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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

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Photo of EStreet20
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle into a 20 ounce "tulip" shaped Imperial Pint Glass.

A - Two fingers of off white head sit atop a hazy amber colored brew.Looks nice. Head initially subsides a bit but then cake s alittle caky and stays nicely.

S - Fairly subdued for the style but some nice citrusy hops.

T - Very different here but very nice. Sweet malt really pushes through here for me. Some fruity tones kick up and then lend way to a caramel sweetness. Hops balance out the sweetness.

M - Pretty smooth. A little light for the flavor.

D - Interesting to say the least. Something makes me want to sip more and more of this brew. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Notes: This is an odd, yet enjoyable, brew. I've seen others say it leans toward barleywine. All I can say is it's nice and smooth with a high ABV, a little lacking on hop kick, but something about it draws me back.

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Photo of lightindarkness
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Georgiabeer for coming up with this one. Poured into a tasting snifter.

Pours a very slightly hazy deep orange. A a sandy dark cream colored head bubbles down to patchy film and a ring around the glass.

Nose is of big rich sweet malt, caramel, and juicy hops. Nice resin, light spice, and some light crisp citrus blend into an almost woody balance. Slight whiffs of alcohol warm the nose.

Taste and feel are closely paired in this interesting IIPA, complex and dynamic throughout the sip. Up front flavor is citrusy, with a little lemon and bright spice riding over a deeper malt foundation. Despite the body and depth, it sits high on the palate, plenty dry, almost airy. Some good caramel flavor is cut by the intensity leading up to the finish. The alcohol and carbonation seem to lift off the palate right at the end, replacing the initial taste with a dry bitterness. Leaves some resin and candy-sweet/roasted stickiness on the palate and a tingle on the tongue when everything settles.

I like the flavor balance and concept a lot, but the feel lacks for me what it seems to need in depth, cutting through the flavor and cleaning off the palate with each sip. That plus the abv make it a treat to enjoy, but not to crave.

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Photo of HPGrenade
4.87/5  rDev +23.6%
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 Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev -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
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bobbyc for the opportunity! 2007 version.

Hazy, dark amber in color. Light tan, small, medium bubbles type of head. Legs, but not much lacing.

Caramel and honey. Flowers and pepper. Earthy.

Taste resulted in barleywine confusion! Quite sweet. Caramel and toffee. Hops came across as spicy. Nicely bitter at the finish.

Medium + to full body. Coating. Low to medium carbonation. Dry. ABV quickly felt.

Wow! A big 'ol DIPA, pushing the barleywine
envelope. A bit sweeter than I care for, but very well made and a nice change up.

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Photo of Vancer
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
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 barronkr
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a copper color with a huge off white head with great lacing. The aroma was spicy with hints of citrus. The taste was a great IPA taste. Great hoppiness with hints of citrus. The mouthfeel was creamy and heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall a great beer!! Hope we get Highland down here in LA soon!! Great company who makes great beer.

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Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle acquired from ahatcher78, thanks for giving me the chance to try this brew along with the amazing Sexual Chocolate

Split with a friend tonight who is a big fan of DIPAs, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Dark orange that is more on the orange side, 3/4 inch white foamy head, stuck around for a little while and left a small pillow on top of the liquid, some lacing at the beginning

S-Variety of tropical fruits like pineapple and guava, also lots of citrus, some grapefruit hoppiness, sweet malt, toffee, lots of caramel, and some different spices

T-Strong caramel flavor right off the bat, oranges, lemons, and tangerines in the middle, with a sweet and dry finish, somewhat balanced but could have used a drier hop profile to be more enjoyable, hops died down after each sip I took, malt became bready and chewy after a while, a little spice in the finish towards the end, also some ethanol, weird variety of flavors overall but they all seemed to mold together pretty well

M-Good amount of carbonation, medium body, creamy and bitter mouthfeel, got sweeter as it warmed, taste lasted longet then too, a little spicy towards the end with some dryness still

D-A bomber of this might even be too much but the alcohol was hidden well, strong at above ten percent though, pretty heavy on the stomach, especially when it sweeter, otherwise easy to drink

Heard a lot about this beer when it was released and was eager to see what it was about, first beer from Highland, too bad this will only be brewed once because it was not too bad, kind of expensive at twelve dollars a bottle though, would drink again if I got some more, recommended

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drunkmonk for this bomber!

Appearance - Dark copper with a white head that falls to some minimal lacing.

Smell - Citrus and mild tropical fruits along with strong carmel malt.

Taste - Rich carmel followed by grapefruit, tropical fruits, and pine. Just a touch of booze appears in the finish.

Mouth feel - Mildly creamy. Fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Damn good! Reminded me more of a barley wine, but was highly enjoyable never the less.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in trade from Limesmut.

Mildly chill hazed copper colored ale with a nice tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and fruity with more than a trace of ethanol. Strong malt backbone here with lots of caramelized sugar in it. Little bit of spice and hay in this one, more than usual for this beer style. Good menthol, mint, pine and grapefruit aromas. Eucalyptus aroma rides on the ethanol fumes.

The taste begins a little sweet and woody with a big melons and malt syrup flavor. Wood and melon is pretty much the major flavor here. Higher fruity hop flavors are missing here.

Mouthfeel is OK.

OK but really tastes more like a Barley Wine. Malt is stronger than the hops here and leaves me want tropical fruit flavor in my glass. OK I guess.

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Photo of rallison
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to limesmut for this one!

This thing pours a great looking cloudy reddish amber color with a 1 finger white head that leaves nice lacing and a wonderful ring on top of the beer. A very nice looking beer indeed. First whiff, and I smell juicy hops and caramel/toffee sweetness. So far so good!

Wow. The flavors are big here. Big backbone of caramel and toffee sweetness. Piny and juicy hops. Alcohol. Unfortunately, there is an undesirable astringent quality that is accentuated by the alcohol. The rest of it kind of reminds me of Devil Dancer, but unfortunately that odd astringency knocks the score down quite a bit. Could've been a 4.5, but now I cannot give it more than a 3.5. Bummer.

Mouthfeel is rich, somewhat syrupy, and very nice on this cold night. Drinkability is decent at best given the astringency issues.

If they could get the hops right in this one, I'd love to have this again. Until then, I'll pass.

Edit: Lowered taste to 3.0 - the flavors just do not come together or work well here after having finished about 12 ounces of it.

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

Pours a cloudy golden hued caramel amber color with a full finger eggshell colored loose foamy head that fades to surface. Leaves a spotty lacing pattern in trail. The smell is really interesting. If i didn't know better i'd think that i was smelling a barleywine. A strong rich caramel malt dominates a bright floral note. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is heavy, creamy and sweet. Full flavored, the rich caramel malt dominates the taste. A complex blend of unbalanced maltiness over a fruity hop character that really keeps things interesting. Having a ton of fun with this one; it really caught me by surprise. Appreciate the opportunity to sample it thanks to drunkmonk.

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Photo of ewright
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured about half of a 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Beer pours a ruddy copper color with a bit of cloudiness. One finger of off-white head dissipates slowly.

S: The aroma is dominated by hops, but you don't get the strong citrus aroma typical of Cascade-family hops. Unidentified herbal aromas show through, along with a sweet smell from the malt.

T: Very nice balance between malt and hops. The hops are bold, but not overpowering. The malt shows through with hints of toast.

M: Thick feel up front, lower alcohol burn than one might expect from 10%+. Hop tingling remains in aftertaste.

D: This is a sure sipper. One does not rush through 22 oz of 10.2% beer. I expect this will last through at least the first half of the game (AFC champ) today.

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Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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 +10.4%
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 -8.4%
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 +2.3%
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 -8.6%
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 +9.6%
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 +0.3%
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 -9.9%
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 +2.3%
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 +5.6%
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 +14.2%
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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Highland Imperial Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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