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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 17
Gots: 59 | 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 SuperNova777
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 9/13/10

A:Pours a hazy orange color with two fingers worth of head, nice lacing is left down the glass

S:Smells of citrus and grapefruit hops, very much like a IPA rather than an APA. Along with the hops there is a sweet malt aroma in there as well

T:The first flavor that hits your mouth is of mild hops followed up some sweet malt that even things out before the second wave of bitterness jumps back on the palate.

M:A very solid body that is a little thicker than a normal APA. Nice carbonation throughout with a nice lingering bitterness on the palate.

D:This is probably one of the best pale ales I have had in a long time. Super good aroma, taste great, and all around a tasty brew. Highly recommended and plus its in a can so you can take it around anywhere

Photo of drewba
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Blood orange with some suspended particles hanging around the bottom. Very off-putting. Pours a big, bubbly head which hangs out for awhile.

S - Believe it or not, just a hint of pine. Bread and very sweet sugar and caramel are heavy on the aroma. I accidentally snorted beer on this one!

T- This is kind of like a pale ale that isn't sure it wants to be a pale ale. While the piney hops are nice, the malt profile is throwing this off : sweet carmelized sugar and heavy bread are overwhelming the nice hints of pine and lemon. I think this beer could have used a few more additions of some bitter hops to get this more balanced.

M - Very nice - medium body and crispy carbonation.

D - Thanks to the fantastic mouthfeel and none of the cloying, sweet flavors hanging around for too long, this is pretty drinkable.

Photo of rasputinized
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16oz. can into a slightly dirty glass.

A: Just barely opaque, or almost translucent. This unfiltered pale ale is a nice orangey brown color with a good white head that settles into a thin but decent layer of bubbles at the surface. Possible due to the dirtiness of the glass, the lacing is fairly impressive.

S: Not excessively hoppy for a PA. Mostly an earthy, mildly sweet smell with a hint of hops.

T: Hops are definitely present, but they aren't super strong in this brew. The flavors start sweet but fade into a balanced earthy bitterness. Reminds me of the piney-woods of east texas where this is brewed.

M: Seems pretty good. It might be a little on the high end of carbonation, but it works well with the earthy flavor.

D: Quite drinkable. If you like a moderate to low hops pale ale and don't need your drinks to be sugary sweet, this is not a bad pick.

Overall I'm impressed by this offering compared to most of the Texas beers I've had. It's not awesome, but it's very drinkable and a nice example of its style.

Photo of robwestcott
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the can to a shaped sun king pint glass a caramel orange with a full two finger super light foamy white head leaving nice lace.

fairly balanced aroma of sweet malts, piney and earthy hops.

a nicely balanced pale for a guy not real fond of hop bombs. the hops are certainly present, especially the earthy hops, but the sweet malt balance is quite pleasant.

medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet followed by a subtle bitter.

its not a "special" beer, but very drinkable.

Photo of Cheesemoose
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to poonamibaxter for this one!

Pours orange with a touch of amber with a nice 2-3" layer of head. So nice it comes up a good inch over the glass without pouring over. Nice! Lingers well, leaving a trail down the glass as you finish it off.

Smells of nice piney citrus, sweet malt in the background. Very inviting and delicious to the nose.

The smell leads into a disappointed taste. Was expecting a nice hoppy brew, but the malts seem to overtake the subtle hops you get on the initial sip. Alcohol is present in the aftertaste. Caramel notes in the finish.

Mild carbonation, smooth and refreshing.

Alcohol kinda kills the drinkability, but it is a nice beer none the less.

Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a New Belgium goblet pours a murky orange with a nice frothy off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is crisp citrus hops with decent caramel malts. The taste is a nice subtle balance between citrus, grassy and piney hops and sweet biscuity malts, giving way to a nice lingering citrus hop finish. The beer is on the light side of medium with all the crispness I expect from a pale ale. This is an enjoyable beer, one I would indeed have again, especially since it's from a can!

Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a SA sensory glass. Thank you Jeff (jefferz5000) for the chance to try this one.

This brew appears a hazed amber orange color. Plenty of small particles are noticed floating around in suspension. The head of this brew appears nearly 3 fingers strong with a yellowish stained creamy tan head that just seems to last forever. As the cap starts to receed, it leaves a shadow of lace over the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is pleasantly hoppy. A mixture of citrus quality, fruits and herbs in the back that is a bit grassy. A bit of grainy sweetness is evident in the background along with a spiciness and indication of alcohol.

This brew tastes of hops upfront, minorly piney, herbal and spicy with a moderate bitterness. A flavor of toasted grain is noted through the body that blends well in the finish with the flavor of hop character. The alcohol is not hidden at all. It is aparent in both warming factor and has a fusel taste.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. This brew really started off strong for me, I liked everything about it. However, as the experience goes on it doesn't hold up. It becomes slightly watery in the feel and the ever present alcohol character seems a bit out of style for a pale. Regardless it was a good offering and I am glad I had a chance to try it.

Photo of schoolboy
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best things to come out of a can, this is a curious beer. It has a lot of that bad-ass APA taste going on. Looks, smells and tastes the part. And a nice big serving size!

MOre craft brews should be available in a can. It offers better portability and as evidenced here, the taste is fine. I wish I had a bunch so I could drink it straight from the can.

It has a heavy burnt flavor. A bit too malty and could stand to be hoppier (and thus a different style, though). As and APA, it's very good and I would buy it again.

And I did - thus editing the review. The can I bought this time tastes like it has been sitting a long while. It's still an interesting drinkable IPA, but a bit funky skunky. Now I will NOT buy it again (must remember not to). I'll need to try the AVery's that aer coming out in cans. The White Rascal was the best thing I've had out of a can in a while.

Photo of STEG
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This darker than the style suggests, "pale" ale, pours a deep orange amber hue into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Rocky off white head stays dominant like it'll be there forever until it recedes to a layer of fluffy fine bubbles.

Smell is a bit bland, you really have to search for aromas, the ones I find are light hops and maybe some sweet malt with some very light citrus (lemon).

Taste is a different story, you're hit immediately with hop bitterness and then right after with malt sweetness, its relatively balanced and leaves a slight bitter aftertaste as it recedes.

Mouthfeel is light, watery and has some nice ending carbonation to it that makes you want to keep coming back for more.

I could definitely have a can or two of these easy.

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a two-finger, khaki head of thick foam. Nice retention and some good lacing.

S - A very strong pine aroma with tropical fruits like grapefruit were present, too. Some caramel maltiness, as well.

T - It tasted of grapefruit and spicy hops. It had a good sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good pale ale. I'm glad that I got to try my first Southern Star brew.

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ber pured from a can into an imperial pint glass. Beer is brown and hazy forms a two finger head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Beer has a piny hop aroma, kind of mild, smells good.

Beer is medium bodied and has mild bitterness at the back. Good mouthfeel and nice carbonation in the palate overall. I really enjoyed this beer, its a really great APA overall. I'd have it again for sure!

Photo of EgadBananas
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can into a Stone Imperial pint glass.

Hazy copper in color, with a nice off white, fluffy finger + of head.
Lacing is good and solid.

Smell is super woodsy; loads of pine, flowers, resins with a citrus kick. There is a hint of a sweet malt backbone.

Taste bounces around with, medium bitterness, grapefruit, slight oily hops, and some citrus/malty sweetness.

The feel is light-medium in body, slightly slick, smooth with a little bit of crispness.

This is a great drinker, and the four pack is perfect.

Such a great pale! Definitely on the top of my list, and a frequent go to...and in a can is a bonus! Cheers!

Photo of rtepiak
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a rather brisk mild white headed pale with a nose of pine clean. some lemon grass. nearly clear amber orange. palate is rather one dimensional and that exactly. a bit husky and the pine crisp falls short. yeast protein gives it some body but it sort of leaves a heaviness in the feel.

still great beer for texas. glad i came across this brewery and for texas beer i recommend anything they make. always solid.

Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a copper orange amber color with a fairly large, puffy white head. The beer also displays pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose shows something of a grainy aroma, coupled with some attractive orange citrus and light sweet malt. Frankly, this beer smells better than it tastes, though this is still a pretty good APA. Despite the sweet malt I get on the nose, this beer is surprisingly dry and bitter on the palate. While attractive, the flavor is a bit light, and the flavor profile seems just a bit thin. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a pale ale, and I just wish this beer had a bit more flavor. Nevertheless, this is still a pretty well made pale ale, and one I was happy to have the opportunity to try.

Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into my Orval glass...Pours a medium copper with a super creamy tope head, great retention and lacing...The aroma is super nice, light grassy hops from start to finsh, one note but fresh and enticing, high hops going forward...The taste lets me down, all the really nice hops disappear to a sweet mess, light caramel, pretty creamy, slight hop finish...Creamy feel, kind of hard to drink, just too sweet.

A sweet pale ale not worth trying, unless that's how you like them.

Photo of kkipple
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A biggun can thanks to the packing guru Exiled. Always nice to try a craft can beer.

No freshness date. C'mon guys, don't let Bud school you in this area. A canned on date is essential in this day and age.

Pours a rather surprisingly russet-red color, a fat dingy tan head foams up and falls just as fast, leaving about a centimeter behind in my New Belgium tulip. Good retention. Some lace present. Really quite pretty to look at against the light.

Nose is soft sweet biscuity malts (maybe TOO biscuity?) with some ripe tropical fruit in the bargain and some dashes of pine resin. None too hoppy, this is more malt-centric and the malt is of real interest here. Treads into English style.

A big sip confirms: this is a slightly hoppy, malty Amber ale to me. Nothing wrong with that at all, but I just don't think pale ale when I drink this creamy-smooth, lightly hopped, nicely malted brew. The caramel malts are just too big to be ignored, and the hops are relegated to second or third fiddle. The whole beer is quite easy to drink and a bit sweet, but it's not bad.

Soft, yet mostly-full carbonation and a fine water profile (wet, quenching) mean that you could kick a couple of these back in the Texas sun. The (relative) lack of bitterness helps up the drinkable-ness of this, too. Nice.

Pine Belt Pale is a fine beer, perhaps tweaked a little for its own local market. Nothing wrong with that, but if I were in charge I'd call it something vague like "Big Red" and change the hop bill to be a little more dynamic, while retaining the wetness and low bitterness that make this quite drinkable. Just calling it a Pale Ale is a bit of a disservice -- this is unique enough to cut its own path through the Southern desert.

Photo of deereless
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A solid head with good retention, light brown in color, opaque to hazy with visible sediment - 3.75, S: Nice citrusy and bready aroma, some faint tropical fruits - papaya and pineapple, very pleasant aroma - 4.25, T: Significant hop bite, very green and piney with some grapefruit pith, a toasty malt base with a mellow caramel flavor - 3.50, M; Medium light in body with a slight silkiness - 3.50, D: I went into this beer blind and with low expectations but was nicely surprised, not a knock-your-socks off beer but a solid APA with a decent dose of hops - 3.50

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to brandoneast

pours a slight opaque orange and copper with a nice fluffy pillow like head. great retention and great lacing.

lots of pine up front with a soft sweet citrus and faint malts.

lots of bitterness. a slight underlying bitterness that really has no flavor and a much more profound bitterness that is huge on pine. malt backbone really holds strong with a dominate malt flavor. pretty straight forward

comes off as thin with a lot of micro carbonation filling it out.

good stuff, i would like to see a bit more complexity with the hops to give this a bit something more. drinks easy, i would drink this again and i will.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

One of the few remaining necklace ears from the post-DLD death march. In retrospect, it was quite a march (take that, Ho Chi Minh!). This guy pours an ever-so-slightly hazy tawny amber with over a finger of thick ecru froth on top, which, though pretty long in the tooth, dies away to nearly nothing, leaving some decent lacing behind. Like Bender in that one episode, it just wants to be remembered. The nose comprises very buttery toffee, caramel, and some hoppy florals. A bit o' greenery's in there too, just not much of it. The taste is a beautifully balanced mix of hops (citrus and floral, both adding their distinct bitternesses) and buttery malts, leaving a lovely flavor that bounces between the two camps until they're completely combined, as one. The body is a light medium (though if it doesn't start eating right it'll only gain weight), with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. If this were available in my area, 'twould be my new go-to pale. Get some!

Photo of vdread
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i love the 16 oz craft cans. i wish i saw more of this. Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale pours a dark hazy amber with a huge rocky cap

smells hoppy, juicy with pine sap and citrus. moderate malty sweetness is noted.

the hops are bright and sharp with pine sap, leafyness, and some citrus. the malt is thick with caramel and toasty. bitterness is not aggressive, but it is strong. it's well balanced, and tasty.

mouthfeel creamy, lingering. good for the style. though the hops are strong, the aftertaste is all malt.

this was the second excellent beer that i've had from Southern Star. they make some awesome brews, and i especially love the 16oz cans.

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. Can poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass at Pizza Italia in San Antonio.

Pours a hazy golden orange amber color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Chunks of lacing left behind.

Slight toasty aroma with hints of caramel biscuit and toffee along with some earhy hops. The hops are pretty earthy with hints of pine and faint citrus fruit but the nose on this beer is dominated by the malts.

Slightly chewy medium body that was much fuller than I expected with a very hop forward presence. Again, I was surprised about how hoppy this beer was based on the aroma. Lots of dry earthy pine notes and a slight citrus presence that cuts downthe bitterness some. Well balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone with hints of toffee and biscuit. Not as roasty as the aroma suggests but it's still there. Quite comPlex and very quaffable. Recommended for hop heads!

Photo of GregSVT
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours a nice amber color with a big white head that fades very slowly leaving a lot of nice lacing on the glass. Also has a good amount of particles floating around which is why this is score is about a point lower than what it would have been. I'm not a fan of this and wish brewers would do more to filter their beers.

S: The nose is piney and citrusy with a good amount of malt in the background. Lots of tropical fruit aromas...smells wonderful.

T: The taste is a bit less exciting than the nose but is good. Bitter hops give way to a malty backbone that is full of fruity and caramel tones. I'd like a bit more hop flavor in this.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. One of the better aspects on this beer.

D: A decent Pale Ale and something I'd like to try fresh on tap before I make a final judgement. I have a feeling this can has sat on the shelf for a bit too long and the hops have faded.

Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to krisandajt for a can of this.

Pours a murky amber color with a burnt orange hint to it. Generates a good two plus inches of creamy light beige head. Keeps a mostly full, somewhat patchy lace, with some good stick on the sides.

The smell is leaping out of the glass before I even finish the pour - a big bouquet of citrusy hops. This is a pale ale? It smells as hoppy as many IPAs and I'm loving it. Orange, grapefruit, some pineapple, all very juicy and fresh. Some caramel too. Very nice.

Taste is also very fruity, with lots of orange and grapefruit, but a good amount of tropical fruit and pineapple too; more than in the smell. There is some caramel sweetness in the finish to provide some balance, but the fruit flavors really shine here. Hop bitterness is modest in the finish; maybe a tad too modest actually, as even for a pale ale I'd prefer just a bit more bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a pretty creamy medium body, with very modest carbonation. It's quite smooth but a bit more carbonation would improve the finish I think.

This is a very good APA and I love the pint can. The nose is amazing and there is a ton of fruity hop flavor too. It's quite drinkable. I enjoyed this one very much.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour - pretty dark golden to auburn in color. I guess you could call it copper or even rusty in color. A big bubbly off-white head tops this one quite nicely.

Aroma - what is it about hoppy beers in cans? The hop aroma is so much more intense. Pine Belt Pale Ale has a great fresh skunky, dank sort of piney/skunky hop smell that just sucks you in like you just stuck your head in a bucket of hops. Behind all that hop goodness is a bit of caramel or brown sugar sweetness that just makes you feel good about this beer.

Taste - one big sip and I've been seduced. There is a lot of hop potency up front followed by a very sweet syrupy back. I'd say things are pretty balanced and even though all of the super fresh hop aroma that was present earlier doesn't quite come through in the taste, this is still a winner. Pine Belt Pale leans more toward the malty side of the spectrum with some citrusy notes and a bit of an astringent quality on the tongue but its not enough to make any hophead worth their weight in hops turn a head. But hey, its a pale ale! This is very drinkable and the quality is very high. Seek it out and enjoy.

Overall - a maltier Pale Ale that is for sure, Pine Belt satisfies my thirst and delivers a lot of flavor and sticking my nose in that glass is pretty nice too! If you find some of this but it as you won't be disappointed.

Would I buy more of it? - Definitely, this is a very solid APA and you've got to love the pint cans!

Photo of yourefragile
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can from a trade, poured into a nonic.

Skipping to the end, I'd love to have this beer available locally. Not the best APA, but fairly unique with a wonderful hoppy and citrus aroma and clear deep amber body with a massive retentive rocky off white head. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the rest of the presentation, fairly citrus sweet for an APA with minimal actual hop flavor or bitterness and a strong caramel like malt body. Very easy drinking APA that isn't as good as Alpha King or Daisy Cutter but still stands above the rest of the pack.

Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.