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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Pine Belt Pale AlePine Belt Pale Ale

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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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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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.4%

t0rin0, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a island of foam on top of the beer. Random spots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of pineapple, bread or biscuit-like malt, and some subdued citrus zest. Taste is of toasted malt up front with a pine and citrus zest hop finish. There is a very mild hop bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale but nothing all that exciting really.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

zestar, Wednesday at 09:51 AM
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can shared by Azurelimits. Served in a tulip.

Pours an orange color with a single-finger white head. Bubbles around the edges as it falls down. The nose is quite faint and rally strange. There are some pine, earth, and floral hops plus a bit of alcohol. Light caramel malt in the background. The flavor brings the same type of hops, but also follows with a bit of wet cardboard and ends up finishing a bit astringent. Some off bitterness there as well. Medium body. Few hops in the taste. Overall, not a fan. Didn't want to drink much of this.

Thorpe429, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

acurtis, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a huge head that strands lace

Smell: Biscuity malt and an odd, almost linseed oil-like, piney element

Taste: Biscuity malt joined by stone fruit in the middle and a balancing piney bitterness that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter, juicy flavors assert their ascendancy thought the finish has some residual malty sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguingly different and very enjoyable; this brewery has got it going on

brentk56, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep pumpkin orange infused with molten bronze. Light showers of yeast indicate a lack of filtering. The cork colored crown, that was at least three fingers after the pour, isn't losing digits very quickly. Small sheets and chunklets of sea foam lace are pleasing to the eye.

The nose is a bit tame for what SSBC says is a beer that has 'aggressive hop bitterness'. To be fair, I haven't tasted it yet. British crystal malt is accompanied by an earthy, spicy hoppiness that is short on citrus fruit. Here's hoping the flavor kicks things into high gear.

Pine Belt Pale Ale is drinkable stuff, but it can't hang with the big dogs of the style. Given the ABV, it should be both maltier and hoppier. 45 IBUs is difficult to figure, though the bitterness is becoming cumulative as I get deeper into the can.

The hop bill is the most interesting thing about this APA. First we have Sorachi Ace, which is a Japanese hop that is a cross between Brewer's Gold and Saaz. It's supposed to taste lemony, but not according to my buds. Next is CTZ, which is an odd way to say Columbus (or Tomahawk, or Zeus; hence the name). Then comes Galena and Palisade, the latter of which is supposed to be Tettnanger-like.

The final result is a less than interesting melange of pine sap, wood and assorted spices, countered by a nutty and steely caramel vibe that is at least as prominent. This ale might be the bee's knees to some of you, but I'm not really feeling it. Pale malted, Cascade hopped APAs may be done to death, but the good ones are pure heaven in a glass.

Keeping ABV in mind (again), the mouthfeel falls a fraction short. It isn't watery, exactly, but more substance and a longer hang-on would be great. The bubbles are soft and gentle, so no complaints there.

Pine Belt Pale Ale was in pretty much every beer store in Ohio. I'm glad that a small craft brewery like Southern Star can get such wide distribution, but I see no reason at all not to continue stocking up on Burning River and Alpha King during my thrice yearly trips east.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like to see more craft beers being available in a can. Great for the camp factor.

Looks a bit odd to see something other that yellow fizzy beer falling from the can and into the glass. A firm copper colored ale fills the glass and releases a formitable, although loosely knit head. Good lacing and more carbonation than usual.

Bold hop aromas of 'C' hops give a good deal of citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, and a touch of lemongrass. Not to be outdone, the crisp malt flavor gives a caramelized malt aroma with light graininess (6-row barley additions?). Light bread/cracker scent accompanies the malts. Very soft esters of apples and pineapples nearly get lost in the hops.

Flavors show a better malt-hop balance. The malts show a rounded blend of caramelized barley malts and a light grain flavor. Hop flavor definately favor the sharp citrus variety, but also deliver a pungent fresh-cut grass and pine taste. The hops intensify and eventually dominate the well-attenuated malt flavor.

Very refreshing and lightened body. A modest creamy malt textrue soon develops into a bitter, crisp, drinkable beer. Very well attenuated to leave very little sweetness on the palate. A light astringency comes in late; partly from the grains and partly from the hops.

Admittedly, the beer fares much better than expected. It's a well crafted Pale Ale that I'd be happy to buy on a farily regular basis. Though the beer is good, it has an overly simplified taste that leaves me wanting more complexity, fullness, and depth.

BEERchitect, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as a really nice extra recently. I had never even heard of it or the brewery so you have to understand I was more then anxious to give this one a shot. A sixteen ounce can served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a tall pilsner glass. Consumed on 09/28/2008.

The pour was extremely nice. Rich and decadent looking with a nice dark amber color with a ton of orange highlights in it. Lightly cloudy with a good bit of carbonation visible on the inside of the glass bubbling up towards the surface. A rich head of maybe two inches then came up over the top and only settled down gradually before becoming a thick layer of foam across the top.

The aroma was heavenly. Rich notes of wet hops mixing in with a deep, biscuit like backing that only served to show it off even more. Lots of pine resin like aromas here, sticky, with an almost fresh, wet hopped like aroma making up the bulk of it. Some subtle sweetness as it began to warm. The flavor was smooth, super smooth with a nice medium body that bordered on being almost chewy at times. I was impressed with the carbonation as well as it never came across as dull in any way either. Started out with a quick bite of hop resin that slowly went over and faded into a nice bit of biscuit like malts. Rich with some nice hints of caramel and a long, drying finish that kept me going back for more of this very session able pale ale.

Overall I have to say that this was damn good. I really did not know what to expect of it going in, but I have to say it was well worth it. A little dark and resiny for a true pale ale, but this one will work for me any day of the week. Solid offering that will have me looking in their direction again.

mikesgroove, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ygtbsm94, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another review I thought I had uploaded. Oh well, here it is. From notes, this can came from Matt, I believe.

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy dark amber color with a really pretty head made up of two fingers of dense cream colored foam.

S: Sweet citrus aromas start this one off and quickly behind it comes pine and grapefruit zest. A moderate amount of bready malts with just a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: The flavor leans more toward the malty side, which is slightly disappointing given the pleasant nose. Bready with a touch of scorched toffee followed by bitter and piney hops. Not too much citrus flavor, perhaps a bit of bitter grapefruit peel.

M: The body is medium with a crisp and moderate carbonation. A touch watery at times.

D: The nose on this beer was really nice, but it was sort of downhill from there. Still, not a bad beer, but I don't know if I'd seek it out again.

womencantsail, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of pale malts with some slight caramel hints to it as well as notes of pine resin and citrus.

Taste: Pale malts with a light caramel sweetness. Splash of cool, clear spring water. Fresh pine and citrus hop flavors along with a medium bitterness. Finishes appropriately dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: My first brew from Texas brewery Southern Star and, whaddya know, it turned out to be a rather good APA that's both well-balanced and easily drinkable.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 20, 2008
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 TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

One of the few remaining necklace ears from the post-DLD death march. In retrospect, it was quite a march (take that, Ho Chi Minh!). This guy pours an ever-so-slightly hazy tawny amber with over a finger of thick ecru froth on top, which, though pretty long in the tooth, dies away to nearly nothing, leaving some decent lacing behind. Like Bender in that one episode, it just wants to be remembered. The nose comprises very buttery toffee, caramel, and some hoppy florals. A bit o' greenery's in there too, just not much of it. The taste is a beautifully balanced mix of hops (citrus and floral, both adding their distinct bitternesses) and buttery malts, leaving a lovely flavor that bounces between the two camps until they're completely combined, as one. The body is a light medium (though if it doesn't start eating right it'll only gain weight), with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. If this were available in my area, 'twould be my new go-to pale. Get some!

TMoney2591, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a two-finger, khaki head of thick foam. Nice retention and some good lacing.

S - A very strong pine aroma with tropical fruits like grapefruit were present, too. Some caramel maltiness, as well.

T - It tasted of grapefruit and spicy hops. It had a good sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good pale ale. I'm glad that I got to try my first Southern Star brew.

zeff80, Aug 30, 2010
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 TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from gramatton, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts with a caramel and citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong burst of hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid and flavorful beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into the Southern Star 20 oz glass that BgThang included as an extra in our trade. Thanks again Ken!

Pours a clear amber with a big 3 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention is very good, with a solid finger of foam that sticks around for a while and leaves big, sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a pleasant mix of nose tingling herbal hops, citrus notes, and sweet crystal malts.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with a subtle earthy and herbal hop bitterness that is well balanced with zesty citrus character and silky caramel malts. The mouthfeel has a light medium body with smooth carbonation and an easy feel.

Very nice. It's awesome to see not only another Texas brewery start up but they are also starting off right by putting their flagship beer in cans! Fresh tasting, with an easy earthy feel, and smooth drinking body. I'm glad I've got a few more of these left to enjoy this summer.

Kegatron, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet. 16 ounce cans. I can dig that.

Pours a foggy amber brown with a creme head. Nose is an earthy kind of pine. Flavor has a distinct tangy almost resin edge to it. I also get a resin/chalky thing too. It's fairly dry I have to say. Overall pretty pine like (surprise!). Feel is smooth and slick on liquid. Low on carbonation. Pretty easy to drink I have to say. I bet this would be pretty damn nice on cask.

Huge thanks to a noon trader champ103 for this one.

RblWthACoz, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from my in-person trade with twiggamortis420, cheers Greg!!

Pours a murky caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Never really clears, but throws great lacing & head retention

S: Much pineyness & some apricot up front

T: Slight caramel sweetness, herbal & piney hops, plus dryness up front. Caramel profile really asserts once warm, along with herbal & piney hops, plus dates & apricot. Finishes semi-crisp, a bit fruitty & with pineyness coming through at the end

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, skews fruitty, gets a little thin at the finish

Drinks very easy, ABV well hidden. A nice non hop crazy take on the style, almost would buy this as an ESB. Hopheads will find this lacking

russpowell, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopsleeroy for tossing one of these into a trade. Served in a stein.

A - Three fingers of slow-dissipating orange-white creamy foam. Lots of pretty lacing is left behind. Murky amber color, with a few suspended solids floating in there (can-conditioning!). Lots of tiny bubbles visibly rising to the top of the glass.

S - Very balanced between malts and hops - exactly what I expect from an APA (other than Alpha King). Toffee, biscuit, pine, tropical fruits. It's a little sweeter than I like - I like a little more bitterness in my APAs - but since I don't know how old this can is it's hard to tell whether this is due to age.

T - Smooth, biscuit-y, with lots of sweetness and a mild amount of hop bitterness at the back end. There's some earthy pine character to it.

M - There's some sharpness to the mouthfeel - lots of carbonation tingle. Crisp and dry, with a tiny bit of residual resin and oil.

D - The pint-sized can is the perfect serving size. This would be an excellent standby for hot Texas days. I can see myself hitting up a four-pack. Only drawback is the carbonation - it's a little livelier than I like.

A very good, traditional APA.

MasterSki, Feb 05, 2009
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Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.