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 Frosty80
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours pale golden. sits brilliantly clear pale gold. beautiful.

Smell: very light, clean nose with nothing standing out too much and definitely not an assertive hop character. pale malt and light hopping provides a clean balance with just a tinge of earthy, floral hops

Taste: just like the aromas, no flavor proves outstanding. everything is in good balance, but the hops should be standing out more. low alcohol for the style, or at least at the bottom of the range. finish is lightly bitter, which is basically the only place you DO find bitterness, with a hint of pale malt

Mouthfeel: light body with medium-high carbonation

Notes: looks, smells, tastes, and feels like a really good German pilsner, but really lacks as an IPA

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale and biscuit malt scent along with nice piney hop aroma. The taste is good as well. It has your basic East IPA flavor; pale and biscuit malt, piney hops. It's smooth and easy drinking with a hint of bready character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty standard IPA. It's balanced and true to style; a fine session ale.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - It looks like a pilsner, not an IPA. Very light. Golden even. Nice lace on the side of the glass though.

S - Not very hoppy. Again, this is an IPA?

T - So I do at least taste the hops. Bitter.

M - Crisp and high carbonation.

D - Low. This is not a very good IPA. Was hoping for more.

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Photo of DaveCS
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer last week with my father, in a pitcher, when I went down to Wilmington. There is a place down there that has it on tap.

When this, IPA, was brought to use I really didn't believe it was an IPA as the color was very mild, and the scent (although smelled of hops) did not really over power the senses.

I was, appreciatively, deceived. This beer is one of the most balanced IPAs I have had the pleasure to drink in a long time. The look and smell of this beer is very well rounded. The aroma is sort of floral, but not over powering.

The alcohol level of this beer is sort of high as well, after 2 pitchers with my father, and a pizza between us, I was feeling the effects of this beer very well.

The biggest aspect of this beer, in my opinion, is the balance it has between the hops, malt, alcohol,...hell everything. This is one of the most balanced IPAs I have ever had the chance of enjoying.

If you have the chance to try this beer, do it.


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Photo of sommersb
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle with no date code, poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Golden coloring that started cloudy but became more clear as it settled. One finger of white head faded quickly, with little lacing.

S: Very pronounced hop aromas, with citrus and grassy smells. Also got a slight malt aroma.

T: Aggressive bitterness from the hops with a grapefruit taste. No malt tastes came through.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation, left me with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

D: Too bitter for my tastes. This was given as a gift and is not a beer I would seek to purchase.

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Photo of HopDiggityDawg
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange
nice 1 finger head
decent lacing
aroma is nothing to even mention, but I am a double IPA freak so maybe I am just used to the huge Hop Bomb smell.

Taste is surprisingly good after the lack of aroma, But, at the end of the day, you drink beer, you don't sit around smelling it.

Taste is a nice dose of hops with enough malt to finish smooth. Very well balanced.

This is a session beer for sure, good solid offering from Highland Brewing. I really enjoyed this IPA!

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Photo of birchstick
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy orangeish yellow with a nice one finger head

S - pretty faint nose, but I can pick up some lemony citrusness and a bit of bready malt

T - luckily the palate is more playful than the nose. It opens up with a bread and caramel malt base. This fades to a boat load of sweet, grapefruit hops with just a slight bit of bitterness. Nice flavor profile.

M - creamy moutfeel with a full body. Solid flavor profile.

D - another great offering from Highland. This was a flavorful IPA that is more sweet than bitter. Really glad I got the chance to try this one.

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Photo of Chadpaq
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Pizza Peel.

The color itself was pretty darn average, so it's hard for me to give it a 4.0 in this regard: Golden. Crisp. Carbonated. Somewhat boring. I think the 3.5 is accurate here.

Couldn't really get a great sense of the smell. I think they may be keeping their kegs too cold. Is that possible? Could they have put it in a chilled glass without me noticing? I think not. Didn't smell bad at all. Just didn't smell like much...at all.

Taste was really good. A nice bite of hops along with some wheaty flavors. I figured that this beer would be a little higher in alcohol than what it's registered at. Oh well...I can always say that I'm acting under the placebo effect.

Felt pretty good in the mouth. Adequate carbonation, and left a clinging bitter on the palate.

I could literally drink this stuff all day. Guess it's a combination of the low alcohol and a pretty darn delicious beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +19%
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 StoneTSR
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Mountain Brewery pint glass. Slightly hazy, but bright orange in color a nice, fluffy and perfectly white head rested on top and remained for several minutes. Some lacing, but not as impressive as I expected after the initial pour.

SMELL: Faint smell of fruit and hops. Grapefruit seems to come through the strongest.

TASTE: As the smell would indicate, relatively bitter hops and grapefruit came through along with a faint metallic taste. The back end moves a bit more to the sweet side, but could never be interpreted as a sweet beer overall. It still remains on the dry side.

MOUTHFEEL: The Kashmir IPA is somehow simultaneously light and rich. It almost seems like a 3 Muskateers bar in that sense, as if your senses are tricking you into thinking something that is pretty rich is actually light.

OVERALL: This is an interesting IPA and I wish that I had more access to it. Living in Chicago, I cannot get it at the moment. I like it, but it has a unique taste in the IPA world and I feel that if I had a little more time to spend with it I would learn to appreciate it more. Maybe next year if I can manage to get into law school at UNC.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank From: bottle, poured into a pint glass

Let's be honest, this looked like IPA when poured. I tried really hard to smell something signification, to the point of aspirating some foam, and I found that it just wasn't all that fragrant. Oh, my notes say "feet smell"...so there you go. This beer had kind of a dirty/metallic taste to it. I wondered how similar it would be if I put the bottle cap in mouth mouth and followed that by a swig of the sauce. Obviously I tried it; obviously, the beer was better.

So this was bitter and not sweet, which I like as a variety. It isn't my favorite IPA, and I probably wouldn't try it again until I had the opportunity to have it on-tap. Highland Brewing Co. hails from Ashville, NC. What is the point of enjoying craft beer if you can't find something to appreciate about the local folk?

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with orange notes and a nice white head and some lacing. Smells of oranges and strong hop aroma. Tastes average with some strong bitter hops and floral notes. Mouthfeel is okay with a decent drinkability. I don't generally drink IPA but this isn't entirely a bad choice.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.43/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yet another gift from Ryan.

A- clear gold with a sticky white head. Not much retention but ok lacing.

S- fairly well balanced smelling. toasty malts match strength with pine hops.

T-.not impressed. Not nice and freshly hopped tasting. Bitter finish and toasty up front.

M- Overly carbonated.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light gold color with mild carbonation, thin white ring lacing, and clear.

S - Citrus hops and some floral aroma, on the mild side. Malt is very, very light.

T - Light sweet bready malt appears up front and stays throughout the sip, while citris and floral hops roll in over the top to balance things out right away. There's a little bit of a lemon grass flavor that step in midway through and the finish is semi-dry. The overall flavor isn't memorable, but average, and the lingering hop bitterness I really enjoy. There is wheat in the ingredients which lends itself to the bready taste.

M - Medium body, light carbonation on the tongue, a mild touch of water in the mouthfeel but works well with the blend.

D - Perhaps it's strongest point. This is a quaffer and would be one I could enjoy several without getting over the top loopy.

Worth trying, not my type of IPA, but enjoyable.

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Photo of ComfortablyBum
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into DFH glass

A - Pale straw and very clear. Not much head.

S - Not much smell to it. I shouldn't have read the previous review where the guy says it smells like Urine because I can't smell anything else.

T - It has some fruity flavor before the hops come in. Not a super bitter IPA

M - A medium bodied beer. Nice carbonation. It bites the tongue with bitterness and carbonation.

D - Smooth and mellow. A good session beer.

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Photo of crossovert
2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle. Date is 07/28/10.

It has a really nice appearance, it is a clear gold with a hue of orange with a big foamy white head that sticks for a bit then recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell kind of has the reminiscence of urine along with some rotten pineapple. Not the best.

The flavor is also not great. It has a hue malt presence, almost like liquid bread. No bitterness, no real hop flavors. Almost a corn flavor.


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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a= large head, decent duration, decent lacing, medium-ligt amber color
s= nice mild hoppy slightly floral/citrus scent
t= nice hop bitterness with a slight floral/citrus taste, more bitter than sweet
m= average mouthfeel, maybe a little oily with mild carbonation
d= just an average ipa, havent really had a bad one just ipas that are worth a shot but dont really compete with similarly priced beers

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Photo of JDH2000
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- pours light gold with less than a half finger of head. The bubbles quickly dissipate to the edge of the glass with a little lacing.

S- citrus hops such as grapefruit followed by light malt. Not quite as hoppy as I was expecting.

T- nice bitterness (again, citrus/grapefruit flavors from the hops) that balances the sweetness of the light malts.

M- medium bodied with light carbonation with slightly oily mouthfeel.

D- overall, not bad. Though I agree with other comments that the Highland's Gaelic Ale was better.

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Photo of klikger
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Light amber with not much head, but decent lacing.

S - A little bit of feet and little else.

T - Citrus hops and honey hit this off, with more sweetness following. The back half isn't any different. All in all, this tastes pretty good.

M - A light, crisp, slightly undercarbonated IPA.

D - Good taste and mouthfeel plus low ABV.

Standard IPA - not offensive, but there are far better beers available.

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Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of 67couple, 12oz bottle into my new Brooklyn Brewery footed pilsner glass. Screw proper glassware!

Pours a hazy, orange/tangerine with a finger of white head. Some lace, not too much retention however. Nice, but not overly impressive. Big hit of citrus, leaning more towards orange and some lemon zest. Nice hops here, very little malt detectable in the nose. Certainly hop forward in the taste, again significantly citrusy, with orange, lemon zest and some peach in here too. Not a ton of malt here, and feels quite unbalanced. Still quite a bit of bite to this one although it's probably a little past its prime. Good mouthfeel, medium-high carbonation and goes down quite quickly so it gets some points for drinkability. Decent IPA.

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Photo of allthatAles
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: A true amber, plays between orange an honey a light haze, the head formed and receded within a short time but left a reasonable lacing covering nearly all the surface.

Nose: Light malt bit of citrus and a little soapy on the finish

Mouth: the light malt comes in from the beginning to the middle, the hops are assertive at the beginning and the end, with the ending featuring a grassy characteristic that lingers with soapy feel, after savoring for moment, the esters reveal some nice fruity notes that actually out last the hops

Overall not bad. however, i was more impressed with their Gaelic Ale.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.2/5  rDev +19%
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 jasonjlewis
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light color with good clarity and a decent head retention.

Smell is of citrus and woody hops. Woody hops dominate. Fruit esters come through as well.

Taste is light on Malts but with some underlying sweetness. Hops are somewhat dank and woody with a bit of citrus.

Mouthful is crisp and refreshing.

Sort of English in many ways. Decent ipa, but the hop selection is not optimal imo.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light orange color with a bright, egg-shell white head of compact froth. Retention is average for the style, with thin patches of foam hanging around on the sides of the glass.

S: Spicy, grassy, floral, and lightly fruity hop overtones combine well behind a backdrop of sweet cookie-like malt. The aroma isn't very bold-- it takes a more nuanced and subtle route.

T&M: Flavor is quite intriguing. Floral, grassy, and light tropical fruit flavors dance on my tongue in succession. Sweet bread-like flavor from the malt balances very nicely, and the finish is slightly dry, with flavors of lemon and grass. Body is medium and the feel is quite smooth and enjoyable.

D: Low ABV and solid flavor make this a highly drinkable IPA. I would almost tend to classify it in the English IPA camp because of the hop varietals and flavor profile, but that's probably a semantic issue. Kashmir IPA is a strong choice for anyone seeking a hop-forward, yet well balanced session IPA.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange copper with semi-haze. Not much head, a thin foamy film quickly dissolves to a ring. Aroma lacks a good pungency for style, but does have a somewhat resiny bite of citrus and pine.

Subtle citrus fruit up front in the taste with a delectably dry finish. The long grassy ending is great, capped with a moderate bitterness. The only problem I have is that after a few sips the flavor hops seem to fade and the taste gets a bit one-dimensional. The good thing is, I enjoy that sharpness that seems to dominate, like a dry, super-sharp cheddar. Proper mouthfeel, medium body with fine and adequate carbonation.

Somewhat different from your typical American IPA, or at least a West Coast variety, but drinkable nonetheless...

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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 771 ratings
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