Plight of the Pale Ale
A Review of St.Terese's Pale Ale by Highland Brewing Co.
Posted on 2/13/2013 by Chops
In today's craft beer world, it is generally understood that when pale ales are done right, there's not much to say about them. They are straight forward brews that are easy to understand with flavor profiles that are rarely complex. Unfortunately for brewers, this can be misconstrued as boring, especially considering the glut of fantastical brews that fill beer store shelves these days. But when I think of a great session beer, I will almost always think of a pale ale. When I just want a tasty beer to accompany me on the couch as I watch a ball game, I will almost always think of a pale ale. You see where I'm going with this. Pale ales are arguably the most reliable beers on the market. They are common refrigerator staples that you can grab without thinking too hard about your choice. Once such brew for me is St. Terese's Pale Ale from the Highland Brewing Company.

In the glass, this beer has a light golden orange coloration. It comes with a frothy white head that has pretty good retention. On the nose, I found a crisp grapefruit citrus with notes of pine and tropical fruits. The flavor almost perfectly matches the aroma, so there is little surprise going into that first sip. The faint tropical fruit notes flesh out a bit and take the form of pineapple and mango. The hops retain a piney character, but remain nicely balanced with the sweeter notes. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, light-to-mid body with a bitter tingle. The beer finishes clean, a tad dry, and exits with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, St. Terese's Pale Ale is a solid and satisfying pale ale. It won't knock your socks off, but it's not really meant to. This is a great session beer that is perfectly fit for coolers and porches. The Highland Brewing Company is a North Carolina staple and is frequently found on beer menus throughout the state. It's easy to see why they became so well recognized. They appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers. They are not afraid to craft solid no-frills brews to appease a general audience, nor are they afraid to don their experimental hats and craft some spicy imperials, all of which are tasty and gratifying. This is of course why we love them and keep coming back for more. St. Terese's Pale Ale makes frequent appearances in my beer fridge and I doubt that will change anytime soon. You guys keep brewing them, and I promise we will keep drinking them. Cheers!

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