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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: 433
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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 atsprings

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 19:13:35 | More by atsprings
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Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 03:22:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 23:23:01 | More by cvstrickland
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 20:02:15 | More by drperm
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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my limited notes of the summer 07 road trip.

Pours a golden/orange color, decent sized head with some good lacing.

Smell has some floral hops melded with malt.

Taste is lightly hopped with a decent citrus element, some orange present, crisp although feels a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 01:30:04 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a fluffy beige head. Decent retention with pretty much no lace left behind.

Solid hoppy aroma. Hops are strong, and you definitely get the floral cascade aroma with a citrus bite. Malts add some breadiness to the nose along with caramel, but are just a platform for the hops.

Flavor is similar to the aroma. Starts bready with some caramel before the hops come in. Both floral and piney with a quick whip of citrus. There is a bit of a drop off between the malt and hops - they don't quite blend or bleed into each other. The hop side tastes a little watery before the bready malt comes in at the finish.

Light-medium in body - starts medium then gets lighter. Crisp and refreshing with a mild graininess. Not quite a session beer as I can see losing interest after a couple. Enjoyable and easy drinking - nothing special, but a solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 21:40:36 | More by Lupe
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into decent lacing. The aroma is of cirtus, and grapefruit. The taste is quite balanced, with some toffee like malt cutting through the grapefuirty hops. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is an easy drinking APA. It reminds me a lot of Summit EPA. If this were my local, I could see myself drinking it fairly often.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 20:02:28 | More by KarlHungus
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter copper/amber colour with a biggish head that quickly dissolves, leaving essentially no residue on the glass.

The aroma has a subtle but strong hoppiness to it. It has bread-like qualities with some caramel thrown into the mix for a nice balance.

The flavour basically continues with the traits of the aroma: bread notes combining with sweet caramel are the main characteristics here. Hops are more floral this time around for a well balanced attack that reverts back to a bit of bread flavour at the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing in this light bodied beer. It is perhaps a bit over-carbonated at times but still nice overall.

This is an enjoyable, easy drinking beer that would make for a nice session brew. I'd certainly pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 16:39:59 | More by guinness33
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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep golden, copper, under a big foamy white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Some citrus and slightly piney hops, malt backbone holds up. Could use a little "umph".

T: Same "umph" needed here. Not bad, citrus hops, good malt backbone, decent bitterness, just not enough here.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is high but goes well. Very good drinkability. Could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 00:38:05 | More by NCSUdo
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to 67couple for this one.

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - hazy, pale yellow/amber color with a white head that fell to a layer, leaving some good lacing.

S - mostly malt in the aroma with a slight hint of citrus hops.

T - good balance of sweet malt and citrus hop flavors blended well together.

M - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - a good sessionable beer from Highland.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 23:32:57 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color. Good white head that leaves a thin white lace as you drink.
Very strong smell of hops. Not overpowering, but a good citrusy smell.
Immediately you taste the good hop flavor to this beer. The malts come and balance it out very nicely, leaving a good citrus aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is light with little carbonation.
Drinkability is good for a pale. Good hop flavors, but enough balance to drink a 6-pack, if need be.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 22:20:00 | More by BDIMike
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4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Hazy dark peach hue with tall off-white head and tons of sticky lace.

S: Aromas are dominated by fresh floral Cascade hops with a touch of spicy hoppiness as well and some sweet, caramel malts.

T: Fresh tasting brew with solid malt backbone that is perfect sweetness to balance the floral Cascade and spicy hops that dominate the overall character of this excellent brew.

M: A touch thin but still plenty coating with heavy alpha-acid contribution. Pleasant bitter aftertaste and light carbonation.

D: Hoppy without being off-putting or over-the-top in this department because of the solid malt base. A great local beer that I'm glad I got the chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 04:58:31 | More by argock
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have never seen Highland products in Pennsylvania so I was able to get my hands on this during a tasting with some friends. This APA has a cloudy, straw body with nice hops aroma in the taste. A thin, white head leaves behind decent lacing. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A slightly bitter finish is quite pleasant. Overall, a good, crisp APA. I'm glad I have one more bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 01:15:50 | More by grees20
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle.

Pours a clear amber, thin white head forms, big bubbles, settles down to a thin ring, leaves some lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, lots of citrus, some lemon, grapefruity, caramel, grains, very fruity, interesting character. Taste is malty, some caramel, bread, sugars, citrus, grapefruit, lots of light fruits, some oats, nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing. Not too exciting but a decent pale ale, thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:10:19 | More by Viggo
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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 3/19/08.

A - Slightly hazy orange body with thin white head speckled with bubbles. Head quickly diminished and left only spotty lacing. Plenty of active carbonation.

S - Sweet citrusy aroma with some floral qualities. Malt is sweet caramel and some mild bread and grains. Just a bit of alcohol in the nose as well.

T - Prevalent citrus flavor, courtesy of cascade hops, paired with a significant graininess and some sweet caramel malt. Some zesty lemon rind is also present.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and primarily watery texture. Still, this has quite a smooth mouthfeel. Finish is a little dry with a crisp hop bite.

D - Pretty standard pale ale that would make a good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 01:44:32 | More by ffejherb
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Pale malts, some sweated grains, and a bit of citrus for the aroma.

Taste: Mildly sweet pale maltiness with a hint of caramel. Light citrus flavor that grows in its grapefruitiness as it warms provides a medium bitterness. Finishes lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere in the medium-thin range for body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A relatively smooth, easy drinking, if a bit average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 21:56:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loki hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. thanks kip!

12oz bottle. sampled march 15/08.

pours a nice clear golden amber colour with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly quick with some spotty lace.

aroma is nice. big bread and biscuit malt. light citrus hops. bit of alcohol. slightly floral. bit of caramel sweetness.

taste is good. solid bread and biscuit malt. light floral and grapefruit hops. bit of alcohol. low bitterness level. very similar to the kashmir, but with a bit less hop character.

mouthfeel is good. well integrated medium carbonation level. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. well balanced and enjoyable. a solid beer that doesn't really wow me, but i'd gladly drink regularly if it were local.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 03:31:39 | More by grub
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to michaeld23 for this extra in our last trade.

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Slightly hazy amber, white one finger white head, head was a mix of small and medium bubbles and dissipated relatively quickly. Medium lacing left on glass.

S = Great balance with citrus notes of hops joined with a solid bread dough malt backbone. Fresh and light.

T = Slight bitterness from the hops, floral notes, followed by fresh grain flavors and fresh baked white bread, good long bitter finish.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, good level of carbonation.

D = This is a very pleasant example of an APA, well worth having if it is available, though I would not put it at the top of the category.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 17:36:58 | More by Traquairlover
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a pale murky orange with a thin bright white head that only thinned out a little for a nice wispy retention that left some decent lace. The aroma is mostly citrus, some light hoppiness, and a little residual sweetness in the back.

The taste is zesty orange citrus and sweet caramel malts up front with a subtle yet firm balance of zippy hops in the backend that lingers just long enough before being swept away with a final wash of sweet citrus. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pleasant creamy feel.

This was a very nice easy drinking Pale Ale from Highland with the prominent citrus element being a most welcome surprise for me. Definitely worth a pint if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 00:00:46 | More by Kegatron
Photo of armock

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of citrus hops and more hops

T - Is pretty good nice hop start with some citrus notes

M - This is a fairly medium bodied beer

D - This is a good pale ale I could drink this one all nightlong this is a beer thats worth trying sometime

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 03:16:02 | More by armock
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer poured with a small head that left a little lacing and it had a hazy golden body. It smelled of floral hops and the taste was restrained and well balanced between the Cascade hops and the malt, but also just slightly watery. It was quite easy to drink and I finished it quickly. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 16:50:43 | More by cbleary
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 01:30:19 | More by SIRIUS2
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Short Version:
Tasty well-balanced Pale Ale with soft floral hops, forward malt, and exceptional drinkability.

I'm a big fan of the Highland lineup and living here in Asheville I get it very fresh. Often on tap. The St. Terese's is one of my year-round staples, and for any faults it may have, it's wildly drinkable. I consume enough of it to also know that it's not a super consistent beer. It varies some month to month it seems. Which to me is part of the lure of it. Never disappoints. Always tasty.

Pours a medum amber-orange color with 3/4" head that stuck around for a minute or so. Not clingy. Moderately busy carbonation up the sides. Lacing is pretty sad out of this bottle for some reason.

I'm a bit stuffy this evening but still able to pick up a fresh hop aroma. Flowery and sweet smelling. Not harsh/strong hops. Maybe even a little fruit. I'll go out on a limb and say possibly some pineapple ester in there.

Body is on the light side of medium. Has a mild hop kick up front that fades pretty quickly. Definitely not considered a bitter Pale Ale. Not a lot of malt-body but considerable malt sweetness. Maybe even a tad more forward than the hops.

A bit soft for my taste in Pale Ales. I normally prefer them more bitter and medium-bodied. This one is a little thin on the finish with not much aftertaste to speak of. But for drinkability it's hard to beat. Especially for a %5.2 brew.

This is a good beer but I know I'm rating it higher than it probably deserves. It's like a pet to me. Highland is right in my backyard and I drink it all the time. Like your favorite team that's pretty good but never seems to make the playoffs. You still love them like crazy.

This particular bottle is not an outstanding example. I've had much better on tap and bottle in the past.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 06:10:59 | More by AshevilleSippin
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mellow Mushroom.Pale, hazy straw color. Slight foamy head when I recieved the brew. Biscuity, fruity, apricots on the nose. Light on the mouthfeel. Flavors of fruits, hops,good apa style. A solid beer, not fantastic, but good to start the evening with.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2008 18:12:46 | More by czfreeman
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4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date - dry-hopped with Cascade. The beer is a chill-hazed bright amber, with light carbonation and two fingers of cream head that leaves some nice webs of lace. Floral, citric, earthy and piney in the nose on top of some light malts. The flavor adds to this notes of white grapefruit, sea salt and some spiciness, along with some toasted/biscuity malts that are there mostly for ballast. There is a deep hop character (floral and citric being the most prevalent) but they aren't too bitter. Its body is medium and dry, smooth, with tingly carbonation and a medium to long finish. Overall it's not earth-shattering, but it is a nice showcase of US hops - a good, no-frills pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 02:42:40 | More by mmmbeer
Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.