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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: 477
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | 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 KarlHungus
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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
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.

Photo of NCSUdo
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

Photo of BDIMike
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.

Photo of argock
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.

Photo of grees20
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.

Photo of Viggo
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!

Photo of ffejherb
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

Photo of grub
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.

Photo of Traquairlover
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.

Photo of Kegatron
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.

Photo of armock
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

Photo of cbleary
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
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.

Photo of AshevilleSippin
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.

Photo of czfreeman
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
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.

Photo of kkipple
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

St. Therese's is a yellow gold ale, slightly murky, with a small bright white head that leaves some pretty lacing down the glass as I drink.

Smells sweet, with a good amount of pine hopes (cascade I bet) and a perfume like flowery sweetness that teases. Not very complex, but solid.

Ahh, now we're getting somewhere. This is a very solid pale ale that, like many American pale ales, skirts the line between APA and IPA territory. It's piny and resiny, hoppy and fresh tasting. A bit leafy, not quite "clean", but has a bit of a rough-hewn flavor to it, which I personally enjoy. Grapefruit bitterness in the end and finish, while mild esters and sweet malt play second fiddle. The hops here are bold and forward.

Mouthfeel is very lively, with lots of active carbonation lending a full and billowy experience. Dry pine hop finish sticks to my teeth. Nice and refreshing. May be a bit overhopped for the style, but I'm not really complaining.

This is a good beer. Get some fresh, it's an easy drink for the hop lover.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This beer pours a medium golden brown color that is totally transparent. There is no head to speak of after a semi aggressive pour. All that is there is a bright white ring around the joining of the surface of the glass and the top layer of the beer.

S- First thing is a mild hoppy smell right up front. That is followed by sweet buttery notes and citrus notes that are somewhat formed together. These smells are right in line with the style produced by most quality microbrewed Pale Ales.

T- The taste is very close to the nose. Bitter hops (mild) and caramel first. Then you can pick up some of the malts. There are light subtleties of orange on the end.

M. Thin to medium on the mouthfeel. Low to mid on the carbonation. There is a decent little sting on the middle of the tongue.

D- Very drinkable beer. It stays true to style and does a great job.

I enjoy drinking pale ales from quality breweries of the US. They are clean and refreshing and just down right enjoyable. This one is no exception.

Photo of davidt
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish-golden color. Aroma is citrusy, lot’s of ’C’ hops evident, very sharp, pleasing aroma. Nice, refreshing crisp flavor. Almost could be an IPA. First had this in NC this summer and ask friends or relatives to bring some up to VA when they visit. A very good APA from the east coast.

Photo of dickroop
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visiting my brother in Beaufort, we trekked over to Priscilla's Crystal Coast Wine Shop in Morehead City. This store devotes two floor-to-ceiling shelf units to craft beers, with a good sampling of Carolina brews and outstanding craft beers from far and wide. Here we scored a single of this brew.

It poured a hazy golden color with a quick-fading head. The aroma was an outstanding, strong citric hop fragrance with a slight piney twang. The flavor was equally rewarding. Not much or a malt profile, only a little sweetness left. Mostly delicious (Pacific NW?) hops, producing a clean, mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was medium dry, slight oiliness, tangy, slightly astringent astringent. Drinkability was outstanding, tasty and refreshing. Want MORE!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle the liquid is pale gold with Ok carbonation. The head is small, off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is ok Hopy is not in your face, but present and piney.

The taste is mild hops less malt but lightly toasted. Not Bad just not bold. The hops even though mild are interesting, piney at first but with a citus note in the finish.

The mouthfeel is lighter then medium body. an ok carbonation to give it a bit of bite.

The drinkability is ok, not a bad choice when they are limited. I would not but this regularly. MK

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a hazy yellowish orange. Forms an off-white cap that thins out after a bit, but leaves some nice sheets of shiny lace behind.

Aroma - fragrant and floral hops. Light biscuity grains offset. Lighter levels but well-balanced and with good staying power.

Taste - about like the smell. A biscuity grain base, a little seltzery. The hops are tasty but modest, citrus character developing to grapefruit on the swallow. A bit of a watery aftertaste, the flavors fading some.

Mouthfeel - a little thin, though good on crispness and smoothness.

Drinkability - needs a little more intensity but a good blend of flavor, good balance, and overall good sessionability.

Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.