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Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale - Highland Brewing

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 30 | 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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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.

Photo of jbone78
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Drew966
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of tapdood22
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

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

Photo of UncleBubba
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of n00tz
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of botham
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of donmonkey1
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%
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.

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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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 djeucalyptus
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a rich vibrant and glowing caramel with orange highlights. murky... chill hazed with sediment? looks awesome. A fairly thin cream colored head fades pretty quickly but leaves some webby lacing down the glass.

the label says it's dry hopped with cascade and the aroma definitely confirms. fresh pine and citrusy hops, sweet malts... caramel and toffee, a bit of herbal hops, and a surprising hint of grain alcohol.

tastes far sweeter than the aroma... the hops are still there, but so is a strong caramel malt presence. sweet, sugary, caramely, and relatively clean for how heavy the malt is. Citrus and pine hops are there still, and it's pleasantly balanced. fairly mild on the whole, and just a bit of empty yet phenolic and herbal funk that detracts a bit from the clean hop and malt bill. maybe this bottle isn't super fresh... no date stamp.

Mouth is exceptionally balanced. neither overly syrupy or overly thin, just full enough to be great yet still light enough to fit into the pale category. ample carbonation is just lightly prickly and lends to a bit of creaminess. a touch drying, a hint of astringent hops... I'm diggin' it.

all in all, I'm pleasantly surprised. Highland can definitely turn out some impressive brews, and this is one of 'em. Cascade hops, sweet and strong malt, and a hint of alcohol beautifully combine into a pleasantly drinkable brew with an exceptional color and an impressive mouthfeel. I would love to have this as my local pale.

Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this bier from a 12-oz bottle.
A: looks a lot like the gaelic ale I just reviewed, maybe a shade lighter in color. A very attractive bier. Good head with decent longevity and lacing.
S: Bread, hops, and mild citus in odor. Very unassuming. Nothing pungent about it.
T: Follows the smell well. A little watery in flavor, but still has a crisp, dry flavor that is pleasing.
M: Nothing bad here. No bad after taste or excessive dryness.
D: Could have many of these.

This is a good bier, not a great one. Still, I recommend this bier and will get this one again. Do yourself a favor and try this bier. Prosit.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

iPhone review
$2 pint at sun spot in Knoxville
Standard plain pint glass
Gold copper and clear
Light tan one and a half finger head that stays constant during consumption
Buttery malt aroma - not very appealing
Taste cleaner then it smells
An American pale ale that could benefit from a cleaner and hoppier aroma

Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light amber in color with a foamy white head.

A nice aroma of bread and toast mixes with citrus hops.

The taste is classic APA: Bitter, but not as bitter as an IPA. Flavors of toast provide a slight balance to the bitterness. And those hops flavors round the whole thing out.

The body is slick and glassy.

Overall this is a fine APA and another winner from Highland Brewing. Think of this as a slightly lighter version of their IPA, which I am slightly more fond of.

Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.