Highland Gaelic Ale | Highland Brewing

Highland Gaelic AleHighland Gaelic Ale
BA SCORE
3.81/5
1,477 Ratings
Highland Gaelic AleHighland Gaelic Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deep amber colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness.

Hops: Chinook, Willamette and Cascade

32 IBU

Added by stirgy on 01-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,351
Reviews:
538
Ratings:
1,477
pDev:
11.81%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
326
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,477 |  Reviews: 538
Photo of alexworsnip
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkermitj
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShepardCommander
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate mahogany colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted, roasted, and caramel malts with light to moderate aromas of grassy + citrus/grapefruit pith hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted, roasted, and caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness and just a hint of nuttiness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy + citrus/grapefruit pith hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a hint of thinness/wateriness.

O: Easy to drink with the lower, well hidden alcohol and less filling so I could easily have a couple in a session. Well constructed, well balanced between the malts and the hops and not overly sweet like some others in the style.

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Photo of bcaputo99
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer. I got it as a 5 oz. sampler. Traveling in N. Carolina in the Asheville area. A solid beer.

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Photo of Trailboss76
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

** Very pleasant dark amber, tea-like color. Well carbonated, fairly foamy, frothy head. Subtle aroma. Not terribly bitter, relatively smooth, subtle hints of caramel. Not overly pronounced in any particular direction but not weak - a good smooth drinker.

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Photo of xcdarrel17
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very solid amber

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Photo of Curt3
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IndySuds
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of collinssm2
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shadyside
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ToddScholl
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is very well-balanced.

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Photo of NinerGC
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Briggsy43
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OpaqueBrew
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wrigfen
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ikapaMK
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Literally the first beer I'd ever tried. Because of its strong flavour, I didn't like it then, though I'd be willing to give it a try again, now that I've learned more how to appreciate beers

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Photo of JFWisconsin
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm new to the site. I like this beer. Bold flavor, but not too heavy and finishes nicely with no odd aftertaste.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and copper in color with an off-white, half finger head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Not much for lacing outside a few minuscule spots.

Smell - Aroma hits on a good amount of caramel, with a bit of slightly earthy, slightly fruity character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Plenty of caramel that's almost overridden by the hop character that exhibits character of spice, some citrus, slight floral and earth elements. Finishes much the same, but with a bit of toastiness. All in all, a well balanced ale.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Slightly slick texture with a somewhat dry finish; easy drinker.

Overall - A very solid, but not spectacular amber. No real weak points, but it simply doesn't stand out. They say it's their flagship, and that makes sense. It's an easy drinking brew with a flavor profile that should work well enough for most consumers.

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Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,477 ratings
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