Highland Kashmir IPA | Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA
Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 365 | Ratings: 774
Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes 10/31/11: Pours a deep gold producing a nice white head and webby, sticky lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine hops, spice and caramel malt. Taste is hop dominant pine and citrus with a malt sweetness throughout the sip. Faintly dry/bitter finish and aftertaste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden color with thin white head, head dissipates quickly some lacing.
Smell this will sound odd but it smells dusty!! also light citrus smell.
Taste slight hop taste little fruity bitter taste as well.
Feel light and clean sort of dry
Overall this was a good beer I am glad I tried would not have another.

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Photo of Miles_in_beer_city
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highland has announced they are retiring this IPA, which just doesn't stand up against most IPAs. There will be a release party on 12/31/15 for "Highland IPA" which is replacing it, a west style IPA.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

True to the style, it does not slap you up sideways like American or PNW IPAs. Malty and crisp, it has a light mouthfeel and easy drinking for a hophead. I'd buy it again, and probably will next time I'm in Tennessee.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 2 fingers of white suds over a cloudy body of gold; moderate visible carbonation; decent lace

S - floral, citrus, biscuity malts

T - tropical fruits, citrus, pine, grass, herbal, biscuity malt backbone; pretty well-balanced

M - smooth creamy medium body, medium carbonation

O - Kashmir is an ok IPA.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into IPA glass. The color is a pale yellow with a thick, creamy milk white head and lacing. There is no dominant smell; it's mostly malt with a faint citrus. The taste begins with a malty sweetness and follows with a dry, slightly bitter finish. I can't discern anything else. This ale has a nice, creamy mouthfeel and is very drinkable at 6.0 ABV. It's also quite refreshing.

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Photo of hophead723
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours quite golden and clear, with an estimated SRM rating of 9-11. The head, being an aspect of the overall appearance, is so closely tied with the protein content that I will elaborate further in the mouthfeel section of this review.

Smell: Marijuana. Cannabis. Ganja. If you smell this beer and cannot discern the cannabis-like qualities therein than you are simply not a "Canna-sieur". The aroma contains elements of an Indica-dominant strain with pungent skunky aromas. I get nuances of grape skin, subtle buttery rye, stone fruits, and unfiltered honey.

Taste: This brew has an inadvertent English-style earthiness but quickly showcases numerous fruity hues that include melon rind, peach, and pine. The warm fermenting ale yeast lends a helping hand to the expressive elements of juniper, fresh milled grains, and corn husks which dance elusively behind a veil of dominant herbal hops.

Feel: Textbook medium-body, slightly dry middle, and moist finish. The definition of drinkable.

Overall: What an amazing IPA. There are so many great aspects of cannabis that are captured in this brew making it genuinely second to none. Forget West coast style IPAs for a second and marvel at the beauty of this rustic concoction.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I haven’t ever tried Highland Brewing Company, but I picked up an excellent type of beer called an English-style IPA. This variety has 6.0% ABV as opposed to the incorrectly recorded 5.6% ABV listed on beeradvocate.

Look-This one pours a crystal clear golden yellow color that reminds me of a light honey or perhaps a lager. The head does not exist, but instead is a thin film. The lacing is sparse, but is moist and delicate.

Smell-I get a subtle bouquet of flowers and citrus. I also pick up on some slight spices and light malts.

Taste-The taste is more apparent than the aroma was, but has a grainy malt base tinged with maybe bread and yeast. The hops are various floral subtleties, a tinge of citrus like orange and clementine, and lastly a very mild bitterness that is almost imperceptible. I would say that the IBUs taste like 50-55, but apparently they are more like 60, eh, I think that is believable, but this is definitely a well-balanced and tampered brew…in a good way. The bitterness comes at the very end right when the most carbonation is released.

Mouthfeel-It is medium-bodied with a refreshing feel. It also has a creamy and moist feel with medium carbonation.

Overall-I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I wasn’t expecting much, but one of my first few experiences with EIPAs was a good one with this variety in particular. The malts and hops are well-balanced and do not go over the top like stronger IPA styles might. It’s refreshing and crisp and could be drinkable all year round. Cheers!

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Photo of gnumber9
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not what i expect in an IPA, but here the nuance is great. it's main component is a caramel candy taste with a very interesting fruit, hop and malt that hints at a piney coffee/cola, but this is anecdotal. i love this trick to my nose. it is a very drinkable beer. it's sweeter than i'm typically use to, but it's brewed with either french broad river or well water from this area, both which are sweet and offers a wholesome taste. i use to live in asheville and the water is awesome. btw, new belgium is brewing from the same river or if a well, maybe the same aquifer. look below the big bridge to the south and you'll see the brewery on the west bank. anyway i know this isn't typical beer jargon, but it's my take on it. i really like this "ipa".

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Photo of Chug-a-lug
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Citrus smelling - grapefruit, SRM 5 - pale gold, lace that last the entire serving, dry and plenty of hop bitterness. Another great beer from Highland!

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Photo of tillmac62
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

BOD 5/22/14. Pours a slightly cloudy medium amber. Exceptional head volume and retention, World Class lacing.

Nice nose of subtle herbal hops, with a touch of spice, over a biscuit and caramel background.

Light medium body that has a fairly smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a slight effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile falls just short of outstanding. It is intense, but falls short in balance and complexity. It has a nice hop flavor focus (herbal, citric and rind) over a mild bitterness in the middle. Caramel and biscuit sweetness appear in the finish, but are overwhelmed by rind and pine hop flavor. This hop flavor lingers.

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Photo of DeaconsBrew
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Pilsner glass @ 55 deg. F.

Typical EIPA with perhaps a bit more substance than many. Floral citrus (grapefruit) notes that linger for a couple of minutes.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Clear golden with a white half-finger head that dissipated fast. Thin lacing.

S: Light malts, grainy, fruity.

T: Lager-y, grainy. A slightly bitter finish. Like an English Bitter meets a Lager. Not a good combo.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Kinda meh. Not my cup of brewski.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks like it should for the style, dark golden hugh with a tight white head.

The smell is actually what you would expect for an EIPA. Like a more concentrated version of a traditional English IPA. Herbal and Medicinal for sure with a strong backbone of malt.

The taste is more of the same as the nose. Hugely bitter with a grassy, herbal aroma hops. The malt backbone is sticky and balancing.

There is a resinous hop flavor that literally coats your mouth for minute after minute. It just overpowers everything else.

If you can appreciate an EIPA, this is your bet. Great Lakes Commodore Perry is a bit too American to be a traditional EIPA, but this is spot on.

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Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Floral, grainy notes dominate the aroma, with a light citrus flavor added, and a moderately bitter finish. Nice nutty malt backbone. The citrus is odd for the style, but works well.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

From notes on 4/6/14

Regular macro style straw body. Wonderful delicate hoppy aroma. Slightly bitter flavor. Very easy drinking. Light floral taste. Some sweet maltyness. Good sessionable beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Highland Kashmir IPA has a thin-to-medium, off-white head, a mostly clear, gold-orange appearance, some residual lacing, lots of bubbles, and noticeable lace left on the glass. The aroma is faint, but one can pick up some apricot and sweet malt. Taste is of sweet bread, apricot, and mellow bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Highland Kashmir IPA finishes semi-dry and refreshing.


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Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice deep gold with a slight amber tint. The head has slight retention, with a thin disc and some nice lacing. The aroma is pretty mild, with some light malt aromas (think dried fruit). The taste is alright. There is neither the malt depth of traditional English IPAs or the hops of American IPAs. It's not a bad flavor, but it's not very complicated. The body is lighter, as an English IPA tends toward and it's not bad, but it's not really going to blow you away.

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Photo of JimKal
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Shaker Pint. Amber gold color with a one finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly. It does leave some nice lacing.

S: Malty aroma.

T: There isn't much going on here. I know this style isn't as hop forward as the American IPA but Goose Island does a better job with the style.

M: Light to medium perhaps as a result of the low level of carbonation.

O: I picked this up in a mix six as I've been wanting to try it. As much as I want to encourage NC craft, I won't be repeating this one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal-clear, golden-yellow coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout, and a short, filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of floral hops, subtle caramel backbone, light fruit esters, and subtle bitterness. Flavors are bitter forward, with a tart citrus character of tangerine and grapefruit, followed by subtle toasted and caramel notes, and some floral highlights. The body is smooth, with a sharp edge to it. The aftertaste is more floral and sweet than anything, with fruity notes up front. The finish is smooth, somewhat effervesced from the carbonation, and slightly bitter. Very drinkable English IPA.

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Photo of blordo1685
2.24/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This beer could best be compared to a poor version of Sierra Nevada. Nothing new or exciting here. A truly prosaic and mediocre beer. After a few sips I poured this one out.There are too many decent beers out there so I recommend that you skip this one.

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Photo of Foyle
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: clear, golden appearance
Aroma: mild floral hops
Mouthfeel: medium, slightly sticky
Flavor: somewhat citrusy hop bitterness initially and a dry bitterness at the end with a sweet caramel malt flavor in between

Overall: Nicely balanced and not over the top. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Zach136
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with a nice white head.

Aroma/Flavor: Light intensity grassy hops over a bready, biscuity malt bill, and some slight fruity yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, some sticky resinous hop linger. Not overly bitter.

Overall: This beer gets poor reviews because it's an English IPA and not a West coast – but it's a fine example of the style.

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Photo of Paincane
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden body with white head and nice retention and lacing.
S: Citrus, floral hoppy and bread aromas.
T: Balanced malt backbone with wonderfully hop forward flavors. Pine and citrus at the back end.
M: Crisp, bright & lightly bitter finish.
O: Solid IPA that is well-balanced.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Base of bottle says Filled 02/18/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring around the edge.

S- Hard to get a good whiff even with the Spiegelau glass. Mild hops and some faint bready malt. Slight alcohol fume and there's some strange chemical-like aroma I can't put my finger on. Kind of off-putting.

T- Taste is a bit better with some solid bitterness and more bready malt. Looking for some hop flavors but I really just taste bitter. Some honeyish sweetness going on.

M- Sharp and bitey. Medium carbonation with a lightish body.

O- Not sure what they were going for with this but it missed the mark for me. I did like it a bit better when I had it on tap but was still underwhelmed. For a better English-style IPA also brewed in Asheville, try Green Man IPA.

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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 774 ratings