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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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86
very good

575 Ratings
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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 46 | 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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msanborn

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-29-2014 22:30:21 | More by msanborn
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Premo88

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-29-2014 00:11:26 | More by Premo88
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lsiberian

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-23-2014 01:22:02 | More by lsiberian
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Hirshi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-14-2014 19:34:41 | More by Hirshi
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IrishColonial

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-10-2014 00:35:55 | More by IrishColonial
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AgentMunky

California

4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy golden brown. Nice head and heavy lacing. Hazy.

S: Heavy pine. Resiny. Pinesol, maybe.

T: Pretty darn good! The pine is the dominant note here, along with a robust maltiness. Finish is ever so slightly sour. Fresh and herbal. Lightly dry, clean finish.

M: crisp and bitter dry. I like it.

O: Way better than I thought it would be! Recommended. Would buy again.

Serving type: can

12-31-2013 01:11:51 | More by AgentMunky
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Llamameister

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-28-2013 22:17:58 | More by Llamameister
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Kappakoosh

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-26-2013 01:23:02 | More by Kappakoosh
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-19-2013 14:31:27 | More by Stinger80OH
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-14-2013 21:56:46 | More by greenspointexas
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and amber-brown in color with a nice head that lasted and left good lacing.

Smells of piney grapefruit, hops, slightly fruity, and a little earthy.

Tastes of caramel malts, pine, grapefruit, citrus, a bit of sweetness, and an earthy bitterness. Hop presence is on par with some IPAs, but a nice malty balance provides for a well-rounded beer.

Lingering slightly sweet bitterness helps define this nice, medium bodied beer.

I'd certainly like to have it again, very smooth and flavorful, easy to drink, and comes in cans. Nice job on this one.

Update: finally DID have it again, just as good the second time around. I definitely like this brewery, and love the cans.

Serving type: can

12-12-2013 19:47:55 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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strangebrew1981

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-12-2013 22:56:18 | More by strangebrew1981
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Lagerquestrian

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

11-11-2013 23:36:21 | More by Lagerquestrian
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kikenazz

Texas

4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge can into silicone pint glass.

A- a mix of burnt orange/yellow-brown. Head dissipated within a minute or two but a steady stream of bubbles was persistent.

S- Lives up to its name. First thing is smell was pine aroma. I would guess there is some Warrior hops in there. Also get a little bit of lemony smell.

T/M- Very bitter. A few seconds after drinking, the back of my tongue would get a tingling bitterness left behind. The malt aspect of the beer seems to be low key. Seems light on my tongue. More citrus in the taste than what I smelled but the pine is still there tied up with the bitterness.

Definitely pleased with this beer. First beer I have had that was so prominently piney. Much more bitter than I expected and seems borderline IPA to me, but who is gonna draw the line. Would recommend to my friends.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 23:48:06 | More by kikenazz
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hsus0225

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-29-2013 00:53:40 | More by hsus0225
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a thick head and erratic lacing. Color is an unfiltered orange amber. Aroma is piney hops and a bit of specialty malts. Flavor is a nice blend of crystal and pale malts and citrus and pine flavored hops. The bitterness is off, which I suspect is a water issue. If the water source is high in certain salts such as bicarbonates, the bitterness of the hops comes off soapy, alkaline and medicinal. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall, it seems to be a good recipe, just needs a mineral adjustment. Or not. I could be wrong. Either way, it's been my experience as a home brewer that water can greatly affect hop perception. Now that the hop mania is in full swing, everybody's piling them on with little regard for how the local water will interact with them.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 13:28:22 | More by EagleTalon
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Dicers

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

09-16-2013 00:41:14 | More by Dicers
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Jame515

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-11-2013 22:35:34 | More by Jame515
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JasonMinck

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-09-2013 02:42:39 | More by JasonMinck
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DeaconD

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-08-2013 16:22:26 | More by DeaconD
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omnibusfilms

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-26-2013 00:34:04 | More by omnibusfilms
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nsheehan

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pine Belt pale ale
Southern Star Brewing Co
20130626
16oz can to Modern craft pint

A – A uniformly cloudy amber. Somewhat translucent, a bit translucent. Poured quite vigorously, but the head subsided very quickly, leaving just a layer of it on top.

S – Pinecone, grass, orange and a bit of pineapple. There’s also a muddled earthy-sweet smell, like dirt or rock with a bit of brown sugar. As it warms, a little the pine lets a little more citrus and floral notes through, I think I pick up a bit of mango now.

T – A whole lot of not bitter pine. There’s a tiny bit of citrus riding along in the backbone, and a malt backbone to hold it up, but it really is a pinecone bomb (not very bitter though). As it warms some citrus and grass get through the pine, and it’s better. A hop spiciness emerges as well.

M – Heavy-light bodied. A little bit tingly, a little bit smooth, less than average dryness for style. Stays close to the tongue.

D - The can says serve at 50 degrees (F) and it definitely got better as it warmed for 20 minutes. It’s good but not great. Has average complexity, but it’s masked by too much rough pine cone smell and taste.
3.25, 3.25, 3.25, 3.5, 3.25; 3.3.

Serving type: can

08-23-2013 04:18:02 | More by nsheehan
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-22-2013 04:16:17 | More by csfcmitchell
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 fl. oz. can into Flying Dog tulip. no canned-on date.

A: slight haze on an orange body. head has an orange tint on an otherwise white body. good retention, plenty of lacing.

S: a mild caramel malt, a zesty hop aroma. faded.

T: slightly astringent. certainly oxidized. the caramel provides a body that should have a greater presence. time has thinned it out. pretty bitter. actually very bitter.

M: carb is a touch on the mild side. nothing too nuts, a little too mild for me. medium body.

D: overall, flavors are too muddy for me. distracts from the brew. bitterness is all out of wack. id pass.

Serving type: can

08-17-2013 02:52:15 | More by Jimmys
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BRBrewBro

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-13-2013 18:53:33 | More by BRBrewBro
Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
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