Highland Gaelic Ale | Highland Brewing

very good
1,471 Ratings
Highland Gaelic AleHighland Gaelic Ale

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

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

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - deep orange amber, thin and cream colored soapy head.

Aroma - light caramel malt and a whiff of spiciness and raisin. Fades to a light caramel nose, a little too light. Some cinnamon and spice become more prominent as it warms but it takes a while.

Taste - roasty and sweet caramel malts and spice, like warm cinnamon bread. Great balance with hops, just a little bitter character there, I'm guessing the Willamettes tone things down a notch. Finish is malty and sweet.

Mouthfeel - slightly thick, deliciously smooth feel.

Drinkability - a tasty and hearty beer, a great meal companion. Thanks to merlin48 for this one, too!

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

A- Pours a reddish amber with with a thin tan head.

S- Leads with malts, a little background of dried dates and released alcohol.

T- Toasty malts lead the way a touch of floral hops on the mid-palate and finishes nice roasty with a slight nutty flavor.

M- Carbonation is moderate in a amount and soft in texture.

D- It's a touch rough around the edged but a very drink able brown/ amber I like this a lot.

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

Highland Gaelic Ale is my first beer from Highland Brewing. Nice amber color but appears a little thin. Makes up for the watery look by being pretty flavorfull. Malts and caramel are present with just a touch of hops. A better than average American Amber Red Ale. Excellant drinkability.

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