Chad9976 (1356) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It was bottled on 3/4/14. A friend in North Carolina sent me this bottle (thanks, Dan!).
Appearance: Dark amber/light orange, glowing hue. Clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.
Smell: Surprisingly muted. Almost odorless, though thereís trace elements of piney hops. Nothing off-putting, though.
Taste: One of the downsides of being a semi-professional beer reviewer is you sometimes have to review stuff friends give you that think is good, but you donít. Case in point: Highland St. Tereseís Pale Ale. Even though this bottle is only two months old, it tastes much older than that. The hops are nowhere to be found, the base malt tastes very lager-like and thereís just not much body here. Though I will say itís perhaps more bland than bad-tasting.
Itís difficult to describe the palette here since thereís little my tastebuds pick up on. A general, but mild taste of pale malt with just the faintest trace of bitterness. This is probably better categorized as a golden/blonde ale than a pale ale since the hops are missing. I get a slightly metallic or minerally taste on the finish with a bit of starch on the aftertaste. Overall, itís not horrible, just boring and insipid.
Drinkability: With a thin mouthfeel and watery body, Highland St. Tereseís Pale Ale is actually highly drinkable. However, it isnít particularly refreshing. It does leave a slightly dry aftertaste and thereís a flavor akin to lager just as it goes down. Though light at only 5.1% ABV, this beer has the body and palette of something <4%. If there were plenty of flavor, thatíd be a good thing.
Nero55 (854) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Light copper with medium white head and nice lacing. Light aroma of resinous and citrus hops with some caramel. Very light body, hop bitterness upfront, and light bread and caramel notes with a dry finish. Overall a little disappointing especially with the very light body.
tnkw01 (1300) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. This is a very good pale ale. Gold, color with a medium head. Aroma is a very, very slight spruce and citrus with a floral note to it. Nice taste with the same floral note to it. Pretty good.
thebos (35) - Eatonton, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours golden with slightly off white head. Crisp hoppy scent quickly mellowed by the malt. Well balanced taste. Bright, spicy hop flavor smoothed over with light malty sweetness. Very different than your traditional IPA.. If you donít like most others you may like this one.
mrenzweiler (30) - burlington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís a good pale ale. Donít expect too much just a good beer that goes down easy. Would definitely buy again but nothing great
Rperez (162) - Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer caught me by surprise ! Great range of flavors, florals, fruits and hops!! Very easy to drink while still being complex enough, this is a good APA
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firemarshal (190) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into snifter. Honey amber, very lightly cloudy, no head to speak of. Aroma is one of the best with heavy floral notes, caramel malt, mozzarella cheese, maybe light licorice. The taste is nothing like the aroma. Sweet upfront, light salty finish. Palate is fizzy, light body, thin. Overall this beer disappoints me. The appearance and aroma are great but the taste is almost hefeweisen. This would be better in summer.
60minuteman (1004) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hop, plum, bananas, brash tree bark. Taste is fruity, very smooth, very hoppy but not bitter. VERY unique APA
Christpuncher (1779) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super hoppy pale ale that is just about an ipa. Taste fruity with a nice bitter finish. Pours a golden yellow in color.
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DialSquare (3250) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from ABC on Apalachee. Gold pour with a small white head. Aroma is earthy, tea, floral, caramel. Tastes are grapefruit, pine, caramel, orange peel. Pretty crisp all around.