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Highland Kashmir IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

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BA SCORE
80
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689 Ratings
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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

swgwilt, May 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

CSQ1111, May 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

BenTherHppedThat, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

syntheticwings, May 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

ortie, May 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

DoctorDog, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Arborescence, May 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

cantfindme, Apr 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Connor, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Brewsed, Apr 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

GMan, Apr 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Cane4Beer, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
2.4/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I got a bottle of Highland's Kashmir IPA that my brother brought back from his trip down south. I have had their Oatmeal Porter before and I thought it was good so I am interested to see what this brewery can do with an IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok and is pretty much the same as their Oatmeal Porter, it just has a pink plaid background instead. It poured a pretty clear pale golden color that took on a brighter orange/gold color when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This was an ok looking beer, but I thought the color was pretty pale for the style and it was much clearer then most American IPA's.

S- The aroma is not too intense with this beer, it starts out with a good amount of medium sweet malts that impart a sweet grain aroma and slight bready aroma. After that comes the hops which are mainly citrus, with grapefruit and pineapple sticking out the most with a little bit a grassy hops towards the end. It's ok, but it smells a little muted, I would like a little more going on with the aroma.

T- The taste doesn't really follow the nose well. It starts out with some pale malts have a lower amount of sweetness and impart a dry and thin grainy taste that is pretty thin tasting and doesn't make for a great base for this beer. Next up is some hops which seems much more floral then citrusy, but overall the hops are still pretty light and impart some slightly grassy and floral hop flavors, the hops are pretty weak and I wish that those nice citrus hops that I picked up in the aroma made their way to the taste. It had a lower amount of medium bitterness with a stale grain aftertaste. I was pretty disappointed with the taste of this beer, it was thin, bland, and pretty boring, not what I want from a good American IPA.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly dry, on the light side of being medium bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad and may be the most true to style thing about this beer.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I thought that it was a below average IPA, it just didn't have any of those great hoppy aspects that I look for in an American IPA, and the malt base wasn't that good either. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth and went down faster then I expected but not because it was good, but because I wanted to be done with it, the flavors were really bland and could not hold my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was the only part of this beer that was true to style. What I liked least about this beer was pretty much everything else with the taste sticking out as being the worse, it was just way too bland and unappealing for my tastes. I would buy a single of this again if I knew it was fresh but other then that I am not really motivated to revisit this beer anytime soon and I can't say that I would recommend this beer to anyone. Their Oatmeal Porter turned out to be good but this beer was not and was pretty much a let down, I am kind of on the fence with this brewery but I got a few more of their beers to try before I come up with a solid opinion on this brewery. A pretty unimpressive American IPA, I hope their other beers are much beer since this one wasn't good.

StoutHunter, Apr 10, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. 01/06/12 etched under bottom of front label. Single purchased at Ingles Market (Boone, NC) for $1.49.

A: Clear light-orange with fluffy 2-finger off-white head with decent retention and a short curtain of lacing circles the glass.

S: Hoppiness is muted with some soft grapefruit and floral aromas with a light caramel note.

T: The flavor is also muted with pale maltiness as prominent as the light floral, orange-grapefruit hoppiness. There is plenty of bitterness but just not a lot of additional hop character.

M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation and a good coating quality.

O: Very run-of-the-mill IPA. Not sure if it was this one was a bit on the old side but not really too excited to try it again.

argock, Apr 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Mappies, Mar 30, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: First blush, nothing too exciting, but excellent head retention gives perfect tide marks down the side of my glass showing the slow, steady retreat of the slightly hazy golden glass.

Smell: At first I didn't think there was a smell. A very, very mild white bread yeast with just a whiff of earthy hops.

Taste: Very smooth, balanced, even, everything an IPA shouldn't be really. The hops are there, and they are pleasant showing a mixture of lime rind and earthy pine, but they don't punch, or come across as particularly bitter. A very light soapy note that is probably hop driven.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium low carbonation, clean finish (where I would expect a little more oil from the style).

Overall: An enjoyable glass of beer. Mild for an IPA, mild period. Enjoyable none the less.
Big thanks to Illudium for the sample!

HardTarget, Mar 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Cluker, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish gold with a quarter of an inch of soft, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is bready and malty with a faint citrus aroma. The flavor is similar; sweet, bready, and very malty. There is a smooth, balanced hop character that features that is mildly citrusy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a very malt-forward IPA. It's an easy drinking, smooth, refreshing beer that's both flavorful and balanced. It's definitely worth checking out.

tdm168, Mar 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

zonker17, Mar 19, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a nice white head, good lacing, lacks carbonation.

Smell: Barely detectable sweet barley.

Taste: Very nice with a variety of floral hops. The taste is a different but better world from the smell.

This is an extremely satisfying ipa. It doesn't look or smell like much, but when you drink it, everything comes together in this excellent beer.

donmonkey1, Mar 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light copper color. Quick, nright white head with a little film o'foam after a few sips. Then nothing. A few sluggish bubbles rise to the top.

Mild, earthy hops aroma and some faint toasted malt smells.

Astringent palate from start to finish. Slightly lemony and mineral earthy hop bite. Some mild toasted malt jumps in the middle of teh palate, but thats it. Pretty simple, easy IPA. Nothing special or bad really.

scruffwhor, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

bcal16, Mar 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.