Highland Devil’s Britches IPA | Highland Brewing

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Highland Devil’s Britches IPAHighland Devil’s Britches IPA

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BigTrubble on 01-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ordybill
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- heavy malt with some hops, not my preferred aroma Appearance- Clear dark copper color, small off-white head Taste- heavy malt and bread flavor, did not care for this at all Palate- Medium to light body with light carbonation. Overall- Did not care for this beer at all, after the pour the appearance had me expecting something awesome, that wasn’t the case.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Clear dark copper. Tiny off-white head drops to a small collar with no lingering cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Big caramel malt sweetness with some backing toasted notes. Some toffee and biscuit. Cooked and caramelized malts Hops runs a bit tropical, mango and grapefruit. More earthy and herbal than anything. Nicely balanced. Decidedly easy coast, but in a way that I'm starting to think is unique to NC. Slight toasted element.

Taste: Light caramelized malt backbone. Breadier than the nose indicated. Slightly toasted. Some bread crust and caramel malt. Hops are super earthy with a slight herbal undertone. Leafy and a bit dirty. Lingering mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a slightly below average carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Somewhere in the first circle.

A mellow and approachable IPA, if you can even call it that. Hits in that session IPA territory, but it's decent.

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Photo of Foyle
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours with a 2” fluffy cream colored head. Significant lacing and moderate carbonation. Color is a reddish brown and slightly cloudy.
Aroma: floral and some citrus hops dominate the aroma with pungent hop oil very noticeable. There is also a toasted bread malt smell.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. This finishes mostly dry.
Flavor: bitter hops combine with a somewhat ‘burnt toast’ flavor from the malts, but there is enough sweetness to maintain some balance. There is definite grapefruit taste along with some earthy and floral character hops. The malts hide in the middle and background with some whole wheat bread toast and hints of caramel and slight green apple.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a very nice amber with about 2 fingers of an off-white head.

The aroma is full of floral and fruity hop notes along with pine and some toasted biscuit and bready malt notes.

The flavor doesn't follow the nose all that much. There are some very subtle floral hop notes, some piney/earthy hop notes and this is followed by a decent amount of bready malt flavor. It finishes pretty dry and it's decently bitter for a regular IPA.

The body is medium and there is a nice, crisp mouthfeel. Definitely not amazing, but not a bad beer either. It's a more malt forward IPA that doesn't do anything new.

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Photo of hman43
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: It pours amber with ruby tints and on off white, slightly tan head. it does leaves lacing as the head recedes.

Smell: It has aromas of citrus, dark fruits, and some pine, The are also floral elements.

Taste: There are flavors of floral hops, pine, citrus, some pine.

Feel: It is medium-light bodied with plenty of carbonation and a bitter finish that is long lasting.

Overall: It is beer where the hops dominate and the malt base is barely noticeable. The finish it bitter and long lasting.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dense, resiny head that collapses into a resiny plume and laces nicely. A floral/citrus hop aroma. Clear, burnt umber color. Starts off with an astringent, biting bitterness of citrus rind (almost cough-medicinelike). Then there is a more fruity aspect as floral hops come through, and even some nice, green hoppiness. Malt is subdued throughout. Finish is poignant bitterness and citrus rind.

I'm not huge on this one. There are some interesting hop flavors (on account of Apollo and Calypso hops), but they're not really interesting in the good way. If the bitterness and astringency were toned down, I could maybe enjoy this one.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark rich copper color, looks more like a scotch ale than an IPA.

Fresh sticky hop aroma, piney but very refreshing.

Taste is nice and clean, fairly bitter but not a crazy hop bomb, taste is more pine than citrus. Strong malt backbone. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, carbonation could be a little higher.

Decent IPA, I think I like Kashmir better though.


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Photo of n2185
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Dry, piney, grassy hop aromas with some caramel malt notes underneath. Not much going on.

T: Dry, bitter pine flavors with some earthy and grassy notes. The finish is moderately bitter and lingers.

M: Medium body with sudsy carbonation, this beer is slightly watery and frothy feeling on the tongue.

O: A pretty mediocre IPA overall. Not particularly offensive, but simplistic, overly bitter, and just kind of bland.

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Photo of amread4
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a straight pint glass.

A: Nice burned red with hues of brown. Quickly dissipating bright white head with strong lacing.

S: big hops up front. Pine is noticable with classic grapefruit behind it.

T: mostly hops with less of the classic red taste. Not quite a full IPA, not quite a red. Taste falls somewhere in between, but without all the best qualities of both styles.

M: quenching yet not overly thin. A warm weather beer, for sure

O: a nice effort, but not as pleasing as some of the best in the style (Cigar City's Tocobaga comes to mind). Would benefit from some more of the qualities typical of the red style. Cheers!

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Photo of SerialHiker
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours and orangish copper color…very red more an IPA…a thin layer of off white head formed and remains…very thin, but persistent…fairly transparent, there is no real bubble action happening…kinda basic…(3.5/5)

Smell: Very mild aroma…I’m getting some light grassy bitterness mixed with some earthy, more toned done qualities…has a faint Scottish ale feel with a light touch of rye…very earthy and malty, nothing traditional about this brew…lacks though in overall pungency…(3/5)

Taste: Earthy bitterness rounded with a light citrus freshness…much like the nose, very toned down and earthy/woodsy driven…malts are also very earthy and toasty, leading to a somewhat bland flavor…there is the slightest touch of rye malt bite, that brings a bit of life to the brew, but it’s super mild and really only plays the deepest background role…tastes very much like a blend between a Scottish ale and a basic IPA…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…Light to medium carbonation does bring some earthy/woodsy bitterness with a bit of rye pepperiness…earthy bitterness on the palate into the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: While this isn’t a “bad” beer, the flavor is disappointingly bland…it’s very woodsy both in bitterness and maltiness and that lack of depth leaves me wanting…a very drinkable ale, as it warms more of the peppery rye flavor comes out…I feel like Highland was trying to make something innovative here with it’s mix of traditional Scottish ale flavors and earthy hops IPA, but for me it’s a miss…like I said, it’s not bad, but one is enough…try it for yourself if you like IPA’s that are west coast, citra hop bombs because this may be right up your alley…(3.25/5)


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Photo of BrewskiGal
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This new brew from Highland Brewing Company is crisp and jolting.

It smells of pine and grapefruit, and tastes of both. This brew reminds me of a slightly milder version of Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. I did not enjoy that one, nor do I enjoy this one. I prefer this one because it uses more subtlety by introducing the flavors progressively.

The best quality of this beer is that the flavor lasts for an inordinate amount of time after taking a swig. The flavor actually improves and can be tasted best in the "aftertaste".

It is a sharply crisp, light beer. Great for the summer.

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Photo of wedge
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear chestnut with a creamy head that leaves behind some drippy rings. Spicy, herbal aromas; scallions and dank earth...very interesting and unique. Leafy, earthy hop flavor along with some pear and bitter citrus. Medium bodied and fairly light on the carbonation. Odd choice of hops, not my favorite combination ever. An interesting experience, but not something I see myself buying again anytime soon.

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Photo of Rion
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. Very crisp but much darker then I was expecting. Pours an almost brown color. With a good lacing. Pretty easy to drink. and with the ABV at 6 % you could drink a few and still be alright. Overall the beer is decent I would have to say I would get it again.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a La Chouffe snifter.

This is a pretty amber colored IPA, everything is solid, head, nose, appearance. It's not going to blow you away; however, it tastes pretty damn good. What makes this a nice little brew that I'd advise you to try? The hop profile. It's nice and bitter. There's an apricot thing going on here that I'm not used to picking up on. I'll have this again.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges the same color as Yuengling, copper reddish blood orange color with a slightly tanned head. Good spot of lacing, head retention is nice as well.

Aroma is quite nice. Definitely hoppy. Kind of an earthy, slightly floral hops aroma that is fresh and tickles the cilia. Plenty of caramel malts to back up the aroma with slight biscuit and cracker.

Solid flavor also. The mouthfeel is way thin, almost watery. Finishes very clean and stark dry, almost like champagne. Good bit of hop bitterness, slight grapefruit peel. Tis one is very easy to drink; too easy if you ask me. There is no chewiness or anything. Needs more body. Decent beer, plenty better out there.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear, amber in color, good visible carbonation, one finger of white head.

S: Heavy bready malt, bitter resinous pine and citrus rind hops.

T: Bitter grassy and pine resin hops, decent toasty malt backbone. Good amount of bitterness in the hang.

M: Thin body, moderate carbonation. The alcohol presence is heavy-handed, especially considering the relatively tame ABV.

O: I'm disappointed with this one. Falls short of what I expected from this brewery, most of whose other offerings that I've had I've been fairly impressed with. Too much alcohol presence, too much bitterness without accompanying hop flavors, and the body needed to have more substance.

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Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep copper/amber with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, pine, caramel malt, and a hint of grapefruit form the aroma. Fairly well balanced between malt and hop presence.

Flavor reveals more sweet, bready malt dominance initially, becoming decidedly bitter and earthy in the finish. Underpinnings of grapefruit and tangerine add intrigue, but are overwhelmed by the bittering hops. Fruity specialty malt notes emerge.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a bit in the high side, and light alcohol warmth. The finish is fairly astringent.

Not as much hop dominance as expected for an ipa. The bitterness is harsh and too much for my liking. Malt provides respite, but the balance is bitter.

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Photo of delta490
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear deep ruddy brown with a big creamy tan head. Head has nice retention and leaves nice lacing

S- nice pine hops aromas dominate

T- the taste is good, but a little muddied. There isn't anything really definitive, either from the hops or the malt.

M- a hint of carbonation and a thinner feeling on the palate

O- a good IPA. I prefer their Kashmir to this, but this is an interesting opposite

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Photo of fastrodney
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle procured from Grapes & Hops (represent!) into my trusty Sam pint glass.

A: A dark amber with a head that built quickly to the highest hights and dissipated slowly.

S: Bright and grassy hops and biscuity, toasty malt.

T: Citrusy hop flavor balanced with a toasty malt. Lingering hop bitterness on the back leaves a slightly metallic or astringent taste that mingles with enduring toasted malt.

M: Medium-bodied, medium level of carbonation.

O: This is a hard one to pin down - I took a sip before pouring and was a bit confused before reading the side of the bottle. As this is intended to represent some sort of IPA/Red hybrid, it's hard to compare it to too many things - it honestly comes off as more of a bitter amber than an IPA, but the more I think about it, the more I think that it might just be closer to a British IPA than the West Coast variation that has become the standard. Tasty, interesting, and unassuming, but in a good way.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 10 April 2013.

Pours a medium-deep amber, slightly rusty. Mostly clear, with a column of bubbles rising up. One finger of off-white head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is a malty medium-hopped herbal IPA with a shade of pine.

Taste is grainy, dominated by a moderate to high liquid, flowing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is the high point. Medium-bodied, persistent, but with a flare of carbonation that livens the whole thing up.

A decent IPA, balanced, and heavier on the acids than the aromatics.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper colored with a thumb of cream colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Some biscuitty notes, piney & leafy hops, also herbal hops

T: Herbal & woody hops, & touch of breadyness up front. Pine & orange rind as this warms, plus more woody hops. Finishes with woody & herbal hops, plus a bit of dryness & biscuitty malt, plus some citrussy & piney hops showing up at the end of the party

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, alright balance

This is a serviceable AIPA/red ale, but nothing to get excited about & a step below most of the other Highland beers I've tried. The Lowes I was in had Bells Twi hearted for about 60 cents more a sixer. That would've been a far better purchase...

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"'Lordy, that's as red as the devil's britches,' exclaimed a local rancher, awed by the vibrant fall canopy ablaze on what is known today as Devil's Britches trail. Highland Brewing commemorates the history of the Great Smoky Mountains and Devil's Britches trail with a rich, red IPA. Ashburne Mild malt produces a toasted and biscuity flavor, and Extra Special malt renders an alluring red hue. Apollo hops provide aggressive bitterness (70 IBU), while dry-hopping with Calypso hops yields complex fruity and floral aromas with hints of pear and apple. This devishly delicious ale is Highland;s twist on the great American IPA." Brewed in the style of a Red IPA. The newest seasonal beer by Highland Brewing Company.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a toasted caramel cream head of a creamy froth consistency over a red-tinged copper body with moderate relaxed carbonation and high clarity. Lacing is light and curtained- retention is very good. Very pleasing appearance. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma is relatively clean with a light bready malt base. A mild citrus hop aroma tries to pair, but doesn't quite match the intensity. Potency overall is somewhat muted- none of the aromas really come forward to define this beer. 3.25

(Taste) Toasty caramel biscuit malts with a mellow bready sweetness. Hops are equally softened- some peppery, earthy characters and a touch of spice, but nothing is taking the reins. I don't personally find the bitterness too much. Balance is right on for the flavors involved, but collectively they're very light throughout. The toasted caramel is probably the most unique part of this IPA- I haven't had many IPAs with a toasted grain front like this one presents. The drinkability is incredibly high, as neither the malt nor the hop character trash the palate like heavier-bodied IPAs do. It's a good, session beer but likely won't meet the demands of the adventurous IPA bunch that go for a maltier or hoppier IPA. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Mouthfeel is very smooth with a slight thickness and a mellow buzzy carbonation. Body is light+ for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low, concealed by the little alpha bitterness that is perceptible to the tongue. The texture is very nice for this style, it helps keep the flavor and texture relatively uncomplicated, but it could be even more relaxed to go with the texture. Ingredients for a very sessionable IPA are all here, it just won't be to everybody's IPA expectations. Based on the recipe, the mouthfeel is good. 4

(Overall) Devil's Britches hits the mark for those who want an IPA that doesn't neutralize the taste buds or fill you up after one drink. Highland has a tendency to craft light, drinkable IPAs, and this one isn't all that exciting, but is enjoyable enough to drink a few in a row. Feel free to give it a try. 3.75

Highland Brewing Company's
Devil's Britches India Pale Ale

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Photo of zac16125
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft into pint glass

A: dark amber, small white head, minimal lacing

S: malty, hints of hop bitterness, grass an off almost moldy aroma (although not as bad as that sounds)

T: pretty tasty, good balance of malts and piney hop bitter, much better than the nose. High bitterness level is nice

M/D: medium body, appropriate carbonation, good drink ability

O: I liked it. Nothing spectacular but I'd drink again. Rating would be high if not for the off aroma

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic a clear rich amber with a fluffy one finger off white head that left multiple chunks of head behind as it settles into a frothy mass.Biscuit malts and some leafy herbal hops in the nose,pretty pedestrian but not bad.Earthy hops dominate the flavor profile with some caramel/biscuit malts,more of a big earthy red ale than a red ipa.Not bad but not something that is on par with other Highland offerings in my opinion.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip glass. Aggressively carbonated, nearly 3 fingers of caramel/cream colored thick (not bubbly) head. Body is amber/red and seemingly a bit murky. Lacing is quite good (spotty but very thick on the glass). Retention is absolutely fantastic.

S - Light caramel malts, refreshing apa type aroma (think apples), earthy/grassy hops, slightly biscuity. Pretty mild aroma.

T - Decent piney/floral hops initially, apples and mostly pears are dead on and quickly mediate the hops (with some sweeter caramel malt), making this a lighter ipa, probably ideal gateway IPA, light bitterness lingers after the fruits subside. Finish is very mildly bitter, and minimally dry.

M - Well carbonated visually, certainly carbonated on the palate as well but not overly carbonated as it may look. Very refreshing, really really easy to drink, decent lawnmower beer.

O - Definitely more of a mild flavor profile but a really good APA/IPA type brew. Very smooth, very refreshing, fantastic lacing and retention, ideal for those who dont love hop bombs as I do.

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Highland Devil’s Britches IPA from Highland Brewing
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