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Pine Belt Pale Ale - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Pine Belt Pale AlePine Belt Pale Ale

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622 Ratings
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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 383
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 17
Gots: 58 | 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 Chaz
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ours a deep amber, almost a ruby-red in color, and topped with a decent sized medium-tan head. Lacing is evident, and overall it's a fairly impressive beer at first pour . . .

Sweet, malty nose and with an abundant hop profile. Just what hopes are used is a bit of a mystery, but I'm getting lighter citrus/juice notes along with mint (?!?) and zest of grapefruit. A hint of yeast and candy/candi hmmm . . .

Bittersweet, with yeasty/biscuit malt on the first sip. Smooth mouthfeel and a lightly-dry profile in the middle palate, with an emphasis on a biscuit malt profile for the main. Bitterness is fairly minimal but it's definitely there.

Definitely an average beer (per style) in terms of mouthfeel and drinkability, but by no means is this assessment a "slam" -- this is a stand-up American pale ale, and seeing as how it's a bit bigger than average, this is eminently drinkable (EDIT: I upped my initial score here : )

My overall, lasting impression is of a malty, yeasty, fruity-er citrus cocktail swirled with a candy cane. Interesting, and I can see putting-down a few of these cans away on a regular basis (if it were regularly available to me, that is).

A nice beer overall. Thanks to BA crusian for the can!

Photo of bierenutz
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a murky golden brown with a thick tannish head about a finger's width and nice lacing on the glass.
S-Piney hops and floral citrus aromas up front. Hints of malts and syrupy sweet caramel and molasses.
T-Bitter hop flavor tempered with buttery nutty notes, and peppery quality. Unfortunately, it had a weak malty backbone at the finish.
M-Moderate feel and carbonation with a somewhat weak thin finish.
D-Not a bad beer, just not my favorite from this brewer.

Photo of sweemzander
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can poured into a nonic. Thanks yet again to Beerwolf77 for yet another brew!

(A)- Pours a clear caramel color that produced a decent tan to yellow head. Good retention.

(S)- Very dry. Has hints of lemon citrus.

(T)- A bit malty for the style, but it does have some lemon citrus and woody pine in there.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A bit more malt driven than I would like to see for the style, but it is tasty. A subtle bitterness.

(D)- A decent Pale Ale that is easy to enjoy.

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can courtesy of injuredreserve. Served in a tulip nonic at 52 degrees. Pours a translucent orange-copper with a rocky, 2.5 inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a solid, 3/4 inch cap with thin strands and spots of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses biscuit malt, a light citrus character and a subtle piny/resinous quality. Taste follows nose - no real surprises here. Piny/resinous quality revealed up front, biscuit malt makes up the backbone and a slightly bitter, citrus quality comes out at the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with a lively carbonation and a little bit of astringency. All and all a very tasty and drinkable APA.

Photo of scottyshades
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber color with a huge eggshell color head. Retention is awesome

S: Lots of malty notes, not so much hoppy. Caramel, butterscotch, and a lingering sweetness. Hops are real subtle and earthy. in general, malty...

T: Similar to the nose- malt forward, not really hoppy at all. Caramel, residual sugar, toffee. I really can't find any trace of hops...this can't be an old can either because the store just got them in. Mild bitterness, mainly a subtle trace of earthy hops.

MF/D: Pretty viscous with a smooth creamy feel. The finish is of butterscotch

Notes: More like an amber ale than a pale ale. Hops are hardly present, definitely malt dominant. If this was an amber ale I would have scored it higher. I do like it, but not to-style

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into standard shaker

A - Rich amber, large bubbles, slightly off-white head with good lacing

S - Distinct bitter hop smell, noticeable caramel malt and some toffee. Nothing exciting

T - Piney hops, some caramel/toffee

M - Medium body and it has a very nice creaminess to it.

D - Another solid offering from SS. Easy drinker and I love the 16oz can!

Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber in color. Forms a very large off-white head that eventually reduces down to a stable surface coating. Decent lacing.

S: Caramel malt, orange-citrus, and some pine

T: Not overly sweet caramel malt and bread; an odd flavored malt combination. Some pine and pine resin, but not enough to balance out the malt. Moderate bitterness.

M: On the heavier side of medium, thicker and chewier than the average APA, though I'm not sure that's a good thing. Appropriate carbonation.

D: This beer is off. While it certainly leans towards the maltier side, there is still a good bit of hops there. Unfortunately, the mix just doesn't work that well for me. Also too heavy for an APA.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is citrus hips with some bread and caramel malt. The flavor is toffee, orange citrus, and bread. I also get some earthy hops and a flavor that resembles iced tea. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very well balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of salvo
1.95/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured muddy amber with huge soapy head that lingered and lingered, leaving heavy lace and oily residue. The first smell was indeed of fresh pine needles followed by sweet malts with some rock candy hints.

Eww. The taste is all wrong: muddy river-bottom, hints of pine resiny forest fire--that pitch smell that only comes from a mostly pine forest burning; what I imagine the taste of the residue of the pitch black smoke. Unpleasant.

Interestingly enough, the mouthfeel is rich and creamy--what I wish so many other hoppy/piney beers could achieve. And the lingering hop resins are quite nice and complex. But how can an aftertaste make up for such an unforgivably dreadful taste!?

Sink pour, one of very few for me. And I am confident, reading other reviews and tasting my share of skunked beer, that this is just not a match for my tastes. It seems to do everything wrong: the hops, while big, juke the wrong way. The malts cannot match the overdone, wrong-way hops--and the wrong malt flavors reinforce the wrong hops flavors and vice-versa. I know I'm not supposed to slam beers brewed in good faith and to high standards, but I've got to be honest and direct about my experience. If you trust my previous reviews and have a similar taste, avoid this beer.

Photo of shaebs99
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of my package from Nice Cans II

poured the 16oz can into imperial pint glass. a hazy orange gold with a nice thick white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass

smell is of piney and citrusy hops followed by some pale/caramel malts. hard to explain why i liked it. something sure hit the spot after a long day of work

taste is a bit underwhelming. very light on the hops and the malt gives it a strange flavor. its actually a bit more malty then hoppy and since i am not a fan of whatever malt combo is in this its not surprising i wasn't impressed with the taste.

a bit surprised by the abv on this beer. if this was local to me i would get it if the price was right. this isn't something i would be paying NYC dollars for though

Photo of SuperNova777
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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 -7.6%
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 +8.1%
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 -2.4%
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 +4.2%
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 +2.1%
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%
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 -4.5%
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 +1.6%
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 +4.2%
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 +13.4%
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 +12%
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 +0.3%
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%
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 +4.2%
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.

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