shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/06/2008: Highland Imperial Kashmir India Pale Ale has a hazy, deep apricot color. The fine carbonation bubbles have a slow trip up through the thick liquid. The frothy ivory head is small, but dense and lasting. A sugary, sweet toffee maltiness blends with a sweet, juicy orange citrus hoppiness in the huge aroma. Wow! The flavor is quite intense. The hop flavor is mostly orange and grapefruit with enough peel to add a twist and some complexity. There are even some apricot notes in the finish. There is a substantial toffee and caramel maltiness underneath all of the hops thats add some sugary sweetness to balance this monster out and prevent it from becoming a hop bomb. No alcohol present in the flavor at all. This is a full-bodied beer that is quite thick and fairly sticky on the palate. However, the body really does complement the large flavor of this beer. This is a great Imperial IPA. Sure, it might not be quite as good as some of the very top IIPAs, but it does a really good job of trying to come close!
22 fl. oz. bottle (Alc. 10.2% by Volume) from ross. Thank you for picking this up for me. I really appreciate it, Ross! Rating #75 for this beer...
Bulk_Carrier (3625) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rcvd in trade.
The appearance has a golden amber colored body that is slightly transparent with a thin half finger white foamy head that dies immediately leaving some speckled spider web lacing clinging pretty hard to the glass.
The smell has biscuit/cracker malt-like subtleties coated over top of the hops - basically combined nicely with a tropical yet slightly citrusy sort of hops.
The taste is bittersweet as its nicely combined all the way throughout the entire drink. It has a bittersweet aftertaste with a dry sticky finish.
On the palate, she sits about a medium, comes across semi-sessionable, and has a carbonation that is good for a DIPA as there is nothing obscure and still gives an adequate sharpness most DIPA’s give, surprisingly enough, ABV isn’t really noticed.
Overall, this is a very good DIPA that I would have again.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was sticky and off white with decent retention. Some nice lace was left behind at the end. The aroma was malt dominated with molasses, caramel, and plum notes. Thicker mouth feel than I had anticipated. Sweet on the tongue with mild hop bitterness peeking through the syrupy sugars. Malts outweighed the hops in the flavor. Caramel and toffee dominated with more submissive orange, alcohol, and raisin notes. Pretty good.
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chill haze is readily noticeable right out of the fridge, but it does dissipate. The head is full and creamy (egg foam) and a little more white than is usual for a beer of this size. It disguises it’s 10.2 abv well. It could have easily turned into a barleywine at this strength, but instead tastes more like a strong IPA. I have to say it’s a little less hoppy than expected, but it’s an excellent beer.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber pour with almost no head. Good aroma of floral, spicy hops and caramel. Good flavor of floral, spicy hops and caramel with bitterness in the end. The body is light with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Not bad, but it fails to impress, there’s seems to be missing a little something.
SpringsLicker (3429) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Suttree for this one.
Deep orange/amber with a huge off-white head.
Piney citrusy hop aroma with a sticky malt base below.
Toasty bready graham cracker flavor with some bitterness in the finish.
The malts remain dominant however.
jrob21 (3403) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Word to Andrew for bringing this one over. Subtle hop aromas of grapefruit and bubblegum. Thick copper color looks good. Full bodied with a slight metallic hoppy flavor. Pine dominates the taste and the finish is syrupy.
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 750ml bottle maybe actually a bomber from JMichalel shared with Bartzilla. Pours orange with a 1 finger head. Nose is hoppy and sweet. Taste is sweet big and full of a nice big ass kick. Pretty damn nice east coast imperial ipa.
jake65 (3368) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a nice copper color with a small beige head. Aroma of malts and fruitiness, moderate on the hops. Flavor is more malty sweet and floral hops. A good offering in the I2PA arena.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from Bruisin Ales...been sittin in the fridge since december..... pours a medium caramel brown with thin soapy off white head that congregates to glass rim..... aroma is dominated by caramel malt at this point with some remnants of some tropical fruit hops. hops have faded well too much for my liking..... flavors of chalky sweet caramel and dark fruits with a slight bitter hop finish in the end. it also leaves a pepperiness on the tongue.....not anything shattering but i really should have had this fresh.