Highland Gaelic Ale

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Type: American Amber/Red Ale
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  • 3.5/5 
  • 05.80% 
  • 2818/3686 
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A deep amber colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness.

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  • Jun 14, 2015
    malvrich (96)Rank: Beer Novice
    3.9
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    12 oz. bottle into a Stella glass
    A: Hazy copper/amber color with a tight beige head some of which refused to pour out of the bottle. Head lasts a few minutes with nice lacing. Fair clarity.
    S: Mostly getting caramel and toast.
    T: Fruit. Nuts. Orange zest and burnt toast. The sweetness from the smell is thankfully absent. Delicious.
    M: Lighter bodied perhaps, than it looks. Refreshing with zippy carbonation.Dry tart finish leaves you wanting more.
    O: This is very good amber ale. Maybe the best I can think of. Highland has a hit and at $8/6 it’s a no brainer! Extremely good.
  • Jul 2, 2012
    mcnealc31 (205)Rank: Beer DrinkerGroup: Ohio Beer Lovers
    3.9
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    Pours a deep amber and is relatively clear. Sticky white head floats atop. Smells of toasted malt and smoked peat. I'm glad I knew to expect some hops, because they are definitely noticed. Thankfully, not overpowering (wouldn't fit the style). Caramel, smoked peat and other complex malts are upfront with the piney hops balancing nicely. The malt lingers longer than the hops.Flavor of iced tea as it warms, as well. Clocks in at 5.8% ABV.

    I'd say this is more of an Amber Ale than it is a Scotch Ale. It's tasty, has good balance, and is on the hoppier side of the spectrum.
  • Nov 18, 2011
    kaj-ii (778)Rank: Beer ConnoisseurGroup: Brown Ale Lovers
    3.3
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    [Best served in a Pint glass]

    The pour was a cloudy medium brown with a reddish hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that lasted a little while, leaving behind some residue that lasted throughout thus producing some excellent lacing that was left sticking to the glass.

    The aroma was of a cookie like malt, a moderate dose of herbal hops and a mild sweet yeast with notes of caramel, toffee and had a slight nutty presence with a mild alcohol tinge.

    It tasted slightly bitter with a hint of toffee and a slight nuttiness at first then became nice and malty and very lightly sweet with a note of caramel and a moderate hop presence at the end. The flavor stuck around for a nice long while, allowing for the flavor of lingering hops to be totally appreciated.

    Mouthfeel was just a tad below medium in body and mildly dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

    Overall a nice sweet malty brew with a nice emphasis on hops at the finish.

    Serving type: Bottle