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Try some great Highland IPA

Our Journey

We’ve spent a lot of time lately reviewing different craft brews that we’ve encounter during our travels across the United States.  With so much going on here at West Palm Beach Brewery and The Vault in West Palm Beach, Florida, it’s nice to take a break once in a while and see what the many craft breweries across the country are up to.  Our goal is to produce outstanding craft beer and offer premium wines to our patrons after our opening later this year, and by visiting various older and new craft breweries, we hope to organize our own standard for quality that can match that of the many great producers in the craft brewing industry.

Highland IPA is a great example of their dedication to qualityHighland Brewing shows a dedication to quality that is outstanding

Recently we visited Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina and what we found there was a brewery whose standards for quality and craftsmanship are very well set.  We’ve had plenty of brews from all over the world, and we can truly say that theirs are top-notch craft beers created with a dedication to quality that is impressive, to say the least.

While we were visiting, we decided to try some of their brews.  After all, what’s the point of visiting a brewery if you’re not going to see how everything tastes, right?  Ok, so maybe it had a little bit to do with the fact that we were really thirsty after touring the facility, but we planned to taste their brews anyway, so what better excuse to do so?

Our pick for tasting was Highland IPA, which we had checked out on BeerAdvocate prior to visiting the brewery itself.  We could tell by the reviews on BA that this was going to be a brew worth trying, so we dove in and it resulted in us taking some of this outstanding craft beer back to West Palm Beach with us.  It was really that great.  Check out our short notes below to see what our experiences turned up.

  • Pour:  This brew pours a nice golden hue and the head tops out at about one inch but fades fairly quickly.  Fades to a barely noticeable lace as it empties, which was quite nice.
  • Aroma:  Plenty of hoppy notes to the aroma, as expected.  The citrusy aroma draws you in for that first sip, which is something we always love about a great IPA.
  • Taste:  The flavor profile is highly balanced, with a nice malt bill to balance out the hops.  Citrusy, as with the aroma, with the barest hints of pine and earth.
  • Body:  Medium body with a dry and somewhat bitter finish that really suits the brew.  Slightly malty aftertaste that offers an interesting addition to the brew.
  • Overall:  We really like this offering from Highland Brewing.  It leads us to seek out more of their brews in the future, which is something we love to find in a brew.  We plan to make another trip later this year to see what else they have available.

We strongly suggest that you take the time to check out Highland Brewing and the great craft beer they have to offer.  If you’ve come across other brews from Highland, let us know in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you and your comment just might spark our next post!


Apr 23, 2017