Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Pine Belt Pale AlePine Belt Pale Ale

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very good

638 Ratings
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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 20
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 638 | Reviews: 388
Photo of deepchills
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I paid $7 for a 4 pack of 16oz cans at Majestic in Fort Worth. Seemed like a good deal at the time, feels like a steal now.

Slightly hazy, rich copper pour, half inch of head. Not much lacing.

Light pine and sweet malts on the nose.

Sweet big malt taste up front, orange mixed in, just absolutely delicious start! After half a glass I’m noticing some tropical fruits in there. The tropical fruit is like a dried, sugar coated piece of pineapple you would find in some trail mix. (The part of the trail mix I eat first!) Crisp bitter hop finish with a little caramel. No after taste, clean and crisp.

Easy to drink, goes down very easy, too easy? I can see a bunch of these going down in a hurry! Great mouth feel and very refreshing.

This is a fantastic Pale Ale. There is no hint of the 6.3%abv, and 45 IBU is just right with the big malt mix. This is my 3rd beer from Southern Star Brewery in Conroe Texas, and while the Bombshell Blonde and the Buried Hatchet Stout are both very good offerings, this is far and away my favorite. I’m going to go open another one right now, and I’ll be buying this beer again, immediately!

L'Chaim!

Photo of eclipse54
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16 ounce can I received as part of turfy's "A Taste of Texas" LIF; thanks! Into a Deschutes pint glass...

"An easy pour translate to a massive, four finger wide head that is a light beige in color and comprised of various sizes of bubbles; as said bubbles subside, a frothy, sticky goo with impressive retention takes its place. The body is darker than anticipated, being an amber, sap-like color with rich golden hues. Honestly, the best pour I’ve seen come from a pale in a long time.

This one smells of pine, fresh hops, ample orange and lemon citrus, and has a nice caramel finish. The taste is very similar, beginning with the hops, pine, and some earthen tones before a blast of citrus takes over; again, the finish is a rich, almost amplified caramel and toffee flavor. The mouth is very smooth, and finishes well; not dry or sticky, just clean.

Overall, a very good beer that, even better, comes in a can! However, this could easily pass as a light amber ale as opposed to an American Pale. That said, the can even refers to it as an Amber in the dialog on the back: ""This full-flavored amber ale is sure to satisfy." Were it not for the title, I'd say it's mis-categorized. An oddly delicious conundrum we have here…

Photo of JamesS
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Received in a trade, although not asked for and not that great.) Poured a decent copper color with some very nice head and a bit of nice lacing. Nice hoppy scent, good citrus tones, and a decent maltiness underneath (overblown by hops). Nice flavor, with a nice pale ale up front and a huge citrus flavor at the end; a bit unbalanced, but not bad. Went down fairly well, but there was a bit of hop roughness.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can - thanks to cfrancis for this one

Appearance – Clear copper colour with a massive size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit/oranges, peaches

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a fair amount of hops. I can also pick up on some grapefruit and orange flavour and even some pineapple and peach. The beer finishes with a caramel sweet aftertaste with a touch of citrus and hop bitterness.

Overall – The taste is very good, but it isn't over the top and in your face.. which is good for a pale ale because it helps with the sessionability.. it may be a touch too much on the sweet side to drink a bunch of though. One of the better canned pale ales I've had for sure.

Photo of Klondike
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- cloudy crimson, thick head that disipates in about a minute

Smell- MAlts: roasted/hops: lively spicey hop,piney,resiny l

T- nice and hoppy, well balanced, nice finish-hop intense

Mouthfeel- pretty heavy, but not filling, smooth, even carbonation

O- very good

I drink this all the time. Just decided to review it. I poured it into a glass for the review. It comes in 16oz cans. I usually just drink it straight from the can.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours out a cloudy amber color. Head is off-white with lasting retention. Lacing is patchy but for the most part spread evenly around the glass.

S - In the nose you get some piny and citrus hops upfront. Its balanced nicely with some light tropical fruits like pineapple and orange. Undertones of honey can be detected in the grainy finish.

T - Not too complex. Mostly bitter piny hops with some graininess. Still getting some light tropical fruits in the middle although not as sweet. Finish is bitter with sweet caramel malts.

M - Mouth feel is on the light side. Smooth enough though. Carbonation seems to be right. Washes over nicely. Nothing to complain about.

O - An average APA. The nose was the best part. It was very aromatic and had more complexities than the taste.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of a dark pour for a pale ale. Kind of a hoppy aroma for a pale ale, I like that.

Taste was somewhere in the middle, lots of malt, roasted malt, but still ample hopping. This comes dangerously close to being a hoppy brown ale frankly. And good for them, the world would be a better place with more canned beers like pine belt. Kindofa weird aftertaste, more bitter than you would think with that kind of dark color, think the excess malt would mellow out the bitterness.

In summation, lots of grassy, bitter and of course, piney hops, more toasty malt presence than usual for something labeled 'pale' ale.

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.03/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Acquired as an extra from Thomas. Thank you for the opportunity!
16 oz can with no discernible canning date. Ooohh, that rankles my sensibilities.

Into my Duvel tulip, pours a rusty, dark, cidery amber. Spotted surface whites and no lacing. Not the most inspiring, or even inviting, looking beer.

Smells mostly of apple juice and faintly of malt. Either this is old or it smells bad, or both.

This just isn't very good. Malty, overly sweet, and piney. Nearly cloying and biting apple juice sweetness and a scraping bitterness that seems misplaced.

This is a rough ride that I'm not inclined to finish.

Photo of Retail1LO
2.43/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What an....odd....beer. I can't tell whether I'm necessarily drinking a beer...or chewing on some part of a coniferous tree. "Pine" Belt indeed. Poured from a can into a pint glass. This reeled off a monster head. It smells piney. They knew what they were doing when they named this beer. Lots of malt and pine in the taste. I'm having a brutal time getting into this one. The mouthfeel is a bit unpleasant as the taste coats your tongue with the aforementioned malt and pine for quite some time. I don't envision myself revisiting this anytime soon. (See also: ever again)

Photo of roodie
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Great Divide tulip

A: pours with a frothy off white head, 2 fingers high. Low clarity, almost grainy amber orange appearance. Magnificent lacing up the glass

S: very malty and a candy fruity essence lingers on the nose almost like an ice-cream flavor i can't place

T: very little maltiness. Bold hoppy bitterness dominates. A little acrid at the end. Mostly pleasant but somewhat off-putting

M: bitterness lingers but the brew is smooth on the
tongue. Adequate carbonation for the style

O: enjoyable. A great go to brew for locals and new texans alike!

Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. A very cloudy orange pour, it is tough to see through, gold around the sides. Finger layer of white head, laces ok.

Herbal pine, hay, some malty caramel in the aroma.

Taste, again piney up front. Herbal hop spiciness, almost like they used some rye, gives in to some malty toffee, earthiness. A nice toasted bitterness lingers well.

More body than some pales, but the carbonation still keeps it pretty light feeling. Coats very well though. Very drinkable, but I would prefer an abv of about 1% less.
Solid throughout.

Photo of schmidtn
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a satisfying pale. I live where there is a huge choice in locally made craft beers, but was disappointed upon my frequent travels to Houston with the local variety. To be clear, there are tasty brews, but not enough of them in H town. This beer is a nice find, but I don’t see it well distributed.

This ambrosia is a nice hazy amber color, with a nice head and good lacing. Smell of citrus and pine.

Taste is bitter. Nice balance of aroma, and bittering hops. Malty aftertaste balances this out. Nice mouthfeel, carbonation is done right.

I will be looking for this can often on visits and am eager to try the other brews by Southern Star

Photo of wray7276
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving:16oz can

appearance:3 finger off white head,mild carbonation,hazy amber in color

smell:caramel sweetness and fresh pine cone aroma

taste:very creamy and smooth

mouthfeel:a little thick and carbonated

overall: i thought it was very good for an APA,it was very creamy and quite refreshing, i must say when you pop open the can get ready to pour because they bring it right away...1st time i had an APA in can and i was quite impressed...give it try!!!!

Photo of LittleDon
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with a slight haze, big fluffy head and minimal lace. Aroma is caramel, pine, and floral, less malty than a traditional APA and more hoppy. Flavor is consistent with aroma. Hoppier than the typical APA, but not over-the-top like many West Coast IPAs. There's enough malt sweetness to give the impression of an APA. Touch of alcohol in the finish. Best characteristic is the mouthfeel, very smooth, big body. Maybe a bit much for Texas summer weather, but an excellent cooler weather beer.

Photo of GPHarris
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy, tan head into a snifter. head settles to a thick ring of lace and billows nicely. the body is a hazy amber color.
s - big biscuity malt flavors with the slightest hint of sweetness. not enough hops coming through on this for me but they are there.
t - again big malt flavors though the grassy and piney hops begin to show off.
m - very creamy, medium thickness.
o - really nice pale ale overall though it could have some more hop aroma. very balanced and i like that it's in 16oz cans.

Photo of zdk9
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a really cloudy dark orange/brown- kind of a treyish tint that lends an air of dishwater. A good finger of head. Not much in the way of lacing.

S- Ripe pineapple smacks you in the face. There is a lot of tropical fruit hops. Some dark wheat bread, maybe toffee. Is there a pine flavored candy? I think I smell it in this beer.

T- The taste is surprisingly different. There's way more pine and way less pineapple. Fairly bitter. Still tasting some of the wheat bread. Hop forward.

M- Not aggressive in bitterness, sweetness, or carbonation. In this department it most closely matches my expectations of a pale rather than an IPA.

O- Can they really market this as a pale? I would put it on the hoppy side of an IPA and the color leans that way as well. Good- one of the hoppiest TX beers I've had. I like.

Photo of jeremy2027
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1. Poured from a can into nonic pint glass.

2. Light amber, a little dark for a pale ale. Two finger head with nice lacing.

3. Good piney hop aroma not overbearing.

4. Nice hop bite for a pale ale. Defiantly not a malt forward pale ale but its there nonetheless.

5. Awesome mouth feel from the first sip to the last, coats the tongue and is not watery at all.

6. Over all I would put this up against any good Pale Ale, its a little darker than most but that in no way should deter you from pouring a glass and enjoying. I would recommend this one for sure.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Deep amber body with a 2 finger white head. Tight, creamy bubbles and great retention and lacing. No complaints here.

Smell-Sweet malts and piney hops.

Taste-A little watery and bland upfront but in the middle of the tongue you get some piney hops followed by some sweet malts along with the pine.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Highly drinkable, could use a little more body.

Overall-I drank the whole 4 pack of tall boys while playing cards. Nice Pale Ale, works for me. Will return to these again.

Photo of obrike
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack of 16 oz cans at Specs in Round Rock.

A lovely, murky copper pour in my New Belgium goblet. Full 2-3 inch head, nearly over flowed the brim. Excellent lacing throughout the drink.

Sharp pine hop scent right off the bat...nice for an APA. Can also smell a slight sweet malt coming through Getting pretty excited here...

The taste was a little flatter than the smell led on. Light Piney hops, followed by mellow malt, but not the bang I was expecting. Aftertaste was a bit off as well. Still, an easy drinking summer brew a good choice for the beach or pool party.

Photo of Roeters
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oc can into an imperial pint glass, thanks to bread112.

Poured a dark amber color with a off white head starting with 3 fingers of head that fell to 1 over a few min. Smells sweet malt with a piney/grassy with a touch of citrus. Least of sweet carmal malt with a nice piney hop bitterness that picks up in the back. Middle of the road mouthfeel that stands up on its own. Good beer for the style.

Photo of JayAre46
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - burgundy tall boy can poured into a 512 pint glass, not the most vigorous pour but GD, 3 fingers of off white fluff that created an amazing dome above the glass, love it, deep orange haze color rather dull.

A - pine, little more pine, some hints of lemon, grassy aroma and a very dry malt presence... not a lot of sweet going on with this one, nice change of pace from all the floral and fruity PA's

T - grassy and the dry biscuity malt then some pine and hop bitterness for a very clean dry finish hints of lemon peel. this is such a solid brew, this is my number one poolside beer, the bombshell is taking a backseat this week.

M - creamy, medium body, very light carbonation not very prickly at all just smooth and finishes rather dry.

O - the drinkability on this is through the roof, very refreshing and clean. i don't like drinking this or bombshell from the can but it can be done and be decent. i feel pouring this really brings it to life and straight out the can not so much but still worthy. if you're looking for something that is easy yet still has a complexity to its character here you go. drink it haters

Photo of DearthVader
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured to my Saint Arnold Pint glass (both generous extras courtesy of turfy)

Pours a dark amber orange with a giant 3 finger off white head that is incredibly thick and settles to a 1/2" after about a minute. Huge sheets of lacing cover the glass. You can see the carbonation bubbles when held up to light.

Smell is of slight hops and mostly a sweet malty backbone. Definite pine, grass, and some citrus, but the malt stands out the most.

Taste follows the smell. Pine, grass, lemon peel, unripe orange, sweet maltiness that flows into the nice, subtle, bittering hops.

Very nice mouth feel. Somewhat creamy for a PA but it fit perfectly with this. Perfectly carbonated which makes it an insanely easy drinker.

This would be a constant purchase for me throughout the summer if it were available local. Very simple and easy drinking PA that would be perfect for the hot summer days. It's one of those beers I definitely wouldn't feel bad drinking straight from the can.

Thank you for this Texas local David!

Photo of tewaris
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

6.3% ABV
45 IBUs

16 oz can with no visible date poured into a Surly pint. Thanks Rubio.

Clear and deep amber-orange with a medium and creamy off white head. Good retention, great lacing.

If a beer is named pine belt, I expect a PtE out of it, and even PtE didn't deliver in that department :/ This smells of some hops, if not powerfully piney, but rather woody. Not strong enough and just average. Tropical fruit comes in screaming WTF when it gets warm. Kinda discordant if you ask me, but not repulsive.

The taste is ok... slightly sweet, quite clean, and unidirectionally bitter w/o any hop derived flavor. A little too clean, if you know what I mean. The bitterness however is very perceptible because of the "simple" nature of this beer. I am divided about whether to call it simple or ordinary or simply ordinary! Also, the woodiness of the aroma is very present in an unlikely astringent finish that I would normally frown at but the moment makes it ok.

Mouthfeel is "right" given the clean nature of the beer. This one is the kind that is not worth actively seeking out, but drinking a few over a few hours at the bar. Problem is the ABV; a little too much bang for the buck?! Overall I am NOT impressed but discontinuing this beer will NOT make the world a better place.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 3/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 2.5/5

Photo of CliffBrake
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy medium copper color with a fine head that leaves lots of lacing. Great color and a pretty beer.

Piney hops on the nose mix with a toasty aroma from the malt. The flavor is a big pine hoppy flavor - perhaps the most piney flavor of any beer I can remember. Orange citrus hops peek out around the edges. Tangy and dry with a pleasant bitter finish.

Medium bodied and juicy. This is a great drinking beer that doesn't quite seem to know what it is. The name is pale ale, but elsewhere on the can it is called an amber ale. I would put it somewhere between a red ale and an American IPA. But it certainly lives up to the pine part of its name. I like it and would buy it regularly if I could.

Medium body

Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

4-pack of 16 oz. cans carried back from Texas, enjoyed with beer buddy 4.25.11.

Cloudy copper amber body, several trails of rising carbonation under finger and a half rocky white head, medium-slow dissipation with above average lacing. Good dose of hops in the nose, citrus and some pine resin, balanced by bready malts. Taste mirrors nose, pretty hoppy for the style, lingering bitter finish which got more aggressive as it warmed, tasty. Mouthfeel is medium, effervescence is ok. I understand from personnel at Gabes #60 in SAT that they had changed the recipe for this, I am assuming they amped up the hops, this is pretty hoppy for the style. Worth a try for those looking for something a bit hoppy in an APA.

Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.