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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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82
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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | 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 PDXHops
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Thanks to bullywee for this 12 oz bottle (received and consumed last summer- just now catching up on some leftover review notes from then). Poured into a Duvel tulip.

See-thru golden amber body with a finger of off-white head. While the head size is modest, the retention is good, and some nice sticky lacing is left.

Smells nice and fresh. Sweet bready malts and crisper grains allow some light grapefruit and grassiness to peek through. Tastes pretty much the same. Balance leans toward the malty side, once again sweet and crisp/toasty. Some grassy/spicy notes seem to be hidden in there. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation with modest grapefruit presence that asserts itself most strongly right at the swallow.

Overall impression: Solid APA that goes down nice and easy.

PDXHops, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of MrStark
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a clear coppery gold color with a small off white head. Not much retention.

Smell is slightly faint malts and hops with an almost floral/citrus hint to it.

Taste seams to be a good balance of light malt sweetness and a bitter hop finish. It seams pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation, it goes down pretty smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good. Goes down fairly easy and I could see having a few. I feel this is a pretty good example of the style but not the best.

MrStark, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of drperm
5/5  rDev +38.1%

I rarely do formal reviews of beers I have at festivals, on principle. I do, though make a few exceptions:
1) The first beer of the day at a festival
2) Brews that so completely blow me out of the water that I simply must stop, find some blank pages, and wax eloquent.
Natty Greene's Southern Pale Ale, served in its cask-conditioned state at Brewgrass '09, is one such.

I tend to have a crush on cask beers in general, but this one is an all-out infatuation. Bursting at the seams with that dry-hop aroma, and juicily rich as it coats my tongue, lingering on the palate like a sacramental memory, I'm kicking myself for not simply camping out by the Natty Greene tent for the rest of the day and drinking the cask dry.

It just might be time for a road trip to Greensboro.

drperm, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

mikesgroove, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
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.

jjayjaye, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of beer2day
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.

beer2day, Jul 01, 2009
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.

flexabull, May 14, 2009
Photo of Chsyhkr
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.

Chsyhkr, Apr 12, 2009
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

beachbum1975, Feb 08, 2009
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

donkeyrunner, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of thegodfather2701
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.

thegodfather2701, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of nc41
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.

nc41, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
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

orcasteve, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
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.

Onenote81, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
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.

PatrickJR, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of wedge
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.

wedge, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 04, 2008
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".

SaCkErZ9, May 21, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
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.

daliandragon, May 18, 2008
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.

bboven, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of cbleary
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.

cbleary, Feb 14, 2008
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of sgraham4
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.

sgraham4, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of sleazo
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.

sleazo, May 25, 2007
Southern Pale Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.