Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale | Highland Brewing

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

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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Ratings: 553 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of rmdunlap85
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
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 StoneTSR
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of DanThomas
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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).

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
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 MbpBugeye
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of honkey
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of klikger
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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).

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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

Appealing, light amber color with fine but rich white foamy head.

Aromas of pine, cucumbers, and juniper followed by rather lager-like flavors and super light body. There's a nice bite on the finish, but again, it reminds me more of a lager.

Pleasant enough, and I realize it's not supposed to be loaded for bear, but I'm a bit confused and think it's not typical enough to the style.

It's a bit prickly on the palate but drinks well enough.

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice light color for this beer. Not much to say for the head, very minimal. I did love the hop character in this one. Dry hopped with cascade hops really helped bump up this beer for me. However with the lacking in malt character it kinda just balances out.

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Photo of zoso493
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden copper with some trace hints of amber towards the center of the brew. The head is a faint half-finger cap of bubbles and foam that dissipates pretty rapidly,l leaving a few strands of lacing on the side of the glass. Pretty typical for an American pale ale.

Smell: St. Terese's Pale Ale, refreshingly, has a big hop presence in the nose. It almost smells like it could be of the Indian variety save for the noticeable, grainy malt backbone. The hops are definitely fruity and juicy and altogether pretty tantalizing.

Taste: The taste isn't as hop-forward as the smell might indicate (or as much as I would like) but it's a good pale ale nonetheless. There is a good bit of the fruity hops present to accompany the buttery malts. The malts are akin to what you might find in a British example of the style, which is what I might expect from a Scotch-inspired brewer. There's no doubt, though, that this is an above-average American pale ale.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is par for the course but certainly doesn't blow me away. It's about as full-bodied as you could expect for a run-of-the-mill pale ale but could be just a bit more carbonated. I can't complain, though, as it is very refreshing and adequately crisp.

Drinkability: This is a beer that could be imbibed in larger quantities. At 5.2% ABV, it's no slouch (for an APA) but the alcohol is undetectable, which makes this a very good session brew, or one that could be a great thirst-quencher on a hot summer's day.

Overall, St. Terese's Pale Ale is yet another impressive offering from Highland Brewing Company. It's a well-balanced beer to be sure, but the hops are still a focal point of the brew. I've always been impressed with the Highland Brewery and this beer is just one more reason that I'm happy to have these guys in my backyard.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although this is better than the other Highland brew I tried, it is a disappointment. It's OK, nothing nasty, but I hope there is a redeeming brew in that 12 pack sampler I bought in Tennessee. I have a bad feeling about that.

It is very yellow, I can live with that. The smell is good. It's ok to drink. A bit too smooth. I want a pale to be not quite so wimpy.

I've had bad luck getting beer in Tennessee. I did better in Hawaii (actually, mch better). Incidentally, I spotted some Kona Hawaiian beer in Krogers in TN. Something we never get here.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Dec 2007.

Small lacy head. Almost flat. Moderately cloudy deep amber color. Some resin in aroma, hints of peaches, dried fruits. Starts with some citrus, somewhat floral. becomes a little dryer through the middle. Finish is a little more bitter and caramel.

Easy to drink.

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

Picked up a bottle from a cigar/wine/beer place in Corolla NC. I sipped it with a little wedge of Morbier at first, but the beer can't quite stand up.

Anyways, this is fine session pale ale, sort of a slightly lighter Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The aroma is piney and the flavor adds a touch of grapefruit hops. The malts are a bit too subtle for such a mildly hopped pale ale. In fact, I can barely taste the barley at all. There's just a mild hint of bread crust. Still, this is a tasty, very drinkable, pale ale and good introduction for beer newbies to dry-hopping.

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Photo of mklinger
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It pours a pale amber with a nice thick white head. The head lingers well & left nice lacing. A good looking pale ale.

Aroma was of Cascade hops & a bit of toast. Not a strong aroma but very appropriate for an APA.

Taste was similarly nice. Full rich malt feel with nice hop flavor. Solid bitterness, too for an APA. This is a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel was typical for an APA, plenty of carbonation, but not too full of a mouthfeel. This beer went down very easy. In fact, out of the Highlands sampler 12 pack I bought, this went down the easiest. Very refreshing beer.

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Photo of RickS95
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkish straw color with a thin white head that lacks any retention.

A nice smelling beer with the citrus of the Cascade hops very prevalent; maybe even some orange peel and grapefruit hiding in there.

Mostly notes of floral on the tongue, with the citrus raising its head as well.

Some complexity in the mouthfell, as it starts of slightly sweet before finishing a bit sour in the swallow.

Goes with any food or situation, a nice beer for the warmer months.

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Photo of wspscott
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
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 feelmefoam
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt sunset bronze with lighter red-orange highlights. Several streams of bubbles coursing up from the etching on the bottom of the glass into a finger of white, slightly rocky head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some decent lacing around the glass.

The smell isn't too strong, which is what takes away a bit of the score here. After searching for a bit, I can appreciate some pale malts and a bit of wheat/graininess as well as a bit of peachy citrus.

The flavor isn't very strong either, but remains pleasant on the palette. Up front, light caramel malts and a bit of sweet fruitiness fades towards a short-lived citrusy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a few notches below medium with a pretty high amount of carbonation, giving it a little bite as you drink it. Maybe needs to be a little smoother?

In all, this certainly isn't a bad APA, but it isn't nearly as good as the Stone or Sierra Nevada versions that I hold near and dear to my heart. If they amped up the flavor and mouthfeel a bit, though, we could be getting somewhere. Still, not a bad beer to drink, just a little run of the mill.

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Photo of jbone78
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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 Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter on 12/9/09

10/6/09 etched the bottle

A - Dense & hazy copper; amber highlights. Semi-aggressive pour yielded hardly any head. Swirling is required to garner any semblance of retention. Minimal lacing; what's there is sporadic.

S - Caramel & toasted bread accentuated with modest hop aromas. Hints of pine with some faint traces of citrus - namely tangerine & grapefruit. Hops become more apparent as it warms but never truly push to the front.

T - Earthy & piney bitterness upfront. Wisps of floral & citrus hops follow but are very faint. Solid toasted malt backdrop. Caramel is there, too but not as prominent as in the nose.

M - Medium body with reasonably prickly carbonation. Has a nice bite to it. There's a little bit of resin in there. Some lingering bitterness that tapers off quickly.

D - Drinkability is quite good. Easily sessionable, in my opinion. Quoth the bottle: "perfect for any occasion." Indeed.

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Photo of Drew966
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale pours a hazy orange with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There's a nice hoppy aroma. There's a bit of malt sweetness, but the hops really dominate. They are a bit spicy, but mostly floral. Not bad, worth a try.

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Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing
Beer rating: 44.7% out of 100 with 553 ratings
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