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

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Southern Pale AleSouthern Pale Ale
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
Ratings:
346
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.84%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
64
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 346 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light/medium clear amber body with an beautiful head; some lacing on the way down

Smell: Wonderfully assertive floral aroma

Taste: Grapefruit hoppiness that jumps out at you is if the brew were pretensions of being an IPA; nice and bitter with a very restrained maltiness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another winner from the Natty Greene's line-up; this is a brew that will provide pleasure for hours

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -18%

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

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Unibroue snifter.

A: The beer is a deep amber color. Poured quite clear although a small amount of sediment remained at the bottom of the bottle. Has a short white head that soon fades to a ring, leaving little lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is complex and malty for style. Features caramel malts and some pale hops and light hops with hints of vanilla, honey, and citrus.

T: The taste has a crisp and spicy/herbal hop component along with a sweet malt base. Overall, mildly bitter by the finish. More malt in the finish and aftertaste than expected. Complex flavor components integrate nicely.

M: Crisp; medium body; medium carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: A complex and flavorful APA. More malty than average due to the load or assortment of malts; not to any lack of hops. Recommended.

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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 oberon
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow an oasis in a beer wasteland I already like this place,their plae ale pours a deep golden with a nice sticky,frothy head,more of a mlat dominated aroma of biscuit and light caramel but with a touch of piney hop.A very well balanced brew a firm lightly sweet malt backbone with a piney hop flavor that comes to make this a well balanced flavorsome beer.I could drink beers like this all day if it wasnt for the wife I would still be there drinking some.

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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 dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy medium golden copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of small white yeast particles in suspension and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops with some lighter notes of earthy malts.

T: Upfront there are some toasted malts with light amounts of caramel sweetness. Following the malts there is a light to moderate amount of citrus/grapefruit hops that give a very light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink but not really anything special - it is worth trying but I likely will not be getting any more of it on this visit to NC.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Radiant tangelo with a few fine yeasties swirling around immediately after the pour. The beautifully creamy crown is an indicator of obvious quality. Its 'eggshell soaked in orange juice' hue is a perfect complement to the beer beneath, and its stickiness is resulting in all sorts of attractive lace.

For a beer that was dry-hopped with Cascade, there sure isn't much Cascade character in the nose. It's balanced (too much so) between lightly earthy malt and only modestly fruity hops. APAs ought to be hoppier than this, but I'll reserve judgment until the taste buds have their say.

Too bad the brewers didn't back off the toasted malts. Their aroma and flavor muddies things up and keeps the hops from shining as brightly as they might have. Setting my personal preferences aside for a moment, this is still well-crafted beer.

The start is dominated by lightly toasted, lightly earthy, lightly nutty, lightly sweet barley. At the midway point, citrus fruit-like hops fade in and progressively take over as the finish approaches. The constantly changing nature of the flavor arc is interesting, even if it never really wows.

The mouthfeel is within the vast range of medium for the style. Like the flavor, it doesn't stand out in any way, yet it has no real faults. The carbonation is zesty without being overly buzzy.

Southern Pale Ale is a pretty good effort that different people will feel differently about based on their individual preferences about the APA style. I wouldn't mind another bottle right now, if that tells you anything worthwhile.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the chance to try pretty much the entire lineup from Natty Green's and I just do not pass up the opportunity to try these things.

Nice amber color on the pour, a bit light with great clarity to it. Nice carbonation bubbling up from the glass and a light head of white forms over the top that settles down gently leaving a broken crown. Light hops, hints of grapefruit are buried under caramel malts. Bready at times on the nose with only the lightest amount of light fruit popping through. Clean and crisp flavor, well balanced again but leaning more on the malts then anything else. Light feel, and well carbonated. First sips are heavy with caramel and bready grains but I do start to pick up some light touches of pine and citrus as I keep going. Very drinkable.

Overall this was a very solid pale ale. Nothing mind blowing but I was impressed none the less. A solid offering I would not mind going after again.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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 Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a 1" head and some nice lace developed on the glass during the session.

Smell: orange citrus, caramel, and some hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, some fruit sweetness, and some earthy tones are most noticeable. Bitterness is nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a good sessionable pale ale. Easy to drink and nicely refreshing.

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Photo of tempest
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Chip's in OBX. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm enjoying this pale ale. It's definitely East Coast-hoppy, with a balanced malt character. The hops have a clean, but light floral tangerine juiciness over the crusty bread barley. There's a mild, but sharp bitter finish to lighten the beer. The aroma has more of the perfumey floral hops. Mmmmm. Very pleasant. Give this a try.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft malts and a vibrant citric hop.

The taste consisted of clean malts with a touch of caramel and piney and citric hops.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward ale.

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Photo of lupercmda
3/5  rDev -18%

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