Highland Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #2,382
Ranked #15,176
3.93 | pDev: 7.89%
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
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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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of Griffin2
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly hazy golden orange color, 1/2 inch white head, spotty lacing
S: Citrus, tropical fruit
T: Hops right up front, a little malty sweetness
M: Medium to light
O: A good IPA. Has that traditonal west coast taste to it.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oustanding, 4's across the board. Another clear IPA. Might not be the in thing, but I like it. Clear doesn't hide anything. By my ratings, you can call me me biased towards Highland, but I know what I like good or bad and they deliver. Not the in or hip brewery in the hottest craft beer town there is, but answer me this. How many of them would be here without Highland?

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

AVL IPA 12oz. bottle (filled 1-18-19 ) poured medium into Highland's gift shop ipa glass :

Looks - lightest cloudy (not hazy) light pale straw body, big white sturdy head, Lacing is fairly decent. Expected a little more color, but it is vibrant.

Smell - fresh hop all over, malt laying way back. Perfumes of greenery, big citrus/melon, slight small dank note and overall quite nice, but it's not overpowering in any one direction. Quality fresh aromas absolutely.

Taste - Just enough malts to counter the confident hop blend and there's a mineral water type freshness. It's light and smooth, and very good bitter level to me. Not as fruity or bitter as expected, still beer first. Clean finish, no lingering aftertastes or any knocks on the taste. It's pretty light in the malt. A versatile ipa brew!

Feel - Alive on the tongue and fun, buzzy carbonation, nicely bitter and a pleasantly puckering finish that invites you back to the beer glass.

Overall, it's a high quality basic USA ipa style, versatile, easy, no tricks. Just like Asheville itself, very simple, fun and easy to enjoy.

I definitely recommend any beer lover to try AVL IPA by Highland Brewing. Will get this again for sure. I find it to be a good easy example of the ipa style.

After having AVL a few times, it is revealing its subtle-at-first charms of the generous mix of hops and light crispness, dryness and bitterness to make it very a versatile IPA on many occasions, for warm or cool days, dinners, and it's readily available at a good price. Classy, versatile, unpretentious and the aromas are quite a bouquet.


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Photo of jadpsu
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Again from the Highland variety pack. The first two were the Daycation and Alternate Cargo.
The stamped born on date on the bottle is 07/10/2018.
This one pours much like the Daycation, in that it has a slight haze, and fairly full all white head. Retention is a a little better.
AROMA: I think all Highlands does is change the fruit accent on these beers in their variety pack. This scent is again of floral
herbal hops, mango is the accent change for the Avil selection.
This Variety pack of 3 bottles each of 4 different beers has been disappointing. The beers are OK to good but they barely differentiate from each other and that near duplicity is disappointing

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Photo of Clemson_OB
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is such a clean representation of a great West Coast IPA. Great hop profile, nice carbonation, a bite on the back end. Not one of the most "unique" brews out of Asheville, but definitely one of the best.

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Photo of watssm
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm visiting Tennessee and drinking beer I can't buy in Idaho. I gauge most beers by the gold standard of Mirror Pond. I've bought 7 six pack of varying IPA/Pales and at this point in the trip this beer is my favorite.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottle is stamped for bottling date of '05/10/2018'.
Slightly cloudy, straw colored body. One finger white head quickly fades to thin island and ring. Each sip leaves behind a cascade pattern of small spots of lacing.
Hops are still strong in the aroma, with pineapple, mango, and a little dank.
Taste is smooth with pineapple and mango, together with the piney, dank flavors.
Medium mouth feel. Each sip introduces a little tongue burn. Good carbonation.
Has a bitterness reminiscent of a West Coast IPA, but has prominent sweeter flavors of tropical fruits.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle ($1.90) from SC.
This is a bold but balanced IPA with moderate bitterness for style. Pine, citrus and herbal hops in the nose are followed by a more complex flavor.
Medium body and carbonation

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Photo of Speartron
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin creamy white head that dissipates quickly. Citrus and strong pine on the nose. Strong pine taste that lingers, with hints of pineapple. Mild bitterness, but lingers. Would pair well with a meal. I would recommend someone try this beer.

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Photo of markallmon
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pineapple and lingeringly bitter. Definitely piney and hoppy IPA with a very fruity flavor up front. DCarbonation burns the lips and is on the higher side for an IPA. Would have it again, is a nice round, well balanced IPA that would pair well with a spicy meal or enjoyed session-style.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Filled on 5/10/18.Pours into a nonic a pale light golden with a half finger bone white head that left a a broken ring behind as it settled fast.A mix of pineapple and pine resin in the nose,I like the fact it's not all one sided...resin or tropical fruits.Upfront there is a resiny sharpness with a dry body,then some citrus fruits just gives a slight hit in the finish,I'am also getting a light peppery note that lingers for a bit.The more I drink the more a slightly sweet biscuit base comes thru.A nice IPA with some subtle complexities,nothing hits you in the face and I like the dryer resiny flavors.A nice change of pace,well done.

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Photo of JimKal
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked u a six pack of AVL and have had two of them. I try not to judge a new ( to me) beer until I've had a couple. It isn't a drain poor or a give away beer but it won't be a repeat for me. Darkish yellow poor with a disappearing head. Limited lacing and low carbonation. While there is nothing annoying about the taste there is also nothing to call me back. I would much rather have a good pale ale than this.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - standard golden copper color with a slight white head and pretty clear
Smell - pine grapefruit and resin
Taste - grapefruit and maybe some pineapple and slight pine and resin, slightly bitter
Feel - medium body and medium light carb, slight cream
Overall - pretty good

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Photo of zonker17
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft pour to snifter, clear straw yellow, 2 fingers of while head with good retention and lacing. Nose mix of fruit and pine with mango up front. Taste starts with the fruit notes and finished surprisingly bitter. Highly drinkable with medium body and average carbonation.

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AVL IPA from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 66 ratings