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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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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Highland Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tigerpaws on 07-18-2002)
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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Dec 2007.

Small lacy head. Almost flat. Moderately cloudy deep amber color. Some resin in aroma, hints of peaches, dried fruits. Starts with some citrus, somewhat floral. becomes a little dryer through the middle. Finish is a little more bitter and caramel.

Easy to drink.

htomsirveaux, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

tempest, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of mklinger
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It pours a pale amber with a nice thick white head. The head lingers well & left nice lacing. A good looking pale ale.

Aroma was of Cascade hops & a bit of toast. Not a strong aroma but very appropriate for an APA.

Taste was similarly nice. Full rich malt feel with nice hop flavor. Solid bitterness, too for an APA. This is a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel was typical for an APA, plenty of carbonation, but not too full of a mouthfeel. This beer went down very easy. In fact, out of the Highlands sampler 12 pack I bought, this went down the easiest. Very refreshing beer.

mklinger, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

RickS95, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of wspscott
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle in pint glass (no date, but purchased ~2 months ago on the way to Savannah)

A: Copper colored and crystal clear, pours with a thin white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving a small amount of lace.
S: Very muted, not much in the way of hops, just a hint of floral. The grain character is more apparent, some bread/toast along with a little caramel sweetness. Where are the aroma/dry-hops?
T: Very bready/grainy with some sweetness, no hops at all, just a slight bitterness. It is not obvious at all that this was dry-hopped like the bottle mentions.
M: Crisp, good level of carbonation
D: This is not a bad beer, but it is not true to style. This is the last of the six, and I don't remember being super impressed with the earlier beers, so I don't think this is an age issue. It goes down easy without requiring any thought. It would be easy to serve to a beginning BA or your father in law. Not what I want in an APA. Would not buy again.

wspscott, May 31, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt sunset bronze with lighter red-orange highlights. Several streams of bubbles coursing up from the etching on the bottom of the glass into a finger of white, slightly rocky head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some decent lacing around the glass.

The smell isn't too strong, which is what takes away a bit of the score here. After searching for a bit, I can appreciate some pale malts and a bit of wheat/graininess as well as a bit of peachy citrus.

The flavor isn't very strong either, but remains pleasant on the palette. Up front, light caramel malts and a bit of sweet fruitiness fades towards a short-lived citrusy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a few notches below medium with a pretty high amount of carbonation, giving it a little bite as you drink it. Maybe needs to be a little smoother?

In all, this certainly isn't a bad APA, but it isn't nearly as good as the Stone or Sierra Nevada versions that I hold near and dear to my heart. If they amped up the flavor and mouthfeel a bit, though, we could be getting somewhere. Still, not a bad beer to drink, just a little run of the mill.

feelmefoam, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of jbone78
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable Pale Ale with a great balance of malt and hop character. I buy this beer a lot because it is a great everyday beer. Good for any occasion. Pours a little hazy and has a dry hopped American aroma. malts blend well and has a sweet finish.

jbone78, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter on 12/9/09

10/6/09 etched the bottle

A - Dense & hazy copper; amber highlights. Semi-aggressive pour yielded hardly any head. Swirling is required to garner any semblance of retention. Minimal lacing; what's there is sporadic.

S - Caramel & toasted bread accentuated with modest hop aromas. Hints of pine with some faint traces of citrus - namely tangerine & grapefruit. Hops become more apparent as it warms but never truly push to the front.

T - Earthy & piney bitterness upfront. Wisps of floral & citrus hops follow but are very faint. Solid toasted malt backdrop. Caramel is there, too but not as prominent as in the nose.

M - Medium body with reasonably prickly carbonation. Has a nice bite to it. There's a little bit of resin in there. Some lingering bitterness that tapers off quickly.

D - Drinkability is quite good. Easily sessionable, in my opinion. Quoth the bottle: "perfect for any occasion." Indeed.

Ryan011235, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Drew966
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale pours a hazy orange with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There's a nice hoppy aroma. There's a bit of malt sweetness, but the hops really dominate. They are a bit spicy, but mostly floral. Not bad, worth a try.

Drew966, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-beautiful clear golden amber color. an aggressive pour conjures up about one finger of a thiner head that hangs out for a few second and leaves a hint of lacing as it fades.

S-the nose is estery with hints of pale malt. the hops come in with a touch of pine and bring a fair amount of sweet grapefruit and a hint of citrus. pretty decent aromas for the style

T-the taste is not as nice as the nose. a little let down. the pale malt is most prevalent throughout as a very light caramel malt comes in the middle giving way to a faint touch of citrus and pine. a metallic bitterness sets in at the finish

M-it does have a nice creamy mouthfeel with a certain astringent property to it. nice amount of carbonation and the lighter end of medium body.

D-its not a bad pale ale, it has some nice flavors but the nose was much hoppier than the beer so it slightly let me down. very nice body as well so easily drinkable.

cpetrone84, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of tapdood22
4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Honey gold, well carbonated, great head...two and half fingers worth and coated the glass all the way down to the last drop. Definitely an inviting beer.

S - Hops for sure, but nothing to skunky. Not very sweet, just some citrus with a hint of pine

T - Super bright intro, lots of action on the sides of your tongue. Big hop citrus presence from the get go but that dulls as it finishes. Not to thick on the tongue, but the finish is not dry. I think that the overall taste profile this beer presents is well balanced and novel. As far as the American Pale Ale goes this is top 3 for me, not too hoppy, not too weak, unique in ways that allow it to stand on its own, and a drinkability factor that places this beer in the "session" category for me.

M - Not too heavy, doesn't finish dry but lingers long enough to make sure you know you are drinking a beer with character and body. Carbonation takes nothing away from the taste, if anything it adds to it.

D - Again, this could be a session beer and cos of that I'd be careful if you find a pub that this on tap. You might wake up with a headache and an empty wallet.

tapdood22, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Ezone024
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Ezone024, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of UncleBubba
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice APA. I was pleasantly surprised by the hoppiness in comparison to some of the other APA's I've tried. This beer is very drinkable, and has a pretty decent balance between hoppiness and maltiness. Highland's St Terese's Pale is well worth trying.

UncleBubba, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of n00tz
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden Amber with a perfectly even amount of carbonation across the whole glass.

S - Lightly bready, adequate amounts of citrus, slight pine, ever so slightly grassy.

T - The obvious pale malts with a slight sweetness, bready yeast, and a herbal hops.

M - Light bodied, thin layer of flavor left on the palate.

D - I loved this pale. Super drinkable, excellent after spicy foods.

n00tz, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color with a big white head. Head falls slow to a small head with rather nice lacing.

Hoppy nose. Matter of fact that's all I'm getting, hops.

Hops are obviously present in the taste but ends with a mild sweet malt taste. Rather clean finish with a mild better aftertaste.

Medium bodied in the mouth.

Nice easy drinking. Nothing spectacular but a well brewed beer.

dstc, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a frothy head which though it falls quickly leaves foamy curtains of oily lace.

Smell is of earthy malt and grassy/resiny hops, quite a bit more aroma than many beers.

The flavor is immediately of the bitter hops backed nicely by the pale malts. Hops are citrus, on the grapefruit side with more than a touch of piney resin. Lemon is noted as well and the sturdy malt is on the bready side.

Mouthfeel is slick, light/medium and a bit creamy. Full bodied and finishes smooth.

Quite tasty, perhaps not exactly the style of APA I like but a fine beer that seems to be growing on me the more I drink.

BlackBearForge, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of botham
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours a golden amber with a single finger of white head. decent retention and moderate lacings.

aroma is of lightly bready caramel malts and fresh citrus/lightly tropical hops. nicely balanced with a light coniferous note as well.

taste follows the nose with a bit less concentration and less hop qualities. finishes a bit weak without much in the hop department either. dissapointing when considered next to its nose.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly crisp on the palate. not dry at all on the back end.

drinkability is good. as far as APAs go, this needs a more assertive ho presence to be taken seriously. the malts are right on track, however.

botham, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of donmonkey1
1.45/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Pours a hazy orangish-yellow with virtually no head.

Smell: Yeasty, bready, doughy.

Taste: Same as the smell but with a noticeable pine hop taste. It almost tastes like a homebrew with a mild bacterial infection.

This beer is so bad that I couldn't properly determine mouthfeel because I suffered holding this beer in my mouth. It's awful.

donmonkey1, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of klewis
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden with a moderate bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: A light hop smell with aromas of citrus and bubblegum.

T: Hoppy yet very nicely balanced. Floral and earthy hop flavors with a light, crisp bitterness.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Tasty and super easy to drink. A consummate session APA.

klewis, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of mooseisloose
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a great 12'er with 5 different varieties. Now that's a variety pack. I'll start lighter and work my way to darker. Smell is malty and crisp. Pours to an orangish yellow with a macro bubble head that fades fast. Taste is solid malt with a trace of hop bitterness,even throughout the middle, some citrus and a very light bitter twang at the end. Mouthfeel is solid, carbonation just right despite the lack of head. A tasty brew laddy.

mooseisloose, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to ahatcher78.

Pours a golden orange color with a small white head.

Scent of faint hops, caramel, and some grass. Not bad, but I like a stronger focus on the hops.

Taste of faint hops, caramel, grain, and a hint of earth. A decent pale ale, but again I prefer a more hoppy Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a small but firm white head that leaves some nice lacing patterns on the glass. Head retention is decent for the style, a thin layer of foam stays over the top.

S: Light citrus and piney hop aroma with a slightly sweet, bready malt. Not that intense, even for an APA, but still decent.

T&M: A biscuit-like, slightly sweet malt is met with some slightly spicy hop flavor and a slight yeasty fruitiness. Hop flavors come in more on the finish than up-front. A nicely balanced pale ale with a light body, refined and enthusiastic carbonation. The flavor's not explosive or incredibly tasty, but still solid.

D: Sessionability is high. Not overpoweringly flavorful, but still enough to get the job done. A nicely-crafted ale, for sure.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear copper with a medium white head. Smells of bit of sweet malt with some piney hops. A little citrus character in the background. Slightly bitter, hoppy taste with some mineral notes. Grassy. Finishes more sweetly. Light-medium body with medium carbonation.

philipquarles, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker glass, the ale appears a slightly hazy copper color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and flavor are of toffee/caramel, pine, lemon, orange, lightly toasted bread, grassy hops. Barley medium bodied with adequate carbonation for the style. A tasty, quaff able pale.

ClockworkOrange, May 27, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A big, one and a half finger head of off-white foam. The body is perfectly clear with a pleasing, golden-copper color. Great lace and reasonable retention.

S - Pine-like, slightly fruity hop aroma with a nice malt backbone. Toasted malt and some caramel.

T - Pine hops with a hint of citrus (orange) and toasted malt up front. The hops get brighter in the middle before being eclipsed by toasty, caramel malt in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable; a great session beer. There is nothing real exciting going on here, but what do you expect for the style? Nice hop character, well balanced and drinkable... a great pale ale.

nickfl, May 21, 2009
Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing
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