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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

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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Ratings: 771 |  Reviews: 364
Photo of cdizinno
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
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 klewis
2.44/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear golden with a moderate frothy head. Very good lacing.

S: Light cascade smell with a malty backbone.

T: Nearly no flavor at all - just some hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering bitterness on the palate.

D: Drinkable, but dull and boring. Plenty of better IPA's on the market.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew has a zesty hop smell with slight malt undertones. Pours to a golden yellow with a big highly structured head that holds and leaves lacing as it recedes. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter without much fanfare. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, despite the great head, this brew needs some more carbonation. Hops are way too subdued for a IPA. The bitterness is there but dull without aroma. This brew is in dire need of late stage or dry hopping. Nothing like I expected.

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Photo of Briarscratch
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Southapton Publick House pint glass. Bright orange with good head retention and mild lacing.
Smells like a bag or orange flavored cough drops. Very mild sweet aroma.
Not much at first just carbonation, then finishes bitter with a lingering taste of mild hops and alcohol. Doesn't have that big bitter burst that I like about most IPAs
Mouthfeel is light body and carbonation
Drinkability is high i guess. Not a very complex brew.

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Photo of chadhops
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasant surprise while vacationing in NC and searching for craft brews from the state...

appearance was comparable to other IPAs with a darker pale look

smell was good with a floral aromatic ...almost citrus smell that you would like to accompany an IPA

taste was good. nothing that blows you away but a good find for a local brewery. the best tasting IPA i had on vacation

mouthfeel was a little light. there is an average bitterness but the taste could use a fuller taste since i felt like it was missing something or not having a complete taste

drinkability was great though. again i preferred this IPA over all the other IPAs i had that week (redhook long hammer and flying dog IPA)

I would try it again if i find it.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ckeegan04 sent this to me a little while back and now I'm finally getting to pouring this 12 oz. of Asheville goodness into a Duvel tulip...

Pours a nice honey-straw color with a light pffft of the cap. Head is rather tight - just a thin layer of wisps up top. Can see a decent amount of carbonation and movement. Slight lacing isn't too bad.

Very clean scent - a little caramel malt and maybe just a tinge of floral hops but it's extremely light. Not unpleasant - just very calm and quiet. Maybe a little bit of silage in there, too. A little strawy - gets a little Belgian IPA kick after a while with some raw grains

The hoppiness comes out a little bit more here - somewhat floral and nicely balanced with subtle caramel malt. Nothing exotic - just a decent, straightforward IPA. Crisp, dry finish. With some warmth I am enjoying this even more.

Don't judge this book by its cover...it may not elicit a lot of emotion on its looks or scent but for a decent, solid IPA it's not bad at all. Drinks nicely - very clean...again, quite dry (a good thing)...and no real aftertaste. It's been in the fridge for a month but doesn't show any age. Solid.

Well, hell, I know what I'm drinking in session the next time I'm around Asheville. This must be very good out of the tap, too. Doesn't come out of the gates quickly but it's a marathon, not a sprint. Thanks Chris!

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

on tap @ Hannah Flanagan's in Asheville.

A yellowish-orange color in the glass, poured here with a moderately sized head, maybe 1cm, that left a little bit of lacing as I drank. Looks about average, nothing incredibly impressive. The smell is very earthy, different that I expected, and there's almost a kind of catty, skunky smell to it. Very low on the citrus effect you expect from an American IPA. I can also detect a moderate amount of resinous hop presence. The taste is a bit toasty and bready upfront, kind of stuck somewhere between dry and sweet. A kind of powerful malt backbone, with a light lemon and orange hop presence. Very low bitterness due to the moderate sweetness, low ester presence, and very low on the resins in the taste. I've had much worse, but there's room for improvement, perhaps a bit more flavor and aroma hops are in order. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but is carried through by the sweetness. The carbonation was kind of low, it started out with a slight prickle, and eventually was left as just a tiny rush of tingling bubbles by the finish. This beer is pretty easy to drink, nothing offensive, no harsh bitterness or odd flavors, but nothing really impressive in the flavor. Worth a shot, but it probably will not be a staple beer.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a small off-white head. Smells slightly malty with some caramel notes, followed by piney hop bitterness. Nothing overwhelming. The taste is strongly malty with a bready character. Hop bitterness is strong in the background. Not terribly complex. Medium body with high carbonation. Not incredibly drinkable, though far from offensive.

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

12 ounce bottle - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, copper-colored body with a small sized, white head.

Smell: Pale malts scattered with flecks of sweet-scented toffee a hint of steeped grains. Muted lemon note with undertones of florals and earthiness.

Taste: Pale, faintly grainy malts along with a taste of crisp, sweet toffee and honey candy. Earthy, lightly citrusy, lightly floral hops with only a medium amount of bitterness present, but more than enough to counteract the malts. Finishes dry with just a light touch of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A smooth, pleasant, easy-going IPA that strays away from the excessively assertive, brutal hop doses that many West Coast IPA's deliver.

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Photo of portia99
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. Received in a trade with BeerLovinGrl. Thanks!

A - Pours a hazy orange. Small white head that fades away quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Nice, even lacing around the glass.

S - Dominated by caramel maltiness and maybe a little molasses like aroma. Not much hops here -I expected more here from an ipa.

T - Good hop bitterness. Solid malty backbone -balanced more towards the malt side. Not much hop flavor. Malt aroma really forces the sweetness of the malt into the flavor - hard to overlook.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Medium body and carbonation - nothing wrong here, but nothing outstanding either.

D - For an IPA, this is really malt forward. I would prefer more hop flavor and aroma in this one. Maltiness makes it feel heavy, decreasing its overall drinkabilitiy.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a chance to try this brew thanks to Rbald42. Cheers bro!

A- Pours a light copper color with lots of dancing bubbles. Nice thick off white head that leaves good lacing.

S- A citrus and floral nose with some spice. Hops are present with a light malt sweetness as well. A little bready scent in there somewhere.

T- Mimic the nose pretty well. An initial wave of floral hop bitterness that succumbs to a fairly potent malt breadiness. Very balanced, a little bit too much so for an American IPA. Seems more like the traditional English IPAs instead.

M- Well carbonated with a light creamy body.

D- Overall, not a bad brew and easy to drink. Judging by style though, this seems a bit too balanced or at least more of an English IPA.

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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 clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden body with two-finger head with tints of orange. A semi-sweet malt smell mixed with some floral hops. Taste is the same as the hops make their appearance, bring some herbal bitterness and citric quality, but this is a lighter IPA that has some good malt sweetness as well. Also some spicing as well (corriander?). Not a typical IPA but I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lighter copper color, almost orange tint. Thin wispy head and not especially fragrant for an IPA. The taste is also on the lighter side - caramel malt and subtle grapefruit. Mouthfeel is pretty average, maybe a little thin. But all things considered, it's a smooth drinking beer. A relaxed refreshing IPA that's still lively enough to keep your taste buds interested 3 or 4 beers in. I could definitely lose track of how many of these I'd put down.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heavy layer of sediment on the bottom, no BB date. Served into my Sly Fox paperweight.

A pretty decent pour left the beer just a shakes worth of floaters in suspension. Syrupy, glazed yellow color. Twinge of dulled-out orange on the second, more heavy-handed pour. Thin, white combover froth.

Smell first malty sweet, turning vine-y & earthy. Very ho-hum.

Taste is white bread & a little too much malt at the start, then turning a touch salty & maybe metallic. Half way through a soapy bitterness starts to go at it, eventually becoming very leafy bittergreen that lingers through a drying, papery finish. Not very bitter, but... gasp, pretty balanced.

Carbonation is middle/middle high, but the dryness plays a bigger, better part. Get those yeasties in there.

It didn't start well, but halfway through it became a pretty decent IPA. This is probably really satisfying super fresh. :)

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours light yellow to medium orange in color. light white head, great retention. slight lacing.

light scents but not dominant. light orange and slight pine.

taste is rather light up front with a bitter finish. light citrus notes that are balanced well, almost too well. a light orange and tangerine flavor with a bit of caramel.

body is pretty much spot on. great carbonation through and through.

a great IPA although id like to see a bit more hop character. i may assume they are going for more of an English/Scottish style which would make this less hoppy but over all a good IPA.

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

Beautiful IPA, classic

appearance: golden and great head retention and long lasting lacing

smell: low hops

taste: good hops aromalow hop flavor for an IPA, did not get grapefruit or anything, almost like a pale ale

mouthfeel: high carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: an extremly easy drinkin IPA. Great session. great flavor and easy to pound. I really like it for that reason.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slighty hazy gold color with amber hue. Pours half finger white wispy head. Laced in thin rings.

S: Floral hops, orange, citrus and some grapefruit. Slightly sweet (the malt?).

T: Very consistent with the smell though malt character, crackers and biscuit, were more prominent. Finish was thin and not quite bitter enough.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation; almost flattish.

D: Definitely hoppy with some malt character. Frankly, very drinkable for this style.

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Photo of beer2day
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly darker than gold with a decent one-finger head and faint retention. Minimal carbonation. Good lacing.

Nose is very faint, but what is there is nice. Slightly flowery, but not much citrus. A little bready.

Very full bodied taste, but without the associated fullness in the mouthfeel. Starts with a big, slightly stale bitterness and finishess slightly bittersweet.

Decent and one that I would consider ordering again. A little heavier than most IPA's, though.

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

Pours a light copper/amber in color with a sticky and foamy white head. Nice.

It smells lightly of toasted bread and citrus and herbal hops.

The taste is nicely bitter, with big hop flavors of citrus and herbs. It leaves a good bitter flavor in my mouth.

The body is just right: neither too heavy or too watery. It's just slick and smooth.

Overall this is a fine IPA and an impressive first Highland Brewing beer for me. I'm looking forward to trying the rest of their line.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My girlfriend got this bottle for me when she went down to see her sister in Florida. Nice little gift she got me.

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice golden yellow didn't get much head from the pour but had nice lacing on the sides.

S- I got a little floral hops smell almost a little sugary sweet smell too (reminded me of a faint grape juice smell).

T- I thought I could taste more malts and hops with this one. Floral hops taste kind of just there that came and went pretty fast. A little too watery finish for me. Still had that faint grape juice taste to it.

M- Light and crisp. Real thin and not too much carbination to it. Nothing really coated the tounge.

D- Very drinkable session beer for me.

Overall, I did enjoy this beer. I would if I could get this beer here if I wanted something to enjoy over the night without worring about getting a big buzz.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
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 Onenote81
2.71/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a darker gold with a decent white head on top. About a finger width in size. Retains fairly well, and leaves some spotty lacing. Nothing spectacular, but still pretty. From here on though, it's downhill.

Smells of biscuits, malt, butter, and bread. Nothing that is characteristic of an American IPA. Mouthfeel is decent. Nice and crisp with a nice little pop on the tongue from the carbonation.

Flavor is of toasted biscuits, weird off-meat flavor, and some hints of sour lemon on the end. This tastes more like an APA in my mind. Nothing tells me this is an IPA. I'm gonna move on from this one, and avoid in the future.

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

A: pours a clear and crisp vibrant orange. Nice off-white head. Moderate retention. Good lacing.

S: earthy hop notes. Some sweety malty notes, a lot of apple.

T: sweet IPA, sweeter than most, but very well balanced. Solid earthy hop characteristics.

M: very clean and crisp. Solid and mellow, but with a nice bite.

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Photo of abents
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange color with disappearing head. Smells of light floral and slight citrus notes. Taste is a creamy citrus sweetness with an odd back bite of bitterness. Very odd ipa. Lighter mouthfeel almost a spiciness to it. Heavier maltiness but not overpowering. Allright IPA, nothing spectacular.

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