Sunday, May 4, 2014

Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1092) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2014
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 there’s 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 don’t. Case in point: Highland St. Terese’s 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 there’s just not much body here. Though I will say it’s perhaps more bland than bad-tasting.

It’s difficult to describe the palette here since there’s 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, it’s not horrible, just boring and insipid.

Drinkability: With a thin mouthfeel and watery body, Highland St. Terese’s Pale Ale is actually highly drinkable. However, it isn’t particularly refreshing. It does leave a slightly dry aftertaste and there’s 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 sub 4%. If there were plenty of flavor, that’d be a good thing.
Grade: 3/10