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

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Southern Pale AleSouthern Pale Ale

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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:
Malts: Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Munich Malt, Cara Munich

Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Cascade dry hop

Yeast: Chico No. 2, 1272

(Beer added by: oberon on 08-05-2004)
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Photo of bboven


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

Light gold body, slightly hazy. Tiny bit of head remains that leaves very little lacing.

Very Malty aroma, the hops are there as well, but slightly out of balance towards the malt.

Very earthy hop flavor, a bit grassy. Good medium bitterness keeps things in better balance here.

Moderate carbonation, very smooth and full bodied.

Highly drinkable, not the best example of the style, but alright nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 23:36:52 | More by bboven
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 18:52:06 | More by cbleary
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Radiant tangelo with a few fine yeasties swirling around immediately after the pour. The beautifully creamy crown is an indicator of obvious quality. Its 'eggshell soaked in orange juice' hue is a perfect complement to the beer beneath, and its stickiness is resulting in all sorts of attractive lace.

For a beer that was dry-hopped with Cascade, there sure isn't much Cascade character in the nose. It's balanced (too much so) between lightly earthy malt and only modestly fruity hops. APAs ought to be hoppier than this, but I'll reserve judgment until the taste buds have their say.

Too bad the brewers didn't back off the toasted malts. Their aroma and flavor muddies things up and keeps the hops from shining as brightly as they might have. Setting my personal preferences aside for a moment, this is still well-crafted beer.

The start is dominated by lightly toasted, lightly earthy, lightly nutty, lightly sweet barley. At the midway point, citrus fruit-like hops fade in and progressively take over as the finish approaches. The constantly changing nature of the flavor arc is interesting, even if it never really wows.

The mouthfeel is within the vast range of medium for the style. Like the flavor, it doesn't stand out in any way, yet it has no real faults. The carbonation is zesty without being overly buzzy.

Southern Pale Ale is a pretty good effort that different people will feel differently about based on their individual preferences about the APA style. I wouldn't mind another bottle right now, if that tells you anything worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 14:17:29 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of sgraham4

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, with a decent white head (although i could'nt tell because the bartender at the bar near college poured it practically to the brim, grinned and said "perfect pour"). It has a nice hoppy smell and tastes pretty good. This is a nice smooth pale ale, much better on-tap than in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 01:59:34 | More by sgraham4
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice light brown with a rich off white head.

S-a rich malt with a bit of sweetness and an unidentifiable hop. Very clean smelling.

T-that clean malt profile hits again but the aftertaste has some sort of off flavour. Unidentifiable hops hit you mid swig but the aftertaste leaves a foul presence. Its not overwhelming but it is there. I think perhaps the tap lines could be cleaned. The hops make themselves known while the beer warms up which lessen the off flavour.

M-full bodied for a pale ale with a nice level of carbonation.

D-better as it warms up. That wierd flavour limits the sessionability. They are clearly going for the Sierra Nevada type of Pale Ale but it just doesnt succeed to that level. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2007 02:44:23 | More by sleazo
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2006 06:41:16 | More by wcudwight
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

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

This beer is a little lighter in color than most pale ales. The smell is hoppy. The taste is fairly bitter with a lasting aftertaste of hops. The mouthfeel is smooth. No harsh tones. I could drink this beer again. Got this in my growler. They were out of stout at the time.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2006 18:51:09 | More by Enola
Photo of JBStith

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As you can tell by my scores of this beer, it is good. A nice example of the Amaerican Pale Ale style.

A: Nice deep golden color with great clarity. Modrate head with low retention and moderate lacing.

S: Light notes of sweet malt and descent hop aroma. Slightly floral and spicy.

T: Similar to smell. It was probably served a bit too cold, but flavors came through nicely after the first few sips. Slightly weak malt backbone with good bittering hops.

M: Moderate body and just about right for a pale ale.

D: I could drink sereval of these on a hot afternoon (which is was...95 degrees). A very drinkable beer.

Again, overall this is a good beer, not great, but good. I recommend you try it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2006 15:02:21 | More by JBStith
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2006 22:57:26 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of sulldaddy


4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to AK Smokedporter for this one. THe growler had leaked a little so I popped it in fridge and an hour later poured a glass.
The beer pours a clear golden amber color and a frothy beige head. THe head fades almost immediately, uh oh, leak could have let carb out too.
Aroma is jusky grainy scents with some caramel and a nice grassy hop profile.
First sip reveals an average body with crisp clean texture. The carbonation is barely still existent, but the sparse bubles are fine and tingly.
Flavor starts off with with some sweet caramel and a bit of general sweetness. A hit of berry sweetness peaks in and quickly is overwhelmed by an herbal drying hop finish, that makes me thirsty for more. THere is a sweet coat on my lips after each sip as well. THat berry flavor is definintely in there and is a pleasant surprise on the beer. I want to say raspberry, but not quite, it is super mild and only shows itself very briefly, but I like it. The beer is clean crisp and perfect for this hot, humid, yucky evening. A well made beer I am happy to have tried.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2005 03:18:39 | More by sulldaddy
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2005 01:06:38 | More by beergeek279
Photo of assurbanipaul


4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light, crystal-clear orange amber with a good, frothy white head. Aroma is nutty pale malt and a touch of mild citrusy hops.

Taste is bready pale malt, rather dry. Hops are subdued, hanging around in the background, but emerge after a few sips. Light grapefruit and pine, very faint esters, plays well with the toasty, biscuity malts. Good and solid pale ale flavors, right on style.

Mouthfeel is light and watery, kind of flat but not entirely. Low carbonation sends its drinkability way up, definitely quaffable. Received a growler via beer trade with AKSmokedPorter, don't know if the carbonation suffered with travel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2005 03:35:15 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of BillyBrew


4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Palesw are the first brew I order at any new place I go to. Almost always a great policy (or me anyways).

A golden/light orange colour with a chunky, rocky, pure white head that lasts.

Strong citrusy-hop nose, very pleasing.

Thick citrus and pine hop forwardness with a solid, bitter pale-malt. Very balnced for such a big hop. This is why I love pales over IPAs.

Smooth medium body that finishes fairly clean for such a heavily hopped pale.

What can I say, I love a solid Pale!


Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2005 15:54:06 | More by BillyBrew
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light/medium clear amber body with an beautiful head; some lacing on the way down

Smell: Wonderfully assertive floral aroma

Taste: Grapefruit hoppiness that jumps out at you is if the brew were pretensions of being an IPA; nice and bitter with a very restrained maltiness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another winner from the Natty Greene's line-up; this is a brew that will provide pleasure for hours

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2005 14:11:16 | More by brentk56
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2004 21:15:57 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the outside table a clear pale golden with a low white head.

The aroma was slight caramel and citrusy hops.

The flavor was grassy and citrusy. The hop flavors were good with a nice bitterness backbone.

The finish was dry with lasting bitterness. The body was medium to just a bit less.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2004 21:08:14 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2004 21:59:31 | More by oberon
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Southern Pale Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
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