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

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Reviews: 247 | Ratings: 547
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 MacQ32
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a golden yellow with minimal head and lacing.

S - Sweet toffee/caramel malts and apple type fruits and earthy hops.

T - Citrusy bitter up front, not dry at all, sweet toasty caramel finish. Very sweet throughout.

M - Light bodied, decently carbonated. Pretty standard, no qualms.

O - Ok, easy to drink, mild but decent flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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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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 patre_tim
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden orange, medium carbonation, 1 finger of yellowish head. Slight cloudiness.

S: Kerosine, malt, banana.

T: Kerosine, Das, some kind of chemical that should run a small engine, then a yeasty aftertaste. Perhaps this isn’t fresh? Not very delightful.

M: Medium light body, medium high carbonation.

O: Agghh. Negative qualities, but positive as well. Will drink it cause I should. Should be poured out. Will give it 6 out of 10. Enhance the cheese you also want to toss.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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 dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 BeerDawgs
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden with good clarity. A touch of head and a light coat of sticky lace left on the top of the brew

S - Grassy and malt notes are dominant. A slight hint of alcohol

T - A nice light pale ale. Dominant bready malty notes and slight hop balance towards the end.

M - Light bodied and smooth. Easy to drink

O - An easy to drink pale ale. Not bad for the style.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours an appealing dark golden color with a nice frothy head. smell is banana and citrus, quite pleasant. taste doesn't live up to the smell however, slight citrus notes and a slight bitter finish. not too flavorful. medium bodied with medium carbonation. goes down smooth.

overall its a refreshing beer that I'd never turn down, but not something I'd regularly seek out. it's solid but nothing more.

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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 oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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 southeastmat
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden yellow with orangish hues. Nice lacing as you drink but the head falls away quickly after first pour.

S: Just average grassy notes here. A bit of sweet malt comes through on back end.

T: Great clean beer. Nice sweetness from the malt up front then come in the hops. They are not huge at all but you get just enough bitterness to satisfy the palate. Good hot weather brew - refreshing.

M: Light and clean. Smooth.

O: Solid offering. Not spectacular, but a great year-round offering. It's the perfect companion for burgers on the deck in the middle of a heat wave.

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Photo of Josiah2729
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Yellowish orange with one finger of white head, decent lacing.

Smell: Medium citrus hops with faint malt smell.

Taste: Light citrus hops up front with a medium, semi-sweet malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated with a lingering cool hoppy burn.

Overall: Decent APA, not my favorite, but I like what Highland is doing here.

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Photo of Boto
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Mellow Mushroom. This one pours a clear, lighter amber color. There was a small off white head on it. It didn’t linger long but still left some lacing. It has a lighter aroma. Faint malts, some citrus hops. The taste is OK. Just a touch bitter. Citrus hops, some malts and graininess.

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Photo of xybreeder
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful combination of golden + amber + orange, with a perfect head and decent lacing.

S - Citrus hops, slight yeast aroma, grapefruit, overall a good smelling brew.

T - Same as the aroma, citrus hops seems to dominate the flavor. Bitterness is not too bad though, could use a little more malt flavor to offset the bitterness. Grapefruit on the back end (and a little warm), but still a very nice tasting beer.

M - Medium to light body, but carbonation is spot on, not too much, not too little, just right (at least for me :)).

O - A very enjoyable and solid pale ale, and thx again to my friend Wendell for bringing this to me from out-of-state!

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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 Mississipping
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden-orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.  Minimal lacing is left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: The maltiness caught my attention first.  A really nice malty sweetness that balances out the citrusy hop profile.  Not much else going on here.  Good, but pretty typical. 

T: The hops come out first with some citrus fruits.  The maltiness is just as solid as it was in the aroma providing a sweetness that vies for dominance with the hops.  Pretty good balance, despite the lack of complexity.  

M: Thinner side of medium-bodied with a good bit of carbonation.  Smooth and creamy with a gentle drying effect on the finish. 

D: Pretty standard pale ale that doesn't disappoint.  Huge malt profile that I rather enjoy.  The hop profile is ample and tasty, too.  Pretty enjoyable brew. 

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Photo of Pencible
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like very faint copper and burnt caramel.
T: It tasted like faint but sweet caramel and come copper hops and bready yeast. It had a very clean aftertaste that was a bit bittersweet.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a decent pale ale, but nothing special. The scent and taste were bland but very easy to drink. Not a bad beer, but easily forgettable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up in NC the other day.

a - opened and filled my duck rabbit snifter. nice orange color, transparent with a thin bubbly head that fizzed away rather quickly. looks pretty classic pale ale.

s - nice citric hop presence evened out by a good malt backbone. a touch of wheaty earthiness. nice, classic.

t - much like the nose a soft citric hop presence with a great counter balance with a flavorful malt. classic pale ale. good subtle sweetness. it just works.

m - a bit on the thin side. easy drinking...could have 10 in a night.

o - overall, this is a classic pale ale. very nice, very unoffensive. soft hop presence, but not over bearing. if you like pale ales, you will enjoy this. just solid, just good.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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 leokbelo
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden on a Pint glass. 1 inch head dissipates into a 1/2 inch lacing that lingers till the end.
Bready, grains and a bit of pine scent.
Very smooth on the tongue, with hops kept at bay.
Low carbonation, refreshing and very drinkable. Nothing complex, though.
A decent American pale ale.

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Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid gold with a soapy, whispy white head. Pale fruity hops...melon, light cereal grain. Light malt and citrus rind along with tea and some more pale fruits. Pretty balanced and easy going overall. Medium lightish body and quite drinkable. Not bad...an easy drinker.

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Photo of taigor
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy copper color with thin head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Slight scents of malts, hops and citrus.

T - Starts off malty followed by citrus bitterness with hoppy pine bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Crisp and enjoyable APA that I would recommend.

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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 tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold with 1/2" of head. Great retention. The nose has notes of light malt and grassy, citrusy hops. The taste is clean malt with a faint toastyness followed by grassy, citrusy hop character. There's some yeasty undertones as well. The mouthfeel is light and clean with decent carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer. It's a local that gets a lot of tap time. It's on the hoppier, more balanced side of APAs so I like it.

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