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

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Southern Pale AleSouthern Pale Ale

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

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

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Photo of unknownlamer
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with no date I could find (but assuming it is fresh since it has only recently started appearing around Raleigh) served in a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a fairly thick 1cmish white head that faded to a thin persistent head after about 30 seconds. Lacing was minimal. Before the head faded the smell was intensely piney and earthy; afterward the hop aroma was a bit more subdued but still dominant, and a bit flowery.

The body is reasonably thick but with a bit of hop grittiness more common with much more bitter beers. There was a tad bit much carbonation for my liking. The flavor was of slightly sweet grain with perhaps a dash of citrus that gave way quickly to a strong hop bitterness.

This is a fairly balanced pale ale, but maybe a tad much bitter. Nothing spectacular; I much prefer Natty Greene's Amber Ale (despite not liking amber ales in general).

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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 PhillyStyle
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appeared to be light golden, really good color, with a nice light white head that dissipated too quickly although a nice cap remained and there was some nice lacing as well. Additionally, there was some noticeable carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

The aroma was decent, light hop with maybe a trace of barley and bread.

The taste was much better than expected for the style. Light hop, as noted in the aroma, but overall, well balanced.

The beer felt right, light and very easy to drink. Possibly one of the better APAs that I have tried.

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Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a very ample white head, this pale ale displays a clear light copper appearance and a trail of nice lacing. The aroma is of skunky citrus/floral hops, a very fair summation of a solid IPA actually. The flavor happily lives up to the nose and more. This seems modeled somewhat after Sierra Nevada's champion brew which won't get any complaints from me. This may even be a bit more hoppy with a biscuit laced citrus theme. It's very drinakable for any hop fan. It's well carbonated and quite refreshing, medium bodied, delivering a light enough feel while still being relatively substantial. While you might argue that this is not very unique, or some that it's more of an IPA than a standard pale ale, it's damn good and impressed me thoroughly.

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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 dataskatt
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice local pale ale. It pours a rich golden color with a fairly small head. The smell is hoppy with floral/citrus notes, and some biscuit. It has a medium-full body with a slightly more bitter than usual after-taste for a pale ale. The flavor is rich and crisp. This is a very drinkable pale ale. I like this a lot better than Natty's Amber Ale. Overall, a nice beer.

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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 PDXHops
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to bullywee for this 12 oz bottle (received and consumed last summer- just now catching up on some leftover review notes from then). Poured into a Duvel tulip.

See-thru golden amber body with a finger of off-white head. While the head size is modest, the retention is good, and some nice sticky lacing is left.

Smells nice and fresh. Sweet bready malts and crisper grains allow some light grapefruit and grassiness to peek through. Tastes pretty much the same. Balance leans toward the malty side, once again sweet and crisp/toasty. Some grassy/spicy notes seem to be hidden in there. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation with modest grapefruit presence that asserts itself most strongly right at the swallow.

Overall impression: Solid APA that goes down nice and easy.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to Onenote81 for this bottle!

A - A moderate pour creates only a small white head that lowers quickly to a layer and bubble ring. Chill haze forms in the beer but is still pretty see-through. Very carbonated pale yellow.

S - Crisp aroma opens up with light, dry floral hops. A pinch of herbs with lemon gives it a bit of a zest and while the malts are noticeable, they're at a lower level. Pale and soft.

T - Again, it's crisp right off the bat. Lots of floral notes and lemony herbal hints. The pale malts fall behind and let the hops take over leaving the finish dry and hoppy-bitter.

M - Smooth and light-medium in body with a softer feel and crisp finish. The carbonation helps it feel a bit lighter than it is which aids in drinkability. Dry hoppy finish.

D - Crisp and lighter for a good session beer I could definitely have another of. It lacks a real solid Pale Ale feel though.

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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 drperm
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I rarely do formal reviews of beers I have at festivals, on principle. I do, though make a few exceptions:
1) The first beer of the day at a festival
2) Brews that so completely blow me out of the water that I simply must stop, find some blank pages, and wax eloquent.
Natty Greene's Southern Pale Ale, served in its cask-conditioned state at Brewgrass '09, is one such.

I tend to have a crush on cask beers in general, but this one is an all-out infatuation. Bursting at the seams with that dry-hop aroma, and juicily rich as it coats my tongue, lingering on the palate like a sacramental memory, I'm kicking myself for not simply camping out by the Natty Greene tent for the rest of the day and drinking the cask dry.

It just might be time for a road trip to Greensboro.

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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 jjayjaye
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a half finger loose off white head that fades slowly to stringy patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell has a nicely balanced sweet malt and citrus hop aroma. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied with a bright tangy start and a well rounded smooth finish that works well with the less expressive flavors. The grainy malt and citrus taste is a good example of style. An easy drinker. Opportunity thanks to brentk56.

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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 flexabull
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of turtlemoye, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a nice off white head. Good looking beer.

Aromas are kind of non existant. Not smelling much good or bad. Maybe a little dustiness? But not much...

Taste is slightly sweet with some tea like malt flavors and a bit of caramel. Finish has a quite dry feel, and a mineral like hop bite.

Mouthfeel is nice. It has a nice full feel, good carbonation, and not heavy at all.

Drinkability is good. It's a very drinkable and fairly tasty Pale Ale. Definitely session worthy.

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

This used to be a great pale ale. Still a solid beer but not what it was. They hops have been greatly restrained here. Perhaps due to the shortage?

Anyway, Natty's has great English Style Ales, Full Moon, Rye Pale Ale, Elm St. IPA, etc. I am thinking they backed off on this beer since they had so many other hop head beers.

Aroma is light caramel and malt with indistinct hops. It used to be more C hop beer...

Good mouthfeel and carbonation, light lingering head.

Flavor is grainy malt and hop bitterness. Not real distinguishable.

This beer has been variable in the last year, so take this review for what it is.

I like this beer but would order a Bayonet or Elm St. first.

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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 donkeyrunner
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a large white head. Diarhea splatter lace and good retention.

Smells heavily of honey with floral hop and caramel.

Caramel malt and floral hop balance each other and allow the honey to come forward. Very flavorful. Good carbonation and mouthfeel though I feel that two is about max for me due to the intense honey. I don't know that a pale ale can get much better than this without loosing it's subtly balanced pale ale roots. Well done.

via brentk56

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear honey golden color. Smells of hops and some caramel malt. The tast is very balanced between hops and malt. I tasted the malts at first and then the hops at the end. The taste reminds me of unsweet tea with a touch of honey. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and thin. Overall its a decent pale ale, no Red Seal Ale or Sierra Nevada but for $6.99 a sixer it will do. It is more malty than I expected. Its pretty drinkable I plan on having a few more before the night ends.

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Photo of nc41
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid APA. It's usually the beer I drink when I go to the baseball game. Like most APA's they tend to be very drinkable, but not distinct enough to pick it a part for a review. Just a nice clean easy drinking Ale. You can't really find anything negative about it, and it's reasonably priced. For an extra buck for a 12 pack I usually just buy Sierra Nevada APA, but you would never be disappointed in a Natty's Ale either.

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

thanks to my uncle for bringing this home from his trip to greensboro for me

this is a easy drinking pale ale, this has just the right amount of hop bitterness, and rich sweet malt, this is a beer that i would drink all the time if it were avalable to me. this is the first beer that i have when visating their brewery. glad this is fianaly in bottles

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Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker golden, like a light amber. This was darker than I thought it would be. Poured with about a finger-width head that settled to a nice sheet throughout the rest of the drink. Excellent webbing along glass edge.

Smelled the floral hops, maybe some corn. Toasted malt.

First thing I noticed with the taste is the smack of bitterness. This mellows as the drink warms. There's a slight metallic bite at the finish that lingers a bit. Maybe getting a hint of lemon zest, and some burnt toast. Very crisp and clean brew.

Not that bad for an APA, but not my favorite.

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

Pours a clear gold with a big lumpy white head. Stringy bits of lace here and there. Smells mostly of floral and juicy hops with a bit of sweet malt. Solid, standard pale ale flavor...sweet citrus hops and some lingering orange rind. The body is on the lighter side of medium and refreshingly dry. Not particularly interesting, but solid for sure.

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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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Southern Pale Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 344 ratings.
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