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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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A brilliant, dry pale ale with an aggressive hop character balanced with a smooth finish. A bold beer best consumed with a stiff upper lip.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Clear gold, white head. Spicy hop aroma dominates. Slightly thin feel with dry, hoppy flavors and bittering at the front. Not quite enough malt background, seems a little unbalanced. I like very hoppy beers, but this needs a little more base to carry the hops in my opinion. The finish is quite dry and refreshing. More of a warm weather IPA, if there is such a thing.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Draught. This isn’t exactly what I was expecting. Reminds me of aromatic lumber in many respects. It is hoppy yet smooth, but lacks depth. Not bad, but Highland’s other beers are better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (2721) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 draught. Kashmir is a gold color with a decent head. There’s a woody, earthy nose on this. Cedary sweet flavor with a just a bit of spicy hops. I think the regular Highland pale ale had more character than this one. I would definitely recommend any of their other brews, which are delicious, over this one.
[May 17, 2009]
Bottle. Pours gold, barely hazy with a decent head. Aroma: wood, light grapefruit, and vanilla. This is a modestly hoppy IPA with some grapefruit to give it bite. I felt this was more English leaning with the wooden/earthy notes and a surprising vanilla character.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2005
The aroma jumped right out of the bottle when I opened it! Pouring it really let loose the spicy hop aroma that quieted down after a minute. Off white head with ok retention. Deep golden color, maybe a little foggy? There’s a good malt balance to counter the profuse hops. This is a good beer for tasters who want to try an IPA but aren’t crazy hop-heads.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Bottle. Light gold (too light?) with a really nice head. Aroma is honeyand doughy grains. Taste is malty and sweet more than hoppy. With Pop The Cap, I hope this brewery really starts to kick out some good shit. Tweak this IPA and your porter and you’ll b golden. Cheers

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Aroma of tangerine/grapefruit over sweet honey. Appears a clear golden yellow-orange with a small white head and noticeable effervescence of medim-sized bubbles. Flavor starts buttery with sweet malt and finishes with a dominating hoppy bitterness that is earthy. Palate is medium-light, slick, and with a lingering aftertaste that is not altogether pleasant. Overall, this beer is just somewhat more than the sum of its parts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Pure gold body with mild carbonation and a clear, uniform white head. Initially catty, musty nose improves and reveals interesting floral and green mango hop notes with some nice butterscotch in the background. Flavor has lots of pale malt character with mildly sweet honey notes, flowery, fruity hops, and medium bitterness in the finish. Interesting, somewhat sweet IPA. This is a good brewery.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 5, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Draught. Golden color with a thick white head that lasted and laced the glass as I went. Faint hoppy aroma and flavor without much hop bitterness (less that expected for an IPA). Very smooth with low carbonation. Slightly sweet. More thirst quenching than most IPA’s.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Bottle. Light straw/gold color, very light for style, with puffy white head. Very nice flowery and citrusy hop aroma, more sweet than bitter. Light body, especially for the style. Flavors are mostly hop oriented-- orange and lemon citrus, a little vegetablelike as it warms. The slightest of malt sweetness in a very thin body, which is honestly ok because of the outstanding character of the hops. Somewhat of a tangy aftertaste, probably the hops acid, but not very bitter. Wouldn’t necessarily think of this as an IPA, but a grand celebration of the hop. Very refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 3, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) This has a nice, sweet orange citrus nose with gentle aromas of pale malts and fresh hops. That sweet orange citrus carries over into the initial flavor, and combines with a very pleasant and fairly sweet maltiness. Gradually, the flavor transforms a bit as a mildly bitter hops kicks in for a wonderfully balanced finish to this mild flavored beer. It’s actually very sweet and way too mild for an IPA, but I really like the quiet transfer from sweet citrus and malt early to mild bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a fairly soft and pleasing mouthfeel, quite smooth, but partially because of the low hops content. Medium gold color is crystal clear, and the smallish, off-white head diminishes to a halo within a few minutes, but that’s only a minor problem. This beer may be a bit pedestrian, not pushing the envelope in any way, and not really even an IPA, but it’s a very drinkable beer, tasty, pleasant and enjoyable.


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