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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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Ratings: 674 |  Reviews: 392
Photo of Gilgemesh
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice amber with a nice frothy off white head head.

Smell: The hops are noticeable, but not forward. The malts are understated a bit but the carmellyness is there.

Taste: Crisp, clean and smooth is how I would desribe the flavor. The hops finish off nicely. Just south of a light IPA. The balance with the fruity/caramel of the malt is good.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium feel. Perfect for warm summer days.

Drinkability: I'll add Southern Star to my list of good brewers that make a nice canned beer. Wish they distributed up this way.

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Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to witbier for picking this one up for me...

Appears a hazy, light orange, tiny amounts of CO2 quickly rising to the top with a small white cap that quickly fizzles away.
Smell is of toasted malt, honey, caramel, herbal, pine, and hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with honey, caramel, marris otter malt, and honey.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sgary, honey laden, with a touch of wheat and barley.

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Photo of biggmike
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a sixteen ounce can. Nice attractive dark amber color with generous white head. Aroma was very inviting, piney and grainy. Taste was not overly bitter, leaned more towards sweet maltiness, but there was bitterness present. I enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of jkrich
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can with no freshness date. Poured a bright, clear, deep gold to amber with a creamy slightly off-white head. Then the last amount from the can made the ale cloudy with sediment.

A nice fresh pine aroma escaped the can when I opened it. The hop aroma subsided revealing sweet malt aroma.

The first sip was dominated by sharp, hop bitters, slightly harsh and abrasive on the palette. A welcome maltiness lingers at the end. As the ale warms in the pint glass the ale becomes a little more balanced.

Moderately carbonated and medium bodied with quite a bit of hoppy bitterness on the tongue.

A refreshing, american style pale ale that could use more balance, but certainly recommended. Be careful, the second can spilled every where upon opening.

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Photo of PriorateOden
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can received from akokandy in a recent trade.

Pours a very dark amber gold with a massive white head bursting forth. This looks like the top of a milk shake. Very thick head that sticks around for a long time. Some sticky globby lacing as well. Smells of floral hops, and some caramel and sweet sugar.

Mouthfeel is decent. Not the crispest beer out there, but creamy and firm. Flavor is very malty and sweet. This is one of the sweetest APAs I've ever had, but I'm not complaining. There's some bitterness in there, but it is totally knocked down by the big caramel, brown sugar, sweet bready flavor that dominates. I really like this. It could be more balanced, but I found it refreshing nonetheless. Recommend.

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Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 16 oz. can into a nonic glass. No date. The body was clear on the first pour, the finishing pour added added a little cloudiness. Golden brown. The head was robust and a creamy/manilla envelop color. The solid cap persisted till the end.

Smell was very doughy. Pine needles. Dried fruit. yum.

Taste was caramel. Dried apricots. There was a pleasant tangy bitterness. The balance does tip toward sweetness but there is enough gentle bitterness and oily hops flavor to be called well constructed. Leafy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was rich and smooth with some carbonation zip. I'm very glad this one is now distributed here!

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Photo of youngblood
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into glass.
Deep amber with high visible carbonation. Nice lively head. Strongest head from a can that I've seen.
Smells strongly hoppy. Some nice caramel malts in the background. The hops smell especially piney. Fitting for the name.
The taste follows the smell closely. This is a strongly hopped amber. Strong initial pine hop with some subtle malts swirling through. Not exceptionally deep on flavor, but pretty good for a canned IPA. The mouthfeel is sticky and somewhat dry. This is very easy to drink. Quite nice. Took a 4 pack of these to the Indy 500 and they were very enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of hopstorm
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Summer is here and that means the beach! Everyone knows cans are ideal cuz they stay colder longer. Always the skeptic on the whole can thing, I took the plunge and bought a four pack of pine belt. The only real reason I bought this was it was from Texas, (all other cans were Irish or English) and it was the cheapest 4 pack they had at $7.99. Anyway, I am really glad I got this beer for a bunch of reasons: It killed my fear of canned beer, it didnt have any metallic taste at all! Upon opening, the can foamed quite a bit, but I didnt lose anything. The aroma was really surprising, nice piney smelling hops. I couldnt really "see" the beer but I know it had decent head the whole way down. This beer tasted great, nothing really special, but a good west coast rep. of the style. Not too thin not to thick body, I could (and I did drink all of em') drink these all day. This is pretty much my go-to can beer now.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Provided by Ruckzuck at the Brick Store Pub. I'd heard about this one for a while, it was nice to finally get a chance to try it. Poured a honey amber with a nice thick head and decent lacing. Smells very yeasty and malty, like fresh rolls out of the oven. The taste is similar- quite yeasty and lightly bready, with some piney hops. Interesting to get the yeasty bread profile out of a pale ale- I keep thinking yeast rolls, with the mild hops livening things up. The mouthfeel could have a tad more body, but overall it's decent. Not bad at all, and definitely a little different. If it were distributed locally, I'd buy it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a big creamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: Aroma of malt and some citrusy hops.

T: An interesting taste for an APA. Heavy malt character, pine, hops and possibly some caramel (or similar sugar product). Different, but tasty.

M: Well-carbonated with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable. As I said, not what I expected, but very tasty.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice APA pour. Dark amber, very big white head sitting proudly atop it.

Smells nice, well balanced between pine hops and cereal malts. Nothing spectacular, but good.

Tastes good-ish. Piney hops start things off, getting very bitter near the middle, ending up on a malt node that's part grain and part soap. Very yeast-heavy, and that can be nice but this isn't the kind of yeast that should attempt to carry a beer. But it passes quickly and leaves a very nice hop finish of pine and grass.

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Photo of beerad666
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to xpimptastikx for this 16oz can.

Pours a dark hazy copper with a huge off-white head. It takes a good while for head to reside, leaving lots of lacing behind with it. The smell is a sweet crisp hop with a decent amount of malt. The taste is very well balanced. I almost see this as a beer for someone who wants to like hops but just isn't ready yet. The citrus and pine from hops are masked and crushed by the sweetness of the malts and ends up finishing dry. Very drinkable and I would love to have this one again.

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Photo of justincolts
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice amber looking color with a really thick head. Typical Pale Ale aroma. Nice taste, some subtle citrus hints in there. Has a really good feeling to it. Certainly drinkable, if I were in Texas I could certainly down several of these in the hot sun.

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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 natasharai
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a good amount of off white silky frothy head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving beautiful lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is slightly cloudy, orange-brown.

Smell: Caramel malt, fresh floral and grassy hops, some pine and as well.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt and piney hops, citrus hops, some bitter grassy flavors, leaves mouth with a fresh grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, good carbonation, bitter tingle on the tongues, leaves mouth slightly bitter and crisp

Overall: Really good drinkability, delicious hop character, small amount of caramel malt flavor to balance out the bitterness. Very glad there is a little left in the can after finishing the glass! :-)

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

Pours a lightly hazed copper with a stiff, creamy, off-white head that fades slowly leaving patchy lace. The aroma is very malty: caramel, malted barley, and a hint of hoppiness.

Caramel and malty sweetness upfront that mellows in the center where it's met by a mild, leafy hop-bitterness and a mild peppery spice that both hold through to the finish. Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied.

A nice session beer. Malt-forward, but not too sweet.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can. Pours a cloudy copper color, with a nice white fluffy head. Good head retention, and a great deal of patcvhwork lace on the sides of the glass.

Caramel and fruity aroma. A bit of citrusy hops in the background. Pretty simple here.

Flavor is very similar to the nose. Caramel up front, and a good amount of it. Some nice fruity, citrusy flavors. Good amount of bitterness, without being overwhelming.

Medium body, with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty straightforward and easy to drink.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear copper with a fairly large white head that dissipates slowly, leaving a meager amount of lacing.

S - Citrus and floral hop aromas dominate, with some malt sweetness coming through as well. Very inviting.

T - Citrus and slightly grassy hop notes dominate up front, with plenty of malt sweetness coming through to bring a nice balance to this beer. Some faint nutty flavors come through as well.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a dry finish. A very faint kiss of hop bitterness lingers on the palate ever-so-gently.

D - Kinda heavy for an APA, but very enjoyable and easy to drink nonetheless. Overall, a rock solid representation of the style.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can into a pint glass

Pours up a hazy dark orange-red color with a one inch or so off-white head. It retained well and left moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma had a very nice balance between malt and hops. There's some definite citrus and some pine, but there's also a tropical fruit character that I find very enjoyable.

Taste was again a nice balance between hops and malt. There's malt sweetness for sure, and plenty of citrus and piney hops to go with it, but they aren't bitter. This is what I like about this beer. Lots of hop and malt character but not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation, nothing memorable, but certainly not bad. Quite drinkable.

I really like this one, it's easily one of the best regular Pale Ales out there. Most of the PAs I try are lacking in any character, but this one is bursting with it. Great beer that I strongly recommend.

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

I poured this one from a 16oz can into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very dark cloudy copper orange color with a 1" foamy head that retained very well. Seriously, this was about the darkest pale ale I have ever had. The head eventually dropped to a nice cap, and left sticky lace down the glass.

S= I found a decent amount of malt in the nose, as well as lots of piney hops, fruity esters, and some faint tropical fruit notes.

T= Much like the smell, the flavor showed a fair bit of malt base, then lead into a nice composition of fruity esters and tropical fruit. The finish was dry but not puckering.

MF= Medium bodied with a decent but not high carbonation feel.

D= A very solid example of the style, albeit a lot darker in color than I was expecting. Very drinkable!

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this can courtesy of JDV as an extra in a trade. Cheers to you good sir!

This one pours a very nice golden color with a pretty darn thick and fluffy off white head. Carbonation looks very nice in a Sam Adams sensory glass, which is quickly becoming my go to glass for any beer I can see through.

Scent of hops hit me as soon as I opened the can, I get grapefruit, a little pine, and a little sweetness.

Tastes filled with hops, sure, but there is a definite malt background presence here that makes this an interesting brew. It actually reminds me of a not quite as thick Old Ruffian. Very good! I should clarify..this is definitely balanced toward the hops, and by no means is it a barleywine, but aging would put it in that direction.

Mouth is medium in body with medium carbonation.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely, if that option presented itself. This would be a great beer to have in the fridge for visitors that wouldn't put up with my more eccentric collection.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with stumac, Thanks Stu!

16oz can served in a nonic pint glass.

L - murky amber color with a creamy beige head that hung around and left lots of lacing.

S - earthy, bready and faint citrus hops.

T - good balance of caramel sweet malt and citrus hop flavors.

F - medium bodied, mildly carbonated for a smooth feel.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16-oz can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to brandoneast for this one.

A = Translucent copper color with small frothy bone white head, medium retention.

S = Fresh cinnamon biscuits with light pine scents that become stronger as it sits in the glass. Pretty straightforward and maybe a little subdued, but good smells just the same.

T & D = Very well balanced beer. On the first sip it really is hard to decide if I am getting more of a half cooked bread dough malt profile or a little bit of a zing with some strong pine needles and just a hint of grapefruit zest. Those flavors pretty much keep up all the way through the mouth and into the decent finish. As with the smell, this is a pretty simple example of the style, but it is a very enjoyable beer. I could happily have a few of these at a sitting.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, a frothy full feel as it swishes around the mouth.

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Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 674 ratings
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