Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA | Highland Brewing

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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

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Added by mikesgroove on 09-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of phideltashaggy
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"An aggressively hopped and higher gravity version of our Kashmir IPA. Six hop varieties added at seven different times in the brew kettle, hopsack, whirlpool, and fermenter contribute to its complexity. This Imperial IPA also differs from our traditional Kashmir with the addition of over 60 pounds of dry hops per 50 barrels. In all, over 200 pounds of hops are used in each 50-barrel batch of this limited release. The robust, malty, and delightfully intense hop flavors and aromas are best enjoyed with an extremely stiff upper lip." Brewed in the style of an Imperial English India Pale Ale. This beer was most recently released in April 2013 after many years of absence.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served north of 51ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy eggshell white head over a medium amber body with medium haze and flakes of sediment in suspension. Retention is well above average, lacing is light and streaked. There's a lot of substance to this Double IPA. 4.25

(Smell) Biscuit and cracker malt combination, clean yet complex with a pairing herbal and tropical fruit hop profile with a moderate bitterness. Yeast and water choice is quite possibly English in origin or influence, with a slightly acidic tartness and some hard water mineral qualities, the subtleties only add an inviting complexity to this beer. Potency is medium. 4

(Taste) The malt base relies on mostly light pale and pilsner malts, although a touch of biscuity european malt adds a pinch of sugar sweetness and body. Hop bitterness and flavor is the dominant focus in the flavor- with a blend of fruity, resinous and herbaceous hop varieties, there is a very tasty blending of flavors and it comes together phenomenally. This beer finishes with a potent herbaceous and fruity hop with a strong, clean bitterness to match. Double IPA or English Imperial, this is a wonderful representative of both styles and comes off as dangerously drinkable. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Mouthfeel is slick and thin with a light, clean texture. Carbonation adds some vitality with a subtle creaminess and smoothness to the beer. The body is lighter than expected for a Double IPA- I don't find myself slowly sipping at the body as it keeps light and drinkable, avoiding any highly viscous, thick and overly sweet balance, opting rather for a bitter-over-sweet balance. Overall it sits slightly above medium body amongst all beer styles. Alcohol presence is light/medium but doesn't come off in the least bit unpleasant with some mellow esters that are considerably masked by the hop bitterness and yeast qualities in this beer. 4

(Overall) Wow, what a solid effort. I don't find Imperial Kashmir reminding me all that much of the standard Kashmir release, although I'm going to have to give Kashmir a second look to see how it stacks up against this thoroughly enjoyable beer. Be wary of the Imperial treatment- the body keeps light and sessionable but the alcohol still kicks in just as strong. The beer has a beast of a hop presence and bitterness, as well. It's good to try a double IPA that doesn't go overboard in malt textures and rely solely on west coast hops. The yeast got it's fair share of credit in building this beer as well. I hope that Highland doesn't wait too long before they put this marvel out again. 4.25

Highland Brewing's
Highland Imperial Kashmir India Pale Ale

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Photo of scvance
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a brilliantly clear deep gold color with a thick, long lasting, fluffy, white head. High carbonation levels are visible. Smell is quite mild, some caramel notes, and slight alcohol. Taste is quite strong in alcohol, that really hits up front and lingers throughout. There is also a lasting sweetness, as well as a long lasting bittering finish. The sweetness is a little strong for my tastes. Medium carbonation present in the mouthfeel, and this beer is quite viscous.

I enjoyed this beer, however, it does not remind me of the original Kashmir which I really like. To call it "Imperial Kashmir" seems a misnomer when you relate it to the original. Overall, this is a good IIPA, however, for the price, I expected more.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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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 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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of rangerred
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a thin white head. Decent head retention, however, leaving a thin ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma is very resienous with a little must and dankness. Some overripe orange with a touch of lemon and grapefruit.

Loads of overripe fruit in the taste along with pine and earth. Bitterness is very high but there is a lot of malt to back of the hops and the toast and earth gives this a real English quality. With all the malt, though, the mouthfeel is not overly sweet at all and even finishes a bit dry. A quick shot of alcohol towards the finish lets you know this is a strong brew but it is not off-putting.

Overall, a very good job by Highland makining an Imperial English IPA which is something that isn't seen all too often. One I'm glad I picked up.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rajendra82
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very clear amber body was topped by a one finger thick head, and had lots of carbonation streamers running through it. The smell of the beer was a little muted for the style, and I could detect mango, pineapple, hay, grapefruit, and some spice. The taste was nicely balanced between bitter and sweet, with none overpowering the other. There were some tropical fruit flavors, and a lingering spiciness, but the overall flavor profile was simple and bold. The feel was sticky, and mouth coating, and the finish dry. An unassuming DIPA with decidedly English take.

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Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 188 ratings