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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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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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Photo of scootny
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into my Brooklyn tulip tumbler. Wow! A beautiful copper fluid with a thick resinous head that tops two fingers and maybe three forms as I pour. Lots of lacing and a fine and gentle carbonation is visible. My beautiful head eventually dissipates to a wispy topping. Pretty in the glass.

Smell is piney and a trace of caramel. Mostly hops. There is malt sweetness to be sniffed out though.

Taste is almost the reverse . A big malty caramel palate quickly eclipsed by a generous hop component. Great balance! Clean dry finish and a neutral mouth. Maybe a touch of whole grain biscuit in the back of my palate.

Mouthfeel is superb. Medium light with a gentle scrub of the tongue and palate by the spot on carbonation.

Drinkability is first rate. I would but this for every BBQ I have if I could. A great all around beer.

Why drink Bud in cans when you have this? Texas is lucky to have this native son to turn to when in need of refreshment. The equivalent of Brooklyn lager around here. Many thanks to Jonathan 7890 for this one. Proud to have you as a trading partner! (1,083 characters)

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

Thanks go out to JonathanL7890 for this one.

A: Really nice cloudy copper color. One of the better looking pales I have seen as of late. 1/2 finger of white head with tons of lacing.

S: Very dominant hop presence in the nose. The malt is there though as well. Slightly sweet smell.

T: One of the most balanced APAs I have had. It is very hoppy but very sweet from the malt as well. Not a lot of complexity but just a really nice and balanced beer.

M: Really nice medium body. Carbonation is just right and it does have that IPA esque feeling to it.

D: Beer geeks in Texas rejoice here is your new session beer. Really wonderful APA. Well balanced and flavorful. Now that I said that it is going to turn out to be 8% ABV. (725 characters)

Photo of Avryle
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Props to Jonathanl7890 for including this in a trade with aerozeppl...

A- Very excellent appearance for a pale. Light copper in color. Very slight haziness. Small whitish head.

S- Pine hops- its right in the name.

T- Light, sweet malt profile that transitions into a smooth pine-y finish. Lingering pine-hop finish. Very enjoyable.

M- Light bodied. Medium carbonation.

D- If this were readily available, this is an ultimate summer session beer. Again, thanks to Jonathanl7890 for sending this up to NY (508 characters)

Photo of stumac
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours up orangish cranberry color with a longlasting off-white head. completely retentive, sticky ass head! aromas of spicy hops, orangy citrus. taste of spicy hops, a little floral hop hidden amongst the masses, grapefruit fo sho. even a pine cone taste! and i love munchin on some pine cones! medium to full body, medium carbo. good pale ale out of a can! the brewery is currently brewing this beer one can at a time! crazy.... (429 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy marmalade with no bubble action and a very thin white head made out of non-uniform bubbles. Nose is kind of weak, but I get some caramel malts, and piney/citrusy hops. Flavor is real nice. The caramel isn't overboard in the sweetness and offers a solid backbone. Hops come in with lots of pine and some orange peel. Finishes mildly bitter but works to balance the mild sweet. My only real complaint is how the flavor thins out towards the finish. Almost tastes as if it were SLIGHTLY watered down. Mouthfeel is thin to moderate in weight. There could definitely be more carbonation in this. Really great drinker. Somehow its slight fault of tasting a little seltzery in the finish works to boost the drinkability tremendously. This is a good start for this brewery. (782 characters)

Photo of Onslow
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Are f*ckin kidding me, this beer ROCKS!!

... Lots of lacing and the head level is off the chain! ...

it was a rock lobster!!

.. colour is of late autumn pine cones ...

.... Taste is wonderful! ... of fresh hops and roasted caramel and pine... ..

... What a wonderful surprise coming from this new Texas brewer!!...

..i will be making a brewery visit later for sure!!! ... can't wait to see more from these guys!!!

...this beer marks my 900th beer reviewed!! .. and it is a worthy and enjoyable one at that!!! (515 characters)

Photo of JDV
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can courtesy of BgThang. Thanks man!

Pours a rich, thick amber with a reddish tint and nice head.
Smell is big and fruity hoppiness with loads of grapefruit in the nose too. Taste is fruity, caramelly smooth maltiness, and nice citrusy hop flavor and a solid, but mildish bitterness that works great for a pale ale. Less hoppy tasting than the nose might indicate, but still pretty nice and clean. Drinkability is awesome, and this is a great, refreshing sessionable pale that I'd be happy to have again. (506 characters)

Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a nice amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Nice citrus hops upfront followed my some caramel malt

T - A good amount of hops to start with on a good malt backbone a well balanced taste

M - Has a medium body with a medium amount of carbonation

D - This is an awesome APA I'll now judge all the the other APAs that I drink and use this as the benchmark a great beer its worth hunting this one down (438 characters)

Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a sample of this one with BeerZack, JonathanL7890, and BgThang. Thanks for scoring this can, Ken. If Southern Stars other brews measure up to this one, they will certainly have a lot of staying power.

Poured part of a tall boy into a tulip.

Appearance - It pours a hazy amber color and produces a pretty solid 1 finger head. It slowly dissipated to a thin crown. The head retention was fair.

Smell - This is one of the best smelling pale ales I have ever come across. Wow. Tons of grapefruit and hint of pineapple. Thin laced caramel scent makes an appearance as well. It has a scent that rivals some of the IPAs I have come across.

Taste - Agghhh. Somehow I knew that the flavor wasn't going to be able to compete with the scent. That is kind of a letdown. The flavor has a caramel component, and some light citrus, which gives the beer as slightly lingering bitter finish. It has a great initial flavor, and then runs kind of flat - it almost tastes like aged hops.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. It has a lower carbonation level than I would like. It lacks some liveliness that would have kept the brew feeling interesting. It feels a little thin.

Drinkability - This is a really easy drinking APA. Man, the scent is amazing - I could just sit and smell this for hours. The flavor is pretty decent, it is just a letdown in comparison to the nose.

Southern Star, you are off to a great start. I will definitely be drinking more of your brews. It is great to see more beer coming from Texas. A great beer in a can. (1,525 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber color thats slightly cloudy crowned by a spotty head that does leave some lace.

Whoa, the smell jumps right out at you. Smell is excellent. Big grapefruit impression with sweet light caramalts, woodsy hops and a bit of a weird, but nice, aged hop quality.

Sweet lightly toasted malts with a good balance of citrusy-flavored hops. Pretty fruity, grapefruit, orange with some graininess, especially on the finish.

This medium-light bodied APA is smooth and drinkable. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the outstanding aroma, but this is good Texas beer... and it comes in a 16oz can! (605 characters)

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm honored to be the second person to review this beer.

Poured out of a 16 oz can. Cool!
Nice mid Amber color. Poured a medium Head.
Quite a strong Hop Aroma for a pale ale. Aroma was very clean, Citrus, hint of spice.

Taste was very smooth. Mouthfeel was very good for an APA.

I could put down a lot of these. An excellent session beer.

Glad to see some new breweries opening in Texas and Southern Star seems to be off to a good start.

I look forward to drinking a lot of this beer in the future. (507 characters)

Photo of BgThang
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear amber/pale color.
The nose is very refreshing/crisp citrus floral aroma. It has a nice medium head as well

The palette on this is a nice explosion of hops and it does not leave. this is a very crisp and refreshing beer with alot of hops.

I like it alot and the guys at southern star are top notch.

Update- second can tried tonight- got a big nose of grapefruit which transferred some to the mouth but not all of it did.
I am sure the grapefruit nose was there during the first can, just could not pin it down until the second can.

Recipe change note: Due to hops shortages the brewery changed their recipe a little. Its more malty now than before. This is still a good pale ale, just with a bit more maltiness. (733 characters)

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