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 tlema1
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of williahd
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 12oz bottle like the one depicted. Served in a standard pint glass, it had a clear dark amber color, large random clots of carbonation, and a modest vanilla colored head that slowly imploded to leave a ring and light wispy lace.
The nose had a hearty caramel malt aroma, a touch of peat and a counter-march of herbal and sprucy hops notes. The toasted malt flavor lead things off, chased with a drizzling of toffee for a sweet start. Then a faint peaty smoke flavor came across. The finish had a building spruce-infused bitterness that clung to the tongue. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth, and a bit syrupy.
Overall, I had a bit of a tough time with this offering from Highland Brewing. I guess I've had other amber ales where the flavors have meshed better. Still, this isn't bad; just nothing all that exciting.

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Photo of Stigs
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with almost no head, just a small floating island of bubbles. the beer is clear, dark amber in color.

S - very sweet with an incredible amount of caramel malt, brown sugar, bit of cinnamon. rounded off a little at the end by some Cascade hops, but the malt dominates here.

T - caramel up front on top of a massive doughy/bready malt bed. some spices, cinnamon, black pepper, join in with some playful earthy hops. pretty good.

M - thin body, quite watery. carbonation is nice and playful, not overwhelming. works OK, but something a little more substantial would put this up another notch.

D - overall, a decent take on the style. malt heads will enjoy the loads of caramel, while hop heads should be pleased with everything else going on here.

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kushlash23
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid oatmeal colored head. Transparent dark amber colored beer. Mildly sweet biscuit malt aroma. Soft mouthfeel on this moderately thick bodied beer. Biscuit malt carries over into the flavor, which is barely sweet and mixes in nicely with some caramel malt. A nice drinkable beer, lots of malt in there, easy drinking.

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Photo of addiwilliams
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

got this via trade! Gotta love BA!

A - Rich ruby red, with a thin off-white head.

S - Nice malty smell, caramel and a little floral hops.

T - Similar to smell. Nice caramel flavors with just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet.

M - Medium body, decent carbonation. Finishes clean.

D - I like my beers on the maltier side and this one worked great for me. Yes sir, may I have another?

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

Aug 4, 2009

12oz. bottle. Pours dark amber with a small off-white head.

Aroma is piney hops.

Flavor is caramel malts up front and piney hops on the finish. Some molasses, brown sugar, and spice as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonation.

This one got MUCH better as it warmed. When cold, it was quite dull and 1-dimensional, but came to life as it warmed in the glass.

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Photo of joepais
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to ncvbc for being able to sample this one
Bottle poured into my pint glass produced a good two fingers worth of head that goes to a thick lace on top of a clear amber body

Aromas of sweet malts and light hops slight earthiness as well

Flavors of malts and delicate hops great balance on this one

Mouthfeel is great very easy to hammer this if you wanted to

A great drinking beer I'm going to go have a pizza with it right now will probable grab another one while I'm at it

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Photo of sendsilk
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of ZachKelly
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of sommersb
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with a date of 9-22-10, poured in a New Belgium globe glass.

Amber colored beer came out cloudy. After a while it had cleared up a bit. I got a little bit of off-white head, maybe a finger. Little lacing was seen. The aroma was predominantly of hops with citrus and floral qualities. After it warmed to room temperature, I noted some additional malt aroma.

The label on this beer says that it is "exceptionally balanced" between malts and hops, but I felt the taste of the hops were quite a bit more evident. Came across as hoppy/bitter, although that did give it a nice crisp bite. Body was medium, with a high amount of carbonation. The finish was bitter.

I felt this was a good beer, but could have used more malt characteristics to be in better balance as the style goes.

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Photo of Jeffrey2310
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of ybnorml
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean cooper/amber beer. Has a small creamy off white head with some lace. The aroma was a bit of sweet malt with a caramel note. There was a salty seaweed aroma in the back ground. The flavor starts with a bit of sweet malt with a hint of smoke in the background. The finish has a quick promise of hops and then its gone. The label says " a wee bit different". That difference did not capture me.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ATPete
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Big shout out to my buddy Mike for hooking me up with a 5'er (yea i said 5'er) of this after his recent trip to NC. It pours a brilliant ruby brown color with a big brown and white spotted head, awesome sticking/lacing. Nice nose of wood, chocolatey sweet malts, some spice and some cherry and other fruit notes. Mostly malty, semi sweet malts at that, pretty crisp fruity feel to it, a bit of smokey wood chips and tobacco, a touch of citrus and hop bitterness upon the finish. It leaves a very woody, malty, bitter aftertaste, im loving it, this may turn some people off though. After it sat for a while the aftertase became a bit metallic, not very offensive. Good medium mouthfeel, decent complexity, light carbonation and pretty damn easy to drink. Good beer!

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Photo of mwar
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of craft_shannie
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark hazy amber; minimal head; no lacing.
S: mostly bready malts, some caramel; slight citrus pine hops.
T: good balance of malt and hops; follows nose - bread, some caramel sweetness, slight piney citrus. dry, balanced and minimal bitterness.
M: crisp, clean; medium carbonation
O: picked up a sixer in nashville as i have heard very positive things about highland brewing. i was a bit underwhelmed with this particular style. solid american amber, but nothing all that spectacular.

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Photo of Fcolle2
2.77/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Gift from my family in their trip to NC. $3.75 price tag on a 22oz I don't know whether to be amazed or scarred.

Pours somewhat dark amber in color with some slight hues of copper and red. Head is about 1 finger and retains nicely also leaving some lacing.

Smell is about $3.75. Sweet corn like malt is forward and not appealing. Some herbal hop aromas are present but very light.

Taste has a good light caramel malt flavor before a more corn like grainy sweetness dominates the midsection and persists into the after taste. Aftertaste is bitter but not in a hoppy way.

Mouthfeel is light for the appearance, light carbonation.

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Photo of ramrod666
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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