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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: 468
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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 ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

grub, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Traquairlover, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Kegatron, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of armock
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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

armock, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of cbleary
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

cbleary, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

SIRIUS2, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

AshevilleSippin, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

czfreeman, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

mmmbeer, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of kkipple
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

kkipple, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
3.5/5  rDev -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.

MMAJYK, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of davidt
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

davidt, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of dickroop
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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!

dickroop, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white to white head. Aromas of grapefruity hops and a sweet malt. In the taste, a small grapefruity hop and a malty sweetness. A bitter mouthfeel and a dry malty and small hop aftertaste. Easy drinking wiht a nice hop aroma, and a decent bitterness.

OWSLEY069, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer in a trade with ncvbc. Drank out of my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass while watching UCF vs. Rutgers.

Appearance- Pours a yellowish orange with slight chill haze and a small flat white head. Decent cap and collar that stays the entire beer with lots and lots of lacing.
Smell- Very crisp and clean with sharp notes of citrus hops. Orange and lemon zest are present along with a light bread malt. Not a huge nose but very subtle and nice.
Taste- Light, clean and refreshing. Nice biscuit malt is gentle and inviting as the bitterness of the hops slowly show. Lightly fruity with zesty bursts of citrus. There is also something in the background that reminds me of ginger. Everything is in balance and very restrained, like a Pale Ale should be.
Mouthfeel- Like the nose, it’s very crisp and clean with sharp carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a fantastically drinkable and a great session brew. Very balanced and super good. Thanks again to ncvbc for this tasty ass beer!

younger35, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bboven for this one.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, malty, slightly spicy, and some caramel. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, some spice and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad Pale Ale at all. Recommended.

Wasatch, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a mug, pours straw yellow with a 2 finger head that quickly recedes leaving a little lace around the glass

S - Has a hoppy smell with a toast or biscuit malt smell in there too

T - Has a malty biscuit flavor with floral hops in there also

M - Crisp and a little dry with good carbonation to deliver the hops to the palate overall good

D - I could easily down several of these in a sitting. Not my favorite Highland offering but certainly better than other beers I've tried. Overall a good beer

meechum, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A light golden copper color. Good steady carbonation with a thin whispy head and decent lacing. Smell was of fresh hops and a good biscuity malt base. Though a different style, it brought back memories of Hoppyum. Taste is great and holds its own. Not as bold as an Alpha King but more of a classic approach to me. Good amount of hops are present and again they are very fresh. A slighly sweet biscuit malt background. Not too complex and definitely not simple by any means, this one is just on point. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Good tingle and even slightly resinous in texture. Drinkability is excellent. As I said before this one is not over the top for an APA. I feel it's somewhat underrated and I can say that I was one of the doubters. Been a long time since I tried this beer and it really surprised me. Looks like another sessionable offering from Highland.

ncvbc, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazed apricot copper hue with a vibrantly bubbled white head really looks inticing and the lacing is forming as the head settles with specks of scattered lace. Aroma is nice with dry hopped cascades kicking in floral mildly citrus based alpha acids with a mild biscuit malt sweetness, but once again the dry hopping really adds a nice hop nose to this brew. Flavor is balanced but assertively hoppy great flagship pale ale solid and not one dimensional in any way. I'm getting really fresh hop tones like citrus and floral tones with fresh cut grass herbal qualities and a nice fruity light biscuit malt with a touch of apricot flavor here, nice. Mouthfeel is oily with hop resins medium bodied even but crisp carbonation really smooth sessionable brew, I was thinking mediocre at best with this brew, but those folks in NC are getting this microbrew movement. Drinkability solid offering get me this one on a cask engine and I might find my session beer great drinkability I want another and I can handle a few of these that pretty much spells session beer.

WVbeergeek, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is strong, malty, with some hop hints. Flavor is not strong, but refreshing, nice balance between maltiness and hop taste, some hop bitterness. Smooth, crisp, not exceptional but definitely worth a try.

Cyberkedi, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz long brown neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Hazy light amber color with a generous slightly off-white head with good retention leaving chunky lacing down the glass,the carbination was on the light side.

Good,flowery,citrus hop nose,earthy,with light sweet malty scents. Easy,pleasing aromas.

Citrusy tastes with light sweet toasty carmell,good balance with a clean,smooth citrusy finish. Very enjoyable taste.Light and crisp.

Enjoyable brew has an easy,pleasing feel. Picked this beer up on my vacation to the Outer Banks also had the ipa version of this beer.Similar taste to the ipa just lighter. Very nice highly drinkable beers,wish they were avalible in my area.

jcdiflorio, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured glod/amber with 2 fingers of white head. Very good lacing & good head retention

S: Piney & citrus hops & biscuitty malt

T: Lemony hops & breadyness up front. Honey malt surfaces as this warms. Finishes with lemon hop snap & biscuitty malt

MF: Light/medium-bodied with great balance & good carbonation

Drinks very easy, a nice straight forward APA

russpowell, Aug 15, 2007
Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.