Deep South Pale Ale (Reb Ale) | Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Deep South Pale Ale (Reb Ale)Deep South Pale Ale (Reb Ale)

Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.21%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep South Pale Ale is Lazy Magnolia's Pale Ale, a crisp and clean beer with the perfect balance of hops and malt. Its body and clean finish are ideally suited for all seasons, and the brew is moderately hopped for a great aroma and impressive finish. Deep South Pale Ale doesn't fit into any category of Pale Ale, it's a style we made up!

27 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SHODriver
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: miniscule white head with a light copper hue. A little bit of haze going on.

S: piney with some earthy notes.

T: bitter pine with some caramel sweetness. Slightly watery taste that finishes a little spicy. Not bad, but not bold enough for my liking. Somewhat balanced leaning toward the hoppy side of things. Again, not bad but I'd like a little more out of it. the closer I get to the bottom of the glass the more I like it though.

M: Lively carbonation with a good mouthfeel for the style.

D: I love IPAs and hoppy beers but this one just doesn't do it for me. One is ok but I wouldn't session this one.

Overall, not bad but not great. If I need a hop fix or can't find something else that I trust to drink if I feel the need it would do in a pinch.

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Photo of rampole
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I gave this beer a poor review a few months ago out of a bottle. I am currently sitting at the blind pig (a bar in oxford ms) kicking off misssissippi craft beer week with a taste from mississippi's own lazy magnolia brewery. This offering is much different from their bottled offering. This basil grapefruit infused wheat ale is a southern beer lovers dream. My mother would totally dig this. I met some great people at this event and have to say that lazy mag's intern's ideas about this beer were spot on.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (thanks to PerzentRizen) into a pint glass.

Amber pour. Finger of dense, white foam retains well and sticks nicely.

Sweet malt and spicy hops in the nose. Label boasts "southern pine forest," but I'm smelling just as much citrus. I'm not complaining.

Caramel flavor immediately jumps out at me. Spicy hops, and some light piney bitterness. Some lingering hoppy flavor in the crisp finish.

Medium-light bodied. Crisp and refreshing. Nice carbonation. Easy drinker. Surprisingly flavor, a very solid "Deep South Pale Ale."

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Photo of hangh
3.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- The color is a clear golden/brown. There is a lot of foamy head that is pretty thick. It sticks to the glass and after my first drink was mostly foam, I had to wait for it to die down, but a substantial head lasts pretty much the entire drink. The drink is carbonated a little more than average as well.
S- The pine smell is very heavy in this beer. They advertise it as a deepwoods smelling beer and that is definitely true. A decent smelling beer.
T- This beer has some hops. The pine flavor is the most prevalant. There is very little malts and the taste is very consistent through the entire drinking. A steady but unique taste.
MF- Very crisp beer with little or no after taste. One of the smoother beers around.
D- Initially the beer is very easy to drink. It is not to filling but because the taste doesn't change at all I could see it getting boring. The person drinking with me said, "The more I drink this, the more it tastes like soap" so I'll take their word for it.

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Photo of beer2day
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper gold with a 1-finger light cream head. Nice retention, but very faint lacing.

Malty, wheaty nose. Not getting much in hops, but a light pine breeze. A little soapy.

Definitely getting the wheat in the initial hit. Gets pretty sharp after that, with a nice hop bite. Soapiness creeps in during the finish to drag the taste down.

Decent body. The wheat character makes it lighter than it seems it should be though, but that's probably by design.

I'm thinking this one would be good on a hot Mississippi night.

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Photo of danielharper
3.76/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light orange, very transparent, with a very thick white foamy head. Head sticks around nicely and gives some lacing. Lots of effervescence from the bottom of the glass. Smells very hoppy, lots of pine notes with a bit of yeasty dryness. Some sweetness.

Flavor has a lot of hoppy bitterness, more yeast than expected, especially with a beer that's so clear. Hints of vanilla on the back of the palate. Lots of citrus character. I find it a bit cloying as I get to the bottom of the glass.

(I just looked it up, and this beer is classified as an American Pale Wheat Ale there. Checking with the Lazy Magnolia website, wheat is listed as an ingredient in this beer. The wheat could absolutely be causing that dryness and vanilla-ish flavor, although I never would have imagined it would. Very interesting, and worth a half-point in the rating.)

Mouthfeel is moderate, with heavy carbonation and moderate-to-heavy hops. Coats the palate.

So how do I feel about this brew? It's pretty good, but I would definitely get tired of it quickly. Despite the interesting notes caused by the wheat, the flavor's a bit one-note and the dryness gets tiresome pretty quickly. Definitely an interesting beer, but not an altogether successful one, in my humble opinion.

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Photo of hawks10
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass...

Pours a nice golden amber with just a touch of haze. Three to four fingers of soft white, meringue-like head erupts and leaves chunks of lacing down the glass...

Loads of caramel and bready malt fill the nose, a very faint hint of some sweet/citrus hops, but mostly just a bunch of malt. Not sure on the age of this beer...hopefully it is at least somewhat fresh, but who knows how much the hops (if there were any to begin with) have faded...

Sweet and dry, somewhat of a stale hop bitterness, but more dry and musty that truly biting from a good hop presence. Beer is loaded with caramel/toffee sweet malt. Almost a grassy and earthy, dry finish. While not bad by any means, the flavors seem sort of "phoned in" and a bit muddled...

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and easy drinking, mostly refreshing although the finish is a bit too dry and lingering in the aftertaste...

Picked this one up as a single in Nashville on my way through town, not sure on the age of this beer but the store I bought it at has a pretty good reputation. Glad to knock another state off my list, would like to try this beer again knowing it was fresh so I could possibly offer a better review...

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Photo of GregSVT
2.82/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a huge white head that slowly fades leaving some nice lacing.

S: The nose is very smells acrid but slightly hoppy and a hint of sweet malts. Not sure what's going on here...possibly skunked.

T: The taste is decent. Sweet malty tones lead way to a citrus hop flavor that fades out on the finish. The flavors are pretty muted but not bad.

M: The feel is overly carbonated but crisp. The bubbles are big like a BMC product...smaller bubbles would make this creamy and possibly help the flavor.

D: This is a decent Pale Wheat but nothing crazy.

I might be inclined to order this at a bar if I ever saw it but I won't be searching it out.

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Photo of BeerMark
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reb Ale from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company looks nice in my pint glass. Good carbonation here. Smell has some type of alcohol and slight malt odor. Unfortunately, the taste is exactly the same. Just alcohol, some malt, and bitterness present here. (I don't mean a good kind of hoppy bitterness either.) Not recommended.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.55/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for tossing this one my way.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is mostly clear golden yellow. About one finger of stark white head recedes leaving a faint ring of lace.

The aroma is lightly hopped with a touch of citrus. A moderate amount of malt comes through as it warms.

The flavor is sharp and bitter. There's a touch of hops in there somewhere. It's just dry and musty tasting.

Light thin body. Lots of carbonation.

Overall a rather offensive wheat ale. Not something I would drink again.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to piginapen for throwing this beer in as an extra!

This is my third and final Lazy Magnolia beer on the shelf. I hated Indian Summer. The Pecan was interesting and worth trying, but not for me. Reb Ale is my last hope for a beer to order next time I have to visit my grandmother in the deep south. Here it goes.

The beer pours a clear orange amber. It looks very fizzy, and an aggressive pour doesn't yield much head, and what little exists leaves me before long.

The smell is rather unpleasant. It's bready, but stale and musty. Some grassy hops come through as it warms, making the overall smell better. The taste, thankfully, is surprisingly solid based on the smell. It's dominated by a grainy bitterness, almost a rye flavor (though I know it must be wheat). The bread is less musty than in the smell. There's a slight metallic taste that doesn't bother me, but I can see turning my friends off completely.

The body is thin and unremarkable in the mouth. Pretty watery, though I can see it being crisp in an oppressive Louisiana summer. That's why I'm giving it a bit of the benefit of the doubt in terms of drinkability. I don't love it, but the taste is fine and I'd give it another shot in a more appropriate context.

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Photo of bamadog
2.02/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked this up in a trade with PerzentRizen -- the trade was great, but this beer is a little on the rough side :) Review is from notes taken on 2/4/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light orange/coppery color and starts with a huge 3 finger head that is very foamy and slightly off-white; solid retention and the head leaves large, puffy and dry swaths of lacing as it slowly fadfes to a full and rocky skim that is about 1/2 finger deep still; as mentioned, body is a little hazy but still shows strong carbonation.

Smell: Piney and slightly grassy presence, but that's about it. Not much really coming out for the nose at all.

Taste: Not much flavor - just a bit of a bitter and metallic presence, and I can't really call it "flavor." Pretty bland.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation; body is a little thin and watery; moderate stick on the roof of the mouth from the hop resin.

Drinkability: Pretty low overall - I like pale ales but this one doesn't really bring much to the table. The utter lack of flavor makes this beer pretty much undesireable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new one for me for sure. I have been fairly impressed with what I have had of theirs and this one was no exception. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 1/27/2010.

The pour was decent, dark amber in color with slight red highlights to it that seemed to fit the style nicely, Small white head crept up and over the top and gently settled down leaving a cratered and rocky look that soon turned to a bare copper top. Lots of bready notes coming off of here right away, smooth and delicate caramel as well as a touch of musty bread are all trying to work themselves in now in various forms. As I take the first sip I notice the feel to be a little lighter then I would have thought but it does seem to work overall. Well carbonated the first sip hits with caramel malts and an herbal, almost flowery like taste that melts into a gritty and bready malt. Very nicely done. Easily drinkable as I was able to put this one down fairly quickly and move onto the next selection of the night.

Overall while not the best thing I have ever had it certainly worked and I would have no issue with trying another one.

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Photo of gford217
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden amber with a steady stream of bubbles feeding the creamy white head, allowing for great retention and some spotty lacing.

The aroma is fairly subdued, even for a pale ale. It's got a bit of spicy/grassy hops up front and toasted malts.

The taste is a tad better but still has the same profile with some light floral hops up front on top of a bready malt backbone. Maybe some honey and a bit of wheat sweetness before a bitter, lightly hopped finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and extremely crisp, clean and dry in the finish.

This is definitely a drinkable pale ale but not one with any degree of complexity. Since first trying the Southern Pecan, only the Jefferson stout has stood out to me. Let's hope that MS can pop the cap soon and let LM see what they can really do. As it is, most of their beers are starting to blend together.

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Photo of froggiestomp13
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lazy Magnolia Reb Ale from bottle into Pint Glass. Freshness date 04.08.10

(A)= Copper color, clear, minimal hazy yellow head (less than 1/8 inch)that disappated immediately.

(S)= Sweet, Bread Doughy

(T)= Crisp, Spicy, Metallic Copper Aftertaste

(M)= Smooth, Light, Decent carbonation

(D)= Easy brew. Could enjoy a six of these in one sitting without problem.

I enjoy this beer although it has a full taste, appealing color and aroma doesn't offend yet isn't impressive.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to piginapen for trading this one to me.

Pours a clear yellow with a huge white, pillowy head. Looks about like a BMC lager. The aroma has a lot more hop character than I expected, with some pine and earthy aromas. You get some citrus and biscuit malt as well. The main flavor is piney hops. Wheat is present, but not as much as expected. The beer finishes very dry and is highly carbonated with a light/medum mouthfeel. Overall, this is a nice drinking hoppy pale wheat ale. I have not had many beers like this and would like to try it again.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass a nice amber golden color with some clarity. Head was very large, three to four fingers with a vigorous pour. Laces nicely. Aroma is definitely hops with the wheaty biscuityness present. Taste is hops with citrus flavors and the dryness of the wheat. Good crisp light to medium feel and minimal oilness. Sessionable beer that is enjoyable.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Somewhat fuzzy golden color with a head that goes on and on which leads me right to infection out of the starting gate. Not a bad looking beer per se but takes 3 pours to get 12 ounces into a pint glass. Somewhat sulfury and earthy aroma. Mildly astringent. Big hop biterness upfront-somewhat crisp. Faint citrus/lemon like flavor. Hop bite tends to dominate overall. Thin body wise-almost watery. Would seem even more so if it wasnt for the hops. Very, very average overall. Read the label closer-I thought it said RED ale-once I poured the beer I realized what was up. Pass for me.

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Photo of sweemzander
1.72/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours a hazy copper color that produced so much white foam, I only got about a 1/3 of the actual beer from the bottle. Way overly carbonated.

(S)- Rank Pine Sol cleaner with mountains of lemon.

(T)- Same as the taste; rank lemon & lime cleaner.

(M)- Far too much carbonation. Way too bitter and cloying; might as well drink actual Pine Sol.

(D)- No thank you, although its definitely infected or over carbonated or the combination of the two. Could only take a few sips of what was left.

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Photo of alpinebryant
2.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light caramel amber with a medium white head off the start, which quickly settled to a white ring around the glass.

Smelled of light piney hops, more of a malt presence on this one of pale malts

Taste is mostly a mix of piney twang in a wheat beer. There is a nice light wheat mouthfeel with a lot of bitterness and possibly some type of spice that gives a slight pepper taste.

Overall a light mouthfeel, a little too bitter / not as sweet as some other wheat pale ales out there, probably a little more bitter than some others I have had, could benefit from a few more aroma hops possibly.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint. "Deep south pale ale" 12/05/09 printed on the label.

Thanks to PerzentRizen for this bottle!

A - A moderate pour released a gushing head. After overflowing everywhere, it stood at just above four fingers tall. The loose bubbles hung on for a long time leaving some loose lacing. The beer is a lightly hazy golden yellow with decent carbonation bubbles rising up. Great appearance after the overflow mishaps.

S - The aroma is a bit faint which could be due to the age. I'm picking up low pale malts with a lemon citrusy hop nose that's a bit floral in nature. It could stand to be stronger.

T - The flavor is a citrusy lemon hop crispness with a floral touch and a low pale malt backbone. The whole flavor is just a bit thin.

M - Thin feeling despite a medium-low body. A bit watery too. The finish is crisp from carbonation and a bit dry with very little in the way of bitterness.

D - I think I'd love to try this fresh but it's not terrible now. The body needs a little work and the aroma could be a bit stronger, but it's a great start. I could have a few of these while watching a movie.

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Photo of corby112
2.44/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with piginapen. Thanks again man!

Pours a dark golden orange color with pale golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, pillowy white head that very, very slowly dissipates into a lasting cap and ring that leaves sporadic spots of chunky lacing.

Slightly earthy piny hop aroma with subtle citrus notes and a biscuit malt backbone. Pretty bland smelling.

Pretty carbonated up front leading into a crisp medium body that is very hops forward with a subtle malt backbone and bone dry finish. Very dry piney hops up front that linger throughout over a biscuit and graham cracker malt backbone that is kind of thinned out into a very long dry, bitter piny hop finish. Not very well balanced and kind of one dimensional.

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Photo of bonkers
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to piginapen for this one. Pale yellow with a massive white head. The aroma has a pleasant citrus aroma, more of a pale ale aroma than a wheat aroma. The beer is light and hoppy. The flavor is floral with citrus. It finishes crisp. It is medium bodied and goes down smooth. A nice hybrid beer. I think Lazy Magnolia really nailed this one.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a pint glass that left a thin ring throughout. the body was a bright, bubbly amber.
s - caramel, honey, bread with a piney hop aroma.
t - crisp piney hops.
m - medium mouthfeel with a clean finish.
d - great session beer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to retorp for this one.

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with an above average white head. Little retention or lace.

S: Nothing earth shattering. Honey, biscuit malt, and floral hops.

T: Light biscuit malt, honey, and good dose of citrus hops.

M: Fairly light in body, nice bitterness for the style.

D: Not too bad.

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Deep South Pale Ale (Reb Ale) from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
3.29 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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