Highland Kashmir IPA | Highland Brewing

Highland Kashmir IPAHighland Kashmir IPA
771 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 01-20-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 771 |  Reviews: 364
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy gold with a bright white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S-Citrus especially hints of fresh cut oranges and some malt.

T-Very balanced IPA with hops upfront with notes of grapefruit followed by a nice caramel/graham cracker malt finish.

M-About right for the style, not too thick or overly carbonated.

D-Pretty drinkable IPA especially given its abv. however, I would choose other options.

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Photo of engagechad
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - dfh snifter

Pours a hazy yellow gold with not much head after an aggressive pour. little bit of lacing. Smells funky and not really in a good way. not much hop on the nose at all and almost farmy. taste follows unfortunately. pretty wimpy for an American IPA.

Overall this beer was a disappointment and I probably wouldn't buy it again. Not terrible, but just not really any good.

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Photo of philbe311
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An active pour with swirling carbonation... A fingers worth of tightly packed slick off-white head with very level top... Modest retention gives way to a full veil of lacing... A modest bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation... The color is a vibrant light amber...

S - Apricots... Light citrus... Mango... Gummy candies... Golden raisins... Apple juice... Oyster crackers... Simple and fairly subdued, yet quite appealing...

T - None of the sweetness alluded to by the nose ever materializes on the palette... What there is moderately bitter with lots of grassy notes... Bread crust and saltines... Even a hint of pepper and spice... The bitterness lingers on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Modest carbonation... Fairly sleek... Dry throughout... Bitter finish...

D - A fairly textbook slightly below average American IPA in my estimation... The nose and flavor are polar opposites which is probably the most off putting characteristic of this brew... Not terrible, but not something I would recommend nor seek out again...

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Photo of bubseymour
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper/orange clear beer with small 1 finger head
Smell - strong hoppy spicy scents

Taste - Good pine hop notes and very well flavored IPA. The thing I like best is despite the style of hop flavor presense, the finish is quite smooth with little bitterness nor dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - This is a very well crafted IPA. I was glad to get to try one while on vacation in NC OBX as Highland Brewing doesn't distribute up in Maryland as far as I'm aware. Nice treat!

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

Poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada becker glass. This is my first go at Kashmir. The color is more on the golden side than the typical orangish of many IPAs. It actually looks more like an APA. The clarity is quite good. The head was small from a conservative pour, but the bubbles rise and the head is more than adequate. The lacing is as thick and attractive as any beer I've seen. When I finished the whole glass was covered with lacing.

The smell is a lovely lemony aroma with some bready notes. I also smell some tangerine and perhaps some grapefruit. The taste is dominated by the hops, which are on the citrus side. There's a malty presence and then you're left with a nice hop bitterness. While I would call Kashmir a balanced IPA, there's enough hop flavor to please me. Kashmir is not nearly as skewed toward the West Coast style as some hop heads will prefer. But even the most dedicated West Coast hop head will like the interesting lemony hop finish that hangs with you for quite a while.

The mouth feel is quite nice as almost all the Highland products I've tried have been. It's medium, but with a refreshing carbonated feeling on the tongue that, as I said before, hangs around quite a long time between sips.

This is an IPA that you could drink 2 or 3 easily and not lose interest or get weighed down. Moreover, it's not the same old thing. As Highland claims, it's a wee bit different. Put me down as a big fan of the Highland philosophy of brewing. I'm lucky here in Atlanta to find Highland product just about everywhere, at least in the bottle. Finding it on tap is another issue. As it is right now for me financially, that's not a big issue. My beer consumption is mostly limited to buying reasonably priced bottled beer, and very little of that. Highland product is right down my alley.

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

Bright lemon yellow with an "amber" glow and a nice frothy whit head that falls quickly but that leaves nice modest lacing.

The aroma is fresh and clean pale malts with bright citrusy and earthy hops.

The flavor parallels the aroma nicely with clean pale malts, no caramel, and bright tasty hops mingling nicely between the earthy spicy and citrus resin variety. Very nicely balanced flavors and very drinkable with a strong but not overpowering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium/light very smooth, medium carbonation with a light creaminess.

Overall a very tasty and drinkable IPA, quality beer from a brewery I give more respect every time I try a new beer of theirs.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Straw yellow color and has a tiny bit of fizzy head. It's actually surprising how little head there was.

S: Aroma is decidedly hoppy, but also earthy and woodsy. Some dry malts linger along with a hint of lemon and some crisp hay. It smells a lot like a good saison.

T/M: Taste is more reminiscent of a traditional IPA with medium carbonation and a decent amount of hops. There is a heavy bitterness in the finish with some of that earthiness, kind of like eating tree bark. It doesn't taste as gross as it sounds.

This IPA is wonderfully more hoppy than anticipated, a very noble effort.

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Photo of csiewert
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of white foamy head that doesn't linger very long. The aroma has caramel malt notes, with some weak citrusy hop presence. The taste is similar, fairly weak on the hoppiness for what I would expect from an IPA. It also seems a little empty and watered down. The mouthfeel reflects this as well, but is balanced alright regarding carbonation. Overall an ok IPA, but would call it more a pale ale myself... it's right on the threshold.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is a clear gold, with very little white head. The scent is some citrus and pine; nice but rather weak. Taste is mostly pine to grass up front, with maybe a bit of grapefruit. A surprising amount of malt flavor comes through in the finish, considering this is an IPA. Probably too malty for the style - this seems almost pilsener-like to me. A slight alcohol taste is noticeable in the aftertaste. Pretty average overall; not an IPA I'd go for again.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystalline clear gold with a small wite head. Smells weakly citrusy and a wee bit grassy. Slight yeast twinge too. Tastes nicley sweet and grassy. A scant amount of resinous pop. Really just a slightly over sour IPA. Mouthfeel and drinkablility are ok. This beer doesn't do a lot to seperate itself from the "just another IPA" herd. Could have choosen Harpoon IPA and been just as happy.

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Photo of gopens44
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear and dark golden / yellow with a thin bit of foamy head with a touch of lacing

S - Comes across a little odd with a cross between a malty and pilsner? kind of thing going on.

T - Malty at first with a bit of bitterness that comes across with a slight smidgeon of citrus sweetness

M - Creamy and smooth with a medium carbonation. Bitterness comes through in the aftertaste.

O - Good beer but not a hop head's best bet. Well balanced and not overly demanding.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into shaker pint.

Pours a vibrant clear gold, rather pale for an ipa, with almost no head, retention, or lacing.

Nose carries some light caramel and just enough grapefruit to pass as an ipa.

Taste is a bit on the bitter side. Seems to be the formula for "lesser" ipas - bitter up a pale ale and you're good to go. A bit on the harsh, astringent side, with light caramel underneath giving way to a brisk, moderately bitter hop bite a bit of grapefruit. The relative lack of hop flavor compared to bitterness makes it seem more bitter than it really is. Really isn't that bitter considering, but definitely favors the earlier hop additions over the later ones.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the sticky, heavy side, certainly full bodied with a carbonation that's a bit sluggish.

Overall, not what I would call a noteworthy ipa. There are several I would take over this one as daily drinkers.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden, clear, with a thick finger and a half head.

S- Hops, grassy earth smell, very faint overall.

T- The hops are present, though not overpowering. Dry finish, with some back tongue bitterness. The malt presence increases and it warms. Some spice.

M- Mouthfeel is great. Good carbonation, balance.

O- Overall, a solid, refreshing IPA, but mellow in comparison with some other IPAs, which, depending on your taste, may not be a negative. A perfect beer for a spring/summer three beer session.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz poured into shaker, from quick notes.

A - pours a slightly dark yellow with lots of tiny bubbles. Mainly white, 1" head, minor lacing

S - I did pick up the bitterness, mostly citric (orange and lemon) but it wasn't very pungent. Meek aroma.

T - Didn't step up and punch me with bitterness. Sorta just walked out of the gate after it opened. Mainly lemon and grass bitterness with some minor caramel malt mixed in the back. I did pick up some pepper as well.

M - Light to thin, not 'juicy', or even dry, as you might expect from an IPA.

O - I think I'll pass on this one again if offered, however, I've heard good things about some of their other beers that I am looking forward to trying.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
2.87/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A decent one inch head above a hazy orange beer provided an optimistic intro to this Ashville brewer whose Gaelic Ale and Oatmeal Porter impressed me considerably.

S - Certainly a hop pressence, along with some orange peel smells

T - A piney bitter finish was clear, the rest was non-descript. Some mild maltiness, but mostly bland.

M - Light carbonation.

O - Not unpleasant, but nothing special. I'll be going back to Highlands other fine ales.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a 1.5 finger depth head of a frothy consistency; retention is decent but could hold better. There is some minor lacing left behind as the head recedes. Color is a medium straw yellow with a slight peach tint and crystal clear. Carbonation appears plentiful and incredibly active. A slightly above average appearance but I could imagine much worse. 3.5

(Smell) A very curious aroma. The smell has a malty blend of caramel, barley and possibly corn? A bit grassy and some metallic smells; this is interesting. Lesser known hop presence than I expected. Considerably calm, not very striking and very subtle on the nose. Potency is medium. Can't really tell whether the smell is pleasant or not. It smells very close to a cheap macro beer which is not very appealing, but the malt balance offers more dimension than it's mass produced smell-alikes. 2.5

(Taste) There's the hops! There's a really nice blend of hops and malts in the taste, offering a consistent medium bitterness evenly distributed throughout the entire taste. Malt is also in fair amounts; the barley and caramel is most evident, fortunately a pleasure for the strange macro corn aromas. Nice balance but this isn't entirely exciting, especially for an IPA. Fortunately it's much better than I expected from the nose. This beer is memorable for it's balanced flavors and overall subtlety in flavor. I don't personally enjoy it much, but It's nothing offensive. It will definitely work for some. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Initially light prickly carbonation up front but an overall smooth appearance. Aftertaste is pretty mild; a barley grain malt blend with hoppy bitterness. Smooth texture with a medium thickness and a light/medium body. Alcohol is tucked away quite well. The beer is largely smooth, pretty interesting for an IPA but I think it could use some carbonation action and some hop manipulation could add some excitement to this stage as well. It cuts out acceptable in the end; passable. 3

(Drinkability) The subtlety of the flavors in this brew make it either easy or difficult to drink, depending on how you feel about IPAs. If you're looking for hoppy excitement, you're going to be somewhat disappointed. The taste of the beer is consistent from beginning to end; there's no "stages" in this brew. The blend can be cloying over time, and the wavering metallic or corn macro taste is alienating to me at least. I wouldn't get this again for some time. I know Highland does good jobs in other styles; perhaps this just isn't one for me. 2.5

Verdict: I didn't feel this beer. As fortune has it, I have another to help me draw a more accurate conclusion and clear up any confusion I may have had about this beer later on. In the meantime, I would recommend either some other American IPA or a Highland Classic, the Oatmeal Porter. Be wary. C+ (3.05)

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No date on the bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Clear light yellow body with a good two finger white head. Good lacing along the glass.

The aroma is a subtle combination of hops and lemon. A hint of malt in the background.

The flavor steps it up just a notch, with a good hoppy bite over top of the citrus punch. Finishes dry with a bready malt flavor in the background.

Fairly drinkable. I'm more experienced with the hoppier brews, but this one could be one to have over a nice session.

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Photo of maleman
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A light amber color with a thin head that reduced to an almost non-existent cap. Lacing was nice, though.

S - good presence of bread. seemed a bit more malty than hoppy.

T - ah, the hops come out in the taste very nicely. some pepper in there, too. Also, a little bit of grass is present.

M - edges toward medium-bodied. medium carbonation, too. taste in the back of the mouth in the aftertaste.

D - this might be the best offering from Highland that I have had. not a bad brew to pick up a six to share with friends.

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Photo of jamex
2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as a bonus via trade.

Looks and pours nice. Aroma is a bit off-putting; water-soaked wheat bread, biscuit, malt....any hops in here?

Tastes pretty flat with a funky malty taste. If I were blindfolded and tasted this, I wouldn't think it was an IPA.

Not impressed. Considered a drain pour but man-ed up and finished it off.

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Photo of LukeD23
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a typical light copper with a slight to minimal white head. Brilliantly clear.

Aroma - very subtle citrus, but man, I have to hunt for the hop aroma in this. I get a bit of biscuit and earthyness. But the aroma says mild pale ale to me.

Flavor - Solid hop bitterness and good balanced crackery malt charactor and resiny hops. I do enjoy the overall flavor of this beer and the crisp finish it has.

Mouthfeel is nice medium body

I could drink this beer alot, all around it feels like a pale ale, not an ipa. But maybe thats why I could drink so much of it.

Good beer, I enjoyed it, I would like to see a bit more hop aroma.

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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 LuthersMug
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pale orange-yellow, head was unimpressive, only bits of lacing.

S - The only high point of this beer. My nose really enjoyed a sweet floral nectar.

T - Disappointing, the flavours I was smelling didn't come through on the taste, very bitter.

M - The beer didn't feel balanced and quite metallic aftertaste.

D - I didn't quite finish this one, just not appetizing.

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Photo of beergod1
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber with a decent white head. Aroma is decent but fairly light. Taste is dry with a mild hop presence. Mildly sweet as well. Decent but overall somewhat underwhelming especially considering some other American IPAs being made. About average but nothing to search for.

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Photo of n2185
2.36/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A: Very light-colored for an IPA--more like a pale ale or pilsner. Got about a finger of white head which quickly dissipated into a thin film with some lacing

S: Some bready sweetness in the nose with very little hops

T: Some light malty sweetness up front with the hops kicking in to provide some bitter bite at the end. Very light, though.

M: Light-bodied with a bit of carbonation bite at the end.

D: It's light enough without much bitterness so it is fairly drinkable. However, there just isn't much hop flavor there. I've had pale ales that were much hoppier than this beer.

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

A: Golden, with a slight amber hue, good frothy, fluffy white head, moderate sticky lacing.
S: Very subdued piney aroma, slight hints of earth and floral hoppiness. Bit of sweetness, honey. Fresh baked bread.
T: First thing I notice is a strong, strong metallic taste. Iron like. IF you can get through this initial blast of what tastes like blood, there's some definite hop flavor going on, some light pine, citrus and a floral like aftertaste that mingles with the slight hoppy bitterness nicely. Malty and bready taste to it, slight sweetness, nothing too overwhelming.
M: Nice medium body, matching carbonation, slick and oily feel to it.
D: Not sure whats going on with that metallic taste, didn't show up in the smell. Very off putting though. I'm going to edit this review in a couple days once I try another bottle from the sample pack.

edit 19 Jan 11: different bottle, editing taste and drinkability:

Fairly malt forward brew for an IPA...nice hoppiness, alot of citrus character, carbonation brings about the umphh of the citrus nicely, lots of pine in the aftertaste, leaves a lasting impact on the tongue after each sip, slight floral notes accent the maltiness well. Not as hop crazy as other IPA's I've had, but at the same time it's very well balanced, as seems to be the case with most of highlands beers. Bready malt and slight sweetness with a touch of grain seems to mingle nicely with the hop character of this beer. Drinkability is good, very balanced and enjoyable beer, not sure what was going on with the metallic taste in the last bottle, glad I re-reviewed this one.

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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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