Highland Gaelic Ale | Highland Brewing

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3.81/5
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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:
#15,897
Reviews:
542
Ratings:
1,497
pDev:
11.81%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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45
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338
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Photo of Alan_Bats
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- great color for an amber. Head dissipates quickly.
S- caramel notes are forward and hoppiness in the back
T- starts with a nice sweetness and hoppiness balance but then turns a little too sweet. The finish is stellar with a toasty malt that lingers.
F- a great medium body and moderate carbonation are perfect for an amber.
O- this is a solid beer. Perfect for a flagship beer and highland should be proud. Other than a little too much sweetness, the beer has nice balance and the sweet/toasty/hoppy profile is nice. Could drink everyday.

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Photo of SFC21
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lampro
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can, nothing particularly special. Some toasted flavors, but not especially rich.

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Photo of BigGold
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at The Lounge, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped “FILLED 12/27/17,” into clear plastic beer cup. The expected malt sweetness of this amber ale is nicely balanced by hop bite in the finish.

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

Photo of Briancooper45
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I might not appreciate the style.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chitoryu12
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: Dark, crystal clear amber with a finger of frothy white head.

Smell: Very light citrus and not much else.

Taste: Bitter hops intermingle with hops. Not a ton of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Average in every way.

Overall: Pretty typical bitter amber ale. Nothing too special.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
2.72/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Every now and then I come across something that I really think I will like...and then after the first try, I realize I was wrong...

This beer epitomizes the very reason I like variety sixers and 12-packs. If you come across something you don't like, not to worry, it's only one and you'll be done with it soon enough. But every now and again I outsmart myself. I decide to pick up a six-pack of something I think will be good only to discover I now have five other bottles or cans to choke down - this is the very problem that now faces me with this Highland Gaelic Ale.

Don't get me wrong, it started off quite impressive. The red-based liquid with its orange and yellow highlights make for something quite appealing to look at, but the moment I put my nose up to it I knew something had gone awry. Why was it I couldn't smell anything? It was unremarkable to the nose as it was appealing to the eyes. Mouthfeel was considerably carbonated, but it did have nice medium-body to it. This unfortunately could not overcome the tinny taste of the brew, though it had some spices from the hops they used, it wasn't enough for me to get past. Though not a terrible beer, this is something I'm going to pawn off on guests over the course of this year...

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Photo of Loucks96
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lebriarjr
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OompaMentor
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cmcquirk
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bryan12345
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KrisLambert
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of faatcase
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of claire_thomson
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mutt
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chossboss
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mgriz79
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keith27614
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spectru
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark coppery amber with a nice creamy foamy head; The aroma is not strong, but nice. Good flavor but not at all strong. A nice beer; glad I found a six at my local store

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Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,497 ratings