Highland Gaelic Ale | Highland Brewing

Highland Gaelic AleHighland Gaelic Ale
BA SCORE
66.1%
Liked This Beer
3.81 w/ 1,473 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:
#13,037
Reviews:
538
Ratings:
1,473
Liked:
973
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
11.81%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
325
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,473 |  Reviews: 538
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 inspektor
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

A lovely amber in color (surprise!) with a pretty little creamy head.

It smells lightly of biscuit malt and hops.

A nice biscuit and caramel flavor with a well-balanced hop bitterness and a nice hop flavor to boot.

Good, solid body.

Another winner from Highland Brewing. This one is full-flavored and nicely balanced. A good all-around ale.

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

Pours a clear amber with a slight head. The aroma is spicy and malty, with cinnamon and gingerbread. The flavor is crisp and malty, with a spicy gingerbready burn, and a strong dark bready malt bite. There is a quite a bit of spice - pepper and cinnamon - and wood in the flavor, with a hop sting in there nonetheless. There is an earthy, slightly peaty finish. The mouthfeel is prickly and lively.

A delicious Scottish-inflected ale but with an American twist.

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Lob
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Photo of rowew
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Nicely designed plaid themed logo, no freshness info.

Appearance: Clear red color with a nice head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Lots of caramel sweetness, with a bit of spicy hops.

Taste: Starts off sweet and malty - with caramel flavors dominating. The hops come in a bit later to balance things, but the sweetness just barely wins out.

Overall impression: Very nice amber - just a bit too sweet to be a session beer for me though.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red with golden hues. 1/2" head quickly recedes to a spotty rim atop the beer.
Smell is earthy and flowery. Reminds me of spring time on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Taste is well balanced with some heavy maltness and a nice earthy and floral hop finish.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, but I think it is meant to be for this particular beer.
Well balanced, but still complex. Low in abv and light to medium bodied. The perfect session beer.
Yet another fine offering from Highland Brewing.

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Photo of craytonic
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a beautiful orange-bronze-velvet.

Nice nose, not very aggressive.

You can really taste the toasted hops.. A hint of citrus peel & earthiness. Needs more hops and malt, a little bland.

The mouthfeel is perfect, great body and perfect carbonation. My favorite thing about the beer

Finish is a little harsh for me, but not my favorite type of beer.

Good on-tap choice in NC

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Photo of julielynndubee
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of csurowiec
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Josbor11
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Pint glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium brown with a reddish hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that lasted a little while, leaving behind some residue that lasted throughout thus producing some excellent lacing that was left sticking to the glass.

The aroma was of a cookie like malt, a moderate dose of herbal hops and a mild sweet yeast with notes of caramel, toffee and had a slight nutty presence with a mild alcohol tinge.

It tasted slightly bitter with a hint of toffee and a slight nuttiness at first then became nice and malty and very lightly sweet with a note of caramel and a moderate hop presence at the end. The flavor stuck around for a nice long while, allowing for the flavor of lingering hops to be totally appreciated.

Mouthfeel was just a tad below medium in body and mildly dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a nice sweet malty brew with a nice emphasis on hops at the finish.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FrankShirley
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Griphon
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PGVG
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Lukebell15
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of johntfox
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TripelMark
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerTruth
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to limesmut for this one!

Poured this into a pint glass.

Gaelic Ale pours a nice amber hue with a finger thick khaki colored head which dies down to a thin lacing pretty quick. Stickiness is spotty, but there. Smell is a bit weak, but a toasted nut malt seems to dominate the nose. A small bit of earthy hops seems to emerge as well. Taste was quite a surprise, but a pleasant one at that. Very nice caramel malt with a good balance of citrus hops which gives this one an overall sweet character to it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is definitely there, but the sweetness may take away from it after a few. Possible session beer. Thanks again to Sean for this one.

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Photo of touchmeimsac
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Highland Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 66.1% out of 100 with 1,473 ratings
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