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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

598 Ratings
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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | 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 grammodesguapote
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

grammodesguapote, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of TheDoctor
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

TheDoctor, Mar 22, 2014
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Photo of Premo88
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into nonic
(no born-on or best-by dating)

L: orange jello -- there's a ton of debris in it, possibly sediment that was resting at the bottom of the can because I think it was pouring clear until that final ounce or so; very nice off-white head at least 1/4-inch tall, very thick and sticking nicely; maintains a thick, big-bubbled collar

S: pine needles, citrus; hints of caramel, something very sweet ... candy; oranges

T: mix of pine and citrus, chunky bitter bite in the middle with a good-tasting barley/cereal grain finish; enough sweetness to give it some balance; at times it feels like it's leaning toward the caramel/mango/sickly sweet side of the American hops (DIPA mainly) spectrum, but those tastes are mostly hidden, only poking through the pine/citrus tastes in sporadic fashion; as it warms up, a little more caramel/sweet notes

F: very nice all-around; good body and good carbonation, a solid lighter weight that isn't watery

O: considering the four-pack I picked up had at least 3 months worth of dust on it, not to mention plenty of dents in the cans, a very solid, piney-bitter ale. like most hop-forward beers, it'd be nice to try a fresh one, but I must admit the beer is plenty good however old it is (and I'm guessing at least six months old).

it's 6.3% ABV puts it beyond what I prefer from beers in the "pale ale" category, so I think of this brew more in the American IPA category -- but hair-splitting aside, I love the focus on piney hops here in a VERY drinkable brew. the smell is too caramel/sweet for my tastes, but that falls in line with most of the American IPA/DIPA world I've traveled through so far.

Premo88, Jan 29, 2014
Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.