Pine Belt Pale Ale
Southern Star Brewing Company

Pine Belt Pale AlePine Belt Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #982
Ranked #24,314
3.84 | pDev: 11.72%
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
Pine Belt Pale AlePine Belt Pale Ale
Notes: A deep copper colored ale with a substantial malt backbone accented with British crystal malts with aggressive hop bitterness and substantial American hop flavor and aroma. The yeast profile is neutral.

45 IBU

Malt: Rahr special pale, Simpsons 30-37, Crisp 45
Hops: Galena, CTZ, Nugget
Yeast: California Ale
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Robert_G from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice and dark for a pale ale. Good firm foamy head; lasts awhile.
Smell: Refreshing, piney; like being in the East Texas woodlands
Taste: Just simply delicious. I love this ale.
Feel: Just right; not watery but not viscous either.
Overall: I love this ale. This and Southern Star's Buried Hatchet Stout are always in my fridge!

Nov 16, 2016
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1ale_man from Texas

3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz.can poured into a Spiegelau ipa glass.
Very copperish in color and hazy.
Smells yeasty and malty and maybe grassy.
Pretty malty with some pine and grassy, floral. Not too hoppy.
Smooth feel. Not watery at all. Will have again.
I really like this beer. Easy drinking.

Feb 23, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A little darker than your average pale ale, forays into auburn and light brown territory. 1/3" head, off white. Hits some decent hoppy notes, I think I'm picking up Nuggets.

The appearance gives away the excessive use of crystal malt, this is a heavier malt ipa, still has its bitterness. This one really straddles the line between pale and brown malts it would seem.

Nonetheless, tallboy can, still a fun beer.

Feb 17, 2016
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donspublic from Texas

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a New Belgium tulip. Nice 2 finger tan cream colored head. Sticks around for a while. Hazy copper color that cannot be seen thru. Smells of malt, slight floral and a little pine coming thru. ok they sell this as an aggressive hop bitterness, but not picking that up. This is more of a malt forward beer, and that is fine. Very smooth drinking. I find this very well balanced. I guess my taste buds have changed since I had this last about a year ago. I don't remember caring much for it, but I think I am changing my mind. There is some caramel type sweetness coming thru. Nice beer, this is one that could get you in trouble as it hides it's ABV quite well. Nice mouthfeel, will not thing twice about getting this one again

Dec 08, 2015
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puck1225 from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Golden brown color with a pleasant clean slightly floral smell. Thin head with decent lacing. Nice crisp well balanced taste. I will get this beer again.

Nov 07, 2015
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MikeyLegend from Texas

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can into a pint glass. She pours a beautiful copper with a small amount of head and carbonation. Lacing wraps the glass as the head fades and you sip on it. The smell is surprisingly light. Nothing really caught my attention. Very neutral smell. The taste is of an amazing ale, a bit of hops and pine. This to date is my favorite Southern Star beer. Absolutely delicious.

Feb 25, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some pine. Taste is well balanced. Caramel malts up front, piney hops at the finish, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and solid beer.

Feb 14, 2015
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JamesStreet from Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours an orangey-golden color with thin finger-width head. Good lace down glass
S- heavy crystal malt aromas of bread crust and caramel. Honey as well. Citrusy hop aroma but takes a backseat to the malt.
T- bread, caramel, honey, slight orangepeel taste. Bitter hops on the back end.
M- light medium feel, juicy bitter finish.
O- not bad. I don't know if I'd seek this one out again.

Jan 13, 2015
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, quickly fading white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts and some citrus hops.

Tastes of a pretty big malt backbone layered with some hops. Malts lead off with caramel, toasted bread, and a touch of fruitiness. This gives way to pine and citrus hops. Deinfitely leans towards the malty side of the spectrum. Finishes with a bit more bready malt.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but don't expect a blast of hops.

Dec 13, 2014
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grammodesguapote from Texas

3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy amber color with a thick creamy head.

Aroma is faintly hoppy with alcohol more noticeable as it warms. Some malt and a little fish sauce in there.

Taste is caramel malt with hop bittering and a metallic finish.

Good carb with a sweet sticky finish.

Would buy again.

Mar 30, 2014
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber with a beautiful three fingers of head that airily dissipates to a rock half inch of beige cream. Decent retention; lots of sticky lacing.

Malty with citric hops. Lemon rind, melon, pine, caramel, and some floral notes.

Crisp, bitter, refreshing. Very quick and dry with dusty, husky hop flavors up front and some rising acidity in the finish with a vaguely malty, bitter finish.

Medium bodied with a nice creamy head and crisp carbonation. Pretty drinkable with slightly lingering medicinal/malt-sticky finish.

Damn good IPA (or whatever you want to call it).
This is a really fresh-tasting, dry pale ale and would be perfect on a hot day. Pours very nice and obviously unfiltered (a big plus in my book), has a pretty straightforward PA nose and an even, bitter, drying (and yet fresh) taste and palate. The only thing I didn't like was that I felt like it was a little lingering and sticky to be super-drinkable. But that's just me. Pretty tasty, either way.
Basically tastes like a sun-baked pine in the Texas heat.
Would get again if I ever had access to it; well worth trying if you can get it.

Mar 22, 2014
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Premo88 from Texas

3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into nonic
(no born-on or best-by dating)

L: orange jello -- there's a ton of debris in it, possibly sediment that was resting at the bottom of the can because I think it was pouring clear until that final ounce or so; very nice off-white head at least 1/4-inch tall, very thick and sticking nicely; maintains a thick, big-bubbled collar

S: pine needles, citrus; hints of caramel, something very sweet ... candy; oranges

T: mix of pine and citrus, chunky bitter bite in the middle with a good-tasting barley/cereal grain finish; enough sweetness to give it some balance; at times it feels like it's leaning toward the caramel/mango/sickly sweet side of the American hops (DIPA mainly) spectrum, but those tastes are mostly hidden, only poking through the pine/citrus tastes in sporadic fashion; as it warms up, a little more caramel/sweet notes

F: very nice all-around; good body and good carbonation, a solid lighter weight that isn't watery

O: considering the four-pack I picked up had at least 3 months worth of dust on it, not to mention plenty of dents in the cans, a very solid, piney-bitter ale. like most hop-forward beers, it'd be nice to try a fresh one, but I must admit the beer is plenty good however old it is (and I'm guessing at least six months old).

it's 6.3% ABV puts it beyond what I prefer from beers in the "pale ale" category, so I think of this brew more in the American IPA category -- but hair-splitting aside, I love the focus on piney hops here in a VERY drinkable brew. the smell is too caramel/sweet for my tastes, but that falls in line with most of the American IPA/DIPA world I've traveled through so far.

Jan 29, 2014
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AgentMunky from New York

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy golden brown. Nice head and heavy lacing. Hazy.

S: Heavy pine. Resiny. Pinesol, maybe.

T: Pretty darn good! The pine is the dominant note here, along with a robust maltiness. Finish is ever so slightly sour. Fresh and herbal. Lightly dry, clean finish.

M: crisp and bitter dry. I like it.

O: Way better than I thought it would be! Recommended. Would buy again.

Dec 31, 2013
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and amber-brown in color with a nice head that lasted and left good lacing.

Smells of piney grapefruit, hops, slightly fruity, and a little earthy.

Tastes of caramel malts, pine, grapefruit, citrus, a bit of sweetness, and an earthy bitterness. Hop presence is on par with some IPAs, but a nice malty balance provides for a well-rounded beer.

Lingering slightly sweet bitterness helps define this nice, medium bodied beer.

I'd certainly like to have it again, very smooth and flavorful, easy to drink, and comes in cans. Nice job on this one.

Update: finally DID have it again, just as good the second time around. I definitely like this brewery, and love the cans.

Dec 12, 2013
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kikenazz from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge can into silicone pint glass.

A- a mix of burnt orange/yellow-brown. Head dissipated within a minute or two but a steady stream of bubbles was persistent.

S- Lives up to its name. First thing is smell was pine aroma. I would guess there is some Warrior hops in there. Also get a little bit of lemony smell.

T/M- Very bitter. A few seconds after drinking, the back of my tongue would get a tingling bitterness left behind. The malt aspect of the beer seems to be low key. Seems light on my tongue. More citrus in the taste than what I smelled but the pine is still there tied up with the bitterness.

Definitely pleased with this beer. First beer I have had that was so prominently piney. Much more bitter than I expected and seems borderline IPA to me, but who is gonna draw the line. Would recommend to my friends.

Sep 30, 2013
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Skywave from Oklahoma

3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a thick head and erratic lacing. Color is an unfiltered orange amber. Aroma is piney hops and a bit of specialty malts. Flavor is a nice blend of crystal and pale malts and citrus and pine flavored hops. The bitterness is off, which I suspect is a water issue. If the water source is high in certain salts such as bicarbonates, the bitterness of the hops comes off soapy, alkaline and medicinal. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall, it seems to be a good recipe, just needs a mineral adjustment. Or not. I could be wrong. Either way, it's been my experience as a home brewer that water can greatly affect hop perception. Now that the hop mania is in full swing, everybody's piling them on with little regard for how the local water will interact with them.

Sep 28, 2013
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nsheehan from Texas

3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pine Belt pale ale
Southern Star Brewing Co
16oz can to Modern craft pint

A – A uniformly cloudy amber. Somewhat translucent, a bit translucent. Poured quite vigorously, but the head subsided very quickly, leaving just a layer of it on top.

S – Pinecone, grass, orange and a bit of pineapple. There’s also a muddled earthy-sweet smell, like dirt or rock with a bit of brown sugar. As it warms, a little the pine lets a little more citrus and floral notes through, I think I pick up a bit of mango now.

T – A whole lot of not bitter pine. There’s a tiny bit of citrus riding along in the backbone, and a malt backbone to hold it up, but it really is a pinecone bomb (not very bitter though). As it warms some citrus and grass get through the pine, and it’s better. A hop spiciness emerges as well.

M – Heavy-light bodied. A little bit tingly, a little bit smooth, less than average dryness for style. Stays close to the tongue.

D - The can says serve at 50 degrees (F) and it definitely got better as it warmed for 20 minutes. It’s good but not great. Has average complexity, but it’s masked by too much rough pine cone smell and taste.
3.25, 3.25, 3.25, 3.5, 3.25; 3.3.

Aug 23, 2013
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 fl. oz. can into Flying Dog tulip. no canned-on date.

A: slight haze on an orange body. head has an orange tint on an otherwise white body. good retention, plenty of lacing.

S: a mild caramel malt, a zesty hop aroma. faded.

T: slightly astringent. certainly oxidized. the caramel provides a body that should have a greater presence. time has thinned it out. pretty bitter. actually very bitter.

M: carb is a touch on the mild side. nothing too nuts, a little too mild for me. medium body.

D: overall, flavors are too muddy for me. distracts from the brew. bitterness is all out of wack. id pass.

Aug 17, 2013
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icehawk from South Carolina

3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


 Appearance: Cloudy amber with nice foamy white head 

 Aroma: dark bread 

 Taste: Bready malts, 

 Palate: Fairly bitter up front, but finishes smooth with a good malt backbone. Fairly lively mouthfeel 

 Overall: A bit heavy, good drinking. Good taste

Aug 07, 2013
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber hazy color. There is a lot of precipitate. Strong, caramel, citrus, piney aroma. Very good aroma. Taste of caramel and citrus with a strong piney hop. Very piney bitter aftertaste. Soapy. It is a good beer. The aftertaste is slightly off.

Jun 16, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with ample foam in the non-quite-a-pint glass. A tangy and tingly mouthfeel. Malty and richly flavored with a big piney hop flavor. They rate the IBUs at 45. Not unpleasantly bitter, but it's all about the hops.

Big rush of resiny hops produces a clean and bitter flavor. On the tart side after some malty sweetness. On tap at The Filling Station. A very pleasant quaff on a warm day in San Antonio. Cost was $4 for 14 oz.

Jun 10, 2013
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oberon from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into an imperial pint glass a dull orange tinged lighter golden with sticky half finger white head atop,a nice broken sheet of lace was left behind as it settled pretty quickly.a nice smack ofcitric hops in the nose along with some biscuit malt.Flavors are citrucy with some light brown sugar and caramel/biscuit flavors making for a well rounded palate,the hops are fresh not very bitter.A solid APA,I can't find any flaws,Iam glad I finally tried this beer.

May 08, 2013
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Pegasus from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep golden orange, with a massive, dense, off-white head, with excellent retention, scattered lacing, and profuse, fine, fast-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of juicy hops, spicy and herbal, none of the typical pine-tar often found in this style. There is also a solid biscuit malt backbone.

Taste: Opens with a moderate , spicy hop presence, soon followed by solid biscuit malt. As the taste progresses, the hops are dominating, but the malt plays a solid supporting role. Finishes with a mil, lingering resiny hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, full.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing example of a style that I am not normally drawn to. Well done.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen ounce (0.473 liter) aluminum can, served in a Samuel Adams Boston lager glass.

Apr 25, 2013
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 4/13/12

Word to Goblinmunkey7's mother for sending some cans of this and other Texas locals

Appearance: Lightly hazy, medium amber/copper, with some orange and gold - small, white head, fades quickly to a small ring and a few wisps of a cap - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Mildly bready with some mild citrus - white bread, with some bread dough - pale and caramel malts, with some crystal malt sweetness - some hoppy citrus, in a somewhat gentle way - orange and grapefruit zest - light pine and some herbal notes

Taste: Nicely malty with some orange - like the smell suggests, this is decidedly bready - a nice mix of pale and caramel malts - some grainy earthiness - lightly caramelized, lightly sweet - mildly bitter with mildly interesting malts - some orange and grapefruit zest, works for balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, maybe a little watery

Overall: Not everything is bigger in Texas, apparently

This is not a bad American Pale Ale, but it's not particularly interesting. I would drink it again, but I don't think I will be compelled to trade for it.

Apr 13, 2013
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csparace from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – From a 16oz can to a standard pint glass. Pours a light hazy orange with a colossal pure white head of large bubbles. Small amounts of carbonation rising. Head fades fast and an attractive lacing is left. Lacing is quite nice as I drink.

Smell – Hello hops.

Taste – I'm not left wondering why they call it the Pine Belt Ale. The initial taste is full of piny hops with a slight hint of grapefruit. The finish stays hoppy but also includes some floral notes. The overall taste is slightly darker than one would expect.

Mouthfeel – good carbonation levels. Not quite as refreshing as I was hoping.

Overall – pretty good beer. Not outstanding. The taste is mostly a slightly dark hop and doesn't have a ton going on. I think it should be a bit more refreshing on the mouth feel as well.

Apr 02, 2013
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