Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale - Highland Brewing

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 508
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 11
Gots: 46 | 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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Reviews: 241 | Hads: 508
Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark golden yellow in color with some orange highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense white head that slowly reduces to medium sized patch of medium sized bubbles with a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts, citrus/grapefruit hops, and an even lighter amount of spicy pine hops.

T: The beer starts out with the light to moderate flavors of pale malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. Following the malts, there is a moderate amount of hop flavors - first the citrus/grapefruit and then the spicy pine/resin. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades rather quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable - this is an easy beer to enjoy and pairs well with many different foods. Definitely worth grabbing one of these when in NC with the pleasant flavors and aromas. (1,126 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden with good clarity. A touch of head and a light coat of sticky lace left on the top of the brew

S - Grassy and malt notes are dominant. A slight hint of alcohol

T - A nice light pale ale. Dominant bready malty notes and slight hop balance towards the end.

M - Light bodied and smooth. Easy to drink

O - An easy to drink pale ale. Not bad for the style. (367 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours an appealing dark golden color with a nice frothy head. smell is banana and citrus, quite pleasant. taste doesn't live up to the smell however, slight citrus notes and a slight bitter finish. not too flavorful. medium bodied with medium carbonation. goes down smooth.

overall its a refreshing beer that I'd never turn down, but not something I'd regularly seek out. it's solid but nothing more. (401 characters)

Photo of bjbakerbsu
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my third Highlands brew, and I have to say that they seem to know what they are doing. This is a very good APA, and I would definitely have it as a mainstay in my fridge. Despite being a good beer, there is nothing outstanding or unique, in my opinion. It is just a good beer. (284 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a full white head and good carbonation. Nice citrusy hop aroma. Prominent citrus hop flavor with a nice level of bitterness. Medium bodied and creamy and crisp dry finish. Not the mot exciting beer, but an above average pale ale that won't let you down. (279 characters)

Photo of southeastmat
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden yellow with orangish hues. Nice lacing as you drink but the head falls away quickly after first pour.

S: Just average grassy notes here. A bit of sweet malt comes through on back end.

T: Great clean beer. Nice sweetness from the malt up front then come in the hops. They are not huge at all but you get just enough bitterness to satisfy the palate. Good hot weather brew - refreshing.

M: Light and clean. Smooth.

O: Solid offering. Not spectacular, but a great year-round offering. It's the perfect companion for burgers on the deck in the middle of a heat wave. (583 characters)

Photo of Josiah2729
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Yellowish orange with one finger of white head, decent lacing.

Smell: Medium citrus hops with faint malt smell.

Taste: Light citrus hops up front with a medium, semi-sweet malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated with a lingering cool hoppy burn.

Overall: Decent APA, not my favorite, but I like what Highland is doing here. (374 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Mellow Mushroom. This one pours a clear, lighter amber color. There was a small off white head on it. It didn’t linger long but still left some lacing. It has a lighter aroma. Faint malts, some citrus hops. The taste is OK. Just a touch bitter. Citrus hops, some malts and graininess. (296 characters)

Photo of xybreeder
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful combination of golden + amber + orange, with a perfect head and decent lacing.

S - Citrus hops, slight yeast aroma, grapefruit, overall a good smelling brew.

T - Same as the aroma, citrus hops seems to dominate the flavor. Bitterness is not too bad though, could use a little more malt flavor to offset the bitterness. Grapefruit on the back end (and a little warm), but still a very nice tasting beer.

M - Medium to light body, but carbonation is spot on, not too much, not too little, just right (at least for me :)).

O - A very enjoyable and solid pale ale, and thx again to my friend Wendell for bringing this to me from out-of-state! (664 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Defintly more american and citrusy than their ipa. I prefer this. One of my favoriste of their main lineup. Balanced, nice ctirus, big for a pale ale. Pairs with several foods. Great session beer, hot or cold weather, very versatile. A great selection and will compete with the best pale ales in the country. (308 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden-orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.  Minimal lacing is left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: The maltiness caught my attention first.  A really nice malty sweetness that balances out the citrusy hop profile.  Not much else going on here.  Good, but pretty typical. 

T: The hops come out first with some citrus fruits.  The maltiness is just as solid as it was in the aroma providing a sweetness that vies for dominance with the hops.  Pretty good balance, despite the lack of complexity.  

M: Thinner side of medium-bodied with a good bit of carbonation.  Smooth and creamy with a gentle drying effect on the finish. 

D: Pretty standard pale ale that doesn't disappoint.  Huge malt profile that I rather enjoy.  The hop profile is ample and tasty, too.  Pretty enjoyable brew.  (845 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like very faint copper and burnt caramel.
T: It tasted like faint but sweet caramel and come copper hops and bready yeast. It had a very clean aftertaste that was a bit bittersweet.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a decent pale ale, but nothing special. The scent and taste were bland but very easy to drink. Not a bad beer, but easily forgettable. (450 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up in NC the other day.

a - opened and filled my duck rabbit snifter. nice orange color, transparent with a thin bubbly head that fizzed away rather quickly. looks pretty classic pale ale.

s - nice citric hop presence evened out by a good malt backbone. a touch of wheaty earthiness. nice, classic.

t - much like the nose a soft citric hop presence with a great counter balance with a flavorful malt. classic pale ale. good subtle sweetness. it just works.

m - a bit on the thin side. easy drinking...could have 10 in a night.

o - overall, this is a classic pale ale. very nice, very unoffensive. soft hop presence, but not over bearing. if you like pale ales, you will enjoy this. just solid, just good. (723 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half finger frothy head with some lacing on a crimson with amber hues clear body. Very aromatous with lots of grapefruit, pineapple and some pine notes. The hops are subdued in this one. The finish is mostly light hips with citrus and pine notes. Initially caramel malt and floral. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not very dry. A very drinkable, somewhat safe pale ale. (375 characters)

Photo of leokbelo
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden on a Pint glass. 1 inch head dissipates into a 1/2 inch lacing that lingers till the end.
Bready, grains and a bit of pine scent.
Very smooth on the tongue, with hops kept at bay.
Low carbonation, refreshing and very drinkable. Nothing complex, though.
A decent American pale ale. (301 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid gold with a soapy, whispy white head. Pale fruity hops...melon, light cereal grain. Light malt and citrus rind along with tea and some more pale fruits. Pretty balanced and easy going overall. Medium lightish body and quite drinkable. Not bad...an easy drinker. (267 characters)

Photo of taigor
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy copper color with thin head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Slight scents of malts, hops and citrus.

T - Starts off malty followed by citrus bitterness with hoppy pine bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Crisp and enjoyable APA that I would recommend. (376 characters)

Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a clear medium amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) rocky white head that dissipated quickly leaving enough residue behind for some fair lacing that spottily stuck to the glass.

The aroma was rather light of a straw malt and a grassy hop with just a strong citrus note and a mild hint of caramel.

The taste was mildly sweet and acidic with a ever so light hint of caramel in the beginning and became slightly bitter with a moderate dose of citrus (grapefruit) and had a decent hop finish. The flavor only lasted a very short while with hardly any hop aftertaste which was kind of disappointing.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a light hoppy Pale Ale that would be great on a nice warm day when you felt like having more than just a couple. (844 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of rebel1771
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale copper color with a frothy white head that leaves a subtle ring around the glass.

S: Smell is dominated by hops. Resin and pine up front with a sweet malty finish.

T: Decent amount of hop bitterness with a very piney flavor. Bready malt backbone was a bit stronger than I thought it was going to be.

O: Solid brew overall. Nothing surprising but good. (370 characters)

Photo of jifigz
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is a hazy orange. Nice head that disappeared rather quickly with some lacing.

S: The aroma is very fruity and appetizing. This smells very refreshing and enjoyable.

T: The taste is overall dominated by the citrusy hops but also balanced by the malt. The flavor is very good and tasty.

M: Not much to say here. It is very fitting.

O: A pretty good pale ale from a company I don't know much about. I will have to try some more of their stuff. (458 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a nonic pint, this particular batch of Saint Terese’s has only been in the keg one day! Hazy golden amber with a smallish frothy white head that dishes a surprising amount of sticky lacing.

The freshness definitely shows in the nose, a great balance of citrus and bready malt. Flavor is similarly pleasing. The ratio of sweet and bready malt seems perfectly matched to an impressive citrusy hop presence. Fresh squeezed orange juice and sweetened grapefruit. Good sting of bitterness midswallow, but we’re not in IPA territory; this stuff’s simply flavorful. Nice juicy finish.

Overall impression: Excellent pale ale. Everyone makes a big deal about freshness with IPAs, but the extreme freshness of this brew really stepped it up a notch from the (already tasty) bottled version. (799 characters)

Photo of DustinPowers74
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A more vigorous pour than anticipated creates a bubbly 2-finger head on top of a clear orange-amber. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint, but a pleasant sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is very similar, citrus hops with sweet slightly grainy malts. Very well balanced and medium to full bodied. (292 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper clear color. Less than 1 finger head with aggressive pour that dissapeared quickly.

Smell - Cascade hop scent is noticable with some pine scents. Nothing overly impressive.

Taste - Taste is actually quite nice for an APA. Well balanced, piney hop presence but not bitter, just moderately flavorful. Another good example of an APA if one were to offer a sampling to a BA from out of US. Tastes very American.

Mouthfeel - A little lite in body but ok.

Overall - I think this is a good beer and fine example of an APA. I wish my bottle had a better head to it but otherwise its a nice brew to have at a pub on pint or with a nice hearty meal. (663 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on a trip to the Outer Banks back on 5/7/11. Review is from my notes:

Pours clear golden-copper with small white head. Nice Cascade-like aroma - not too strong or light, just about right on. Still not as aggressively hopped as some APAs. Nice light caramel flavor. Finishes sweet. Good, light body. Refreshing beer. Would like to see a tad more hope profile in aroma and taste. (391 characters)

Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing
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