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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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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

04-26-2013 14:29:19 | More by ltdantheman
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 21:03:07 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of zeledonia


3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 06:41:41 | More by zeledonia
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2013 23:31:21 | More by zac16125
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 17:47:01 | More by avalon07
Photo of kylehay2004


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-11-2013 22:23:57 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 18:53:59 | More by Onenote81
Photo of marley2112

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-09-2013 02:20:37 | More by marley2112
Photo of Kegatron


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-08-2013 12:02:07 | More by Kegatron
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

04-07-2013 05:23:45 | More by rfbenavi80
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-06-2013 22:01:17 | More by nmann08
Photo of Bill235


3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-01-2013 14:56:59 | More by Bill235
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-31-2013 23:03:35 | More by oline73
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 17:12:32 | More by MacQ32
Photo of Ryan011235


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 02:32:15 | More by Ryan011235
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-27-2013 03:53:01 | More by UltimateLivewire
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3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 03:04:34 | More by russpowell
Photo of bonSreeB


4/5  rDev +11.1%

03-26-2013 16:57:22 | More by bonSreeB
Photo of OldTime


4/5  rDev +11.1%

03-25-2013 02:27:21 | More by OldTime
Photo of SerialHiker


3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours and orangish copper color…very red more an IPA…a thin layer of off white head formed and remains…very thin, but persistent…fairly transparent, there is no real bubble action happening…kinda basic…(3.5/5)

Smell: Very mild aroma…I’m getting some light grassy bitterness mixed with some earthy, more toned done qualities…has a faint Scottish ale feel with a light touch of rye…very earthy and malty, nothing traditional about this brew…lacks though in overall pungency…(3/5)

Taste: Earthy bitterness rounded with a light citrus freshness…much like the nose, very toned down and earthy/woodsy driven…malts are also very earthy and toasty, leading to a somewhat bland flavor…there is the slightest touch of rye malt bite, that brings a bit of life to the brew, but it’s super mild and really only plays the deepest background role…tastes very much like a blend between a Scottish ale and a basic IPA…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…Light to medium carbonation does bring some earthy/woodsy bitterness with a bit of rye pepperiness…earthy bitterness on the palate into the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: While this isn’t a “bad” beer, the flavor is disappointingly bland…it’s very woodsy both in bitterness and maltiness and that lack of depth leaves me wanting…a very drinkable ale, as it warms more of the peppery rye flavor comes out…I feel like Highland was trying to make something innovative here with it’s mix of traditional Scottish ale flavors and earthy hops IPA, but for me it’s a miss…like I said, it’s not bad, but one is enough…try it for yourself if you like IPA’s that are west coast, citra hop bombs because this may be right up your alley…(3.25/5)


Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 01:16:34 | More by SerialHiker
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

Pours a reddish light brown with a thick cream/light beige head.

Smell is classic piney/ citrus with a hint of biscuit.

Taste is a crisp, bitter with significant biscuit.

Mouthfeel is right on. Not too thick or thin.

Overall this is a good red ale. Not sure why they call it an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:42:44 | More by aubuc1
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:35:50 | More by Mantooth
Photo of fastrodney

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle procured from Grapes & Hops (represent!) into my trusty Sam pint glass.

A: A dark amber with a head that built quickly to the highest hights and dissipated slowly.

S: Bright and grassy hops and biscuity, toasty malt.

T: Citrusy hop flavor balanced with a toasty malt. Lingering hop bitterness on the back leaves a slightly metallic or astringent taste that mingles with enduring toasted malt.

M: Medium-bodied, medium level of carbonation.

O: This is a hard one to pin down - I took a sip before pouring and was a bit confused before reading the side of the bottle. As this is intended to represent some sort of IPA/Red hybrid, it's hard to compare it to too many things - it honestly comes off as more of a bitter amber than an IPA, but the more I think about it, the more I think that it might just be closer to a British IPA than the West Coast variation that has become the standard. Tasty, interesting, and unassuming, but in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 22:12:06 | More by fastrodney
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-20-2013 00:48:15 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 0z bottle out of a sixer from Teeter.

A - Pours a dark brownish red with orange backlights. Sticky half finger head. Lace hangs on the glass.

S - Smells of grapefruit and hops. Saltwater. Grass.

T - An interesting mix of some brownish ale malts flavors up front, which disappear quick (real quick) to make way for some tangy hop bitterness with a salty aftertaste.

M - A touch on the thin, watery side, but it doesn't detract from the beer.

O - Hops heads who like a salt burn rejoice.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 01:51:24 | More by Apellonious
Highland Devil’s Britches IPA from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.