Highland Devil’s Britches IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Devil’s Britches IPAHighland Devil’s Britches IPA

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BigTrubble on 01-29-2013

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Photo of suspect
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter. Thanks to Bulbman for the hookup.

A: Pours pure amber, crystal clear. Mostly aggressive pour leads to a thick, rocky off white one-finger head that fades reluctantly. Leaves sticky slug trails along the sides with bubbles clinging for dear life all the way down. Very nice looking beer.

S: Very nice up front hop presence. Brings the yin of the citrus (grapefruit, but one on the sweeter side) and some crushed pear and then brings the yang of the pine resin - almost like the smell left on your fingers from carrying your Christmas Tree to the curb once it has served its purpose. Malt background is nicely present and unique from other IPAs I've had. They eschewed the typical IPA malts for an Ashburne Mild malt and it really stands on its own nicely. Picking up some floral notes and a bit of the breadiness from either the yeast or the malts on the end of the nose.

T: I must have a very fresh bottle because the hops are beautifully blended with the malts. The Apollo hops do not overpower on the bitterness but slide nicely in towards the back of the tongue. There is a nice fruity flavor that hits in the middle and the bittering hops round out the tast. Good mix of flavors.

M: Sharp biting finish yet smooth and coating. Medium bodied beer.

O: An excellent take on the IPA and this one is most excellent. I would definitely buy this beer in quantity.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic a clear rich amber with a fluffy one finger off white head that left multiple chunks of head behind as it settles into a frothy mass.Biscuit malts and some leafy herbal hops in the nose,pretty pedestrian but not bad.Earthy hops dominate the flavor profile with some caramel/biscuit malts,more of a big earthy red ale than a red ipa.Not bad but not something that is on par with other Highland offerings in my opinion.

Photo of Mantooth
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a La Chouffe snifter.

This is a pretty amber colored IPA, everything is solid, head, nose, appearance. It's not going to blow you away; however, it tastes pretty damn good. What makes this a nice little brew that I'd advise you to try? The hop profile. It's nice and bitter. There's an apricot thing going on here that I'm not used to picking up on. I'll have this again.

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle of Devil's Britches, dated Jan. 2013, poured into a snifter.

Pours clear, dark reddish-brown in color, with a thin off-white head. The head has good retention and leaves ample lacing.

Appropriately hoppy IPA aroma is primarily herbal but also floral and with a bit of pine and a faint hint of citrus. A secondary malt presence adds some hints of baked bread and caramel. A well crafted mix which, happily, carries over to the taste. The flavor is very well balanced, although hops partially dominate the biscuity malt component, as should be the case in an IPA. Still, hop level is more like a PA than an IPA. The flavor is more earthy than suggested by the aroma, but not all objectionable.

M: Medium+ body with a smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation, and a dry finish.

Overall: An excellent, satisfying and moderately distinctive ale.

Photo of jazfst1
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bit of hops in front to remind you of an IPA but finishes sweeter like a red ale. Interesting beer to keep in the fridge and enjoy on occasion.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - dark amber with a big, pillowy, white head that has decent retention

S - herbal, spicy hop aroma with a bit of a peppery spiciness

T - light caramel, big spicy hops, peppery spice, some faint herbal notes, intensely bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated though crisp

This is a decent IPA. It had a different flavor profile than I was expecting, but I was basing that idea on their Kashmir IPA. This spicy hop character is intense and welcomed. This is a solid, balanced beer with great drinkability. I recommend it to any hop head or Highland fan.

Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper colored with a thumb of cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Some biscuitty notes, piney & leafy hops, also herbal hops

T: Herbal & woody hops, & touch of breadyness up front. Pine & orange rind as this warms, plus more woody hops. Finishes with woody & herbal hops, plus a bit of dryness & biscuitty malt, plus some citrussy & piney hops showing up at the end of the party

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, alright balance

This is a serviceable AIPA/red ale, but nothing to get excited about & a step below most of the other Highland beers I've tried. The Lowes I was in had Bells Twi hearted for about 60 cents more a sixer. That would've been a far better purchase...

Photo of BeerZack
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with nice off-white head that laces the glass. Smell is definitely hop forward, spicy, almost grassy, but very fresh with a noticeable sweet caramel maltiness right underneath with whiffs of burnt toffee. Flavor is similar to the aroma. To my delight the layered maltiness does not overpower the hops at all, but lends the beer an interesting balance. I like it.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to one of our regulars that visits a shop I work at part-time for bringing a sixer of this for us! Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured a slightly hazy red-orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, citrus, citrus hop, and marijuana. The flavor was of sweet malt, marijuana, citrus, citrus hop, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. When I saw the sixer of this come in I was rather intrigued as I had never heard of this one before at all. Fortunately what I found was definitely a really good representation of the style. Nice citrus notes going on here with a little bit of nug going on as well. It was really well balanced and quite easy to drink. Definitely worth your time to do so yourself.

Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark copper color leads to a stiff and thick white foam on top.

The nose is fruity with a lemon, grapefruit and tangerines. Slight pine and herbal hop character is notable.

The flavor is well balanced as the hops are herbal, floral and piney but a sweet caramel and maple malt flavor is evident. Not as much of the fruity hop flavor can be found but wisps of grapefruit hit you here and there.

The feel is easy and dry but has a bit of tart astringency.

This was a nice surprise. Highlands always makes good stuff but rarely are their offerings discernible with the rest of the pack. This on the other hand was done very well.

Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Dry, piney, grassy hop aromas with some caramel malt notes underneath. Not much going on.

T: Dry, bitter pine flavors with some earthy and grassy notes. The finish is moderately bitter and lingers.

M: Medium body with sudsy carbonation, this beer is slightly watery and frothy feeling on the tongue.

O: A pretty mediocre IPA overall. Not particularly offensive, but simplistic, overly bitter, and just kind of bland.

Photo of wedge
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear chestnut with a creamy head that leaves behind some drippy rings. Spicy, herbal aromas; scallions and dank earth...very interesting and unique. Leafy, earthy hop flavor along with some pear and bitter citrus. Medium bodied and fairly light on the carbonation. Odd choice of hops, not my favorite combination ever. An interesting experience, but not something I see myself buying again anytime soon.

Photo of Rion
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. Very crisp but much darker then I was expecting. Pours an almost brown color. With a good lacing. Pretty easy to drink. and with the ABV at 6 % you could drink a few and still be alright. Overall the beer is decent I would have to say I would get it again.

Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark reddish copper color, clear. Head is cream colored about thumb sized that leaves behind some good lace.

Aroma is floral, some light tropical fruit, pine hints. Overall its not bad but not very strong hop aroma. Hops are on a biscuit malt base. Not a bad smelling beer just not as hop forward as an IPA should be.

Taste is better then the nose at least as far as hops go. Good dose of hops on a biscuit malt base. Nice floral notes to start then moves to tropical fruits and finishes out with citrus and a pine resin bitterness.

Mouthfeel is big medium seems little fuller then it should with a pretty decent kick of carbonation.

Overall not bad not great as far as IPA's go but a decent brew. Love Highlands they brew a great many beers but IPA's are not their strong suit.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour: Orangeish red with a nice creamy head that dissipated rather quickly and left a nice lace on the glass throughout the drink.

Smell: Heavy citrus hop oil smell with undertones of sweetness in the rear of the nose.

Taste: This is where this beer fell short to me. The front is a kick of hops that quickly gets overtaken by the sweetness of a red ale. The finish is a slight hop bite that lingers, but not too long.

Feel: Easy drinking, slight carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: This one fell slightly short in my book. It almost seemed that they had an overly sweet beer and tried to off set it with hops to create an IPA. Still a good beer, just not a great IPA.

Photo of shand
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Devil's Britches pours out a stunning crystal-clear red. The aroma is fantastic, there's a big pine and earth presence on the nose, along with some citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose, offering a tasty yet less intense than expected piney/herbal hop along with some citrus notes and a quick hit of sweet malts. Aftertaste is minimal. The mouthfeel is on the light side, with a higher level of carbonation. Now, one thing I do like that doesn't effect the review is that I do rather enjoy that this is released as a late-Winter seasonal, giving a much needed couple of months until their fantastic Spring beer comes out.

Photo of silverking
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a clear red with a tan head. Head retention is good with some very nice lacing. The aroma is, well, strange. Very earthy/woodsy. It smells like the forest after a big rainstorm. It tastes grassy with a slight bitterness. It's a lot lighter than I expected. The finish shows some grapefruit. The mouthfeel is light and dry, but the carbonation is low enough to make it all work. Strange, but good.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good red ipa. Kind or tart bitter.

Photo of alk3kenny
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Devil's britches is called an IPA upon reading the label it is a "red" IPA which makes the appearance make so much more sense. It is a reddish amber color smells nicely of clean hops. Smells much like a lower abv ipa should none of the caramel malts or sweetness on the nose like in a normal red. Lowered the smell score because of that because while I like the smell I like to review on style and it doesn't meet what I would expect of the style. Taste is hoppy, clean, pleasant, some malt coming through but again not really tasting any of the "color" if you will. I could easily drink a bunch of these so a very sessionable IPA. The mouthfeel is nice some hop bitterness goes down easy. Overall I would probably buy the again if going to a cookout and wanted to share a good IPA with friends that were a little less then extreme hop heads.

Photo of zac16125
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft into pint glass

A: dark amber, small white head, minimal lacing

S: malty, hints of hop bitterness, grass an off almost moldy aroma (although not as bad as that sounds)

T: pretty tasty, good balance of malts and piney hop bitter, much better than the nose. High bitterness level is nice

M/D: medium body, appropriate carbonation, good drink ability

O: I liked it. Nothing spectacular but I'd drink again. Rating would be high if not for the off aroma

Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagash glass on 3/27/13

Burnt tobacco; quite clear with a head just shy of two fingers. Thin, smooth retention and tightly speckled, sandy lace. Thick rings of lace further down.

Herbal and piney hop aroma with floral bleed. Full biscuit aroma sets the backdrop for the zesty hops. The taste is spicy with pine resin and brash herbal hits. The malts are full without being obtrusive. Bitterness is moderate throughout and rough on the finish. The finish is also a little dusty. Medium-full for the style with a resin-sticky feel is offset by fairly smooth, puffy carbonation.

I've had several of these and the Devil's Britches fit just fine.

Photo of Romaniac
4.49/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack in late January (Cary, NC.)

Appearance: Copper in color. Slight visible carbonation. 1/2 finger head.

Aroma: Moderate floral, citrusy hops, and caramel.

Flavor: Moderate hop flavor at first, slight sweetness noted, ending very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Moderate carbonation, crisp and leaving you wanting more.

Overall: This is truly a well made IPA, not too thick, not too bitter. If you like tasty beers, this is a must try. Best IPA I have had from NC.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, dark, toffee coloring. Crystal clear with a slow, steady carbonation throughout the body and a filmy, low-profile, off-white head. Nose of floral hops, citrus highlights, dark resinous characteristics, and some roasted notes. Flavors are heavily roasted as well, with a strong resinous backbone, rich toffee blend, and sharp citrus highlights, heavy on the grapefruit. Heavy on the palate. Smooth, robust body, with a roasted sweet and darkly resinous aftertaste that transitions into a bitter, drying finish.

Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very underplayed aroma of hops, pine, and some malt.

T: Tasted of malt, light hops (less than you might expect from an IPA), pine, and a little tinge of citrus. Like the aroma, the flavor was very mild. Almost seemed more like an English IPA than an American version.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: A little on the tame side as IPAs go, but still worth a shot. Drinkable, but there are certainly other IPAs I would go for first.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lighter and crisper ales can often times get a fair nod. And the hoppier IPAs obviously find favor on the beer scene. But its the "balanced" American Amber Ales that usually get left behind. Well, the talented brewers at Highland have reinvented the style and, in doing so, developing a taste that's uniquely American.

The ale pours with a frothy dark amber color with redish-brown tones seemingly of mahogany. Its near-bright character highlights those chestnut highlights beautifully. Topped with a creamy and semi-firm foam cap, the beer's bone-white froth retains sturdily and trails with broken lace in its wake.

Toasted malt and hops frame the ale's overall scent. Grapefruit and fresh orange peels give the ale a vivid and snappy scent. Its backstage support from over-cooked caramel, bread crust and roasted pecans allow for a slight candied but toasty scent to balance the citrusy hops. A moderate scent of burnt pine needles rise as the first drink draws near.

To taste, much of the same transpires- its malty-sweet upstart is caught between caramel and toffee. Weave in those toasted nut flavors and the taste of "Cracker Jacks" candies come forth. Its middle palate introduces the hops which take command thereafter- pink grapefruit and orange zest become playfully acidic, as the ale trends crisp, refreshing and dry late. Its developing bitterness is sharply resinous with pine and freshly herbal mulled grasses. Its finish is short except for the lingering acute bitterness.

Medium-dry for Amber or IPA, the ale's short-lived sweetness quickly releases its carbonation and gives the ale a lift right from the get-go. This leads to a toasty-dry finish that's assisted by hop resins, moderate alcohol warmth and its mild hop-derived astringency.

The ale works beautifully as it more of an Amber Ale that retreats from the maltier and heavier versions of Ireland and England and trends drier and hoppier for that American attitude that's quickly emerging.

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Highland Devil’s Britches IPA from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.