shigadeyo (3766) - 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! beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
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...
Tasted on 10/29/2010. OK I found this bottle sitting in the back of the beer closet, its 3 years old, I know that and the rating does take that into account. This Imperial India Pale Ale pours a medium copper gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is malt, biscuit, sweet and caramel. A medium bodied former Imperial IPA now a barley wine. The malts are very biscuity, caramel and malty. The hops are herbal and floral. Although this beer is probably a faint echo of what it was fresh, it has become a very nice barleywine. There is perhaps a touch of oxidation, but that is not always a bad thing in a barleywine. Nice balance. It was an interesting unintentional aging experiment. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2007
the mouthfeel on this is spritzy, carbonated. pours a copper wiht full white head. very armatic, and hoppy. notice the hops right away on the front. it is good, and very hoppy, finish is rather mild. Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Pours a thick, rich, hazy orange/ amber color. Aroma of hops, huge malt,and sweetness. The taste was sweet and earthy with nice hop bitterness in the finish. Taste like sweet hop candy. Yummmmm. This is how I like my IIPA’s. Thanks goes to Suttree for the bottle, know that! mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2007
This was not the hop bomb that I was expecting. The flavor was complex, with multiple layers of hops present. It had a sweet, candy like finish, and the alcohol cannot be ignored in this one.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle from Phil, thanks. Pours out an orange color with an offwhite head on it. Smell is very hoppy, full of pine and grapefruit and some slight hints of alcohol in it. Taste is smooth and hoppy and very easy to drink. Not sure if previous raters ended up with a bad bottle, but mine had no diacytel at all, and was really very drinkable. This stuff could give you a lethal hang over from being overly sweet though. Im glad I have some more of these around. Really good when its very cold. rayg1 (594) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours a deep orange-reddish with a nearly rediculously huge head. Pine and citrus dominate the aroma, and leaves you fairly satisfied and wanting to take a sip so badly. Taking a sip reveals a rich brew full of malts that taste of caramel and toffee but are quickly bitch smacked away by a huge hop profile. This brew is heavy on cascade I can tell but I can’t pick out the other four. Oh well no matter, this is a very nice brew sweet at first and then the bittering pucker factor with the hops. I like this alot. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
22oz bottle acquired in trade with DragonStout (thanks!). Poured a deeper and muddy amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, pine, tropical fruits, and spicey. Tastes of pine, spices, caramel, and citrus. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle thanks to ross. Pours deep copper orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Lots of juicy citrus nose, pine, spicy and a bit of a gingerbread like malt aroma. The flavor leans more towards pine than the aroma but still has a strong grapefruit note. There’s a nice spicy and peppery characther too that breaks up the intense bitterness. Medium-full oily body with gentle carbonation. alexsdad06 (10667) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2010
22 oz. bottle picked up at Bruisin Ales (from notes). Pours a hazy deep orange amber color with a large frothy beige head. The intense aroma has equal amounts of big sweet caramel and toffee maltiness to battle the orange citrus hops. The flavor is fairly strong as well with the citrus hoppiness in the forefront. Big orange, grapefruit and some tropical notes blend along with the rinds. The sweet caramel and toffee malts try hard to add balance but fall a bit short. The alcohol shows at times, but not in a bad way. Full bodied and sticky which works well with this beer.
I had a second bottle recently that had held up quite well. It was moving toward being a barley wine, but still quite tasty.