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 johnnnniee
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade from RickSawyer and TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity guys.

Pours a nearly clear orange amber color with a fluffy off white head that sticks some decent lace on the way down the glass. Smells of hops. Heavy pine and grapefruit with a bit of caramel hidden in the background. Taste is a little sweet with bread and caramel hiding underneath pine a grapefruit. Sharp bitterness leading to a dry finish and lingering grapefruit on the palette. Mouthfeel is grainy and oily, body is medium to thin, carbonation is sharp. Great little pale ale, I could see myself downing a few of these on a warm summer day. The body could use a little boost, but the taste is pretty damn good.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm pretty impressed that someone opened a brewery in podunk Conroe Tx. The Pine Belt is quite impressive.

It pours a clear, light light amber color, with an average, almost tan, creamy and persistant head that leaves good thick and strong lacing in it's wake.

The aroma is of pine, floral and citrus hops. I detect a little caramel malts to balance. The hop aroma is great and lasts till the fat lady sings.

The flavor is different. A little sweet with grassy and pine notes. Just the right bitterness IMO for a APA. The bitterness has a little sting, could be softer.

It's just a touch dry in the end. Nice lasting bitterness. It has a medium to full bodied mouthfeel. And is pretty drinkable. I could have a couple or three.

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Photo of craytonic
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Enormous fluffy sea-foam head that sticks around. Lightly hazy pale straw color.

Smell: Citrus hops, pine, resin/sap, biscuit dough

Taste: Similar to the smell - citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, sap, biscuit dough. Bitter. Perhaps a little metallic from the can.

Mouthfeel: Watery, way too light. Also a little flat after the pour.

Drinkability: Enjoyed the opportunity to try it, but won't seek it out again. A little weak.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice orange color with a nice 2 finger head with great retention.

Smell is of some unfamiliar hops with a bit of citrus and grapefruit.

I'd give this one a 4.25 if I could. It has a lot of hop flavoring and citrusy grapefruit flavors without being overdone. This is balanced with some crystal malt sweetness to balance.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It's prefect for the style.

This beer is highly drinkable. It's not a 5, but I've giving bonus points here for the lack of a 4.5 on taste.

This is a straightforward and nice pale ale.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice, muddy looking orangish hue. Soft, white fluffy head on top. Mild piney and resiny aroma. There was almost no aroma at first but it tends to come up as the beer sits. Ok malty flavor with a moderate level of hops to it. Mildly sweet but almost thin tasting. The hops provide a boost where it might be lacking in other flavors. Ok body-the thin flavor seems to creep into the body. Not a bad beer but at times it almost seems like it inst there. The aroma took a while to even come out of the glass. The weak body and lack of general flavor at times knocks it down for me. I would try it again to really decide.

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Photo of Floydster
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can acquired as an extra in a trade with MiguelMandigo, thanks to Michael for sending this my way, consumed on 11/24/08, reviewed from notes, poured into a Port Brewing pint glass

A-Color is a medium amber color with some darke orange highlights, big 1 1/4 inch foamy off white head that lasted a few minutes, some retention, lacing at the top
S-Pine trees, lemon juice, earthiness, strong hoppiness, pineapple, orange peel, whole grains, full of caramel, and also some
T-Tons of grains up front mixed some mild hops, some chewier malts in the middle but caramel is the most prominent, light hops in the finish as well that are mixed with citrusy flavors, mostly lemon and orange did not come out until later, got sweeter as it warmed and I really preferred this one quite cold, enjoyable and fairly well balanced
M-Medium bodied, level of carbonation is rather high, almost a little watered down but not noticeable, mouthfeel is dry, chewy, and citrusy, taste does not linger long
D-Goes down easy and is fairly light on the stomach, refreshing at times but questionable once it warms, could have drank a few more cans for sure, probably would taste better in warmer weather

I had not heard much about this Texas brewery but was curious to try something from them, have no idea about the availability or cost of this one but it would make a nice session beer, more of an amber than a pale ale in my opinion though, would drink again, worth trying

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Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber-brown, off-white head, some retention & lacing.

S: Big grapefruit and rind aroma you'd expect from an IPA.

T: Grapefruit, rind, tangerine, subtle maltiness, modest bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a very dry finish.

D: It's a big pale ale (a double pale ale?).

Thanks to stumac for the trade!

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Photo of bobsy
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is my first Texan beer. I hear everything's better in Texas, but the proof should be in the pudding

Amber body with a nice white head, that exhibits great retention and leaves behind some thick sticky lace. At first I git a strange vegetal flavour, that didn't sit well with me, but thankfully this didn't turn up in subsequent sips. What I'm left with is a pretty damn good beer. Lots of caramel, big citrus and a very nice warming bitterness. As it warms I start to pick up some bready malts and the hop oils seem to be depositing some pine. The body is medium, but also slightly sticky, while the active carbonation helped to accentuate the bitterness on the tongue.

This is a big APA, and it really blurs the distinction with an IPA. I really dig the hop flavours, and the fact that the brewer has them in perfect harmony with the malts, creating a really balanced beer. I'm going to view it as a good IPA because I'm from hop-starved Ontario. Yep, things are bigger and better in Texas. Thanks to Derek for sharing!

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

a: decent head over a dark amber beer, some large-particle haze, nice retention

s: good start, earthy pine sap hop aroma with a low level of tropical fruits, caramel malts give a rich, sweet grain smell

m: medium-high carbonation and medium body

t: a bit of a letdown after the aroma, big caramel malt backbone comes across not so much oxidized as a bit muddy...perhaps a watterlogged grain flavor, well hopped but not as crisp and vivid as I'd prefer, moderate bitterness

d: easy enough for a few, a full flavored pale

pint can from mhewes in Pre-Season Football BiF

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Photo of Jablonski
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very clear amber color; mild head when poured into glass

Smell: amazing smell; the hops are not overbearing and a nice hint of pine trees

Taste: no strong taste of pine, but the hops are not overbearing; a light taste of malt in the beer

Mouthfeel: slightly overcarbonated

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Urwatuh8 for the can.
Pours a dark amber in color with a nice half inch of frothy head. Smell is slight hops with a big malty backbone.
Taste is a bit more hops, both bittering and floral. Full and creamy on the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is truly the best part of this beer and that's not a knock. Good, easy drinking pale. Could session this beer easily.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the very generous ShrLSU - thank you sir!

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into patchy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells of light floral aromas with a good amount of pine and caramel malts in there as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light piney hop flavors join up with sticky caramel malt up front, then as the sip progresses the pine flavors assert themselves. This ends with a mild bitterness and a lingering aftertaste that is not at all unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness, good carbonation, goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This is a very drinkable APA, and I could see myself drinking these all night.

Overall I was impressed. Nothing about this beer is exceptional, but everything is done very well. Definitely worth a shot.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of pale malts with some slight caramel hints to it as well as notes of pine resin and citrus.

Taste: Pale malts with a light caramel sweetness. Splash of cool, clear spring water. Fresh pine and citrus hop flavors along with a medium bitterness. Finishes appropriately dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: My first brew from Texas brewery Southern Star and, whaddya know, it turned out to be a rather good APA that's both well-balanced and easily drinkable.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jtrockchalk for this one.

I'm going to start of with the drinkability section of this review. All I can say is I really wish the great state of Missouri would have Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale. This is one of the most drinkable Pale Ale's I have ever had. Not overly hopped but still quite a bit of flavor, without the watery texture that comes with so many Pale Ales. This is a fantastic beer and I think would go into regular rotation if it were available in Missouri. On to the rest of the review. I poured a 16 oz can into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a cloudy amber with an enormous head that looks like its about to spill over the rim of my glass. Not only does the head stick around but also it leaves phenomenal lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma of this beer is definitely pine-centric. Nice piney aroma and I normally like more citric beers. The taste follows suit with a nice piney hops presence followed by a great malty backbone. This is a really well balanced APA. The mouthfeel is fuller than I would expect for an APA. Great beer.

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Photo of Ruslanchik
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was planning on drinking something darker tonight, but couldn't pass up the $4.99 special at Spec's.

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Poured right down the middle of the glass and was rewarded with 2 full fingers of fluffy off-white head. After a few moments it became clumpy, but head retention is excellent with great lacing. The beer is a translucent light amber, almost red. No haze to speak of.

The aroma is very sweet, with great citrus notes; it is very light and fresh and has a faint hint of grapes.

The hops in this beer are right up at the front with a nice, long-lasting bitterness with citrus highlights floating on top. The grape from the aroma is there too. Very nice. The malt character here is sweet, but definitely plays second-fiddle to the hops. An interesting pale ale.

The mouthfeel might be the best aspect of this beer. It is slides over the tongue with just the right amount of carbonation. It is ever so slightly slick so it sticks to the tongue just enough to keep the flavor with you for a few minutes after each sip.

A great American session beer. The bitterness leaves me wanting to take another drink, not wanting to go in search of something different. You might have to call a cab after having a few of these at the bar, but you will definitely be able to get the key in the lock when you get home.

A note on the can: this beer is semi-local for me, having to travel just under 200 miles to reach Austin, so it is not surprising that it would be fresh. However, I drink lots of Texas beers, many that are brewed in Austin proper, and this is the freshest tasting I've had. I hear that these new cans are better at preserving the beer and I'm starting to think there is something to that.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Dark golden color with hints of amber. Nice thick head of tan foam with quite nice retention and some damn fine lacing.

Smells like half a grapefruit covered in pine sap. A hint of lemon zest. Nice hint of malt sweetness. Slight bready yeastiness.

Not nearly as hoppy as I anticipated. It's there, just not 'in your face'. Light citrus blast followed by a good level of malt sweetness. Caramel biscuits served with grapefruit juice in front of the window that opens onto a pine tree.

Feels smooth and light. Medium bodied, I'd say. Not too creamy or silky. Good carbonation level.

This would be a good Pale Ale/Amber Ale for session-ing. Nice and easy to drink.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to stopbarking for this one in the LNBA BIF. You rock danny boy. Now go make me some wings.

Pours a nice looking glowing amber/orange color. Nice fluffy white head retains quite well and leaves good lacing.

Nose is candy sweetness with massively piney hop resin. Sugary sharp smell.

Whoa! This is tasty stuff! A great blend of candy sugar like malt sweetness and pine hops. Very unique flavor. This is a very nice pale ale. An odd sort of sharp candy sugar flavor through the middle, but I like it. The hop profile is right where it should be in a pale. This defenitely rivals Dale's for one of my favorite pale ales. Nice dry finish without being unrefreshing.

Mouthfeel is just about right, maybe ever so slightly thick. Carbonation is perfect. slightly soapy.

Drinkability is very very poundable. Would love to get my session on with a few of these.

Overall a very suprising and respectable pale ale. One I would SURELY revisit if it were local. If you like Dale's pale or any good pale for that matter, give this one a shot. A very unique and enjoyable session brew. Great. Thanks again to the one and only stopbarking.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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

From a light brown 16z can - Pours a clear light reddish/brown color with small quickly dissipating almost white head. Average carbonation. Smells of sweet rich hops and light malts. First sip is very balanced with just enough hops and a sturdy malt backbone. Light bodied, and well hopped make for a very pleasant APA. Very Very Nice.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A _ Pours up a cloudy amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly to a thin cap

S - Smells of sweet malt and hops. Neither are very strong.

T - Slight burst of malt with hop bitterness along the sides of the tongue at the start. Finishes with a almost cloying sweetness, and hop flavor on the back of the tongue.

M - Full- bodied beer.

D - Nice beer, but a little sweet.

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Photo of rye726
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a brownish amber color with a nice tan head. The nose has some light malts and grainy hops. The taste is also fairly grainy with a bit of sweet malts. Not much of a hop presence. Light body has decent carbonation. Probably closer to an English than American Pale Ale, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Mixed bag here. Loved the tallboy can, great amber color, big fluffy white head that lasted and left sticky lace. The down side: floaties, lots of them. Protein coagulation, I really hope the brewers get a handle on this, I know it's harmless, but it really takes away from the beer.

S: Earth, I would say a little Pine going on, a little butter.

T: A nice English Pale Ale, that's to say the hops are earthy and a bit tea like. It's like a mix of English and American hops, some citric/pine notes, but the bitterness is very low for style.

M: Creamy, nice, a bit chunky toward the end.

D: A good beer, one I can see sessioning and I'm happy to see another Texas brewer getting started. I hope this one continues to evolve a bit though.

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

Sweet. 16 ounce cans. I can dig that.

Pours a foggy amber brown with a creme head. Nose is an earthy kind of pine. Flavor has a distinct tangy almost resin edge to it. I also get a resin/chalky thing too. It's fairly dry I have to say. Overall pretty pine like (surprise!). Feel is smooth and slick on liquid. Low on carbonation. Pretty easy to drink I have to say. I bet this would be pretty damn nice on cask.

Huge thanks to a noon trader champ103 for this one.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TexasStout for a generous extra in a trade.
Pours a hazy dark copper with tons of sticky lace and a massive rising head.
Smells just great! Tons of citrus hops, crisp and juicy.
Taste falls a little short of the smell. Somehow the citrus hops don't come through on the palate. Finishes slightly bitter and dry. Much more flavorful than many pale ales I've had before.
Feels smooth and mellow and is very easy to drink. I really wish I had regular access to this one.

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

Pours a clear copper with a resilient half-finger of white foam.

Smells of hops and some grapefruit, along with a decent amount of malt. This carries on to the taste; the amount of malt matches the hoppiness quite well to leave it well balanced on the slightly bitter side.

A very nice, drinkable beer that really embodies what I would expect from a Pale Ale.

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Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
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