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Highland Devil’s Britches IPA - Highland Brewing

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Highland Devil’s Britches IPAHighland Devil’s Britches IPA

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BigTrubble on 01-29-2013)
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

burnzgtm, Jul 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

RochefortChris, Nov 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

markallmon, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of BigTrubble
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You can’t go wrong with Highland Brewing Co. beers so I bought a six pack of 12 oz. bottles to try this beer. Devil’s Britches was released Mid January and I am excited to get my hands on it.
It pours a deep weathered copper. One finger of thick frothy head that is there throughout even resting on the bottom of the empty glass. Good lacing around the glass that hangs around.
The smell of this beer is amazing lots of sweet citrus fruit and floral undertones over a sweet malty backbone. As it warms the herbal scents really come out.
The taste up front is pure citrusy bitter hops that hit the tongue followed closely by the savory sweet malts. The flavor of this beer is very well balanced, awesome hoppiness that is well balanced by the toasted biscuity malt bill.
The mouth-feel of this IPA is slightly viscous compared to most with a smooth silky mouth feel. Just the right amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue and prepare the taste buds for the onslaught of flavor.
Overall Highland Brewing Company’s Devil’s Britches is and excellent beer. I could drink this beer every day and never grow tired. Not merely a hopped up red ale, but actually an amazing take on a style that is so popular and often underwhelming. Devil’s Britches is well balanced with an excellent malt bill that holds up to the Apollo bittering and finishing hops and Calypso dry-hopping. Highland describes it as a red IPA and a twist on the great American IPA which is a statement that it truly stands up to and surpasses. I have been very impressed by Highland’s beers and am happy to see Highland releasing new beers. I can’t wait to see what they brew next.

BigTrubble, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Thedrizzle, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

JeffKowalek, Aug 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

RavenForBeer, Nov 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

NCbeerpirate, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

ryancuth, Feb 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Drazilnc, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Romaniac
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Romaniac, Jan 29, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +23%

mdw0110, Aug 23, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes a few weeks ago.

A: cherry wood color with about two fingers of white head with pinkish hue. Original and excellent

S: Strong piney hops. some light citrus. Terrific.

T: Again, strong piney bitter hops predominate. Wood notes. Some hints of fruit in background. A Classic IPA. No residual aftertaste

M: Medium body full of carbonation and life.

This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

RyanPoff, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

BeerBuzzGuy, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

pathman, May 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

dbell23, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

BigGingDrinker, Feb 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

ahbaggins, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Stargazer2892, Jul 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

jimcivis, Mar 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

brauseboof, Mar 18, 2013
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.

suspect, Feb 23, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hits you with two fingers of highly whipped up and loose foam, quite delicate and dimples easily, sort of eggshell white in hue, leaves a lot of thinner yet sticky streaks of lacing. Bright amber red in color, immaculately transparent with a few scattered beads of active bubbles. The nose is peppery with a saline quality too, dried grapefruit and orange pith, rye, pine tar, gets more floral as it warms, same for the cocoa powder and apricot to peach fruit scents, complexity sort of sneaks up on you. Medium-bodied, tight weave to the carbonation, lively with erect posture. On the dry side yet there’s tang in the orange, grapefruit citrus and great support from the pine, pepper, black tea leaves, forest scrub accents. Has moderate malt backbone, mostly powdered chocolate, not that sweet, more texturally softening. Really grips the palate, sticky and resinous, even factoring in that carbonation. The fruit is mainly apricot, pineapple and peach with a hint of red cherry. Long aftertaste, hoppy bite refuses to let go. Pushes the hoppiness card but doesn’t overplay its hand, nicely balanced.

farrago, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass out of a growler from Libation Station in Johnson City, TN.

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a thick off-white head. Really good head retention and lacing.

The aroma is full of pine and earth along with a noticeable roasty character. Also toffee and caramel all working in perfect harmony with the hops. A really nice balance and definitely more British than American.

The taste has more in the way of hops than the aroma with tons of pine along with a little bit of Earthyness and dank. Just a tiny amount of citrus in this one. Nice malt character with caramel and toffee and just a little bit of roast. Very assertive long lasting bitterness along with a full and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, while this is only 6% it feels like a much bigger beer with the substantial mouthfeel. A great IPA and one of the best beers I have had from Highland.

rangerred, Feb 03, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

BeerZack, Mar 02, 2013
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Highland Devil’s Britches IPA from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.