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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

Pine Belt Pale AlePine Belt Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

562 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%


Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A deep copper colored ale with a substantial malt backbone accented with British crystal malts with aggressive hop bitterness and substantial American hop flavor and aroma. The yeast profile is neutral.

45 IBU

Malt: Rahr special pale, Simpsons 30-37, Crisp 45
Hops: Galena, CTZ, Nugget
Yeast: California Ale

(Beer added by: BgThang on 04-09-2008)
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Reviews by DarthMalt:
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DarthMalt

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Sometimes I wonder if beer brewers dabble in places that the law has yet to find." -- DarthMalt

Halfway through this one (first of the night) and I was on Cloud 9. There's a little shuck and jive at first (knowing that there might be a micro suckerpunch inside), but ohh-noo. This one just aims to please. And please it does.

Pours nice (fluffy and good). Smells contentious like your usual micro. But then, sip (mmm...). Taste (MMM...!). And, [Breastfeeders take note] Let the letdown begin. Mama Mia! Take me home micro road!

Finish is irrelevant after one like this.
So are hops.

This is just a good un'.

DM

PS - The tagline/slogan of this micro/brewey rules!:

"Clarity is overrated."

Serving type: can

04-07-2010 04:00:05 | More by DarthMalt
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Sazz9

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-23-2014 02:29:35 | More by Sazz9
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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grammodesguapote

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy amber color with a thick creamy head.

Aroma is faintly hoppy with alcohol more noticeable as it warms. Some malt and a little fish sauce in there.

Taste is caramel malt with hop bittering and a metallic finish.

Good carb with a sweet sticky finish.

Would buy again.

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 21:34:05 | More by grammodesguapote
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a hazy deep amber with a beautiful three fingers of head that airily dissipates to a rock half inch of beige cream. Decent retention; lots of sticky lacing.

S:
Malty with citric hops. Lemon rind, melon, pine, caramel, and some floral notes.

T:
Crisp, bitter, refreshing. Very quick and dry with dusty, husky hop flavors up front and some rising acidity in the finish with a vaguely malty, bitter finish.

M:
Medium bodied with a nice creamy head and crisp carbonation. Pretty drinkable with slightly lingering medicinal/malt-sticky finish.

O:
Damn good IPA (or whatever you want to call it).
This is a really fresh-tasting, dry pale ale and would be perfect on a hot day. Pours very nice and obviously unfiltered (a big plus in my book), has a pretty straightforward PA nose and an even, bitter, drying (and yet fresh) taste and palate. The only thing I didn't like was that I felt like it was a little lingering and sticky to be super-drinkable. But that's just me. Pretty tasty, either way.
Basically tastes like a sun-baked pine in the Texas heat.
Would get again if I ever had access to it; well worth trying if you can get it.

Serving type: can

03-22-2014 04:31:22 | More by TheDoctor
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tpgraham

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-16-2014 21:45:08 | More by tpgraham
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Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-08-2014 22:37:07 | More by longmire
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Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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New Hampshire

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SpartyJoe

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-17-2014 23:20:05 | More by SpartyJoe
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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-31-2014 02:41:29 | More by klesniew
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msanborn

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-29-2014 22:30:21 | More by msanborn
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Premo88

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into nonic
(no born-on or best-by dating)

L: orange jello -- there's a ton of debris in it, possibly sediment that was resting at the bottom of the can because I think it was pouring clear until that final ounce or so; very nice off-white head at least 1/4-inch tall, very thick and sticking nicely; maintains a thick, big-bubbled collar

S: pine needles, citrus; hints of caramel, something very sweet ... candy; oranges

T: mix of pine and citrus, chunky bitter bite in the middle with a good-tasting barley/cereal grain finish; enough sweetness to give it some balance; at times it feels like it's leaning toward the caramel/mango/sickly sweet side of the American hops (DIPA mainly) spectrum, but those tastes are mostly hidden, only poking through the pine/citrus tastes in sporadic fashion; as it warms up, a little more caramel/sweet notes

F: very nice all-around; good body and good carbonation, a solid lighter weight that isn't watery

O: considering the four-pack I picked up had at least 3 months worth of dust on it, not to mention plenty of dents in the cans, a very solid, piney-bitter ale. like most hop-forward beers, it'd be nice to try a fresh one, but I must admit the beer is plenty good however old it is (and I'm guessing at least six months old).

it's 6.3% ABV puts it beyond what I prefer from beers in the "pale ale" category, so I think of this brew more in the American IPA category -- but hair-splitting aside, I love the focus on piney hops here in a VERY drinkable brew. the smell is too caramel/sweet for my tastes, but that falls in line with most of the American IPA/DIPA world I've traveled through so far.

Serving type: can

01-29-2014 00:11:26 | More by Premo88
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lsiberian

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Hirshi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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IrishColonial

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

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AgentMunky

California

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy golden brown. Nice head and heavy lacing. Hazy.

S: Heavy pine. Resiny. Pinesol, maybe.

T: Pretty darn good! The pine is the dominant note here, along with a robust maltiness. Finish is ever so slightly sour. Fresh and herbal. Lightly dry, clean finish.

M: crisp and bitter dry. I like it.

O: Way better than I thought it would be! Recommended. Would buy again.

Serving type: can

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Kappakoosh

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-19-2013 14:31:27 | More by Stinger80OH
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-14-2013 21:56:46 | More by greenspointexas
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and amber-brown in color with a nice head that lasted and left good lacing.

Smells of piney grapefruit, hops, slightly fruity, and a little earthy.

Tastes of caramel malts, pine, grapefruit, citrus, a bit of sweetness, and an earthy bitterness. Hop presence is on par with some IPAs, but a nice malty balance provides for a well-rounded beer.

Lingering slightly sweet bitterness helps define this nice, medium bodied beer.

I'd certainly like to have it again, very smooth and flavorful, easy to drink, and comes in cans. Nice job on this one.

Update: finally DID have it again, just as good the second time around. I definitely like this brewery, and love the cans.

Serving type: can

12-12-2013 19:47:55 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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strangebrew1981

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.