Highlander Premium Beer | Missoula Brewing Co.

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Highlander Premium BeerHighlander Premium Beer

Brewed by:
Missoula Brewing Co.
Montana, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smooth Scottish (not scotch- style) style ale with a rich complex malt bill, Highlander isn’t too heavy or too light; a great session ale.

19 IBU

Added by biboergosum on 08-06-2010

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 17
Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber/red body with a thick, creamy, bone-white head. Rich grain and cereal aroma; bread crust. Malty, nutty flavors with a touch of hop bitterness. Medium bodied; not too sweet.

A satisfying malt-forward ale that improves with each sip. The malt sweetness and hop bitterness play nicely with each other and the low ABV brings added appeal, especially if you want a rich and flavorful experience that can span several bottles over an afternoon.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.51/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half dirty white head. Fluffy with a good retention. Murky auburn color, low clarity. Thin lacing.

S- Biscuity yet subtle smell. Slight caramel, not powerful.

T- Marshmallow-y flavor. Slight bitterness. Just not impressive.

M- Creamy and a dry finish.

O- I've had more impressive Scottish Ales, but this one has a little bit of history to tag along. Ok brew.

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Photo of Florida9
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark reddish brown in color. Forms a moderate sized, light tan colored head that doesn't have much retention. Leaves a good bit of lacing.

S: Creamy malts and lots of them and a good bit of fruity-malty esters.

T: Starts off with a good dose of sweet malts. Brown sugar and light notes of molasses. Creamy, fruity, lightly sweet, with dark caramel malts. A bit thin and watery on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, but feels thin and somewhat watery. Very mild bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: The thinness and light sweetness make this one rather drinkable, but I do feel as if this beer is missing the body, depth, and slight smokiness that typically comes with the style.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a blind scotch ale tasting with Adam H and RWNewhouse.

This pours a light ruby with a nice frothy head. On the nose there are fruity esters with some bread and caramel behind. In the mouth there is the fruit again, but this time there is a good deal of dry bread backing it up. The body is thin and the finish is quite short.

Overall, this wasn't one of the winners at the scotch ale tasting. When we found out what it was, the thinness made sense given the abv and presumably what the brewers were shooting for.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of RWNewhouse. Pours a fairly clear amber color with a small cap of tan head. Fades fast and leaves just a collar and sheen.

Nose is mostly toffee with some buttery caramel coming out along with a touch of roast. Malt-forward beer with very little, if any, hops.

Tastes like a caramel covered popcorn ball. The buttery aspect actually works ok on this one and gives it a decidedly British flair. Flavors are not huge, and that is reflected in the low ABV, but it goes down very, very easy. It is actually kind of a thirst quencher. Medium bodied at best, but it works here. I like it, this bomber will be gone in less than 15 minutes! Tasty stuff Ryan, thanks!

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Photo of toastermm
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm proud to make this one of my first reviews. I've really grown to like Highlander over my stay in Montana, as it is really one of the better examples of a good scottish ale widely available (edit- widely available IN Montana). I realize that's kind-of a small category, but it is still a good beer.

Drinking a 22oz bottle, the smell suggests more bready notes than the taste delivers. The mouthfeel is good, but a tad on the thin side- I like it as is, but I also wouldn't mind more creaminess somehow. I really could loose myself at the bottom of these bottles, great hometown beer, good memories (what remains of them) and as suggestive as a rolled up sorority girl's skirt. I must say that a scottish beer without red plaid on the label is a scottish beer not worth having. Thank you Highlander, and please let this replace your infatuation with that crappy black star you are selling everywhere. But that is a story for another time. See you soon at Whitefish Ski Resort.

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Photo of Lakes
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highlander Scottish Red Ale

Well she's not so red. Color is decidedly brown with ruby highlights. Head is thin. Scottish red isn't a recognized style but that what they're calling it so that's what I'll measure it against. It's not feeking red - minus points for naming it wrong.

Nose is very good for a Scottish "x" Ale, rich and toasty, grain without sweetness. Very inviting.

Much dryer than most Scotch Ales but very nice. Toasty malt, a touch of bitter and gone. Smooth ever finish with very little aftertaste. What aftertaste there is, is nice and makes me want another sip.

Mouth feel is very light, very clean.
Overall this is a very good Scottish (unknown) Ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rhino in Missoula, to make up for not trying it a few days earlier in Whitefish...

This beer appears a dark reddish amber hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a dense ring of lace around the glass upon its demise. It smells of smoky, and somewhat briny grain, and mild earthy hops. The taste is lightly roasted grain, and mild floral, weedy hops. The bubbles are wee in strength, the body decently weighty, but a tad spacey, and it finishes off-dry, the sweet toasted grain walking that extra mile.

A beer that starts off with notes like a peaty island scotch, then drops off to become a gentle, light, nicely drinkable Scottish ale.

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Highlander Premium Beer from Missoula Brewing Co.
3.51 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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