Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 20
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BgThang on 04-09-2008

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
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Reviews by titusgroan:
Photo of titusgroan
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been loving this beer for about a year, maybe less - I was a little put off of putting down 8 some odd bucks for 4 16oz cans. I resisted the first couple times i saw it - then i had to try it. I'm sorry I waited as long as i did and it more than worth what ever you pay for it - this stuff is greatness. and its from TX!!! I love just about everything about this beer. Just wish it came in a 12 pack!

Tonight i poured into a tall thick glass - cold from the freezer. Head is nice but i fit the whole can into the glass. Nice bubbles below - little swirling groups and other regular little bubbles as well. The color is a very nice amber to deep burnt orange - very hazy and thick. This is almost like a homebrew - theres even some hop bits floating around. I love the smell of this beer - it just flows out of the cup. The malt and hops are very full - they hit you pretty good in the face. Taste is very malty with a good bit of bitterness - hops are right there too to complement the malts. Very full mouthfeel and great lingering aftertaste - makes me want to take another sip. I can easily down one of these in a few moments all the while swirling the glass and enjoying the smell and color of this beer. I like to swirl this one to keep the head up and release the beautiful scent of this beer. Each sniff makes me want another sip - and then its gone.

i really like this brewery and this is one of my favorite beers. I've had this in the middle of winter (or what passes for winter here in TX) and in the hot of summer and it is excellent any time of year. If it was a bit easier to get this would be my go to beer (bye bye Shiner). I hope the Southern Star continues to burn bright and that they keep making great beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of MikeyLegend
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can into a pint glass. She pours a beautiful copper with a small amount of head and carbonation. Lacing wraps the glass as the head fades and you sip on it. The smell is surprisingly light. Nothing really caught my attention. Very neutral smell. The taste is of an amazing ale, a bit of hops and pine. This to date is my favorite Southern Star beer. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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!

Photo of hiphopipa
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours an orangey-golden color with thin finger-width head. Good lace down glass
S- heavy crystal malt aromas of bread crust and caramel. Honey as well. Citrusy hop aroma but takes a backseat to the malt.
T- bread, caramel, honey, slight orangepeel taste. Bitter hops on the back end.
M- light medium feel, juicy bitter finish.
O- not bad. I don't know if I'd seek this one out again.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.42/5  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.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of beertooth
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz can.

This beer looks promising. A lightly burnt orange liquid with tons of suspended yeast bits. It's topped with a chunky off white foam crown that leaves globs of rocky lacing on the sides of the glass.

I smell sweet and tangy crystal malt with hits of floral hops. I'm getting a lot of pineapple, grass, and nameless tropical fruits.

Taste follows what you get in the nose, pineapple, grass, ect... Although, I can pick up on spicey hops now that the beer is warming. I like it a lot.

This beer is extremely drinkable for me. I would keep these as a staple in my fridge if I lived in Texas.

Thanks to brewsie for the trade!

Photo of nhudson
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Yazoo pint glass from can. Can was acquired in a trade with optimator13.

a: Hazy orange/amber color with a 1 1/2 finger head that stuck around for a long time. After pouring the beer I let it warm up for about 15 minutes and the head was still there. Lots of lace on the side of the glass as well.

s: Smelled like it was a bit older but still had a nice floral hop aroma with some sweet malts tucked in there. Some of the sweetness included a honey aroma.

t: Very malty sweet with minimal hop taste. The can says that it has British crystal malts and it shows here. Very malt forward but, that's what I look for in a pale ale. I have no had this beer fresh so I don't know if it's any different. Judging from the aroma, I could image it being a very hoppy APA.

m: well carbonated, medium body with a stickyness in the finish.

d: I could drink 1 or 2 of these, but thats it. The sweetness that comes through in the beer really weighs heavy on your after the 1st glass.

Photo of mikey711
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber color that is slightly cloudy with a fluffy off white head that retains very well and leaves very good lacing

S: Very nice biscuit notes and some sweet caramel with a mild herbal hoppy aroma.

T: It tastes just like it smells, sweet biscuit notes with hints of caramel and toffee with a mild herbal hoppy note and a finishing piney bitterness

M: There is a good amouont of creaminess and body without any heat, but it seems to be lacking something.

D: Very enjoyable for a pale ale that i would certainly be interested in drinking again and would be a nice beer to golf with

Photo of rasputinized
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16oz. can into a slightly dirty glass.

A: Just barely opaque, or almost translucent. This unfiltered pale ale is a nice orangey brown color with a good white head that settles into a thin but decent layer of bubbles at the surface. Possible due to the dirtiness of the glass, the lacing is fairly impressive.

S: Not excessively hoppy for a PA. Mostly an earthy, mildly sweet smell with a hint of hops.

T: Hops are definitely present, but they aren't super strong in this brew. The flavors start sweet but fade into a balanced earthy bitterness. Reminds me of the piney-woods of east texas where this is brewed.

M: Seems pretty good. It might be a little on the high end of carbonation, but it works well with the earthy flavor.

D: Quite drinkable. If you like a moderate to low hops pale ale and don't need your drinks to be sugary sweet, this is not a bad pick.

Overall I'm impressed by this offering compared to most of the Texas beers I've had. It's not awesome, but it's very drinkable and a nice example of its style.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an Orangeish Red with a nice White head offering nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is not much. Smells almost like a barley wine. Smells like big foot but not as strong and not enough dry hop aroma.

Tastes pretty good. Tastes also alot like Bigfoot but less hoppy and not as heavy for sure. Pretty good. Could use a little more flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little thick for a pale. I like mine more dry.

Overall a decent pale. Not worth seeking out but check it out if you see it at the store or something

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to brandoneast

pours a slight opaque orange and copper with a nice fluffy pillow like head. great retention and great lacing.

lots of pine up front with a soft sweet citrus and faint malts.

lots of bitterness. a slight underlying bitterness that really has no flavor and a much more profound bitterness that is huge on pine. malt backbone really holds strong with a dominate malt flavor. pretty straight forward

comes off as thin with a lot of micro carbonation filling it out.

good stuff, i would like to see a bit more complexity with the hops to give this a bit something more. drinks easy, i would drink this again and i will.

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Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
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