Pine Belt Pale Ale
Southern Star Brewing Company

Pine Belt Pale AlePine Belt Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #986
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,514
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.72%
Reviews:
392
Ratings:
680
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Southern Star Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  22
Gots
  94
SCORE
86
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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Reviews by TheDoctor:
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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

A:
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.

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

T:
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.

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

O:
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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MSchae1017 from Georgia

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

This beer was tasted in a 20oz Nonic Pint Glass from the 16oz Can. Thanks to JDV for this one!

The beer pours a hazy pale-amber with a two finger off white head the perfectly fills the 20oz glass. The head dissipates down to a ring with a few wisps of foam. Overall I am a bit surprised by the haziness of the beer.

The aroma is plenty of resiny piney hops along with spicy, citrusy, and floral hops. A bit of caramel malt is in there as well.

The flavor of the beer is also hop forward. But floral, citrusy, and spicy hops are in there as well. The beer finishes with a caramel malt presence. There is an impressive amount of bitterness for a pale ale, as this one pushes the boundaries between a pale ale/ ipa. The hops are a bit astringent but the pine character is nice.

The mouthfeel is nice for a pale, medium body with lively carbonation.

Overall, its a strong pale ale with plenty of hop character. Not quite as sessionable as some pale, but the hops are nice.

Nov 08, 2008
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schmidtn from Michigan

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

This is a satisfying pale. I live where there is a huge choice in locally made craft beers, but was disappointed upon my frequent travels to Houston with the local variety. To be clear, there are tasty brews, but not enough of them in H town. This beer is a nice find, but I don’t see it well distributed.

This ambrosia is a nice hazy amber color, with a nice head and good lacing. Smell of citrus and pine.

Taste is bitter. Nice balance of aroma, and bittering hops. Malty aftertaste balances this out. Nice mouthfeel, carbonation is done right.

I will be looking for this can often on visits and am eager to try the other brews by Southern Star

Jul 31, 2011
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 07, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to armock for sending me three of this! Poured into a Southern Star pint glass - complements of armock - Thanks for the glass!

Pours hazed copperish amber with a rich, fluffy head. Broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is floral/perfumy with pineapple. Interesting aroma.

The taste is floral/piney with some pineapple. It has a sweetness balances the hop bitterness. It has a mild bitter finish.

It's on the thin side, with a touch of water coming through, but holds up overall. Nice medium carbonation level.

Alcohol is very well-hidden.

This is a nice, interesting, well-balanced brew.

Feb 15, 2009
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PriorateOden from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed in Texas, this pale Ale gets a pass from me from the start. Turning my pallet inward and criticizing this brew is easy. Wherever it's from, this pale ale stands up well against anything bottled, canned, or kegged. Simple but rewarding, not at all plain, mildly complicated but it doesn't leave me exploring "what is that flavor?" The hop level is very modest, malt modest... this is like the good, solid, reliable everyday ale. Two standout features: it's in a can and that's cool! Plus it's cloudy and dark for a pale ale. This is a regular for me.

May 29, 2009
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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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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Jun 07, 2013
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CharlatanSin from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks very much to piginapen for shipping this one to me. The can declares, "clarity is overrated," and I couldn't agree more. Poured this one from the tallboy can into a pint glass.

A: Amber color with a strong orange hue. Fairly hazy, though not as much as I'd have thought from a beer with such a bold claim on the can. Pours with a giant, foamy off-white head that leaves substantial lacing.

S: Good if uncomplicated. Unsurprisingly, pine hops dominate the nose. There's a definite herbal quality there, too, that I can't quite pinpoint.

T: Very solid. Again, the pine hops dominate, but they get a little more help from their friends than in the nose. Very bitter. It's grainy and slightly bready. The herbal taste is still there. The familiar caramel backbone ties it all together. I'd probably call it an IPA if I were tasting it blind, but what do I know?

D/O: Crisp and active on the tongue. Medium bodied. Very solid pale ale. I'd definitely put away a few of these in a sitting if I came across it again. I'm definitely being swayed to the craft beer in the can idea.

Jan 19, 2010
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omnibusfilms from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Aug 26, 2013
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jujubeast6000 from Texas

2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/23/2008 (Draft @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a reddlish brown colored body, with a creamy whitish head, smallish but lasting. Has a malty aroma, and some nuttiness. Has a creamy, nutty, fruity taste. Some grapefruit. Somewhat unbalanced, too malty.

Mar 18, 2009
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Exiled from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Nov 15, 2011
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BRBrewBro from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Aug 13, 2013
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best things to come out of a can, this is a curious beer. It has a lot of that bad-ass APA taste going on. Looks, smells and tastes the part. And a nice big serving size!

MOre craft brews should be available in a can. It offers better portability and as evidenced here, the taste is fine. I wish I had a bunch so I could drink it straight from the can.

It has a heavy burnt flavor. A bit too malty and could stand to be hoppier (and thus a different style, though). As and APA, it's very good and I would buy it again.

And I did - thus editing the review. The can I bought this time tastes like it has been sitting a long while. It's still an interesting drinkable IPA, but a bit funky skunky. Now I will NOT buy it again (must remember not to). I'll need to try the AVery's that aer coming out in cans. The White Rascal was the best thing I've had out of a can in a while.

Sep 05, 2010
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ShogoKawada from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can from 'Nice Cans BIF'.. thanks wagenvolks ! Poured into chouffe tulip.

A- Caramel, ruby highlights, deeper than expected. Great lacing, retention, and formation of head. Eggshell-white.

S- Floral and fruity... tropical fruit, a nice pine sap counter.

T- Pine hops are at the forefront, a bit of a raw/octane quality. Pleasurably bitter. Bold flavor. Mild caramel malt presence. Great hop profile. Fruits are much more reserved but come through in the finish... watermellon, actually.

M- Thicker than expected, good carbonation. No complaints!

D- Wow. I'm impressed. This is a very good IPA, those who can get it on the regular are pretty damn lucky! A great beer!

Feb 13, 2010
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cgrunin from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 30, 2018
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a very large frothy head that does not want to go anywhere. Some lacing is evident. Can states that 'clarity is overrated'...things that make ya go hmmm.

The nose is resinous pine, tropically hoppy and a bit like juicy fruit gum. Bready malts are there as well. Smell is refreshingly different from most pale ales and is pretty fun to sniff upon.

Taste leans towards a piney hop flavor with some biscuity malt background. Its very quaffable and a makes for a nice thirst-quenching hop fix. The finish is very clean and dry, there's not much sweetness in this beer. Overall this a nice brew from Conroe and they seem to be pumping out some quality beers, all three of the beers I have tried from them are stellar.

Apr 08, 2009
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deadliest from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

May 14, 2013
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JasonMinck from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Sep 09, 2013
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mhewes from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head.

S : A strong pine aroma, perfect for east Texas. A good amount of citrus hops are also present

T : It's got a good piney hop bitterness. There's a good malt backbone to it to help balance out the flavor

M : Medium bodied with a nice feel

D : I would definitely have this one as often as I can get it.

Jun 14, 2008
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NODAK from Tennessee

3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell is certainly of pine tree hops predominately but it isn't all that strong...pretty tame but still unmistakeably Cascade in nature.

Taste, unsurprisingly starts out floral with some pine resin present....but it's kind of tame compared to what I thought it would be. The hops here are dialed back a bit compared to some other well known APA's in my opinion. A nice, small malty creaminess underlies this, and there is a little grain that shows up in the backend....and bitterness lingers a bit with an aspirin astringency after the swallow which is somewhat surprising given the tameless of the initial hoppiness.

All in all...pretty run of the mill APA that's pretty calm and subdued until the lingering bitterness. It won't give the classics a run for their money but it'll suffice as a quaffable option in a can.

May 22, 2012
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Pens1967 from Louisiana

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dec 22, 2015
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a 20oz imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy, orangey-amber color capped by a creamy, khaki-colored, 2 1/4 finger head that has decent retention and leaves some drooping ropes of lace in the glass.

S: Aromas of pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, orange, toasted malt, and mildly roasted nuts.

T: Lots of pine and grapefruit with an interesting buttery caramel/toffee flavor that leads into more pine and some floral hops.

M: Bitter, spicy hops that receive some balancing help from the sweet and toasty malt. This finishes pretty prickly and peppery. Very nice.

D: A very pleasant surprise and quite pleasurable to drink. I liked its' peppery hoppiness and sweet malt goodness. More canned beer from Southern Star, please.

Dec 31, 2008
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ReyG006 from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Sep 17, 2012
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seifer1886 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jun 01, 2014
Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 680 ratings