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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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667 Ratings
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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 347
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 vwcraig


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

03-04-2007 04:33:47 | More by vwcraig
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

03-01-2007 07:23:55 | More by Neehan
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

02-12-2007 09:56:35 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of BlindPig


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

01-16-2007 04:32:52 | More by BlindPig
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.83/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

01-14-2007 02:02:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

01-05-2007 16:44:22 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

11-19-2006 02:35:59 | More by tastybeer
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

11-19-2006 01:16:19 | More by wedge
Photo of Phocion


4/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

10-27-2006 04:26:21 | More by Phocion
Photo of blackie


3.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

10-24-2006 22:26:45 | More by blackie
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

09-26-2006 01:48:15 | More by daliandragon
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.68/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

09-10-2006 05:15:33 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

07-27-2006 22:42:47 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of Cresant


3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

07-05-2006 19:16:38 | More by Cresant
Photo of JBStith

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

06-26-2006 00:53:57 | More by JBStith
Photo of hopsaplenty


3.18/5  rDev -9.7%

12oz brown bottle, with no date information other than '5227 B-10125 inkjetted on the bottom of the bottle.

Cloudy bronze toped with a short dense head of fine off-white bubbles that slowly settles leaving no lacing. There is a steady, pulsating wall of carbonation. Fruity, Sweet Tart nose with orange blossom and rind coming through. Starts with a modest hop bite, orange rind with perhaps a bit of sugar that builds. Solid malt body throughout, but the finish is short and to the point and filled with more of those rind notes that do not linger. There is perhaps a touch of pine and grapefruit, but the hop profile is not overly aggressive, and seems to be missing its snap. Medium body, with minimal carbonation that is extremely fine, soft and smooth, and just a touch on the thin side. The label reads “A bold beer best consumed with a stiff upper lip”. Your lip doesn’t have to be too stiff, as this one lacked significant punch.

06-08-2006 11:28:51 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle. No freshness date indicated. Poured a very pale golden color. Slightly chill hazed with a nice, dense, one finger sized head. Decent lacing as well.

Aroma seems muted for an ipa. Definitely some hops in the aroma; orange peel and lemon peel stand out. There is also a strange sort of steamed cabbage smell as well. I have noticed this aroma in other IPA so it may be part of the characteristics of the beer.

Hops greet the taste buds up front followed by more hops. Citrusy hops are the main component here. Stays in balance pretty well but still seems to be a bit light overall for an IPA.

A nice beer from Highland. I generally enjoy their beers. In my opinion, the Gaelic Ale has more of an IPA feel to it than this Kashmir. Both are quite enjoyable so I'll let you decide.

05-22-2006 18:11:13 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of SheepNutz


3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

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


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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


2.98/5  rDev -15.3%


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.

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


2.78/5  rDev -21%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +23.6%

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!

03-07-2006 05:05:31 | More by Luigi
Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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