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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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581 Ratings
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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 47 | 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 PeprSprYoFace


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an Orangeish Red with a nice White head offering nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is not much. Smells almost like a barley wine. Smells like big foot but not as strong and not enough dry hop aroma.

Tastes pretty good. Tastes also alot like Bigfoot but less hoppy and not as heavy for sure. Pretty good. Could use a little more flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little thick for a pale. I like mine more dry.

Overall a decent pale. Not worth seeking out but check it out if you see it at the store or something

Serving type: can

04-12-2010 04:16:23 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of Kromes


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

A: a nice looking crystal clear amber beer with a thick tan colored head. Nice lacing down the glas.

S: The aroma is mostly fresh piney hops with some malt in the background.

T: There is a noticeable sweet toasted malt flavor up front and then the fruity pine-like hop flavor jumps in. The finish is a little bit bitter, but the malt sweetness and flavor never really goes away.

M: The beer has a good feel to it and the finish is a little bitter and somewhat dry.

D: A very nice, well crafted american pale ale. Very drinkable, highly recommend picking this up if you are in Texas.

Serving type: can

04-10-2010 19:00:30 | More by Kromes
Photo of DarthMalt


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Sometimes I wonder if beer brewers dabble in places that the law has yet to find." -- DarthMalt

Halfway through this one (first of the night) and I was on Cloud 9. There's a little shuck and jive at first (knowing that there might be a micro suckerpunch inside), but ohh-noo. This one just aims to please. And please it does.

Pours nice (fluffy and good). Smells contentious like your usual micro. But then, sip (mmm...). Taste (MMM...!). And, [Breastfeeders take note] Let the letdown begin. Mama Mia! Take me home micro road!

Finish is irrelevant after one like this.
So are hops.

This is just a good un'.


PS - The tagline/slogan of this micro/brewey rules!:

"Clarity is overrated."

Serving type: can

04-07-2010 04:00:05 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of WorldWideStout


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Christening my Sam Adams Boston Lager glass from smutty33 with this brew sent by JJFoodie. A tip of the hat to Jim and Jeff for their generous extras!

Note - I do not often drink IPAs.

A: A perfectly amber body with a huge, off-white head. I really love the top of it - all the small, delicate bubbles remind me of a cobweb for some reason. It's not rocky at all. Great, sticky lacing.

S: What greets me first is actually a decent amount of maltiness. Followed immediately by hoppiness of a tropical fruit nature; mangos and papayas are what I can pick out. Not much bitterness.

T: Starts off with the maltiness and tropical fruit, but immediately afterwards a fairly strong, piney, but not too bitter taste comes in. This bitterness fades near the end, allowing the malt and fruit to come back in a bit, and the after taste is naught but a whisper of bitter.

M: Maybe a bit too much carbonation, but pretty good. There's a nice, gentle creaminess going on.

D: As drinkable as they come.

Well, this was pretty enjoyable. I don't think I'll ever be a hophead, but these hoppier pale ales without much bitterness work out well for me. I may have to investigate this style more in the coming, warmer months.

Serving type: can

03-27-2010 17:34:28 | More by WorldWideStout
Photo of drpimento


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hmm, interesting, sort of. Poured a fantastic huge, foamy, frothy, textured light tan head that lasts and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is caramel malt, grain, citrus, and lots of hop. Flavor is same but also an odd juxtaposition of the above characteristics that yields some flavors that don't work so well: not quite butterscotch or wet cardboard, but similar. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Beer overall is not quite good, but similar.

Serving type: can

03-24-2010 23:49:00 | More by drpimento
Photo of tpd975


3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden shade with tones of amber. Nice tall head with no real retention or lace.

S: Aromas of caramel malt, pine, and light citrus.

T: Malty sweetness, with subtle hoppy notes. More pine than citrus. There is a big wet cardboard like thing going on that is less than impressive.

M: Medium in body, ample carbonation.

D: Rather forgettable.

Serving type: can

03-24-2010 14:41:50 | More by tpd975
Photo of cpetrone84


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-orangish copper color with a light haze and a lot of bubbles rising to the top. The head pours about 2 full fingers and is a very light tan, almost off white, tight and fluffy. Huge retention, its not really moving at all. When it finally starts to dissipate a thin lacing is left completely coating the glass. the head alone bumps this appearance up as it is extremely impressive.

S-the nose is quite aromatic and brings a whole lot of piney hops living up to the name. It brings a hint of oily hops to accompany a strong note of pine resign. Light grapefruit hops finish off to add a bit of a tropical element. This is much like an IPA

T-The start brings a light note of caramel malts that must have been overpowered by the hops in the nose. The piney hops are present in the middle giving way to just a touch of gapefruit and bitterness at the finish.

M-this is a bit rough and prickly with a high level of carbonation. The body is relatively light and brings a dry finish.

D-this is a very decent Pale Ale, however the nose built it up to be something special on the Alpha King level of pale ales. It has big bold flavors and a great hop profile. Love the beers in a can!

Serving type: can

03-14-2010 22:09:29 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of billab914


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a dark amber orange color with a big fluffy white head. The head lasted very well throughout drinking the beer and it left excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. It was darker then most pale's but still a very nice looking beer.

The aroma is strong with a herbal, hoppy, pine and spruce flavor with a little bit of a spicy kick to the hops. The taste has a bit more malty and caramel flavors then the nose did, but it also has herbal hoppy flavor coming through. It has some pine, citrus and a slight malt sweetness coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very good tasting and easy drinking beer. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for this on my trip to Texas this fall.

Serving type: can

03-12-2010 01:45:15 | More by billab914
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber color that is slightly cloudy with a fluffy off white head that retains very well and leaves very good lacing

S: Very nice biscuit notes and some sweet caramel with a mild herbal hoppy aroma.

T: It tastes just like it smells, sweet biscuit notes with hints of caramel and toffee with a mild herbal hoppy note and a finishing piney bitterness

M: There is a good amouont of creaminess and body without any heat, but it seems to be lacking something.

D: Very enjoyable for a pale ale that i would certainly be interested in drinking again and would be a nice beer to golf with

Serving type: can

03-04-2010 21:26:48 | More by mikey711
Photo of Zorro


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark amber colored beer nearing the color brown, medium sized tan colored head.

Smell is malt and pine with a strong cinnamon and spruce scent. There is also a slight clove aroma here.

Starts out dry with a strong woody flavor. Caramel on a pine board flavor this is very dry. Not a lot of subtlety here, just dry and woody with a little caramel.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Looks and smells better than it tastes. Very dry pale ale.

Serving type: can

02-28-2010 00:53:51 | More by Zorro
Photo of phillipzayas


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Like the can reads: "Clarity is overrated."

S - Very sweet and caramel. Some hoppy sweetness is detectable.

T - I was expecting a bit more. The caramel sweetness was quite pronounced. It was bitter, but not in the range of the APA category in my opinion. But overall the flavor was above average.

M - very well carbonated. Very nice. Rich and heavy. Taste lingers on the tongue.

Overall it was a pretty drinkable beer. I was nothing exciting or new by any means though.

Serving type: can

02-24-2010 19:55:26 | More by phillipzayas
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

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

16oz can from 'Nice Cans BIF'.. thanks wagenvolks ! Poured into chouffe tulip.

A- Caramel, ruby highlights, deeper than expected. Great lacing, retention, and formation of head. Eggshell-white.

S- Floral and fruity... tropical fruit, a nice pine sap counter.

T- Pine hops are at the forefront, a bit of a raw/octane quality. Pleasurably bitter. Bold flavor. Mild caramel malt presence. Great hop profile. Fruits are much more reserved but come through in the finish... watermellon, actually.

M- Thicker than expected, good carbonation. No complaints!

D- Wow. I'm impressed. This is a very good IPA, those who can get it on the regular are pretty damn lucky! A great beer!

Serving type: can

02-13-2010 01:38:40 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of rwf08


3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pine Belt Pale Ale from 16 oz can. Some local boy's let's see what they can do.

Appearance: Dark amber color looks like red clay. Nice sticky lacing. Some yeast sediment floating about. Unfiltered, unfettered, off to a good start.

Smell: Sweet maltiness upfront with some spicy and floral hop aromas.

Taste: Mildly sweet with some breadiness and a little spicy kick from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin but not too thin, a little juiciness on the tongue.

Drinkablity: I'd say high. Wouldn't be my go to beer, but for a change of pace, a welcomed alternative.

Overall this is a pretty good brew. Nothing to write home about but has all the qualities I look for in an APA.

Serving type: can

02-07-2010 09:05:00 | More by rwf08
Photo of bheilman


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

I really enjoy this beer. Never heard of it before and stumbled across it in a small town in Indiana. Since I grew up in Texas and because the store labeled it as no longer being produced, I grabbed a 4 pack. It is a delicious beer that reminds me a lot of Dale's Pale Ale. Definitely has the same sweet smell. The sweetness is present in the taste too with a slight bit of hops bite at the end. It is a very drinkable beer and I'm really glad I picked it up.

Serving type: can

02-06-2010 23:30:29 | More by bheilman
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, an extra from a trade a few months ago. The beer pours copper colored with good dispersion of yeastie bits and a large creamy froth. Very nice to look at. The beer smells hoppy, not overly hopped but just assertively loaded for an APA. No real citrus aromas, nor pine for that matter despite the name, more spicy like saaz hops. In the taste I get some mild sweetness, a little biscuit maybe, and a nice lingering hops bitterness that's dulled enough to keep from being abrasive. I guess really balanced in a subdued way. Light body but strong and peppery carbonation, I like this beer a lot. A very accessible gateway beer, I think.

Serving type: can

02-01-2010 23:57:04 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - A dark amber color that is somewhat transparent. About one finger of foam with great retention and a moderate amount of carbonation.

s - Smells of piney hops as well as sweeter malts. Also a bit of citrus smell to it.

t - Tastes bitter at first and then moves onto a very creamy, oatmeal/bready taste to it. I like it a lot.

m - Light to medium body with a small amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

d - I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Received it as an extra in a trade with JJFoodie and enjoyed it a lot. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: can

02-01-2010 02:44:33 | More by mdfb79
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: can

01-29-2010 21:32:24 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of samie85


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy orangeish, amber color with a light two finger head.

S-Smells like caramel, piny hops, tart cherries and a bit of lemon citrus.

T-Piny and lemon bitter hops with a strong caramel malt backbone.

M-Lightly carbonated with a very smooth, medium body.

D-Very easy drinking. I found these on sale for $ .99/can. I'm totally going back and raiding them for the rest.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 23:13:45 | More by samie85
Photo of CharlatanSin


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks very much to piginapen for shipping this one to me. The can declares, "clarity is overrated," and I couldn't agree more. Poured this one from the tallboy can into a pint glass.

A: Amber color with a strong orange hue. Fairly hazy, though not as much as I'd have thought from a beer with such a bold claim on the can. Pours with a giant, foamy off-white head that leaves substantial lacing.

S: Good if uncomplicated. Unsurprisingly, pine hops dominate the nose. There's a definite herbal quality there, too, that I can't quite pinpoint.

T: Very solid. Again, the pine hops dominate, but they get a little more help from their friends than in the nose. Very bitter. It's grainy and slightly bready. The herbal taste is still there. The familiar caramel backbone ties it all together. I'd probably call it an IPA if I were tasting it blind, but what do I know?

D/O: Crisp and active on the tongue. Medium bodied. Very solid pale ale. I'd definitely put away a few of these in a sitting if I came across it again. I'm definitely being swayed to the craft beer in the can idea.

Serving type: can

01-19-2010 04:19:18 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of movingtrain


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a very active copper color with a full two finger head. This one looks good...looks like a good beer should here...effervescent in the body with a fine, fluffy head sitting on top. Perfect.

The aroma is of the classic hoppy ale...grapefruit, pine, fruit, bubblegum, cinnamon...somewhat nutty aroma, and tart.

Taste upfront is bitter...but gives way to a nice, hoppy and fruity flavor. Hints of grapefruit, tarragon, white wine, pepper, and cinnamon on the end. There are some piny notes here, as well...perhaps the meaning of the "Pine Belt" name? At any rate, this is a pretty tasty pale ale from a can.

Overall, this beer works well. It's a bit heavy on the bitter side, but that does not take away from the quality and enjoyment of this beer. It's well-rounded, flavorful, and enjoyable...in a can, too...this would be a great one to take on the river or to the beach during the summer.

Serving type: can

01-16-2010 01:36:39 | More by movingtrain
Photo of smcolw


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-amber with some chunky lace and a rocky head.

Well-balanced malt-hop combo--slightly sweet (caramel/crystal malt)

The flavor is nutty and sweet grain up front. Gives way to bitter hop (peppery). Moderate body. There's some alcohol warmth in the tasting. Full bodied. Short aftertaste.

Serving type: can

01-03-2010 20:18:15 | More by smcolw
Photo of morimech


3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very good looking APA with a cloudy orangish, amber color. A large head forms that lasts a very long time before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. The aroma and flavor was good but was a bit lacking in some areas. Pine and citrus hop scents to start but then there is this super sweet smelling malt. The flavor is also sweeter than what I like. It swamps the hop flavors. Just faint hints of orange. For the ABV I am also surprised by the alcohol presence in this beer. Bitterness is moderate to low. Medium in body per style with nice carbonation. The can I believe really helped with the fresh feel of this beer. This also might be the first time I have had an unfiltered beer in a can. But it did not add much complexity. Overall just an above average APA. The malt/hop combination just did not click with me.

Serving type: can

12-29-2009 23:26:17 | More by morimech
Photo of ebraun


4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of can into tulip glass.

A: Hazy, hazy orange, head didn't last long, but left nice lacing on the way down.

S: Piney hops, sweet.

T: Clean, bright hop bittering with a mellow malt sweetness.

M: Crisp, cleansing, sprightly carbonation.

D: Even for a drinkable style this one is very, very drinkable. A guy could knock back many of these.

Really nice, wish you could buy just a regular 12 pack of this. I could see using it to convert a lot of BMC drinkers into craft beer if they could hold this can in their hands.

Serving type: can

12-21-2009 00:08:31 | More by ebraun
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark orange/red amber color with plenty of yeast in suspension. The head is big and foamy.

S- Cherries and dank ass hops in the nose. I want to say pine and herb mixed with a bit of tart fruit from the yeast

T- Big flavor makes me think of some of my favorite American red ales. Plenty of flavor from sweet caramel malts, bitter pine hops and tangy, fruity yeast funk.

M- Medium body and a very smooth carbonation that slides past the tongue

D- I'm digging the way this beer takes very basic aspects of "beerery" and makes them interesting

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 01:23:23 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of TexIndy


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. No dating info. Was a very cloudy orange color with lots of floating bits (it's unfiltered per the can). Plenty of carb streams. It had a finger of off-white foam that settled to a thin foam layer. Good lacing.

Big crystal malt nose with pine and floral hops. Not one that I want to sniff over and over. The taste was bigger on the pine and hops but the malt was still a big player. Just didn't mix well for me. Much better in the style out there. Mouthfeel was medium.

Overall, an OK beer that just missed the mark for me on aroma and taste. I've had it a couple times now and was hoping I just had some off cans but it's the beer. Rotation - it's a TX beer so readily available. Probably done with this one as I'd rather have their Bombshell Blonde.

Serving type: can

12-14-2009 00:02:54 | More by TexIndy
Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.