Highland Kashmir IPA | Highland Brewing

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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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Reviews: 364 | Ratings: 770
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish gold with a quarter of an inch of soft, foamy, white head that has great retention. The nose is bready and malty with a faint citrus aroma. The flavor is similar; sweet, bready, and very malty. There is a smooth, balanced hop character that features that is mildly citrusy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a very malt-forward IPA. It's an easy drinking, smooth, refreshing beer that's both flavorful and balanced. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden with a nice white head, good lacing, lacks carbonation.

Smell: Barely detectable sweet barley.

Taste: Very nice with a variety of floral hops. The taste is a different but better world from the smell.

This is an extremely satisfying ipa. It doesn't look or smell like much, but when you drink it, everything comes together in this excellent beer.

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

Clear, light copper color. Quick, nright white head with a little film o'foam after a few sips. Then nothing. A few sluggish bubbles rise to the top.

Mild, earthy hops aroma and some faint toasted malt smells.

Astringent palate from start to finish. Slightly lemony and mineral earthy hop bite. Some mild toasted malt jumps in the middle of teh palate, but thats it. Pretty simple, easy IPA. Nothing special or bad really.

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Photo of doucmehu
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in trade from Jpvw, thanks.

A: Pours a crystal clear straw/amber with one finger of white head

S: Mildly sweet and fruity pineapple, with a hint of grain. Smells muted but pleasant.

T: It fails to follow the nose. The bittering hops overpower the flavoring hops, and it is not particularly enjoyable. The expected fruitiness was nearly nonexistent, with some dry floral hops instead. Some grainy malts round things out.

M: Average all around, but a bit more creamy than expected. Finish is very bitter and dry.

O: As an IPA, I would rate this a 1.5. Style aside, it's more of a 3 beer. I would have guessed this was an English Pale Ale or possibly even a hopped up Cream Ale. This is not as advertised, and is very forgettable.

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Photo of DIM
2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a bright, clear coppery golden color. It poured with a short lived, medium sized head.

s: Mild mineral-y hops and sugar cookie malts.

t: Sugar cookies up front before a mildly medicinal but largely flavorless bitter finish.

m: Crisply carbonated.

o: Kind of a meh IPA.

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Photo of rwrk42
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a decent head with some lacing on the way down.

Smell: Malts, caramel with some citrus and a nice hop aroma

Taste: Light malt taste, decent amount of hops with a faint citrus flavor. Finishes very nice and smooth. Nice hop balance and not overwhelming

A very good IPA which I recommend.

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Photo of rangerred
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

Arrived a clear medium gold with a small head. Pretty good lacing.

About the only smell I could detect was citrusy hops notably orange and grapefruit.

Strong hop bitterness takes hold from the first sip with citrus hop flavors being predominate. there is some light bready grain towards the finish but hops take center stage.

Overall a middle of the road IPA. One I would have again but not necessarily seek out.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass.

A: Light head, clouds of bubbles inside a perfectly clear, light yellow beer. Generally unimpressive.

S: Skunky. Some hops, but grassy and not entirely pleasant. Slight citrus.

T/M: Fortunately, it tastes pretty good. A substantial, almost creamy mouthfeel complements a lightly sweet body counterbalanced by lemony, herbal hops. Aftertaste is only lightly bitter.

O: I enjoyed it, but it's a fairly mediocre IPA. Quite drinkable. Not particularly recommend. I might drink again, but probably not if I had other options.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this up the other day in NC.

a - opened the bottle and filled my duck rabbit snifter. brew poured pretty straw yellow that settled in the glass as a lighter shade of apple juice. thin ipa head, not all that frothy and pretty slippery lacing.

s - soft grapefruit with a hint of orange peel and citric, but not a citric blast. actually kind of reminds me of apple juice.

t - nice bitterness with a subtle hoppy flavor. much like the nose, i get grapefruit and orange peel without the citric blast. very tasty, but muted.

m - relatively thick and full/medium bodied. gentle carbonation. a bit watery

o - overall a tasty ipa, but rather muted all around. the flavor is nice and it is a good beer, but when looking for a knock out ipa, you should check elsewhere...however, the label describes the beer as a brilliant pale ale with an aggressive hop character. that kind of sums it up really well (but not like a sierra nevada pale ale, but a really great pale ale). as a pale ale, this is a better beer than as an ipa. kind of like a jai alai light? i have kind of mixed feelings on this beer since it is enjoyable, but i wouldn't reach for it when craving an ipa, but if i was craving a pale ale...this one would be way up there.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an alright beer; I'm not going to pour it down the drain after taking a few sips, but I'm probably not going to jump to buy more of it. Of all the beers I have tried from Highland, this is my least favorite. It is labelled as an IPA, so I am judging it based on that. To me, there are not enough hops in this. When I am opening an IPA, I expect a fair amount of hops. This beer did have a good balance and a nice citrus flavor, but just not what I wanted in an IPA, which I was actually pretty excited about beforehand. I would say overall this beer is about average and would recommend other selections from this brewery before this one.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz Pilsner Glass. Another Beer Mail Review!

Appearance - Very hazy Golden/Orange in color; it's awfully bright for an IPA, looks almost like a Belgian Pale Ale. Head pours around a 2 finger width with an aggressive pour. Leaves behind quite a bit of lacing as well!

Smell - Floral Hops, but not overtly pungent. The main smells here are sweet yeast/malts and sweet orange, with the former being a little more powerful.

Taste - Much like the smell, the flavor is mild citrus with sweet malts. The floral hops are still there, but they tend to blend in more with the overall components of the flavor as opposed to standing out among them. The flavor tends to remind me of a Belgian Pale Ale more so than an IPA.

Mouthfeel - It's got a pretty light body and it's not too thick The carbonation is moderate so it feels just right.

Overall - It's by no means a hoppy IPA, in fact, I'd probably classify this more along the lines of a Belgian Pale Ale. However, for what it is, it's pretty good. The flavor, while nothing too spectacular is pretty good and it's fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mecherd for this extra. 2011 b2, not sure how to interpret that in terms of date. Poured into a NB globe.

A - Pours an impeccably clear orange amber with 1/2-finger off-white head. The head disisipated to a thin layer. Not much visible carbonation other than a little coming from the etching in the glass. Nice lacing.

S - Not a very strong aroma on this one. I'm getting faint citrus and malt hiding in a hay field. Grassy and herbal notes dominate.

T - Slight carmel sweetness and malt up front that is taken over by mostly grassy hop flavor in the middle. The grassiness fades leaving a moderately bitter finish that lingers.

M - A light body that is nice and creamy right away but quickly breaks into fine carbonation that lasts longer than your average beer. There is a hint of alcohol warmth.

O/D - This is a solid beer in terms of looks and feel. To me, I would appreciate a bit more aroma from an IPA than this one has. The hop profile was a bit grassier than I prefer as well.

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

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a hazy medium amber with an average (1-2 finger) sized frothy white head that lasted a decent while and produced excellent lacing.

The aroma was very basic with a mild grain malt and a grassy hop with a nice touch of citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was moderately bitter, mildly acidic with a nice malty feel from the start then progressed with an increasing bitterness that had a healthy dose of hops and a bit of citrus at the finish leaving the flavor to linger for a nice long time proceeding the swallow allowing for extended enjoyment of this brew.

Mouthfeel was just a tad above light in body and had a very dry texture to it with an almost prickly carbonation.

Overall a nice and hoppy brew with a slight maltiness which allowed for superb drinkability and an excellent finish.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Brent. Thanks. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy straw color with a cap of fluffy white head. Pretty good retention and leaves some sticky lace.

Kind of sweet on the aroma, with a candied orange essence and a bit of bitterness in the finish. A little bland honestly. Not much to the pallet except a little bit of bitter hops in the background. Slight hints of melon on the middle but I feel like I'm reaching.

The body is light and the carbonation is somewhat soft. Overall nothing offensive here but this one is a little bit boring. Enjoyable, but there are better IPAs on the market.

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Photo of pBRale
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From tasting notes on 9-6-11
Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance: Golden honey color, clear beer with a thin off-white head that leaves surprisingly thick lacing.

Smell: Floral and grassy hop notes, a slight bit of malt on the nose.

Taste: Earthy hops, a bit of malt to offset, and plenty of hops leading to a crisp and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable. Light body and highly carbonated.

Overall: Pretty decent beer--surprised me--not a huge flavor profile, but what is there is very good.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy golden orange with about a half finger of white head, good lacing, ok retention

S - Mostly citrusy hops with a fair amount of sweet maltyness, not very pronounced

T - Grapefruit hops with a solid malt backbone, pretty simple but very well balanced. There is also a piney presence

M - Medium bodied, very drinkable, appropriate carbonation

O - A good drinkable IPA, nothing too crazy but well balanced and pleasantly bitter. Will defintely buy some more of these

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Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear, medium-light golden body. A medium, foamy, white head settles slowly to a thin film with a prominent edge. Thick patchwork lacing coats the glass well. The aroma shows heavy nougat up front, with toasted caramel and orange/grapefruit hops following suit. I even picked up a bit of chocolate, which seems completely out of place in an IPA. The flavor follows suit almost exactly. Nougat, caramel, biscuit, and citrus hops provide the bulk of the flavor, but that weird chocolate note is still in there. Medium bodied and very easy to drink, despite its weirdness.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with a nice murky golden with amber hues body

S: a little musty with subtle hop and grapefruit notes.

T: Really disappointed. this is a little waterd-down. Up front mild pine/bitter hops with a citrus sweetness but overall each of these flavors are understated.

M: light to medium body for an IPA. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: A little let down by this one. The flavor is overall understated and watery.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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 -15.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +12.1%
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 +14.4%
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%
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 -0.3%
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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Highland Kashmir IPA from Highland Brewing
3.54 out of 5 based on 770 ratings.
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