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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.5
jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
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.

3.6
mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle thanks to AlexFields, thanks a lot sir! Pours a glowing golden with a really small head that doesn’t stay for too long. Aroma is nice with (light) piny, citrus and caramel notes. Taste is under control unlike many DIPAs out there with a medium sweetness and a good amount of (gentle) bitterness. This isn’t a palate wrecker and I can appreciate that. A little alcohol can be felt but it isn’t so bad and doesn’t kill drinkability. Overall a real nice proposition!

3.8
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2007
22oz from Sam’s, Durham. Digging this more than many folks are, and I find it a lively, pleasant, if not overly complex DIPA. Orange to copper body with an admirable frothy head, there’s a noticeable aroma of big floral hops. Continues in the flavor, which isn’t so citrusy to my taste but is quite fruity (almost mango? weird) and enjoyable. I get what people are saying with the barleywine comments, and there is a substantial malt backing, but the piquant flavors seem to keep it on style. Nice effort from Highland (hey guys, how about an imperial mocha stout?).

2.9
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2008
22oz bottle. pours hazy golden-amber with off white head. nose is mostly aged malts (how old is this?). flavor is that of a pretty old IIPA, I’m guessing around a year old. initial flavor is citrusy but there’s an aged rotted vegetable finish with booze. i’d like to re-rate fresh, perhaps this would have been better in a few years also.

3.7
jrob21 (3807) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2007
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.

4
shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2008
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...

3.7
aracauna (3680) - Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2008
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.

3.8
SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2007
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.

3.3
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
bottle, from Sam’s Quik Stop. Good aroma, citrusy sweet. Grapefruit, some pine, a toasted grain, peppery. Clean brownish orange color, good head that faded quickly, minor to no lacing. Bittersweet flavor, lots of graprfruit, pinneapple, little peach/apricot. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. It’s good, had some moments while sniffing that were great, but didn’t quite come together with the flavor I had hoped for. Got a little better as it warmed.

3.7
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2008
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.


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