The pleasure of a pale ale
A Review of St.Terese's Pale Ale by Highland Brewing Co.
Posted on 9/4/2012 by Brew's Your Daddy
                   
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When it comes to pale ales, I really don't ask for much. Give me some really good flavors, a high level of drinkability, and refrain from offending my precious palate. That's it. That's all. It seems as though that would not only be easily attainable, but actually the common goal of most breweries when they decide to make a pale ale. Sadly though, even the simplest of plans can get mangled when they fall into the wrong hands, as we have all most likely been witness to at some point. So when a beer like St. Terese's Pale Ale from Highland Brewing Company comes along, it's understandable to show it a little bit of well deserved love.

In the glass, St. Terese's takes on a dark straw coloration that when held at certain angles seems to have a slight orange tint to it. About a fingers worth of bright white bubbly head forms from a standard poor, and it has a fair level of retention and lacing qualities. When you get your nose in close, you can pick up on a very citrus oriented hop profile in which grapefruit gladly takes the lead. There are a few more delicate notes of orange and pineapple that work their way through as it warms, and at times a slight hint of mango can be detected. A standard but sturdy malt backbone helps to keep it from becoming too sweet, and exist as a toasted wheat bread aroma.

When you go in for the first taste the citrus characteristics are a bit more subdued, though still crisp and bright, and a slight hint of pine manages to work its way through. The malts remain true to form in the sense that they come across as a toasted wheat bread, but they also manage to work in just a slight bit of sweetness to the middle and end of the flavor train. The carbonation level is slightly higher than one might expect, and at times the mouthfeel does come across as a bit thin, but neither fall completely out of the realm of acceptable.

I realize that in the world of better beer, pale ales have taken a back seat to their more extreme and bold cousins, the IPAs. In a sense, it's kind of sad. Pale ales like St. Terese's are full of flavor, highly drinkable, and would seem to fit in in most any social setting. Why shouldn't they be getting some love to? I think it's time we start showing some, and thanks to Highland Brewing Company we actually have a good place to start. All levels of drinkers could get some use out of this one, so feel free to proceed with no worries. This pale ale is quite the little pleasure, so its perfectly fine to go ahead and treat yourself.

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