Southern Pale Ale
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

Southern Pale AleSouthern Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,540
Ranked #43,091
3.61 | pDev: 13.02%
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
Southern Pale AleSouthern Pale Ale
Notes: Malts: Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Munich Malt, Cara Munich

Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Cascade dry hop

Yeast: Chico No. 2, 1272
Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 353 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly clear orange color with full white head. Scent is floral, citrus and malty. Hops come in on the taste, with citrus and malts still present. Light mouthfeel and an aftertaste that follows the taste

Feb 24, 2020
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm trying this at my Bestie's in Charlotte. It poured a clear golden with no head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of over prime and bitter hop. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with fizzy carbonation. Overall it's ok.

Aug 12, 2017
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy Amber with a thick off white head.

Smell: Very strong citrus smell with pine notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine notes. Light citrus.

Overall: Not a bad beer. But far from the best pale ale. I would not go out of my way to have it again.

May 29, 2016
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dtumminelliob from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Standard coloration, but with fizzy bubbles. Okay head.
Smell: Fine, non-distinctive.
Taste: Not bad, though a little thin. The hop profile is relatively simple, though the bitterness level is nice.
Feel: Like the look, a bit fizzier than my tastes.
Overall: Not a terrible pale ale, but not especially good.

Feb 26, 2016
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored pour with a foamy one-finger white head. Nice juicy citrus hop aroma. Big but not overpowering hop flavor on first sip. Flavor is very nicely balanced between citrus and piney flavors. Some sips one flavor stands out more and and on other sips the other flavor is predominant. Can also taste a bread and cracker flavor in the back end. Light bodied, moderately carbonated and drinks really easy.

Jan 07, 2016
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vabeerguy from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While visiting NC I try to drink as many different local beers that I can get. I had been to this brewery a few years ago and liked many of their products.

Typically, I buy the Buckshot Ale but have lately acquired a taste for Pale Ales and IPAs. So I bought this. The smell and taste were great. This is a good Pale Ale. Try it if you can find it in your area.

Nov 24, 2015
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drned from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink local. Solid North Carolina brew with an abundance of hops. Very respectable IPA for a local market. Not extraoradinary, but beer should beer local. When in North Carolina, choose this over "imports" with wide distribution.

Nov 23, 2015
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap @ Awful Arthurs Pours a clear light golden orange color with a nice 1 finger fresh head,smells of citrus and malt with some craker bread, follows the nose with taste but much more citrus and tropical flavors come thru,nicely carbed fresh juicy mouthfeel ,quite drinkable and tasty i liked this one easy to crush a few of these

Jun 19, 2015
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pfrass from South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Overcarbonated by bottle... foamed over when opened.
Fairly low malt; some hop flavor, mildly bitter on finish, but lacking balance. Left me wanting.

May 24, 2015
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MUTINY from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no drink by date into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pretty, clear straw/light gold. 1/2" white head recedes quick with a little bit of retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Not bad, mostly off-sweet malty notes with just a touch of piney hop. It's not complex but it's pretty enticing all the same. Cracker/biscuit kind of own the nose.

T: Balanced but somewhat mild. I'm thinking I got an older 6pack here. The malt kind of lays a nice foundation for the dry hopped cascade to do it's thing, which definitely resonates through the finish. I do like the oily bitterness on the back end, just a lot leading up to it is sorta monotone cracker.

M: Solid. Full, super-dry with great medium carb. Slick going down.

O: This is a nice, serviceable pale. As of this review I'm thinking it's maybe a bit forgettable but solid. I'd almost guarantee the hop bill would leave more of an impression if I'd gotten fresher bottles. Maybe next time.

May 14, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Last three numbers on code on back label say 280, so bottled on the 280th day of the year apparently.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Herbal, earthy hop aroma is just powerful enough to get your attention. Solid malt backing with a hint of caramel.

T- Pretty standard balance of malt to hops. Bitterness is mild and the hop flavor once again earthy. Slight soapy aftertaste isn't sitting well with me.

M- Small bite from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I would have this again if my other options were limited, but certainly wouldn't seek it out. Their Freedom IPA is so much better.

Jan 01, 2015
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hophugger from Virginia

2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with very little head and pretty good lacing. Aroma is of hops and some malt, focusing on hay and grass aromas. A touch of barnyard odor also, if you know what I mean. Taste is ok, hops are decent and the malt is slightly too much. Hops and malt sweetness battle it out in this beer and I am not sure who is winning. Mouthfeel is good with a decent amount of carbonation(could have used a touch more). Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a hint of a metallic flavor.

Nov 02, 2014
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Gmann from New York

3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy/dirty golden honey color with a short white head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is bright and sweet. There are scents of pineapple and grapefruit. A bit of grass as well. Some bready aromas from the malt.

The taste mimics the aroma. Pineapple is dominate but not overpowering. Grass and grapefruit keep the hop profile from being too sweet. Grass really comes through in the finish. The malt is bready with a honey sweetness.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but finishes with a hoppy bitterness. Good balance and very easy to drink.

I found this APA to be quite enjoyable. Nice bright hop flavors and enough bitterness to balance. I would buy this again.

Sep 25, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down rather quickly but left a web of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of caramelized malts.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, except that the malts are a little more prominent and lend slight hints of sweetness. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pale ale is very easy to drink and has a good balance between the malts and hops. I would have no problem drinking several of these bottles in one sitting.

Aug 07, 2014
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass - 6/13

Pours hazy light copper, light to dark, white sticky foam. Laces. Light bready malt nose with some faint pine/grassy hints. Juicy taste, light fruit. Smooth, malty. Mild hop close. Some bitter, some sweet. Nice.

Jul 12, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear medium amber with a very short lasting white head. A hint of lacing hangs on. There is a mild aroma, slight pine and earthy hops playing off the equally light malt sweetness. The taste is quite close to the aroma with just a little more oomph where it matters. Very crisp on the finish. An above average APA.

Jul 04, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper orange, moderate carbonation, 3 fingers of off white foamy head with random lacing.

S: Pine, citrus, orange candy, hard candy, mango.

T: Light sweetness, light red pepper without the heat, citrus candy, fruit loops from the middle through the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Well done pale ale. I've seen it on the shelves of supermarkets so much in North Carolina, I've given it a miss until now. Worth a try.

Jun 23, 2014
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours orange-yellow, very cloudy, with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and pine hops, inviting. Tastes of very heavy pine hops, even a bit syrupy. Beer is heavily carbonated but still very refreshing, good finish, light bodied. Overall, an above average beer.

May 29, 2014
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MichaelProcton from North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Updated to a full review on 2/22/16. This beer has a nice color, like a toasted gold. Head is unimpressive, though, and dissipates pretty quickly. Limited active carbonation. Smell is not complex: tart grapefruit hops are all I can discern. Slightly more complexity on the palate. The hops provide an initial bite that fades, and there are clear malt undertones that build. The lack of carbonation leaves this beer with a soft mouthfeel that's relatively pleasant. Overall, an average APA offering that gains points for approachability.

May 25, 2014
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Foyle from North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1” fluffy white head, cloudy golden color with significant carbonation. Large amount of lacing as well.
Aroma: Citrus dominates – tangerine and orange. Some biscuit malt as well and a bit of yeasty bread.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and somewhat sticky, noticeable carbonation in the swallow with a dry finish.
Flavor: toasted bread, a bit of raisin, tangerine. Flavor is more balanced than the aroma.
Overall: I found this brew enjoyable and drinkable. A nice session ale.

Apr 27, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, golden-copper coloring with no real head to speak of. Aromas of buttered biscuits, lemon sweet, cut grass, and subtle pepper notes. Subtle nose overall. Flavors are tart and tangy forward, with a blast of lemon first, followed by an almost astringent mouthfeel, grass and bitter hops backbone, and some errant ethyl notes. This seems like a bit of a mess on the palate. Light bodied that turns to sharp and astringent about mid-drink. The aftertaste has a solid roasted backbone to a very sweet, tart linger on a dry finish. I'm kind of wondering if this was a bad batch...I'm going to have to try it another time and possibly re-assess.

Mar 06, 2014
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lcplvr from Tennessee

3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on the shelf at a local Food City Grocery Store and thought I would give it a try. This beer caught me off guard because I am not overly fond of Pale Ales. But this one has changed my mind. The color and head were impressive. The smell, was interesting and made me think I was about to taste something different from what the usual pale ales have been for me. Then, the taste blew me away. I was floored by how good this ale was . A slight bitterness that leaned toward an IPA but not quite, which was very good as I am a big IPA fan. I finished the one I had and now know when I go back to restock, the Natty Greene Southern Pale Ale will be one of my six packs to bring home.

Jan 21, 2014
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JayQue from Virginia

3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer was overall not bad. It was a bit of a gusher though which leads me to believe I didn't experience the best this beer could be.

After the foam explosion settled down, I had a hazy golden beer with a big frothy head. Retention was good and there were broken bands of lacing on the pint glass.

Smell was minimal. Some sweet malt and a little grassy hops.

Taste was ok. A bit sweet, more malty than hoppy.

Mouthfeel was rich enough but not as crisp as most good APAs.

Overall, not a bad beer but there are so many better examples of this style. I may try another one just to see if I had an infected beer.

Jan 15, 2014
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear golden straw with a nice finger of light tan head, ok retention, leaves behind a very spotty thin layer after a couple minutes, fairly thick outer ring, strong lacing.

S - Very grassy sweet, somewhat pilsner-esque, bready mild caramel malts.

T - Quite dry, a nice mix of caramel sweet malts, toasty breadyness, and light grassy hops. Doesnt linger much at all, aftertaste is minimally unpleasant. Decent overall but a pretty uneventful brewski.

M - Light crisp and very refreshing, fantastically drinkable.

O - Solid but somewhat run of the mill/boring.

Dec 31, 2013
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper with a white bubbly foam. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, and herb. A bit of caramel like sweetness in the nose as well

In the taste, a straightforward hoppy pale, definite cascade notes with a grapefruit, leafy coarseness. The dry hopping of cascade just adds to the floral, citrusy element. Light toasty malt backing does a good job at balancing a stable bitterness

Overall, this is a good medium bodied ale with a hop bite. I think this an old school pale that is easy to drink.

Oct 19, 2013
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