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Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale - Highland Brewing

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 513
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 11
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of philbe311
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A slightly lopsided fingers worth of audibly fizzy pure bleached white head... Minimal retention at best gives way to a mostly full yet splotchy lacing and a slightly thick collar... Loaded with medium paced medium sized carbonation... The color is a muted orange...

S - Light citrus... Orange zest... Just some very faint hops notes... Some pale malts... A bit of bread... Touches of caramel... Simple and straightforward...

T - A nice mix of bready malts, citrus, and caramel at the front end... These flavors fade in and out before a slight bitterness rises on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Muted carbonation... Sleek... Mostly smooth... Clean... Crisp... Doesn't linger for long at all...

D - A textbook American Pale Ale... No complaints, but no superlatives either... Simple, straightforward, and effective... I would drink again without hesitation, but it would never be at the top of my list when heading to the store... (967 characters)

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass. Pours on the golden side of orange with lots of bubbles rising. A finger of head leaves some lacing.

Aroma is lightly bready with a trace of floral hops. The taste follows along the same track, but maybe lacking in some more obvious notes. I was expecting slightly more flavor from a brewery that I like everything I've tried to date. Highland puts a great spin on an amber ale with their Gaelic Ale and knocks it out of the park with their Oatmeal Porter. I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, but this is a fairly ho-hum American pale ale. On the positive side it's quite refreshing if not a little watery for my taste, maybe most similar to Sweetwater's 420 Extra Pale Ale in my humble opinion. Unfortunately, the term "less filling" comes to mind, but that does have a place in the craft beer market I suppose. After drinking about half the glass I lit a mild bodied cigar (not a mild flavored cigar, however) and it really overpowered the flavor of the brew.

I would pair St. Terese's with fish, chicken or a summer salad to maximize its enjoyment. It might be perfect with some spicy Cajun dishes, that can often be rather heavy for me, as well.

I will finish the 6-pack with no problem. In the future, however, I'd be more likely to grab a Dale's, Founder's or even Sierra Nevada if I'm in the mood for a pale ale. If I want something on the malty side it would be the Dale's and on the hoppy side I'd choose the Founder's. I guess St. Terese's is intermediate in its presentation and will surely have a following. This is a beer that I might give a macro drinker if they are over for beer as I don't have any macro beers in my fridge. Today my daughters and their boyfriends are coming over for a BBQ. This is something that they may enjoy. They are between 21 and 23 and have fairly typical tastes in beer. (1,865 characters)

Photo of CJFourty6
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer for the first time on tap at a restaurant local to the brewer.

A - Pours an orange color with a light unfiltered haze that looks nice in a pitcher and has a descent enough head.
S - medium floral over a malt base, slight sweet smell almost like honey
T M- Very balanced taste with a slight citrus hop finish with not much bitter after taste. Had a good feel that left a clean taste.
OA- Was a good beer with food, the flavors are very balanced which makes it easy to drink. (490 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: A light copper color with a reasonably fizzy head that doesn't linger.

S: Smells of pastry malts with some subtle citrus hoppiness and and tiny hint of honey sweetness.

T/M: Taste is likewise, but even more subtle, leading to a light and crisp endeavor. The flavor could be a little more inviting, but it's good nonetheless.

It's what a lot of pale ales strive to be and just short of what great pale ales are. (447 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It pours a bright orange color with a little haze and a finger of creamy, long-lasting, white head.

S: It is obviously super fresh; it features aromas of pale malts, floral hoppiness, citrus, and peach.

T: It is light and fruity with a little lighter hoppiness than normal for an APA.

M: It has a medium-light body with palate cleansing carbonation. The finish is crisp and clean as if it were club soda.

O: When fresh, this is one of my absolute favorite pale ales. (506 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber in the glass with nice lacing and pleasant carbonation in the mouth. Hint of flowery aromas. Slight touch of malt, but more of a watery flavor. Quite sharp and citric. Resiny flavors of hops predominate. Aftertaste somewhat bitter and vegetal.

Quite drinkable but uninteresting. A tangy quaff. (300 characters)

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One finger head that quickly faded leaving a wispy but clinging lace. Color is a cloudy 14 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is sharp with fragrances of citrus, wheat, and malt. Flavor is bold and intense. There are tastes of pine, grapefruit, lemon peel, green apple, wheat, and malt. Mouthfeel is a little thin and dry, but has a zing. I little pricey, but not bad for the price. (382 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into shaker pint.

Pours dark gold, hinting at copper, clear, with a thin soapy cap on top.

Nose has a bit of light citrus,

Taste is smooth, initial citrusy hop bite, bit piny, with a lightly sweet, bready malt body. Balanced finish, lingering grassy, citrusy hops with just a bit of juicy malt. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, moderately carbonated. Mellow, smooth, nice.

Really nice beer overall - mellow and smooth around the edges. Quite tasty. (483 characters)

Photo of JMforman
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one for the first time at Highland's fabulous tour in Asheville.

A- Deep golden body with a nice head and good retention. Pretty typical for the style.

S- Definitely the best part of this beer: Pine, biscuit, nice floral hops.

T- Biscuity malt, pine, some citrus, something off. Not sure what. Not a big fan of the finish.

M- Medium and a bit peppery.

D- Yeah... (376 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 9/7/10 (production date?) served in Highland pint glass. Tiny bit of sediment added mid-taste.

A - golden; thin white head.

Aroma of fresh citrus hops; sweet malt in the background.

T - less hoppy than expected, given aroma, but appropriate for style. Somewhat sweet for style but has a dry finish with a nice citrus hop flavor. I'd prefer something bolder and more complex, but that's why they make IPAs, etc.

M - very smooth but a bit thin; light-to-moderate carbonation.

Delicate but fine taste, with no off-flavors and good carbonation -- this beer goes down quick and easy. (604 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imp. pint glass....can't find any date on the bottle... let's hope it's fresh.

Nice golden/orange color, appears very clean. A white bubbly head emerges and dissapates. Lacing and carbonation evident. A nice looking beer.

Smell is relatively subtle (though, save for Daisy Cutter, Alpha King and one or two others, I'm not sure how many APA's i've had that had a real strong smell). Notes of citrus and hops... pleasant if not overly distinct.

Taste is slightly bitter but not aggresively so... hops evident but not overpowering. Malt presence is there but stays in balance. Well put together for the style. No flavor note really dominates, but it all meshes together well.

Mouthfeel is very nice, creamy with a crisp bite at the end. Maybe a slight resin to it, but not much.

Very drinkable beer. I had this right after a Natty Greene's PA to compare the two, and while both were good, I enjoyed this one a little bit more. I love me some daisy cutter and alpha king when I'm in chicago (which I often am) and i've been looking for a go to pale ale in the triangle area. While this isn't as floral or agressively hopped as the previously mentioned beers, I think it is more to style and very enjoyable and easy to drink. (1,242 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - 3.0 - Dark straw color, maybe a bit orange. Good clarity but not brilliant. Head was white and almost nonexistent.

S - 4.0 - Citrusy hop aroma, very fresh smelling but a bit muted. Appears to be US pale ale hop level/type. A hint of biscuit malt in the background.

T - 4.0 - The citrus hops jump out front, again tasting fresh and clean. Moderate hop bitterness. Very little malt flavor to balance, but still a pleasing beer. The malt in the finish has a grainy or biscuit note.

M - 3.5 - Body is a bit thin. Burn from the hop bitterness combines with the carbonation to give a bit of a sharp bite.

D - 4.0 - Overall a nice US-style pale ale. No single aspect jumps out as exceptional, but it is a very clean, well-executed and drinkable beer. (802 characters)

Photo of kindestcut
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale pours a bright gold with a lively white head. The aroma is hoppy with hints of citrus.

The taste is light for a pale ale, bitter but not strong. This isn't a bad thing. Well, it may be for those who are hopaholics. To be fair this isn't an IPA so you shouldn't expect a hop bomb. The citrus from the aroma also makes an appearance along with a subtle sweetness.

The active carbonation makes this a very refreshing beer. Overall it's a nice example of an American pale ale. (510 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy orange body with a decent size off-white head that recedes quickly into a pinstripe.

S: A faint aroma of citrus and sweet floral hops as well as hints of caramel malts.

T: Overall, a decent APA, although it could be mixed as an IPA. Some good notes of citrus hops and hints of sweet malts in the flavor. There is a slight dry bitterness in the finish, but it's a much needed bitterness. Although a bit weak in the flavor, it is still very balance.

M: A light and crisp feel, but perhaps a bit too watery in texture; medium body with medium carbonation.

D: This one is really easy to drink. A bit bitter like I said, but it's still good. Bought a six pack over pizza and enjoyed it quite a bit. Reminded me of an IPA however. (738 characters)

Photo of rmdunlap85
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Does not look particularly desirable. Minorly hazy copper/orange colored with an almost immediately dissipating off-white head.
S: Light smell of hops, slight citrus
T: Some hop bitterness up front with a lingering flavor on the tongue that I can't quite pin down. Pretty much the definition of average
M: Watery with too much carbonation
O: I actually like a lot of Highland's offerings, but this is not one of their better brews. It leaves a lot to be desired especially in regards to taste and mouthfeel. (510 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Goose Island pint glass. Bright orange in color, very transparent with a thin head that quickly vanished. The thin head also led to an almost complete lack of lacing. The impressive coloring and clarity, however, made up for the lack of head and lace. A very pretty beer.

SMELL: Strong nose. Sweet, floral and hoppy smelling with a hint of malt.

TASTE: Not nearly as sweet as the nose would indicate. The bitterness up front remains throughout the sip and leaves a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Despite a hint of malt in the nose there is a noticeable lack of malt flavor in the St. Terese's.

FEEL: Light and refreshing. From the first sip it is clear that this beer does not have a tremendously high ABV. It is also quite thirst quenching and crisp. Almost too easy to drink. At the end of the glass I did not feel like I had just consumed a full beer...or even a full water. I'm not sure if that's a horrifying thing or great, but I'll give Highland the benefit of the doubt and go with great.

OVERALL: The taste could use just a tiny bit of malt flavor, but generally I would rather have a beer err on the side of hoppiness, which this one certainly does. The 5.2% combined with the lightness of this beer makes it an excellent session beer for those of us used to higher ABVs. (1,326 characters)

Photo of DanThomas
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Clear, very light golden color. Thin head that quickly recedes.

S- Pretty hoppy. Deep earthy spiciness that combines with a grapefruit scent and some sweetish caramel and toffee malt.

T- Hops all the way through. The spice is, again, very piney and earthy, and the strong grapefruit bitter adds a nice finish to this beer. Really no malts to speak of whatsoever. It is an APA no question, and if I was given this blindly I might mistake it for an IPA. Pretty flavorful in all.

M- This beer has some problems here. Carbonation is wayyyy too sharp for my liking. Good, rather full body, but the carbonation continues to distract.

D- Would be an excellent session if not for the carbonation problems. The strong flavors are cleansed off the palate nicely by the finish, making the beer generally refreshing. (811 characters)

Photo of beerdown77
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank From: bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: light caramel, hazy, full finger of head

Smell: floral, citrus, hops

Taste: average bitter, hops, malt, orange pez, a slight medicinal flavor

Mouth feel: light body, good carbonation

Drinkability: easy to drink, but not a flavor that I would want a lot of

Summary: This is a decent, refreshing beer. I kept on being drawn back to the Flintstone vitamin/orange Pez taste. This is not my favorite of the Highland offerings... (Gaelic Ale being my favorite). (518 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper color with a thick white head and no lacing. Smells a little malty with orange peel and a little hops. Tastes of spices and plenty of hops and some oranges lingering toward the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and well carbonated. Drinkability is decent. Not a bad beer, but not one to write home about. (320 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pale copper with a sticky white head. Lots of active bubbles.

S- Pretty nice, but very predictable. Mild malt base, citrus rind hops.

T- pretty balanced but still leaning towards citrus rind hops. Lots if floral hops at the end.

M- Thinner, very dry and wildly carbonated. Its very sharp. (297 characters)

Photo of honkey
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a small white head sits atop a dark yellow beer.

Smell: definitely get the cascade hops smell along with a hint of caramel.

Taste: a little more balanced than what i had expected from the smell. A pleasant flavor from the cascade balances some biscuit malts. Much more pleasant than anticipated. Not too much bitterness, but a good hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate level of carbonation. Just a little thick for my liking as far as pale ales go, but not offensive.

Drinkability: I could easily drink a few of these throughout the Yankees game I am watching.

Overall: nothing to write home about but a solid pale ale. (635 characters)

Photo of klikger
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz served in a Sam Adams perfect pint

A - Light gold with pinkie-sized head which vanishes almost instantly. Average lacing.

S - Muted grapefruit. This much is impressive...I think my olfactory nerves have given out.

T - Citrusy hops and a light maltiness are evident throughout, while some grainy elements come through near the finish. Pleasantly bitter overall, but also a little watery.

M - Light-bodied, good carbonation.

D - This is pretty easy to drink; definitely sessionable (if it came to it). (510 characters)

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale bronze providing a scant head. The beer is hazy with a good amount of active carbonation. The hop aromas are overpowered with a fruit/apple fragrance. The flavor of this IPA is dominated with apple flavors rather than accented by them. For the style I feel that the hop character is lost due to the overpowering of what were intended to be fruit accents. The body is even bodied with a nice crispness, an overall good mouthfeel. While for the style I gave only a 3.5 I rated the drinkability at 4 because while I felt the fruitiness was a departure from the intended style, it was none-the-less a good tasting beer. (628 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clearish yellow gold body with good carbonation and a lasting one-finger head on top of a rich malt aroma with hints of citric hops. Light-tasting in the hops dept. but also a smooth ride with some bready maltiness to its edge; good balance as its a tad sticky w/ some caramel/sweet malts and a noticeable sour/citric hop backbite that is crisp. Not the greatest pale ale to jump out at me but pretty good. (420 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of grownfool. Thanks for the extras. Has a deep golden color, clear, but unfortunately no head. I tried to pour more vigorously as it seemed a bit flat to start, but it didn't help. Barely a ring left behind. Aroma is faint, inhaling deeply I start to get some of the piney cascade-like hoppiness. I would say it smells very "clean", but that might only be due to it not having much smell.

Whoa, the taste is very unexpected. The maltiness is really subdued here, and it definitely has a clean, "light" flavor. In a way it's quite refreshing and more like a Kolsch or even a pilsener. I get a fairly strong fruity note, maybe apricot, not exactly sure, but it has almost a Saison-like twang with a light grassy dryness following. This beer is really all over the place for an APA but I seem to like it. The hop bitterness seems pretty mild.

This beer actually does have nice carbonation throughout, the mouthfeel is light and crisp, and holds up well even as it sits for awhile.

This beer started off on a bad foot, but kept improving from there. It's very refreshing, and with just enough flavor to keep me interested, I could drink alot of it. (1,172 characters)

Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing
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