King MacAlpin Double IPA
Highland Brewing

King MacAlpin Double IPAKing MacAlpin Double IPA
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IPA - Imperial
4.09 | pDev: 8.07%
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
King MacAlpin Double IPAKing MacAlpin Double IPA
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is fantastic with a lot of citrus and pine from he hops. The taste has a big sweet malt backbone with a nice lingering bitterness from the hops.

Nov 12, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8/17/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice transparency; fluffy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have tons of pine. Lots of citrus and some subtle tropical notes as well. Orange and melon is there. The pine notes really shine. Malts are there and blend well with the hops. The flavors are bold and clean. Lots of fresh grass and pine needles. Orange and grapefruit is there. There's also some melon and watermelon in the mix. The malts are there, but the hop bitterness seems to shine. This one has a nice crisp and sharp bitterness. It finishes dry. The alcohol is well hidden. It's not hot or boozy at all. It's dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice DIPA. I've had alot of DIPAs with a similar hop profile that come off as solid, but there's something about this one that I really like. It's very clean and refreshing for being such a big brew. It might not be "flashy", but the craftsmanship is very impressive. It's a nice traditional example of the style. It's very enjoyable and fun to drink.

Oct 04, 2016
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing pint glass.

A: Nice gold color. Mildly hazy, especially for the style. Forms a half-finger of white dense head with good retention despite fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Resinous pine, caramelized bready malts, mildl dank and grassy hops, and an even lesser note of citrus pith.

T: Pine, sticky resin, caramel malts with extra biscuity sweetness. Some vegetal hops and bits of citrus rind. It finishes with caramel and a bit of ethanol sweetness along with the resinous bitter in hang.

M: Medium-bodied, alcohol content obvious but not obnoxiously hot. Carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Not a bad beer – while there's a good bit of caramel flavor to the malt it's not quite overly sweet. It's a pretty old school hop profile – none of the melon or tropical notes that are becoming more prevalent. Still, I prefer the DIPAs with the cleaner malt body, more attenuated, and a different hop profile. But this is more than drinkable.

Sep 01, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Filled July 9th 2015.

Deep bronze amber, very clear and nearly crystal. Fine lines of slow rising carbonation through the glass. Head is creamy to frothy with an off white yellow brown tinged color. Sitting three fingers, and slowly sinking to two in a single line. Some swiss cheese like fine bubbles, but a creamy top prevails.

Aroma is interesting. Deep woody earth, herbal slightly and some toasty notes and mild sweetness of caramel. Nothing really is overpowering, not even that hop forward but it's all very nicely balanced. Slight hints of mint as well, with a classic evergreen quality.

Palate manages a bit more sugar sweet than expected. Heavy notes of sweet caramel, a slight punch of hop bitterness with pine and minty qualities. Finishes quite hot, nearly sulfur-y with a good amount of alcohol like sugars and sweetness. Good amounts of tea like softness after some time, but there's a lingering harsh bitter quality to the hop finish. Feels slightly thick and oil a bit as well.

Even at this age, still has some good hop flavor and punch, but the alcohol kick on this really needs to be dialed down to make it more enjoyable.

Oct 16, 2015
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear brass colored with a thumb sized off white head

Aroma is nice big aromas boozy rich caramel malts, lots of pine resins, grapefruit rinds, tobacco notes, sticky kind bud.

Taste is like the nose big malt backbone, good boozy notes that add instead of distract. Big bitterness pine, grapefruit rinds, pepper spice, some good herbal notes. This is one big brew almost a old ale more then a double IPA. Very tasty brew, hope the listing as a brewed once is a mistake.

Mouthfeel is big medium approaching full, carbonation is pretty mellow with a pep in the finish.

Overall like this brew a big kick your taste buds with bitterness and malt goodness.

Oct 04, 2015
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Head stands at a solid inch of egg shell off white creamy foam that fades as fast as I type this first sentence. Body is a deep rich amber tone that is perfect for a DIPA. Nose is big with piercing resin based hops, medicinal alcohol and a noticeable malt backbone. With first the resin of these hops really coat the tongue. You get both pine and sappy resinous hop notes. It brightens with a little bit of sweetness that is supplied from the strong malt backbone. This beer is big but has amazing drinkability and balance for such a monster Double IPA.

Sep 10, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Two fingers of thick bubbly head, clear pale copper hue. Very intense piney, citrus rind, and estery nose. Slightly chewy and fluffy medium body, boozy character is noticeable right away though never gets hot. Piney, tobacco, green tea, citrus rind, peppercorn, & wild herb hop flavor throughout. Massive bitterness still lets the maltiness through, hint of sweetness and caramel. This is a huge brew, a sipper for sure ... would love to run into this one again.

Sep 01, 2015
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tastybeer from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a stinky one!

A: Golden orange, crispy clear, and a mediocre white head.

S: Aroma is a very interesting combination of fall leaves, dank tropical fruits, herbs, and overly ripe peaches. Zesty, piney, spicy....

T: Flavor is pine, spicy hops, dark tropical fruits. Herbal, earthy, a little root vegginess with a lingering moderate amount of bitterness.

Not bad. Well done however the hop profile isn't pulling me in tremendously... Still, give it a try!

Aug 30, 2015
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wedge from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

FILLED 07/09/15

Shining brassy color covered by a slim head of white froth. Spicy hop aromas...pine resin, herbs, tea, and a little biscuits. A whiff of booze, but it blends right in with the spiciness. Smooth piney flavor with some added tangerine and apricot. Creamy, medium-plus body with low carbonation and fairly high bitterness. Not particularly malty or sweet, which is great. Pretty good overall...kind of a dark, dank DIPA. I'd like to try it super-fresh.

Aug 30, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is just incredible with a huge burst of citrus notes. Oranges, melon, tangerines, nectarines, grapefruit, kumquats and honey all meld for a simply gorgeous array.

The hop character is a bit oily and resiny on the tongue but it still holds a citrus tone. I get a bit more orange rind, grapefruit and tangerines on the tongue. The malt is stiff with caramel, toffee and honey and at 10% it should be. Very easy to drink too.

Aug 29, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into a small tulip glass a clear brass color with a sticky tight formed half finger white head atop,very sticky.Grapefruit and pine resin in the nose with the juicy grapefruit really winning out.Very sharp upfront on the palate grapefruit lends not only bitterness but a sharp splash on the tongue,a reisinous undertone is there thru the finish,it never gets overly sweet just sharp and spicy.Good job Highland it's not a sweet malt bomb with hops.

Aug 26, 2015
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! This DIPA has some great bitterness and hop flavor while being balanced and smooth. I feel like there are some Nelson Sauvin hops at work but it is a deep and complex flavor at hand. Beeer pours a nice orange and has a balanced feel, not sweet nor obvious dryness at hand. Great beer, looking forward to more of this and other new beers from Highland. Best DIPA i've had in a while!

Aug 23, 2015
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: golden color, nice tight lacy head
S: phenomenal aroma, citrus, juicy tropical fruits
T: way too piney and bitter, all of the great fruity nose is gone
F: not much of a finish, very dry
O; I'm starting to be turned off by Highland pales, IPAs and DIPAs

Aug 18, 2015
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Wrigleyf from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I debated getting this but was told how piney and bitter it was (my favorite requirements). Good citrus smell that is not overwhelmed by malts. Home run beer. First IPA from Highland Brewing that passed this test. My next trip to Asheville will finally include Highland Brewing. Purchased a four pack at Hop City Beer in Atlanta on 8/15/2015. The beer was "filled" on 7/9/2015.

Aug 17, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Floral and citrusy hops dominate the initial aroma, with tropical fruit, pine, and slightly sweet caramel malt adding complexity.

Flavor is very grapefruit dominant upfront, becoming moderately bitter at the finish. That grapefruit tartness really kills any other hop flavor. The bready malt serves only to balance. As it warms, tropical fruit notes come forward a bit, adding complexity. It's pretty hot, and a tad more bitter than I'd prefer.

Aug 16, 2015
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jrawlinsGA from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is by far the best "hoppy" beer I've encountered from Highland. Obviously their new brewer from Stone knows Ipas. Great double that hits strong with piney notes followed by a slight grapefruit citrus, that's immediately followed by a nice caramel malt that's not overpowering. I'm liking this a lot. The abv is nicely hidden with a slight bite in the first sip, but slowly fades into a solid imperial ipa. Best Highland offering I've ever had.

Aug 14, 2015
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle "filled" 7/9/2015 , poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a clear amber orange, with a half finger head that moves quickly to a thin lace.

S - Citrus, tropical fruit ( kiwi), biscuit, resin, touch of dank

T - Follow the nose, with a touch of back end heat and sweetness that gets overcome by some piney hops. The comparison/resemblance that first jumps out is a like a lighter mix of 90 minute and Resin, or maybe Hoptimum. Either way, it is tasty, as long you can tolerate some hops and heat, as the ABV is not masked here.

M - Very crisp and clean, finishes dry. Carbonation is medium. Heft stays medium to medium light throughout.

O - Highland has never disappointed, and this is no different.

Aug 13, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As the Asheville, NC region becomes the craft beer mecca of the appalachian mountains, the competition for a standout beer is at an all-time level. With newer hop saturating techniques at hand and a knowledge of commenting hop flavors, Highland's King McAlpin is an east coast-styled imperial IPA that's to be reckoned with.

Its bright copper globe is surprisingly clear while an off-cotton froth provided an even coat across the glass. Billowing aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, fresh grass clippings and chive entice the nose; just ahead of a caramel-sweetened taste of toasted pecan, seared grain and mild honey.

Its medium-sweet taste and medium-bodied feel is firm and provides a candied foundaiton for the fruit flavors that pull from the hops. Vibrant, tangy and ripe, the overwhelming taste of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, pineapple and apricot weave seamlessly into the trailing malts as its taste becomes homogenous, complex and varying.

Its malt-sweetened finish slowly relaxes as the hops and alcohol spice begin to dry the taste to give this ten-percent beer an irresponsible high rate of drinkability. Its medium-bodied finish lingers with strong piney and pithy bitterness, seemingly of spruce and citrus fruit.

Aug 03, 2015
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mst934 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally. This is what everyone has been waiting for from Highland. The conservative use of hops has led way to an explosive DIPA that will compete with some of the more well known doubles. Pours a crystal clear, with minimal head (from bottle into tulip). The head fades away quickly, but leaves plenty of lacing after each sip. Piny and resinous, will stick to your mouth. Tons of citrus in the nose with ample bitterness. Not overly boozy. Very impressed. Looking forward to more offerings from the new brew team. Well done.

Aug 02, 2015
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ColdOneKev from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden/amber body with a small white head that reduces quickly but never fully fades. little lacing.
S - Huge whiff of pine resin. Grapefruit rind. Slightly detectable light toasted malt.
T - Lots and lots pf pine, but I;m a huge fan of piney IPAs. PIne falvor transitions to bitterness. Feels like I licked a Christmas tree. Some of this bitter burn may be the 10% ABV shining through.
M - Light/medium body, light/medium carb. Dries the palate. Leaves a little hot. Too bad I only grabbed one of these. I'd like to see how it mellows over time.
O - A very nice imperial IPA. Definitely stands out from the rest of Highlands offerings.

Aug 01, 2015
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KingEdward from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells piney and sweet, tastes of citrus and pine, feel resiny and sticky, its about time highland steps it up a notch.. i here they have a new head brewer and this is a great start to the warrior series.. look like you hired a really good head brewer oscar wong!

Jul 21, 2015
King MacAlpin Double IPA from Highland Brewing
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