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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 15
Gots: 54 | 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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Ratings: 604 | Reviews: 382 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

NHhomebrewguy, Feb 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

SpartyJoe, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of klesniew
4.25/5  rDev +11%

klesniew, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of msanborn
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

msanborn, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Premo88
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into nonic
(no born-on or best-by dating)

L: orange jello -- there's a ton of debris in it, possibly sediment that was resting at the bottom of the can because I think it was pouring clear until that final ounce or so; very nice off-white head at least 1/4-inch tall, very thick and sticking nicely; maintains a thick, big-bubbled collar

S: pine needles, citrus; hints of caramel, something very sweet ... candy; oranges

T: mix of pine and citrus, chunky bitter bite in the middle with a good-tasting barley/cereal grain finish; enough sweetness to give it some balance; at times it feels like it's leaning toward the caramel/mango/sickly sweet side of the American hops (DIPA mainly) spectrum, but those tastes are mostly hidden, only poking through the pine/citrus tastes in sporadic fashion; as it warms up, a little more caramel/sweet notes

F: very nice all-around; good body and good carbonation, a solid lighter weight that isn't watery

O: considering the four-pack I picked up had at least 3 months worth of dust on it, not to mention plenty of dents in the cans, a very solid, piney-bitter ale. like most hop-forward beers, it'd be nice to try a fresh one, but I must admit the beer is plenty good however old it is (and I'm guessing at least six months old).

it's 6.3% ABV puts it beyond what I prefer from beers in the "pale ale" category, so I think of this brew more in the American IPA category -- but hair-splitting aside, I love the focus on piney hops here in a VERY drinkable brew. the smell is too caramel/sweet for my tastes, but that falls in line with most of the American IPA/DIPA world I've traveled through so far.

Premo88, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

lsiberian, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Hirshi
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Hirshi, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of IrishColonial
3/5  rDev -21.7%

IrishColonial, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of AgentMunky
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Llamameister, Dec 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Stinger80OH, Dec 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

strangebrew1981, Nov 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Lagerquestrian, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of kikenazz
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

hsus0225, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Dicers, Sep 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Jame515, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JasonMinck, Sep 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DeaconD, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

omnibusfilms, Aug 26, 2013
Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.