Highland Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #915
Ranked #7,628
4.02 | pDev: 8.71%
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Notes: A statement from Appalachia. American Chinook, Citra, and Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest shine in our first West Coast style IPA. A sturdy malt bill frames hints of tropical fruit, lemon rind, grapefruit and dank hops notes. Brilliant and golden in color. expect a dry, resiny, citrusy finish.
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with moderate head. Hops and citrus dominate the aroma with some floral tones in the background. Tastes fantastic, the perfect combination of bitter and sweet. IPA mouthfeel with bitterness coming through at the end. I am new to the craft scene and may be overreacting, but this beer is awesome.

May 05, 2019
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jwnowlin from North Carolina

4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. It has the right blend of hops, making it herbaceous, citric, and floral. It also has the perfect amount of alcohol. . . I am always looking for it on tap. .

Mar 20, 2018
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SeattleConservative from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

By the smell, I was expecting something much better and more familiar... The citrus-notes promised on the label were woefully absent, although the "resiny" character dominated the taste. Sufficiently bitter, but that's all there is- not enough tang to counterbalance.

Jan 15, 2018
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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought in OBX at a Brew Thru; this is a West Coast style IPA labeled as containing Chinook, Citra and Centennial hops; was disappointed with the older date after the purchase (filled 4/26/17) since I like my hoppy beers no more than a month old at the most; I was very pleased with this beer overall, just want to try it fresher in future

Jul 10, 2017
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Actually went into a giant beer store in NC looking for WW Freak of Nature or Pernicious, but none were available. ( I wonder why--not) I saw this and, having had positive experiences with Highland, I picked up a sixer. Turned out to be a great move. Very solid West Coast IPA--citrusy and dank where it needs to be, malty in the middle and bitter on the finish. At 7%, definitely sessionable. It was Highland's first attempt at a West Coast IPA, and they nailed it.

May 07, 2017
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John1985 from Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale poured a beautiful deep gold with inch white head. Nice hopped aroma with some citrus and tropical notes. Well hopped bitterness up front. Biscuity maltiness comes through in the middle to offer balance. Finish is pleasingly bitter. First class IPA from a regional southern brewer. This was bottled on 12/29/16 so it is about four weeks fresh. To my tastes this stands up well to Bells Two Heart and SN Torpedo.

Jan 30, 2017
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow. The 1 finger of white head dissipates rather quickly.

S: Citrus, some pine.

T: Follows nose. Slightly dry finish with some pine bitterness at the end.

F: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: A rock solid ipa. Very well done.

Oct 31, 2016
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wjoelbrooks from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass.

L: Gorgeous hazy golden hue--a bit lighter than some IPAs. One-finger head dissipated quickly with very little lacing remaining.

S: The aroma is sweet and a little spicy--every time a took a sip, the aroma made me want to guzzle it. Tart citrus notes dominate.

T: Very balanced--dry, with a little dank bitterness that compliments the sweet citrus flavors very effectively. Somewhat malty, as well.

F: Quite carbonated and effervescent. Refreshing.

O: This is a wonderful beer from a wonderful brewery. The 7% alcohol content seems about right, as it would be easy to drink a lot of this beer.

Sep 25, 2016
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle in a mix 6er and liked it. Indeed, I'd say this is a pretty good IPA with all that the style implies. This one has fairly strong lemon notes. I'd buy it again. Pours towards the yellow end of the ale spectrum.

Sep 05, 2016
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arizcards from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from the Food Lion in Banner Elk Saturday for $8.99.

Beer poured orange with a decent white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is tropical and citrus hops.

Taste is citrus and tropical with a light pine finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat lively.

Overall I have enjoyed this brew over the week,, definitely worth a shot.

May 25, 2016
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

part of a six pack picked up at McScrooge's in Knoxville, TN.

Looks the part of an IPA. golden yellow with a good white head. Decent lacing and carbonation.

Aroma hits you with some hops and a slight sweetness from the malt.

Taste turns the nose around with a sweet malty wash and a solid hop bite at the end.

Feel is around medium, finish slightly dry.

A good offering from Highland. Looking forward to the other 5.

May 23, 2016
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hophugger from Virginia

3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks decent and has minimum head. To me, this is a nother IPA that has too much malt that detracts from what should have been a more citrusy and hoppy offering

May 13, 2016
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SFNC from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highland seems to be upping their game. This is a very good IPA with a malt base that makes the hops pop. It is also a great looking beer, with a crystal clear, burnished gold body and fluffy, tight white head that just does not give up. At $7.99 a sixer, I'll be hitting this one again.

Apr 03, 2016
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not my cup of tea frankly. I am an IPA fan, but the aftertaste (the malt perhaps) is a little overpowering for my palette. Glad I tried, but would not seek out.

Mar 25, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear orange gold pour with a white head that fades but leaves moderate lacing behind. Smells slightly sweet with citrus, mango and pine notes. The taste is nice and fruity with grapefruit notes and a nice malt sweetness, This beer finishes clean with a nice lingering pine bitterness. Very well done IPA.

Mar 24, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA pours to a medium, creamy white head on a slightly hazy, effervescent pale amber body; head retention is moderate and lacing is good, consisting of sticky slabs and caverns. The nose is medium-big: a nice blend of grapefruit, green grapes and spicy/perfumey florals, with slight alcohol overtones. The palate leads with bitter pine, IPA soapiness and a hint of citrus; by mid-palate the grapefruit emerges to eclipse the pine, the soapiness cedes to a bittersweet nutty character, and the perfumey florals from the nose show a bit of themselves. The bready malt foundation is fairly apparent, and bitterness is moderate for the style. The finish is a pronounced bittersweet nuttiness, followed by a style-moderate grassy bitterness that lingers for a good while. Retrogustative olfaction is grassy. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the light-medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy and medium-peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 50 days after pkg)

Mar 02, 2016
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vabeerguy from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. A nice orange color with plenty of lacing. The smell was fantastic. The hop flavor was evident. A nice bitter aftertaste.

Feb 29, 2016
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jkrich from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very attractive bright and clear, deep golden to bronze hue with a quickly receding white and foamy head.

Pungent aromas of bittersweet tropical fruit.

Very astringent flavor of bitter fruits; a potent combination of hops - Chinook, Citra and Centennial. There is a welcoming malt presence that keeps this one from a one-dimensional hop bomb.

Slick and aggressive mouthfeel with a comforting bitter aftertaste that lingers on the palate.

A very good IPA from an excellent brewery.

Feb 21, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled on 1/6/16.Pours into a standard pint glass a clear brass with a bone white thinner but well sustained head atop.A big shot of grapefruit really hits ya up front in the nose along with underlying pine,and tangerine.Grapefruit and tangerine flavors battle it out for most assertive hop notes with the grapefruit edging it out but wow what a big fresh splash,a bit of caramel doughiness lingers in the finish.What can I say Highland produces another great beer,not just a ho hum IPA here,very well made.

Feb 09, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 12/16/15. Clear copper pour with a hint of garnet. Normal head volume, world class lacing and slightly less than outstanding retention.

Outstanding nose of grapefruit rind, light pine and biscuit. As it warms, light mango notes emerge over a subtle dank element.

Light medium body that is quite smooth and has a slick element in the texture. World class carbonation with a solid burst of effervescence in the middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is hop flavor centered, wonderfully balanced and has a mild to moderate rind based bitterness. It begins with a rush of grapefruit rind over a powerful biscuit sweetness with caramel notes. As the initial rind subsides, the underlying sweetness allows tropical hop flavor (mango) to emerge along with orange / tangerine hints. The middle yields a light moderate bitterness that has pine as a supplement to rind. The finish is a bit crisp and dry and a slightly sweet tangerine rind bitterness lingers.

Feb 09, 2016
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty IPA from one of my favorite breweries. Tastes very much like a modern IPA; taste is of dank hops, lots of juiciness going here. Pours a golden/yellow with lots of hop aroma and some grain on the nose, a sharp bitterness but it is still pleasant. They might have added a little pilsner malt here but overall the body isn't lacking but isn't notable either. A good balanced modern west coast IPA.

Jan 31, 2016
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Apellonious from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Spieglau IPA glass. Filled 12/30/15

A - Clear orange, with a one finger fluffy white head. Good retention.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, pine, and bread.

T - Pine, citrus, biscuit, with some mid swig malt balance, ending with a bitter finish.

M - Almost creamy, carbonation is medium low.

O - A very clean, balanced, straightforward West Coast style IPA.

Jan 30, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Golden pale, with 1 finger of head and some nice lacing on the glass. Filtered and light appearance

S - Pine, grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, and ready malts

T - Grapefruit, pine, tangerines, and a bitter aftertaste

F - Medium body, well carbonated.

O - A tasty WC IPA. Great addition to the Highland lineup. $7.99 a 6 pack at my local store? Great beer and price!

Jan 30, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass fairly quickly and light amounts of copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, herbal, and pine hops over the top of lighter aromas of bready + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready + caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, herbal, and pine hops which contribute a moderate amount of aggressive lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A very nice West Coast IPA and very enjoyable beer - nice to see something new in distribution from these guys (one of my first go to Carolina breweries in the early 2000s). Definitely worth grabbing, maybe should grab a few more of these the next time I'm at the store.

Jan 25, 2016
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KRubes from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pour into a tulip glass. Very clear orange/amber color. Minimal head that dissolves into an omnipresent ring. Sticky lacing. Strong notes of citrus on the nose with a touch of breaded malt. Crisp and clean taste with added citrus and pine. A healthy dose of bittering hops make it true to the West-coast style. One of NC's stronger IPA offerings. Well done, Highland!

Jan 24, 2016
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