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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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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | 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 jjayjaye

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a clear light amber color with a half finger loose off white head that fades slowly to stringy patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell has a nicely balanced sweet malt and citrus hop aroma. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied with a bright tangy start and a well rounded smooth finish that works well with the less expressive flavors. The grainy malt and citrus taste is a good example of style. An easy drinker. Opportunity thanks to brentk56.

07-03-2009 14:57:03 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours copper gold with a thin head. No retention and faint lacing brings this one down.

Crisp, flowery hop nose. Almost overly flowery, but still appealing.

Very light mouthfeel. Very thin body. Good hop presence, though, with a little cascade hops kicking in at the end.

Not bad, but not their best.

07-01-2009 16:40:32 | More by beer2day
Photo of flexabull


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Bottle courtesy of turtlemoye, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a nice off white head. Good looking beer.

Aromas are kind of non existant. Not smelling much good or bad. Maybe a little dustiness? But not much...

Taste is slightly sweet with some tea like malt flavors and a bit of caramel. Finish has a quite dry feel, and a mineral like hop bite.

Mouthfeel is nice. It has a nice full feel, good carbonation, and not heavy at all.

Drinkability is good. It's a very drinkable and fairly tasty Pale Ale. Definitely session worthy.

05-14-2009 05:04:15 | More by flexabull
Photo of Chsyhkr

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

This used to be a great pale ale. Still a solid beer but not what it was. They hops have been greatly restrained here. Perhaps due to the shortage?

Anyway, Natty's has great English Style Ales, Full Moon, Rye Pale Ale, Elm St. IPA, etc. I am thinking they backed off on this beer since they had so many other hop head beers.

Aroma is light caramel and malt with indistinct hops. It used to be more C hop beer...

Good mouthfeel and carbonation, light lingering head.

Flavor is grainy malt and hop bitterness. Not real distinguishable.

This beer has been variable in the last year, so take this review for what it is.

I like this beer but would order a Bayonet or Elm St. first.

04-12-2009 21:28:03 | More by Chsyhkr
Photo of beachbum1975


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

Drinking a pint of this in WS Prime steakhouse with pwoods and Jeager...

Pours your average, clear dark brass with a nice, fluffy white head. Great lacing down the walls of the pint glass.

Smells of your expected pale ale. Light hops.

Tasted very much like a SN Pale Ale to me. Light bodied with slightly bittered hops.

Nice example of an APA

02-08-2009 03:57:21 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours gold with a large white head. Diarhea splatter lace and good retention.

Smells heavily of honey with floral hop and caramel.

Caramel malt and floral hop balance each other and allow the honey to come forward. Very flavorful. Good carbonation and mouthfeel though I feel that two is about max for me due to the intense honey. I don't know that a pale ale can get much better than this without loosing it's subtly balanced pale ale roots. Well done.

via brentk56

01-14-2009 18:27:08 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

It pours a clear honey golden color. Smells of hops and some caramel malt. The tast is very balanced between hops and malt. I tasted the malts at first and then the hops at the end. The taste reminds me of unsweet tea with a touch of honey. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and thin. Overall its a decent pale ale, no Red Seal Ale or Sierra Nevada but for $6.99 a sixer it will do. It is more malty than I expected. Its pretty drinkable I plan on having a few more before the night ends.

01-09-2009 02:43:12 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of nc41

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

12-27-2008 13:03:41 | More by nc41
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

thanks to my uncle for bringing this home from his trip to greensboro for me

this is a easy drinking pale ale, this has just the right amount of hop bitterness, and rich sweet malt, this is a beer that i would drink all the time if it were avalable to me. this is the first beer that i have when visating their brewery. glad this is fianaly in bottles

09-17-2008 18:16:19 | More by orcasteve
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured a darker golden, like a light amber. This was darker than I thought it would be. Poured with about a finger-width head that settled to a nice sheet throughout the rest of the drink. Excellent webbing along glass edge.

Smelled the floral hops, maybe some corn. Toasted malt.

First thing I noticed with the taste is the smack of bitterness. This mellows as the drink warms. There's a slight metallic bite at the finish that lingers a bit. Maybe getting a hint of lemon zest, and some burnt toast. Very crisp and clean brew.

Not that bad for an APA, but not my favorite.

07-26-2008 18:11:30 | More by Onenote81
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy orange/yellow, a little darker than expected. An inch or less of head forms but dies away quickly leaving some moderate lacing.

S - Somewhat faint; light indistinct malt and some floral and citrus hops pulling through.

T - Very much in line with the nose. The light, bready malt dominantes first, followed by light floral notes and noticable citrus quality from the hops. Finish is somewhat bitter and a little fruity, hangs on the palate for a few seconds.

M - Great level of moderate to high carbonation, with a light to medium body.

D - A good, but decidedly average APA. Natty Greenes is continuing to impress me with it's easy drinking brews, but seems to be falling just short of greatness.

07-17-2008 18:53:13 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

06-16-2008 02:28:32 | More by wedge
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

Acquired via trade from bboven, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, honey, some citrus and some pale hops.

T: The taste is malty with sweet flavors of caramel, honey and citrus. There's some background smokiness. A mild hops bitterness comes in and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer, but there are several that I would choose in the style first.

06-04-2008 04:14:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of SaCkErZ9


2.88/5  rDev -20.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Typical dark straw color with a stark white head. The head has some decent stiffness and thickness to it that leaves lots of lacing. Retention is nice as well as the head stays about 1/4" all the way through.

Decent smell. Pretty good balance of citrus hops and caramel malts with a touch of fruitines as well. A bit stale smelling, possibly oxidation. Some sweetness in the aroma too.

Okay taste. Decent bitterness but there is a lot of chalk in the taste and mouthfeel. Gives a very acrid feel and taste to the beer which I find unappealing. Not much hop flavor either. The aspirin-like acridity is hard to get by in this one.

Average at best. Its always good to support the local beer scene but this one just didnt do it for me. As one of Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriends says, in her southern accent, "Its just too much fluff".

05-21-2008 22:18:37 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub today. It's new moniker is "Southern Pale Ale' but they claim the recipe is exactly the same. Pours a little lighter than expected with a bit more orange hue than amber. Head dies quickly to a cap. Nose is hoppy but indistinctive.

The taste is quenching but bitter and aggressive. After two hefes outside coming inside and tasting this was almost like a hop explosion. Definitely bordering on an IPA for me but also balanced, overall juicy and full of flavor, nice. This is enjoyable and highly drinkable.

05-18-2008 02:06:26 | More by daliandragon
Photo of bboven


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +5%

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.

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

New York

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

07-18-2005 03:18:39 | More by sulldaddy
Southern Pale Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.