Highland Kashmir IPA | Highland Brewing

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Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA
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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

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Added by Jason on 01-20-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 772 |  Reviews: 364
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good IPA. The aroma is not hoppy, its more on the spicey characteristic. The appearance is cloudy yellow, with dot bubbles. The taste is well balanced and rather chai, saison-like. Its bitter and more offset by spicey-yeastness than by the normal sweetness. Nicely done change of pace.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with a nice murky golden with amber hues body

S: a little musty with subtle hop and grapefruit notes.

T: Really disappointed. this is a little waterd-down. Up front mild pine/bitter hops with a citrus sweetness but overall each of these flavors are understated.

M: light to medium body for an IPA. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: A little let down by this one. The flavor is overall understated and watery.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Highland Brewing mixed 12 pack. Pours a light golden color, smallish white head to it. Faint hop aroma. Light to medium bodied, okay mouthfeel. A very malt heavy IPA, would have liked the hops to be a bit more upfront. Solid and well balanced, but a bit on the boring side and doesn't break any boundaries. Serviceable IPA, but nothing special.

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

Caught somewhere between the indigenous IPA styles of both America and British, the North Carolina brewers bridge the pond with a taste that takes us straight to England.

Bronze-gold in color, Kashmir pours brilliantly clear for elixir of great charm. Perhaps a tinge lighter in saturation than typical American varieties, the ale is capped by a heady blanket of dense foam. The ivory froth structures stay firm and laces the glass with rings at each sip.

Balanced to the nose, the beer rarely favors hops over malt for an even-keel scent from start to finish. Light caramel and cashew provide the base scent while bready aromatics of bread crust pull from the grain as the beer warms. Lightly fruity, but mostly spicy- the nose fills with broad spruce tips, honey suckle, and gently muddled grassy herbs.

To taste, the beer once again refutes high hop dominance; instead allowing the subtle crusted bread and caramel sweet taste to seep onto the palate first. But then the light floral character of honey, marmalade, and soft nuts to rise just as the spicy and broad bitterness takes hold in the middle. A brisk finish of equal part bready malt and spicy hops carry the beer to a crisp and clean taste to close.

Medium bodied, the malt rises and the hops recede to take on proportions best suited for English Ales such as ESB. The beer sheds its malt sweetness, yet retains its starch malt structure deep into finish. Buffered by malt, any alcohol warmth and bracing bitterness remains subdued and rounded even in its quick aftertaste.

Kashmir is an extremely rewarding and sensible ale that steers clearly toward well balanced and bolder English ales than the more common American examples. Highland's flagship IPA will be well received in the Central Kentucky market!

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Photo of oline73
3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

This is more of an east coast style IPA. There is a prevalent hop bitterness with a very mild malt backbone. Honestly, this one could use more malt in the finish. There is a fruity undertone that goes well with the bitterness. Nothing overly interesting here, but it's still not bad. The head is fluffy white and leaves some nice lacing.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a big, well-constructed head that leaves nice sheets of lace

Smell: Balanced aroma of cookie dough malt and pithy citrus

Taste: After the initial cookie dough malt flavor presents itself, the profile dashes over to the pithy citrus side, with subtle hints of stone fruit; the sweet malt persists through and after the swallow to keep the flavor profile nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nicely balanced IPA to please both the hopheads as well as those who want some sweetness to counter the bitterness

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a small foamy head with some good retention and some medium lacing. Aroma of bitter malt is dominating with no discernable notes of caramel malt. Taste is also dominated by some deep bitter hops notes with some subtle malt presence. I would have appreciated some more notes of citrus or resin. Body is about average with some medium carbonation.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with some orange highlights and a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy bright white head that very slowly reduces to small to medium sized thick patch of large bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a light amount of grainy malts with just a touch of apple and lemon. Moderate aromas of floral, citrus, and grassy hops (think orange blossom) that is quite inviting.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of grainy malts with some light amounts of honey sweetness and just a touch of lemon citrus. There is a moderate amount of floral and citrus hops (think lemon/orange blossom) that contribute a light amount of bitterness that lasts for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy.

O: Very well balanced and the alcohol is hidden - easy to drink and enjoyable with wonderful hop flavors and aromas. Another solid brew from Highland Brewing and one I would be happy to get again - I used to get this pretty often when I lived in NC and wish we could get it in NJ.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
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 chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in Highland Brewing pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange-golden with a modest amount of white head. Head has moderate retention and good lacing.

Good carbonation. Some nice citrusy hop notes paired with a solid malt background. But ...
While not flawed or imbalanced, this is too much of an "IPA light" in terms of flavor and, a bit, in its lean mouthfeel. For some, this should make it a highly drinkable IPA, at least on a hot day, but I was hoping for something richer and bolder.

{Ratings confirmed on 5/6/11)

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

Appearance: Clear and pale gold with a nice one finger head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Earthy, malty. Subtle citrus hop notes. I'd like a bolder hop aroma, but this isn't bad.

Taste/mouthfeel: Semi-sweet pale malts, citrus and herbal hops, subtle mint and spice. Light-bodied with a dry, bitter finish. This brew leans toward the bittering hops rather than the aroma and flavor additions, but it has a great balance between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Though this isn't my favorite style of IPA, I'll give it a nod for being a drinkable and well-crafted beer.

Notes: Thanks to Loki for this one. My first NC brew!

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably the best brewery in Nc at least of all the beers I have had down here.Had the aroma of a traditional IPA hoppy,grassy,and this one a little apple essence.Poured nice gold/copper color with nice rocky head that stayed awhile.Taste was of course very hoppy and fruity but pretty well balanced.When in Asheville will get this when at Barleys I wanna try on tap.

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

A - One finger of white head that disappears quickly, but leaves thick, sticky lace. Clear, golden-copper colored body.

S - Spicy, pine-sap hops with moderate malt peeking out from behind.

T - Thick malt up front with moderate bitterness. Some fruity hop flavor in the middle that leads to a finish with darkening hop character with light notes of tobacco.

M - Medium body, moderate-light carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Drinkable but a bit bland. Nice, if somewhat subdued hop character and powerful malt that leads to excellent balance. Overall, good but not great.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

IPA night continues with this beer that was acquired via trade from NClifestyle, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint and contains mostly hops, as expected, with mild notes of citrus and caramel.

T: The flavor of hops comes out first and dominates the taste but it’s very pale and dry. Sweet flavors of caramel and citrus follow up, but they seem to battle with the hops instead of being complimentary. The malt character seems very weak.

M: Very crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

D: This isn’t a very flavorful beer, nor does it go down too easy. It’s not very filling, which is about the only compliment I can give to it. I’m quite surprised, since I liked Highland’s Gaelic Ale so much, that didn’t like this beer at all.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modest head, even with a violent pour; the liquid is clear with a dark gold color.

Buttery caramel aroma; light hop flowers in the nose

This is a malty IPA; unusually light hop for the style. But there is a solid level of a body. I can feel alcohol warmth in my mouth. It's a pleasant beer, but it's not like an IPA--closer to an Amber or a mild pale ale.

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3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow gold with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy off-white head. 1/2 finger of retention that flares up nicely, leaving massive, sticky, hop lacing behind. The aroma is fairly average at first but does open up a bit more later. Notes of light spice and floral notes as well as some citrus and other underlying malt character.

The taste is pretty much comparable to the aroma but seems a bit more assertive. Spicy hop bitterness up front that gives off a moderate prickle at times (but seems to be generally earthy) that is well balanced by a backbone of citrus character and caramel malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and slightly slick feel at times.

Not bad. Decent IPA with a moderate hop bite but nothing that really made it stand out. Still quite drinkable though.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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