Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA | Highland Brewing

Highland Imperial Kashmir IPAHighland Imperial Kashmir IPA
188 Ratings
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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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 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 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 NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highland- Imperial Kashmir IPA

Thanks to Limesmut for this 1.

A- Nice looking bloody reddish orange with a big foamy head.
S- Sweet sugary malt. Dried fruits and pine needles.
T- Sweet malt with hints of vanilla. Dried fruits like cherries and pinapple blended with a sweet sugary red grapefruit and oily pine needle hops.
M- Although sweet throughout not overpowering and quite refreshing. This is 10.2% alc?! Neer would of guessed it. Well hidden alc. but just a touch cloying in the end.

Overall- A highly drinkable Imp. IPA. A definite addition to your fridge or Wants list!

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Photo of wedge
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1st Bottle

Lightly hazed orange-amber. An inch of off-white foam quickly settles to a sticky cap. The aroma is surprisingly light - spicy, minty, piney. Smells obviously dry-hopped in a grassy sense. Oranges and brown sugar...a swirl stirs up some alcohol. This is different stuff. Woody-like flavors upfront. Sticky hops and alcohol...but different than most. Juicy, sweet, grassy green hoppiness and hints of maple syrup. Maybe too much young dry hop flavor for my tastes, the malts don't quite have enough to match everything else. Mouthfeel is a little chewy and warming, finishing with a drying bitterness that isn't overdone.

The flavor is significantly bolder, but I prefer the aroma more at this point. Its hoppy, its strong, its got a good solid bitterness, and its different. Not anything like your atypical West-coast variety, this is more green, earthy, and minty. An interesting beer but probably a little young to be really good when I cracked this bottle 2 or 3 months after its release.

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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 HopasaurusRex
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Levitation Ale tulip:

Crystal clear tawny amber hue with a slight foam stand. Wispy bubbles. Nose of pine resin, grapefruit, and apricot nectar melded with caramel. Bracing bitter high alpha hop punch asserts itself on the first sip, but gradually fades into honeyish malt. There's a load of malt behind them hops. Big alcohol bite - I can really feel the 10% as it warms my throat. A sipping beer to savor. It could definitely be an American barleywine with some age.

Cheers to barleywinebrewer for sharing this great treat from the South!

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Photo of bort11
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle received as part of the BA Secret Santa '07. Thanks BRoss242!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Very tall initial head that gradually recedes to a swirling cap. Color is a reddish gold, slightly murky.

Smell has a rich floral hop explosion. A bit grassy as well. Taste is a little overpowered by the alcohol. It is very brash with the hops, and a bit spicy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. I think this wold have benefited from aging a bit to mellow out.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This outrageously overpriced 22 oz pours a lovely amber/garnet red with a massive and well constructed off white head that retains majestically and leaves scores of lace.

Aroma is somewhat typical, lots of caramel, honey, and lots of floral and citrus hops.

Flavor starts big with scorched caramel and toasted dark bread. Theres a touch of honey sweetness followed by orange and grapefruit hop bitterness. Fairly balanced with a trailing hop finish that is citrus and herbal.

Body is quite huge with moderate carbonation and a very slick, meaty mouthfeel. Pretty darn good but certainly doesn't warrant the hefty price tag.

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Photo of kuranes
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. into pint glass.

A: Cloudy and glows golden-red. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. Really yummy foamy head. This might be the best-looking beer I've ever had.

S: Enchanting deep sweetness with hoppy notes of grapes and oranges. Also slight caramel scent.

T: Unexpectedly mild. Caramel and citrus taste cascades across the palate and then comes a mildly hoppy finish. Light notes of pineapple or some other tropical fruit. ABV well-hidden until the finish. Personally, I like a little kick to let me know it's high-grav. This beer balances the classic IPA equation of bitterness vs. sweetness well, but not perfectly.

M: Well-balanced and creamy. Somewhat bitter aftertaste.

D: NC microbrews represent! Next time I go to Asheville I'll buy a lot more!

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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 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 AndoBrew
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
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 dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, shipped by blackie blackistone

Highland is the best NC brewery (by far, no possible debate) so i'm looking forward to this one

appearance: pours into a snifter - hazy copper amber body, its clear but murky if that makes any sense...beige frother levels out quickly leaving a light layer around the rim...pretty standard

smell: distinctly highland - i dont know what it is about their beers (a distinct malt structure perhaps) but they all have a common characteristic, and in this case its a great thing...a bouquet of tropical fruit and passion fruit hits the nose first with a strong caramel malt blend following shortly there after

taste: much of the same tropical fruit hits the tongue first followed by a sharp burning alcohol sensation that is quite spicy, malts play a major role providing a smooth caramel core. The hops are mostly tropical and citrus with pine hiding in the background

mouthfeel: the burn is a little unsettling

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of ncvbc
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty nice beer that I looked forward to trying. Poured a deep murky amber with steady carbonation and a somewhat thin head that faded into a ring. Smell was strong of spicy hops. Grapefruit, floral, and a big piney scent with an underlying candy like malt presence. Big bold hop character that has a huge bitterness but also a decent malt backbone. Resinous and almost drying in mouthfeel. This one leaves a tingle on the tongue and you can tell dry hops were used. While there isn't much to this, it does somewhat remind me of the Kashmir, which I find very drinkable. Well, this one goes pretty quickly too and I can't help it! I wish I'd tried this right when it came out at its freshest but it's still nice and I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

Thanks goes to NCSUdo for sending some of this my way!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle split between three people. Color was ruddy orange with a good soapy head. The smell was intense hops but not pine or citrus. the taste was very hoppy with some tropical fruit flavors but not quite a West Coast. The only complaint I had with this beer was the astringency on my tongue. it got worse as I got to the bottom of my glass. Still, nice to be able to try this one.

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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 wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Pours an attractive, amber-golden body with a nice depth to the color. Good carbonation levels fuel a decent size light tan head. Lacing and retention are both above average, especially considering the alcohol content. The aroma is funky (in a good way). Notes of clover, fresh cut grass, herbal teas, and big malty notes. The hops are almost a secondary smell, here, and they are quite resinous and floral.

The dominating flavor here is cereal-rich malts mixed with floral hops and fresh cut grass. It's certainly original as far as IIPA's are concerned. Some type of barley/organic greeneries are present too...a bit hard to place exactly where I've tasted it before, but it's familiar. The body is of medium-high thickness, and quite viscous across the palate. Well carbonated, too, and the warming note from the alcohol is an added plus. Drinkability is a bit limited...this is a thick, heavy double IPA. I'd be in real trouble trying to finish an entire bomber by myself...thankfully, trep was around to help me out.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick head with great lacing. Nice amber color. Very inticing. Very cloudy.

Smell is of caramel malts and hops. Some pale malts in the background. A slight pear smell comes out as well, undertones of slight apple come out. Slight rasin and grape undertones come out.

Taste: Nice sweetness from the malts balanced with a great in your face hop finish. Nice balance. Fruity notes are undertones which add complexity to a beer that would be fairly simple otherwise. Slight grape and raisin undertones There is a slight astringency from the alcohol.

Malts have appropriate thickness and the beer had appropriate carbonation. Creaminess is very low but there.

A damn good DIPA.

Thanks to NCSUdo for the sample. I wish I could go pick up more of this at the store.

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Photo of mntlover
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Enola for picking me up some of these, as I didn't make it over for the release.

Pours a lightly hazy deep copper color with a light tan one finger head that falls to a ring that leaves some nice lace behind.

Aroma is hops pine and fruit jumping out at you from a lightly sweet caramel malt base.

Taste is bammm lots of hops pine with fruit mixed in but pine ends up winning in the finish and overpowering the fruits, lots of resin sticking to my tongue. There is some malt carrying all those hops but it is really overpowered in the taste, at least for now. Finish is pine like noted above with some light earthy spicy in the mix.

Mouthfeel is big big medium approaching full nice mellow carbonation, rich smooth feel.

Drinkability is good this is one big beer loaded with hops, decent malt base but hidden well by the hops. Some alcohol noted as it warms, like to see how this one matures.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear light copper gold. Nice white head and sticky lacing. Smell is one of the weirdest candy smells I've ever experienced. It's almost like a cotton candy, not at all what I expected in an IPA.
Taste has that same candy note as well. Well hopped with lots of citrus notes and a nice bitter lingering aftertaste. Well carbonated and slick and creamy in the mouth.
A really nice quenching beer, I really enjoyed this and wish I could get some more.

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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 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 CWiggins
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
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 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: 3.91 out of 5 with 188 ratings
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