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Southern Pale Ale - Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 08-05-2004

Malts: Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Munich Malt, Cara Munich

Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Cascade dry hop

Yeast: Chico No. 2, 1272
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 311 | Reviews: 91
Reviews by beergeek279:
Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 64 oz. growler, courtesy of AKSmokedPorter. The color is a copper, with a nice strong head. The smell is a nice Amarillo-ish citrusy hop with a bit of the pale ale malt backing. The taste is definitely dominated by a citrus hop, though more Amarillo than Cascade, with a barely noticable malt in the background, and an aftertaste that finishes VERY dry! Mouthfeel is about what I'd expect...good carbonation (despite the growler's trip) and good body. As for drinkability, I'm glad I have this growler to myself since I will be enjoying every last drop!!

Thanks much to AKSP for this beer and for showing me just how to ship a growler (which living a couple miles from the best brewpub in West Virginia means people will likely be interested in me doing!) A very nice pale ale with a very good hop blend and some sort of balance, though this says IPA all the way to me! Quite good, and hopefully I'll hit Natty Greene at some point!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow an oasis in a beer wasteland I already like this place,their plae ale pours a deep golden with a nice sticky,frothy head,more of a mlat dominated aroma of biscuit and light caramel but with a touch of piney hop.A very well balanced brew a firm lightly sweet malt backbone with a piney hop flavor that comes to make this a well balanced flavorsome beer.I could drink beers like this all day if it wasnt for the wife I would still be there drinking some.

Photo of newk340
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a very light translucent color, miller liteish.

S: grains and malts overpower the nostrils, but not in a pleasing way.

T: a decent tasting pale ale but leaves an unremarkable bitter aftertaste.

MF/D: bland hops sizzle the tongue very briefly leaving much to be desired, great for a warm summer day however.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden-amber in color. Thin, yet lacing layer of white head. Aromas are of citrusy, with a little bit of malt. Flavor is flavorful. There's some level of malt support, but it's really about the hops. Finishes dry, with just a touch of honey to balance the hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel and a real drinker. I'll definitely be drinking this whenever I stop by again.

Photo of hotpauko
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly milder than standard pale ale but a good choice if there aren't other options. Decent taste just a tad lighter tasting pale ale.

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Unibroue snifter.

A: The beer is a deep amber color. Poured quite clear although a small amount of sediment remained at the bottom of the bottle. Has a short white head that soon fades to a ring, leaving little lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is complex and malty for style. Features caramel malts and some pale hops and light hops with hints of vanilla, honey, and citrus.

T: The taste has a crisp and spicy/herbal hop component along with a sweet malt base. Overall, mildly bitter by the finish. More malt in the finish and aftertaste than expected. Complex flavor components integrate nicely.

M: Crisp; medium body; medium carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: A complex and flavorful APA. More malty than average due to the load or assortment of malts; not to any lack of hops. Recommended.

Photo of tastybeer
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks pleasant and refreshing. Warm golden amber color, clear and crisp, with a near white foamy top. The head fades to a ring with a thin layer in the middle. Aroma carries fresh hoppy goodness, sweet fruit, grass, hay, and a good amount of doughy sweet malt. Nice graininess. Taste is good and malty with bright cascade hops among others. Lightly bitter which is just where I like it for this kind of pale ale. Mouthfeel is good. Brisk carbonation, a touch of graininess in the texture, and a medium-light body.

Overall I like this beer. Thanks to the local factor, it very fresh. Good balance and very enjoyable, especially after a lazy day in the sun.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pure golden yellow body with a light head that thinned but retained fairly well. Not much lace. Moderate carbonation.

Didn't really smell like much other than the expected pine aroma from the hops. A deeper couple whiffs and you get some citrus too.

Very enjoyable flavors, with hops spiciness up front, a good sharpness balanced by the bitterness and a strong enough malt sweetness and citrus-y element to add further balance and depth. Felt good and tingly in the mouth, just ever so slightly on the watery end of things.

No real complaints. If you're looking for a sharp and bitter Pale Ale with good balance, this delivers.

Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Natty Greene's in Raleigh

Pours amber with an orange hue. There's 1/4" lacing of head with decent retention. The nose is grassy, citrusy, floral hops; it seems to be a single hop variety. The taste is pale malt up front with the same citrusy, floral hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

This is an easy drinking beer. I'm not sure what hop variety they used, but it dominates the nose and the flavor making it a little one dimensional overall.

Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Chip's in OBX. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm enjoying this pale ale. It's definitely East Coast-hoppy, with a balanced malt character. The hops have a clean, but light floral tangerine juiciness over the crusty bread barley. There's a mild, but sharp bitter finish to lighten the beer. The aroma has more of the perfumey floral hops. Mmmmm. Very pleasant. Give this a try.

Photo of TheOriginal
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding Pale Ale by any measure. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, 5.2% ABV. From the labeling codes appears the bottle is 28 days old.

The color is a nice copper and is cloudy, but also clear, sort of a mix. Not sure if this beer is filtered or not. Lacing on the glass is outstanding.

Smell is sweet and piney hops. The taste is hope, but also has the malt "backbone" for balance. Hopefully this review helps.

This is one of the most flavorful and well balanced Pale Ale's I have had. I have been drinking Natty Greene's for years, and the beer just keep getting better everytime I drink one.

Photo of HGildemeister
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Freakin love NG's! This APA is not drinkable but also extremely malleable with food! Get it on draught near you

Photo of hophugger
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with very little head and pretty good lacing. Aroma is of hops and some malt, focusing on hay and grass aromas. A touch of barnyard odor also, if you know what I mean. Taste is ok, hops are decent and the malt is slightly too much. Hops and malt sweetness battle it out in this beer and I am not sure who is winning. Mouthfeel is good with a decent amount of carbonation(could have used a touch more). Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a hint of a metallic flavor.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Yuengling shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and spicy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, metallic, caramel, caramel hop, and skunk hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really went into this one not expecting much, but was somewhat surprised. While this was not one of the best Pale Ales I’ve had, it did have quite a bit going on. I really wish there would have been some more sweetness or fruit in this one rather than the metallic and skunky note I picked up on. Without this going on it could have been a solid brew in my opinion. Worth trying at least once if you get the chance.

Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy/dirty golden honey color with a short white head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is bright and sweet. There are scents of pineapple and grapefruit. A bit of grass as well. Some bready aromas from the malt.

The taste mimics the aroma. Pineapple is dominate but not overpowering. Grass and grapefruit keep the hop profile from being too sweet. Grass really comes through in the finish. The malt is bready with a honey sweetness.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but finishes with a hoppy bitterness. Good balance and very easy to drink.

I found this APA to be quite enjoyable. Nice bright hop flavors and enough bitterness to balance. I would buy this again.

Photo of cbleary
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Old Town Draught House in Greensboro, NC. It is called "Southern Pale Ale" now.

The beer arrived with a mild copper color and a small white head that left a little lacing on the glass. They seem to have toned this beer down a little since I last sampled it, as it was a bit less hoppy than I remember. Regardless, it's a good, delicious beer. It matches very well with most food. It provides a very nice balance between malt and citrus hop flavors. There is nothing too extraordinary about it, but it does the job of being a good everyday ale that you can drink again and again.

Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass - 6/13

Pours hazy light copper, light to dark, white sticky foam. Laces. Light bready malt nose with some faint pine/grassy hints. Juicy taste, light fruit. Smooth, malty. Mild hop close. Some bitter, some sweet. Nice.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appeared to be light golden, really good color, with a nice light white head that dissipated too quickly although a nice cap remained and there was some nice lacing as well. Additionally, there was some noticeable carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

The aroma was decent, light hop with maybe a trace of barley and bread.

The taste was much better than expected for the style. Light hop, as noted in the aroma, but overall, well balanced.

The beer felt right, light and very easy to drink. Possibly one of the better APAs that I have tried.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to Onenote81 for this bottle!

A - A moderate pour creates only a small white head that lowers quickly to a layer and bubble ring. Chill haze forms in the beer but is still pretty see-through. Very carbonated pale yellow.

S - Crisp aroma opens up with light, dry floral hops. A pinch of herbs with lemon gives it a bit of a zest and while the malts are noticeable, they're at a lower level. Pale and soft.

T - Again, it's crisp right off the bat. Lots of floral notes and lemony herbal hints. The pale malts fall behind and let the hops take over leaving the finish dry and hoppy-bitter.

M - Smooth and light-medium in body with a softer feel and crisp finish. The carbonation helps it feel a bit lighter than it is which aids in drinkability. Dry hoppy finish.

D - Crisp and lighter for a good session beer I could definitely have another of. It lacks a real solid Pale Ale feel though.

Photo of nc41
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid APA. It's usually the beer I drink when I go to the baseball game. Like most APA's they tend to be very drinkable, but not distinct enough to pick it a part for a review. Just a nice clean easy drinking Ale. You can't really find anything negative about it, and it's reasonably priced. For an extra buck for a 12 pack I usually just buy Sierra Nevada APA, but you would never be disappointed in a Natty's Ale either.

Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a big lumpy white head. Stringy bits of lace here and there. Smells mostly of floral and juicy hops with a bit of sweet malt. Solid, standard pale ale flavor...sweet citrus hops and some lingering orange rind. The body is on the lighter side of medium and refreshingly dry. Not particularly interesting, but solid for sure.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the chance to try pretty much the entire lineup from Natty Green's and I just do not pass up the opportunity to try these things.

Nice amber color on the pour, a bit light with great clarity to it. Nice carbonation bubbling up from the glass and a light head of white forms over the top that settles down gently leaving a broken crown. Light hops, hints of grapefruit are buried under caramel malts. Bready at times on the nose with only the lightest amount of light fruit popping through. Clean and crisp flavor, well balanced again but leaning more on the malts then anything else. Light feel, and well carbonated. First sips are heavy with caramel and bready grains but I do start to pick up some light touches of pine and citrus as I keep going. Very drinkable.

Overall this was a very solid pale ale. Nothing mind blowing but I was impressed none the less. A solid offering I would not mind going after again.

Photo of wcudwight
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a thin whispy head. Aroma of pine needles, fruit, banannnas. Taste is a bit sweet at the start with a pine finish. Didn't have the hoppiness that I expected. Feels a bit thin in the mouth. Lacking some body. Overall it's a very average pale ale, but does make me want to try some other beers from this brew-pub.

Photo of Immortale25
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Last three numbers on code on back label say 280, so bottled on the 280th day of the year apparently.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Herbal, earthy hop aroma is just powerful enough to get your attention. Solid malt backing with a hint of caramel.

T- Pretty standard balance of malt to hops. Bitterness is mild and the hop flavor once again earthy. Slight soapy aftertaste isn't sitting well with me.

M- Small bite from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I would have this again if my other options were limited, but certainly wouldn't seek it out. Their Freedom IPA is so much better.

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint serving, medium in color, with a layer of off-white carbonation on the surface

s: nice mix of caramel malts and steeped tea-like hops, a little pulpy and leafy, but nice enough

m: carbonation moderate, with a nicely malty, medium body

t: nice caramel malt structure - flavorful but not too sweet, featuring a highly tea-like hop flavor, not impressed at first but it grows on me a bit, some tropical citrus juice flavors, moderately bitter

d: drinks well enough, not a bad choice

draft at the Raleigh brewpub - see no reason to add another listing

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