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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 TheDoctor
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber with a beautiful three fingers of head that airily dissipates to a rock half inch of beige cream. Decent retention; lots of sticky lacing.

Malty with citric hops. Lemon rind, melon, pine, caramel, and some floral notes.

Crisp, bitter, refreshing. Very quick and dry with dusty, husky hop flavors up front and some rising acidity in the finish with a vaguely malty, bitter finish.

Medium bodied with a nice creamy head and crisp carbonation. Pretty drinkable with slightly lingering medicinal/malt-sticky finish.

Damn good IPA (or whatever you want to call it).
This is a really fresh-tasting, dry pale ale and would be perfect on a hot day. Pours very nice and obviously unfiltered (a big plus in my book), has a pretty straightforward PA nose and an even, bitter, drying (and yet fresh) taste and palate. The only thing I didn't like was that I felt like it was a little lingering and sticky to be super-drinkable. But that's just me. Pretty tasty, either way.
Basically tastes like a sun-baked pine in the Texas heat.
Would get again if I ever had access to it; well worth trying if you can get it.

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Photo of Premo88
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into nonic
(no born-on or best-by dating)

L: orange jello -- there's a ton of debris in it, possibly sediment that was resting at the bottom of the can because I think it was pouring clear until that final ounce or so; very nice off-white head at least 1/4-inch tall, very thick and sticking nicely; maintains a thick, big-bubbled collar

S: pine needles, citrus; hints of caramel, something very sweet ... candy; oranges

T: mix of pine and citrus, chunky bitter bite in the middle with a good-tasting barley/cereal grain finish; enough sweetness to give it some balance; at times it feels like it's leaning toward the caramel/mango/sickly sweet side of the American hops (DIPA mainly) spectrum, but those tastes are mostly hidden, only poking through the pine/citrus tastes in sporadic fashion; as it warms up, a little more caramel/sweet notes

F: very nice all-around; good body and good carbonation, a solid lighter weight that isn't watery

O: considering the four-pack I picked up had at least 3 months worth of dust on it, not to mention plenty of dents in the cans, a very solid, piney-bitter ale. like most hop-forward beers, it'd be nice to try a fresh one, but I must admit the beer is plenty good however old it is (and I'm guessing at least six months old).

it's 6.3% ABV puts it beyond what I prefer from beers in the "pale ale" category, so I think of this brew more in the American IPA category -- but hair-splitting aside, I love the focus on piney hops here in a VERY drinkable brew. the smell is too caramel/sweet for my tastes, but that falls in line with most of the American IPA/DIPA world I've traveled through so far.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into an imperial pint glass.

A: Hazy golden brown. Nice head and heavy lacing. Hazy.

S: Heavy pine. Resiny. Pinesol, maybe.

T: Pretty darn good! The pine is the dominant note here, along with a robust maltiness. Finish is ever so slightly sour. Fresh and herbal. Lightly dry, clean finish.

M: crisp and bitter dry. I like it.

O: Way better than I thought it would be! Recommended. Would buy again.

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

Hazy and amber-brown in color with a nice head that lasted and left good lacing.

Smells of piney grapefruit, hops, slightly fruity, and a little earthy.

Tastes of caramel malts, pine, grapefruit, citrus, a bit of sweetness, and an earthy bitterness. Hop presence is on par with some IPAs, but a nice malty balance provides for a well-rounded beer.

Lingering slightly sweet bitterness helps define this nice, medium bodied beer.

I'd certainly like to have it again, very smooth and flavorful, easy to drink, and comes in cans. Nice job on this one.

Update: finally DID have it again, just as good the second time around. I definitely like this brewery, and love the cans.

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Photo of kikenazz
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge can into silicone pint glass.

A- a mix of burnt orange/yellow-brown. Head dissipated within a minute or two but a steady stream of bubbles was persistent.

S- Lives up to its name. First thing is smell was pine aroma. I would guess there is some Warrior hops in there. Also get a little bit of lemony smell.

T/M- Very bitter. A few seconds after drinking, the back of my tongue would get a tingling bitterness left behind. The malt aspect of the beer seems to be low key. Seems light on my tongue. More citrus in the taste than what I smelled but the pine is still there tied up with the bitterness.

Definitely pleased with this beer. First beer I have had that was so prominently piney. Much more bitter than I expected and seems borderline IPA to me, but who is gonna draw the line. Would recommend to my friends.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a thick head and erratic lacing. Color is an unfiltered orange amber. Aroma is piney hops and a bit of specialty malts. Flavor is a nice blend of crystal and pale malts and citrus and pine flavored hops. The bitterness is off, which I suspect is a water issue. If the water source is high in certain salts such as bicarbonates, the bitterness of the hops comes off soapy, alkaline and medicinal. Mouthfeel is thin. Overall, it seems to be a good recipe, just needs a mineral adjustment. Or not. I could be wrong. Either way, it's been my experience as a home brewer that water can greatly affect hop perception. Now that the hop mania is in full swing, everybody's piling them on with little regard for how the local water will interact with them.

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Photo of nsheehan
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pine Belt pale ale
Southern Star Brewing Co
16oz can to Modern craft pint

A – A uniformly cloudy amber. Somewhat translucent, a bit translucent. Poured quite vigorously, but the head subsided very quickly, leaving just a layer of it on top.

S – Pinecone, grass, orange and a bit of pineapple. There’s also a muddled earthy-sweet smell, like dirt or rock with a bit of brown sugar. As it warms, a little the pine lets a little more citrus and floral notes through, I think I pick up a bit of mango now.

T – A whole lot of not bitter pine. There’s a tiny bit of citrus riding along in the backbone, and a malt backbone to hold it up, but it really is a pinecone bomb (not very bitter though). As it warms some citrus and grass get through the pine, and it’s better. A hop spiciness emerges as well.

M – Heavy-light bodied. A little bit tingly, a little bit smooth, less than average dryness for style. Stays close to the tongue.

D - The can says serve at 50 degrees (F) and it definitely got better as it warmed for 20 minutes. It’s good but not great. Has average complexity, but it’s masked by too much rough pine cone smell and taste.
3.25, 3.25, 3.25, 3.5, 3.25; 3.3.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 fl. oz. can into Flying Dog tulip. no canned-on date.

A: slight haze on an orange body. head has an orange tint on an otherwise white body. good retention, plenty of lacing.

S: a mild caramel malt, a zesty hop aroma. faded.

T: slightly astringent. certainly oxidized. the caramel provides a body that should have a greater presence. time has thinned it out. pretty bitter. actually very bitter.

M: carb is a touch on the mild side. nothing too nuts, a little too mild for me. medium body.

D: overall, flavors are too muddy for me. distracts from the brew. bitterness is all out of wack. id pass.

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Photo of icehawk
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


 Appearance: Cloudy amber with nice foamy white head 

 Aroma: dark bread 

 Taste: Bready malts, 

 Palate: Fairly bitter up front, but finishes smooth with a good malt backbone. Fairly lively mouthfeel 

 Overall: A bit heavy, good drinking. Good taste

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber hazy color. There is a lot of precipitate. Strong, caramel, citrus, piney aroma. Very good aroma. Taste of caramel and citrus with a strong piney hop. Very piney bitter aftertaste. Soapy. It is a good beer. The aftertaste is slightly off.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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 oberon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Pegasus
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep golden orange, with a massive, dense, off-white head, with excellent retention, scattered lacing, and profuse, fine, fast-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of juicy hops, spicy and herbal, none of the typical pine-tar often found in this style. There is also a solid biscuit malt backbone.

Taste: Opens with a moderate , spicy hop presence, soon followed by solid biscuit malt. As the taste progresses, the hops are dominating, but the malt plays a solid supporting role. Finishes with a mil, lingering resiny hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, full.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing example of a style that I am not normally drawn to. Well done.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen ounce (0.473 liter) aluminum can, served in a Samuel Adams Boston lager glass.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Consumed 4/13/12

Word to Goblinmunkey7's mother for sending some cans of this and other Texas locals

Appearance: Lightly hazy, medium amber/copper, with some orange and gold - small, white head, fades quickly to a small ring and a few wisps of a cap - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Mildly bready with some mild citrus - white bread, with some bread dough - pale and caramel malts, with some crystal malt sweetness - some hoppy citrus, in a somewhat gentle way - orange and grapefruit zest - light pine and some herbal notes

Taste: Nicely malty with some orange - like the smell suggests, this is decidedly bready - a nice mix of pale and caramel malts - some grainy earthiness - lightly caramelized, lightly sweet - mildly bitter with mildly interesting malts - some orange and grapefruit zest, works for balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, maybe a little watery

Overall: Not everything is bigger in Texas, apparently

This is not a bad American Pale Ale, but it's not particularly interesting. I would drink it again, but I don't think I will be compelled to trade for it.

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Photo of csparace
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – From a 16oz can to a standard pint glass. Pours a light hazy orange with a colossal pure white head of large bubbles. Small amounts of carbonation rising. Head fades fast and an attractive lacing is left. Lacing is quite nice as I drink.

Smell – Hello hops.

Taste – I'm not left wondering why they call it the Pine Belt Ale. The initial taste is full of piny hops with a slight hint of grapefruit. The finish stays hoppy but also includes some floral notes. The overall taste is slightly darker than one would expect.

Mouthfeel – good carbonation levels. Not quite as refreshing as I was hoping.

Overall – pretty good beer. Not outstanding. The taste is mostly a slightly dark hop and doesn't have a ton going on. I think it should be a bit more refreshing on the mouth feel as well.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light copper/amber. Nice bright oranges at the edges. Head is white, creamy, and loose. Large bubbles. Head drops to a spotty cap and bubbly collar. Small notches of lacing. Slight haze. Definitely unfiltered.

Smell: Uncooked biscuit dough. Big caramel malt sweetness. Bready. Hops are herbal in the back. Big hits of citrus with some underlying sweetness. Pine bitterness rounds out the profile. Nicely balanced, if a bit sweet. Caramelized malts and sugars. A bit of apple, pineapple, and grass.

Taste: Malts. Lots of them. Bready and caramelized. Sweet without being overly so. Some pale and amber malts. Grassy with an underlying herbal note. Some pine bitterness lingers in the back. Solid hit of citrus, mainly grapefruit rind, on the front. Good balance. Pretty mellow with a building straight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body runs right down the middle with a slightly above average carbonation. A bit dry on the finish.

Overall: No need to put another notch in your belt.

A decent APA and bonus points for the format. Bitterness is a bit harsh given the sweeter malt base. Not bad, but there are other options.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean dark copper in color with 2 fingers of head and great lacing. tons of fresh hop smell. pine, caramel, grass. a nice mellow flavor of piney grapefruit bitterness, earth notes, sweet malt backbone. a nice refreshing ale, slightly bitter with a sweet finish. medium in body, moderate carbonation. a nice refreshing pale ale all around.

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Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this single 16oz can at the Binnhy's store in Bloolmingdale, Illinois for $2.49. They usually come in 4 packs, but for whatever reason this one was sold separately, so I grabbed it. No freshness date; only a small blurb on the side of the can that says "clarity is over-rated".

The beer poured a cloudy copper color and made a full 3-finger white head that lasted quite awhile before settling down, and it left tons of lacing.

The beer smelled like a mix of baked bread, sugar, and pineapple juice. Very pleasant, but left me wondering where the pine was.

This is not the hop bomb that some pale ales try to be. At just 45 IBU's it's not that bitter. This one is well balanced with sweet malts, mild hops, and a generous dose of of pineapple juice. Bitterness is low and detectable alcohol is even lower.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. It's a little sticky on the tongue but still very enjoyable.

Not sure why they named it "Pine Belt" because the piny hops are barely noticeable. It would have been more correct to call it "Pineapple Belt". Still a good pale ale, but if you're a hop head, this one won't be for you.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale has a very thick, foamy, creamy, cream-colored head, an opaque, brown-orange appearance, with lots of yeast chunks floating about, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet, stinging, and bready. Flavor is of piney hops, bready malt, and sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale finishes mostly dry, fairly refreshing, and decently drinkable. Overall, I really am enjoying this, and I consider it a most excellent beer.


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Photo of acevenom
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours hazy amber with a tall, slowly dissipating eggshell colored head. I can't make out many bubbles rising in the beer. Plentiful sticky lacing is left behind on the glass as the head dissipates. The beer smells earthy and piney, but appropriately not intense for a 45 IBU beer. I can detect some of the malt aroma, which lends some sweetness to the smell. The taste follows the nose. It is hop forward. The piney and earthy flavors from the hops come through well with a nice bready and mildly sweet malt backbone. The hoppy aftertaste clings to the mouth. The body is medium with low carbonation. The finish clings to the mouth, but does clear up after a while. The drinkability is good. This is an excellent beer that hits the right notes. It's a well-balanced APA, so give this one a try.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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 genitempo
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours nicely from the can, leaving a sizable head, very lumpy but with not too much froth. Nice sappy color with a hint of clarity. The can is less impressive, Southern Star's artwork is lacking.

S- Mild, sugary smell.

T- Strong, hoppy burst with a clean finish. When the sip is over, the hops are steadfast, with minimal alcohol on the palate.

MF- The carbonation is a easily agitated with the sip.

O- Definitely deserves to be canned in groups of 4, but I'm not sure 16 ounces is the right choice for the Pine Belt. I found myself really enjoying the first portion of the drink, but the last few sips were a little too redundant. Still, a very solid beer.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can bought at Stein's, New Orleans, for $2.39.

This late summer I'm on an APA quest to see if anything locally available competes with SNPA.

A: Dark copper. Nice creamy head. Quite inactive, which has been my experience of all Southern Star beers.

S: Very fragrant from afar, and really sweet-smelling, borderline cloying. No pine scent. Diluted pineapple, like the pineapple juice from cans with the small drinking holes.

M: Yerk. Too sticky on the back end. Doesn't invite more drinking.

T: Average APA taste. Front half follows the pineapple scent -- it's very sweet -- then the taste drops out and a slow bitterness takes over. Dull hop profile.

O: A disappointment. I've given Southern Star a few tries and it's just not working out between us. The Pine Belt has a blah hop profile and a taste that doesn't at all lend itself to sessionability.

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Photo of nach0king
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best pale ales I've ever had. Perfectly balanced, really tasty but goes down easily.

A: Boasts of being unfiltered and unpasteurized but there's minimal lacing, no head after a few seconds, and it lacks shine generally.

S: Mainly maltiness and sweet cereals, a little bit of sea breeze.

T: Just brilliant. Pine-y, obviously, leading into hoppiness, but the malty sweetness cuts through it just enough. I see some other people say this isn't strong enough for their tastes - it's just right for me. A really well-balanced APA. If you want stronger hops look elsewhere but for a sippable but still sessionable ale this is just fantastic.

M: Reasonably thick, low carbonation, but will stay with you.

Loved it. Definitely getting it again.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a golden straw with a thin layer of foam. There’s not much of an aroma on it, although I can strain and get some light hoppiness. Lightly flavored, with some pine notes on the finish. An easy sipper in warm weather but not a hop forward pale ale.

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Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
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