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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 17
Gots: 57 | 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 rsawyer
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a pint glass.

A- Clear dark amber with copper tones. Off-white head billows up and creates a foamy pillowy head across the top of the brew. Carbonation is small and tightly packed. Lacing on the glass is thick. What a beautifully looking beer!

S- Hops jump right out at first. The hops smell lovely- floraly and earthy. The malt profile is also evident and smells sweet with hints of brown sugar.

T- The hops hit first in a fruity / floral bitterness. I am getting hints of orange juice, perhaps some lemon zest, and certianly an earthy biscuity bitter which is really nice. The malt balances the sweet bitter hops right away and creates one hell of a APA taste! I love it!

M- Mouthfeel is excellent. Carbonation is felt, but not overpowering. The body is light.

D- This brew is ALWAYS on hand in my house. Amazing beer.

Photo of naterock
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up while in Conroe this spring, thanks to the suggestion of the store clerk.
C: pours a copper color with a thin yet consistent head,
S: smells sweet with a floral hop aroma also a slight nose of apricot or peach.
T: very different taste, earthy with the sweetness right in the middle. very nice bitterness.
M: a big bodied beer
D: I would keep this in the fridge all the time if I could. A very BIG APA can't wait for a nother offering from the boys at southern star.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for this in person trade!!!

A: Unique, pint sized can with no freshness date - "Clarity is overrated" written on the side of the can - I like it... I saw a LIF posting on this beer sometime and have wanted to try in since. Pours a slightly cloudy, rich orange to amber with a gorgeously, chunky off-white head that sticks around for some time. I noticed a lingering chip of sediment in the pour, but it may have come off the top of the can. Either way, it's going to get drunk. I can already tell I am going to enjoy this one.

S: Pine, oranges, pineapples all dancing around trailed by some sweet malts.

T: Wow, this is better than I expected! Very exciting blend of sweet tea and hoppy sour flavors including what I mentioned in the nose - orange, pine, pineapple followed by super sweet malts on the front of the tasting. I think there's a whole lot of Centennial hops in this mix. Very floral and aromatic throughout. Suprisingly, the taste disappears quickly leaving a nice dry finish.

M: Full-bodied with little fizz after the initial pour but plenty of carbonation in your mouth. Overall, I am very impressed with their initial offering. I bet this would be amazing in a cask format. I could put this sucker back all night if they sold it in my area.

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

Thanks to hopsleeroy for this extra

A - Pours a nice amber / orange in color. The off-white head topped out at one inch and stuck around for a while. Lacing is very good. All the characteristics of a nice looking brew.

S - Lots of pine and possibly cedar hit the nose first. Some citrus follows but not much and leans heavily toward orange. The malt steps in afterward but can only muster a few hints of presence on the tail end. Mainly sticks with caramel and biscuit.

T - More pine and other wood accents in the flavor. Fruitiness backs them up but isn't as strong as the smell would suggest. Could be kiwi and orange that I'm picking up. The malt does have a nice showing in the flavor with caramel, biscuit, and what seems to be like candied sugar. Some alcohol is present but not enough to detract from the overall flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter with some dryness and does not stick around for too long.

D - Drinkability is good. I really liked the way the pine aspect is showcased in this particular beer. I must admit that Southern Starr did a good job with the Pine Belt. I would have more of these if they were distributed to my area. The alcohol is hardly noticeable which makes it a little dangerous. Recommemded.

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

poured from the can into my new saint aronold pint glass, this one was good, nice head on the beer, purfict color and bitterness and flavor, just a wee bit to carobanated but went down smooth. aperantly thay know pale ale in texas, thay say everything is bigger in texas and when it comes to flavor, thay are right, loved this one

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice extra aquired in a trade with rsawyer.

A: snifter. pours a gorgeous, hazy mostly red, amber color. nice off-white, almost tan head. good head retention and very nice lacing.

S: I now know why they call it "pine belt", huge aromas of pine overtake this beer. Some citrus hops as well, along with some really sweet malts.

T: Really nice crystal malts in there, make this very well balanced with the pine and citrus hop flavors. Very earthy. Finish is a little rough with the acidity, but other than that, its a tasty brew. Best from texas thus far for me.

M: Very smooth, minus the finish. Good carbonation.

D: very nice aroma on this one and the taste is just a little bit behind. I enjoyed this brew and will gladly drink it again. I wish there were more beers from these guys.

Photo of Rustoleum
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 16oz can into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a nice, cloudy copper color with a 2 finger off white head. Head sticks around for a while.

Smell is mostly piney hops with a hint of grapefruit and sweet malts.

Taste is very much inline with the nose. Very piney.

Drinkability is exceptional. This a very good session beer and great to drink while grilling on a hot summer day or relaxing by the pool. This beer is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Photo of BryanCarey
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pine Belt Pale Ale is orange/copper in color and a good pour from the can results in a nice, sturdy head of foam that holds its own for a few minutes. The nose on this beer is one of pine cones combined with citrus. The carbonation is rather light, but the head of foam still manages to maintain at least a thin coating as you imbibe.

Pine Belt Pale Ale offers a nicely balanced taste for the pale ale style. Up front, this ale offers the tastes of caramel malt sweetness, bread notes, and a touch of citrus. There is a nutty character as well, and the beer finishes bitter with an aftertaste that is well- balanced, representing all of the flavors initially tasted.

Southern Star Brewing Company is a new brewery, and Pine Belt Pale Ale is its first product. The brewer's at Southern Star made a very good choice when they formulated the recipe for Pine Belt Pale Ale. This product is an American version of the pale ale style and I like the way it combines citrus hops with a solid malt backbone to create a well- balanced taste. It's a tasty ale that delivers on most every count; an easy- drinking pale ale that aims to please, and succeeds in most every way.

Photo of throwitallaway
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to thickerfreakness for this sweet extra! Decanted from the can into a pint glass. Pours a pleasant golden color, with a nice, finger thick head that sticks around. Aroma of big resiny and floral hops, with a little malt sweetness underneath. Taste starts with resiny hops, then transitions to biscuity malts. Mouthfeel is great, with a medium body and a nice creaminess. Drinkability is sky high, as is the case with most pale ales. Overall this is a good session beer, that's slightly lacking in the taste department.

Photo of ppoitras
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from mhewes via trade extra. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige head above the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Frothy head recedes slowly, with sporadic hunky lacing. Aroma is pervasive fresh green hops. Taste is sweet upfront, dominantly hoppy in the middle, and then leans back somewhat sweet for the close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Another stunner extra from this trade!

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

a: This was a slightly hazy coppery amber color. It poured with a one inch, uneven, craggy head. Decent lace and retention.

s: Strong piny hops with a hint of lemon. Some toffee caramel backbone as well.

t: Pleasantly sweet upfront with toffee and a bit of vanilla. Rough, piny hop finish. Big flavors overall for an APA.

m: Nice body and decent carbonation.

d: Thanks to mhewes for the tasty extra. This borders on an imperial APA. (jk)

Photo of SpecialK088
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a delirum snifter.

A-Pretty typlical ipa clear copper color.

S-More citrus here than anything has small pines nots as well as hops and a very small sweet fruit like maybe a peach or aprocot.

T&M-Starts out very smooth, hops and grapefruit dominate the front, then the strange thing kinda happened there is a very distinct "fruitness" in the middle that fades to a piny finish. Very clean taste and a meduim to full bony.

D-Im on the fence about this and i would love to try something else by them when it comes out this is a very good 1st stab and a very big APA.

Photo of Yesac
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy copper/golen. Small fading head that doesn't fade completely. Some lacing.

S - Sweet malts and quite a hop smell

T - Pretty hoppy for a pale ale.. but the sweet malts are great. What an excellent balance between the two. Good carbonation as well.

M - Carbonation is at a nice level, malt finish is good with the hops asking you for another sip.

D - Nice and thin, easy drinking brew here.

Thanks to slimchill for throwing this in as an extra on a recent trade!

Photo of bbothen
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz tall boy poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pale orange amber color with a nice looking 1 finger head.

S - Sweet malty aroma with caramel malt & bisquit smells in the nose. Slight piney hop aroma as well.

T - Earthy hop character with a big malt sweetness. Nice balance.

F - Medium bodied, but somewhat watery or thin. Nicely carbonated.

D - Line em up. I could drink these all day.

Nice summer session brew. I like this ice cold. That's just me.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 16 oz. can into a sam perfect pint. Great looking ber- dark orange/brown with a off white really foamy, fluffy head that seems to last for days. Nice piney hop aroma- very clean for a pale ale. Wow- great flavor,too. Full of hops and nicely balanced with sweet, sweet malts. I really like this beer!! Reminds me of another beer, but I cant think of which. Thanks to Hopsleeroy for this one!! Can't wait to get some mroe! Would be a fantastic session brew.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mcfisty for the chance to try a new brew from the homeland.

A - Dark orangish brown in color. Big frothy light brown head with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Strong aroma of citrusy and piney hops and caramel sweetness.

T - Somewhat muddled taste of a burnt caramel sweetness with a piney hop bite. The tastes do not play off of each other that well. A fine tasting pale ale, but nothing remarkable.

M/D - A little thin in the mouth. A good enough pale ale but nothing spectacular. Glad to see another Texas brewery up and going. Hope they keep coming out with some new beers.

Photo of Goliath
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a one inch off white head that lingers with nice retention leaving some lace behind.

Aroma is quite nice. A good hoppy profile showing some piney/citrusy notes. A touch of caramel in the background.

Taste is nice as well. A decent hop profile showing some good citrusy/piney notes. A large malty backbone showing some pale malt breadiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Good flavor and I suspect low alcohol making this brew easy to consume.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hopsleeroy for this taste!

A: Clear golden color with a huge sustained head.

S: Big hop aroma initially - piny/evergreen. With a nice malt smell in the background.

T: This is a bitter hoppy brew with a hint of sweetness. Quite nice.

M: Medium bodied. It works well with this beer.

D: This is an excellent APA in a can! Never heard of this before....but I love surprises. Would definitely buy if given the opportunity.

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

Poured from a large can to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with good carbonation.

The smell is piney sure but really well rounded. Pine cones earthy nuts and citrus.

The taste follows, nice well rounded hop flavor, pine, lemon rind, orange and walnuts.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin but the carbonation is nice.

The drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed this brew quite a bit.

Big Thanks to TexasStout for the great brew.

Prosit, MK

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

Thanks to mhewes for this one!

This beer pours a slightly foggy amber with an irregular film of dirty white on top. Lots of bubbles here floating up from the bottom and from the sides.

Smells of rye crisp and a potent caramel with a little touch of grass and a whiff of a hoppy sting slips through. Over all, it has a general glassy smoothness to it.

The flavor is centered around a similar grainy caramel but is bound to a zesty snap of piny hops that initially focuses on an astringent orange rind sharpness that takes on more balance as the beer finishes. A tasty beer, but the change-up and the balance here is a little odd.

Feels rather dense and meaty, but it works well with the grainy emphasis. The carbonation is slow to leak out, adding to it's chewability.

A tasty and fun beer. I'd like a sixer of these sitting next to me on an autumn evening when I'm sitting next to a camp fire.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into the Southern Star 20 oz glass that BgThang included as an extra in our trade. Thanks again Ken!

Pours a clear amber with a big 3 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention is very good, with a solid finger of foam that sticks around for a while and leaves big, sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a pleasant mix of nose tingling herbal hops, citrus notes, and sweet crystal malts.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with a subtle earthy and herbal hop bitterness that is well balanced with zesty citrus character and silky caramel malts. The mouthfeel has a light medium body with smooth carbonation and an easy feel.

Very nice. It's awesome to see not only another Texas brewery start up but they are also starting off right by putting their flagship beer in cans! Fresh tasting, with an easy earthy feel, and smooth drinking body. I'm glad I've got a few more of these left to enjoy this summer.

Photo of timbro81
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wolfmann17 for the opportunity. Pours a lovely light copper color that, despite the fact that the can says "clarity is overrated", is somewhat clear. Nice semi lumpy head that is fed by a decent amount of carbonation. Nose is predominately of pine and citrus, however some sweet malts manages to sneek out. Light mouth feel considering the style. Hops prance all over the tongue and invade all parts of the mouth. The hops are bitter but hard to decifer the style, unlike the nose. Some carmel malts are detectable on the palate as well. Finish is long and plentiful. Very good beer, keep up the good work.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Picked up this beauty at my local Spec's the other day.
Always exciting to see a new beer, especially a canned one on these sometimes lonely Texas shelves. Also considering I live very close to Conroe, I will definitely had to try it out and think it's awesome to have a brewery so close.

Poured into my glass with an explosion of carbonation. Mass amounts of bubbles, with a thick frothy head on top.

Smells very nice overall. Lots of caramel maltiness, some dense dank hops, along with a clean herbaceous laying and some light fragrant florals.

Now onto the flavor... Dense maltiness upfront - small waves of caramel and and semi-sweet sugar cubes. Which is soon followed, by a clean and fragrant herbal/flowery note. A very short hop note comes in towards the middles and rides it out till the end. Overall the flavors come together nicely without becoming to agressive, yet still maintaing a good amount of complexity without losing drinkability.

The only thing that could be improved on this beer is the mouthfeel. A bit light for my tastes, but like I said it has incredible drinkability without making you get too full too quick. Saying that, it's not a deal breaker and it's still a great beer to have on our shelves.

Anyways, big ups to Southern Star and their 3 man wrecking crew. Glad to have you guys aboard, and look forward to all your future endevours. Keep it up guys, and rock it!

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Initial Notes:
Tall tan, looks nice and Southern.. whatever that means.

Malt-driven aroma lands somewhere in between perceived sweetness (almost cotton candy, maybe more root-beer float) and toasty biscuit maltiness. Grapefruit citric zest. Not very balanced, and something about it is slightly unappetizing.

Copper color, good clarity, nice head. Good bit of lace and retention.

Biscuit and nut malt step out first onto the palate, followed by a slight unpleasantness. I can't say DMS for sure, but it does have a 'cooked' feeling that reminds me of Shiner Bock. Bitterness grows, growing towards astringent. More roasted malt flavors, some caramel-like sweetness. Mild hop flavor is tart and nebulous. Suddenly I get cake-like flavors that are pretty tasty. Along with that I now detect some vanilla and contrasting citric zesty flavors.

Medium-to-medium light bodied. Good bit of malty gravity. Mild bitter/astringentness.

The Verdict:
Huzzah for Texas Breweries! I will support them until my dieing day. Sadly the best word I can think of to describe this beer is 'uninspiring'. It is so close to being pretty good, it just falls short on too many fronts (most notably the astringent bitterness that doesn't taste like hops or malt). It is much more enjoyable when I just kick it back without thinking about the flavor, and focus on how cool it is to support my new local brewery. I look forward to seeing this on tap somewhere.

Photo of RickSawyer
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber gold with ruby red highlights. Pillowy white head climbs the glass and holds tight to the walls. Smells great! Balance of carmel, tangerine, grapefruit, floral grassy hops. Taste follows. Begins with carmel, light maple, and baguette. Next walks in the hops, not overbearing, not yelling at the top of their lungs hops... balanced hops, supporting hops, wonderful hops. Citrus, grapefruit and orange predominantly, hops. Grassy, refreshing, bitter and balanced to the malt. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, moderately carbonated, not to heavy, but still complex enough to have you reaching for more. Great! No brainer for me from now on.

Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.