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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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86
very good

597 Ratings
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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | 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 djeucalyptus
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Thanks to xpimptastikx for hooking me up with a few of these! pours a murky light amber, somewhere between orange juice and apple juice. A nice pillowy one-finger cream-colored head has impressive retention that leaves a good bit of lacing down the glass.

simple but impressive and appealing aroma of a nice caramel malt mixed with grapefruit, oranges, pine, and citrus jelly beans.

Taste is sweet malt up front. caramel, candi sugars, and a bit of toffee mixing with a bit of breadiness. Then the hops take over, with strong grapefruit notes, backed by a bit of orange, pineapple, and a touch of pine. Malty, fruity, sweet, and almost hop-candy like. Rich and malty for a pale. I'm digging it.

Mouthfeel is classic pale ale. medium body with lots of fine carbonation that create an impressively creamy feel. A touch syrupy and just a hint of bitter drying. A nice clean fruity bitter finish.

I could drink this one all day long. Full, creamy, solid, delicious. Reminds me of candied hops and grapefruit jellybeans. A bit on the malty side for a pale, but delicious!

djeucalyptus, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of FreightTrain
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

A- Pours a honey brown with lots of chill haze; looks kind of muddy (but then again the can says "Clarity is overrated", so I guess I'm not telling them anything they don't already know.) Decent white head with nice lacing. Can has a serving temperature printed on the side, which is nice to see.

S- Pleasantly mild hoppiness, apricot, orange peel, maple syrup

T- Very balanced throughout. Moderate but flavorful level of hopping with a touch of bitterness. Lemon, pine, light fruit. Probably some Vienna malt in here. Nice caramel malt flavor, perhaps a little butteriness.

M- Very nice carbonation; lots of small bubbles. Full, creamy mouthfeel.

D- This may turn out to be my go-to beer for Mardi Gras. Love the 16oz. cans, decent price, and tasty beer that passes for hoppy in the South.

FreightTrain, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Appearance: Pours a gloriously hazy honey body with a brilliant bubbly tannish head that leaves great lacing. In a couple of the glasses I enjoyed I found a lot of strange sediment, almost like tornado-shaped drops of oil in water, when I held my glass up to the light. As I made my way through the beer, it ended up mellowing into a general coarse haziness.

Aroma: Very Cascade-like notes of orange peel and grapefruit from the hops with a solid brown sugary pale malt baseline.

Taste: Mildly bitter and piney hops lead the way with lots of caramely, slightly biscuity, pale malt underneath. Somewhat fruity. There's a lot of malt here for a Pale Ale, but everything tastes good together. Not tasting much of that 6.3% ABV advertised on the can.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability, quite a thirst quencher. Just watch out for the 6.3% alcohol content, as smooth as this goes down it can sneak up on you.

Verdict: To be honest, when I saw beer from Conroe in my local beer shop, I was excited, yet skeptical. But I'm happy to report that this beer is not only decent, but actually pretty damn good. They've crafted a very solid and balanced, somewhat malty, APA that drinks exceptionally well. I'll have to make the arduous ten minute journey up the road to tour the brewery sometime very soon.

BeanBone, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of HopDerek
4.05/5  rDev +6%

Thanks to Kegatron for this gift.

Pours a slightly hazy caramel amber color with 2+ fingers of frothy eggshell colored head. Nice retention and solid lacing cling all the way down the glass. Smells of citrus, herbal hops, light spiciness, caramel, and sweet bready malt. Tastes of tea-like herbal hops, lemon zest, pineapple, grapefruit, and apricot citrus with a good caramel and bready backbone and some light grassy notes and a touch of pine needles in the finish. Medium to medium light in body with nice carbonation. Smooth with a solid bready feel and a gentle lingering bitterness. A really fantastic pale ale with good flavors and great balance of them. I wouldn't mind having more of this.

HopDerek, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Much thanks to thickerfreakness for the opportunity to try this. Poured from a 16oz. can into my nonic pint glass. Appears a cloudy golden amber color with about a finger of off-white foam. Smells of tropical fruits such as pineapple, and more freshly sliced pineapple with a touch of caramel malt. If I floated a maraschino cherry in it, I'd be staring at liquid pineapple upside down cake. Tastes of pineapple, melon and sweet caramel malt followed by a very pleasant piney and grapefruit bitterness from the hops. Medium in both body and carbonation. Finish is spicy, very nice. Well, if these was available here, it would be a staple in my fridge. Really well done. I'm really diggin' the melon in this, a first for me in a pale ale.

ClockworkOrange, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

This one pours out of the can kind of hazy with a deep amber color, a little red. There's a thin head, that's kind of puffy with big, loose bubbles. It disappears kind of quickly. This one looks about average. The smell is really what I love. It smells distinctly like pineapple cake. I mean you get the sweet pineapple and a really bready smell underneath. Probably my favorite smell in a beer ever, different than the norm for an APA. The creamy smell, like icing, may only be placebo because of the rest of the smell. The taste is actually a bit piney and grassy, but not overly bitter, but there is just a tiny bit of astringency (maybe from over-dry hopping). There's a good malt backbone, with sweet biscuity tastes. Definitely doesn't live up to the smell but I enjoy it. The carbonation level is good and there isn't really a harsh aftertaste. A good full, but not too chewy mouthfeel. And even for 6.5% in a full pint can, I could see myself drinking a couple. There certainly isn't anything off-putting, and I would recommend it to anyone, at least for the sake of smelling it.

taylorhamrick, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

My first beer from this brewery. Glad to see it on tap during my latest visit to the Flying Saucer in Houston.

It is copper with a chill haze. It has a nice dense off-white head & decent lacing.

I like the aroma of pine and grains.

The taste leads with pine and something I have never experienced before in a APA, pineapple, mango and other tropical fruit. Not bad, just different!

The mouth is crisp with excellent carbonation.

I'm not sure I would session this given the unique taste profile, but it is interesting and I'm glad I got to try a beer. It was my bosses favorite one of the evening!

Redrover, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Got this as an extra in a trade with goryshkewych. Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer!

A-Well, the can acted l shook it up before opening. Overflowed..but just a little bit. Poured with a super big head that needed a lot of time to fade. But once it did it maintained a nice 1-2 finger, foamy, frothy head very nicely. Loads of lacing left all the way down the glass. Body is a very nice super cloudy translucent golden yellow body.

S- This has a nose that rings classic APA. It has a big piny hop smell but also has a nice balance of pale malt and a slight earthiness.

T- Very similar to the smell. Its a nice APA. When you think APA this + a little bit of extra pine flavors come through. A great sweet pale malt backbone balances the earthy and piny hops. The finish has a hint of piny refreshment...but not as much as an IPA...the finish is more clean than anything.

M- Wow. Wonderful mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation and very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a perfect balance between malt and hop oils. Mouthfeel is medium in weight.

D- This is a great classic APA. It's not as hoppy as Dale's or other hoppy examples of the style...but it is a bit hoppier than most classic examples. The mouthfeel is immaculate and this is one that I would love to have again.

PittBeerGirl, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Giving this one a try thanks to a generous LIF from jasonjlewis.

Obviously not lacking in carbonation, this one bursts out of the can, necessitating a hasty pour into my Duvel tulip. Once safely corraled in the glass, this beer is nice looking, with a fluffy 2-inch head on top of a cloudy dark orange, almost amber head.

Big-time baking smells in the nose. Fresh baked bread, yeast, caramel, burnt sugar, some floral notes and a bit of hops.

Interesting take on the PA. Sweet malty flavors dominate here. Lots of bread and yeast again, big caramel flavors with some apple and a nice orange/grapefruit finish. Fun transition from the malt up front to the citrus at the end.

Medium mouthfeel with generous carbonation. Very tasty and drinkable.

Overall impression: I really enjoyed this beer. It's a nice change of pace from the hop-dominated PA's I'm used to.

PDXHops, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of RodBurg
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Big thanks to Beertracker for this one. Pours a cloudy orange/amber with a fluffy white head and good lacing.

Lots of hops in the nose. Pine, flowers, citrus, and tropical fruit make up the bulk of it. Caramel malt and sweet toffee linger in the background.

Excellent balance on the palate. Piney hops and spearmint are in perfect harmony with the sweetness of the malt. Ends on a delicious bitter grapefruit note. Hardly any aftertaste.

This is one of the better pale ales out there. Great balance and drinkability. Too bad its not available out here.

RodBurg, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -5%

Terracotta orange with a full fluffy tan head that lasts for a long time. The beer is generally clear but has a lot of sediment suspended through out the liquid. I don't know if it has something to do with being canned or if it's just the way beer is. The particles look to be frozen in time.

Smell starts with a bitter hop aroma then transitions into a sweet malt. Slightly fruity in the acidic family, kind of lemony and pineapple.

Taste has a nice zesty start to a malty sweet brew. I like the hop presence that lasts well into the finish. The meat and potatoes of this beer definitely is the malt. Sweet and creamy those malts are caramelized and kind have a syrupy sweetness to them that isn't completely to my liking.

The mouthfeel is pretty good due to a medium body with a thin carbonation. Nice flavors that to me taste slightly dulled and not as fresh as they could be. All that aside this is a tasty beer that feels pretty f-ing good. "Handcrafted taste in a can" I totally agree.

jbphoto88, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of bainard
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%

can to pub glass

a- amber with a fair white head.

s- the name ain't lyin'. lotsa pine and a bit of sweet, honeyish hops.

t- basically felt like a watered down IPA from a midwestern brewery. in all seriousness, there's a citrusy bite here that befits the hoppy mildness well.

m- nice carbonation, but nothing out of the ordinary.

d- not a bad beer at all, but i would probably choose some other stuff in my fridge before going after this one again. for what it is, though, a success.

bainard, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Pale brown/light brown coloring with a little bit of head.

S- Not really a dominating scent, but you can slightly smell some of the hops.

T- Hoppy, but a smooth beer. Somewhat bland, but still a solid beer.

M- Well carbonated and very smooth.

D- Extremely drinkable beer.

Overall a great beer from Southern Star. In a way it is kind of bland, but still a good beer.

Bagman007, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of omnigrits
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from the can into a straight 16oz glass gives a good-looking pint with a nice amber colour and foamy white head that subsides quickly leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface. Not much lace. Quite a bready, yeasty aroma with fruity, citrusy notes... maybe a little caramel too.

A nice balance of malt and hops in the taste with more of that fruitiness, and a very pleasant hoppy aftertaste as it goes down. Good solid mouthfeel with just the right carbonation. I could very easily drink this all night.

omnigrits, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Clouded,peach-toned appearance...big,rocky bone-white head. Looks great.

Bittersweet, hoppy aroma, lots of lemon, and orange,a little lime and pineapple...Lively, and beautiful.

Big, zesty hop bite right off the bat. Delicious malt flavor,too.Bright, citrusy, sweet,tasty.

With each taste,I'm more impressed with this excellent unfiltered pale ale from a can. Clarity IS overrated, I agree.

Lots of malt, lots of hops, make one very delicious ale.Never heard of these guys, at all, and got the can as a surprise gift. Sweet surprise, indeed.

Hooray for Texas for making a beer this good! Now, ...more!

feloniousmonk, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Riggo
4.05/5  rDev +6%

pours an attractive amber-copper with thin off-white cap of foam.

nice nose of orange, caramel, raisins, toffee, some mint perhaps. some smoky, earthy notes as well--pretty atypical for the APA style, but real inviting.

in the mouth, great balance of earthy, caramel elements and citrusy, hop flavor. emphasis from the hops is on flavor rather than bitterness, though the finish is clean with a slight dry bite.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy--excellent. low carbonation. you could definitely sit with a few of these over the course of an evening.

there is a citrus hop element there but, with the earthiness to balance, this is almost in ESB territory. nice offering from texas. love the can!

Riggo, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a 16oz can into a 20oz imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, orangey-amber color capped by a creamy, khaki-colored, 2 1/4 finger head that has decent retention and leaves some drooping ropes of lace in the glass.

S: Aromas of pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, orange, toasted malt, and mildly roasted nuts.

T: Lots of pine and grapefruit with an interesting buttery caramel/toffee flavor that leads into more pine and some floral hops.

M: Bitter, spicy hops that receive some balancing help from the sweet and toasty malt. This finishes pretty prickly and peppery. Very nice.

D: A very pleasant surprise and quite pleasurable to drink. I liked its' peppery hoppiness and sweet malt goodness. More canned beer from Southern Star, please.

GbVDave, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

What a lovely somewhat rubeyish amber beneath an off-white, one-finger head and slim bubbling. This pine belt pale has some piney hops, woody yeast, and biscuity toasted malts. Dry pine bark and orange skin start the taste off. The middle is woody while the finish is toasted and citrusy. The palate is dry to start and a little resiny to finish. Theres a decent amount of flavors and feelings going on in this APA. A somewhat interesting session APA.

scruffwhor, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of aeminter
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Amber/caramel color...a little cloudy (can states that "clarity is overrated") Tan foamy head starts off nice and thick, but eventually decreases to a constant 5mm. Lacing is minimal.
Aroma is sweet, citrusy (grapefruit) and hoppy.
The taste is bitter, smooth and refreshing.
Mouthfeel is very agreeable.
All together this is a great drinkable beer.

aeminter, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.63/5  rDev -5%

This was one of the many brews I got in the 08 sercret santa Bif from hwwty4. Thanks a lot Bill.
16oz can.

A rather cloudy amber body here with about a finger and a half of off-white head. Fairly light and fluffy head that sinks into a thin ring fairly quickly. Leaves a lot of good lacing behind though.

Floral and citrus notes are noticeable in the aroma, also a good malt sweetness.

I expected a ton of piney hop flavors in this because of the name, but that didn't happen. A good citrus hop bite that reminds me of a good citrus blend is follow by a pretty big malt profile. Caramel and even a noticeable chocolate flavor. Rather chocolately for an APA actually, which is interesting. Finishes with just a slight bitterness.

Not very much going on in the mouthfeel here, very well carbonated and very light and thin.

Good drinkability; a sixteen ouce can is way better than a 12oz bottle.

Hojaminbag, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of beertooth
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz can.

This beer looks promising. A lightly burnt orange liquid with tons of suspended yeast bits. It's topped with a chunky off white foam crown that leaves globs of rocky lacing on the sides of the glass.

I smell sweet and tangy crystal malt with hits of floral hops. I'm getting a lot of pineapple, grass, and nameless tropical fruits.

Taste follows what you get in the nose, pineapple, grass, ect... Although, I can pick up on spicey hops now that the beer is warming. I like it a lot.

This beer is extremely drinkable for me. I would keep these as a staple in my fridge if I lived in Texas.

Thanks to brewsie for the trade!

beertooth, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours a foggy light reddish/brown color with at least two fingers of off white head. Average carbonation. Smells of sweet rich light malts and some good fresh floral and pine notes. First sip is very balanced well hopped with a sturdy yeasty malt backbone.Light bodied,crisp mouthfeel. Very suprised,this is very good.

WakeandBake, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Loki
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

First I have to thank my Secret Santa adamharbaugh for this great beer in a can.

Side Note on the Packaging: I thought the can was great. Tall, slender 16oz can. While the logo could use a little work, the information on the can and the can itself are fantastic. It gives a description of the beer, the ingredients and some specifics about the brewing process like the fact it is not filtered or pasteurized. It also has the please recycle, "Break the Circle" with a picture of scissors cutting a plastic 4 pack ring holder, and the recommended serving temp of 50¤.

Appearance: Foam burst forth with the first opening. (Perhaps I should have waiting more than 45 minutes after opening the can after packaged, shipped, and unpacked. But that would require some modicum of patience.) Pours a slightly cloudy, dusky, copper color with a huge, white, billowy head. It is unclear in a very good way. (Can even says "Clarity is overrated." and I couldn't agree more) The lacing and head are stubbornly sticky. A good cover of lacing remains well until the end of the beer.

Smell: Light, biscuity malt aroma followed by mild grassy and citrusy hops. There is enough hop aroma so that you know that it is a Pale Ale, but it is not dominant. Some fruity esters on the end.

Taste: Sweet malt followed quickly by clean, hops and a fruity almost cloying sweetness. Very balanced and very refreshing taste. Good solid flavors of lightly toasted malt, hints of caramel, very subtle honey flavors with more sweet citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel: At first clean with a medium body, but the finish is very stick with a slightly cloying after taste. Sticky, very sticky.

Great APA and even better that it comes in a can. This would be great for tailgates and camping trips. Really glad I got to try this, wish I could get it locally.

Loki, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Received in trade from RickSawyer and TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity guys.

Pours a nearly clear orange amber color with a fluffy off white head that sticks some decent lace on the way down the glass. Smells of hops. Heavy pine and grapefruit with a bit of caramel hidden in the background. Taste is a little sweet with bread and caramel hiding underneath pine a grapefruit. Sharp bitterness leading to a dry finish and lingering grapefruit on the palette. Mouthfeel is grainy and oily, body is medium to thin, carbonation is sharp. Great little pale ale, I could see myself downing a few of these on a warm summer day. The body could use a little boost, but the taste is pretty damn good.

johnnnniee, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

I'm pretty impressed that someone opened a brewery in podunk Conroe Tx. The Pine Belt is quite impressive.

It pours a clear, light light amber color, with an average, almost tan, creamy and persistant head that leaves good thick and strong lacing in it's wake.

The aroma is of pine, floral and citrus hops. I detect a little caramel malts to balance. The hop aroma is great and lasts till the fat lady sings.

The flavor is different. A little sweet with grassy and pine notes. Just the right bitterness IMO for a APA. The bitterness has a little sting, could be softer.

It's just a touch dry in the end. Nice lasting bitterness. It has a medium to full bodied mouthfeel. And is pretty drinkable. I could have a couple or three.

hoplover82, Dec 07, 2008
Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.