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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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Reviews: 53
Hads: 261
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 47 | 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 russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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... (727 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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)

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Photo of aubuc1
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of fastrodney
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a very nice amber with about 2 fingers of an off-white head.

The aroma is full of floral and fruity hop notes along with pine and some toasted biscuit and bready malt notes.

The flavor doesn't follow the nose all that much. There are some very subtle floral hop notes, some piney/earthy hop notes and this is followed by a decent amount of bready malt flavor. It finishes pretty dry and it's decently bitter for a regular IPA.

The body is medium and there is a nice, crisp mouthfeel. Definitely not amazing, but not a bad beer either. It's a more malt forward IPA that doesn't do anything new. (606 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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 mattkoon
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

devil's britches ipa pours a reddish brown with white head. the smell is very hoppy. its pungent. the taste is very bitter with a strong dose of hops. there isnt much citrus at the finsh but i do feel like there is a hint of sweetness. over all a strong ipa. i like this one. (275 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of amread4
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a straight pint glass.

A: Nice burned red with hues of brown. Quickly dissipating bright white head with strong lacing.

S: big hops up front. Pine is noticable with classic grapefruit behind it.

T: mostly hops with less of the classic red taste. Not quite a full IPA, not quite a red. Taste falls somewhere in between, but without all the best qualities of both styles.

M: quenching yet not overly thin. A warm weather beer, for sure

O: a nice effort, but not as pleasing as some of the best in the style (Cigar City's Tocobaga comes to mind). Would benefit from some more of the qualities typical of the red style. Cheers! (640 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of alk3kenny
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (1,420 characters)

Photo of Rion
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of BrewskiGal
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This new brew from Highland Brewing Company is crisp and jolting.

It smells of pine and grapefruit, and tastes of both. This brew reminds me of a slightly milder version of Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. I did not enjoy that one, nor do I enjoy this one. I prefer this one because it uses more subtlety by introducing the flavors progressively.

The best quality of this beer is that the flavor lasts for an inordinate amount of time after taking a swig. The flavor actually improves and can be tasted best in the "aftertaste".

It is a sharply crisp, light beer. Great for the summer. (592 characters)

Photo of bcsbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of silverking
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of shand
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (574 characters)

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