Thursday, May 16, 2013

Highland Brewing Company Gaelic Ale

I always believe that one should drink local beer, it make you pound of you area, state and/or region. This beer is no different; this is Highland Brewing Company Gaelic Ale, American Amber ale at 5.80% abv. The Highland Brewing Company is in North Carolina biggest brewing are/town, Asheville, nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains. The Highland Brewery gets its name from the Scottish people that settled there long ago, and they we’re called Highlander, due to high peaks/mountains in Scotland. Gaelic Ale pours an amber/copper color with a big fluffy three finger white head that stay around for quite some time, and leaves such pretty lacing around the glass. There is a small amount of light coming through with a normal about of carbonation. The aroma is malty with a hop note. There is a slight bready character to the aroma as well. The taste on Gaelic ale starts off with a nice small pop of grass and somewhat piney bitterness, due to their use of Cascade and Willamette hops, then you get a nice rich malted taste that balances out the bitterness. The mouth feel is medium and this ale finishes with a very faint hop note, slightly bitter but good. The aftertaste is good with sweetness from the malts used. Overall this beer is well balanced between hop bitterness and malty sweetness. So I am giving this one A, a great well-crafted and balanced beer. It is a slightly different take on the style of American Amber ale, and they crafted it perfectly. So if you have not tried this one please do so, you will not be disappointed. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!         

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