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 abernethyj
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BeerDocT
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance 3.50: Poured out a perfect golden color. No head at first, but magically a head popped up and then slowly dissipated. Old Hindu magic trick, no doubt.

Smell 3.75: Very pleasant bouquet. Very fragrant, but all one level and expertly balanced. Hop alkalinity hits the nose first along with pleasant grains and light caramel malts, like golden syrup.

Taste 4.25: Wow! Front is slightly salty (!) and here you also get the first hints of the hop overflow to come. The hops hit in the center of palate at this stage. Middle is where a silky-smooth, semi-sweet malty punch sneaks in along with more very pronounced but well-balanced hoppy goodness. Finish is wonderful: it seems like everything comes together in one malty, hoppy package. I am usually able to differentiate different hop tastes or flavor profiles, but with this beer, the consolidated flavor package is just so delicious... . I also detect that saltiness here; I don't find it unpleasant in the least. Aftertaste is relatively short, and fades away quickly making you want to grab the glass and quaff some more...always a good thing. Absolutely no hint of the 10+% ABV.

Mouthfeel 4.25: They nailed this, too. Perfect and outstanding level of carbonation that really accentuates this beer and kicks it into the stratosphere. I never grade this category high, but this brew deserves it.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding is right. You will search and search for a better Double IPA, but you will have a very hard time finding one better than Imperial Kashmir. Smooth, balanced, nuanced...this beer is an example of brewing excellence. The hops in this beer are all high-palate hops and I can recognize the "3 C's": Cascade, Chinook, Columbus. No funky, chunky or skunky hops in this baby. I have had other Highland Brewing beers and this bad mamma jamma is the Emperor of the bunch. Track it down if you can, it comes highly recommended.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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 Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wyatt13
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Onenote81 sent me this bottle last week -- thanks, Jon! Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a stemmed glass.

A - Pours a quite clear, golden color with two fingers of a creamy white head. Great retention that promises impeccable lacing. No surprise -- sheets of thick lacing leave the glass looking beautiful.

S - This one definitely smells like an English IPA. A good amount of hop bitterness on the aroma, but well supported by a caramelized malt backbone. A nice sweet, yet fruity blend.

T - Very intensely flavored, with a swift kick in the taste buds halfway through the swallow. Sweet malts and a bit of fruity hops combine together for a lengthy aftertaste. A bit boozy, but I think it works pretty well with the style.

M - A rather full mouthfeel for the style, with a heavy presence in the mouth. Appropriate carbonation with a nice sticky residue that remains.

O - A very robust version of an English IPA. Very flavorful and a nice change of pace from the intensely hoppy IPAs I have been drinking lately. Thanks, Jon!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of kemoarps
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brentk56 for helping fill my new place with good beer after the big move.

Pours a very light straw. Very clear. Enticing little white head. Good retention and lacing.

Minimal hops on the aroma. Grainy, a little grassy, but not fresh cut grass, more of an old dry grass element. Some candy sweet in the third act, and some floral hops finally peek in at the end. Underwhelming so far. Almost a soapy undertone (and no, it's not from the glass).

Well, this is a tale of two halves, as my buddy Scott was so fond of saying. While I was incredibly underwhelmed by the appearance and the aroma, the taste, thankfully, takes over and is executed much better than the two previous categories.
Starts off with a caramel sweet creaminess that quickly gives way to all kinds of bitterness. I can't quite pin down the specifics of the bitter, but there's definitely some orange rind, I'm catching a touch of pine sap and as it fades the interplay of bitter and sweet conjures memories of honeysuckle from my youth. Now if that's not florid and sappy enough for you (get it? GET IT??!?), I don't know what to say...
As it warms, I do get that aspirin pill chalky-bitterness that has been mentioned in previous reviews, but not to the point that it ruins an otherwise enjoyable beer for me.

The punch of the bitter dissipates, leaving a creamy sweet finish with a bitter mid-palate, but not in an enjoyably sense.

Of the recent box I received, this was one of the lower-on-my-list-of-excitement bottles. After the pour and sticking my nose into it, I felt my low expectations were justified at least. Then I started drinking it. I'm excited to try the other brews I received, because if this marks the lower end of that box, I'm in for a treat.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of farrago
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good amount of larger to moderately sized bubbles gives the head an irregular surface, little under two fingers high, clean white in color, thick sheets of lacing with excellent stickiness. Mild orange amber in color, not really golden, not especially clear and curious absence of any visible bubbles. The nose is extremely sweet with coconut custard, juicy pink grapefruit, molasses, flowers and apricot, peach fruit, balances this out with pepper and cut grass notes and lighter metallic earthiness, strong nostril presence with lots of length and staying power. Full-bodied, creamier and more carbonated than expected based on visual inspection, almost heavy at times. Here too it emphasizes its sweetness with pink and white grapefruit, mandarin orange citrus and pine sap in addition to pineapple, nectarine, apricot fruit. The florality gets lost in the mix. Maple syrup, molasses and brown sugar keep the love fest going but, at the same time, there a hardness to the finish, pepper, baked bread crusts, meadow grasses to green straw. It is boozy for sure and its syrupy texture keeps it adhered to your mouth pores long after you have swallowed it down. Likely over the top for many but if you enjoy the full metal jacket approach now and then this may be up your alley.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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