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:
#15,834
Reviews:
541
Ratings:
1,496
pDev:
11.81%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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45
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Ratings: 1,496 |  Reviews: 541
Photo of jifigz
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint.

A: A coppery red with a nice off white head that lingers and leaves some good lacing. The color is pretty hazy.

S: Slightly toasted and buttery malts.

T: It is slightly bitter but mostly a blend of malt like flavors: bread, lightly toasted grain, and sweet sugars. There is a slight tart candy like twinge at the end.

M: There is nothing special here but it certainly isn't bad.

O: This is a very easy drinking ale. It is a beer that is good for any weather and is one that someone who isn't into more craft like beers could easily handle. Pretty Good stuff.

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

Slightly hazy dark amber color with a nice head that dissipates quickly. Nose includes flowers, toast, some citrus, and cooked veggies.

The flavor is slightly sweet and grainy with a nicely balanced hoppy zing. Primarily, the flavors I get are toast, marmalade, and a touch of citrus. The flavors don't really last though and the finish is a bit mild. Still, what flavors there are tend to be balanced and refreshing. There's also a sizeable punch of cascade hops. I used to homebrew and know cascade when I taste it (it was practically all I could get at the time). It's unmistakeable.

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Photo of sweethome
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark amber color. White head look a little out of place for this dark beer. Sweet carmel nose. Nice, rich malts await. Just a hint of hop resins on nose too.

Medium mouthfeel - sweetness flows out to envelope palate. Clean malt flavor profile. Not overly complex, but again - clean malty profile. A hint of clover honey. Just rich enough to satisfy. Flavorful with out being complex - an easy drinking Scottish style ale. Not overly true to style - but it works nicely.

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Photo of KMcG
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this served from a pitcher. When poured into a pint glass, the head developed nicely. It was creamy, off-white, and pretty thick. The color of the brew is a clear, rich amber. 

The smell is sweet and caramely with hints of bright, light citrus hops. 

The taste is toasty, malty, and sweet with a mild bitter bite of citrus hops at the end. 

This brew is medium bodied with mild carbonation.  It's easy drinking and not filling. 

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

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a weak head that is gone in no time. Beer is a nice reddish amber color with some mild activity

S- Has a nice malty aroma, caramel, toffee, and some mild hoppy notes coming through

T- Caramel, toffee, slightly bready with some hinting hop flavor coming through. All the flavor ends kind of abruptly though. Where your hoping there a bit of bite in the finish, it just ends

M- Light carbonation, little slick... medium body

O- I'm starting to think it's hard to not make a decent amber ale. Almost every one that I've ever tasted had nice flavor and was a relatively worthwhile session beer... as is this one

CHEERS!!

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber body with copper hues and a light tan head that is quite persistent before finally giving way to a thin lacing.

Very sweet malts highlight the aroma followed by an earthy or woody hop and perhaps caramel or toffee. On second thought, there seems to be some maple like qualities in the aroma as well.

The flavor offers a malt that is much more bread-like, again earthy hops, and perhaps some toffee hint but resorting back to grain.

Pretty smooth beer, medium in body and medium carbonation, but at times a touch chewy.

A fairly nice example, perhaps not the traditional American Amber/Red, but quite good nonetheless.

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

Poured bottle into Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Aroma was malt, but was subtle. Appearance was an orange amber hue with a finger-breadth tan head that dissipated in a minute leaving behind a small smount of lacing. Good carbonation with hops and initial bitterness greeted the palate before the malty sweetness provided the balanced finish. Overall, a very nice ale.

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Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lynnwood Grill

Arrived a nice copper-amber but no head. Nose is malty with mild hops and fruits. Taste is caramel malts up front with a nice fruity sweetness too. There is just enough hops in the finish to lend balance to this beer. Medium bodied and very smooth.

I think this is a very good beer. I come back to it again and again when I want something rich, balanced, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. I poured agressive & didnt get too much head on it. Pours a murky dark amber, very murky & opaque even when held to light. Off white/tan head leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

Bready caramel malts in the nose along with mild piney hop presence.

Taste is a mismatch, still bready but dominated by nutty flavors. Caramel malts & breadiness up front, transitions into an orgy of nutty flavors & finally washes back with mildly drying earthy floral hop bitterness.

Body is medium here (5/10) with a nice complimental drying finish.

Overall, one of the better Amber Ales I have had & very nice on the wallet @ $1.49/bottle or $8.49/6pak.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A surprising pour: Dark amber with a small to medium foamy off-white head. Slight lacing through the session. Hoppy smell with breadiness.

Great creamy mouthfeel. Lots of caramel and hops in the taste, fresh bread and sour malts. Semi-sweet aftertaste with a touch of dryness.

One of the better red ales I've had of late.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - amber/red body, clear, small off white head.

S - vanilla, sweet malts. Not bad.

T - dry, kind of hoppy (pine). this is bizarre. Weird malt profile, funny bitterness.. not very keen on this.

M - thin, light, reasonable.

O (D) - this is a strange beer. Nose and tongue are not in line. I do not care for it.

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Photo of jgurley
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really nice deep clear amber with a thin head which leaves a little lace. Smell is slightly dry white grape, yeasty malt and a bit of hop. Taste is light, malty, dry, and a little hop bitterness on the finish. Slight chewed aspirin on the finish. Fairly thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Not bad, but not quite as big a beer as I prefer. I prefer their Oatmeal Porter, but I heard recently that they were gonna stop distribution here in Florida. Oh well..

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice deep amber color with ruby highlites. It has a smallish beige head thats sticky leaving behind some spotty lacing. About average carbonation.
Aroma is mostly malts, sweet and caramel hops are on the lighter sideand have a very sutle citrus or floral bouquet.
taste is what you might expect. It's rich malty backbone with some citrus hops for balance. Hops are very sutle and maybe only a suggestive.
it has a medium mouthfeel and some bitter aftertaste.
A good malt forward beer.

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Photo of PierceMyers
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It produced a small head and wasn't very carbonated. The color is a great clear red however, which makes for a solid appearance.

It was served colder than recommended which altered the initial flavor of the beer. Once it warmed up some I could really taste its finer notes which I could best describe as woody and caramel(ly). The amber aroma got stronger as well.

The mouthfeel got better as it warmed, but it seemed to run over the palate without wanting to stick around. The last couple ounces were very enjoyable, however, enough to make me alter my initial ratings.

The beer has a very great combination of flavoring and drinkability. The aroma is nice and the tones are solid as well. I didn't see to much of the bite that I read about, and a little more carbonation would have been nice. All around, I will buy it again. And make sure to serve it around 45 degrees!

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

Overall I am not normally a red ale or amber fan, but this beer really turned me on to the style. The beer pours a reddish amber color with a finger of foamy head that retained ok and left some lacing. The aroma had notes of caramel malt, bread and a good amount of hoppiness. The taste starts with the caramel and bread maltiness and then becomes slightly bitter and hoppy. This really is the pale ale / IPA man's amber. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced and the flavor lingers just the right amount of time. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Settles into an amber color with a fizzy head that doesn’t stick around very long.

S: Smells sweet like maple syrup, a bit of spicy cinnamon, and bready malts. Put it all together, and it’s a lot like french toast, really.

T/M: Tastes of mild citrus hoppiness, some syrup sweetness and bread malts in the finish. There is a medium amount of carbonation making this beer decently light and quite refreshing.

I don’t know if this beer epitomizes old Scottish tradition, but if so, then I’m feeling pretty Gael…

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer is light orange, with a mild haze. The head is a finger or so thick, leaving a fair amount of lacing upon the glass. The nose brings malt, some sweet caramels, and some vanilla. The flavor is reminiscent of cream soda with some malt flavoring. I happen to like cream soda, but this isn't my favorite quality in a beer. The feel is creamy and smooth, with a growing sweetness. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of Btrue121
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a good burnt red
Smell is pretty faint, only small downfall
Taste is a toasted caramel biscuit. Havent never had that, but this is what it would taste like. More amber, than red.
Mouthfeel is smooth, a little thick sweetness and some thinning hop bitterness(slight) to end. Smooth.
Overall i will buy this beer again, not from a "wow its good" but just to have a "good" beer. Not my favorite, but i can say this; i hope one day i can brew some beer this good. So therefore i definitely enjoyed it. Recommended, at least to try my beer friends.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another bottle shared by Lunch, thanks! You are suppose to be a red ale? oops. I thought something totally different.

Beer is reddish I suppose, mostly clear with an offwhite head of small bubbles, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, mildly caramel, not much of it there.

Beer is sweet and medium in body, the back is moderately bitter, finish is not dry. Overall a below average tasting ale. I won't have it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Lunch for sharing this beer. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear amber color with a small white head and a thin collar on the way down. THe nose carries an average amount of bready malt with a touch of caramel in there. The flavor has a light sweetness along with some bread crust and a bit of toast. Light caramel there and some very light hops. Light body with average carbonation; finish is slightly-dry and bitter. Decent enough, though nothing I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice, drinkable beer. I could drink a lot of this. Leans to the malty side but hops makes itself known. Great balance.

Its a caramel amber color with a creamy white head that fades fast and leaves spotty lace. Smell is of brown sugar, biscuits, caramel, and grassy, herbal hop nose with a touch of sweet chocolate. The taste is mellow, smooth caramel. Bready malts, and clean hop finish of grass and earthy hops. A touch of sweet chocolate makes this interesting. It is very well balanced between the malt and hops. Very drinkable.

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Photo of nickthetick
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a clear dark amber into an American shaker glass with a thin white head that leaves spotty marks on the glass.

S: sweet malt and toasted bread greet the nose and are accompanied by a light hop note.

T: a lot like the nose and the hop flavor is unidentifiable but there is a distinct peat flavor.

MF: a bit thin from what I expected and medium effervescence.

O: I probably wouldn't pick this one up again.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a nice dark red/caramel color and malty nose, but it surprisingly didn't have the taste to back it up. It was also on the thin side for me. It wasn't what I expected based on what I had heard about it, but it would still make a nice session beer nonetheless.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours reddish amber, light white dollops of foam on top. Touches of lacing. Malty sweet. Caramel nose. Taste is the same, nicely balanced malt. Very light hop. Some residual bitterness. Some peat-iness too. Evenly carbomated.

Good beer.

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

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours brick-red with a finger of off-white head that holds and laces okay.

S: Strong caramel, light peatiness, and some chocolate.

T: Again, the strong caramel takes president with peat, chocolate, and toffee mixing in.

M: The carbonation is a little low with a slightly syrupy palate.

O: This is a decent hybrid of Amber Ale and Wee Heavy.

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Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,496 ratings