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 nopucophop
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can in to a Chimay glass. Pours a nice copper color with a thick head. Clarity is not very good but that could be from dry hopping.

The aroma is very hop forward with a slight caramel note.

Flavor is very good. Again hoppy but not citrus hops more piney. The hops are very well balanced by the malt profile. The malts have a nice caramel flavor a little biscuitty. Maybe a touch of toffee.

This has moderate carbonation. It hits you in the back of the mouth.

A very drinkable beer. I would like to get more of this. A very good example of the style. If you have never had it, it is well worth a try.

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Photo of hiphopipa
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Moat Mountain pint glass.
Amber murky color. Half inch creamy head that retains well, and leaves a lot of lacing around the sides.
Interesting earthy, pine aroma with an abundance of sweetness from the malts. Very creamy with a bite of bitterness that leaves a yeast aftertaste. Crisply carbonated.

High gravity brew and above average pale ale, easy to enjoy.
Thanks to Optimator13 for the tasty extra.

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Photo of adamhimself
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look of this beer isn't bad. It looked quite nice actually. I love the look of APAs and this one was quite fitting.

The smell was very mild. You can slightly smell the hops. I would say it was a very faint hops smell. I almost had to search for some sort of smell.

The taste was well... lacking. I was really looking forward to this beer since I am a huge fan of Buried Hatchet Stout and I expected them to bring the flavor like they did with it, and they didn't. It doesn't taste bad, it really has no taste. The bitterness is really low and like the smell... only a faint hop taste.

The mouthfeel isn't bad. Its really smooth and goes down easy. There is zero hop burn.

Drinkability is probably the best part of this beer. This would be an excellent replacement beer for any mass produced beer. The price is quite cheap ( around 5-6 bucks for a 4 pack of tallboys). This would be a good beer to drink if you didn't have much cash and were tailgating on a hot day.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can courtesy of jenray. Thanks Jen!
The code near the scan bar says 0 10 13 C 4CA. Oct 13, 2010 canning date? Anyone know?

It pours a nice orange gold with a 1 finger head of slow shrinking foam and has some good lacing.

The nose is fairly hoppy with pine present, maybe some citrus, and a touch of a fruity malt sweetness.

This is a pretty bitter Pale, no real strong pine or citrus flavours, more of a plain and simple but nice bitter bite. The malt plays a very subdued role, it's hard to pull any out...maybe the faintest hint of caramel just before the finish. It has a long lingering bitterness in the finish itself.

Medium bodied and carbonation is on the high side of light, this is pretty smooth.

A simple Pale Ale is what I have here but it's very drinkable and having the alcohol being not too noticeable helps. I like.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from can in to my trusty imp. pint glass, Nice lacey white head on an amber hazed out elixer.
Piney resonous hops dominate. A nice grain bill adds a smooth malty caramel aroma.
A sweet caramel malty backbone holds sway for a pine resony hop that balances well.
Seems a bit thin and watery but good none the less.
This is a session beer!

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Nice amber color, foamy white head. Looks really good from being poured from a can.

S= Nose wasn't really strong in this beer really thought there would be more pine notes in this one but they where really faint.

T= In the taste you get some pine not a huge bite but a little.

M= Medium bodied, Good Carbonation for this beer.

D= Very Drinkable nice and refreshing would be good for a nice summer day.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into pint glass

A: Pours a gloriously hazy honey body with a brilliant bubbly tannish head, about 2 fingers thick; leaves great lacing

S: Notes of orange peel and grapefruit; major hop presence; a touch of brown sugar and maltiness; also a touch of bread

T: Mildly bitter and piney hops lead the way; just a little sweetness, caramel, and pale malt help take the edge of the bitterness; somewhat fruity

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation; a little drier at the finish

D: Excellent; quite a thirst quencher; 6.5% ABV could sneak up on you cuz you'll probably want to drink more and more

My first "real" (non Adjunct Lager) microbrewed beer I've tried out of a can. Pleasantly surprised with the quality of this one. Definitely something I'd want on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of nhudson
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Yazoo pint glass from can. Can was acquired in a trade with optimator13.

a: Hazy orange/amber color with a 1 1/2 finger head that stuck around for a long time. After pouring the beer I let it warm up for about 15 minutes and the head was still there. Lots of lace on the side of the glass as well.

s: Smelled like it was a bit older but still had a nice floral hop aroma with some sweet malts tucked in there. Some of the sweetness included a honey aroma.

t: Very malty sweet with minimal hop taste. The can says that it has British crystal malts and it shows here. Very malt forward but, that's what I look for in a pale ale. I have no had this beer fresh so I don't know if it's any different. Judging from the aroma, I could image it being a very hoppy APA.

m: well carbonated, medium body with a stickyness in the finish.

d: I could drink 1 or 2 of these, but thats it. The sweetness that comes through in the beer really weighs heavy on your after the 1st glass.

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Photo of nas5755
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JJfoodie

A very hazy(unfiltered?) ale with a deep orange with amber hues. a nice thick head, great retention and awesome lacing. The nose has delicate citrus blossoms upfront with some malt. The taste is citrus hops, pale malts and enough bitterness to balance it all out. The citrus blossoms dominate the taste as the malts and bitterness are both balancing the citrus blossoms. Nice carbonation levels with a good mouth-feel. I would love to session this would if it was up in Mass.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Courtesy of lnashsig (thanks!). Poured from a 16oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Hazy (unfiltered) amber body with a tall rocky head that recedes slightly to a curling mass of off-white suds. Sticky tendrils of crystalline lace form webs around the glass.

Lovely pale malt and a brisk floral hoppiness in the nose. Faint orange blossom, and caramel aromas as well...

The caramel flavors are forward for an APA (probably thanks to the British crystal malt), though this is described as an amber on the can, so a bit more sweetness is to be expected. The hops offer a moderate counterbalance mid-palate, but then a wave of toffee and caramel apple subdues the pine - lending the affair a weakly bitter "air freshener" quality. Oddly pleasant despite the saccharine finish.

Creamy light-bodied and well carbonated mouthfeel.

While I wouldn't call it cloying, the sweetness reduces the drinkability somewhat.

Really liking the unfiltered/unpasteurized nature of this ale, but the flavors aren't really on-par with the better examples of the style.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this many, many times and realized I haven't noted yet. Poured the 16oz can into a 512 pint glass. This is a good looking pale ale that has just the slightest orange/reddish hue. Tan lacing sticks around the whole time.

The aroma is pretty light of grains, hops and just a touch metallic. The taste is quite a shock compared to the nose for me. There is a stong bread like taste that slowly fades into the malts and hops. There is some brown sugar that seems to start each sip also. I love this pale ale. The mouthfeel is way up there for the style and the finish is not like any other APA you will try.

It is a bit boozy when it warms but damn it is good. One of the best around and it is in a can which is a bonus.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can courtesy of injuredreserve into a Duvel tulip.

A: Foam erupts from the can as soon as it's cracked, surprising me and my coffee table. The immediate, panicked pour, however, possesses perfect carbonation, with two fingers of frothy off-white foam forming an attractive head that leaves great lace. The body, however, is beyond murky and a dull reddish-brown hue. Not my idea of an attractive pale ale, but the lacing alone saves it from getting a below-average score.

S: Pleasant, balanced aroma of caramel malts and light, fruity hops. Nice depth of malt character, and just hoppy enough to keep it from being one-dimensional. I tend to like my APAs on the hoppy side, but this'll do just fine.

T: Wow, this starts out tasting more like an American Barleywine than a pale ale. The crystal malts jump out with a massive attack of toffee and caramel, with some round nuttiness adding complexity; the hops come into play later on, with some tropical fruit and clean bitterness on the finish. Decidedly on the big side for the style, but that's more than all right with me. Delicious.

M: Medium body with some moderate, very fine carbonation. A little sticky.

D: Not the best for the style, but when I think of it as a barleywine I'm blown away by the smooth, clean finish and lack of booze. I could definitely down a couple of these tall boys.

Notes: Huge thanks to injuredreserve for hooking me up with this canned concoction from Texas. I was afraid at the first sniff that this would be a one-dimensional APA dominated by crystal malt, and luckily only the latter part of that was true. While the maltiness is definitely the centerpiece, this is a really complex and tasty beer, regardless of what style you call it. I'll gladly buy more of this one if I get the chance.


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Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Kind of a dark amber hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, off-white head. Settles pretty slowly, leaving some nice sticky residue behind as it does. Some sparse spiderweb lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Syrupy sweet malt nose with sharp pine notes.

T: A nice rich baked bread malt base. Really, really piny, and just a touch of sweetness.

M: Mouth puckering hops rule the day here. Light body, with a steely, dry, pine finish that lingers throughout the experience.

D: The sharpness of this one will make it a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty solid here. Rich amber appearance with a great foamy head. Nose is very piny but has a nice malt tone as well. Flavor similarly has a great baked bread malt to accentuate the hops. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can reads, "Clarity is overrated." It could have read, "This is going to look like shit." This can sat unmoved in my fridge for one week before I opened it, and it was a gusher. I lost about 2oz of beer. The body is amber, hazy, with tons of floating chunks.

After that, this was a pretty decent beer.

The smell is like iced tea, pine, and citrus. The nose is actually very hop-forward.

It loses a little of that hop assertiveness in the flavor, but is still ok. There's a toasty malt backbone to it. And, just like the smell, there's an herbal tea-like quality to it.

Mouthfeel is thin, but with good carbonation. It's quite bitter. The bitterness reminds me of an English style ale.

I was pleasantly suprised by this beer. It's not one to seek out by any means, but a friend of mine brought it over in a sampler pack from Whole Foods and it was an unheard of beer in a box of well-knowns. I had low expectations and it exceeded them.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into an Imperial pint glass. Thanks jenray for the trade and the opportunity to drink this beer!

Look: copper orange color, a bit of haze, lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the surface. The beer starts foaming a bit as I open the can so I poured a bit more aggressively than I would've liked to, but the head ends up being three fingers thick, pretty much white, with a decent amount of retention and leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell: a bit of crystal malt and a good amount of earthy, resinous hops. Its not overpowering by any means but this is an APA and not a DIPA.

Taste: follows the smell quite well. A bit of maltiness lends some caramel flavor to it, but its mostly pine and citrus and some spiciness. Not overly complex but decent for the style.

Feel: medium to light bodied, crisp carbonation. Typical for the style.

Drink: given the lightness in flavor and the crisp mouthfeel, this is quite a drinkable, refreshing beer.

Overall, a decent APA. It is fairly typical for the style and its definitely a decent choice if this is available to you but I wouldn't really venture out of my way to find it because such APAs are a dime a dozen. Its good but not exceptional. I'm still glad I got to try it though. Cheers!

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Photo of rpstevens
2.22/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into a dogfish head signature glass. The beer pours a vibrant orange with a copper center and a thick bone white head. The head is sticky and frothy, leaving nice lacing.

The beer looks good, but beyond that it's a mess.. The smell is very muted; faded earthy hops, hay, crackery malts, eh.

The taste is much like the smell; kind of boring earthy hops, some hints of wet cardboard, hay, crackery malt, not very good.

The beer is well carbonated, the alcohol level is good for the style, but the flavors make the mouthfeel suffer and the drinkability is very low. I may not finish the can.

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy, deep amber/orange with some sediment in glass. Big, rocky light beige head pillows and lingers on top. Good lacing.

Aroma- Bright hop nose with notes of delicate floral, fresh pine, tangerine citrus, light brown sugar, soft malty sweetness, and some fresh cut grass.

Flavor- Slightly sweet with caramel maltiness to start. Moderately pungent, resinous hops quickly mellow out sweetness, followed by a moderate-high punch of tongue-hugging bitterness. Nice mix of herbal/resinous and pine/floral/soft citrus hop flavors. Finishes with a nice balance and nicely thirst quenching.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, moderate CO2, great balance, low residual sugars. Leaves an almost sticky bitterness on the tongue.

Overall- Really nice APA! One of my favorites out of a can and I really wish we got it in Chicago. Would make an excellent camping beer and the perfect post-hike refresher! Might also be quite tasty with a BBQ pulled pork sandy with a side of slaw...

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.51/5  rDev -34.5%
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 Gosox8787
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16 oz. tallboy can poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Served at room temperature. Thanks to Exiled for the extra.

Appearance: Orange to really light brown in color. One and a half finger beige head with some decent retention.

Aroma: Some light herbal and pine notes upfront. Slightly hoppy. Light caramel notes provide a nice backbone too. Very solid.

Taste: A bit hoppy upfront with some pine. A bit watery in the middle as there is slight bitter offputting note before the caramel from the malt really kicks in. Nice herbal essence as well. Finish is clean and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Goes down really smoothly.

Drinkability: The ABV seemed a tad lower while drinking this. I could definitely kill off a four pack of these cans while kicking back.

Overall, a nice pale ale with a nice hop profile and herbal note, but it was a bit forgettable. It is solid and tasty for the most part, but nothing stood out in it to make me want more.

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Photo of glazeman
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extra from jefferz5000. Thanks! 16oz can poured into a snifter

A: There's nothing pale about the color. This is dark, dark orange and is hazy. There is a 2 finger off white head that has excellent retention and lacing.

S: Orange and floral notes dominate the smell. The overall smell is sweet and not quite as hoppy as I had expected.

T: The taste is definitely more bitter than the smell would let on. This is a good thing in my opinion. There's a little bit of orange flavor at the start, but the middle and finish is dominated by the bitterness and a ever so slight metallic taste of the hops.

M: Pretty good mouthfeel, although this is a little more viscous than I prefer a pale ale to be, and not quite as crisp as I would like.

D: I was pleasantly surprised at how good this beer is and if I ever saw it on a bar menu, would definitely order it again to go with dinner.

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer hits the style right on the nose. Generous tall-boy can. Pour was amber with a tight head. Full malt presence, just slightly toasted. Bright hopping, with a mellow, firm bitterness running throughout and lingering at the finish. Simply well done.

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Photo of youradhere
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a trade with Jefferz5000. poured from a 16oz can. Body is slightly hazy orange tinged amber, beige head that subsides to leave a crust of lacing. Smells of sweet pineapple, fruity candy, citrus, really yummy smelling. Let's see how it tastes. Tastes like orange blossom honey, melony fruit. Man this stuff is fruity good! Hops are a tad on the bitter bite side, mild and subdued pine notes. High carbonation, light-medium body. While the bitterness makes this not a session beer, the flavors are fruity goodness! I need to know this recipe so I can make it!

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Photo of DAVEnHOPS
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1 month old out of a can into pint glass

A - To me this is a good looking beer. murky dark redish amber. lacing sticks very well.
looks great in a glass.

S - smell is good but not strong. mostly get resiny pine with a little citrus.

T - this beer taste so refreshing to me. I get
the piny hop flavor with some citrus ( orange rine perhaps ), just like the smell but intensified. It is maltier than some APA's at the finish, but the toffee malt mixes perfect with the pine. I really enjoy this for an everyday kinda beer.

M - seems spot on. average carbonation.

D - I can drink a ton of this stuff. no its not the best beer i've ever had, but the balance of hops and malts in this beer refreshes me. glad I only live an hour away from the brewery.

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Photo of mothman
2.49/5  rDev -35%
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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Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to jefferz5000 for this can

This beer pours a copper color with an off-white head adorning the surface. The smell is of piny hops and slight caramelized malts, with a dash of slightly bready American yeast. The taste is rather absent in comparison to the nose. It doesn't mean that it is void of flavor, but the flavors are rather subtle. The majority of it is caramel malts and mineral water. The mouthfeel is not really bitter, but I do find it a tad watery. The good news about it is that it is still highly drinkable, although the lack of hop flavor for the most part, when considering the nose does make it a slight disappointment, but hey, It's still not a bad beer.

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Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 673 ratings.
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