Highland Gaelic Ale | Highland Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,471 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
Ratings:
1,471
Reviews:
537
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
320
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,471 |  Reviews: 537
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 Washuffizi98
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kmos27
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent, on-the-darker-side amber colour with a mid-sized, slightly off-white head that mas low retention time and leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is slightly toasted malt blended with a bit of caramel sweetness and some floral hops that lean toward the subtly fruity side at times.

The flavour has a nice balance between the toasted malt and the sweetness from not only a bit of caramel (slightly less noticeable here than in the aroma) but also from the hop notes, which lean a bit more toward a 50/50 floral/fruit balance here. Mouthfeel is on the lighter bodied side and has a fair amount of crispness to it, but also has a bit of smoothness as well.

This is a nice beer overall, it's just not one that stands out from the pack of not only the Highland lineup (or at least the four or five that I've sampled), but ambers/reds in general. That said if this is the worst thing a brewery has going for it than that's not a bad position to be in as this is still a good brew. Another nice once from Highland.

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Photo of swgwilt
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Greasy
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of match1112
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: slightly hazy reddish brown body. an inch of off white creamy foam settles leaving a small amount of lacing.

s: lightly toasted bready malts, touch of floral hops in the background.

t: sweet bread and toast. hops are almost not there. just a touch of spice on the finish.

m: medium body, creamy, carbonation is spot on.

o: very drinkable. very well balanced between the malts and hops. just nothing about it makes it stand out against the others in the same category.

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Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kimcgolf
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprisingly good amber ale, that slightly resembled an APA. Poured to a dark golden copper with thick off-white head that lingered well into the glass and left good lacing on the glass. Aroma was a hoppy fruit, mostly citrus, but with a sweet malty undertone. Mouthfeel was full bodied and slightly bitter, while the flavor accentuated the hoppy fruit of the nose.

This all led to a nice long bitter finish that was rounded out by the malty sweetness. A darn good beer.

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Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of MPSTARR
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours a nice true amber color, shades of copper, with a thin, one-finger cream-colored head on top, settling quickly into a soapy cap.

Nose is light, toasted caramel and a light dose of citrus hops underneath. Lightly fruity. Fairly restrained.

Taste is mellow - lightly toasty with a kiss of caramel, healthy tingle of slightly dank grapefruit. Finish is fruity, light bitterness, delicately balanced and eminently drinkable.

Mouthfeel is very middle of the road - medium in body, light in carbonation, moderately long finish.

Nice beer - balanced for pretty much any season, tasty and well made.

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

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

On tap at Due South in DC 5/16/16.

L: One finger head with little retention. Beer is indeed an amber sliding into red, like a fall maple leaf. (poetic, look at me!)

S: Clean smell, lots of caramel malt. Maybe some mulling spices?

T: Malt-forward, only a little sweet with caramel presiding. Bready. Piney, bittering hop aftertaste hangs around a bit too long.

F: Light bodied, light to medium carbonation. Decent construction. Balance so-so, but not bad. Crisp and clean.

O: Very nice example of the style, enhanced much by freshness. Looking forward to trying more of their beer.

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Photo of Mojo
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are beers that just get your attention because they are strong and powerful and there are beers that get your attention because their qualities are a little more understated. This beer is the latter. It pours a beautiful copper with a large taupe head and substanstial lacing left over. The smell is pine, citrus, grasses and bread. Mouthfeel is good with just the right amount of carbonation. Taste is very sweet on the front seamlessly giving way to some subtle hoppiness on the finish. This was my first beer from this brewery and if this one is any indication of the overall quality, then I will certainly want to try more.

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Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of xJMFCx
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Goatdavemac
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of cfinch2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,471 ratings.
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