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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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86
very good

575 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 46 | 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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Reviews by salvo:
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salvo

Indiana

1.95/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured muddy amber with huge soapy head that lingered and lingered, leaving heavy lace and oily residue. The first smell was indeed of fresh pine needles followed by sweet malts with some rock candy hints.

Eww. The taste is all wrong: muddy river-bottom, hints of pine resiny forest fire--that pitch smell that only comes from a mostly pine forest burning; what I imagine the taste of the residue of the pitch black smoke. Unpleasant.

Interestingly enough, the mouthfeel is rich and creamy--what I wish so many other hoppy/piney beers could achieve. And the lingering hop resins are quite nice and complex. But how can an aftertaste make up for such an unforgivably dreadful taste!?

Sink pour, one of very few for me. And I am confident, reading other reviews and tasting my share of skunked beer, that this is just not a match for my tastes. It seems to do everything wrong: the hops, while big, juke the wrong way. The malts cannot match the overdone, wrong-way hops--and the wrong malt flavors reinforce the wrong hops flavors and vice-versa. I know I'm not supposed to slam beers brewed in good faith and to high standards, but I've got to be honest and direct about my experience. If you trust my previous reviews and have a similar taste, avoid this beer.

Serving type: can

10-23-2010 23:46:06 | More by salvo
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n2pux

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-13-2014 04:36:37 | More by Mikeypnh
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-05-2014 01:02:37 | More by wilfmaster
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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grammodesguapote

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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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Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.