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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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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 Hirshi
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Hirshi, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of IrishColonial
3/5  rDev -21.5%

IrishColonial, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of AgentMunky
4.01/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy golden brown. Nice head and heavy lacing. Hazy.

S: Heavy pine. Resiny. Pinesol, maybe.

T: Pretty darn good! The pine is the dominant note here, along with a robust maltiness. Finish is ever so slightly sour. Fresh and herbal. Lightly dry, clean finish.

M: crisp and bitter dry. I like it.

O: Way better than I thought it would be! Recommended. Would buy again.

AgentMunky, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Llamameister
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Llamameister, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Stinger80OH
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Stinger80OH, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Hazy and amber-brown in color with a nice head that lasted and left good lacing.

Smells of piney grapefruit, hops, slightly fruity, and a little earthy.

Tastes of caramel malts, pine, grapefruit, citrus, a bit of sweetness, and an earthy bitterness. Hop presence is on par with some IPAs, but a nice malty balance provides for a well-rounded beer.

Lingering slightly sweet bitterness helps define this nice, medium bodied beer.

I'd certainly like to have it again, very smooth and flavorful, easy to drink, and comes in cans. Nice job on this one.

Update: finally DID have it again, just as good the second time around. I definitely like this brewery, and love the cans.

AlCaponeJunior, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of strangebrew1981
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

strangebrew1981, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Lagerquestrian, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of kikenazz
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from fridge can into silicone pint glass.

A- a mix of burnt orange/yellow-brown. Head dissipated within a minute or two but a steady stream of bubbles was persistent.

S- Lives up to its name. First thing is smell was pine aroma. I would guess there is some Warrior hops in there. Also get a little bit of lemony smell.

T/M- Very bitter. A few seconds after drinking, the back of my tongue would get a tingling bitterness left behind. The malt aspect of the beer seems to be low key. Seems light on my tongue. More citrus in the taste than what I smelled but the pine is still there tied up with the bitterness.

Definitely pleased with this beer. First beer I have had that was so prominently piney. Much more bitter than I expected and seems borderline IPA to me, but who is gonna draw the line. Would recommend to my friends.

kikenazz, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

hsus0225, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%

Pours to a thick head and erratic lacing. Color is an unfiltered orange amber. Aroma is piney hops and a bit of specialty malts. Flavor is a nice blend of crystal and pale malts and citrus and pine flavored hops. The bitterness is off, which I suspect is a water issue. If the water source is high in certain salts such as bicarbonates, the bitterness of the hops comes off soapy, alkaline and medicinal. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall, it seems to be a good recipe, just needs a mineral adjustment. Or not. I could be wrong. Either way, it's been my experience as a home brewer that water can greatly affect hop perception. Now that the hop mania is in full swing, everybody's piling them on with little regard for how the local water will interact with them.

EagleTalon, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Dicers, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jame515, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of JasonMinck
4/5  rDev +4.7%

JasonMinck, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of DeaconD
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DeaconD, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of omnibusfilms
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

omnibusfilms, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of nsheehan
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%

Pine Belt pale ale
Southern Star Brewing Co
16oz can to Modern craft pint

A – A uniformly cloudy amber. Somewhat translucent, a bit translucent. Poured quite vigorously, but the head subsided very quickly, leaving just a layer of it on top.

S – Pinecone, grass, orange and a bit of pineapple. There’s also a muddled earthy-sweet smell, like dirt or rock with a bit of brown sugar. As it warms, a little the pine lets a little more citrus and floral notes through, I think I pick up a bit of mango now.

T – A whole lot of not bitter pine. There’s a tiny bit of citrus riding along in the backbone, and a malt backbone to hold it up, but it really is a pinecone bomb (not very bitter though). As it warms some citrus and grass get through the pine, and it’s better. A hop spiciness emerges as well.

M – Heavy-light bodied. A little bit tingly, a little bit smooth, less than average dryness for style. Stays close to the tongue.

D - The can says serve at 50 degrees (F) and it definitely got better as it warmed for 20 minutes. It’s good but not great. Has average complexity, but it’s masked by too much rough pine cone smell and taste.
3.25, 3.25, 3.25, 3.5, 3.25; 3.3.

nsheehan, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

csfcmitchell, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%

16 fl. oz. can into Flying Dog tulip. no canned-on date.

A: slight haze on an orange body. head has an orange tint on an otherwise white body. good retention, plenty of lacing.

S: a mild caramel malt, a zesty hop aroma. faded.

T: slightly astringent. certainly oxidized. the caramel provides a body that should have a greater presence. time has thinned it out. pretty bitter. actually very bitter.

M: carb is a touch on the mild side. nothing too nuts, a little too mild for me. medium body.

D: overall, flavors are too muddy for me. distracts from the brew. bitterness is all out of wack. id pass.

Jimmys, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of BRBrewBro
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

BRBrewBro, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of icehawk
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

Can Appearance: Cloudy amber with nice foamy white head Aroma: dark bread Taste: Bready malts, Palate: Fairly bitter up front, but finishes smooth with a good malt backbone. Fairly lively mouthfeel Overall: A bit heavy, good drinking. Good taste

icehawk, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BryantForestry, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.