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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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Reviews: 246 | Ratings: 542
Photo of jifigz
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is a hazy orange. Nice head that disappeared rather quickly with some lacing.

S: The aroma is very fruity and appetizing. This smells very refreshing and enjoyable.

T: The taste is overall dominated by the citrusy hops but also balanced by the malt. The flavor is very good and tasty.

M: Not much to say here. It is very fitting.

O: A pretty good pale ale from a company I don't know much about. I will have to try some more of their stuff.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a nonic pint, this particular batch of Saint Terese’s has only been in the keg one day! Hazy golden amber with a smallish frothy white head that dishes a surprising amount of sticky lacing.

The freshness definitely shows in the nose, a great balance of citrus and bready malt. Flavor is similarly pleasing. The ratio of sweet and bready malt seems perfectly matched to an impressive citrusy hop presence. Fresh squeezed orange juice and sweetened grapefruit. Good sting of bitterness midswallow, but we’re not in IPA territory; this stuff’s simply flavorful. Nice juicy finish.

Overall impression: Excellent pale ale. Everyone makes a big deal about freshness with IPAs, but the extreme freshness of this brew really stepped it up a notch from the (already tasty) bottled version.

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Photo of DustinPowers74
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A more vigorous pour than anticipated creates a bubbly 2-finger head on top of a clear orange-amber. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint, but a pleasant sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is very similar, citrus hops with sweet slightly grainy malts. Very well balanced and medium to full bodied.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper clear color. Less than 1 finger head with aggressive pour that dissapeared quickly.

Smell - Cascade hop scent is noticable with some pine scents. Nothing overly impressive.

Taste - Taste is actually quite nice for an APA. Well balanced, piney hop presence but not bitter, just moderately flavorful. Another good example of an APA if one were to offer a sampling to a BA from out of US. Tastes very American.

Mouthfeel - A little lite in body but ok.

Overall - I think this is a good beer and fine example of an APA. I wish my bottle had a better head to it but otherwise its a nice brew to have at a pub on pint or with a nice hearty meal.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on a trip to the Outer Banks back on 5/7/11. Review is from my notes:

Pours clear golden-copper with small white head. Nice Cascade-like aroma - not too strong or light, just about right on. Still not as aggressively hopped as some APAs. Nice light caramel flavor. Finishes sweet. Good, light body. Refreshing beer. Would like to see a tad more hope profile in aroma and taste.

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Photo of philbe311
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A slightly lopsided fingers worth of audibly fizzy pure bleached white head... Minimal retention at best gives way to a mostly full yet splotchy lacing and a slightly thick collar... Loaded with medium paced medium sized carbonation... The color is a muted orange...

S - Light citrus... Orange zest... Just some very faint hops notes... Some pale malts... A bit of bread... Touches of caramel... Simple and straightforward...

T - A nice mix of bready malts, citrus, and caramel at the front end... These flavors fade in and out before a slight bitterness rises on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Muted carbonation... Sleek... Mostly smooth... Clean... Crisp... Doesn't linger for long at all...

D - A textbook American Pale Ale... No complaints, but no superlatives either... Simple, straightforward, and effective... I would drink again without hesitation, but it would never be at the top of my list when heading to the store...

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass. Pours on the golden side of orange with lots of bubbles rising. A finger of head leaves some lacing.

Aroma is lightly bready with a trace of floral hops. The taste follows along the same track, but maybe lacking in some more obvious notes. I was expecting slightly more flavor from a brewery that I like everything I've tried to date. Highland puts a great spin on an amber ale with their Gaelic Ale and knocks it out of the park with their Oatmeal Porter. I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, but this is a fairly ho-hum American pale ale. On the positive side it's quite refreshing if not a little watery for my taste, maybe most similar to Sweetwater's 420 Extra Pale Ale in my humble opinion. Unfortunately, the term "less filling" comes to mind, but that does have a place in the craft beer market I suppose. After drinking about half the glass I lit a mild bodied cigar (not a mild flavored cigar, however) and it really overpowered the flavor of the brew.

I would pair St. Terese's with fish, chicken or a summer salad to maximize its enjoyment. It might be perfect with some spicy Cajun dishes, that can often be rather heavy for me, as well.

I will finish the 6-pack with no problem. In the future, however, I'd be more likely to grab a Dale's, Founder's or even Sierra Nevada if I'm in the mood for a pale ale. If I want something on the malty side it would be the Dale's and on the hoppy side I'd choose the Founder's. I guess St. Terese's is intermediate in its presentation and will surely have a following. This is a beer that I might give a macro drinker if they are over for beer as I don't have any macro beers in my fridge. Today my daughters and their boyfriends are coming over for a BBQ. This is something that they may enjoy. They are between 21 and 23 and have fairly typical tastes in beer.

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Photo of CJFourty6
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer for the first time on tap at a restaurant local to the brewer.

A - Pours an orange color with a light unfiltered haze that looks nice in a pitcher and has a descent enough head.
S - medium floral over a malt base, slight sweet smell almost like honey
T M- Very balanced taste with a slight citrus hop finish with not much bitter after taste. Had a good feel that left a clean taste.
OA- Was a good beer with food, the flavors are very balanced which makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: A light copper color with a reasonably fizzy head that doesn't linger.

S: Smells of pastry malts with some subtle citrus hoppiness and and tiny hint of honey sweetness.

T/M: Taste is likewise, but even more subtle, leading to a light and crisp endeavor. The flavor could be a little more inviting, but it's good nonetheless.

It's what a lot of pale ales strive to be and just short of what great pale ales are.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: It pours a bright orange color with a little haze and a finger of creamy, long-lasting, white head.

S: It is obviously super fresh; it features aromas of pale malts, floral hoppiness, citrus, and peach.

T: It is light and fruity with a little lighter hoppiness than normal for an APA.

M: It has a medium-light body with palate cleansing carbonation. The finish is crisp and clean as if it were club soda.

O: When fresh, this is one of my absolute favorite pale ales.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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 beerprovedwright
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One finger head that quickly faded leaving a wispy but clinging lace. Color is a cloudy 14 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is sharp with fragrances of citrus, wheat, and malt. Flavor is bold and intense. There are tastes of pine, grapefruit, lemon peel, green apple, wheat, and malt. Mouthfeel is a little thin and dry, but has a zing. I little pricey, but not bad for the price.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into shaker pint.

Pours dark gold, hinting at copper, clear, with a thin soapy cap on top.

Nose has a bit of light citrus,

Taste is smooth, initial citrusy hop bite, bit piny, with a lightly sweet, bready malt body. Balanced finish, lingering grassy, citrusy hops with just a bit of juicy malt. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, moderately carbonated. Mellow, smooth, nice.

Really nice beer overall - mellow and smooth around the edges. Quite tasty.

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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 chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 mechamifune
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imp. pint glass....can't find any date on the bottle... let's hope it's fresh.

Nice golden/orange color, appears very clean. A white bubbly head emerges and dissapates. Lacing and carbonation evident. A nice looking beer.

Smell is relatively subtle (though, save for Daisy Cutter, Alpha King and one or two others, I'm not sure how many APA's i've had that had a real strong smell). Notes of citrus and hops... pleasant if not overly distinct.

Taste is slightly bitter but not aggresively so... hops evident but not overpowering. Malt presence is there but stays in balance. Well put together for the style. No flavor note really dominates, but it all meshes together well.

Mouthfeel is very nice, creamy with a crisp bite at the end. Maybe a slight resin to it, but not much.

Very drinkable beer. I had this right after a Natty Greene's PA to compare the two, and while both were good, I enjoyed this one a little bit more. I love me some daisy cutter and alpha king when I'm in chicago (which I often am) and i've been looking for a go to pale ale in the triangle area. While this isn't as floral or agressively hopped as the previously mentioned beers, I think it is more to style and very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Radome
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A - 3.0 - Dark straw color, maybe a bit orange. Good clarity but not brilliant. Head was white and almost nonexistent.

S - 4.0 - Citrusy hop aroma, very fresh smelling but a bit muted. Appears to be US pale ale hop level/type. A hint of biscuit malt in the background.

T - 4.0 - The citrus hops jump out front, again tasting fresh and clean. Moderate hop bitterness. Very little malt flavor to balance, but still a pleasing beer. The malt in the finish has a grainy or biscuit note.

M - 3.5 - Body is a bit thin. Burn from the hop bitterness combines with the carbonation to give a bit of a sharp bite.

D - 4.0 - Overall a nice US-style pale ale. No single aspect jumps out as exceptional, but it is a very clean, well-executed and drinkable beer.

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Photo of kindestcut
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale pours a bright gold with a lively white head. The aroma is hoppy with hints of citrus.

The taste is light for a pale ale, bitter but not strong. This isn't a bad thing. Well, it may be for those who are hopaholics. To be fair this isn't an IPA so you shouldn't expect a hop bomb. The citrus from the aroma also makes an appearance along with a subtle sweetness.

The active carbonation makes this a very refreshing beer. Overall it's a nice example of an American pale ale.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -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 StoneTSR
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -3%
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 -0.3%
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 -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 MbpBugeye
3.22/5  rDev -12%
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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Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing
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