Highland Kashmir IPA | Highland Brewing

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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:
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Added by Jason on 01-20-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 364 | Ratings: 770
Photo of ncbeermonger
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer from a great NC Brewery. I love Highlands stuff, this one is no slouch!
It appears as an almost amber hued beer, some hints of orange are noticeable.
The smell of hops is prevalent, and it tastes like a smoother IPA than most. The mouthfeel is smooth, and crisp. I love this IPA, the hops are not overpowering, and the crisp taste is one not to be missed.

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Photo of Damian
4.46/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to mikesgroove for including this as an extra in a trade.

The beer poured a crystal clear, golden-amber color with a fluffy, bubbly, off-white, two-finger head. Chunks of sudsy lacing left thick rings all down the glass.

The aroma was hoppy yet balanced. Semi-sweet. Fruity and citrusy (candied orange peel was noticeable) with a stiff, biscuity malt character. A touch grassy as well.

The taste was very similar to the aroma. Full-flavored, hoppy and crisp yet well balanced. Citrus notes (orange peel) dominated the hop profile. Grapefruit was noticeable as well. Bready, toasty notes came through in the malts. A touch of brown sugar appeared as well. Spicy mid-palate. The finish was crisp, clean and spicy with a touch of lingering hoppy (grapefruit-like) bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy and smooth with a medium amount of carbonation.

Even though this beer might not satisfy hardcore hop heads, it was a super tasty IPA nevertheless. Overall, a very sessionable and well crafted version of the style.

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Photo of melloashello
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a tad bit cloudy, but a creamy head with some lacing, nice gold color

Aroma is very malty but with a nice piney smell, very grassy with a hint of citrus.

An immediate bitter bite on first sip, hops are there but not over the top, some IPA lovers may be disappointed, but I feel a good balance here with a nice caramel maltiness, finishing up with a good bitterness. Great taste.

Nice balance in carbonation, not too heavy and not too light ( and no, not like those bud light commercials)

Very drinkable beer. It is not exactly what some would consider to be an IPA but I do enjoy this beer. I will definitely purchase a sixer when I get the chance.

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Photo of andrewgator
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light gold, with a nice creamy head. Great lacing on the glass with every sip.

Assertive hop bitterness upfront, with an instant maltiness in the background. Aftertaste leaves the lingering bitterness, with a slight biscuit toasted bread flavor. Slight alcohol warmth.

This is a well balanced beer. And the drinkability is excellent. Not too high in alcohol and its easy to put down a few. This may not be as hop forward as your extreme IPA's but the balance makes it one of my favorites. The bitterness is there but it doesn't take over and fatigue the palate. I stay intruiged throughout the whole beer.

Definitely a must try.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alright, if I haven't said it before, Highland is a real gem of a regional brewery. I've yet to have anything from Highland that didn't impress me - this beer is no exception.

The pour is a deep yellow with a pure white head. The head is a bit on the thin side - maybe a quarter inch but it lasts through much of the drink. The beer starts cloudy and I thought it was an unfiltered IPA but after a few minutes it settles and becomes crystal clear. A very attractive glass of beer, if it had more head I wouldn't rated it a "5"

The smell is nothing but hops - spicy green herbal hops. Words like 'zesty' come to mind when you stick your nose in this beer.

The flavor is very good and just short of excellent. It's also rather surprising because I was expecting an American IPA and this is -not- by any stretch of the imagination a "by the book" American IPA. There's a clear sweet malt flavor underneath with hints of golden grain and honey but the hops are by far the belle of the ball here. The hops are pure Europe all the way with Goldings and Fuggles in massive quantities. The hops flavor actually borders on Saaz or Tettnanger - noble hops and close cousins to Goldings and Fuggles. If you'd handed me this beer and told me it was a "super Pilsner" I would have been utterly convinced.

Excellent hop presentation - very bright, clean bold hop flavors without bitterness. The sweet malt is just perfect in counterbalancing the strong hops notes.

Mouthfeel is very good. This is a light to medium bodied brew with almost enough carbonation to clean the palate between sips. Good balance between residual hop bitterness (mild) and residual sweetness (light)

Very, very drinkable and highly recommended to anyone who can get their hands on this. As much as I was recently disappointed by the "Über Pils" from Clipper City (another excellent regional brewer) if it had tasted like this I would have been overjoyed. This is not your typical pine-n-citrus American IPA but it is an excellent showcase for bold hop flavoring. Also *again* proof that a big, flavorful beer doesn't have to be high in alchohol; this one's only 5.6% but you'd never know it from the taste.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle(pictured) into a tulip glass.

A: Bright amber, orange. Slight cloudiness. Thin white head with moderate lacing.

S: Citrus, hops and mild malt sweetness.

T&M: Nicely balanced hop and malt taste. Not a strong IPA, but very tasty. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Fades slowly to a slight sweet hop taste that I can't describe.

I've had this on tap and it is very good. I read some recent reviews and they are much lower than the ale deserves. It may have been a bad batch, so I hope you'll try it again because this is one of my favorites for a mild IPA. Not too piney or hoppy, but good.

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Photo of Lupe
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-yellow that is a bit cloudy from chill haze, but brightens up after a bit. One fingered white head that doesn't look like much, but stays around until the last drop is drained and leaves sheets of lace.

Pure hoppy aroma. Very fragrant with spicy and herbal hops with some zesty citrus and pine thrown in as well.

Hops again in the flavor - no surprise. Though the surprise is the flavor from hops. The first taste brings your typical American IPA hoppiness, but then develops to a much more well rounded flavor. Sweet malts come through adding some toasted grain, caramel and honey - adding great balance to the beer. But it is the hop flavor that shines - mostly piney, herbal, and earthy with a dash of citrus. Never overpowering but has a solid bitterness. Smooth and well rounded flavors - very nice.

Medium bodied and smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation. Great drinkability. All this flavor with only 5.6% abv - I smell a session beer. Stood up to and paired well with some spicy fajitas.

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Photo of Luigi
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a large sticky white head. Awsome head retention. The aroma is sweet and hoppy. I can definately detect the spicy English hops and at the same time the Mt. Hood's pull through with their pine aroma. The flavor is about the same. A well balanced hoppy brew. The hops are a tasty mix of English raw leafiness and Mt. Hood sharpness. A sweet malt and light toasted grain balance out the hops. The drinkability is dangerous. Pint after pint can be consumed if you don't have anything to do the next day. I think my taste have matured since the last time I tried this beer. I love it!

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Photo of bgarrity
4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

More of a pale ale than an IPA. Not overwhelmingly bitter at all. A slight caramel maltiness in the beginning, with a nice bitter grapefruit-y hop finish. A good session beer, as it will not overwhelm your taste buds at all. Very tasty addition from the Highland Brewery

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Photo of cbros
4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 12 ounce beer with no born on date poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a murky golden yellow with a small white lace that is present till the end. NO activity present after pour.

S- Smell of earthy hops, consist with other IPA's I have had.

T- Taste of hops but with a smooth finish. Very palatable IPA that might be dangerous because of its ease of taste. A nice selection from Highland. Picked this up at a corner store. I've had other Highland selections and this does not diappoint. Good strong taste that is not too hoppy or bitter. Nice flavor combinations make this a must have again. Glad to see that I can pick up a local brew that is of such high quality.

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Photo of Mr3dPHD
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After tasting several IPAs from domestic breweries in recent months, I was very happy with Kashmir. It meets my expectations of aggressive hoppiness I expect from an IPA, but without overdoing it to the point that its hard to drink. I tend to find many IPAs lacking in drinkability to a degree, but Kashmir left me wating more. This is definitely my favorite Highland brew as of yet, and its pretty high on my list of IPAs in general.

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Photo of hophead723
4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
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 WeezyBoPeep
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a standard pint glass.

A: Creamy, buttery gold with very little head.

S: Very clean kind cannabis aroma accented well by notes of piney hops and honey. Yum.

T: Bitter hops at first, then a smooth, creamy vanilla body with light citrus and hint of flowers.

D: Exceptionally drinkable IPA. Not too harsh or piney, just right.

Value: I've seen this for under ten bucks a sixer. Great deal for this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Their Kashmir IPA is similar to their American pale ale but with a lighter color; a more floral than citrusy hop character to the nose; a bit more hop flavor (also more varied); and with about twice the bitterness (although it doesn't seem quite so once it warms a bit). Its slightly hazy (bottle-conditioned) golden body is capped by a thin head of creamy bright-white foam that holds well, maintains a solid surface covering, and leaves some spotty lace about the glass. The nose is bright and fresh with floral & grassy hops over a sweetish, bready malt. The body is medium with a very fine and gently crisp carbonation that's lightly crisp across the palate. The flavor offers a solid one-two punch of floral and grassy hops over sweet malt that's well backed by bold bitterness. It finishes short and dry with some very short lingering malt and piney hops that fade quickly to just bitterness. It's well done and very drinkable!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Pours a beautiful translucent orange color with a thick creamy one finger head that's got great lacing on my glass and lasts throughout the drink.
S= Grapefruity and a little chocolate malt? maybe my bottles isn't as fresh as possible. Smell is somewhat supdued.
T= Tastes very very very nice. The hops are there for sure but they are not as strong and active as I would expect for an ipa. Has a lot of toffee taste to it which pleases me. Very nice ipa.
M= Average carbonation, smooth finish that leaves the tip of my tongue a little dry
D= Great. I really enjoy this beer. The smooth maltiness is a great compliment to the hop dominance you usually get with ipa's the hops are great and it's just great. I love it.

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Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid entry in the IPA class. Nicely hoppy, with bright fresh hops notes. A bit of pepperyness toward the finish, with a touch of sweet malt. While I've found Highland's offerings to be a bit bland in their basic style offerings, the brewery produces some very nice products toward the ends of the dark and hoppy parts of the spectrum.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's interesting that this beer is catacgorized as an American IPA... I'm judging this as an EIPA so, just know that...

A-Pours an almost clear deep golden color with a cream/fluffy white head that has good retention and very good lacing.

S-The aroma is full of fruity, the reason I said that it's interesting that it's catagorized as an American IPA because all I get is English hops. Fuggles fo sho! If this was labled as an EIPA I would be very pleased with it. Woody hops are in the front with a fruity background.

T-The flavor is hoppy fo sho with woody/earthy and resonous hops and a soft caramel clean bitter finish.

M-The mouthfeel is crisp yet creamy at the same time. Has a clean bitter finish too. Medium body.

D-This beer is pretty sessoinable. I suggest this beer to any hop lover.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes taken during the Brick Store's awesome 11th birthday week. I recall really enjoying this with a duck and rabbit pate that was served as a special that day

A - a lovely amber body with a rockin' white head that faded and then stuck around

S - massive citrus and grapefruit hop aroma. Man, it just fills the nose. Delicious. Yes, I have the hophead shirt. Yes, this ruled

T - again, massive citrus and grapefruit deliciousness all over the palate. Massive bitterness in the back of the throat going down. Bitter aftertaste rules that much. If you like hops you really would've enjoyed this. Some bready malt is present, but it is totally just there hanging around doing somewhat of a balancing act it can't hope to win. That is not a bad thing here. Thank you, Brick Store, for this awesomeness

M - medium bodied, smooth, and delicious

D - great drinkability. Wondefully hoppy. I think I had like 3 of these. No, I did not drive. My sister was there too and enjoyed one. Would love to drink again (and again)

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Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great, balanced little IPA here... Highland Brewery makes some damn good brews and sometimes don't get the credit they deserve. All of their brews are solid as hell and this is a damn good one here.

Pours out a clear golden with one of the fluffiest puffiest heads that never goes away...

Aroma of slightly piney/citrusy hops with a sweetness from the malt. It smells good but not pungent like some others...

This is where this brew outshines lots of the so-called big boys...it starts out with a hint of sweet malts and then turns sharply bitter and satisfying. This hoppy goodness finishes strong and slowly fades to that sweet malts again, leaving me hankering for the next sip.

Very, very well crafted brew that surprised me with how hoppy it was. This would be an excellent session brew even with the bite...

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour was light amber with a short quarter-inch head that left a light white lace around the glass. The lace stuck to the glass throughout the drink. The smell was heavy in malt and spice with a light floral overtone.

The taste started with a strong malt character and at mid tongue along came a light hop bite. The hops got stronger as the drink finished. Amazingly, though, it left no after taste. The finish was very clean and refreshing.

All and all a great beer and an incredible example of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of Duster72
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this one is a touch under rated...

Pours a nice hazy dark golden with a one finger head. Nice retention and sticky lacing. Aroma is very nice blend of malts and citrus hops. Taste is citrus malts and sweet malts without a bad bitterness. Very easy drinking IPA, which is exactly what I like. If I lived in Asheville, this would easily be a go-to beer, and that would be great. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after serving its sentence in the 12 ounce brown bottle set in the glass an obfuscated golden yellow, the head behemothic in size, creamy in texture and bright white in color, the lace forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of hops, sweet malt and a lime like crispness greet the nose with the start sweet and rich in malt, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is nicely acidic; the hops bountiful and spicy, quite dry and somewhat sweet aftertaste lingers long on the palate, nice moderate IPA, nice on a hot Arizona day.

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Photo of AaronMcDonald
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured a goldish bronze color with only a little bit of head. Nice lacing that held throughout.

S: Very faint hop aroma. A little weak for this style.

T: Good layered hop flavor throughout the drink. A little citrus flavor that balances nicely with the hops. Finishes with a small of amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body with a nice dry finish.

D: Extremely drinkable. Would make a great session beer.

Overall, a great IPA. Has many of the characteristics I look for in an IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with 67couple.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

L - cloudy, golden color with a fluffy white head that settled down, leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

S - citrus hop aroma.

T - citrus hop flavor dominates but a balance of malty flavor makes itself known.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - goes down easy

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy golden color with a thick white head – quickly dissipating. The aroma is of hops with an undertone of sweetness. The taste is malty and hoppy all at the same time. There is a bitterness that lingers after tasting. Great flavor balance in this IPA. The mouthfeel is medium with a touch of creaminess. Overall, this may not be the boldest IPA, but it is quite drinkable!

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