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

Presentation: 16 oz. can into a nonic.

A- Amber appearance, with a very slight haziness. Pours with 2 1/2+ fingers of off white head, which fades very gradually, leaving a thick layer around the edge, and a thin cap in the middle. Excellent retention. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Sweet pine with subtle citrus notes.

T- Big tea-like hopiness jumps out on the first sip, followed quickly by a pronounced biscuity sweetness. Bitterness on the finish is moderate.

M- Moderate to moderately high carbonation. Medium body. Excellent head retention adds a bit of a creaminess. Very smooth going down.

D- Very good. This seems like a nice and versatile, sessionable brew.

Future outlook: Another pleasantly well crafted beer-in-a-can besides Surly....only this is one that I can actually pick up locally!

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

A- Pours with a thick head that fades to a respectable thinner head with noticeable lacing. Color and haziness reminds me of an unpasteurized cider, in fact the color is almost exactly the color of a cider. This is in no way a bad thing...

S- Sweet, slight hint of powdered sugar, apricot with remnants of pininess.

T/M- Sweet up front with a rush of sharp hoppiness quickly rushing from behind and then finishes on the dry side with a nice resiny after taste.

D- wishing I could find more of this beer for grilling season...

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

Poured a light amber goldish color with a nice white head. Nose is caramel, citrus and very pleasant.Taste is carmel, light maple with the hops. Well balanced and tasty. Mouthfeel is coating yet refreshing with nice malt and hop balance. Really good Pale and very drinkable.

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Photo of beveritt
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: For some reason, I have been on a kick recently to try craft beer from cans. Thanks to some generous traders, I have sampled Dale's and Surly, now this one shows up at my local. Poured into a standard pint glass. Red can with a pine cone dominated brewery and beer logo. Short description of the beer and the phrase "Clarity is overrated." Bot sure if they are talking about the cloudiness you get from hops of the cloudiness you get from too many Pine Belt Pale Ales. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with nearly 4 fingers of white head; that is after the can runs over once I pop the top. Not sure why, this has been in the refrigerator for a week and sitting on my desk for a few minutes before opening. Oh well, I lost enough that it just about fits in a standard pint glass. The head settles slowly, still maintaining a finger or so and leaving behind a sticky web of lacing. The beer itself is amber with a slight reddish tinge and a little cloudy.

Smell: Earthy and vegetal fresh hop aroma, not too spicy, but definitely fresh.

Taste: Hops are milder in flavor than presented by smell. Mild earthy hop flavor blends into a very slightly sweet malt. Low level of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, maybe would have even been a little higher without the explosion upon opening. Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability: An easy drinker, maybe too much so. I would expect a little more spicy hop flavor from a modern day APA. Don't get me wrong, this is flavorful and goes down easy. Might start to keep a four pack on hand.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of lonestar1836
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 16 oz. can poured into a pint glass

A: cloudy brown with minimal white head

S: sweet fruity and piney aroma

T: sweet maltiness with hints of grapefruit and pine resin, a good ballance of malt and hops

M: smooth with light carbonation

D: I love Texas and Texas Beer, and this is one that makes me happy to come from the same state.

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

Got this in the 80's BIF. Poured a Cloudy orangish with active carbonation and a thick fluffy off white head. Smelled bready with a little bit of citrus. The taste was very well balanced between the malts and the hops. thin to medium bodied. This was a very good, very balanced beer. This is a welcome change from all the extreme out there.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from my in-person trade with twiggamortis420, cheers Greg!!

Pours a murky caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Never really clears, but throws great lacing & head retention

S: Much pineyness & some apricot up front

T: Slight caramel sweetness, herbal & piney hops, plus dryness up front. Caramel profile really asserts once warm, along with herbal & piney hops, plus dates & apricot. Finishes semi-crisp, a bit fruitty & with pineyness coming through at the end

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, skews fruitty, gets a little thin at the finish

Drinks very easy, ABV well hidden. A nice non hop crazy take on the style, almost would buy this as an ESB. Hopheads will find this lacking

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Photo of Ricochet
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first micro beer I've had in a can. Tried it for s and g's.

Began, well, foamy as all hell when poured out of the can. Huge head that is still diminishing about two minutes later. Leave a big, chunky head atop and well, if I had a imperial pint glass, would be the standard for floaty head and perfect pour. Cloudy, more orange than amber. Smells like grapefruit and orange peel and I can't believe the head is still there. Mouth is creamy with a watery end, little aftertaste other than a grainy feel. My taste impressions? Subtle grapefruit, a little orange peel, slight malt, with a nicely balanced bitter. Also, this was pretty fresh tasting and there was no can taste to speak of.

Overall, a decent pale ale. Better than average, and better than some of the big name bottled "base" pale ales. This would be like a guest pale at my local micro.

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

Can from Keg Liquor.

Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus hops and resin aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

I would recommend this to a freind.

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Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stumac for throwing this extra into a trade a couple months ago. Didn't want a pale to grow old & die in the fridge, so we busted open & shared this 16 oz. of pale this evening. Paired with a fantastic venison brat.

Much cloudier than what I've come to think of as a standard pale. Smells piney, so no false advertising on the can, at least.

We're not big pale ale fans, but this is good, & the wife agrees. Some nice hops, pine needles. Light, easy drinking. This would be a perfect beer to put out in a cooler next to the grill in the summer. Surprised by the ABV - higher than I figured, this tastes & feels like a mighty fine session beer.

This isn't Surly, but if it was local, I'd have this as a standby anytime. From the website this is their only canned beer to date, I'd be more than happy to try anything else they put out. Very good beer.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Canned beer: The world is better for it. Poured into my durable DFH rounded pint glass.

An inch of falling yellowed head over a chill-hazed russet & orange body.

"Clarity is overrated." - Southern Star

Sourdough, pepper, & pine sap. A little buttery on my nose too. Just a little bit of tangerine.

Dusty, but with some carbonation. Toasty bread crust & minimal caramel initially, a little vegetably, menthol, salt. Rindy, seedy/pit bitterness & a bit of dryness on the finish.

It feels a little too thick & dirty. Like running your feet through soft sand & always bumping into cigarette butts. The clash of British & American just didn't work for me either. It's missing a little refinement whether they want to admit it or not.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can received as extra in recent trade(thanks ottovon)

a-nice hazy amber color 1/2" light tan head that lingered for a while

s-nice resiny hop smell up front--smells like a beefed up pale ale..also has the malt backbone smell in there

t-malt up front followed quickly by hops and then more hops until the aftertaste which is a combination of malt and bitter hops...its quite tasty

m-nice heavy oily resiny mouthfeel that coats really well....more pale ales should be like this...

d-fantastic drinkability....i could see myself cracking several of these open after a long summer day of yard work and enjoying all of them...this beer i believe would make a stellar session beer

overall this is quite nice....im not a huge pale ale fan but this is a great beer...if this were more readily available in nc i believe i would drink it right frequently ...right up there with dales pale ale....craft beer in a can is slowly growing on me....good job southern star now i have to try and get my hands on their stout

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large bubbly head that dissipates quickly but leaves great lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is a nice sunset orange in color.

S- Some nice hop aromas, pine, grapefruit and other citrus aromas. Also some nice maltiness, caramel and almonds come through.

T- Very large malt, Caramel, sweet roasted nuts, and powdered sugar. Some good piney hop presence that holds on thought the finish. This is a great tasting PA.

M- Medium bodied with great balance and good carbonation.

Overall- This is a little more hoppy then most pales I have had but it is very good, maybe boarder line IPA.

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Photo of theghost3
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a 2-finger, frothy white head that has some yellow tints. Smell piney at first with some floral hops. The taste is slightly bitter hops, grainy, & lemon. The feel is crisp yet surprisingly thick. This is a very drinkable APA, and I plan to pick up a few more cans of these soon.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Around $6.5 for the 4pk. Pint can into UK pub glass.

Hazy orangish red with plenty of thick carbonation and exceptional head retention.

Piney aroma that comes back in the finish and aftertaste. Well rounded hop presence that it is not as recognizable to a particular hop as used in most APAs or IPAs. Some lemongrass hop flavours?
Flavours cont'd: Peach and mandarin oranges. Caramel and toffee. Earthy but not extremely green like the West Coast versions. Nothing competing; well balanced. Creamy and chewy.

Pretty yeasty for an APA, although this is leaning towards English IPA I believe.

Very well made and very easy to drink. Worth trying.
Their website shows:
Malt: Rahr special pale, Simpsons 30-37, Crisp 45
Hops: Sorachi Ace, Galena, CTZ, Palisades
Yeast: California Ale
IBU: 45
ABV: 6.3%

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Photo of Raymond69
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy orange from the can; "Clarity is overrated" Tons of carbonation , nice head , plenty of lacing.

Slight Piny aroma , citrus and sweet malts.

Nice Malty backbone for a Pale Ale , hop character is subdued but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thick , kinda sweet , maybe a little over carbonated.

Overall a pretty solid offering I'll be drinking more of.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-amber from the 16 oz. can with about two fingers of khaki head, which dissipates after a couple minutes. Nose is bright and full of pine. Up front in this aptly named beer is more pine needles, while it finishes with some grapefruit that makes the mouth pucker. Even so, there is a small malt sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is generally crisp and refreshing, but toward the end of the glass, it felt a little watery, which dropped the score a touch. Overall, this is extremely drinkable, and I found the extra pineyness to be a delicious take on the APA style, and I'll return to this local offering often as the weather heats back up.

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

Served from a can to a pint glass.

Appearance - Orange/Amber color with thick, long lasting head that leaves plenty of lacing all the way down. Slightly opaque, but carbonation bubbles still visable rising from bottom to top.

Smell - Biscuity, caramel malt sweetness undernearth a healthy pine-like hop aroma. A fitting aroma for an East Texas pale ale called "pine belt."

Taste - Much like the smell. Nice, pine like aroma with hints of citrus backed up by caramel and bready malt. Got a slight note of diacytyl - which is why I knocked down to 3.5 from 4.0

Mouthfeel - Doesn't have the same "soft" feel chracteristic of most APA's - but still very enjoyable.

Drinkability - Pretty good for a 6.5% ABV APA being drinken by a 110 pound woman. At 3 I was good to go, but didn't feel full (or drunk).

Overall, a real nice brew. Something I wouldn't hesitate to fall back on.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can. Served in a pint glass the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like butterscotch, piney hops, biscuity malt, pineapple and toffee. It's mostly sweet smelling, but the hops are noticable too. It tastes like bready/biscuity malt, toffee, pine and citrusy hops, and a bit of tropical fruit. There's a nice lingering bitter hoppy and dry finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, a bit slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. When I first tried this beer, it reminded me of an ESB. After finishing it, I think it's a good mix of an ESB, American and English Pale Ales. It has good balance, and it's a good overall brew. I'll definitely be buying more of this brew in the future.

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Photo of cproioi
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with an off-white almost cream head that stands one finger high. Faint bubbles of carbonation present in the body, but it's hard to see really because of the haze. The smell is largely English Malts, creating a biscuit aroma with a backing of piny American hops. The taste follows the aroma hand in hand and which reminds me more of a English Pale Ale with slight American hops. The beer had a soft carbonation mouth feel where the beers tickle you palate. It's easy to drink with a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of akokandy
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pint can poured into a 20oz tulip pint. Beer was darker than I expected, a deep red-brown and cloudy from yeast. Great big tan head which stood over the top of the glass's rim. Excellent retention and a lot of lacing. After pouring, I could feel the weight of sediment at the bottom of the can. Pretty cool.

S- Sweet citrus fruit notes and definite hop character. Lemon and orange notes.

T- Good strong malt character. Lots of biscuity notes in here. Enough sweetness to make the citrus notes really refreshing. Grapefruit hops make up the finish. Not really a sweet beer and not really a bitter beer. Great balance and I think it would be a great beer at any time of day.

M- Really a lot thicker than I expected. Great full body. A little too much carbonation, but still above average.

D- Full body and a little too high abv to be a real session beer. But a pleasure to drink about 3 cans in a night.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly hazy peach coloration. The head of the beer is a rocky white coloration. Super retention is noted on the head nice rings of foam remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer has caramel leading the charge. This combines well with a bready aroma covered with a pleasing marmalade aroma of lemon, pineapple, citrus with a suggestion of pine. Not to shabby.

Taste: The flavor delivers on what I expected from the aroma. Very sweet seems more caramel driven. The hops bitter this one up a bit but I would have liked a bit more bitterness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a light body fairly creamy. The carbonation works well with the beer. I honestly dont want to drink more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber with a huge pillowy tan head that lasts long after the pour and leaves some patchy lace all down the glass. Cloudy & hazy with some visable suspended yeast. Nice citrusy hop and fresh dough nose. Tastes of caramel malt and nice fruity hops, nicely balanced flavors. Medium heavy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Highly drinkable and sessionable APA in a can.

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