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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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Highland St. Terese's Pale AleHighland St. Terese's Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Highland Brewing
North Carolina, United States
highlandbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,976
Reviews:
247
Ratings:
555
pDev:
12.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 555 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half finger frothy head with some lacing on a crimson with amber hues clear body. Very aromatous with lots of grapefruit, pineapple and some pine notes. The hops are subdued in this one. The finish is mostly light hips with citrus and pine notes. Initially caramel malt and floral. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not very dry. A very drinkable, somewhat safe pale ale.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a full white head and good carbonation. Nice citrusy hop aroma. Prominent citrus hop flavor with a nice level of bitterness. Medium bodied and creamy and crisp dry finish. Not the mot exciting beer, but an above average pale ale that won't let you down.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down but left a thin but dense layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy and floral hops and caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has ever so slight hints of sweetness and bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is well balanced between malts and hops, is very easy to drink and also can be considered sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear honey colored pour; the modest head leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Toffee malts and earthy hops

Taste: Opens with a toffee malt flavor that adds a slight earthy hop bitterness in the middle; the hops never really build and the finish is slightly grainy with a solid malt-forward profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The world of APAs has moved in a different direction since this beer was formulated and I found myself thinking this tasted more English than American; easy to drink, but I like a hoppier profile to my APAs

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
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 chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark golden yellow in color with some orange highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense white head that slowly reduces to medium sized patch of medium sized bubbles with a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts, citrus/grapefruit hops, and an even lighter amount of spicy pine hops.

T: The beer starts out with the light to moderate flavors of pale malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. Following the malts, there is a moderate amount of hop flavors - first the citrus/grapefruit and then the spicy pine/resin. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades rather quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly less than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable - this is an easy beer to enjoy and pairs well with many different foods. Definitely worth grabbing one of these when in NC with the pleasant flavors and aromas.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from bboven, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is on the malty side with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus up front. The hops presence is there but at times it seems rather subdued. However, there is enough balance to keep things together. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, even though there are other APA's that I would choose first, this is a decent beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a restaurant at the Biltmore estate awhile back and was pretty happ with this one,pours a hazy gold/orange color with a nice sticky head aroma was zesty and hop tilted for sure with citric-like aromas abound.I do the nice malt balance to this ale though I didnt detect a malt presence in the aroma but came thry nicely here with a biscuit-like start with a zesty hop finish a easy drinker well made.I think Highland makes some real nice brews down there in NC.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A big, one and a half finger head of off-white foam. The body is perfectly clear with a pleasing, golden-copper color. Great lace and reasonable retention.

S - Pine-like, slightly fruity hop aroma with a nice malt backbone. Toasted malt and some caramel.

T - Pine hops with a hint of citrus (orange) and toasted malt up front. The hops get brighter in the middle before being eclipsed by toasty, caramel malt in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable; a great session beer. There is nothing real exciting going on here, but what do you expect for the style? Nice hop character, well balanced and drinkable... a great pale ale.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly gauzy banana-peach with a few streams of languidly rising bubbles. The polished eggshell head looks wonderful and is stickier than most. There's no shortage of lace; the glass is almost completely coated. So far, I'm impressed.

Because St. Terese's utilizes Chinook and Cascade (and is dry hopped with the latter) the nose couldn't be anything but wonderful. Highland Brewing has done the hop bill proud with an aromatic, bright, citrus fruity scent that positively cascades with juicy hoppiness. I can't appreciate the bolder, resiny spiciness of the Chinook, but I'm sure they'll contribute on the palate.

The flavor keeps the good times rolling right along. The semi-sturdy malt structure is more than big enough for the style and provides a solid platform for the hops. If I was running the show, I would have skewed the malt-hop balance a little more toward the hops. Having said that, all but the most alpha acid-deficient will be pleased. Especially since this is 'only' a pale ale.

Like the nose, the flavor is Cascade-dominant. However, I can now appreciate the bolder, spicier bite of the Chinook. The malty sweetness, which was never prominent to begin with, leaves the scene early, allowing the tongue to wallow in what hop bitterness hangs around. The finish is puckery and is too lightly resinous to be considered clean. The firmly smooth mouthfeel proves that the brewers know their way around a brew kettle.

St. Terese (incorrectly identified as 'St. Therese' above) is the patron saint of illness. Even though I wasn't feeling bad prior to drinking this bottle of her pale ale, I must admit, I do feel better after drinking it. Good beer tends to have that effect. Thanks to WOLFGANG for sending this enjoyable Highland brew my way.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber with no real head and no significant lacing. Smell was very grainy, almost like cereal. Grassy and earthy tomes as well. Taste followed suit nicely. Hoppy but not citrusy, more of a grainy, grassy type of taste. Very mellow and different. Nice carbonation and easy drinkability make this another good brew from highland, and a nice change of pace for an APA!

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Photo of BEER88
4.44/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 555 ratings
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