Pine Belt Pale Ale | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Pine Belt Pale AlePine Belt Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BgThang on 04-09-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable pale, with large fluffy white head on golden. Malty aroma, with a tad of fruit. Taste is a understated C-hop, with malt, and a tad of fruitiness. Not metallic, but there is an under average mouthfeel that almost seems to lead there. Perhaps better on cask. Thirst quencher drinkable.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a island of foam on top of the beer. Random spots and streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of pineapple, bread or biscuit-like malt, and some subdued citrus zest. Taste is of toasted malt up front with a pine and citrus zest hop finish. There is a very mild hop bitterness that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale but nothing all that exciting really.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5%

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

I like to see more craft beers being available in a can. Great for the camp factor.

Looks a bit odd to see something other that yellow fizzy beer falling from the can and into the glass. A firm copper colored ale fills the glass and releases a formitable, although loosely knit head. Good lacing and more carbonation than usual.

Bold hop aromas of 'C' hops give a good deal of citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, and a touch of lemongrass. Not to be outdone, the crisp malt flavor gives a caramelized malt aroma with light graininess (6-row barley additions?). Light bread/cracker scent accompanies the malts. Very soft esters of apples and pineapples nearly get lost in the hops.

Flavors show a better malt-hop balance. The malts show a rounded blend of caramelized barley malts and a light grain flavor. Hop flavor definately favor the sharp citrus variety, but also deliver a pungent fresh-cut grass and pine taste. The hops intensify and eventually dominate the well-attenuated malt flavor.

Very refreshing and lightened body. A modest creamy malt textrue soon develops into a bitter, crisp, drinkable beer. Very well attenuated to leave very little sweetness on the palate. A light astringency comes in late; partly from the grains and partly from the hops.

Admittedly, the beer fares much better than expected. It's a well crafted Pale Ale that I'd be happy to buy on a farily regular basis. Though the beer is good, it has an overly simplified taste that leaves me wanting more complexity, fullness, and depth.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a two-finger, khaki head of thick foam. Nice retention and some good lacing.

S - A very strong pine aroma with tropical fruits like grapefruit were present, too. Some caramel maltiness, as well.

T - It tasted of grapefruit and spicy hops. It had a good sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty good pale ale. I'm glad that I got to try my first Southern Star brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a huge head that strands lace

Smell: Biscuity malt and an odd, almost linseed oil-like, piney element

Taste: Biscuity malt joined by stone fruit in the middle and a balancing piney bitterness that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter, juicy flavors assert their ascendancy thought the finish has some residual malty sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguingly different and very enjoyable; this brewery has got it going on

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Photo of LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized light tan head sinks to a thin lacing and then that disappears above a hazy cloudy caramel honey colored beer.

The aroma is on the lighter side with piney hops and sweet malts balancing nicely.

Light piney hops taste that brings with some light bitterness.

Dryish aftertaste with a bit of sweetness on this medium bodied beer.

Decent tasting, just wish the hops were a little more prominent.

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Photo of mothman
2.49/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into pint. Pours 1 finger of khaki head. Color is an orange copper. Good retention with some nice lace.

Aroma: Beady and biscuit malts. Caramel malts as well. Hops are grassy/weedy. It also has a light citrus blend.

Taste: Similar to the nose, but it has more of a floral kick to it. Very malty though. Caramel, bready malts and biscuit flavors. Has a citrus blend again.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, a decent English pale ale, but still very malty. A pint was alright to drink, but I wouldn't buy this on a regular basis.

EDIT: I reviewed this as an English Pale Ale, but I guess it is an APA. My scores for it have gone down as a result.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this interesting looking tall boy as an extra from TexasStout. Poured from the can into an oversized DFH snifter.

A: Pours with so much head that I actually had to stop pouring into the oversized snifter, I think the first time in this glass. The head starts at 3 fingers and rises to the top of the glass without even a full pour. At least it let me catch the stupid fruit fly that swam in for a drink. I made him spit the beer he drank out and went in for more.The head slowly fades leaving lots of pock marks. Its a very creamy looking head. But enough about the head, even though I love it. The color is a slightly dark copperish reddish orange brown with some light getting through.

N: I don't really get much on the nose and no hops!?? Some light red malts, a slightly earthy malt aroma, and another weird sweet like aroma I really can't figure out. That strange smell is really going to bother me if I don't figure it out. Actually, I think its almost got a Shiraz/syrah wine aroma. It's also got this weird off aroma that I can only quote one of my whisky guru's as "baby vomit".

T: Finally in for a sip. It starts with a strange piney earthy malt taste, and some weird extra flavors. Its pretty sweet but somewhat juicy. It's slightly bitter and has some different toasty flavors. I'm not sure if I've ever really tasted/smelled many of these in a beer before. This is very unique, both good and bad. Its got a biscuity malt taste as well on the sides. In the center almost seems like a slightly sweet and sour fruit that reminds me of skittles believe it or not. I think Homer was onto something with his SKittlebrau beer.

M: Decent carbonation and slightly spicey surprisingly, pretty thick as well.

F: Finishes a little drier but still slightly sweet. Some of the bitterness starts to come through on the finish with slight pine and more sour citrus. I get a touch of tropical citrus fruits like orange and lemon that seem to be offset with something like mango that lead me back to the skittles. Its also pretty refreshing except a lingering bitterness that starts nice but ends up not as pleasant as it sits on the back of the tongue and almost ages not so gracefully while it sits there.

Final thoughts: A very VERY interesting beer to try. If you haven't tried this before I would highly recommend to do so. Not that its the best pale in the world, but because it has so many unique and interesting tastes and aromas. Its pretty light on the hop taste, but the bitterness and some pine come out on the finish. A nice malty taste as well and pretty refreshing beer. I'm also a fan of the can so you can bring it on fishing trips etc.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from gramatton, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz can into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts with a caramel and citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by a strong burst of hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid and flavorful beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a dark amber orange color with a big fluffy white head. The head lasted very well throughout drinking the beer and it left excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. It was darker then most pale's but still a very nice looking beer.

The aroma is strong with a herbal, hoppy, pine and spruce flavor with a little bit of a spicy kick to the hops. The taste has a bit more malty and caramel flavors then the nose did, but it also has herbal hoppy flavor coming through. It has some pine, citrus and a slight malt sweetness coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a very good tasting and easy drinking beer. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for this on my trip to Texas this fall.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.51/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can shared by Azurelimits. Served in a tulip.

Pours an orange color with a single-finger white head. Bubbles around the edges as it falls down. The nose is quite faint and rally strange. There are some pine, earth, and floral hops plus a bit of alcohol. Light caramel malt in the background. The flavor brings the same type of hops, but also follows with a bit of wet cardboard and ends up finishing a bit astringent. Some off bitterness there as well. Medium body. Few hops in the taste. Overall, not a fan. Didn't want to drink much of this.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-amber with some chunky lace and a rocky head.

Well-balanced malt-hop combo--slightly sweet (caramel/crystal malt)

The flavor is nutty and sweet grain up front. Gives way to bitter hop (peppery). Moderate body. There's some alcohol warmth in the tasting. Full bodied. Short aftertaste.

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

16 oz can into the Southern Star 20 oz glass that BgThang included as an extra in our trade. Thanks again Ken!

Pours a clear amber with a big 3 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retention is very good, with a solid finger of foam that sticks around for a while and leaves big, sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a pleasant mix of nose tingling herbal hops, citrus notes, and sweet crystal malts.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with a subtle earthy and herbal hop bitterness that is well balanced with zesty citrus character and silky caramel malts. The mouthfeel has a light medium body with smooth carbonation and an easy feel.

Very nice. It's awesome to see not only another Texas brewery start up but they are also starting off right by putting their flagship beer in cans! Fresh tasting, with an easy earthy feel, and smooth drinking body. I'm glad I've got a few more of these left to enjoy this summer.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been on a CAN quest for a while, but I am slowly coming to an end on it simply because there just are not many left for me to try. I was elated to find this during a half-day layover in CHI as I headed west.

I know that packaging has no bearing on the beer or the review, but I fell in love with these guys just from the CAN. First, they had in quotes, "Clarity is overrated." Amen! The term "NE-quality clarity" in my reviews hearkens back to July 2006 when I sat in on Beer School in Lincoln, Nebraska (NE). We were told that because BMC has so instilled in people's minds the importance of clarity, the brewer has to warn the staff of any beer that is being put on that is less than bright, or as he put it "that you can read the Sunday comics through it from across the room", else his customers may think that it is somehow fouled. Aaarrghh! Clarity IS overrated! Next, also on the can, "[n]on-filtered, nerver pasteurized ..." Amen and halejujah, brothers and sisters! Finally, the admonition to "Break the circle, cut the plastic rings" was music to my environmentally-friendly ears. I have been Green well before the term exisited and was at the cusp of the trend in the late-1980's/early-1990's aboard the USS Normandy (CG-60) where I was designated Recycling Petty Officer. The problem with six-pack rings, especially at sea, is that small birds and fish can get them around their necks at a young age, not be able to shake them off, and as they mature and grow, the rings choke them off. It was most impressive to me that a micro-canner would have this on their can.

From the CAN: "This handcrafted American Pale Ale is brewed in small batches using high quality American two row, choice British crystal malts, slect hops and deep-well ground water from the Evangeline Aquifer. Non-filtered, never pasteurized this ale is packaged directly into cans to ensure maximum freshness for your enjoyment. This full-flavored amber ale is sure to satisfy."; "Handcrafted taste in a can"; "'Clarity is overrated.'"; "Break the circle - cut the plastic rings".

And now, a review! My pour once again created a huge, thick, two-plus fingers of head like that of an ice cream float. Could the mountainous altitude have been causing this? It also experienced great retention throughout. The color was a hazy orangish-amber, in line with their philosophy. Call it truth in advertising. The nose was wonderfully piney, underlain with a malty sweetness. My mouth began to water. SNPA may have been the first to make this style, but this was a quality APA in a CAN! Mouthfeel was medium with the malty sweetness more in the forward and the the hops in the background. The finish began malty sweet but then the hops asserted themselves and lingered with a very pleasant dryness. This was another solid CANdidate for an afternoon at the beach. I love "[handcrafted taste in a] CAN"!

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