Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA | Highland Brewing

Highland Imperial Kashmir IPAHighland Imperial Kashmir IPA
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mikesgroove on 09-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With great appreciation to Mike from Cole's for sharing his bomber. Soapy head. Yeast and complex meld of five hops, including dry hops. this is not a hop bombing DIPA. Really drinkable as I had this after several other beers, and was reluctant to rate it but it really stood out.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: thin head with some lacing on a clear deep gold with slight amber hue body.

S: caramel malt, pine resin, mild generic citrus but favors grapefruit and breads

T: pine resin, grass, floral and earthy hops, caramel and sour malts. Finishes with medicinal hops and mildly burnt toast.

M: medium to full body and moderate carbonation. oily coating the palate.

Overall: Booze are fairly well masked and not overdone. Not sure I have had an imperial english IPA. Not memorable or all that great but not bad either.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of hops are present in the nose. It is difficult to discern particular aromas since so many hops were used, but I can pick up some citrus and pine resin.
T: You can immediately tell that this is an Imperial IPA as it has a strong underlying malt backbone to support the high alcohol content, but the hops take center stage on the taste and lend a moderate to high amount of bitterness. Hints of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a rather full-bodied IPA so it is one that really needs to be slowly sipped. I definitely would not have more than one of these in a single sitting.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : POurs a cloudy amber color with a nice, tightly bubbled head that sticks around and dots some lace

Smell: Big caramel malty aroma, with hops persisting underneath, even after all this time; still quite boozy, too

Taste: Opens with a huge caramel base that becomes very bitter by mid-palate, with an aspirin-like bitterness; after the swallow, the bitterness fades a bit as the sweetness rebuilds to control the finish

Mouthfeel: Very big and sticky, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: When this was younger, I objected to the aspirin-like bitterness (I prefer more citrus); with a bit of age, that flavor profile is now taking a back seat to the malt, but it is still there

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some deep golden yellow + orange + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness followed by some moderate to strong aromas of citrus/orange rind, citrus/tangerine, and earthy hops. Moderate aromas of pine and spicy hops as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange rind, citrus/tangerine, spicy, and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly. Light amounts of alcohol in the finish.

M: Slightly more than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: An Imperial English IPA is an interesting brew and not one that I find very often. I like the combination of hop flavors and aromas which are not too aggressively bitter and do not linger for too long. Does not drink like it is as high in ABV as it is...

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man it kicks ass to find this brew up here in western NY,poured from the bottle a deep slight hazed burnt orange with a tight formed 1 1/2 finger white head.Deep piney aromas in the nose with some grapefruit rind and caramel sweetness.Resiny flavors really hit up front like that of leather and pine with underlying grapefruit rind and a hefty caramel base.I have drank alot of Highland brews in the past but this takes the cake it kicks major arss.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from both WeisGuy & mikesgroove, so a big "Thank you" goes out to them. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a strong citrus flavor and some caramel. Then there's a good hops presence that comes in and is quickly follow by the sting of alcohol. The malt character is on the thin side for the style. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, this is a beer that you can drink for a while until the ABV catches up with you, but there are better 2IPA's out there.

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Photo of nickfl
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves slightly lace.

S - Musty, pine hops and some rich malt.

T - Bready malt and bitter pine hops up front. More musty hop character in the middle and a finish of toffee, bread and herbal hops.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet, but slightly harshly bitter finish.

D - Meh, this is somewhere between an American a British IPA. The hops are strongly present, but not particularly pleasant, there is enough malt to balance the bitterness though and it is reasonably drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a clear amber with a huge off-white head that fills nearly 1/2 the glass on the first pour. After it finally settles down, it actually retains very nicely into a rich, creamy layer that left good sticky hop lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a big DIPA nose of piney hops, citrus, spice, thick malt and heat.

The taste is resinous hop bitterness and tangy citrus that is nicely balanced by a big chewy backbone of spicy malt. The mouthfeel is a full, creamy body with great carbonation. Unfortunately, there is a fair amount of alcohol present and while it has more of warming nature to start, the more it warmed, the more of a stinging burn emerged.

This was a pretty solid Imperial IPA that possessed a big mix of hops, malt, and alcohol. Unfortunately, I think it has maybe just a tad too much beef and heat to keep the drinkibility high though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich, clear dark amber body with a lush, creamy off-white head.

Smell: Pungent, redolent aroma of resinous pine and fresh-smelling citrus fruits. Plenty of caramel malt ready to balance things out, though. As the beer warms and is allowed the breath, the alcohol really begins to perk up, as does a bright spice character.

Taste: The hops do not wait for the caramel flavor and sweetness to dissipate, right away you get smacked with the fruity citrus, pine needles, and all the bitterness help within. A distinct spiciness continues to build throughout. The hops and bitterness hold on relentlessly into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Hmm, I'd place it at the high-end of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rich, luscious mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Quite nice. I look forward to seeing how this one ages and whether or not Highland will continue this trend of releasing an imperialized version of their current beer line. An Imperial Black Mocha Stout might be nice.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Phosphorescent ochre (when backlit) with pumpkin peel edges. The relatively dark color of the ale makes me think that Highland added a considerable amount of caramel malt rather than just doubling Kashmir IPA's ingredients. I like it, though, and I really like the whipped creamy, sticky, pale orange colored crown. There's an impressive amount of lace too.

The aroma says that caramel malt is definitely present. Citrus fruity hops glide along on an English toffee base. For what is supposed to be an outrageously hopped DIPA, the nose is disturbingly balanced. This is the first, and hopefully the last, chink in the armor.

I hate to say it, but Imperial Kashmir IPA is a disappointment. There's way too much sticky malt gumming up the works. As always, it comes dangerously close to obliterating the hop flavor and seriously impinges on the hop bitterness. There's still an impressive alpha acid raspiness on the finish, however.

Think American barleywine rather than DIPA. All the brewery had to do (when building on Kashmir, which is a very nice IPA) was stick with pale malt, increase the malt by a factor of 1.5, increase the hops by a factor of 2.5 and max out the ABV at 8.0% (it's too noticeable here). I'll bet anything that that beer would be better than this one.

As far as specific flavors, I've pretty much already described them. Melted caramel, bitter grapefruit pith and ethyl alcohol. Warming doesn't change much, but it does firm up the mouthfeel a tad.

The beer is moderately viscous and borders on sappy and sticky. Correction: it is sappy and sticky. If you like big beer, you'll like it. If not, you won't. Good job on keeping the bubbles in the background.

I had very high hopes for Imperial Kashmir IPA. It turns out that it's my least favorite beer from what I think is North Carolina's best brewery. I don't really care if this 'Limited Edition 2007' offering sees the light of day in 2008 and beyond unless Highland does some major tinkering. Thanks Loki.

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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 Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle

A - clear golden orange with a thin, white head that has great retention

S - crystal malt, faint citrus

T - bread, sugary, faint birthday cake, citrus, pine, bitter

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit warm

This is a nice DIPA from Highland. I am partial to a sweeter DIPA that offers that delicious birthday cake-like, sugary sweetness. This one also packs a solid hop punch. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of AlexFields
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
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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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cartdan for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is mostly hops, with a very nice touch of malts, not much pines, but some citrus, and the usual caramel. The taste is sweet at first, then some nice hoppyness, and then some malts, and some slight citrus. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice DIPA, would recommend.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 72.9% out of 100 with 188 ratings
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