Pine Belt Pale Ale | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Pine Belt Pale AlePine Belt Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
southernstarbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
672
Reviews:
392
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a slightly hazy ornage color with a gorgeous finger and a half of thick, wet head of light tan that holds and laces well, while turning rather rocky after 30 seconds or so.

S: Fresh piney hops and tasty caramel malts make up the nose.

T: The taste is identical to the nose. It is simple but tastes incredibly fresh.

M: The body is of medium thickness and goes down easily.

O: This is very good, super smooth, and quaffable.

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

I poured a 16 oz can into a tall pub glass...

The beer was a murky orange, copper color with a thick, frothy, off white head. Smells of pine, spruce, citrus peel and a hint of caramel. The taste is mostly bitter piney hops with some biscuity flavors, melon and a bit of sweet toffee. You can also taste bitter, citrus peel in the finish. This beer is medium bodied with perfect cabonation. I can't tell you how impressed I was with this one. Being a Texan I can't believe I haven't tried it before. Highly recommended!

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Photo of seeswo
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fantastic orangey-gold with a bit of haze and a really nice head that hangs out for a while. Smell is of piney hops, generous malt and maybe just a slight hint of metallic nose. The taste is exactly the nose. Very refreshing and easy drinking. 16 oz can is treating me well. Mouthfeel is right on, good carbonation etc. Overall, I enjoyed this one, even though it isn't the best APA I've ever had.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Craft beer in a can!

Poured into an imperial pint glass. It's a nice copper color with a bubbly off-white head.

It has an earthy hop aroma with a little metallic twinge.

The taste is mostly hoppy, piney as the name indicates. There is a little malt kick but mostly hops. It's tasty, but not one of the best APAs I've had recently.

Great mouthfeel. Bubbly carbonation, no bad aftertastes. Feels good.

Overall I'd say it's a notch above average.

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Photo of mrnobody
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Really foamy. Three plus fingers of off-white head on top of a hazy bright orange body. Good retention and loads of sticky lacing.

S: Smells like an IPA: citrus hops, caramel, pine. Smells great!

T: Taste is a bit of a letdown from the smell: definitely more APA in this department. Fairly malty but has a nice bitter finish: piney as per the name.

M: Mouthfeel seems thin and despite the initial foaminess, low carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable, a very decent pale ale.

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Photo of dchew85
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rumor is is that Southern Star recently changed this recipe. Good call. It wasn't bad at all before but now it is GREAT! It pours a cloudy amber orange with a pillowy off white head that becomes cloud like and laces nicely. The aroma is piney but not overwhelming. The taste is slightly piney with a great malt balance that gives it a biscuity taste that makes this beer really drinkable IMO. Mouthfeel is creamy with good carbonation. Love this beer!

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Photo of Ghenna
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can, courtesy of a reddit.com beer of the month trade.

Pours a hazy light copper with a slightly billowy off white heat that has awesome retention and lacing.

Huge pine nose, like crazy pine. Herbaly too, with just a hint of malt in the background. Taste is a little bit pine resiny with a little bit of a soap finish- bear in mind I am not a huge hop fan. Maybe a little malt sweet in there, but I can't really get at it for all of the pine/soap.

Pretty light in terms of MF, which would make it fairly drinkable if it weren't for the hoppiness. Looking up though I see that drinkability isn't a graded criteria anymore so fuck that last sentence. I guess if you are into hops this would be a nice beer, but the soapy flavor doesn't really do it for me.

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Photo of BUNZILLA
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. can into a beer mug.

Appearance : cloudy orange haze with a great 3 finger head that really lasts a long time

Smell : muted pine citrus hoppy notes

Taste: a good tasting brew great for chugging down after you mow the lawn

Mouthfeel : Light bodied with not a lot going on

Drinkability : Very Drinkable

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Photo of chefelf
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on a recent trip to Austin. It's interesting that their other two canned beers are 12oz. and this is only 16oz. Actually, reading that back it's not really that interesting at all. Just unusual.

IPAs are not my favorite type of beer but this one was pretty enjoyable. I appreciated this one nonetheless, even though it's not my favorite type of beer.

I usually reach my IPA limit at the 10oz. mark so instead of 2oz. of leftover beer in the can I had 4oz.

Such a shame.

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Photo of SkipWeathers
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slightly coudy, orangy with ample head, drank it in a goblet.

S - fresh-smelling, pine of course, not too aromatic.

T - sour-bitter, full. Grassy, piney, citrusy earthy.

M - pleasant coating on the tongue, which kind of gathers at the back and warms throughout the palate

D - 16 oz cans a novelty, two would be my limit before they start tasting repetitive. Still, a diamond in the rough here. So glad it's from Texas. I will buy and buy again.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I finally found this Texas beer at my usual place. It's good to have beer brewed from my home state. The 16 oz can it comes in is a treat too. I was skeptical about this beer, having been to Conroe, TX before... :P, but this is a pretty decent brew.

The head on it is a slightly tan-white and in between bubbly and frothy. Enough film is left on the surface and enough lacing is left after each sip to give the Pine Belt Pale Ale some extra personality.

It smells sweet, piney , and hoppy, all things that I like in a pale ale. There is some mango in there too.

Taste has basically no difference. It's medium-bodied, going down smooth yet with the right about of bite with the carbonation. It has an enjoyable amount of hoppiness to it, being bitter, yet not too much, with some mango-ish citrus flavor trailing at the end and a pine belt pine flavor that lingers on the tongue. For you Texans, I definitely recommend this.

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Photo of portia99
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a marginally hazy bright orangey copper with a vigorous carbonation and a thick finger and a half of dense and fluffy cream colored head. Foam has excellent staying power, lingering for several minutes and falling slowly to leave thick lacing on the glass.

S - Nice citrusy aroma up front with some pine. Some caramelly malt with a touch of a metallic aspect thrown in. Pretty good hoppy character overall...looking forward to the first sip.

T - Sharp hop bitterness that persists from beginning to the end. Layered with citrusy hop flavor and a grainy malt component. Caramelly and roasty malt touches and a bit of the metallic aspect in the aroma round things out. Good flavors here, but doesn't quite live up to the aroma.

M - Medium bodied with a strong carbonation. Sharp and crisp bitterness that lingers forever past the swallow. I think a bit more residual sugar would smooth this beer out a bit and give a more enjoyable experience...a bit too dry.

D - I like this beer. A good example of a pale ale - one that I could session with easily. I have minor "complaints"/areas to improve, but these are more personal taste than anything else. Another good beer available in a can too - definitely a plus.

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Photo of Phelps
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16-ounce can given to me by ottovon during our last tasting.

Deep penny copper with brilliant clarity, topped with a massive, two-finger meringue-like vanilla head that collapses only slowly, leaving gobs of lace behind as it does.

The nose displays a nice mix of spicy and citrusy hops along with a decent amount of caramel and lightly toasted malt. Orange peel and light sourdough also make appearances.

In the flavor, orange peel mixes with more earthy hops and an increased maltiness that delivers notes of peanut skins and a bit of toffee. It's a nice balance, though maybe a bit more citrusy hops might improve it.

Peppery, medium-light carbonation prickles the tongue and fizzes up the beer just a bit as I swish the light body about. It's got a nice, crisp finish and a pretty perfect amount of bitterness that keeps you coming back for another sip.

So, the mission given me by ottovon was to taste Daisy Cutter (his girlfriend's beer) against Pine Belt (his) and report back as to which was better. He'll be happy to know I preferred this one -- I really dug the moderate maltiness and the balance the beer strikes because of it.

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Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to duff247. 16oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep rust orange color with a foamy, 2 finger, off white head. Great sticky lacing left on the glass.

Good hop aroma up front in the nose. Strong piny presence. Not much in the way of malt. Maybe an underlying sweetness but the hops are what dominate here.

The taste follows the nose. Very hoppy up front. Nice piny, resiny hops lead the way. A bit more the malt comes through than in the nose, though still not a ton. It's caramel-like and sweet. Some orange rind shows up before a moderately bitter finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Very smooth despite the stronger hop presence for the style. Bitterness at the finish sticks on the tongue a bit.

Very good drinkability. Drinks somewhere between an APA and an IPA due to the hop presence. Definitely a beer that is light enough and interesting enough to have multiple pints of.

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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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Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company
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