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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

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tigerpaws on 07-18-2002

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Reviews: 246 | Ratings: 544
Photo of donmonkey1
1.5/5  rDev -59%
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.

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Photo of Indybeer
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. poured a cloudy light amber color, with very little head that didn't stick around, and very little lacing on the glass. Aroma is slightly hoppy. Taste is nothing special, there is citrus from the hops and maybe a little residual sweetness. Carbonation is weak, and the beer is thin. Not something that I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear; golden straw; small white frothy head; dissipates quickly, but good lacing

Aroma: Malty; citrusy hops

Taste: Thin, hoppy bite up front; too much like a pils, which is not my favorite style.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of alicemcneil
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Best described as "IPA Lite". Not much smell in the glass except for some faint pine. Very little carbonation even with an aggressive pour. Mouthfeel is watery and the taste disappears immediately. Would buy again if my only choices were this and Budweiser.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle, no obvious date information, but 342 B1 02118 was inkjetted on the bottle bottom.

Cloudy faded copper. Short, dense head of small and medium off white foam. Slow to settle, leaving no lacing. Ample jetting carbonation streams keep the small floaties moving about. Soft grapefruit, floral nose. Like pasteurized juice rather than fresh squeezed. The flavor directly follows the nose, some thinned-out grapefruit juice notes, and a minimal malt presence makes this one dimensional. The Cascade hops are so non-aggressive as to not leave anything in the finish. Light to medium body with a limp mouthfeel, the carbonation is lacking. Merely passable.

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Photo of Cresant
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear amber body, light head left lace rings on the glass.

Slight sour smell. Difficult to discern other/any aromas.

Peppery Cascade hops up front, sweet malty background.

Modest carbonation. Thin body, raspy texture.

Nothing stands out about this one.

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Photo of rmdunlap85
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of wspscott
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle in pint glass (no date, but purchased ~2 months ago on the way to Savannah)

A: Copper colored and crystal clear, pours with a thin white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving a small amount of lace.
S: Very muted, not much in the way of hops, just a hint of floral. The grain character is more apparent, some bread/toast along with a little caramel sweetness. Where are the aroma/dry-hops?
T: Very bready/grainy with some sweetness, no hops at all, just a slight bitterness. It is not obvious at all that this was dry-hopped like the bottle mentions.
M: Crisp, good level of carbonation
D: This is not a bad beer, but it is not true to style. This is the last of the six, and I don't remember being super impressed with the earlier beers, so I don't think this is an age issue. It goes down easy without requiring any thought. It would be easy to serve to a beginning BA or your father in law. Not what I want in an APA. Would not buy again.

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Photo of nem2006
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep golden with slight carbonation and some lacing left on the glass.

The nose was very hoppy. Floral. They use cascade for dry hopping and I think this may have put the hoppiness over the edge. They say it has a malt body to it, but I didn't catch that.

Very little malt in the taste. Extremely hoppy with a strong lingering aftertaste that did not suit me. I did not think it was very smooth.

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Photo of beermanbrian
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper color with a thin white cap. Some grassy hops but I mostly notice sweet caramel malt flavors in the smell and taste. Really thin on the body. This one is short on taste and watery overall. Alcohol shows through at the end, even at the low ABV. Nothing special about this one and I really can't recomend that it's even worth a try.

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Photo of JMforman
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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...

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Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a clear medium amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) rocky white head that dissipated quickly leaving enough residue behind for some fair lacing that spottily stuck to the glass.

The aroma was rather light of a straw malt and a grassy hop with just a strong citrus note and a mild hint of caramel.

The taste was mildly sweet and acidic with a ever so light hint of caramel in the beginning and became slightly bitter with a moderate dose of citrus (grapefruit) and had a decent hop finish. The flavor only lasted a very short while with hardly any hop aftertaste which was kind of disappointing.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a light hoppy Pale Ale that would be great on a nice warm day when you felt like having more than just a couple.

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Photo of bboven
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression is that this beer is good, but seems too malty to be a pale ale. It's dry hopped which hides the malt on aroma, but you can certainly taste it. Would work great as a copper ale, and I like copper ales, but as for pale ale I don't think this is it. The color is pale ale, smell and taste are copper ale, mouth feel and drinkability could b either. Good beer, just not to style.

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Photo of Amalak
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a bit of a plain beer. There's a hint of honey. A bit of a celery taste. It has a tinny taste to it. It's not a bad beer at all, but it's very plain and doesn't have anything that makes it stand out.

It has a golden color, clearish, and there are a ton of bubbles flowing up, some big some small. Very interesting. There a good foamy white head and some lacing. There's a nice hops and honey scent.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale has a thick, spongy, off-white head, a clear, burnished-gold appearance, with some bubble streams, noticeable sediment suspended throughout, and some lacing clumps left behind. The aroma is of sourdough bread, some lemon, and hop resin. Taste is of those elements, with an unfortunate underlying tap water note. Mouthfeel is watery, and Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale finishes dry and easy drinking.


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Photo of mattsdenney
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Purchased as part of a 12-pack sampler in Sevierville, TN. Poured from 12 ounce bottle (no best by date) into a Spieglau IPA glass.

This pale ale produces a nice thick sticky head (which is partially due to the glass). The color is bright gold, light looking consistency, transparent.

The smell is light. Some floral hops, distant fruity essence, some sweetness. The taste is crisp and clean and much like the smell, very mild. I would in no way agree with the bottle's description that this beer has an "assertive hop flavor". I would say this is more of a lightly hopped golden ale. The beer's malty flavors stand-out above any hops but there is some balance. Some lingering earthy, straw-like flavors but mostly a non-existent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very thin and somewhat watery. Lightly carbonated and slightly dry. Overall the beer is ok. It really depends on what you expect from it. If you're looking for a typical pale ale you will likely be let down. If you want a refreshing, lightly flavored summery beer with decent malt/hop balance this one might do the trick.

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Photo of orfeu
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired the other day courtesy of oberon -- many thanks for the opportunity! Hazy golden-orange color with a just-off-white and creamy-soapy head. Pretty meek in the aroma with leafy-soapy scents of candied lemon rinds and bergamot flowers. Unfortunately, a very indiscriminate flavor profile going on here: meager floral and leafy hop characteristics with a dull whitebread malt bill. Decently smooth medium-light body and juicy mouthfeel. Really, this isn't a bad brew, there just isn't much going on. Moderately drinkable, but would be more so if there were a few more fireworks happening in the taste.

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Photo of akorsak
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pint served at Sun Dogs in Corolla. The beer is quite cold and the glass is frozen.

A: The ale is a pale amber color, coming close to yellow. There is no head retention.

S: There is a thin hop aroma that emerges, primarily a citrusy varietal.

T: The ale has a thin flavor that never quite takes off. The malts are grainy and a little too dominant while the hops don't do much flavor-wise, instead adding only the bittering component.

M: The ale sat fine in my mouth but there were no fireworks.

D: Very drinkable, but you may find yourself wandering what it is that you are drinking.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muchas gracias to johnrobe for the trade. Pours a dark gold color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy. However the hops are more timid in the flavor, and the malt rounds it down even more making for a rather subdued beer. Finish is dry and crisp. Just okay.

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Photo of changeup45
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber/copper color with a very nice foamy off-white head, which settled down pretty quickly but I still got some decent lacing. Aroma is citrus grapefruit and hops. The flavor however is bready malts with some grapefruit hops showing in the middle then more malts in the finish. A bit more malty than I initially thought it was going to be. Overall pretty solid.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a half inch head when poured aggressively. This dissipated to a nice white sheet across the top. There was excellent lacing/webbing along the glass side though. Perfect rings mirroring each sip. Nice deep orange color that was crystal clear; no cloudiness.

Smell is very strong pineapple and other citrus. Maybe picking up some yeast scents as well. Smells very sweet.

Taste mimicks the scent as I'm getting strong pineapple flavor also. A little sour, but with a good showing of hop bitterness that washes over the palate. Very smooth with a medium amount of carbonation.

A pretty good APA from the local boys, but the citrus is just a little too strong for me. I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting that's for sure.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is nothing special, just your average pale ale, mostly. The color was a cloudy straw and with a thin white head. The head had kind of a yeasty look to it and thinned out considerably at the end. The taste was the highlight, with it's oakiness and hoppy body. I'm more into the malt scene, so this one wasn't for me. If you do like hopped up beers, then give this one a try.

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Photo of Bonzo
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to pint glass. L: 1/2 in head that fades quickly and leaves slight lacing. S: Not very aromatic. Light smell of pine and some light malt. T: Piney hops and a slight fruitiness up front with a light malt flavor that gives a good balance. Taste fades very quickly O: Not much to this one. No off putting flavors just a little too light in taste and smell. This could be a very good transition beer or a very good "grass cutting beer." Easy on the palate but with a decent taste.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy deep golden appearance. Bubbly, but slight, ivory white head. Lacing comes in intermitent rings. There's a great fresh hop aroma to this beer. Quite spicy and citrusy. Caramel malts are evident on the nose as well. There's some hoppiness to this beer. A little subdued, but there is a little juiciness present. Spicy as well. Malt backbone could use a little jacking up. There's a bitterness that lingers, but it's not of the variety that I love so much in pale ales and IPAs. The body is medium at best. Mouthfeel is a little void as a result. All in all, this one's pretty average.

Thanks for the brew AKSmPorter.

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