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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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An aggressively hopped and higher gravity version of our Kashmir IPA. Five different hop varieties added at seven different times in the brew kettle, hopback, whirlpool and fermenter add to its complexity. This Imperial IPA also differs from our traditional Kashmir IPA with the addition of over fifty pounds of dry hops, adding a spicy nose. Over two hundred pounds of hops were used in this limited fifty barrel batch. The robust, malty and complex hop flavors and aromas are best enjoyed with an extremely stiff upper lip.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (3384) - Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Pours a pretty clear amber with a thick and fluffy pale buff head that leaves some good lacing. Strongly hoppy aroma has mostly evergreen and resin, with an undertone of Mandarin orange. Bold, hoppy flavor assaults the palate with resiny, rather bitter hops and sour orange plus a touch of honey. Firm, smooth texture is fairly fizzy and leaves a hoppy and slightly sweet finish. A hundred kilos of hops? Sure shows!

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oginme (44) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Sometimes the focus is so much on one aspect that the beer is out of balance. The pour was nice, a bright yellow color with a good head. Aroma was strongly hoppy: citrus and piney. Taste had little malt character to balance out the strong hop flavors which hit the tongue pretty quick. strong pine, resinous flavor which overwhelmed the taste buds. Medium bodied and fairly well carbonated, the finish was a lingering resiny, spicy taste which hung around in the mouth and built up sip after sip.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2013
22 oz for 9 bucks. Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Smells like fruits with some hops and a slight spicy undertone. Tastes nothing like the standard Kashmir. Much more balanced. Piney flavor and malts take over with little lasting bitterness. Slightly thicker and creamier than your average IPA. Highland should mass-produce this beer instead of the other IPAs they offer. A very drinkable Imperial IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4987) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 5, 2013
22oz bottle pours a clear orange with some lacing, creamy, white head. Aroma has a ton of pine and soap, some grapefruit peel, some candy, a little bit of perfume, some honey. Flavor has a lot of booze, pine sol, pine sap, honey, orange rind, grapefruit rind, candy, a little bit of pineapple. Full, sticky finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Standard Imperial IPA. Hoppy aroma with a malt backbone. Golden to amber with an off white foam. Bitter with a lot of warmth. Smooth with a pleasant bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3466) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Pours light orange. Itís pretty clear. A bit floral on the nose. Kind of sweet on the tongue. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Itís pretty drinkable for an IPA I donít think quaffable is the main attribute people are looking for in this style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndyW68 (1108) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Good not great. Clear gold with big white head. Aroma is musty citrus. Taste is sweet and bitter. Hint of old rinds.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rangerred (938) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber. Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a thin white head. Decent head retention, however, leaving a thin ring around the top of the beer. Aroma is very resienous with a little must and dankness. Some overripe orange with a touch of lemon and grapefruit. Loads of overripe fruit in the taste along with pine and earth. Bitterness is very high but there is a lot of malt to back of the hops and the toast and earth gives this a real English quality. With all the malt, though, the mouthfeel is not overly sweet at all and even finishes a bit dry. A quick shot of alcohol towards the finish lets you know this is a strong brew but it is not off-putting. Overall, a very good job by Highland makining an Imperial English IPA which is something that isnít seen all too often. One Iím glad I picked up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6083) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
5/28/13. 22oz bomber from Grassroots. I was excited to see this come back after a couple of years! Amber pour with a small khaki head. Mostly this was dank, resinous, and a bit caramelly and malty. Iím thinking by the time it hit Jacksonville it may have been a touch old.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Very clear amber body was topped by a one finger thick head, and had lots of carbonation streamers running through it. The smell of the beer was a little muted for the style, and I could detect mango, pineapple, hay, grapefruit, and some spice. The taste was nicely balanced between bitter and sweet, with none overpowering the other. There were some tropical fruit flavors, and a lingering spiciness, but the overall flavor profile was simple and bold. The feel was sticky, and mouth coating, and the finish dry. An unassuming DIPA with decidedly English take.


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