King MacAlpin Double IPA | Highland Brewing

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King MacAlpin Double IPAKing MacAlpin Double IPA
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King MacAlpin Double IPAKing MacAlpin Double IPA

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by JohnHeartsBeer on 07-17-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 13tido
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/4/16 bottle (bottled 8/17/16); Chinook, Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial

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Photo of BB1313
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dave1999
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of TheDogHouse
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBeast
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mntlover
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of JohnBradSC
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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!

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Photo of wedge
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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King MacAlpin Double IPA from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 59 ratings