Highland Devil’s Britches IPA | Highland Brewing

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Highland Devil’s Britches IPAHighland Devil’s Britches IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BigTrubble on 01-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
283
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.15%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
72
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +37%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of BigTrubble
4.64/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You can’t go wrong with Highland Brewing Co. beers so I bought a six pack of 12 oz. bottles to try this beer. Devil’s Britches was released Mid January and I am excited to get my hands on it.
It pours a deep weathered copper. One finger of thick frothy head that is there throughout even resting on the bottom of the empty glass. Good lacing around the glass that hangs around.
The smell of this beer is amazing lots of sweet citrus fruit and floral undertones over a sweet malty backbone. As it warms the herbal scents really come out.
The taste up front is pure citrusy bitter hops that hit the tongue followed closely by the savory sweet malts. The flavor of this beer is very well balanced, awesome hoppiness that is well balanced by the toasted biscuity malt bill.
The mouth-feel of this IPA is slightly viscous compared to most with a smooth silky mouth feel. Just the right amount of carbonation to tickle the tongue and prepare the taste buds for the onslaught of flavor.
Overall Highland Brewing Company’s Devil’s Britches is and excellent beer. I could drink this beer every day and never grow tired. Not merely a hopped up red ale, but actually an amazing take on a style that is so popular and often underwhelming. Devil’s Britches is well balanced with an excellent malt bill that holds up to the Apollo bittering and finishing hops and Calypso dry-hopping. Highland describes it as a red IPA and a twist on the great American IPA which is a statement that it truly stands up to and surpasses. I have been very impressed by Highland’s beers and am happy to see Highland releasing new beers. I can’t wait to see what they brew next.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Romaniac
4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack in late January (Cary, NC.)

Appearance: Copper in color. Slight visible carbonation. 1/2 finger head.

Aroma: Moderate floral, citrusy hops, and caramel.

Flavor: Moderate hop flavor at first, slight sweetness noted, ending very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Moderate carbonation, crisp and leaving you wanting more.

Overall: This is truly a well made IPA, not too thick, not too bitter. If you like tasty beers, this is a must try. Best IPA I have had from NC.

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4.44/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes a few weeks ago.

A: cherry wood color with about two fingers of white head with pinkish hue. Original and excellent

S: Strong piney hops. some light citrus. Terrific.

T: Again, strong piney bitter hops predominate. Wood notes. Some hints of fruit in background. A Classic IPA. No residual aftertaste

M: Medium body full of carbonation and life.

This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had.

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4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - pours an slightly orange red with nice white creamy head and lacing.

Smell - malt, a little citrus hoppiness.

Taste - Hop profile is more on the fruit punch side and I really like that. Solid malt biscuit flavors on the finish for a great balance. I'm a fan.

Feel - smooth, creamy, carbonated appropriately.

Overall - Because it isn't aggressively hopped I feel like it is underrated. A very nice well balanced IPA that impressed me.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hits you with two fingers of highly whipped up and loose foam, quite delicate and dimples easily, sort of eggshell white in hue, leaves a lot of thinner yet sticky streaks of lacing. Bright amber red in color, immaculately transparent with a few scattered beads of active bubbles. The nose is peppery with a saline quality too, dried grapefruit and orange pith, rye, pine tar, gets more floral as it warms, same for the cocoa powder and apricot to peach fruit scents, complexity sort of sneaks up on you. Medium-bodied, tight weave to the carbonation, lively with erect posture. On the dry side yet there’s tang in the orange, grapefruit citrus and great support from the pine, pepper, black tea leaves, forest scrub accents. Has moderate malt backbone, mostly powdered chocolate, not that sweet, more texturally softening. Really grips the palate, sticky and resinous, even factoring in that carbonation. The fruit is mainly apricot, pineapple and peach with a hint of red cherry. Long aftertaste, hoppy bite refuses to let go. Pushes the hoppiness card but doesn’t overplay its hand, nicely balanced.

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4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Snifter. Thanks to Bulbman for the hookup.

A: Pours pure amber, crystal clear. Mostly aggressive pour leads to a thick, rocky off white one-finger head that fades reluctantly. Leaves sticky slug trails along the sides with bubbles clinging for dear life all the way down. Very nice looking beer.

S: Very nice up front hop presence. Brings the yin of the citrus (grapefruit, but one on the sweeter side) and some crushed pear and then brings the yang of the pine resin - almost like the smell left on your fingers from carrying your Christmas Tree to the curb once it has served its purpose. Malt background is nicely present and unique from other IPAs I've had. They eschewed the typical IPA malts for an Ashburne Mild malt and it really stands on its own nicely. Picking up some floral notes and a bit of the breadiness from either the yeast or the malts on the end of the nose.

T: I must have a very fresh bottle because the hops are beautifully blended with the malts. The Apollo hops do not overpower on the bitterness but slide nicely in towards the back of the tongue. There is a nice fruity flavor that hits in the middle and the bittering hops round out the tast. Good mix of flavors.

M: Sharp biting finish yet smooth and coating. Medium bodied beer.

O: An excellent take on the IPA and this one is most excellent. I would definitely buy this beer in quantity.

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Highland Devil’s Britches IPA from Highland Brewing
3.65 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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