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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Reviews: 389
Hads: 654
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 20
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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: 389 | Hads: 654
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale has a very thick, foamy, creamy, cream-colored head, an opaque, brown-orange appearance, with lots of yeast chunks floating about, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet, stinging, and bready. Flavor is of piney hops, bready malt, and sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale finishes mostly dry, fairly refreshing, and decently drinkable. Overall, I really am enjoying this, and I consider it a most excellent beer.


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Photo of acevenom
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy amber with a tall, slowly dissipating eggshell colored head. I can't make out many bubbles rising in the beer. Plentiful sticky lacing is left behind on the glass as the head dissipates. The beer smells earthy and piney, but appropriately not intense for a 45 IBU beer. I can detect some of the malt aroma, which lends some sweetness to the smell. The taste follows the nose. It is hop forward. The piney and earthy flavors from the hops come through well with a nice bready and mildly sweet malt backbone. The hoppy aftertaste clings to the mouth. The body is medium with low carbonation. The finish clings to the mouth, but does clear up after a while. The drinkability is good. This is an excellent beer that hits the right notes. It's a well-balanced APA, so give this one a try.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of genitempo
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours nicely from the can, leaving a sizable head, very lumpy but with not too much froth. Nice sappy color with a hint of clarity. The can is less impressive, Southern Star's artwork is lacking.

S- Mild, sugary smell.

T- Strong, hoppy burst with a clean finish. When the sip is over, the hops are steadfast, with minimal alcohol on the palate.

MF- The carbonation is a easily agitated with the sip.

O- Definitely deserves to be canned in groups of 4, but I'm not sure 16 ounces is the right choice for the Pine Belt. I found myself really enjoying the first portion of the drink, but the last few sips were a little too redundant. Still, a very solid beer.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can bought at Stein's, New Orleans, for $2.39.

This late summer I'm on an APA quest to see if anything locally available competes with SNPA.

A: Dark copper. Nice creamy head. Quite inactive, which has been my experience of all Southern Star beers.

S: Very fragrant from afar, and really sweet-smelling, borderline cloying. No pine scent. Diluted pineapple, like the pineapple juice from cans with the small drinking holes.

M: Yerk. Too sticky on the back end. Doesn't invite more drinking.

T: Average APA taste. Front half follows the pineapple scent -- it's very sweet -- then the taste drops out and a slow bitterness takes over. Dull hop profile.

O: A disappointment. I've given Southern Star a few tries and it's just not working out between us. The Pine Belt has a blah hop profile and a taste that doesn't at all lend itself to sessionability.

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Photo of nach0king
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best pale ales I've ever had. Perfectly balanced, really tasty but goes down easily.

A: Boasts of being unfiltered and unpasteurized but there's minimal lacing, no head after a few seconds, and it lacks shine generally.

S: Mainly maltiness and sweet cereals, a little bit of sea breeze.

T: Just brilliant. Pine-y, obviously, leading into hoppiness, but the malty sweetness cuts through it just enough. I see some other people say this isn't strong enough for their tastes - it's just right for me. A really well-balanced APA. If you want stronger hops look elsewhere but for a sippable but still sessionable ale this is just fantastic.

M: Reasonably thick, low carbonation, but will stay with you.

Loved it. Definitely getting it again.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a golden straw with a thin layer of foam. There’s not much of an aroma on it, although I can strain and get some light hoppiness. Lightly flavored, with some pine notes on the finish. An easy sipper in warm weather but not a hop forward pale ale.

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Photo of NODAK
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell is certainly of pine tree hops predominately but it isn't all that strong...pretty tame but still unmistakeably Cascade in nature.

Taste, unsurprisingly starts out floral with some pine resin present....but it's kind of tame compared to what I thought it would be. The hops here are dialed back a bit compared to some other well known APA's in my opinion. A nice, small malty creaminess underlies this, and there is a little grain that shows up in the backend....and bitterness lingers a bit with an aspirin astringency after the swallow which is somewhat surprising given the tameless of the initial hoppiness.

All in all...pretty run of the mill APA that's pretty calm and subdued until the lingering bitterness. It won't give the classics a run for their money but it'll suffice as a quaffable option in a can.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Nate.

A: Pours a deep copper with a very huge, billowing, dense head that took forever to faded into a thick and fluffy film. Great sticky lacing.
S: I get clean and light notes of crystal malt and a hint of pine hops. Smells like a crisp pale ale.
T: Follows the nose with light notes of pale malts and lightly bitter hops. Pine and a hint of citrus rind come through, and the aftertaste is lightly biscuity.
M: Medium-light body, clean and smooth mouthfeel, even and surprisingly light carbonation. I guess most of it went into making the epic head.
O: A solid pale ale that is easy to drink. There may not be a lot of frills, but I could drink this all day.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kevin123 for this can...

A: Pours a nice cloudy amber hue with about two full finger of off-white head. The foams takes awhile to settle, and leaves good lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light malt, with a ton of pine and grapefruit notes. With a name like "Pine Belt Pale Ale" there better be some sticky pine in there. Mild vegetable in there as well.

T: A little vegetable and malt up front. Good sweetness, but it quickly transitions into more of a bitter hoppy brew. The hops are nice, but that damn vegetable flavor doesn't seem to fade.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sticky right off the bat, and the bitters linger for a good time after the fact.

O: I not all that impressed. The vegetable qualities really ruin this beer. Maybe it's just an old can that's been sitting around for too long. I don't know. The hop finish is nice though. I'd love to try this beer again, if I knew it were a fresh can.

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Photo of CTraft
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: frothy, four-fingered head, stays for a little bit

Aroma: sharp, hoppy

Taste: Sharp, hoppy, robust, hint of pine, oaky, with a bitter, piney, moderately persistent after taste..

Mouthfeel: low carbonathion, but rather thick and sharp

Pine Belt Pale Ale is not what I would consider a pale ale, but it does have the hoppiness of one. If you are looking for a robust, oaky, moderately heavy beer, then this is a great choice. Overall, I enjoy sipping on it and would buy it again and again.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can with no canning date.

Pours murkey dark copper with an inch-plus head of white. Plenty of clingy lacing and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics feature a blend of crispish malt and a trace of piney hops. The hops are very subdued.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Malt-forward on the palate with some balancing bitterness and a hint of pine.

Finishes with caramel-spiked malt, some husky grainyness, and a mildly rough bitterness.

Lacking freshness all around and the hops are weak.

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Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper body with excellent clarity. Decent head with moderate lacing.

Floral hop notes right off. Malt character shines through lightly. Hint of burnt bread.

First mouthful feels light yet deceptively robust. Clean and wet. Taste starts out with light malt notes but almost immediately brings out a fruit-like quality. Pear and kiwi come to mind. Subtle, but definitely there. Very slight bitterness in the finish.

This beer has enough pale ale qualities to fit the style with some added distinctiveness with the light fruit tones. Interestingly complex. No particular component over-dominates the tasting experience; nicely balanced and easy drinking. No hesitation to have another (although I'd probably prefer this for a hot-weather thirst quencher as opposed to a mid-winter libation).

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Photo of Durge
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light yellowish amber color with a solid white head and similar lacing. The aroma is a subtle pine hop and a touch of malty grain. The flavor is mild but nice with a stronger malt backbone and tasteful nuances of pine and peppery citrus. The hops do become more pronounced as it warms and you get used to it, but still mild. It actually growns on me quite a bit despite it’s relatively whimpy hop factor. It’s a nice, simple balanced ale that’s got a grassy finish over cracked wheat malt. Body is medium-light with ample carbonation for a refreshing yet smooth feel. A solid session brew.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 16 oz can to my new belgium goblet:
bought this becuase the distributor was giving samples at my local brewe-house: (yes it was THAT good)

a pours a dark unfiltered honey color - with a big 3 finger head that settles with great truly great clamshell lacing.

s citrus pine hops - makes me think of the mountains.

t kinda bready - malty along with the piney hopiness. no IPA but then they arent claiming that are they? it's a great pale ale.

m superb. this is just great -

d - you can truly consider this a session beer - recommended by the dozen.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy caramel with a big off-white foamy head.

Smells of grass, pine with a bit of citrus and biscuit.

A touch of lemon at the start of the palate with a bit of caramel and biscuit malt providing some malt backbone. Finishes slightly piney and dry.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation for the style.

A solid beer although nothing spectacular. Easy drinking with a standard profile and in cans.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz->Imperial Pint
A ~ Pours an unfiltered amber with sediment on the bottom of the glass. Medium sized bead of carb with a perfect head.

S ~ Spicy hops, pale malt...hints of grass, pine, & toffee. Slightly sweet with a large whiffs of hops. Yeast is prevalent in the nose with notes of apple & anjou pears.

T ~ Biscuits with honey & butter followed by pine-needle, bitter orange peel & golden apples. Hints of orange marmalade & unripe peach. Wheaties on the finish.

M ~ Medium in body & slightly resinous on the palette. Carb is creamy but fades too quickly to carry things through. The type of bitterness achieved here is almost detrimental to the overall flavor of the beer.

D ~ Worthwhile purchase, as I have wanted to try this for awhile, but a tad pricey. Drinkable, yes, but not a beer to seek out as I had. Not everything really came together.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy caSSino for sharing this one while hanging out at NoDa Brewing. Served from can into a NoDa sampler shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, banana, citrus hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, caramel, and caramel hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was an okay brew. I honestly went into this brew not really expecting much at all. However, this one really wasn’t too bad at all. It had a nice citrus aspect going on in this one, but I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about the caramel aspects going on. Worth trying or ticking at least once.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours hazy amber into my perfect pint glass with a dense two finger head that has excellent retention and sticky lacing.

S - Nice balance of piny and citrus hops, resin and grapefruit, and caramel malts.

T - Sweet caramel malts, grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers on the palate, toasted biscuit and resiny pine also come to mind.

M - Medium all around, nice balance and dry finish.

O - Easy drinker, very enjoyable, and worth trying.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to bhollas for this.

A: Nice amber color with a hint of orange. Slight haze. One and a half finger semi rocky off white head, with awesome retention and good lacing.

S: Good mix of toasted caramel malts and floral hops. Slight pine and citrus hop aromas coming through.

T: Sweet caramel upfront. The slightly bitter floral and citrus hop flavors blend very well.

M: Medium light body. Medium carbonation. Oily and slightly dry.

O: A very good Pale Ale. Don't know how far this is distributed but if you can pick one of these up.

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Photo of wtfuggles
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A- Cloudy amber. Medium head. Nice Lacing.

S- Sweet caramel malt followed by pine hop aroma.

T- Very similar to aroma. Caramel, toasted biscuit malt. The hop flavor is resiny pine.

M- Nice body with a dry bitter finish.

O- A decent pale ale.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. Interested to see how it is. Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance is really good. Hazy amber. Even just a mild pour yields a great foamy head. Very well carbonated.

Smells fantastic. The name says it all. It has that piney, resinous smell of hops you would expect from an IPA and maybe not necessarily an IPA. Just a little bit of malt sweetness hiding in the background

Really smooth taste. The hops don't overpower it at all. This is actually really well done. It's creamy and only just slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is great. That foamy head goes down smooth and the great carbonation makes it easy to drink.

Overall I'm pretty damn impressed with this beer. It's the first craft beer I've had from Texas (does Shiner still count?), and I would absolutely buy this and drink it again.

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Photo of jamescain
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic tumbler.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden-orange with a creamy off white head that lingers and fades to a thin lacing.

Aroma: Nice citrus notes with pineapple, grapefruit, and pine.

Taste: Grapefruit and citrus with some toasty bready notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish, really easy to drink.

Overall: I was really impressed with this beer. I think I found my new "everyday" drinker.

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Photo of adamette
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 16 oz. can that I bought as a single at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor a few days ago for $2.05 into a clean, clear pint glass. No observed “best by” date.

A Abundant 4 inch head was created after a moderate pour into the pint glass. Body is an amber which glows in front of direct light and there is a wonderfully unfiltered look to the body as well. The look really is good indeed. 4.5

S Moderately hoppy and malty, interesting smell. There is a pleasing “depth” to the smell that I like as well. 3.5

T As the smell suggested, there is moderate hops and malt and a nice depth with an almost “woodsy” sense to its density. As I sip I am transported to a great hike in the Maine woods or perhaps even the rainforests of Juneau, Alaska where I lived for a while. If you haven’t guessed, I really enjoyed the taste of this beer! 4.5

M With the huge head and the already described depth, this beer went down smoothly but it is a rather “big” beer for its style. I really like that for this style. 4.5

D/O Drinkability is very good. Overall, this is a very solidly brewed beer. 4.0

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Photo of setexascustoms
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into a Perfect Pint.

A- Hazy amber with three finger of rocky head. Fair retention and very nice lacing that leave rings all the way down the glass.

S- Floral hops with some pine and a sweet malty back bone.

T- Nice hop presence up front that hangs on with an assertive hop bitterness for a pale ale that fades into to pleasant toasted biscuity malts. The toasted malts and a little of the bitterness hangs on long into the finish preparing you for the nice swig.

M- Moderate, I would say fuller than your average pale ale. Coats the mouth well, some what juicy but dries out into the finish.

O- A great easy drinking pale ale, I try to keep a four-pack in the fridge. You could definitely enjoy a few, but be careful because the ABV is a little high. If you find yourself it Texas I highly recommend you give it a shot.

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Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.