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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 604 | Reviews: 382 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Gilgemesh:
Photo of Gilgemesh
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice amber with a nice frothy off white head head.

Smell: The hops are noticeable, but not forward. The malts are understated a bit but the carmellyness is there.

Taste: Crisp, clean and smooth is how I would desribe the flavor. The hops finish off nicely. Just south of a light IPA. The balance with the fruity/caramel of the malt is good.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium feel. Perfect for warm summer days.

Drinkability: I'll add Southern Star to my list of good brewers that make a nice canned beer. Wish they distributed up this way.

Gilgemesh, Jun 14, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into an imperial pint glass a dull orange tinged lighter golden with sticky half finger white head atop,a nice broken sheet of lace was left behind as it settled pretty quickly.a nice smack ofcitric hops in the nose along with some biscuit malt.Flavors are citrucy with some light brown sugar and caramel/biscuit flavors making for a well rounded palate,the hops are fresh not very bitter.A solid APA,I can't find any flaws,Iam glad I finally tried this beer.

oberon, May 08, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

tbryan5, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of ajkelly451
4/5  rDev +4.4%

ajkelly451, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Foamy pour produces an enormous offwhite head that towers above a hazy honey amber body. Globs of sticky lace cling to the sides of the glass like a heavy wet snow.

One dimensional aroma consists of huge waves of spruce pine. Lighter accents of grassy and even floral hops are noted. Didn't pick up any malt in the nose on this one.

Creamy medium full body is very well carbonated.

Taste is dominated by the spruce pine bitterness of the hops. Hop bitterness here is deepseated. Slightly herbal, almost minty hop notes are also picked up. Malt presence is restrained, but lends some biscuity caramel for balance. Hop and malt profile here seems quite different from any other APA I've tried. Not at all bad, but different.

A very interesting and very drinkable experience here.

merlin48, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of henryclay_
4.75/5  rDev +24%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is citrus hips with some bread and caramel malt. The flavor is toffee, orange citrus, and bread. I also get some earthy hops and a flavor that resembles iced tea. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very well balanced and very drinkable.

Mora2000, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured in an imperial pint glass. Thanks to theghost3 for this extra!

Pours a cloudy copper color with a huge fluffy head. looks really awesome. On the nose is very malty with... pine notes! Quite pleasant, the pineyness reminds me of Pliny the Elder.

Taste is quite malty with a good amount of maltiness and a toasty finish. Theres almost some coffee notes to it as well. Mouthfeel is a bit sharp but still kinda full. Awesome drinker, if you can get it, buy it!

kingcrowing, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of hiphopipa
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Moat Mountain pint glass.
Amber murky color. Half inch creamy head that retains well, and leaves a lot of lacing around the sides.
Interesting earthy, pine aroma with an abundance of sweetness from the malts. Very creamy with a bite of bitterness that leaves a yeast aftertaste. Crisply carbonated.

High gravity brew and above average pale ale, easy to enjoy.
Thanks to Optimator13 for the tasty extra.

hiphopipa, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of jmbraxton
3/5  rDev -21.7%

jmbraxton, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Dello
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Dello, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a dark pour for a pale ale. Kind of a hoppy aroma for a pale ale, I like that.

Taste was somewhere in the middle, lots of malt, roasted malt, but still ample hopping. This comes dangerously close to being a hoppy brown ale frankly. And good for them, the world would be a better place with more canned beers like pine belt. Kindofa weird aftertaste, more bitter than you would think with that kind of dark color, think the excess malt would mellow out the bitterness.

In summation, lots of grassy, bitter and of course, piney hops, more toasty malt presence than usual for something labeled 'pale' ale.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale copper hue bright completely clear body nice foaming off white head leaves a pleasant looking dimpled texture as it slowly dwindles. Fine lacing forms evenly to the sides of my pint glass.

Aroma has a brilliant strong backbone of hops including zesty citrus fruits, and pine cone clean supplies. More of an enticing perfume note in the nose than a cleaning solvent character.

Flavor is straight up aggressive malted perfectly for balance with girth. Everything is bigger in Texas including their pale ales, 6.5% abv is borderline IPA but this is fanfuckintastic straight from a can almost like Hank Williams or the Marlboro Man would do. Actually I poured my sample and it really opens up the experience. Aggressive raw hop components blended with balanced sweet crisp caramel malt explosions this is great stuff. Raw citrus peel, perfume oils/mary jane, and pine cone character is out of this world. A helluva good pale ale coming straight from the Lone Star State, Southern Star is a winner I can't believe my palate better than Dale's any day up their with Three Floyd's Alpha Pale if you ask me.

Mouthfeel is silghty textured with hop oils medium body sturdy carbonation. This one will give you hop burps into next week, damn this stuff in un'fuckin'believable. Please search this one out it will give you a woody due to the excessive citrus and pine hop combo going on.

Drinkability is solid bite into it style of pale ale, much obliged from my end. Excessively enjoyable and drinkable this beer in cans makes hop heads drool once they get a taste. Like I said earlier this would be my tailgate champion or my everyday back yard sipping brew.

WVbeergeek, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the very generous ShrLSU - thank you sir!

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells of light floral aromas with a good amount of pine and caramel malts in there as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light piney hop flavors join up with sticky caramel malt up front, then as the sip progresses the pine flavors assert themselves. This ends with a mild bitterness and a lingering aftertaste that is not at all unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness, good carbonation, goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This is a very drinkable APA, and I could see myself drinking these all night.

Overall I was impressed. Nothing about this beer is exceptional, but everything is done very well. Definitely worth a shot.

glid02, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Poured into a nonic)
A- The can opens with a loud crack and a big beige foam starts to flow. That foam eventually melts into a orange clear body but there is some head that remains stuck to the glass. There are streaks of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.
S- The pale dry malt has some caramel malt aromas in an almost cologne quality. There is a bright crystal malt note and a soft herbal green finish.
T- This beer has a fresh pale malt flavor with some nice crystal malt notes. The finish is a soft herbal hops note that has a light mint quality and a soft bitterness that lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a full mouthfeel mostly due to the creamy head and no alcohol heat at all.
D- This is definitely an English Pale Ale, with the malt forward flavor. It tastes just like eating fresh crystal malt and a nice hop support that holds on with each finish. The creamy head pulls it all together. I love the 16oz cans and this beer captures the fresh session beer at its best.

rhoadsrage, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized light tan head sinks to a thin lacing and then that disappears above a hazy cloudy caramel honey colored beer.

The aroma is on the lighter side with piney hops and sweet malts balancing nicely.

Light piney hops taste that brings with some light bitterness.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of sweetness on this medium bodied beer.

Decent tasting, just wish the hops were a little more prominent.

LXIXME, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terracotta orange with a full fluffy tan head that lasts for a long time. The beer is generally clear but has a lot of sediment suspended through out the liquid. I don't know if it has something to do with being canned or if it's just the way beer is. The particles look to be frozen in time.

Smell starts with a bitter hop aroma then transitions into a sweet malt. Slightly fruity in the acidic family, kind of lemony and pineapple.

Taste has a nice zesty start to a malty sweet brew. I like the hop presence that lasts well into the finish. The meat and potatoes of this beer definitely is the malt. Sweet and creamy those malts are caramelized and kind have a syrupy sweetness to them that isn't completely to my liking.

The mouthfeel is pretty good due to a medium body with a thin carbonation. Nice flavors that to me taste slightly dulled and not as fresh as they could be. All that aside this is a tasty beer that feels pretty f-ing good. "Handcrafted taste in a can" I totally agree.

jbphoto88, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

acurtis, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More thanks to JJFoodie for including this as one of several extras in a fantastic trade.

The color is dark amber, nearly brown with the heavy clouding. There's a little sediment in this unfiltered brew. A beige head stays around one finger for quite a while, taking time to dissipate to a thick, compact foam that leaves some good lacing.
A decent balance of piney hops and malts with just a bit of citrus, hops being more prevalent; and, while that's the case, it is a little pale in the aroma. It's ever so slightly on the lighter side, though good.
There's a little bit more of the caramel from the malt in the flavor underneath the pine and grapefruit flavors, with just a touch of lemon zest lingering. It's not the strongest profile, and while none of the following traits overwhelm, it does have a nice flavor, balance and complexity. That said, there is a little something I can't quite place in the aftertaste that doesn't seem to belong.
This feel is fairly smooth and crisp with light carbonation in a medium body.
This is plenty drinkable and a worthy effort. It would certainly make for a good session beer.

Brenden, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

hsus0225, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to stopbarking for this one in the LNBA BIF. You rock danny boy. Now go make me some wings.

Pours a nice looking glowing amber/orange color. Nice fluffy white head retains quite well and leaves good lacing.

Nose is candy sweetness with massively piney hop resin. Sugary sharp smell.

Whoa! This is tasty stuff! A great blend of candy sugar like malt sweetness and pine hops. Very unique flavor. This is a very nice pale ale. An odd sort of sharp candy sugar flavor through the middle, but I like it. The hop profile is right where it should be in a pale. This defenitely rivals Dale's for one of my favorite pale ales. Nice dry finish without being unrefreshing.

Mouthfeel is just about right, maybe ever so slightly thick. Carbonation is perfect. slightly soapy.

Drinkability is very very poundable. Would love to get my session on with a few of these.

Overall a very suprising and respectable pale ale. One I would SURELY revisit if it were local. If you like Dale's pale or any good pale for that matter, give this one a shot. A very unique and enjoyable session brew. Great. Thanks again to the one and only stopbarking.

AKBelgianBeast, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable pale, with large fluffy white head on golden. Malty aroma, with a tad of fruit. Taste is a understated C-hop, with malt, and a tad of fruitiness. Not metallic, but there is an under average mouthfeel that almost seems to lead there. Perhaps better on cask. Thirst quencher drinkable.

Sammy, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Courtesy of lnashsig (thanks!). Poured from a 16oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Hazy (unfiltered) amber body with a tall rocky head that recedes slightly to a curling mass of off-white suds. Sticky tendrils of crystalline lace form webs around the glass.

Lovely pale malt and a brisk floral hoppiness in the nose. Faint orange blossom, and caramel aromas as well...

The caramel flavors are forward for an APA (probably thanks to the British crystal malt), though this is described as an amber on the can, so a bit more sweetness is to be expected. The hops offer a moderate counterbalance mid-palate, but then a wave of toffee and caramel apple subdues the pine - lending the affair a weakly bitter "air freshener" quality. Oddly pleasant despite the saccharine finish.

Creamy light-bodied and well carbonated mouthfeel.

While I wouldn't call it cloying, the sweetness reduces the drinkability somewhat.

Really liking the unfiltered/unpasteurized nature of this ale, but the flavors aren't really on-par with the better examples of the style.

augustgarage, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally found this Texas beer at my usual place. It's good to have beer brewed from my home state. The 16 oz can it comes in is a treat too. I was skeptical about this beer, having been to Conroe, TX before... :P, but this is a pretty decent brew.

The head on it is a slightly tan-white and in between bubbly and frothy. Enough film is left on the surface and enough lacing is left after each sip to give the Pine Belt Pale Ale some extra personality.

It smells sweet, piney , and hoppy, all things that I like in a pale ale. There is some mango in there too.

Taste has basically no difference. It's medium-bodied, going down smooth yet with the right about of bite with the carbonation. It has an enjoyable amount of hoppiness to it, being bitter, yet not too much, with some mango-ish citrus flavor trailing at the end and a pine belt pine flavor that lingers on the tongue. For you Texans, I definitely recommend this.

BeardedRiker, Feb 25, 2011
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