Highland Gaelic Ale | Highland Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,470 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:
1,470
Reviews:
538
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
318
For Trade:
0
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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red color with very little foam head. Very unique flavor. More hop character than a lot of amber ales but same sweet caramel malt flavor. Very good and unique taste. Highly recommended, even from someone that is not a big fan of this style.

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2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a muddy, yeast particulate laden brown body with a meager attempt at forming a head. What is there falls quickly leaving behind a loose collar.

S - Quite malty, molasses, brown sugar and caramel. Some toastiness too. Strangely I get a bit of a chlorinated pool water type aroma in here too...not especially pleasant.

T - Definitely malt forward, especially caramelly...a bit of metallic hoppiness mixed in. Molasses touches towards the finish. Hop bitterness balances out the sweet malt fairly well...a bit toasty and dry towards the finish.

M - On the thin side of medium bodied - starts out mildly sweet and finishes rather dry and biscuity. Balance is good. Carbonation is medium level, fizzy and tingly.

O - Weird pool water aroma detracts heavily here. Otherwise not bad...flavor is much better than the aroma, but still only really rates an average for me. Not undrinkable by any stretch, but not particularly satisfying either. Glad to try it, but likely a one and done for me.

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4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Clearish amber with a steady stream of small bubbles. A nice finger of head leaves behind nice lacing. A pretty beer, but nothing exceptional.

S: Quite nice! Fruity, floral, bready/malty, and just a touch of hops. Mm, the finest-smelling amber ale I can call to mind at the moment.

T: Tasty and unobjectionable. A clean, toasty taste, full of malts, with a minimal bitterness that manages to round off the flavour quite nicely. The aftertaste is lightly drying.

M: 'Clean' is all I can really say. It leaves little trace after departure, save the aforementioned dryness. Incredibly easy to drink.

O: An excellent ale that fails to achieve greatness only because it is so easygoing and...average, but I mean that word in the best sense. A great casual drinking beer; recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average one to two finger head with a thick cloudy copper color with good lacing throughout. Only the slightest bitterness with a smooth malt taste. Very little carbonation. The mouthfeel is full and robust with just a hint of hops. A very enjoyable well balanced beer that gets better with every sip.

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Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,470 ratings.
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