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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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Photo of jbridge127
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my new favourite IPAs. I just recently started enjoying IPAs Im more of a Stout guy myself. I would highly recommend this for someone who is trying to get their feet wet with IPAs. It is not as bitter as some others. Another IPA I'd recommend is Sierra Nevadas Torpedo.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint stein.

A: Clear amber with about two fingers of foamy white head. Good lacing on the way down. Not quite the traditional IPA, but very nice appearance nonetheless.

S: Herbs, some citrus, and light floral hops. Not a traditional IPA smell, a lot lighter on hops. Very refreshing, almost "spring like."

T: Light hops present. This isn't an IPA. More citrus, like lemon and grapefruit. Again, I get the "spring and flowers theme." I like it, but it's NOT an IPA. At all. I didn't get the bitterness or astringency some others noted.

M: Light to medium body, not filling, but not watery either. Nothing like I'd think of when I think of an IPA.

I have no idea what they were going for here., It's not an IPA, but it's a good beer.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

standard IPA but nothing outstanding about it. clean balance of hops/malt. medium feel and medium carbonation.

Had this while away for work and not many other choices.

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Photo of UnionJack31
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: a very hazed, opaque reddish blond body. slightly off-white head is very frothy and leaves thick tufts along the side of the glass. good retention.

S: melon, papaya, juniper berries. some sort of soft herbal sweetness i cant exactly put my finger on....

T: starts sweet and fruity, very similar to the nose. a single bitter note throughout. a little bit of hop astringency towards the finish leaves the palate a bit more unsatisfactory.

M: lower carbonation. medium body.

D: not a bad IPA, but that unwanted lingering hop astringency is a bit of a turn-off. otherwise, super solid taste makes this pretty inviting.

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Photo of slusk
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Got this beer in a variety pack. I usually love Highland brewing's offerings but this one seems to fall short.

Appearance - Golden light coppery appearance that pours a thin white, short lasting head. Even though the head isn't profound, it does have fair amount of lacing.

Aroma - Not what I expected in a typical IPA. My first sniff left me asking, where's the hop forward aroma? I could faintly identify a floral hop, crystal possibly but It seems they neglected the aroma or wort hop additions. I actually got more malty aromas right off the bat.

Taste - Ahh, there are the hops. Not too bitter but it seems to me their hop additions went mostly toward the bittering end. A malty and slightly spicy tone with muted floral hop and a barely perceptible acidic touch that finishes a little dry. If you prefer the bitter without a nice aroma hop balance, this is for you.

Mouthfeel - Nice light to medium body. It's what I would expect with a typical IPA. Nice job there.

Overall - Not one of my favorite IPA's, I probably wouldn't buy this again. it's a little too one dimensional in my opinion. I think a little more towards the aroma side of the hops would make this a better beer. I wouldn't touch the bitterness, I think it's fine.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My 100th IPA rate...maybe I should have chosen better for this. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with little to no head. Aroma of sweet malt, honey, and no hops at all. Flavor is a muddled mess of honey and dusty stale hops, I guess. Sweet malt all the way through with an unpleasant aftertaste. Light and a bit watery. What a disappointing IPA.

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Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew appears a clear golden yellow with a white cap. Some sudsy to spotty lace hangs on the glass and overall displays decent retention with a swirl that revives.

The smell is sulfur and herbal blending to grassy hops. A minor floral note and alcohol with a faint grain base. Some suggestion of minerals evolves as it warms up. Not the best smelling brew and actually a bit of a let down considering how good their pale ale smells.

The taste is bitter and rindy like grapefruit with herbs and lemon/orange zest quality. Some sulfur pokes through with solvent alcohol also present. The flavor profile is sadly on point with bitterness alone and everything else lackluster.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not terrible but not really something I would return to either.

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Photo of Ballerbrewer
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A. Traditional IPA color. Dark gold. Clear.

S. mild hop notes in the aroma. Nothing overwhelming. Very mild biscuity malt aroma.

T. Sweet, hopped more like a pale ale by today's standards. Nice taste overall. Very balanced for an ipa.

M. Firm consistency. Not too thin. Good mouthfeel.

O. Solid east coast IPA. Not overly hopped. Very subtle. Nice malt character.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a bright gold; it looks like sparkling apple juice. It has a thin head; leaves some lacing. Aroma is slightly toasty with some caramel and generic hops. Taste is crisp. Some nice malt up front with a pleasantly bitter and slightly astringent piney hops finish. Mouthfeel is good. It is pretty highly carbonated, and overall the beer is fairly light, without being wimpy. Overall, this is a decent IPA. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it is pretty crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden bronze; effervescent; huge frothy head; long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Malty; piney hops

Taste: Creamy, but a little thin; hoppy, piney bite in mid; resinous aftertaste with dry finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Lively carbonation pulls throughout. Small bright-whit head drops almost instantly. Leaves small clumps of a cap with a tiny collar. Nice rings of lacing.

Smell: Light, pale malts. A bit sweet with a distinct cracker and grassy finish. Some floral elements along with a small hint of citrus. A bit earthy. Biscuit dough, very uncooked. A bit of toasted grain as well. Smells closer to a hoppy blonde than a traditional IPA.

Taste: Floral with a light hint of grapefruit rind. A slight oily pine. Mostly earthy and floral, really floral. Hints of cracker and uncooked biscuit dough. Warming brings out a bit of lingering bitterness along with a slightly sweet pale maltiness. Lots of clean malts coupled with a dirty hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Light with some push toward medium body, but it's not there. A bit dry on the finish, but relatively clean. Slightly above average carbonation.

Overall: I am whatever style I want to be!

A unique spin on an IPA. Not quite in the "session" IPA territory and not quite a "true" IPA, and therefore confusing. Closer to a blonde, but still a nice beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is an IPA, it says it on the bottle, but if I I had done a blind taste test I would have guessed European Lager or American Adjunct.

The head was light and bright white but it sat atop a orange hue that was far from IPAish.

The scent and taste were somewhat cloned as I got cereal malt graininess or maybe corn adjuncts. No metallic taste synonymous with corn adjunct beers it was like a watery Heineken. Very light, easy to drink, it was better than Bud but not an IPA.

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Photo of MDM
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first exposure to a Highland beer, and to be honest I picked it up as part of a "make-your-own-6-pack," and didn't know what to expect. It is definitely on the lighter side of IPAs. The IBUs weren't listed on the bottle, but I'd have to guess that it is on the low end when compared to most. That said, it has a bright, almost citrus flavor that I liked. It also had a smooth finish, and was more refreshing than I think many IPAs tend to be. To reiterate, I think it's worth a try, but it won't be what most people expect out of an IPA....

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Photo of drmystery
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

this IPA isn't very "IPA-ish". its not that hoppy for an IPA but more hoppier than a pale ale. i think it's been described on here as "light IPA" and I'll have to agree with that. it tastes hoppy enough but it's also watery and more carbonated than I'd like. the appearance is pale orange with a good head. I think this IPA makes for a good introduction to IPA for somebody new to IPAs or craft beers. it doesn't taste bad or offensive or anything, I just think this IPA could be a lot better for what it is.

overall it's a good beer, but if you want a solid IPA go for something else. if you are new to IPA and/or craft beer this one will be a great stepping stone.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden from a 12 oz. bottle and into a pint glass. Offers a half inch of whitish foam and standard retention.

Nose is quite subtle and remarkably so for an IPA. A bit earthy and dusty on the nose with a light spice. Pleasant yet subtle and with a slight oaky character.

Taste is of flowery grain and a lightly fruity malt character. Rather dry overall and somewhat lacking in bitterness on the finish. Offering a bit of peppery hop spice in its stead.

Feel is smooth and light. Touch of citrus yet a bit thin in body though not out of balance for a 5.8% ABV IIPA. Overall not really sure where they're going here so off to thier web site I go. And yes as expected they are aiming more for an English IPA here. And still it misses to a degree yet by not so much as for an American version. Mediocre overall and a bit aimless yet ok in the end.

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Photo of Thiestru
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden with a thin white head. Good retention. A little watery-looking, but not too bad.

Smell: Citric. No malt to be found here, just a rather subdued hop aroma.

Taste: See above. It's quite enjoyable, but there's no kick to it at all. I would not have thought this was an IPA if the bottle didn't tell me it was; it's more like a standard pale ale with maybe a bit more hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, not too thin. Nice and tangy. Probably the best thing about this beer.

This isn't a beer that I'd refuse if it were offered to me, but I wouldn't seek it out. It's not very representative of its style, but taken on its own merits, it's a perfectly good beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Axnjxn
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

pours a rich copper color with an inch thick lingering white head. fruity sweetness on the nose, not exactly what a normal IPA smells like but its not bad. taste is quite different as well. I don't taste almost any hops here at all. malt character is apparent with some slight lemony sweetness on the back. lighter side of medium body with medium carbonation. no alcohol apparent.

overall hard to call this an IPA. with no hop presence and a slight sweetness it reminds me of an amber lager. nothing wrong with that, but its not what I was expecting.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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 facundoCNB
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a clean golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head, visible carbonation, nice lacing and great retention. kind of an OLD familiar smell.. getting a very reminiscent smell of miller high life... which is weird.. i guess it's malt heavy. definitely smelling pilsner malt, grass, bready yeast.. not an ipa smell at all, hmm...
a very subtle but weird taste.. bitter up front, grassy/floral tasting hops, a very malty yet bitter flavor overall, slightly sweet on the finish.
light-medium body , creamy but well carbonated so it goes down smooth and easy.
overall, i really like this one. it's a nice change in beer expectancy.

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Photo of Veristic
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kashmir IPA poured into a 3 Floyds tulip pint glass, consumed on 6/5/12. Bottled: 4/6/12

A- One finger white head with good retention. Crystal-clear golden body, most definitely filtered. Some spotty lacing. A decent crown hangs on through the end.

S- Out the neck: light hop aroma, some malt, kinda stale/skunky, not very appealing. Once poured, more of same. I'm not impressed. The hop aroma is just strange and barely existent.

T- Nice bitterness upfront. Some citrusy hops and pale malt. Not all that interesting. A kind of stale bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O- This was the 2nd IPA I'd ever tried when I had it about 5 years ago. I was not a fan then, and now that I've grown to love IPAs, I'm afraid I'm still not a fan. There would've probably been a point that I would've enjoyed this say 2 or 3 years ago but at this point it falls short. WAY too many other IPAs I would choose over this.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I got a bottle of Highland's Kashmir IPA that my brother brought back from his trip down south. I have had their Oatmeal Porter before and I thought it was good so I am interested to see what this brewery can do with an IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok and is pretty much the same as their Oatmeal Porter, it just has a pink plaid background instead. It poured a pretty clear pale golden color that took on a brighter orange/gold color when held to the light and it had two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This was an ok looking beer, but I thought the color was pretty pale for the style and it was much clearer then most American IPA's.

S- The aroma is not too intense with this beer, it starts out with a good amount of medium sweet malts that impart a sweet grain aroma and slight bready aroma. After that comes the hops which are mainly citrus, with grapefruit and pineapple sticking out the most with a little bit a grassy hops towards the end. It's ok, but it smells a little muted, I would like a little more going on with the aroma.

T- The taste doesn't really follow the nose well. It starts out with some pale malts have a lower amount of sweetness and impart a dry and thin grainy taste that is pretty thin tasting and doesn't make for a great base for this beer. Next up is some hops which seems much more floral then citrusy, but overall the hops are still pretty light and impart some slightly grassy and floral hop flavors, the hops are pretty weak and I wish that those nice citrus hops that I picked up in the aroma made their way to the taste. It had a lower amount of medium bitterness with a stale grain aftertaste. I was pretty disappointed with the taste of this beer, it was thin, bland, and pretty boring, not what I want from a good American IPA.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly dry, on the light side of being medium bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't bad and may be the most true to style thing about this beer.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I thought that it was a below average IPA, it just didn't have any of those great hoppy aspects that I look for in an American IPA, and the malt base wasn't that good either. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth and went down faster then I expected but not because it was good, but because I wanted to be done with it, the flavors were really bland and could not hold my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was the only part of this beer that was true to style. What I liked least about this beer was pretty much everything else with the taste sticking out as being the worse, it was just way too bland and unappealing for my tastes. I would buy a single of this again if I knew it was fresh but other then that I am not really motivated to revisit this beer anytime soon and I can't say that I would recommend this beer to anyone. Their Oatmeal Porter turned out to be good but this beer was not and was pretty much a let down, I am kind of on the fence with this brewery but I got a few more of their beers to try before I come up with a solid opinion on this brewery. A pretty unimpressive American IPA, I hope their other beers are much beer since this one wasn't good.

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Photo of argock
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. 01/06/12 etched under bottom of front label. Single purchased at Ingles Market (Boone, NC) for $1.49.

A: Clear light-orange with fluffy 2-finger off-white head with decent retention and a short curtain of lacing circles the glass.

S: Hoppiness is muted with some soft grapefruit and floral aromas with a light caramel note.

T: The flavor is also muted with pale maltiness as prominent as the light floral, orange-grapefruit hoppiness. There is plenty of bitterness but just not a lot of additional hop character.

M: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation and a good coating quality.

O: Very run-of-the-mill IPA. Not sure if it was this one was a bit on the old side but not really too excited to try it again.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: First blush, nothing too exciting, but excellent head retention gives perfect tide marks down the side of my glass showing the slow, steady retreat of the slightly hazy golden glass.

Smell: At first I didn't think there was a smell. A very, very mild white bread yeast with just a whiff of earthy hops.

Taste: Very smooth, balanced, even, everything an IPA shouldn't be really. The hops are there, and they are pleasant showing a mixture of lime rind and earthy pine, but they don't punch, or come across as particularly bitter. A very light soapy note that is probably hop driven.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium low carbonation, clean finish (where I would expect a little more oil from the style).

Overall: An enjoyable glass of beer. Mild for an IPA, mild period. Enjoyable none the less.
Big thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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