Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Pine Belt Pale AlePine Belt Pale Ale

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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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Photo of kikenazz
4.1/5  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.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of nsheehan
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Jimmys
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of icehawk
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber hazy color. There is a lot of precipitate. Strong, caramel, citrus, piney aroma. Very good aroma. Taste of caramel and citrus with a strong piney hop. Very piney bitter aftertaste. Soapy. It is a good beer. The aftertaste is slightly off.

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with ample foam in the non-quite-a-pint glass. A tangy and tingly mouthfeel. Malty and richly flavored with a big piney hop flavor. They rate the IBUs at 45. Not unpleasantly bitter, but it's all about the hops.

Big rush of resiny hops produces a clean and bitter flavor. On the tart side after some malty sweetness. On tap at The Filling Station. A very pleasant quaff on a warm day in San Antonio. Cost was $4 for 14 oz.

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

Poured from the can into an imperial pint glass a dull orange tinged lighter golden with sticky half finger white head atop,a nice broken sheet of lace was left behind as it settled pretty quickly.a nice smack ofcitric hops in the nose along with some biscuit malt.Flavors are citrucy with some light brown sugar and caramel/biscuit flavors making for a well rounded palate,the hops are fresh not very bitter.A solid APA,I can't find any flaws,Iam glad I finally tried this beer.

Photo of Pegasus
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep golden orange, with a massive, dense, off-white head, with excellent retention, scattered lacing, and profuse, fine, fast-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of juicy hops, spicy and herbal, none of the typical pine-tar often found in this style. There is also a solid biscuit malt backbone.

Taste: Opens with a moderate , spicy hop presence, soon followed by solid biscuit malt. As the taste progresses, the hops are dominating, but the malt plays a solid supporting role. Finishes with a mil, lingering resiny hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, full.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing example of a style that I am not normally drawn to. Well done.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen ounce (0.473 liter) aluminum can, served in a Samuel Adams Boston lager glass.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 4/13/12

Word to Goblinmunkey7's mother for sending some cans of this and other Texas locals

Appearance: Lightly hazy, medium amber/copper, with some orange and gold - small, white head, fades quickly to a small ring and a few wisps of a cap - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Mildly bready with some mild citrus - white bread, with some bread dough - pale and caramel malts, with some crystal malt sweetness - some hoppy citrus, in a somewhat gentle way - orange and grapefruit zest - light pine and some herbal notes

Taste: Nicely malty with some orange - like the smell suggests, this is decidedly bready - a nice mix of pale and caramel malts - some grainy earthiness - lightly caramelized, lightly sweet - mildly bitter with mildly interesting malts - some orange and grapefruit zest, works for balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, maybe a little watery

Overall: Not everything is bigger in Texas, apparently

This is not a bad American Pale Ale, but it's not particularly interesting. I would drink it again, but I don't think I will be compelled to trade for it.

Photo of csparace
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – From a 16oz can to a standard pint glass. Pours a light hazy orange with a colossal pure white head of large bubbles. Small amounts of carbonation rising. Head fades fast and an attractive lacing is left. Lacing is quite nice as I drink.

Smell – Hello hops.

Taste – I'm not left wondering why they call it the Pine Belt Ale. The initial taste is full of piny hops with a slight hint of grapefruit. The finish stays hoppy but also includes some floral notes. The overall taste is slightly darker than one would expect.

Mouthfeel – good carbonation levels. Not quite as refreshing as I was hoping.

Overall – pretty good beer. Not outstanding. The taste is mostly a slightly dark hop and doesn't have a ton going on. I think it should be a bit more refreshing on the mouth feel as well.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light copper/amber. Nice bright oranges at the edges. Head is white, creamy, and loose. Large bubbles. Head drops to a spotty cap and bubbly collar. Small notches of lacing. Slight haze. Definitely unfiltered.

Smell: Uncooked biscuit dough. Big caramel malt sweetness. Bready. Hops are herbal in the back. Big hits of citrus with some underlying sweetness. Pine bitterness rounds out the profile. Nicely balanced, if a bit sweet. Caramelized malts and sugars. A bit of apple, pineapple, and grass.

Taste: Malts. Lots of them. Bready and caramelized. Sweet without being overly so. Some pale and amber malts. Grassy with an underlying herbal note. Some pine bitterness lingers in the back. Solid hit of citrus, mainly grapefruit rind, on the front. Good balance. Pretty mellow with a building straight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body runs right down the middle with a slightly above average carbonation. A bit dry on the finish.

Overall: No need to put another notch in your belt.

A decent APA and bonus points for the format. Bitterness is a bit harsh given the sweeter malt base. Not bad, but there are other options.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean dark copper in color with 2 fingers of head and great lacing. tons of fresh hop smell. pine, caramel, grass. a nice mellow flavor of piney grapefruit bitterness, earth notes, sweet malt backbone. a nice refreshing ale, slightly bitter with a sweet finish. medium in body, moderate carbonation. a nice refreshing pale ale all around.

Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this single 16oz can at the Binnhy's store in Bloolmingdale, Illinois for $2.49. They usually come in 4 packs, but for whatever reason this one was sold separately, so I grabbed it. No freshness date; only a small blurb on the side of the can that says "clarity is over-rated".

The beer poured a cloudy copper color and made a full 3-finger white head that lasted quite awhile before settling down, and it left tons of lacing.

The beer smelled like a mix of baked bread, sugar, and pineapple juice. Very pleasant, but left me wondering where the pine was.

This is not the hop bomb that some pale ales try to be. At just 45 IBU's it's not that bitter. This one is well balanced with sweet malts, mild hops, and a generous dose of of pineapple juice. Bitterness is low and detectable alcohol is even lower.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. It's a little sticky on the tongue but still very enjoyable.

Not sure why they named it "Pine Belt" because the piny hops are barely noticeable. It would have been more correct to call it "Pineapple Belt". Still a good pale ale, but if you're a hop head, this one won't be for you.

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

Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale has a very thick, foamy, creamy, cream-colored head, an opaque, brown-orange appearance, with lots of yeast chunks floating about, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet, stinging, and bready. Flavor is of piney hops, bready malt, and sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale finishes mostly dry, fairly refreshing, and decently drinkable. Overall, I really am enjoying this, and I consider it a most excellent beer.


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

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy amber with a tall, slowly dissipating eggshell colored head. I can't make out many bubbles rising in the beer. Plentiful sticky lacing is left behind on the glass as the head dissipates. The beer smells earthy and piney, but appropriately not intense for a 45 IBU beer. I can detect some of the malt aroma, which lends some sweetness to the smell. The taste follows the nose. It is hop forward. The piney and earthy flavors from the hops come through well with a nice bready and mildly sweet malt backbone. The hoppy aftertaste clings to the mouth. The body is medium with low carbonation. The finish clings to the mouth, but does clear up after a while. The drinkability is good. This is an excellent beer that hits the right notes. It's a well-balanced APA, so give this one a try.

Photo of LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized light tan head sinks to a thin lacing and then that disappears above a hazy cloudy caramel honey colored beer.

The aroma is on the lighter side with piney hops and sweet malts balancing nicely.

Light piney hops taste that brings with some light bitterness.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of sweetness on this medium bodied beer.

Decent tasting, just wish the hops were a little more prominent.

Photo of genitempo
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours nicely from the can, leaving a sizable head, very lumpy but with not too much froth. Nice sappy color with a hint of clarity. The can is less impressive, Southern Star's artwork is lacking.

S- Mild, sugary smell.

T- Strong, hoppy burst with a clean finish. When the sip is over, the hops are steadfast, with minimal alcohol on the palate.

MF- The carbonation is a easily agitated with the sip.

O- Definitely deserves to be canned in groups of 4, but I'm not sure 16 ounces is the right choice for the Pine Belt. I found myself really enjoying the first portion of the drink, but the last few sips were a little too redundant. Still, a very solid beer.

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can bought at Stein's, New Orleans, for $2.39.

This late summer I'm on an APA quest to see if anything locally available competes with SNPA.

A: Dark copper. Nice creamy head. Quite inactive, which has been my experience of all Southern Star beers.

S: Very fragrant from afar, and really sweet-smelling, borderline cloying. No pine scent. Diluted pineapple, like the pineapple juice from cans with the small drinking holes.

M: Yerk. Too sticky on the back end. Doesn't invite more drinking.

T: Average APA taste. Front half follows the pineapple scent -- it's very sweet -- then the taste drops out and a slow bitterness takes over. Dull hop profile.

O: A disappointment. I've given Southern Star a few tries and it's just not working out between us. The Pine Belt has a blah hop profile and a taste that doesn't at all lend itself to sessionability.

Photo of nach0king
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best pale ales I've ever had. Perfectly balanced, really tasty but goes down easily.

A: Boasts of being unfiltered and unpasteurized but there's minimal lacing, no head after a few seconds, and it lacks shine generally.

S: Mainly maltiness and sweet cereals, a little bit of sea breeze.

T: Just brilliant. Pine-y, obviously, leading into hoppiness, but the malty sweetness cuts through it just enough. I see some other people say this isn't strong enough for their tastes - it's just right for me. A really well-balanced APA. If you want stronger hops look elsewhere but for a sippable but still sessionable ale this is just fantastic.

M: Reasonably thick, low carbonation, but will stay with you.

Loved it. Definitely getting it again.

Photo of elNopalero
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a golden straw with a thin layer of foam. There’s not much of an aroma on it, although I can strain and get some light hoppiness. Lightly flavored, with some pine notes on the finish. An easy sipper in warm weather but not a hop forward pale ale.

Photo of NODAK
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell is certainly of pine tree hops predominately but it isn't all that strong...pretty tame but still unmistakeably Cascade in nature.

Taste, unsurprisingly starts out floral with some pine resin present....but it's kind of tame compared to what I thought it would be. The hops here are dialed back a bit compared to some other well known APA's in my opinion. A nice, small malty creaminess underlies this, and there is a little grain that shows up in the backend....and bitterness lingers a bit with an aspirin astringency after the swallow which is somewhat surprising given the tameless of the initial hoppiness.

All in all...pretty run of the mill APA that's pretty calm and subdued until the lingering bitterness. It won't give the classics a run for their money but it'll suffice as a quaffable option in a can.

Photo of scottfrie
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Nate.

A: Pours a deep copper with a very huge, billowing, dense head that took forever to faded into a thick and fluffy film. Great sticky lacing.
S: I get clean and light notes of crystal malt and a hint of pine hops. Smells like a crisp pale ale.
T: Follows the nose with light notes of pale malts and lightly bitter hops. Pine and a hint of citrus rind come through, and the aftertaste is lightly biscuity.
M: Medium-light body, clean and smooth mouthfeel, even and surprisingly light carbonation. I guess most of it went into making the epic head.
O: A solid pale ale that is easy to drink. There may not be a lot of frills, but I could drink this all day.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kevin123 for this can...

A: Pours a nice cloudy amber hue with about two full finger of off-white head. The foams takes awhile to settle, and leaves good lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is light malt, with a ton of pine and grapefruit notes. With a name like "Pine Belt Pale Ale" there better be some sticky pine in there. Mild vegetable in there as well.

T: A little vegetable and malt up front. Good sweetness, but it quickly transitions into more of a bitter hoppy brew. The hops are nice, but that damn vegetable flavor doesn't seem to fade.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sticky right off the bat, and the bitters linger for a good time after the fact.

O: I not all that impressed. The vegetable qualities really ruin this beer. Maybe it's just an old can that's been sitting around for too long. I don't know. The hop finish is nice though. I'd love to try this beer again, if I knew it were a fresh can.

Photo of CTraft
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: frothy, four-fingered head, stays for a little bit

Aroma: sharp, hoppy

Taste: Sharp, hoppy, robust, hint of pine, oaky, with a bitter, piney, moderately persistent after taste..

Mouthfeel: low carbonathion, but rather thick and sharp

Pine Belt Pale Ale is not what I would consider a pale ale, but it does have the hoppiness of one. If you are looking for a robust, oaky, moderately heavy beer, then this is a great choice. Overall, I enjoy sipping on it and would buy it again and again.

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