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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
nattygreenes.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Munich Malt, Cara Munich

Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Cascade dry hop

Yeast: Chico No. 2, 1272

Added by oberon on 08-05-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
342
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
24.32%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
60
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 342
Photo of 7thInningSuds
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Looked good

S - Smelled good

T - Very bitter aftertaste.

M - Not bad, not good.

D - Tried this because it's brewed nearby. Drank a 2nd one to make sure I wasn't mistasting. Gave the other 4 left of my 6-pack away. Almost afraid to try another Natty Greene variety because of this one. Hopefully I'll find some singles somewhere to try.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed orangey gold. Head is white, super fluffy, with a dense creamy, bubbly head. Solid retention with some spots of lacing.

Smell: Leafy and grassy. Some herbal and citrus. Malts are lightly sweet, pushing some biscuit and caramel malt. Slightly toasted. Slightly earthy. Very mild. Pale malts. Some grapefruit mixed in there.

Taste: Bready and slightly toasted. Hops hit a rather wide spectrum with some earthy, citrus, and even floral notes. Slight grapefruit and caramel malt sweetness. Undercooked bread and a slight lingering bitterness. A bit of hop spiciness. Leafy and grassy at times. Nice clean fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with a medium body and slightly above average carbonation.

Overall: Hey, I can drink this!

It's a straight up, no frills APA. Nothing to write home about, but drinkable overall.

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Photo of Foyle
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Typical dark straw color with a stark white head. The head has some decent stiffness and thickness to it that leaves lots of lacing. Retention is nice as well as the head stays about 1/4" all the way through.

Decent smell. Pretty good balance of citrus hops and caramel malts with a touch of fruitines as well. A bit stale smelling, possibly oxidation. Some sweetness in the aroma too.

Okay taste. Decent bitterness but there is a lot of chalk in the taste and mouthfeel. Gives a very acrid feel and taste to the beer which I find unappealing. Not much hop flavor either. The aspirin-like acridity is hard to get by in this one.

Average at best. Its always good to support the local beer scene but this one just didnt do it for me. As one of Jerry Seinfeld's girlfriends says, in her southern accent, "Its just too much fluff".

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Photo of PaulfromNoVa
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pub pint. A pretty burnished copper body with a thick head that dissipated rapidly. Nose was relatively nondescript - to the extent that I could detect, vaguely hoppy. On the palate, modestly surpassed the relatively characterless nose: somewhat hoppy, a touch of malty, somewhat caramelly sweetness, a decently full mouthfell, and I'd say an average quaff that'll quench a thirst on a hot day but nothing to mention to beer-loving friends as something particularly worthy of their note.

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Photo of hophugger
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with one finger of head that recedes quickl leaving no crown and very little lacing.

Smell is strong malt and earthy hops, very pungent and strong.

Taste is similar to smell. Sweet malt followed by a strong earthy hop bite. The finish is crisp and dry. Not too bad

The mothfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a clean, crisp, and refreshing beer. The hops are a little too earthy and pungent for my liking, but it not too overpowering to make it unenjoyable.

Thanks to beermex2 for the extra.

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Photo of pfrass
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking a pint of this in WS Prime steakhouse with pwoods and Jeager...

Pours your average, clear dark brass with a nice, fluffy white head. Great lacing down the walls of the pint glass.

Smells of your expected pale ale. Light hops.

Tasted very much like a SN Pale Ale to me. Light bodied with slightly bittered hops.

Nice example of an APA

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Photo of beerdown77
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours hazy orange and has a good head that lasts; no complaints on the appearance. The smell is invitingly hoppy with a subtle amount of malt. The flavor is immediately tart and grassy. The earthy woodsy taste is actually pretty overpowering. I don’t find this to be my favorite pale ale by a long shot, but I would definitely recommend this to someone who was seeking out that “mowed grass” taste.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of sleazo
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice light brown with a rich off white head.

S-a rich malt with a bit of sweetness and an unidentifiable hop. Very clean smelling.

T-that clean malt profile hits again but the aftertaste has some sort of off flavour. Unidentifiable hops hit you mid swig but the aftertaste leaves a foul presence. Its not overwhelming but it is there. I think perhaps the tap lines could be cleaned. The hops make themselves known while the beer warms up which lessen the off flavour.

M-full bodied for a pale ale with a nice level of carbonation.

D-better as it warms up. That wierd flavour limits the sessionability. They are clearly going for the Sierra Nevada type of Pale Ale but it just doesnt succeed to that level. Worth a shot.

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Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Natty Greene's in Raleigh

Pours amber with an orange hue. There's 1/4" lacing of head with decent retention. The nose is grassy, citrusy, floral hops; it seems to be a single hop variety. The taste is pale malt up front with the same citrusy, floral hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

This is an easy drinking beer. I'm not sure what hop variety they used, but it dominates the nose and the flavor making it a little one dimensional overall.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from bboven, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, honey, some citrus and some pale hops.

T: The taste is malty with sweet flavors of caramel, honey and citrus. There's some background smokiness. A mild hops bitterness comes in and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer, but there are several that I would choose in the style first.

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Photo of newk340
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a very light translucent color, miller liteish.

S: grains and malts overpower the nostrils, but not in a pleasing way.

T: a decent tasting pale ale but leaves an unremarkable bitter aftertaste.

MF/D: bland hops sizzle the tongue very briefly leaving much to be desired, great for a warm summer day however.

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Photo of MrStark
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a clear coppery gold color with a small off white head. Not much retention.

Smell is slightly faint malts and hops with an almost floral/citrus hint to it.

Taste seams to be a good balance of light malt sweetness and a bitter hop finish. It seams pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation, it goes down pretty smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good. Goes down fairly easy and I could see having a few. I feel this is a pretty good example of the style but not the best.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy orange/yellow, a little darker than expected. An inch or less of head forms but dies away quickly leaving some moderate lacing.

S - Somewhat faint; light indistinct malt and some floral and citrus hops pulling through.

T - Very much in line with the nose. The light, bready malt dominantes first, followed by light floral notes and noticable citrus quality from the hops. Finish is somewhat bitter and a little fruity, hangs on the palate for a few seconds.

M - Great level of moderate to high carbonation, with a light to medium body.

D - A good, but decidedly average APA. Natty Greenes is continuing to impress me with it's easy drinking brews, but seems to be falling just short of greatness.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale amber body with a thin bubbly bone white head. Pretty transparent with carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S- Pale toasted malt aroma with a light aroma of piney hops.

T- More malt forward than hop forward. Sweet toasted malt is the main flavor with the hops in the back. Tastes of bread, citrus and yeast.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonation, very smooth.

O- Pretty average, but drinkable APA.

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Photo of beer2day
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper gold with a thin head. No retention and faint lacing brings this one down.

Crisp, flowery hop nose. Almost overly flowery, but still appealing.

Very light mouthfeel. Very thin body. Good hop presence, though, with a little cascade hops kicking in at the end.

Not bad, but not their best.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours golden yellow with a bit of a white head that quickly recedes. Nose brings some floral hops and some slight citrus notes. The taste brings forward some more of the malt. A bit of pale malt with some light bitterness. Decent body with good carbonation and slightly bitter. Decent hop flavors but nothing that's terribly complex or over the top in any particular direction.

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Photo of bboven
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold body, slightly hazy. Tiny bit of head remains that leaves very little lacing.

Very Malty aroma, the hops are there as well, but slightly out of balance towards the malt.

Very earthy hop flavor, a bit grassy. Good medium bitterness keeps things in better balance here.

Moderate carbonation, very smooth and full bodied.

Highly drinkable, not the best example of the style, but alright nonetheless.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Yuengling shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and spicy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, metallic, caramel, caramel hop, and skunk hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really went into this one not expecting much, but was somewhat surprised. While this was not one of the best Pale Ales I’ve had, it did have quite a bit going on. I really wish there would have been some more sweetness or fruit in this one rather than the metallic and skunky note I picked up on. Without this going on it could have been a solid brew in my opinion. Worth trying at least once if you get the chance.

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