thin ring sticks around the glass. Smell is nice, vanilla and caramel, big citrus and grapefruit middle, oats, cereal, very fruity, some brown sugar, pretty unique aroma. Taste is lots of grapefruit, very sugary middle, vanilla and caramel, malty, biscuits, almost woody, floral finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, medium carbonation, quite nice. Not my favourite IPA but I found this pretty unique for the style. Thanks for sharing Russ!

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

got this one in a recent trade with Loki. thanks kip!

12oz bottle. sampled march 15/08.

pours a nice clear golden colour with a small very dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. solid malty base - big bready malt with a bit of biscuit and cracker. hops are mostly earthy and floral with just a bit of light citrus. there's almost a woody character there too. light alcohol.

taste is nice. an interesting mix of stuff in here. medium-low bitterness level is a bit less than i'd expect. big bready malt. bit of cracker. light caramel sweetness. the hops are much more subdued than i expected from the aroma and the style, focusing more on malt. light grapefruit. touch of floral character. bit of that woody thing i caught in the aroma too.

mouthfeel is good. well integrated medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. well balanced and interesting. seems to lean more towards being an english ipa than an american, but nice.

Photo of Strix
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this following a Dogfish Head, which probably isn't quite fair.

A nice golden color, some head.

Smell is vaguely hoppy, a bit watered down.

Taste seems a bit watered down too. Pleasant, hoppy, but somewhat unsupported by anything. Sweet and mellow, but I'd prefer a bit more bite.

Mouthfeel alright, a bit weak.

This was drinkable, but not stellar.

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

A good IPA. The aroma is not hoppy, its more on the spicey characteristic. The appearance is cloudy yellow, with dot bubbles. The taste is well balanced and rather chai, saison-like. Its bitter and more offset by spicey-yeastness than by the normal sweetness. Nicely done change of pace.

Photo of Lothore
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear orangey hue with slim to no head.

S- Smells a bit yeasty, almost saisonesque in the nose.

T- Bready at the begining and moves into slight piney hops in the end. Pretty typical, nothing too exciting.

M- Medium viscosity, good amount of carbonation.

D- This is not extreme in the least. Could easily be sessioned but there is definitely other things I would pick first.

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
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.59/5  rDev +2%
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
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
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
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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
4.12/5  rDev +17%
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
2.39/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.