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Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
American IPA
Ranked #1,905
Ranked #15,340
3.92 | pDev: 8.16%
Jul 27, 2022
Mar 18, 2018
Very Good
Notes: American Chinook, Citra, and Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest shine in our West Coast style IPA. A sturdy malt bill frames hints of tropical fruit, lemon rind, grapefruit and dank hops notes. Brilliant and golden in color. Expect a dry, resiny, citrusy finish.
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Rated: 3.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jul 27, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by Sethw400 from South Carolina

Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by Gerred from Missouri

Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by SicemWT from Texas

Jun 16, 2022
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Reviewed by dcat151

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Light golden color. Nose is citrusy with a hint of malt. Taste is a good hebal bitterness with some orange. Medium mouthfeel with a moderately long, zesty finish.
Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
FILLED ON 02/09/22.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, dusty golden body with a half-inch head of white foam. Light lacing.

Smell: Lightly toasted grain, a subdued biscuity tone with tropical hop notes and a little spritz of lime and lemon juice.

Taste: A mellow maltiness, just a bit of grain and biscuit with a very subtle toastiness. A bright burst of citrusy, tropical hop flavors ranging from lime to orange to mangosteen with some supporting floral, herbal hints. Medium bitterness. Pulls in a touch of tea as the fruitiness recedes into the light finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid, likable IPA.
Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by teamgalt from Massachusetts

Jan 19, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by adamstef

Dec 06, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by jak from North Carolina

Oct 04, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 01, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by lagrluvr

Jun 21, 2021
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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: Poured a beautiful golden amber with a white head that turned into a ring around the edges.
Smell and Taste: Well balanced pineapple and grapefruit notes. Slight bitterness on the finish that is common too IPAs.
Feel: Some citrusy acid and a respectable level ABV.
Overall: I'm not a big IPA fan but this one is quite drinkable.
Jun 07, 2021
Rated: 3.38 by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

May 28, 2021
Rated: 3.92 by crewfan1952 from Ohio

Apr 09, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 3.25 by wilfonzo from Florida

Nov 03, 2020
Rated: 4.72 by jxl from North Carolina

Oct 30, 2020
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the brewery. Pours deep golden with white head. Aroma is of tropical fruit bready malt and citrusy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Long dry finish. Nice brew.
Oct 29, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Oct 25, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Kdouble from Tennessee

Oct 19, 2020
Rated: 3.59 by PaleAleWalt from New York

May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Jd333 from South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a chilled pint glass from a can which was filled exactly one month ago. Taste is violently grapefruit up front and fades to bitter resin and hint of pineapple. Mouthfeel is sharp burn from some degree of over carbonation.
May 23, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by Keith27614 from North Carolina

May 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appears Slightly hazy, yellow, with a nice white foamy head.
Smells citrusy, lemon, orange.
Taste follows the nose, bready.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a nice IPA that I would definitely order again.
Feb 25, 2020
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Reviewed by deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Unfiltered American IPA. Poured from a can into a New Belgium tulip. The pour is hazy (not murky) and light orange in color with a finger of rocky off-white foam. Good retention. The nose has a lot of grapefruit as well as some lemon and biscuit notes.

Medium-light body with a firm feel and a sharp, hoppy flavor. Follows the nose well and brings forth lots of lemon and grapefruit, all the while supported by a nice smooth malty breadiness. The hops don't fade much as the beer moves across the palate, nor do they strengthen or become abbrasive. The beer finishes stone-dry with lingering flavors of grapefruit and herbal tea.

Very impressive beer. I expected to be disappointed by this (sorry, but to me Highland's beers have often seemed like rather tepid attempts to appease uninitiated, inexperienced palates). I was pleasantly surprised to be met by a beer with lots of citrusy bitterness that never seemed out of balance or hemp-like. Tastes like something one would expect from Sierra Nevada. In other words, a top-notch American IPA that hop-heads will enjoy. Don't pick this one up if you think "hazy" means "New England Style" with oats on the mashbill and a soft, approachable bitterness. Otherwise, definitely recommended. I'd buy it again.
Jan 22, 2020
Rated: 3.86 by JDizzle from Indiana

Jan 19, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Arrives clear and golden colored with a one finger head; excellent persistence and a nice pattern of lacing

Smell: Biscuity with tropical and resinous tones

Taste: Biscuit flavors, up front, with a hint of sweetness that lingers from start to finish; tropical tones bring a hint of pineapple, and the middle has a resinous bitterness; nicely blended into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very drinkable and well-balanced
Nov 08, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia

Oct 24, 2019
Rated: 3.01 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Oct 16, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Oct 08, 2019
Rated: 4 by sd123 from Georgia

Jul 28, 2019
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz can into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a clear medium amber color with a white head.
S - Smells of tropical fruit.
T - Taste matches the smell. I’m getting pineapple and orange with a slight bitterness on the finish.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Nice easy drinking fruity IPA.
Jul 27, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by Nunya from Ohio

Jul 24, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by omahawk from Nebraska

Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by kds2437 from Texas

Jul 18, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Jun 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
On tap

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention and great lacing. Smells of pine resin, lemon peel, citrus & doughy malt. Tastes of piney and citrusy hops, with notes of lemon and grapefruit. Mid-palate gives some bready malt, the finish gives bitter piney and citrus hops. Medium body with medium carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish
May 31, 2019
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Reviewed by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Filled 04/04/19, purchased on 05/25/19. Avl is a solid IPA, true to the west-coast style, hoppy, pine-oiley, dry, this hits all right notes. Well-done Highland!
May 27, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

May 22, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by Mxsluis from Michigan

May 16, 2019
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