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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mikesgroove on 09-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.83/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. 2007 vintage, tried at the end of July 2009. Sent (and recommended) by Uwftke26.

A: Pours a cloudy amber body with orange tones against the light. Has a fairly generous 2 inches of head with pretty good retention, taking between 5-10 minutes to collapse into a lighter cap on top of the brew before I can start drinking. Thick scoops of lace down the sides from the head, and light register marks as I sip.

S: Lots of caramel malts with something of a nutty bent to them, and some barnyard notes (infected?). Grapefruit and herbal hops next. I'm surprised it's still hoppy for something that is two years old.

T: Tilted slightly toward sweet caramel with nuts and molasses, with citrus hops making a play toward the latter half of the taste. It pulls to a resiny finish with a lingering bitterness. It's not bad, but just kind of unimpressive. I really don't think the hops held up well.

M: Medium bodied. Fizzy carbonation, but not enough to clean the resin off, giving it a slightly oily feel. Definitely boozy still, with some heat on exhalation.

D: It was pretty interesting to try, but I couldn't figure out how to respond to this beer. It's not really a great IIPA, and the malts aren't complex enough to make it a good barleywine... Just kind of a muted compromise between both. I'm not sure what I was supposed to get out of this one.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of AlexFields
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very clear plain amber, large and impressive head but the color is pretty dull.

Nose has a strong and nice malt character, fairly bready, decent hoppiness too with pine and maybe some light fruit and floral notes, this smells pretty sweet and malty overall which usually I hate in an IPA but I enjoy the nose on this for whatever reason.

Taste is pretty unusual--very malty again, lots of bready character, some nice spicy and floral notes, some grassiness maybe, light bitterness. Not aggressively hoppy.

Pretty nice mouthfeel, good carbonation and really creamy feel, some booze though and this is too malty or an IPA to be super drinkable. Pretty thick and chewy feel.

This is okay--not really my type of IPA, I still enjoy it despite it being a malt forward IPA with very little citrus, but at $11 a bottle I won't be buying it again.


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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of AndoBrew
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*did not mind would not buy*

app: kinda a let down in the shade of copper, i wish it was more rich. nice head!

smell: nice hop smell, tiny hints of some malt goodness, but very hop foward. smells like a good mix of hop flavors, some reason i doubt it will have them though. small hint of cheap candy takes the 4 away.

taste: not bad, seems like a straight foward d ipa, not that fancy or important tasting. it seems to have some cheap malt candy flavors making up the booze taste in it, though they are mild. hops are narrow and unexciting mostly back of the throat acid, dont get me wrong there are plenty of flavors in the beer, none really shine though. nor do they balance together into a great glob. a watery finish.

mf: watery and to thick all at the same time.

drinkable?: yeah. not a big tounge catcher though.

all n all an ok good beer, some cheap off flavors, nothing special.. imperial??

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Photo of CWiggins
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Limited availability beer from Highland. In the Raleigh/Durham area I've only seen it at Sam's Quik Stop in 22oz. bombers. I couldn't resist picking up a bottle this week; Highland's output is high quality, and, although I don't crave every style they make, a few of their brews are my favorites.

This Imperial IPA pours a dark copper with gold highlights. A thick, foamy head formed, probably the result of too fast a pour. I find the haziness of the color very intriguing; IPAs aren't usually this cloudy. Hops dominates the aroma, while malts and a bit of citrus round things out. Flavors of piney hops, light malts, and a little sweet tropical fruit (mango, specifically) are exhibited here. What really grabbed my attention was the texture: it's smooth and relaxed, not big and aggressive like so many Imperial IPAs I've experienced. It's silky, with a great balance of flavor and sublteness. Well done!

Oh, the alcohol is well disguised, so take it easy!

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Rocking the Kashmir? Pours a mostly clear amber color with copper highlights. A good pour left a soft white head with good retention and lacing through the entire tasting.

The nose is more along an East Coast IPA. Malty notes come out with grainy and light caramel notes. Some light toasty notes as well. The hops have more of an English feel with a mixture of earthy notes with a floral and rose like aromas. The rose is more of a sweeter hoppy note versus estery. There is some noticeable yeast notes as well. Would have liked more hops on the nose.

The taste is more on par with a US IPA. The malt actually comes out more than the hops. A caramel malt flavor that is boarder line syrupy. Almost has a unattenuated feel. The hops are balanced well. A good zip from the bittering hops. There is a mix between pine and floral for finishing hops that leave a green finish. Noticeable yeast and alcohol notes come out. Some minor esters but really off setting heat.

The body is moderate to full with the underattunation feel to it. Overall a bit distracting with the alcohol coming out. The negative, I would have liked more hops as well and a clear flavor. The positive, a nice blend of hops. More on the "eh" side of IIPA's.

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Photo of pwoods
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pours an attractive bloody amber. Two solid fingers of stiff tight head forms and holds like a champ. good lacing.

S: Spicy hops with a muted citrus backbone. Big, super sweet, chewy malts.

T/M: Bitterness seems muted. So does the citrus. Big sweet malts, chewy and syrupy. closer to a BW. Very juicy but not citrusy. Alcohol is pretty big. Body is thick and chewy with moderate carbonation.

D: Not a favorite. Pretty big ABV.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear burnt orange. Nice hints of dark gold at the edges. Head is off-white with full of large bubbles, creamy, and leaves a small clumpy cap. Sheets of sticky lacing and notches mark the glass with each sip. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: A bit of booze over a big sweet malt base. Syrupy with a ton of caramel and toffee sweetness. Biscuity with some serious cooked and caramelized malts. Hop profile is all over the place. Loads of grapefruit flesh with some pithy undertones. Deeply floral. Sweet and some pine. Oily.

Taste: Hoppy syrup booze. Crazy cooked sugars. Runs the gamut from caramel to toffee to a hint of molasses and brown sugar. So much malt sweetness. Sharp alcohol on the back is a bit more pronounced as the beer warms. Nice punch of citrus and some bitter pine. A bit leafy and floral. Some artificial pineapple lingers. Warming makes it a bit too sweet overall. A touch of butterscotch.

Mouthfeel: Wet and oily. Super slick and smooth. Moderate carbonation helps. A bit of drying alcohol on the back.

Overall: An improvement over the standard, but a bit of a mess overall.

A big boozy malt bomb that's aggressively hopped. I know it's a blurry line, but this really hits as a super hoppy barleywine with all the crazy malt things going on. A bit unbalanced and over sweet, but good and definitely worth the time.

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Photo of MrBendo
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to limesmut for the bomber.
Hazy orange with a medium head. Aroma of earthy caramel malt and tropical fruit hops. Flavor was earthy with pine and tropical fruits that was very balanced with the sweetness of the caramel malts. Some spice in there also.
Nicely spicy and bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. A bit too 'balanced' for my taste.

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3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet.

A- Orange/light copper that is difficult to see through completely. Thin, white head that dissipated quickly.

S- initially smelled bitter and a slight bread smell. With a few more sniffs, lots of pine and resin came through. As it warmed, citrus overcame the pine a little. Herbal notes came through as well.

T- Not as much of an alcohol taste as I was expecting from the gravity. Some light caramel and bread come through in the middle of the taste, while a nice bitterness kick off the taste and stick in the back of your mouth. Some malty flavor sticks around as it warms up some. Resin notes form hops hang out a while as well. Not as much citrus in the taste when compared to the nose, even as it warmed.

MF- Thin initially, but the hops wrap my tongue in a little sweater, waiting for the next sip.

Overall, this is possibly the best IIPA I've had (I'm generally not big into them, for what it's worth). This is not "too much", which is what I usually say about Imperial IPAs (I'm a bit of a puss.) This is a nice brew to sip on in a cold night in January after class.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Loki for this one.

Appearance: Pours a hazy unfiltered amber, turbid and almost opaque. The head rises to an inch and then slowly settles into a ring.

Smell: Tons of oily hops balanced by an equally large malt backbone. Mango, pine, grapefruit and honey all come to mind.

Taste & mouthfeel: Honey-like sweetness, tropical fruit and citrus with a resiny bitterness beneath. This is rich, sweet and fairly heavy for the style. The finish brings out a bitter earthy hop note that lingers on the palate for quite a while. Balance and complexity are excellent; this is a well-made DIPA. While I generally prefer this style to be lighter in body and malt presence, I still enjoyed this.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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