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.