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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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86
very good

387 Reviews
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Reviews: 387
Hads: 643
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 20
Gots: 77 | 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:
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: 387 | Hads: 643
Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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! (471 characters)

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

a: This was a slightly hazy coppery amber color. It poured with a one inch, uneven, craggy head. Decent lace and retention.

s: Strong piny hops with a hint of lemon. Some toffee caramel backbone as well.

t: Pleasantly sweet upfront with toffee and a bit of vanilla. Rough, piny hop finish. Big flavors overall for an APA.

m: Nice body and decent carbonation.

d: Thanks to mhewes for the tasty extra. This borders on an imperial APA. (jk) (441 characters)

Photo of SpecialK088
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a delirum snifter.

A-Pretty typlical ipa clear copper color.

S-More citrus here than anything has small pines nots as well as hops and a very small sweet fruit like maybe a peach or aprocot.

T&M-Starts out very smooth, hops and grapefruit dominate the front, then the strange thing kinda happened there is a very distinct "fruitness" in the middle that fades to a piny finish. Very clean taste and a meduim to full bony.

D-Im on the fence about this and i would love to try something else by them when it comes out this is a very good 1st stab and a very big APA. (592 characters)

Photo of Yesac
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy copper/golen. Small fading head that doesn't fade completely. Some lacing.

S - Sweet malts and quite a hop smell

T - Pretty hoppy for a pale ale.. but the sweet malts are great. What an excellent balance between the two. Good carbonation as well.

M - Carbonation is at a nice level, malt finish is good with the hops asking you for another sip.

D - Nice and thin, easy drinking brew here.

Thanks to slimchill for throwing this in as an extra on a recent trade! (487 characters)

Photo of bbothen
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz tall boy poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pale orange amber color with a nice looking 1 finger head.

S - Sweet malty aroma with caramel malt & bisquit smells in the nose. Slight piney hop aroma as well.

T - Earthy hop character with a big malt sweetness. Nice balance.

F - Medium bodied, but somewhat watery or thin. Nicely carbonated.

D - Line em up. I could drink these all day.

Nice summer session brew. I like this ice cold. That's just me. (463 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 16 oz. can into a sam perfect pint. Great looking ber- dark orange/brown with a off white really foamy, fluffy head that seems to last for days. Nice piney hop aroma- very clean for a pale ale. Wow- great flavor,too. Full of hops and nicely balanced with sweet, sweet malts. I really like this beer!! Reminds me of another beer, but I cant think of which. Thanks to Hopsleeroy for this one!! Can't wait to get some mroe! Would be a fantastic session brew. (467 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mcfisty for the chance to try a new brew from the homeland.

A - Dark orangish brown in color. Big frothy light brown head with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Strong aroma of citrusy and piney hops and caramel sweetness.

T - Somewhat muddled taste of a burnt caramel sweetness with a piney hop bite. The tastes do not play off of each other that well. A fine tasting pale ale, but nothing remarkable.

M/D - A little thin in the mouth. A good enough pale ale but nothing spectacular. Glad to see another Texas brewery up and going. Hope they keep coming out with some new beers. (596 characters)

Photo of Goliath
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a one inch off white head that lingers with nice retention leaving some lace behind.

Aroma is quite nice. A good hoppy profile showing some piney/citrusy notes. A touch of caramel in the background.

Taste is nice as well. A decent hop profile showing some good citrusy/piney notes. A large malty backbone showing some pale malt breadiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Good flavor and I suspect low alcohol making this brew easy to consume. (529 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hopsleeroy for this taste!

A: Clear golden color with a huge sustained head.

S: Big hop aroma initially - piny/evergreen. With a nice malt smell in the background.

T: This is a bitter hoppy brew with a hint of sweetness. Quite nice.

M: Medium bodied. It works well with this beer.

D: This is an excellent APA in a can! Never heard of this before....but I love surprises. Would definitely buy if given the opportunity. (436 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large can to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with good carbonation.

The smell is piney sure but really well rounded. Pine cones earthy nuts and citrus.

The taste follows, nice well rounded hop flavor, pine, lemon rind, orange and walnuts.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin but the carbonation is nice.

The drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed this brew quite a bit.

Big Thanks to TexasStout for the great brew.

Prosit, MK (446 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mhewes for this one!

This beer pours a slightly foggy amber with an irregular film of dirty white on top. Lots of bubbles here floating up from the bottom and from the sides.

Smells of rye crisp and a potent caramel with a little touch of grass and a whiff of a hoppy sting slips through. Over all, it has a general glassy smoothness to it.

The flavor is centered around a similar grainy caramel but is bound to a zesty snap of piny hops that initially focuses on an astringent orange rind sharpness that takes on more balance as the beer finishes. A tasty beer, but the change-up and the balance here is a little odd.

Feels rather dense and meaty, but it works well with the grainy emphasis. The carbonation is slow to leak out, adding to it's chewability.

A tasty and fun beer. I'd like a sixer of these sitting next to me on an autumn evening when I'm sitting next to a camp fire. (898 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of timbro81
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wolfmann17 for the opportunity. Pours a lovely light copper color that, despite the fact that the can says "clarity is overrated", is somewhat clear. Nice semi lumpy head that is fed by a decent amount of carbonation. Nose is predominately of pine and citrus, however some sweet malts manages to sneek out. Light mouth feel considering the style. Hops prance all over the tongue and invade all parts of the mouth. The hops are bitter but hard to decifer the style, unlike the nose. Some carmel malts are detectable on the palate as well. Finish is long and plentiful. Very good beer, keep up the good work. (616 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Picked up this beauty at my local Spec's the other day.
Always exciting to see a new beer, especially a canned one on these sometimes lonely Texas shelves. Also considering I live very close to Conroe, I will definitely had to try it out and think it's awesome to have a brewery so close.

Poured into my glass with an explosion of carbonation. Mass amounts of bubbles, with a thick frothy head on top.

Smells very nice overall. Lots of caramel maltiness, some dense dank hops, along with a clean herbaceous laying and some light fragrant florals.

Now onto the flavor... Dense maltiness upfront - small waves of caramel and and semi-sweet sugar cubes. Which is soon followed, by a clean and fragrant herbal/flowery note. A very short hop note comes in towards the middles and rides it out till the end. Overall the flavors come together nicely without becoming to agressive, yet still maintaing a good amount of complexity without losing drinkability.

The only thing that could be improved on this beer is the mouthfeel. A bit light for my tastes, but like I said it has incredible drinkability without making you get too full too quick. Saying that, it's not a deal breaker and it's still a great beer to have on our shelves.

Anyways, big ups to Southern Star and their 3 man wrecking crew. Glad to have you guys aboard, and look forward to all your future endevours. Keep it up guys, and rock it! (1,403 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Initial Notes:
Tall tan, looks nice and Southern.. whatever that means.

Nose:
Malt-driven aroma lands somewhere in between perceived sweetness (almost cotton candy, maybe more root-beer float) and toasty biscuit maltiness. Grapefruit citric zest. Not very balanced, and something about it is slightly unappetizing.

Appearance:
Copper color, good clarity, nice head. Good bit of lace and retention.

Flavor:
Biscuit and nut malt step out first onto the palate, followed by a slight unpleasantness. I can't say DMS for sure, but it does have a 'cooked' feeling that reminds me of Shiner Bock. Bitterness grows, growing towards astringent. More roasted malt flavors, some caramel-like sweetness. Mild hop flavor is tart and nebulous. Suddenly I get cake-like flavors that are pretty tasty. Along with that I now detect some vanilla and contrasting citric zesty flavors.

Body:
Medium-to-medium light bodied. Good bit of malty gravity. Mild bitter/astringentness.

The Verdict:
Huzzah for Texas Breweries! I will support them until my dieing day. Sadly the best word I can think of to describe this beer is 'uninspiring'. It is so close to being pretty good, it just falls short on too many fronts (most notably the astringent bitterness that doesn't taste like hops or malt). It is much more enjoyable when I just kick it back without thinking about the flavor, and focus on how cool it is to support my new local brewery. I look forward to seeing this on tap somewhere. (1,470 characters)

Photo of RickSawyer
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber gold with ruby red highlights. Pillowy white head climbs the glass and holds tight to the walls. Smells great! Balance of carmel, tangerine, grapefruit, floral grassy hops. Taste follows. Begins with carmel, light maple, and baguette. Next walks in the hops, not overbearing, not yelling at the top of their lungs hops... balanced hops, supporting hops, wonderful hops. Citrus, grapefruit and orange predominantly, hops. Grassy, refreshing, bitter and balanced to the malt. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, moderately carbonated, not to heavy, but still complex enough to have you reaching for more. Great! No brainer for me from now on. (655 characters)

Photo of Ibanez
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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? (706 characters)

Photo of jordoo
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as a great extra in a trade with mhewes, thanks!

16oz can poored into a pint glass.

This beer displayed a huge airy off white head with great retention that lasted until the finish, It was amber colored. The smell of pine and tropical fruits hits the nose first followed by a nice sweet malt characteristic. It goes from a piney/grassy hitting flavor right into an over ripe pineapple fruity type of taste and is well ballancd throughout by the carmalized malts. Finishes with an excellent bitter tone that lasts. Mouth feel is a little lighter than I'd like in an APA but this pint of beer did disappear quite quickly. (630 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this fro£ hopsleeroy in the Instant Gratification BIF. Thanks, Lee!!

Really attractive glowing amber, almost orangish... Very nice persistent head and sticky spotty lacing...

Big aroma of pine at first, then followed by a nice maltiness... Damn, this smells piney!

Hmmmm... Not as piney as I thought it might be but still very good... The pine is definitely there but it is muted somewhat by the breadiness of the malt... Its actually balanced quite nicely...there is a nice breadiness that seems to slowly blend into that piney bitterness right at the end...

Very nice little session brew, this one is... This would be delicious with some good ol barbecue.. (672 characters)

Photo of mhewes
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head.

S : A strong pine aroma, perfect for east Texas. A good amount of citrus hops are also present

T : It's got a good piney hop bitterness. There's a good malt backbone to it to help balance out the flavor

M : Medium bodied with a nice feel

D : I would definitely have this one as often as I can get it. (360 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky, cloudy copper color with a nice thick tannish colored head that left spotty lacing.

S- Alot of hops in this one also some sweet malts here.

T- Very well balanced between the hops and malts. Maybe even a little bready.

M- Medium in body with good carbonation.

D- A wonderful brew, great balance and goes down smooth and easy.

Thanks to JonathanL7890 for this one! (386 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can into my Tripel Karmeliet glass with a three-finger plus, frothy, light tan colored head. The head is quite creamy textured, leaves some nice lace on the sides of my glass and never entirely dissipates; just about perfect for a pale ale. The beer is a clear, ruddy amber color that shows a lightly hazed, fully red stained, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is juicy with hop aromas of ruby red grapefruit, tangelo and a bit of lychee. Substantial malt aromas influence the finish with notes of caramelized malt sugars, biscuit aromatics, . While quite hoppy, I really like the substantial malt character in the nose, it makes this beer all that more complex.

Biting hops are noticeable from the first, the bitterness and pine-like hop notes scrub the tongue as the beer slides down my throat and the bitterness lingers on as it clings to my palate. My second sip is balanced a bit more by the malt character that adds more balancing sweetness and a slight viscous heft to the body that helps to balance the hop onslaught. This is a hop focused beer though and the hop notes clearly dominate the flavor profile. Flavors of sweetened grapefruit, lychee, bergamot and tangelo are joined by more aggressive herbal, but secondary, notes of pine, light hemp oil and a touch of menthol. The malt character gets a touch astringent towards the finish (some of the hop notes accentuate this) though mostly has a toasted, bread crust like, interesting malt character to it. Perhaps a touch heavy for a Pale Ale, but it still is fairly quaffable.

This is quite big for a Pale Ale, the alcohol bears this out, but having said that it is still quite tasty. I definitely like the mix of dominant hop notes that are balanced quite well by a noticeable malt presence. (1,787 characters)

Photo of turbine2475
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mhewes for this beer:

A - Slightly murky copper with a large white head that dissipated slowly leaving a mild lace.

S - Grainy sweet malts and earthy hops....not much here.

T - Semi bitter pine hop with a heavy caramel/toffee malt.

M - Almost milky mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Not a bad brew. A decent balance of malt and hops. Would like to try on tap sometime. (398 characters)

Photo of brandoneast
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy-copper color with a light beige meringue head that has good staying power. Syrupy grapefruit and fresh, floral pine oil control the nose along with some slight toasted malt. The body is medium with a fine carbonation, giving a zesty mouthfeel that becomes creamy as it warms. Fresh cut grass and the oily Columbus hop character quickly take over the palate to provide a clean bite of citric, grapefruit character and juicy fruit gum, which yields a crisp fresh taste. Malty undertones of crust and caramel help to balance Pine Belt's flavor while the hop bitterness progressively increases and loiters on the tongue after each sip. I found this local gem at Spec's in Houston and I look forward to when this beer is available in Beaumont. (752 characters)

Photo of AChamberlain
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can. It is great to have another new brewery in TX! And released in a can no less.

As I popped the can open, a quick smell of hops is shot into the air. Poured with a big, thick, frothing head. Amber in color. Not bad, strong head retention. Too strong? Wet hop aroma....almost a vegetable smell if that makes sense. And then out of nowhere the strong malt flavor. The aroma and flavor are totally different. It tastes fine, just not what I was expecting or looking for. The mouthfeel is great, nice and lush, smooth. High drinkability, I will be going back to this one definitely TX beer in a can for sure... (629 characters)

Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.