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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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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 263
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 29.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BigTrubble on 01-29-2013

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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 263
Photo of brentk56
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a very nice head; good lacing, too

Smell: Caramel and pine

Taste: Caramel, up front, with piney tobacco flavors developing in the middle; grows earthy and grainy in the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: In today's market, this is a pretty forgettable IPA, sadly

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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...

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Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark rich copper color, looks more like a scotch ale than an IPA.

Fresh sticky hop aroma, piney but very refreshing.

Taste is nice and clean, fairly bitter but not a crazy hop bomb, taste is more pine than citrus. Strong malt backbone. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, carbonation could be a little higher.

Decent IPA, I think I like Kashmir better though.


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Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep copper/amber with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, pine, caramel malt, and a hint of grapefruit form the aroma. Fairly well balanced between malt and hop presence.

Flavor reveals more sweet, bready malt dominance initially, becoming decidedly bitter and earthy in the finish. Underpinnings of grapefruit and tangerine add intrigue, but are overwhelmed by the bittering hops. Fruity specialty malt notes emerge.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a bit in the high side, and light alcohol warmth. The finish is fairly astringent.

Not as much hop dominance as expected for an ipa. The bitterness is harsh and too much for my liking. Malt provides respite, but the balance is bitter.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.34/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass. Aggressively carbonated, nearly 3 fingers of caramel/cream colored thick (not bubbly) head. Body is amber/red and seemingly a bit murky. Lacing is quite good (spotty but very thick on the glass). Retention is absolutely fantastic.

S - Light caramel malts, refreshing apa type aroma (think apples), earthy/grassy hops, slightly biscuity. Pretty mild aroma.

T - Decent piney/floral hops initially, apples and mostly pears are dead on and quickly mediate the hops (with some sweeter caramel malt), making this a lighter ipa, probably ideal gateway IPA, light bitterness lingers after the fruits subside. Finish is very mildly bitter, and minimally dry.

M - Well carbonated visually, certainly carbonated on the palate as well but not overly carbonated as it may look. Very refreshing, really really easy to drink, decent lawnmower beer.

O - Definitely more of a mild flavor profile but a really good APA/IPA type brew. Very smooth, very refreshing, fantastic lacing and retention, ideal for those who dont love hop bombs as I do.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark amber almost brown. Big light tan head with good retention and lacing. Picking up on the hops in the nose. The taste favors the sweet malts, biscuit, caramel followed up with some floral hops. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy with good carbonation. After taste was a little soapy. This was very malty for a IPA . Based on the taste and appearance I would have put this in the American amber/ Red ale style.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear, amber in color, good visible carbonation, one finger of white head.

S: Heavy bready malt, bitter resinous pine and citrus rind hops.

T: Bitter grassy and pine resin hops, decent toasty malt backbone. Good amount of bitterness in the hang.

M: Thin body, moderate carbonation. The alcohol presence is heavy-handed, especially considering the relatively tame ABV.

O: I'm disappointed with this one. Falls short of what I expected from this brewery, most of whose other offerings that I've had I've been fairly impressed with. Too much alcohol presence, too much bitterness without accompanying hop flavors, and the body needed to have more substance.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stopped in to Finnegan's Wake here in town, and saw this one on tap. A new one for me. Came out a rusty amber, rather than a pale orange that characterizes many IPAs. Small beige head on top. Excellent lacing as I sip this one.

Fresh floral aroma with mild citrus and faint piney notes. Moderate body, really easy to drink. Carbonation is spot on. Slightly dry on the finish. Nice bitter snap right away that lingers a bit on the palate. Semi-sweet grapefruit, bitter rind, touches of candied malt.

This one isn't gonna melt your face with bitterness, and that's just fine with me. Where there's surely a place for that type, this one brings the bitterness, but in a toned down way that makes this a fine easy-drinking ale. Nice work, Highland.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 10 April 2013.

Pours a medium-deep amber, slightly rusty. Mostly clear, with a column of bubbles rising up. One finger of off-white head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is a malty medium-hopped herbal IPA with a shade of pine.

Taste is grainy, dominated by a moderate to high liquid, flowing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is the high point. Medium-bodied, persistent, but with a flare of carbonation that livens the whole thing up.

A decent IPA, balanced, and heavier on the acids than the aromatics.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.89/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges the same color as Yuengling, copper reddish blood orange color with a slightly tanned head. Good spot of lacing, head retention is nice as well.

Aroma is quite nice. Definitely hoppy. Kind of an earthy, slightly floral hops aroma that is fresh and tickles the cilia. Plenty of caramel malts to back up the aroma with slight biscuit and cracker.

Solid flavor also. The mouthfeel is way thin, almost watery. Finishes very clean and stark dry, almost like champagne. Good bit of hop bitterness, slight grapefruit peel. Tis one is very easy to drink; too easy if you ask me. There is no chewiness or anything. Needs more body. Decent beer, plenty better out there.

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Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of shand
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Highland Devil’s Britches IPA from Highland Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.