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Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale - Highland Brewing

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Highland St. Terese's Pale AleHighland St. Terese's Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
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496 Ratings
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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 11
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tigerpaws on 07-18-2002

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Ratings: 496 | Reviews: 241
Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imp. pint glass....can't find any date on the bottle... let's hope it's fresh.

Nice golden/orange color, appears very clean. A white bubbly head emerges and dissapates. Lacing and carbonation evident. A nice looking beer.

Smell is relatively subtle (though, save for Daisy Cutter, Alpha King and one or two others, I'm not sure how many APA's i've had that had a real strong smell). Notes of citrus and hops... pleasant if not overly distinct.

Taste is slightly bitter but not aggresively so... hops evident but not overpowering. Malt presence is there but stays in balance. Well put together for the style. No flavor note really dominates, but it all meshes together well.

Mouthfeel is very nice, creamy with a crisp bite at the end. Maybe a slight resin to it, but not much.

Very drinkable beer. I had this right after a Natty Greene's PA to compare the two, and while both were good, I enjoyed this one a little bit more. I love me some daisy cutter and alpha king when I'm in chicago (which I often am) and i've been looking for a go to pale ale in the triangle area. While this isn't as floral or agressively hopped as the previously mentioned beers, I think it is more to style and very enjoyable and easy to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a restaurant at the Biltmore estate awhile back and was pretty happ with this one,pours a hazy gold/orange color with a nice sticky head aroma was zesty and hop tilted for sure with citric-like aromas abound.I do the nice malt balance to this ale though I didnt detect a malt presence in the aroma but came thry nicely here with a biscuit-like start with a zesty hop finish a easy drinker well made.I think Highland makes some real nice brews down there in NC.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale bronze providing a scant head. The beer is hazy with a good amount of active carbonation. The hop aromas are overpowered with a fruit/apple fragrance. The flavor of this IPA is dominated with apple flavors rather than accented by them. For the style I feel that the hop character is lost due to the overpowering of what were intended to be fruit accents. The body is even bodied with a nice crispness, an overall good mouthfeel. While for the style I gave only a 3.5 I rated the drinkability at 4 because while I felt the fruitiness was a departure from the intended style, it was none-the-less a good tasting beer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing I noticed when I popped the cap was a fantastic flowery hop aroma. Because of the intense nose, I just assumed that the flavor of the brew was going to be just as intense, but at the first sip I was surprised yet again. The hops were definitely there but it wasn't overwhelming at all. The taste was on the dry side with the hops present throughout - obviously the nose and taste, but also in the clean dry finish. The color was a beautiful orange-golden hue with a perfect amount of carbonation. There was a good head on the pour which thinned quickly after just a few minutes, leaving decent lacing behind.

I'm a fan of hoppy brews and I really liked this one. It's relatively light, it's sharp with hops, has a quick dry finish, and it's from (relatively) local brewery! How can you go wrong! I can see a trip to the Highland Brewing Company sometime in the near future.

Photo of Walker8810
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful clear golden hue. fairly thick head with nice lacing down the sides of the glass. lovely citrusy hop aroma comes through nicely. hops up front with a bit of sweetness in the finish. very refreshing beer. crisp and smooth with a wonderful hop taste to it. overall, a good pale ale that i will come back to often.

Photo of Duster72
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber with a one finger head. Aroma is very pleasant citrus with a definite orange push. Taste is biscuty malts backed with citrus and floral hops. Quite bitter. Mouthfeel is medium body, typical heavier pale ale. Overall, relatively generic. Not something I would buy regularly, but non offensive.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mtnlover for the tip on where to find some of Highland Brewing's offerings in Kingsport, Tennessee. This pale ale pours a clear, amber gold body with a small, offwhite head. Some patchy lace is left down the glass.

Aroma features biscuity malt and a citrus rind hoppiness, mostly lemon. A hint of red apple is noted in the background.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and carbonation is medium.

Taste is slightly sweet, biscuity malt that is overwhelmed by a pronounced hoppiness. Dry, and somewhat bitter from a lemonrind hop flavor. I also note some pine flavor in the hop profile. Overall, this is well balanced and fresh tasting.

Good drinkability, and a bit above average for an American pale ale. Worth a try, but Highland's Gaelic Ale is much more complex and satisfying, in my humble opinion.

Photo of nem2006
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep golden with slight carbonation and some lacing left on the glass.

The nose was very hoppy. Floral. They use cascade for dry hopping and I think this may have put the hoppiness over the edge. They say it has a malt body to it, but I didn't catch that.

Very little malt in the taste. Extremely hoppy with a strong lingering aftertaste that did not suit me. I did not think it was very smooth.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty pale yellow in color. Rocky, frothy white head lasts and laces nicely. Aromas are muted. Bits of citrus, malt, and caramel. Flavors are "light IPA". Good mix of bitterness, tempered nicely by sweet malt. Finishes crisp and dry. Just an average mouthfeel. Nothing too impressive. Session beer.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long brown neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Hazy light amber color with a generous slightly off-white head with good retention leaving chunky lacing down the glass,the carbination was on the light side.

Good,flowery,citrus hop nose,earthy,with light sweet malty scents. Easy,pleasing aromas.

Citrusy tastes with light sweet toasty carmell,good balance with a clean,smooth citrusy finish. Very enjoyable taste.Light and crisp.

Enjoyable brew has an easy,pleasing feel. Picked this beer up on my vacation to the Outer Banks also had the ipa version of this beer.Similar taste to the ipa just lighter. Very nice highly drinkable beers,wish they were avalible in my area.

Photo of niknar
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a medium amber color with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring of lace. Some small amounts of lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell is very intriguing... I can't quite put my finger on the individual scents, but I definitely detect citrus notes and malt. The taste quite good in my humble opinion. It hits with an immediate bitterness and strong citrus (lemon?) flavor, then finishes dryly with more bitterness. An excellent pale ale. The mouthfeel is just what I would expect of this variety... full bodied compared to other offerings in this color range, but not so thick that you'd hate to drink it in hot weather. I feel this is an excellent regional beer that could be consumed again and again... definitely worth a try!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazed apricot copper hue with a vibrantly bubbled white head really looks inticing and the lacing is forming as the head settles with specks of scattered lace. Aroma is nice with dry hopped cascades kicking in floral mildly citrus based alpha acids with a mild biscuit malt sweetness, but once again the dry hopping really adds a nice hop nose to this brew. Flavor is balanced but assertively hoppy great flagship pale ale solid and not one dimensional in any way. I'm getting really fresh hop tones like citrus and floral tones with fresh cut grass herbal qualities and a nice fruity light biscuit malt with a touch of apricot flavor here, nice. Mouthfeel is oily with hop resins medium bodied even but crisp carbonation really smooth sessionable brew, I was thinking mediocre at best with this brew, but those folks in NC are getting this microbrew movement. Drinkability solid offering get me this one on a cask engine and I might find my session beer great drinkability I want another and I can handle a few of these that pretty much spells session beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 9/7/10 (production date?) served in Highland pint glass. Tiny bit of sediment added mid-taste.

A - golden; thin white head.

Aroma of fresh citrus hops; sweet malt in the background.

T - less hoppy than expected, given aroma, but appropriate for style. Somewhat sweet for style but has a dry finish with a nice citrus hop flavor. I'd prefer something bolder and more complex, but that's why they make IPAs, etc.

M - very smooth but a bit thin; light-to-moderate carbonation.

Delicate but fine taste, with no off-flavors and good carbonation -- this beer goes down quick and easy.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Fishbones in Greensboro. Nice deep pale color almost to copper, a shade past Amber.
Aroma- some piney hops, not pungent but present.
Mouthfeel- light malt body, good hop flavor that elicits some citrus notes and the hops are consistent without being astringent. A good froth livens up the citrus flavors really nice. Finishes with earthy-minty hops. Feels closer to an English pale, but at just over 5% this American Pale is quaffable and tasty. Support NC Breweries! Anything Highland makes is choice!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sunny golden color with a nice sized head which mellows to a thin layer quickly. Disappearing foam transforms to lace quickly.

Big fresh piney hops in the nose. Hopheads know the type. Typical of the style, which isn't bad, just in line with the style. Clean and cool. Hit me...

Flavor offers a strong hop bite up front, mellowing quickly, bringing in some malty balance. Slightly offputting mineral bitterness in the finish. Remains fruity and light throughout. Mouth is creamy and buoyant.

Super-easy drinking, and with an ABV that's session-friendly. Nothing amazing, just a simple, solid pale ale.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold with 1/2" of head. Great retention. The nose has notes of light malt and grassy, citrusy hops. The taste is clean malt with a faint toastyness followed by grassy, citrusy hop character. There's some yeasty undertones as well. The mouthfeel is light and clean with decent carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer. It's a local that gets a lot of tap time. It's on the hoppier, more balanced side of APAs so I like it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy (bottle-conditioned) golden amber body is topped by a 3/4" head that holds well, and eventually drops, but leaves a complete surface covering and some thin sheets of lace about the glass. Very nice. The nose offers bright, fresh, floral & citrusy hops over a delicate, caramel-splashed biscuit-like maltiness. The body is medium-light with a very fine, gently crisp carbonation that caresses the tastebuds. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a combination of lightly tangy, fruity, and citrusy hop flavors over a very lightly caramelish and biscuity maltiness that's well backed by solid bitterness. It finishes dry with a short lingering citrusy hop note and some bready/biscuity maltiness. Extremely well balanced. Very refined. Crisp & refreshing. Highly drinkable. An impressive American pale ale!

Photo of Ezone024
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy dark golden/orange color. sweet aromatic head. smells of bready malt and citrus.

taste's great with nice balance of bread and citrus, it tastes like an american west coast crossed with pale english malts.
great well rounded flavor.

nice and easy mouthfeel, sweet but not overwhelming on the hops, you can taste the citrus but there's no bitter aftertaste. perfectly crafted.

if i could get this all the time it'd be a favorite.

thanks brent K for the trade

Photo of cjgator3
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a golden amber color with a solid white head. The aroma is typical for an APA, with sweet malt and citrusy hops, very pleasant. The taste is very nice and refreshing with sweet malt and citrusy hops in the crisp finish. Overall, Highland St. Therese's Pale Ale is a solid APA that is pretty sessionable and definitely worth a shot.

Photo of RickS95
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkish straw color with a thin white head that lacks any retention.

A nice smelling beer with the citrus of the Cascade hops very prevalent; maybe even some orange peel and grapefruit hiding in there.

Mostly notes of floral on the tongue, with the citrus raising its head as well.

Some complexity in the mouthfell, as it starts of slightly sweet before finishing a bit sour in the swallow.

Goes with any food or situation, a nice beer for the warmer months.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from a cigar/wine/beer place in Corolla NC. I sipped it with a little wedge of Morbier at first, but the beer can't quite stand up.

Anyways, this is fine session pale ale, sort of a slightly lighter Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The aroma is piney and the flavor adds a touch of grapefruit hops. The malts are a bit too subtle for such a mildly hopped pale ale. In fact, I can barely taste the barley at all. There's just a mild hint of bread crust. Still, this is a tasty, very drinkable, pale ale and good introduction for beer newbies to dry-hopping.

Photo of Jon
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highland's pale pours a bubbly, short-lived head that sits atop a clear golden liquid. The smell is of faint citrusy hops, which is just enough to get one interested in the brew. The taste is more of the hops with a lingering malt character that sticks around to balance the brew fairly well. The mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, but not overly so. This is a refreshing, easy drinking pale ale. Worth a try.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - murky light copper with light head, little to no retention

S - sweet caramel with light floral hops. slight biscuit scent

T - light floral hops up front followed by a light bitter hop flavor. very light caramel malt flavor pulling it together

M - very full bodied for a pale ale and crazy smooth

D - this was painfully easy and fun to drink. an excellent combo of an american pale ale with an english twist. i loved this.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thick white head that retains well. The aroma has some biscuity malt notes, along with some citrus and floral cascade hop notes, some fruity esters and a grainy sweetness. The flavor is more assertively hoppy than the nose with big floral and lemon character, along with some biscuity malt, cane sugar sweetness, and fruity esters. The mouthfeel is light and sprightly with high carbonation and a crisp finish, drinkability is excellent. For some reason, i had never picked this highland up before but its defiantely a pleasant surprise...hoppy and drinkable.

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured glod/amber with 2 fingers of white head. Very good lacing & good head retention

S: Piney & citrus hops & biscuitty malt

T: Lemony hops & breadyness up front. Honey malt surfaces as this warms. Finishes with lemon hop snap & biscuitty malt

MF: Light/medium-bodied with great balance & good carbonation

Drinks very easy, a nice straight forward APA

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