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Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale | Highland Brewing

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Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tigerpaws on 07-18-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
538
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
18.58%
 
 
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Reviews: 245 | Ratings: 538
Photo of tapdood22
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a full white head and good carbonation. Nice citrusy American hop aroma. Assertive citrus hop flavor with a nice level of bitterness. Medium bodied and creamy (a bit airy due to good carbonation level). Crisp dry finish.

A very good session beer - easy drinking.

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a nice 2" head that lingers a while. Mild lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: loads of citrus, floral hops, and fruit sweetness leap from the glass.

Taste: nice malt base with a balancing hearty bitterness. Nice citrus tones and caramel ride the tongue throughout. Very tasty as this was a fresh keg.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout with a bit of dryness during the finish. Short but perky aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: super session pale ale that could have been quaffed all day. Nice beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy (bottle-conditioned) golden amber body is topped by a 3/4" head that holds well, and eventually drops, but leaves a complete surface covering and some thin sheets of lace about the glass. Very nice. The nose offers bright, fresh, floral & citrusy hops over a delicate, caramel-splashed biscuit-like maltiness. The body is medium-light with a very fine, gently crisp carbonation that caresses the tastebuds. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a combination of lightly tangy, fruity, and citrusy hop flavors over a very lightly caramelish and biscuity maltiness that's well backed by solid bitterness. It finishes dry with a short lingering citrusy hop note and some bready/biscuity maltiness. Extremely well balanced. Very refined. Crisp & refreshing. Highly drinkable. An impressive American pale ale!

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Photo of dickroop
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

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Photo of rustymoore
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a orangish gold with a thick head and good lacing throughout. Smells sweet with strong hop notes. Grapefruit taste is very prominent in the middle of a nice barrage of hops. Very smooth and drinkable. Something I will definately add to my regular drinking beers. Just a good solid brew.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of jbone78
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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.
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Photo of veech
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very drinkable and enjoyable pale ale. I've sung the praises of Highland beers for years and this one is no exception. No real downside to report, excellent color, aroma and taste. It has a very distinct crispness that finishes strong from a moderately hoppy start. Excellent drinkability as I didn't get any increased acidity with this beer as I do at times with hoppier beers. Yoy just can't go wrong with Highland products.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have had this beer a number of times, both bottled and in draft form. Maybe I am a philistine when it comes to beer. I know a lot of people think this one is just ho hum, but to be honest it is one of my all time favorite ales. It smells great, it has a wonderful fruitiness to the aroma, but also has a good amount of that hop/piney resinous smell that should be found in an ale. It has a beautiful color, a hazy ocher with the slightest hit of red. The taste is also very well balanced, you get some of the same notes in the nose you get in the taste, it is also a very smooth beer and one I can (and have) drank a number of in a night out, without getting too carried away with things. Overall, I think this is my favorite in the Highland lineup, but I haven't had them all (yet). Nevertheless, I find myself picking up a six pack of this whenever I see it. I do truly enjoy it.

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Photo of introvertedone
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed: 1/20/09

Highland Brewing Company's St. Terese's Pale Ale is a fine American Pale Ale with an amber, ever so slightly cloudy appearance. The aroma was sweet with floral undertones. This ale had a nice balanced flavor with a slightly tangy finish. The mouthfeel was medium heavy and smooth. I continue to support this beer by buying it often in between tastings.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice hazy orange color wtih a small head that falls to coat the top of the beer. The nose is caramel, oranges, and a nice mix of citrus and earthy hops. Smells nice. The flavor is a touch thin, but there is nice caramel and a pretty nice sweet hop. I do like the flavor. The feel is on the lighter side of moderate. Drinkability is pretty good on this one as well. A solid APA.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Defintly more american and citrusy than their ipa. I prefer this. One of my favoriste of their main lineup. Balanced, nice ctirus, big for a pale ale. Pairs with several foods. Great session beer, hot or cold weather, very versatile. A great selection and will compete with the best pale ales in the country.

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Photo of Chug-a-lug
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Balanced.
The hop bitterness hits you first then eases out.
Smells peachy.
Color is golden similar to a lager. Nothing special.

Another great beer from Highland.

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Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of bjbakerbsu
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my third Highlands brew, and I have to say that they seem to know what they are doing. This is a very good APA, and I would definitely have it as a mainstay in my fridge. Despite being a good beer, there is nothing outstanding or unique, in my opinion. It is just a good beer.

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Photo of Goukbeergals
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop forward smell definitely dry hopped. Pours golden color. Surprising amount of malt taste for the genre which I don't think I would like the sound of but I do like the taste of. Strong crisp hop finish that fades to a sweet lingering flavor. Light, crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel. Overall a very solid pale ale. Schlafly apa > this > Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of BrewnZ
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Filtered bright gold, this beer had the nice aroma of American hops (citrus and. . . ). A good malt body, medium, balanced with American hop flavor. This was the best regional beer I found at Barley's Tap House while in Knoxville, TN. A standard APA but its quality put it above the rest.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of rousee
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey amber color. Slight saltwaterry malty smell. Taste is malty, dry, and smooth. There is a dry hoppiness on the finish. Pretty nice APA. Mouthfeel is somewhat puckerish but allright. Quite smooth and drinkable. I think these Highland people seem like pretty decent brewers.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thick white head that retains well. The aroma has some biscuity malt notes, along with some citrus and floral cascade hop notes, some fruity esters and a grainy sweetness. The flavor is more assertively hoppy than the nose with big floral and lemon character, along with some biscuity malt, cane sugar sweetness, and fruity esters. The mouthfeel is light and sprightly with high carbonation and a crisp finish, drinkability is excellent. For some reason, i had never picked this highland up before but its defiantely a pleasant surprise...hoppy and drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a subtle oily hop aroma with a very nice light grain nose.

The taste was upfront grapefruit and peppery hop with a considerable doughy grain finish.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness and slightly creamy.

Overall a very sessionable APA. Would drink in mass if I had access. Thanks to brentk56.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with all of Highland's brews. This is a very solid pale ale. Typical firm malt base that takes on toasty, bready, caramel, nutty, biscuity flavors with a mild chewy texture. Hop bittering balance the malts nicely, as well as contribute spicy, citrus, pine flavors and aromas. Medium - full texture that holds firm throughout the session. Adequately carbonated, well headed and laced nicely. A little dirtier and richer than most great APAs, but may sacrifice a bit on the cleanliness.

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