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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 BlindPig
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thin white head on a orange cloudy body. Decent lacing which sticks to side of glass.
S- Big grapefruit rind aroma. Citrus hops fill the nose with a light malt background. Pretty simple smell.
T- A tad bit watery. A light citrus hop flavor. Has grapefruit, orange and maybe one or two other fruit flavors in it. Light to medium bitterness lingers on the tongue with a light citrus orange flavor. Bitterness builds up to at least a medium amount left behind in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is a easy drinking IPA. Pretty simple all the way round. No strong flavors (helps for easy drinking). Nothing special but not bad.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
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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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew paired it with a spicey mexican dish. Turned out to be a very good call.

A - crisp rich golden color. billowy white head. lots of lacing!
S - biscut malts and lots of citric hops.
T - light malts and nicely layered hops. seemed to froth between citric and pineapple.
M - light bodied
D - after enjoying a half glass I dove into dinner. It went great with really spicy mexican and was not a heavy hitting brew. Easy to enjoy a couple of dinner and feel good.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear bright amber-orange color with a small fluffy white head. Nose is earthy green and grassy, light and floral, lemon pepper at the top with substantial sweet, bready/caramel malts. This is more a decent hoppy PA instead of an IPA, as the hops are not the focus but work well with the beer as a whole. English style which meshes with the calm hop profile. Taste has a substantial amount of malts to hold the tasty herbal, grassy hops. Bitterness is easy going and fits the flavors. A touch of dryness tops it off. Great finish of malt sweetness with refreshing citric spice. Body is a light-medium. Drinkability is great.

Mellow and not in your face, but flavorful and aromatic.

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Photo of wedge
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear darkened gold. The head is thick and pillowy, almost creamy leaving some strings of lace before my first sip. By the end of the glass, lacing covers nearly the entire inside of my glass. Mild UK hops hit the nose first - earthy, spicy, faintly peppery, and floral with a hint of citrus to finish it off. Hops wash over the tongue, but not in an aggresive American way, smooth and flavorful. Lots of balance between floral, grassy, and tea hop flavors and a solid, creamy maltiness. Lightly bitter, medium bodied, and wonderfully smooth.

This is an excellent session IPA if I ever had one. More characteristics of an IPA brewed across the pond, so to speak, than right here in NC. I won't be overlooking this one anymore.

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Photo of Phocion
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear pale gold with a thick, stubborn, rocky white head.

Incredibly balanced for an American IPA. Nose is surprisingly mellow. Sweet malt background lightly covered by grapefruit/peach citrus and floral hops.

Grapefruit and orange citrus and sweet bready malts nicely balanced, with the hops coming out slightly on top. This is not the type of IPA I'm used to but excellent nonetheless.

Decent level of carbonation and medium-bodied. Very refreshing and somewhat crisp. A bit creamy and highly drinkable. Thanks again to northerntimber for this one.

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Photo of blackie
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a low white head that gradually becomes a ring around the glass. The beer is a golden amber in color.

smell: Grassy, pulpy, herbal hops upfront with a smattering of grainy pale malt aromas. Decent.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body on the light side of the medium range.

taste: Clean, pale malt flavors blended with a moderate American hop flavor. After the swallow, the bitterness begins low and increases slightly to a moderate level in the finish. Not much complexity of flavor, but well balanced. Lacks the tropical fruits that I like in an IPA.

drinkability: Not a spectacular beer, but nothing off and easy to drink. Probably a good session IPA.

Single bottle from WF Raleigh. No dating on the label or bottle, Highland needs to get on that.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden reddish with a healthy froth of head and visible lacing before I've even taken a sip. Body is completely transparant. Nose improves as it warms, with all hops muted early before breaking out a little bit. Not a spectacular sstart but not terrible..

Round, even taste with broad hop flavors and healthy ripples of bitter aftertaste. Carbonation is slightly overdone but not too bad and balance could use some tweaking but for the style, this is flavorful and refreshing.. Mouthfeel is stiff enough to hold up the hops. I wouldn't go far out of my way for this one but it's a solid enough effort.

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Photo of SilentSabre
2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright, let me begin by saying, I believe that this has been lightstruck or been otherwise made defective. I didn't smell or taste bad. However, it really had no smell and very, very little flavour. It poured a medium yellow with a big beautiful fluffy snow white cap that stayed for ages. It looked wonderful. However, there was no smell. Nothing, like smelling a glass of water. The taste, too was almost non-existant. Just a tiny bit of bitterness at the end. As I looked at it, there were 1000's of tiny particles suspended and floating about in the beer. I thought at first they must be bubbles, but upon further inspection, they were clearly matter of some sort. I'll let tonight's review of this stand, but I would like to review this again in the future with a fresher example. Everything else was fantastic, especially the appearance.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy pumpkin color into a pint glass. Not a great head, but did leave some residual lacing on the glass.

Aromas grapefruit, cut grass. Nice aroma, but not as strong as other IPAs I've had.

Taste was mildy bitter, with a strong malt component. Not as bitter as other IPAs I've had. Decent flavored beer, would make a good beer to give to non BA'ers as an introduction to the style.

Mouthfeel was fine. Slight bitter aftertaste that lingers just slightly. Mild carbonation.

Overall very drinkable. While not the best I've had in this style, certainly a worthy beer and worth trying.

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Photo of Cresant
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. into a pint glass. Opaque, cloudy creamed-corn color. Soapy head. Sporadic bead.

Smelled of mild grains and faintly of hay. A little "tea-like". Smell blossomed as it warmed.

Mildly bitter. Nice understated linger. Not complex. A tame IPA.

Medium bodied with a mild hoppy tingly texture.

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Photo of JBStith
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highland Kashmir IPA, I was a bit disappointed with. Overall it is not what I look for in an IPA.

A: Poured a slioghtly hazy, golden color. Bubbly white head that dissapated quickly with no lacing.

S: Malty and notes of honey and cirtus. I look for a stronger presence of hops.

T: Similar to smell. Overall taste is doniated by malt and is not balanced enough with bitterness. Also had metallic after-taste that was not enjoyable.

M&D: Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Not very drinkable for me.

Overall, not a great example of the IPA style. I might try this again just to give it a second chance, but it did not impress me on the first go around.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, with no date information other than '5227 B-10125 inkjetted on the bottom of the bottle.

Cloudy bronze toped with a short dense head of fine off-white bubbles that slowly settles leaving no lacing. There is a steady, pulsating wall of carbonation. Fruity, Sweet Tart nose with orange blossom and rind coming through. Starts with a modest hop bite, orange rind with perhaps a bit of sugar that builds. Solid malt body throughout, but the finish is short and to the point and filled with more of those rind notes that do not linger. There is perhaps a touch of pine and grapefruit, but the hop profile is not overly aggressive, and seems to be missing its snap. Medium body, with minimal carbonation that is extremely fine, soft and smooth, and just a touch on the thin side. The label reads “A bold beer best consumed with a stiff upper lip”. Your lip doesn’t have to be too stiff, as this one lacked significant punch.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. No freshness date indicated. Poured a very pale golden color. Slightly chill hazed with a nice, dense, one finger sized head. Decent lacing as well.

Aroma seems muted for an ipa. Definitely some hops in the aroma; orange peel and lemon peel stand out. There is also a strange sort of steamed cabbage smell as well. I have noticed this aroma in other IPA so it may be part of the characteristics of the beer.

Hops greet the taste buds up front followed by more hops. Citrusy hops are the main component here. Stays in balance pretty well but still seems to be a bit light overall for an IPA.

A nice beer from Highland. I generally enjoy their beers. In my opinion, the Gaelic Ale has more of an IPA feel to it than this Kashmir. Both are quite enjoyable so I'll let you decide.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a medium orange color with half a finger of head that dies off quickly. There is minimal lacing on the glass. The smell is fruity, with a good amount of citrusy hops. Lots of pineapple in there, with orange, and even some floral notes. The taste has lots of hop bitterness going on. It's juicy hop flavor at first, but gets a little bit on the harsh bitterness side on the finish. I seem to be detecting a bit of diacetyl in there as well. The mouthfeel is decently thick and heavy. The drinkability is just ok, due to the harshness and diacetyl. It's ok.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 6 oz pour. Beer is a light orange color with a light head that sits as a floating island over the brew. Clarity is moderate and only a small stream of bubbles is apparent. Nose is moderately caramel, lightly bready, and a little earthy. No real bright citrusy hop is hitting me, which I would like to find in my IPA. Flavor is representative of the nose. Caramel, earthy hoppy flavors, light breadyness. It finishes with a mild citrusy hop flavor and a moderate peppery bitterness that hangs on nicely after swallowing the brew. Not bad. Feel is moderate with a moderte carbonation that breaks things up nicely, keeping it from being too heavy. Overall, this brew is not giving me what I want from my IPA's, but its not bad. I'd like to see what this one is like fresh and on draft. I have a feeling that there is more brilliance to be found in this one. I'd like to have it again.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a bout a fingers worth of off-white head. Leaves decent lacing. The aroma is spicy. Orange and cedar hop scent. Flavor is surprising. Malt comes through more than expected. Spicy bite from the hops with a bitter finish. Enjoying the sweet malt and zesty citrus combo. Mouthfeel is very good...medium body that's a tad slick from the hop oils and good carbonation. I could see my self having a few of these on a lazy afternoon.

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Photo of nickss
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a 1/4" head... moderately rocky and cream-colored.

Nice citrus hop aroma, although certainly not very complex.

Boring flavour! No hops... should not even be considered an IPA in my opinion.... flavoured more like a weak-ish APA. Very yeasty and musky tasting. Some citrus, but all in all I am underwhelmed.

Nice thickness, but not nearly as crisp as I would like.

Light and drinkable, but I did not find this one enjoyable. There are too many other IPA's out there for a similar price for me to be sampling this one again anytime soon. I was disappointed, because I have thoroughly enjoyed every other Highland brew I've sampled. Back to the drawing board on this one boys.

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Photo of Crosling
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Gentle, wimpy aroma with scents of peach, earth, musk, mint, herbs and caramel.

An India Pale Ale for senior citizen bingo night. Seriously, this is one weak ass IPA. The flavor consists of an earthy, herbal and grassy hop profile with a slight note of citrus and a boring, bready, grainy malt backbone. Thin Mouthfeel. Forgettable.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on my recent trip to Sylva, NC. I poured it from a large bottle (22 oz.?) into a pint glass.

Appearance – A light golden body with little head that quickly fades and has little lacing.

Smell – The nose is a strong citrus/floral and hops.

Taste – A very bitter beer that, in my opinion, gets better as it warms. The aftertaste loses some of its hoppiness. It’s well balanced and smooth for an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation

Drinkability – I’m not the biggest fan of IPAs but I found this one to be good. It is my least favorite of all the Highlands beers (which I dearly love) but that is due to style and not quality.

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Photo of thaichile
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a billowy white head. Has a wheaty nose and not much florality. Interesting mix of fruit and hops on the palate. A very light IPA with an interesting taste. Not a hopheads dream, but enjoyable (I think?). Thanks Derrick for the bottle.

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Photo of Luigi
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a large sticky white head. Awsome head retention. The aroma is sweet and hoppy. I can definately detect the spicy English hops and at the same time the Mt. Hood's pull through with their pine aroma. The flavor is about the same. A well balanced hoppy brew. The hops are a tasty mix of English raw leafiness and Mt. Hood sharpness. A sweet malt and light toasted grain balance out the hops. The drinkability is dangerous. Pint after pint can be consumed if you don't have anything to do the next day. I think my taste have matured since the last time I tried this beer. I love it!

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alright, if I haven't said it before, Highland is a real gem of a regional brewery. I've yet to have anything from Highland that didn't impress me - this beer is no exception.

The pour is a deep yellow with a pure white head. The head is a bit on the thin side - maybe a quarter inch but it lasts through much of the drink. The beer starts cloudy and I thought it was an unfiltered IPA but after a few minutes it settles and becomes crystal clear. A very attractive glass of beer, if it had more head I wouldn't rated it a "5"

The smell is nothing but hops - spicy green herbal hops. Words like 'zesty' come to mind when you stick your nose in this beer.

The flavor is very good and just short of excellent. It's also rather surprising because I was expecting an American IPA and this is -not- by any stretch of the imagination a "by the book" American IPA. There's a clear sweet malt flavor underneath with hints of golden grain and honey but the hops are by far the belle of the ball here. The hops are pure Europe all the way with Goldings and Fuggles in massive quantities. The hops flavor actually borders on Saaz or Tettnanger - noble hops and close cousins to Goldings and Fuggles. If you'd handed me this beer and told me it was a "super Pilsner" I would have been utterly convinced.

Excellent hop presentation - very bright, clean bold hop flavors without bitterness. The sweet malt is just perfect in counterbalancing the strong hops notes.

Mouthfeel is very good. This is a light to medium bodied brew with almost enough carbonation to clean the palate between sips. Good balance between residual hop bitterness (mild) and residual sweetness (light)

Very, very drinkable and highly recommended to anyone who can get their hands on this. As much as I was recently disappointed by the "Über Pils" from Clipper City (another excellent regional brewer) if it had tasted like this I would have been overjoyed. This is not your typical pine-n-citrus American IPA but it is an excellent showcase for bold hop flavoring. Also *again* proof that a big, flavorful beer doesn't have to be high in alchohol; this one's only 5.6% but you'd never know it from the taste.

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Photo of jameaterblues
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured differently than i expected. It was a very light yellow color, only slightly darker than a macro brew beer. The head was very thin white color, and had a slight lacing around the glass. It had a mild hopy smell, much less strong than my normal perception of an IPA. It was mild for an IPA overall, and lad a nice hopy finishes with a bitter after taste. I am not normally a huge fan of an IPA, but this reminded me of a pale ale more than an IPA, and that is probably why I enjoyed this so much....It really makes me want to try their pale. If you are not a huge fan of IPA's this might be the first step to enjoying them....if you like sierra nevada, or highly hoped pale ales give this a try.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lists Asheville, NC (great town!) on the label, but I noticed it's manufactured in Maryland. Whatever state wants to claim it, I'm right in the middle (Virginia) and not totally impressed.

Just a shade darker than a typical golden-yellow pils. Nice frothy head.

Mellow hops come to the nose first, with mellower malts next, and a scary corn essence that reminds too much of bad US macros.

Taste: One of the most unremarkable IPAs I've ever had. Not bad, but not outstanding. Light and crisp, it goes down easily and inoffensively, but the bottle's claim that this is "a bold beer best consumed with a stiff upper lip" comes close to false advertising.

Decent mouthfeel, a little tingly.

Easy to drink, easy to like, hard to love. It's got no real selling points against many other, better IPAs. I much prefer Highland's Gaelic Ale over this.

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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
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