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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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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 merlin48


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Foamy pour produces an enormous offwhite head that towers above a hazy honey amber body. Globs of sticky lace cling to the sides of the glass like a heavy wet snow.

One dimensional aroma consists of huge waves of spruce pine. Lighter accents of grassy and even floral hops are noted. Didn't pick up any malt in the nose on this one.

Creamy medium full body is very well carbonated.

Taste is dominated by the spruce pine bitterness of the hops. Hop bitterness here is deepseated. Slightly herbal, almost minty hop notes are also picked up. Malt presence is restrained, but lends some biscuity caramel for balance. Hop and malt profile here seems quite different from any other APA I've tried. Not at all bad, but different.

A very interesting and very drinkable experience here.

Serving type: can

12-04-2009 23:51:34 | More by merlin48
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Poured into a nonic)
A- The can opens with a loud crack and a big beige foam starts to flow. That foam eventually melts into a orange clear body but there is some head that remains stuck to the glass. There are streaks of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.
S- The pale dry malt has some caramel malt aromas in an almost cologne quality. There is a bright crystal malt note and a soft herbal green finish.
T- This beer has a fresh pale malt flavor with some nice crystal malt notes. The finish is a soft herbal hops note that has a light mint quality and a soft bitterness that lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a full mouthfeel mostly due to the creamy head and no alcohol heat at all.
D- This is definitely an English Pale Ale, with the malt forward flavor. It tastes just like eating fresh crystal malt and a nice hop support that holds on with each finish. The creamy head pulls it all together. I love the 16oz cans and this beer captures the fresh session beer at its best.

Serving type: can

11-30-2009 23:07:12 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of Kaiser81


3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thrown in as an extra from a trade with Mora2000. Served from a 16 oz can and poured into a pint glass

A - A hazy copper color with a finger width of head initially. it dies down pretty quickly. The head is pretty frothy and thick when it's there, but after a couple of sips, it's almost gone. There is some lacing on the glass.

S - I'm getting a lot of malts in there. It smells very similar to a barley wine, like Old Guardian or Old Numbskull. There is a sweetness up front to it too, followed by a grainy-sweet cereal type smell.

T - My unsophisticated palate is not detecting too much here. There's a grainy type taste...not quite as distinct as cereal. maybe it's the barley or malts that's dominating. I really can't pinpoint anything.
After reading other reviews, I like the description of caramelized malts with citrus. There is a distinct citrusy aftertaste.

M - It's fine in the mouth. It's medium to tight bodied with minimal carbonation.

D - Eh...not sure I'd want anymore. There's kind of a lack of taste going on with it. If it's there, I guess I'd have it, but I'd probably look for others to drink first.

Serving type: can

11-30-2009 06:21:40 | More by Kaiser81
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from gramatton, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts with a caramel and citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong burst of hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid and flavorful beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 23:24:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Jayli


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this one from gramatton so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!!
Consumed 11/6

A: This beer pours a murky amber color with a one finger of creamy white head. Head recedes slowly leaving a thick coating of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is light but of herbal/grassy notes and a pretty ample pine kick.

T: Taste is sweet caramel malts up front, lending to some pale malts and biscuit, sharp piney hops kick in. The balance of malts and pine are a bit odd.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, veru oily feel that coats your tongue straight through to the finish.

D: Not a bad offering, blend of malts and hops are odd, not bad per se, but different. I could have one or two more of these in an evening.

Serving type: can

11-09-2009 15:25:00 | More by Jayli
Photo of sinstaineddemon


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

an extra in a trade fomr Mora2000, thanks Bill

A - a dark amber, light cola color with half of a finger of rocky light tan head, minimal visible carbonation and some suspended sediment

S - a decently hoppy aroma, some eponymous pine aroma and some floral notes and background sweetness

T - earthy and bitter, musty(not in a bad way)/hoppy bitter, some peat

M&D - not much to write about, its not a terribly complex flavor, but it is very appealing, and quite a great sessionable beer, basic, stable, and reliable, quite a tasty beer

Serving type: can

11-07-2009 23:35:25 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of callmemickey


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

A: Dark amber. Large egg-shell white head. Tiny bubbles leaving behind sheet like lacing. Good retention.

S: Sweet caramel malts. Some fresh baked bread. Light pine hop aromas.

T: Mirroring the nose, this is a creamy malty brew with nice highlights of pine and light citrus. I am not usually a big malt guy with IPAs and Pale Ales, but this had a nice satisfying flavor. Just enough hops to keep it interesting.

M: Creamy, medium-light bodied. Refreshing. Satisfying. Clean finish. Very subtle bight.

D: Very enjoyable brew... and a nice extra in a trade to boot. A bit high abv at 6.5% in a pale ale, but it wasn't noticeable in the slightest.

Serving type: can

11-05-2009 15:01:51 | More by callmemickey
Photo of meatyard


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a large whitish head, 3-4 fingers, in my 22 oz. nonic (Had to wait about 4-5 minutes before I could get all 16 oz. in the glass). The color is a hazy, dark, orange/amber with floaties and there is ample lacing and decent retention.
The smell is mostly sweetish malt.
The taste is, again, mostly the sweet, caramel malt with a light grassy flavor and a mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel is on the light side & very low on carbonation.
It's certainly an easy drinking beer with no noticeable alcohol.

There's nothing wrong with this beer, it just doesn't stand out in a category with quite a few excellent options.

Serving type: can

10-30-2009 22:03:12 | More by meatyard
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a huge head that strands lace

Smell: Biscuity malt and an odd, almost linseed oil-like, piney element

Taste: Biscuity malt joined by stone fruit in the middle and a balancing piney bitterness that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter, juicy flavors assert their ascendancy thought the finish has some residual malty sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguingly different and very enjoyable; this brewery has got it going on

Serving type: can

10-28-2009 02:27:52 | More by brentk56
Photo of Brenden


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More thanks to JJFoodie for including this as one of several extras in a fantastic trade.

The color is dark amber, nearly brown with the heavy clouding. There's a little sediment in this unfiltered brew. A beige head stays around one finger for quite a while, taking time to dissipate to a thick, compact foam that leaves some good lacing.
A decent balance of piney hops and malts with just a bit of citrus, hops being more prevalent; and, while that's the case, it is a little pale in the aroma. It's ever so slightly on the lighter side, though good.
There's a little bit more of the caramel from the malt in the flavor underneath the pine and grapefruit flavors, with just a touch of lemon zest lingering. It's not the strongest profile, and while none of the following traits overwhelm, it does have a nice flavor, balance and complexity. That said, there is a little something I can't quite place in the aftertaste that doesn't seem to belong.
This feel is fairly smooth and crisp with light carbonation in a medium body.
This is plenty drinkable and a worthy effort. It would certainly make for a good session beer.

Serving type: can

10-22-2009 16:38:58 | More by Brenden
Photo of aggiearcher13


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Draught House.

A: Pours a hazy amber, darker than I expected. About an inch of tan head that hangs around for a little while. A fair amount of lacing.

S: Kind of weak on the hop aroma. A little bit of a floral aromas, but mostly caramel malts.

T: A little piney bitterness and earthy. Biscuit. Rather unique for an APA.

M: I would say a little thin on the body, carbonation is middle of the pack.

D: It's OK, not something I would seek out again and I would get tired of it pretty quickly so sessioning it isn't going to happen. That said, it's a pretty unique APA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2009 23:16:30 | More by aggiearcher13
Photo of mjl21


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass. No abv info or bottling info is given.

A-Pours an opaque amber color with a one finger tan head. The head stays for a decent amount of time and rests at a nice layer. Some decent lace is left on the glass.

S-I found it to be a pretty weak nose. I get a lot of caramel malt and some herbal/grassy hops. As it warms it becomes grassier. It smells like Caldera IPA and Terminal Gravity IPA.

T-The caramel malt and grassy hops dominate the flavor profile 50/50. It leaves my mouth with a decent level of bitterness. As it warms a little bit of grapefruit comes out, but it does not overpower the grassy hops.

M-The body falls on the lower end of the medium spectrum. It is bitter and well carbonated.

D-Not the best APA, but not the worst. I found it to have too much caramel for my taste.

I really liked the bitterness level in this beer. I found it to be more in line with an IPA. I would like to try this fresh from the tap.

Serving type: can

10-06-2009 22:37:55 | More by mjl21
Photo of wyattshotmaker


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into this weird shaped pint glass from dfh cause it's my only glass that holds 16oz. nice head with nice lacing,deep hazy amber color.

nose isnt much to write home about,bit of caramel.kinda meh.

taste is earthy/piney hops,slight nuttiness sweet caramel and a bit of bitterness in the finish.medium bodied,good drinkability.

this might be an older can,but it's still a nice canned beer.really drinkable.i feel like they used alot of low alpha hops in this,not as bitter as most apa's.still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 01:35:30 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of jlindros


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this interesting looking tall boy as an extra from TexasStout. Poured from the can into an oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours with so much head that I actually had to stop pouring into the oversized snifter, I think the first time in this glass. The head starts at 3 fingers and rises to the top of the glass without even a full pour. At least it let me catch the stupid fruit fly that swam in for a drink. I made him spit the beer he drank out and went in for more.The head slowly fades leaving lots of pock marks. Its a very creamy looking head. But enough about the head, even though I love it. The color is a slightly dark copperish reddish orange brown with some light getting through.

N: I don't really get much on the nose and no hops!?? Some light red malts, a slightly earthy malt aroma, and another weird sweet like aroma I really can't figure out. That strange smell is really going to bother me if I don't figure it out. Actually, I think its almost got a Shiraz/syrah wine aroma. It's also got this weird off aroma that I can only quote one of my whisky guru's as "baby vomit".

T: Finally in for a sip. It starts with a strange piney earthy malt taste, and some weird extra flavors. Its pretty sweet but somewhat juicy. It's slightly bitter and has some different toasty flavors. I'm not sure if I've ever really tasted/smelled many of these in a beer before. This is very unique, both good and bad. Its got a biscuity malt taste as well on the sides. In the center almost seems like a slightly sweet and sour fruit that reminds me of skittles believe it or not. I think Homer was onto something with his SKittlebrau beer.

M: Decent carbonation and slightly spicey surprisingly, pretty thick as well.

F: Finishes a little drier but still slightly sweet. Some of the bitterness starts to come through on the finish with slight pine and more sour citrus. I get a touch of tropical citrus fruits like orange and lemon that seem to be offset with something like mango that lead me back to the skittles. Its also pretty refreshing except a lingering bitterness that starts nice but ends up not as pleasant as it sits on the back of the tongue and almost ages not so gracefully while it sits there.

Final thoughts: A very VERY interesting beer to try. If you haven't tried this before I would highly recommend to do so. Not that its the best pale in the world, but because it has so many unique and interesting tastes and aromas. Its pretty light on the hop taste, but the bitterness and some pine come out on the finish. A nice malty taste as well and pretty refreshing beer. I'm also a fan of the can so you can bring it on fishing trips etc.

Serving type: can

09-24-2009 01:48:21 | More by jlindros
Photo of bamadog


2.13/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to beerman207 for splitting this one with

Appearance: pours a cloudy, ruddy caramel color and the body is cloudy and has many floaties that look like lint. Not pretty. Comes with a one finger head and fades to a watery skim with sift carbonation.

Smell: mostly malt and smells like nuts and bread. - no hops whatsoever. Letdown. Sweet and caramel-like.

Taste: tastes nutty; bready; no hop presence whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: watery and thin, blech.

Drinkability: oh, you can drink it, but I don't know why you would.

Serving type: can

09-08-2009 02:06:28 | More by bamadog
Photo of beerman207


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with about 1 finger of head. Nice lacing left behind

S: Smells of malt and hops. Very inviting

T: I enjoyed the taste but it wasn't anything special - taste was of sweet citrus and malt.

M: Mouthfeel is medium.

D: Drinkability is good. I would definately go for another. It's a great standard beer to have around but nothing that I would pay a lot for.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 01:58:48 | More by beerman207
Photo of titusgroan


4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been loving this beer for about a year, maybe less - I was a little put off of putting down 8 some odd bucks for 4 16oz cans. I resisted the first couple times i saw it - then i had to try it. I'm sorry I waited as long as i did and it more than worth what ever you pay for it - this stuff is greatness. and its from TX!!! I love just about everything about this beer. Just wish it came in a 12 pack!

Tonight i poured into a tall thick glass - cold from the freezer. Head is nice but i fit the whole can into the glass. Nice bubbles below - little swirling groups and other regular little bubbles as well. The color is a very nice amber to deep burnt orange - very hazy and thick. This is almost like a homebrew - theres even some hop bits floating around. I love the smell of this beer - it just flows out of the cup. The malt and hops are very full - they hit you pretty good in the face. Taste is very malty with a good bit of bitterness - hops are right there too to complement the malts. Very full mouthfeel and great lingering aftertaste - makes me want to take another sip. I can easily down one of these in a few moments all the while swirling the glass and enjoying the smell and color of this beer. I like to swirl this one to keep the head up and release the beautiful scent of this beer. Each sniff makes me want another sip - and then its gone.

i really like this brewery and this is one of my favorite beers. I've had this in the middle of winter (or what passes for winter here in TX) and in the hot of summer and it is excellent any time of year. If it was a bit easier to get this would be my go to beer (bye bye Shiner). I hope the Southern Star continues to burn bright and that they keep making great beers.

Serving type: can

09-05-2009 00:52:37 | More by titusgroan
Photo of kingcrowing


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured in an imperial pint glass. Thanks to theghost3 for this extra!

Pours a cloudy copper color with a huge fluffy head. looks really awesome. On the nose is very malty with... pine notes! Quite pleasant, the pineyness reminds me of Pliny the Elder.

Taste is quite malty with a good amount of maltiness and a toasty finish. Theres almost some coffee notes to it as well. Mouthfeel is a bit sharp but still kinda full. Awesome drinker, if you can get it, buy it!

Serving type: can

08-29-2009 00:20:46 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of charlesw

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It says in the text on the can something about it being a full-flavored amber ale. But, hey, amber, pale. Close enough, right?

Cloudy pale amber. Medium head with the cutest little bubbles that last and last.

Smells faintly of caramel malts and cascade hops (fruity, citrusy). But maybe that's 'cause I was just looking at Ithaca Beer's web site (ha). No, they're there.

On the lighter side for body. Some of that cascade zip, you can taste the caramel/crystal malts... A little bit of bitterness there at the end.

To me it comes across very much like a session ale. The problem with that is the "high" alcohol. But it's a lot like an English bitter with some cascades and a bit more bitterness. And a bit more alcohol.


Serving type: can

08-22-2009 01:18:41 | More by charlesw
Photo of DeathbySexyBT


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There is something very gratifying about drinking beer out of a can. The temptation to crush the can against my head like a frat boy is not one that a sane person gives into more than once. Still, it's in a can!!! *crushes against head* *passes out*

A: What are you talking about? It's in a can! You want me to pour it in a glass? Fine, but only this once! Deep amber/brown. Maybe the head would lace if I didn't overflow the glass. Now I have spilled delicious beer you inconsiderate jerk.

S: Ok, so here is where a can may hurt a beer. In order to get the true aroma, you do have to pour it in a glass. Otherwise, you will smell aluminum mixed with whatever your beer smells like.

This beer smells like no APA that I am used to. Rather, this smells like an IPA. I like that, but I guess style-nazi's may have a bone to pick with that. Let them review it then. Spicy notes are a given and caramel malts are big as well.

T: Pine should be taken literally when deciding whether or not to buy this. I love the flavor. It is very present, but it does not obscure the grapefruit notes or malty yumminess of this brew. Much like the smell, this is a hoppy APA.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation. This has a creamy bitter full finish to it.

D: I am going to fill a shelf on my fridge with this. I want one with me at all times. Holy F&%#ing S#!% that is a good beer.

Serving type: can

08-14-2009 18:23:28 | More by DeathbySexyBT
Photo of akorsak


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16 oz can purchased at Anderson's Market in Maumee, OH.

A: The can opened with quite an explosion of foam, like all those times that I shook up cans of Miller for friends. After subsiding, the pale ale revealed itself to be an amber brown colored ale with a semi-transparent body. The large head didn't lace, as the contents of the can filled the entire glass.

S: The pale ale has an aroma befitting an IPA (or even a DIPA). Spicy citrus hops have a peppery smell that is very lively. Caramel malts are sizeable, again pushing the aroma past APA levels.

T: The spicy hop bitterness is the most telling factor in this one, full and coating. A significant caramel malt backbone contributes, in addition to the color, a full presence that supports the hops. The ale seems much stronger than it is.

M: The mouthfeel verges on hot with its hop profile. A bold pale ale.

D: Another good beer from a can. A pounder, this isn't one to take lightly.

Serving type: can

08-09-2009 23:36:24 | More by akorsak
Photo of rgrholmes168


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

Poured into a pint glass from 16oz can.

The beer poured rather crisply and ended up with a nice one finger head. The head left a small bit of foam over the rest of the body with a touch of lace on the sides of the glass.
The color is a deep amber/orange color, which was a small surprise. The nose was a little bit weaker than what I expected from the beer, with a little bit more than a hint of the hops coming through.
The beer had a citrus/lemon taste upon the first sip, which left only a slight aftertaste. Lace stayed on the sides which is always a nice picture. A little more of the hops comes through the further into the beer you get.
A fairly drinkable beer that is not too heavy, but to me, right about where a good pale ale needs to be.
This is my first beer from Southern Star and it is pretty good. A solid pale ale.

Serving type: can

08-09-2009 22:33:58 | More by rgrholmes168
Photo of BayouBengal1537


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale ale poured into my Nonic Pub glass
A - Poured a cloudy amber, orange color, with a 2 finger thick off-white head. looks inviting
S - Slightly weak, but notice some piney hops and a sweet malty background, maybe some citrus notes as well
T - resembles the nose just more pronounced. Get mild citrus hops, some pine and grassy notes, but balanced very well with a sweet malt background.
M - medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel, smooth and not watery, i like this mouthfeel.
D - very drinkable, solid pale ale. This was my first craft beer in a can and thouroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

08-04-2009 23:05:43 | More by BayouBengal1537
Photo of specksnreds


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

This beer is a regular in my fridge. It's one of my go-to brews while I'm waiting for the home brews to carbonate.

The can says it's a pale ale. I truly don't give a shit what category it's supposed to go in, but this beer has been consistent in its characteristics since day one.

Cloudy amber pour with a small, big bubble head. A little lacing. Seems force carbonated.

Aroma are malt and canned pineapples. More pine than citrus in the hop aromas.

Taste is bitter followed by a not-too-sweet maltiness. Bitterness lingers, and a bit of dry hop spiciness.

Mouth feel is clean and not too heavy.

Yep, one of my faves. Recommended.

Serving type: can

08-01-2009 22:55:33 | More by specksnreds
Photo of woodychandler


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been on a CAN quest for a while, but I am slowly coming to an end on it simply because there just are not many left for me to try. I was elated to find this during a half-day layover in CHI as I headed west.

I know that packaging has no bearing on the beer or the review, but I fell in love with these guys just from the CAN. First, they had in quotes, "Clarity is overrated." Amen! The term "NE-quality clarity" in my reviews hearkens back to July 2006 when I sat in on Beer School in Lincoln, Nebraska (NE). We were told that because BMC has so instilled in people's minds the importance of clarity, the brewer has to warn the staff of any beer that is being put on that is less than bright, or as he put it "that you can read the Sunday comics through it from across the room", else his customers may think that it is somehow fouled. Aaarrghh! Clarity IS overrated! Next, also on the can, "[n]on-filtered, nerver pasteurized ..." Amen and halejujah, brothers and sisters! Finally, the admonition to "Break the circle, cut the plastic rings" was music to my environmentally-friendly ears. I have been Green well before the term exisited and was at the cusp of the trend in the late-1980's/early-1990's aboard the USS Normandy (CG-60) where I was designated Recycling Petty Officer. The problem with six-pack rings, especially at sea, is that small birds and fish can get them around their necks at a young age, not be able to shake them off, and as they mature and grow, the rings choke them off. It was most impressive to me that a micro-canner would have this on their can.

From the CAN: "This handcrafted American Pale Ale is brewed in small batches using high quality American two row, choice British crystal malts, slect hops and deep-well ground water from the Evangeline Aquifer. Non-filtered, never pasteurized this ale is packaged directly into cans to ensure maximum freshness for your enjoyment. This full-flavored amber ale is sure to satisfy."; "Handcrafted taste in a can"; "'Clarity is overrated.'"; "Break the circle - cut the plastic rings".

And now, a review! My pour once again created a huge, thick, two-plus fingers of head like that of an ice cream float. Could the mountainous altitude have been causing this? It also experienced great retention throughout. The color was a hazy orangish-amber, in line with their philosophy. Call it truth in advertising. The nose was wonderfully piney, underlain with a malty sweetness. My mouth began to water. SNPA may have been the first to make this style, but this was a quality APA in a CAN! Mouthfeel was medium with the malty sweetness more in the forward and the the hops in the background. The finish began malty sweet but then the hops asserted themselves and lingered with a very pleasant dryness. This was another solid CANdidate for an afternoon at the beach. I love "[handcrafted taste in a] CAN"!

Serving type: can

07-31-2009 21:13:28 | More by woodychandler
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