KajII (777) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. 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.
hockeybeerguy (1496) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes. Rcvd in trade.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance had a nice hazy golden orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light slightly foamy lacing trying to cling to the sides of the glass but sliding for the most part.
The smell had a nice light blend of sweet malts to slightly aggressive citrus hops.
The taste was bittersweet all the way through with a fairly dry bitter citrus aftertaste and just a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not limited to letting some light smooth crispness to roll around the tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good APA worthy of having again.
ronaldtheriot (1182) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Highland St. Tereseís Pale Ale has a thick, spongy, off-white head, a clear, burnished-gold appearance, with some bubble streams, noticeable sediment suspended throughout, and some lacing clumps left behind. The aroma is of sourdough bread, some lemon, and hop resin. Taste is of those elements, with an unfortunate underlying tap water note. Mouthfeel is watery, and Highland St. Tereseís Pale Ale finishes dry and easy drinking. RJT
jandd1983 (2468) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampler at the brewery. It poured a light amber color with a white head. The aroma was of citrus, floral and mild caramel. The taste was of light fruit, floral and very light malt.
Chad9976 (1127) - 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 (637) - 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 (1021) - 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 (130) - 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
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
firemarshal (144) - 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.