Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA | Highland Brewing

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Highland Imperial Kashmir IPAHighland Imperial Kashmir IPA

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mikesgroove on 09-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of atsprings
4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks go out to my Aunt Marsha of Black Mountain for making a stop at Bruisin' Ales to score me a few bottles. Poured into a Duvel snifter a deep amber that was very thick and somewhat opaque. The frothy head slowly diminished to a thin layer and left decent lacing on the glass. Aroma was abundant earthy pine hops and burnt caramel. The taste was a wonderful balance of pine hops with a hint of citrus mixing wonderfully with deep caramel malts and a hint of brown sugar. The beer is certainly on the heavy side with some sticky alcohol, but even so, it is still very refreshing and not at all overbearing. I am willing to go so far as to rank this right up there with Dreadnaught and Ruination as one of my new favorite DIPAs, here's to hoping they decide to drop the limited status, or at least up the hops and alcohol a little on their Kashmir IPA as this one only proves that's what that beer needs.

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Photo of HPGrenade
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Psk! - I pried the cap off of the bottle with my LEGO brand bottle opener--Did you know LEGO makes a bottle and wine corker? I was pretty surprised too--and I was punched by a fist made of floral, fruity hops. I picked myself off of the floor five minutes later. That'll teach me to stick my nose into the bottle of every damn beer I crack open.

I poured this beer as smoothly as I could into a Highland Brewery nonic pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle, creating a two-finger head that clung to the glass like, like... gosh, like two LEGO bricks. The same smell lingered, threatening me, twitching its hoppy wrists at me. Orange and slightly cloudy through the glass, like all that hop flavor is just sitting there suspended, waiting for me.

Took my first quaff... holy hell. Spicy caramel malts overpowered by a huge hop character, fruity, floral, frickin' fantastic! The resinous hops made this beer stick to my tongue like this beer had a sudden rebellious teenage phase and decided it was going to be syrup for a semester.

I started this beer cool, after a scant hour in the fridge, and as it warmed the alcohol bullied its way to the front of the lunchline but I found it pleasant and very complimentary to the huge hop profile of this delicious beer. Strong and assertive, yet silky and seductive to those who understand its power, this beer is a treat for the hop fanatic. I will be heading back to the brewery to pick up another couple bottles as soon as I can.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Feat looking reddish amber with a beige/white head

S-This beer smells incredible. Tough to describe but would say a boozy honeylike smell.

T- Again honey with citrus and wonderfully malty. Definetly a warming alcohol finish.

M- Smooth with little carbonation and a slight bitter alcohol finish

D-I love this beer. Probably the first NC beer I've had a would love more after trying this one

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Photo of Stargazer2892
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a huge head with moderate retention.The color was pretty orange/reddish. Not cloudy at all. The nose had big grapfruit and floral aromas. The taste starts off with smooth caramel and roasted malts.Laying a good foundation of silky pleasure until the bad boys of the hop onslaught begins with wonderful spicy pine resin and grapefruit that so powerful feels like needles on your tongue!!
Then the 10% alcohol comes along to reminds you to sip this beer.
As the beer warms up the malt backbone starts to balance the mix and makes a big silky mouthfeel on the finish. Nobody list the ibu on the bottle but if I had to quess it would be 112 ibu ? Great to see this brewery flex some muscle!

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Photo of Vancer
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok - if you're not trading, you're missing out - limesmut sent me this classic via a great trade. No way would I have been able to sample this one without him! GRACIAS!

Yep, perfect pour - amber with a classic ivory head, sticking the glass like there is no tomorrow.

Aroma is the <standard> pine and citrus, but let's get to the quaff.

Unbelievable taste of barrel aged oak, vanilla and a touch of bourbon mixed beautifully with the heavy load of west coast hops. Good Grief, this is beer drinking heaven. Smooth and mellow, the hops are dominated by a malt overload.

No hint of the 10%, but this brew is mellowing me out nicely - I'm a lucky man to have partaken it.

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Photo of Neehan
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter yields a light, ruby body with mild carbonation and leaves light seafoam retention that returns back into the body rather quickly. The smell is powerful in strength but light in substance with floral hops that are exceptionally sweet and oily. The smell is light with pine and grapefruit and then a nice sugary sweetness. The taste is also delightful with a syrupy sweetness and light floral complexities. Quite complex yet not overly bitter like its peers of the style. The 10.2% ETOH is magically hidden, nowhere to be found in the taste but it has a pleasant warming feeling on the body and tongue. A well-balanced oily mouthfeel and lightness makes this incredibly drinkable although the alcohol will catch up with you quickly. The only downfall of this beer is its incredibly limited availability. This one is a privilege to sample.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was totally thrilled to finally get some of this. It had been waht seemed like forever that I had been waiting for the release. Something about a local BIG IPA that just seemed right...

A - Poured a nice hazy light amber. Not too much orange in it, but still a decent color. A very small head, perhaps an inch at the most graced the top of it and faded somewhat quickly leaving behind adequate side glass lace. No real visible carbonation.

S - Huge hops here. A ton of very fresh citrus and pine smells. Very thick aroma, and extremely fresh with a decent touch of sugar in it as well. The smell was huge and really got me looking forward to this one.

T - Wow, now this is what I am talking about. First I have to make note of how sticky this was, even on the first sip. Just really filled to the brim with hops. A very very huge pine taste smacked you from the start, super fresh and lots of grapefruit and orange tones. A small amount of sweetness, very samll, and a good shot of alcohol rounded it out. This was no small brew at all.

M - Super smooth and beyond sticky. This literally had my gums sticking to the inside of my teeth. Decent carbonation, but more syrupt then anything. Great feel though especially with the ABV so high.

D- Wow not this one could be dangerous. It was super smooth, but high in alcohol which always catches up to you. Really a fine sipper and I had no issues putting down the whole bottle.

Overall this was easily one of m,y favorite of the bigger IPA's I have had. It could calm down with time, but is just soo fresh now that it is the perfect time to have. If you can get it, you have it is just really great!

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Photo of barronkr
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 22 oz. bottle.

A nice translucent copper color with a fine head. The smell is deep and complex, a mix of different hops. A very intense but invitingly sweet, fruity hop aroma. An excellent smell.

The taste is somewhat acerbic at first, with an assault of hop flavor that just dominates the first sip. The sweetness swiftly follows, but fades fast into a drier finish. No particular hop variety is readily distinguishable (in my opinion), but it is truly a well-blended mix of citrusy, earthy, somewhat piney, mildy fruity (a touch of salty) hops. As the beer warms, the malt starts to hold its own against the hops, offering some bicuity and ever-so-slighty toasted notes to the taste. Overall, this is what I hope every IIPA tastes like when I try it - too often they venture into the ambiguous gray area that fringes on a barley wine. This is perhaps one of the best representations I have tasted.

The mouthfeel is great, but there is a certain tingling sensation on the tongue that endures througout the swallow, a feeling you would know if you have ever chewed on a freshly dried hop cone (don't get me wrong, I LOVE hops).

An amazing beer overall. Hopefully more will be brewed next year.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best beer I've had from Highland.Nice to see them stretch their legs a bit with this. I'm only sorry its a one-off. I bought my bottles directly from the brewery on their release day. Pours a dark orange/amber with a decent head and some lacing. Not bad given the abv- this is a big beer. The smell is sweet, spicy, and quite hoppy with a nice range of hop aromas- piney, citrusy, and earthy. Very well balanced, and quite obviously lots of malt and hops. Extreme all around. The taste is heavenly. Beautifully balanced hop and malts. Quite a bit of hop bitterness that grows as you drink. Similar hop profile to the nose, with the finish especially earthy. Mouthfeel is substantial, with lots of hop oils and a creamy finish. Absolutely delicious and best fresh.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to mikesgroove for this!

A - rich golden red in color, nice off white billowy head.
S - rich viscous caramel malts swirl with a massive citric hop note.
T - rich viscous caramel malts superbly complemented by a citric / resinous piney hop.
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, thick mouthfeel but not cloying.
D - enjoyed after dinner and what an amazingly drinkable beer this is! I had no idea the ABV till writing the review. Does nothing to give away how strong it is.

A classification blurring beer if ever I've had one. Seems more of an American Barleywine to me but hey when it's this drinkable and this good you can call it what you want. ME, I'm happy to have had a chance to try this great beer.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of tkmountain
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained through ipa2xs at DLD08.

Appearance - pours a pleasant iced tea amber color, just a tiny bit of haze in there. A finger of lace sports various bubble sizes and as such doesn't have the longest life. It hangs around for a bit though, long enough to stick plenty of lace on the glass.

Aroma - heavy sweet caramel malts and big juicy, syrupy fruit. Generally a vague fruitiness but orange comes to mind after several deep sniffs.

Taste - big sweet and chewy malts, a faint touch of roast in the earlier sips. 200 pounds of hops in 50 barrels, and they don't exactly wait around to make a statement. Good citrusy flavor, with an ideal amount of malt sweetness to keep them from going medicinal. 10.2%? I don't taste it. There's some fitting abv presence, but nothing to make me think double-digit territory. Grapefruit and general bitterness on the swallow, drying out to the finish. The late aftertaste goes a touch medicinal, but it's mild and not much of a factor.

Mouthfeel - good portions of heaviness and smoothness without going too far. Moderate crispness is a good fit.

Drinkability - IKIPA, a five letter word for 'trouble'. At 10.2 this beer will do you before you know you been done. It ain't right to be this good at this strength. Speaking of which, say Roger, nab me a 1/4bbl for DLD09! ;-)

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

A: Pours a clear brownish copper under a good finger worth of white head. Pretty good lacing and good retention. I would say a near perfect example of how a darker beer of this style should look.

S: Piney and grapefruit hops dominate while the sweet malt backbone more than holds its own. Caramel makes an appearance and I could have swore I even caught the slightest hint of a light chocolate. Further samplings have resulted in a much more grapefruity character and oranges as well.

T: Again, grapefruit and piney/earthy hop really dominate from nearly the word go. Some hints of lemon and some toasted and sweet caramel malt. 10.20% is hid well and gives a slight warming only on its way done. Pretty well done. Again, after further samplings, there is an orange juice character that is unmistakable.

M/D: Medium body that doesn't seem to be too oily. A nice layer of carbonation gives this one a somewhat velvety character. Drinkability is good as well, especially for 10.20%. This is really a very good example of a IIPA.

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Photo of RavenForBeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of blackie
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

review #700

a: The pour into my small snifter gives a respectable khaki head with decent remains after the recession. The beer is a rich, deep amber in color. Sweet label, too.

s: The nose of this beer is simply amazing. Deep, rich, thoroughly grainy caramel and toffee malts set a canvas for a range of thick, juicy hop aromas. The varied hop additions used in the making of this beer are beautifully evident. Both mingling with the malt and jumping to the front, it's very hard to put down. Very pulpy, fresh, floral, evergreen, and tropical. Notes of concentrated fig juices and grainy honey from the malt. Just the right booze note well integrated into the aroma, which in my opinion is absolutely essential here. A fine liquor isn't expected to completely hide it's ABV, and nor should a beer like this.

m: Carbonation around or just over medium, with a borderline full body. Very smooth but that it's a little overbearing in the finish is my only complaint...like the coating left in your mouth after a butterscotch hard candy. With this malt load, though, I won't really knock it on that.

t: At first taste this thing is obviously a hop monster, but with a huge amount of malt to hold things together. Starts of with sweet malty notes of butterscotch, toffee, and caramel behind strong, pulpy hop flavors ranging from piney to tropical. After swallowing the tongue remains thoroughly coated with candied malts and hop juice. Just a light booze in the back of the throat. This one seems to focus more on hop flavor and aroma than enamel-stripping bitterness. Yeah it's bitter, but the bitterness is so well balanced that it almost escapes my notice. Thoroughly complex, and I'm gonna be savoring the bottle for longer than I'd rather stay up

d: definitely a sipper, and a very enjoyable one that certainly runs with the best of the style

Single bottle from Bruisin' Ales. I've got three more bottles picked up at the brewery this past weekend; only one is for myself, and it's gonna be hard to send the other two away.

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Photo of merlin48
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a hazed copper amber body with a respectable almond head. Good retention with attractive sheets and patches of lace decorating the pint glass.

Very robust aroma that is awash in hops. Herbal, earthy, spicy, pine, and citrus notes are all there. A background of caramel reminds that some malts are lurking underneath.

Solid medium body has a hint of hops resins and chewiness. Well carbonated.

Taste is dominated by earthy and leafy hops. Herbal tea notes, leather, and tobacco are also picked up. Bitter pine and citrus rind notes add to the fun. Spicy pepper and warming alcohol add even more interest. A solid malt backbone plays second fiddle but keeps the hops from totally bullying the playground.

Very well done. Certainly one of Highland's better efforts. Many thanks to mntlover for sending this one to western Kentucky.

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Photo of joe1510
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

I was lucky enough to get this bottle in a trade from RustyDiamond, thanks Rusty. Imperial Kashmir enters the glass a hazy apricot with a few streams of large carbonation rising to the surface. A good looking finger and a half head of pure whiteness that eventually falls to a skimming and leaves some streaks of lacing on its way down.

The aroma on this beer is utterly unique. Things are a little faint at first but if you stick with it crazy notes of ground spruce needles and mandarin oranges jump out at you. There's something else in there, and although I can't put my finger on it, it fits flawlessly. A touch of alcohol spiciness finishes things off.

This beer is delicious! The flavor shows more pine needles than the aroma would suggest. The pine is big and pungent (in a good way). The crazy citrus involved wafts through the pine until the finish. There's some rich caramel maltiness that shows up and fortifies the hoppiness on the backend. The swallow leaves a nice tongue tingling bitterness.

You couldn't ask for a much better mouthfeel on a IIPA. The body is velvety and smooth. I run into far too many that are sweet and sticky. This walks the line perfectly.

For such a high abv this beer drinks far too easily. I'm crazy about the unique hoppiness (tangerine and mandarin oranges) and the pine bitterness.

Truth be told I thought this would be a good IIPA but it turns out it's an outstanding IIPA. I'm going to have to try and get my hands on a few more of these. The unique flavors work wonders in the mouth.

Reviewed: 1/19/08

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Photo of orcasteve
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one spewed hops from the moment i opened the cap, this was a heavy ipa with a strong "wet" hop flavor that perameated the entire beer, the malt was nice and had an apple cider tipe sour presence. the hops started as nice floral hops and finished as strong piney hops. this is a beer that i must have agan, thank god that my cousan lives about 20 minits from the brewery!

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Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Dreamy haze of dark orange and glowing copper. Dense finger of whipped, tight-laced, light beige head. Piny hop resins are detectable from far away. Butterscotch, grapefruit, rummy fruits, and a whiff of alcohol are there as well.

Numbing, herbal, piny hop bitterness right off the bat. Sugary butterscotch and caramel malts fight back. Boozy-sweet fruits round out the palate. Herbal hop bitterness picks up again in the finish. Traces of butterscotch and pineapple in the end. Full-bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Not too hot, but 22 oz. easily warmed me up on this cold night in Michigan!

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Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark transmission fluid orange with a small white head that quickly dies into a little white cap.

When it comes to these here imperial IPAs, what I'm 'a lookin' for is a chewy breadiness. It's very easy to pile on a bunch of hops and comes out decent. This does that, in the smell. Big giant grapefruit hops. Goldings and Willamette stick out, but there are certainly more, and the malt does not seem at all syrupy or burny.

Tastes just like it smells! Wonderfully intense and the malt nearly keeps up with the hop. The malt is a bit understated, though, and while that's better than an overstated, syrupy, burny malt, it's still not perfectly balanced.

Quite a treat!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained via trade with unclejedi. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Dense head holds steady, with sporadic lacing. Aroma is piercing fruity pine hops. Taste is sweet maltiness upfront, tart citrus in the middle, and closes with a plethora of pine. Alcohol and warming form an afterglow. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good for the style.

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Photo of meechum
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A amber color with a deep slow falling white head that left a nice lace

S - The smell was dominated by piney hops..there was also a hint of malt in there

T - A hops explosion up front giving way to the malt, caramel tastes and then a resurgance of the piney hops on the finish

M - Very full and chewy

D - I'm not a huge hop head and this was a very good beer..another great product from Highland brewing

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