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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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86
very good

582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 15
Gots: 47 | 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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jheezee

Texas

5/5  rDev +30.5%

12-15-2011 02:57:39 | More by jheezee
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-22-2011 06:15:49 | More by Beertracker
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TheStashRide

Texas

5/5  rDev +30.5%

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ScrimshawFan

Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-23-2011 00:55:56 | More by ScrimshawFan
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paulmcm

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-15-2011 17:54:27 | More by paulmcm
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bulldogg007

Texas

5/5  rDev +30.5%

02-11-2012 18:00:42 | More by bulldogg007
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MaddDogg84

Texas

5/5  rDev +30.5%

04-13-2013 05:07:04 | More by MaddDogg84
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lonestar1836

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 16 oz. can poured into a pint glass

A: cloudy brown with minimal white head

S: sweet fruity and piney aroma

T: sweet maltiness with hints of grapefruit and pine resin, a good ballance of malt and hops

M: smooth with light carbonation

D: I love Texas and Texas Beer, and this is one that makes me happy to come from the same state.

Serving type: can

03-16-2009 21:39:09 | More by lonestar1836
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titusgroan

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-05-2009 00:52:37 | More by titusgroan
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deepchills

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I paid $7 for a 4 pack of 16oz cans at Majestic in Fort Worth. Seemed like a good deal at the time, feels like a steal now.

Slightly hazy, rich copper pour, half inch of head. Not much lacing.

Light pine and sweet malts on the nose.

Sweet big malt taste up front, orange mixed in, just absolutely delicious start! After half a glass I’m noticing some tropical fruits in there. The tropical fruit is like a dried, sugar coated piece of pineapple you would find in some trail mix. (The part of the trail mix I eat first!) Crisp bitter hop finish with a little caramel. No after taste, clean and crisp.

Easy to drink, goes down very easy, too easy? I can see a bunch of these going down in a hurry! Great mouth feel and very refreshing.

This is a fantastic Pale Ale. There is no hint of the 6.3%abv, and 45 IBU is just right with the big malt mix. This is my 3rd beer from Southern Star Brewery in Conroe Texas, and while the Bombshell Blonde and the Buried Hatchet Stout are both very good offerings, this is far and away my favorite. I’m going to go open another one right now, and I’ll be buying this beer again, immediately!

L'Chaim!

Serving type: can

09-14-2011 23:21:01 | More by deepchills
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24%

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wejohnsn

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +24%

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Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +24%

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Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +24%

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corey0212

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from RickSawyer in a trade!

Pours a hazed amber color, big fluffy tan head hanging in there for the duration, plenty of lacing. Smells way hoppy! Piney hops hit you hard, big sweet malt backbone, some citrus fruit in there too. Taste comes off very balanced, bready/doughy maltiness, bitter piney hops, and a big citrus hit at the end. Actively carbonated, refreshing, powerful lingering hop bitterness. If I had easy access to this beer, it would be in the house year-round. An excellent APA, big thanks to Rick for the opportunity!

Also, 16oz. cans? Absolutely!

Serving type: can

07-31-2008 22:54:18 | More by corey0212
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Ibanez

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Specs in the Houston area. Can is unusual for a craft beer, but the 16 oz serving is welcome.

A:Mostly orange color, pours with a nice controllable creamy not-quite-white head that leaves an attractive lace. Head lingers until you finish.

S: Pine start, malt finish. Not exactly hoppy in the nose, in the usual sense, but makes a statement.

T: Very citrus-y and piney at first. Lots of grapefruit note. Malt sweetness kicks in as a taste crosses your palate, but does not overpower. Afternotes reprise the citrus and pine theme, and cleanses the palate for the next mouthfull.

M: Right for an APA, not too heavy or watery.

D: Drinking one makes me want another. What else can you ask for?

Serving type: can

06-14-2008 23:06:55 | More by Ibanez
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from mhewes via trade extra. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Frothy head recedes slowly, with sporadic hunky lacing. Aroma is pervasive fresh green hops. Taste is sweet upfront, dominantly hoppy in the middle, and then leans back somewhat sweet for the close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Another stunner extra from this trade!

Serving type: can

07-09-2008 21:11:17 | More by ppoitras
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rsawyer

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

A- Clear dark amber with copper tones. Off-white head billows up and creates a foamy pillowy head across the top of the brew. Carbonation is small and tightly packed. Lacing on the glass is thick. What a beautifully looking beer!

S- Hops jump right out at first. The hops smell lovely- floraly and earthy. The malt profile is also evident and smells sweet with hints of brown sugar.

T- The hops hit first in a fruity / floral bitterness. I am getting hints of orange juice, perhaps some lemon zest, and certianly an earthy biscuity bitter which is really nice. The malt balances the sweet bitter hops right away and creates one hell of a APA taste! I love it!

M- Mouthfeel is excellent. Carbonation is felt, but not overpowering. The body is light.

D- This brew is ALWAYS on hand in my house. Amazing beer.

Serving type: can

07-27-2008 19:19:23 | More by rsawyer
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julian

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received in a LIF win from rsawyer!

A: color is a nice hazy amber color with a decent off white creamy head that quickly disappears leaving little but a ring of lacing around the edges.

S: smell is of pretty strong fruit, bubble gum, citrus hops and minimal alcoholic presence. it fills the room as soon as it's poured.

T: One of my favorite APAs so far since my craft beer adventure began just over 2 months ago. Great combination of fruity citrus flavors, with a upfront maltier backbone and pine like hoppy edge. Very nice.

M: medium to high carbonation, great balance of bitter/sweet flavors. On the sweeter side mid palate but then tapers off leading to a nice hoppier bite in the finish.

D: One word, excellent!

Serving type: can

08-05-2008 03:10:06 | More by julian
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Dello

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

07-16-2014 21:38:50 | More by Dello
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: can

11-30-2009 23:07:12 | More by rhoadsrage
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

04-05-2013 01:06:20 | More by WritersBlock
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-03-2014 03:11:12 | More by Ford
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

03-10-2013 21:31:04 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-28-2012 02:05:32 | More by BEERnBUD
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Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
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