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Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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:
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(Beer added by: tigerpaws on 07-18-2002)
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Photo of gabe23
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly opaque light orange color. Nice white head that fades slowly and laces well.

S - Mild aroma of fruity hops. The pineapple and citrus notes mix nicely with the malty sweetness.

T - Mild, clean, well-balanced flavor. Just a slight hops bitterness up front, and a nice bready sweetness to finish.

M - Crisp with a medium body and moderate carbonation. About what I expect from an APA.

D - Extremely drinkable beer that I could have all night. Another nice effort from Highland.

gabe23, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to greenvilleguitar for the hookup on this beer!

A - Poured into my Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Looks great - medium-dark orange color with a slight haze. The slightly rocky, off-white head is 1-2 fingers thick and holding up very well. Small amount of visible carbonation. Light yellow highlighting. Attractive lacing left as the foam slowly fades.

S - Moderate level of piney/citrus hops. Light caramel. Slightly sweet notes in the background. Mildly spicy hop character coming apparent as the beer warms.

T - Slightly sweet malty taste was what I first noticed. Caught me off-guard. This was followed by some citrusy/orange peel hops at a lower intensity than I'd expect in this style. Fruity esters are present but not overwhelming. Semi-dry finish leaves a lingering touch of citrus hops. Light bready malt. Missing out on some hop kick.

M - Medium bodied, moderate/moderate-low level of carbonation. IMO this beer could use some more CO2 though the body is acceptable for the style.

D - I'll gladly finish up my glass. But when the bartender asks if I'd like another, I'd politely decline. Maybe it's my spoiled west coast palette but I expect more of a hop presence in my pale ales. The malt character on the beer is great and the hints of fruity esters add some complexity. Just not the type of beer I'd want 2nds and 3rds of.

BrewerB, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at World Market in Columbia, SC.

Pours a translucent amber with a very thin white head.

Very sweet floral hop aroma. Citrusy.

Very crisp and clean. Citrus notes hit first, followed by some slight hop bitterness, and the bready malt background provides a good balance.

Gyle41386, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of introvertedone
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed: 1/20/09

Highland Brewing Company's St. Terese's Pale Ale is a fine American Pale Ale with an amber, ever so slightly cloudy appearance. The aroma was sweet with floral undertones. This ale had a nice balanced flavor with a slightly tangy finish. The mouthfeel was medium heavy and smooth. I continue to support this beer by buying it often in between tastings.

introvertedone, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thinnish head but bright white and pretty, colored a light red with as much orange to yellow hues shown, crystal clear and transparent. Bread, orange citrus pulp, light plum and apple fruit, the caramel accents come and go, favors malts but not so sweet and devoid of lift as to shunt aside the hops. Medium-bodied, admirably retains presence while always flowing forward. Offers mineral water, stone accents to clean up the caramel, glazed bread aspect, definitely "fresh" in character despite staying more malty than hoppy. The orange and lemon citrus has the feel of wedges floating in that mineral water. Carbonation above average and perhaps impedes fuller accretion. Not herbaceous in any manner. As innocuous as a sunny spring afternoon.

farrago, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber color with lots of carbonation and a thin white head.

Aroma is chock full of biscuit malt and hops that shine through in the nose.

Taste is smooth and biscuity with a decent hop bite. It coats the mouth and leaves a decent impression upon the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering biscuit and hop bitterness. Not much else. While it may have appeared to be highly carbonated, the taste is actually quite smooth.

A decent drinking pale ale. Sessionable and even though it won't knock your socks off, it's definitely worth a try.

Brad007, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma has plenty of citrus hops and malt. It is sweet like caramel to balance the hops. The appearance is golden with an amber hue and an average head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a winner. I want to drink this often.

nick76, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was about a half inch of long-lasting, foamy head and some good lacing.

S: Had a much hoppier nose than many pale ales, though there was a nice malty presence as well.

T: A solid taste, with hops, malt and a citrus flavor. As with the smell, the hops were fairly evident.

M: A high carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a well made beer. It's not what I'd call the usual pale ale, but it is definitely well made.

avalon07, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a slightly dark orange color. Small head, might be a bad pour. Nice lacing.

Sweet aroma, floral like. There is also a very citrusy smell similar to marmalade or oranges. I noticed some malt aromas come through as it warmed. Very nice aroma overall.

Nice hop flavor that comes almost immediately. The citrusy aroma is also present in the taste. There is some maltiness in the flavor too. Nice mouthfeel, good drinkability too.

Overall very nice. Recommended.

NHGrafx, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of ncbeermonger
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this brewery out of Asheville, in my oponion it is THE BEST all around brewery in North Carolina

The beer is a light golden beer, the head clings to the glass and helps the smell

the smell is not over powering, it is very light

this pale ale smells great! The hops hit you as soon as your nose hits the pint!

the mouth feel of this beer is clean, and smooth, very easy drinking for a pale ale!

This beer is worth the price of a six pack, and by all means is worthy of a selection at your local pub (providing they have the thought process to carry this beer). Give this beer, and this outstanding brewery a shot!

ncbeermonger, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a half inch head when poured aggressively. This dissipated to a nice white sheet across the top. There was excellent lacing/webbing along the glass side though. Perfect rings mirroring each sip. Nice deep orange color that was crystal clear; no cloudiness.

Smell is very strong pineapple and other citrus. Maybe picking up some yeast scents as well. Smells very sweet.

Taste mimicks the scent as I'm getting strong pineapple flavor also. A little sour, but with a good showing of hop bitterness that washes over the palate. Very smooth with a medium amount of carbonation.

A pretty good APA from the local boys, but the citrus is just a little too strong for me. I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting that's for sure.

Onenote81, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of GJ40
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Apex Beverage Co.

A - A golden ale with good clarity and a small white that yields some lacing.

S - A mild scent of fruity hops and malt.

T - A nice clean, crisp flavor with a mild bitterness and some sweetness. No off tastes. Not overly flavorful but I guess it's not supposed to be.

M - Pretty thick for a pale ale. Good carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink. A good session beer.

GJ40, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/copper color with a very nice foamy off-white head, which settled down pretty quickly but I still got some decent lacing. Aroma is citrus grapefruit and hops. The flavor however is bready malts with some grapefruit hops showing in the middle then more malts in the finish. A bit more malty than I initially thought it was going to be. Overall pretty solid.

changeup45, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clear amber, good persistent head and lacing
lovely aroma, very west coast apa-like. so much nice fragrance it must be dry-hopped. yep, the bottle print confirms.
citric bitterness, some sappiness, just enough sweetness to make it amiable. but a little dull and flat, both in taste and texture. sour acidity is the predominant quality.
not bad at all, but the beer can't seem to deliver on its big scent and appearance promises.

brewmudgeon, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of nem2006
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

nem2006, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of cbros
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type- bottle poured into a Pisgah pint glass.

A- Pours a dirty golden yellow. A nice white lace present throughout beer. A little activity due to carbonation but not an over abundance.

S- Hints of hops and slight alcohol.

T- Nice combination of hops and malty overtones. Neither commands the beer, rather work in good combination to produce a nicley balanced pale ale. Dry finish that is smooth and easy to drink.

I picked this up while on a family trip in the NC mountains. I have had a few Highland selctions and this one lived up to the others. I solid APA that is refreshing and satisfying. It doesn't do anything to blow you away, rather it is a quality mainstream beer. I would definately pick this up again and plan on trying other Highland selections. Good to see a local brewery that produces good tasting beer.

cbros, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a nice 2" head that lingers a while. Mild lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: loads of citrus, floral hops, and fruit sweetness leap from the glass.

Taste: nice malt base with a balancing hearty bitterness. Nice citrus tones and caramel ride the tongue throughout. Very tasty as this was a fresh keg.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout with a bit of dryness during the finish. Short but perky aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: super session pale ale that could have been quaffed all day. Nice beer worth seeking out.

Gavage, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangish brown in color with thin white head that quickly fades. Light lacing as well.

S - Light citrusy aroma with a faint hint of pale malt as well.

T - Sweet taste up front of pale malt. Quickly overcome by a moderate citrusy hop bite. Leaves a somewhat astringent soapy aftertaste though. Aftertast isnt so bad that it takes away from the very solid taste while drinking.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp. Well carbonated.

ckeegan04, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  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.

cjgator3, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a shaker pint glass.

Clear light tan beer with a nice white head.

Very citrusy sweet smell that is not overpowering.

Grapefruity citrus with a malt follow.

Light, sharp mouthfeel that leaves quickly.

Nice handcrafted beer, but not a world beater. Buy it if you see it.

aubuc1, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Walker8810
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Walker8810, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of atsprings
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice balance of sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is a bit malty with citrus and pine hops lingering in the finish. The beer a little heavy for the style and alcohol strenght, but still somewhat crisp. This is a decent beer, but not something I'd drink that often.

atsprings, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from bboven, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is on the malty side with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus up front. The hops presence is there but at times it seems rather subdued. However, there is enough balance to keep things together. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, even though there are other APA's that I would choose first, this is a decent beer that is worth drinking for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass yields a clear pale orange-amber body capped with a couple of fingers of fine white foam that retains at a sheet and leaves plenty of sticky lacing

Smells hoppy; earthy and evergreen with a touch of sugary malt and orange rind. Notes of honey emerge as the drink warms.

Tastes smooth and sugary with nutty caramel and spicy hops that bring a nice bright bitterness to the end of the drink.

Light bodied and refreshing, surprisingly hoppy with really excellent drinkability.

cvstrickland, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of drperm
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great session beer and a great APA from a great brewery.

The aroma is invitingly full of hops and toast. Lots of hops (without being West-Coast overdone) on the tongue, with a snappy palate on the finish. It might be slightly on the thin side, but it truly is excellent. Try it with good fresh Indian curry dishes and you'll be glad you did.

drperm, Jun 01, 2008
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