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Pine Belt Pale by Southern Star Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale
6.30 % ABV

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Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 4 8 2010
16oz Can

Received this can of craft from TPoling, thanks Travis! Southern Star's Pine Belt Pale Ale fills the pint glass a dingy copper with haze enough to make seeing through the glass difficult. A stream of tiny carbonation bubbles explode to the surface in clumps. The head grew to two fingers of dirty white without a problem and eventually faded to a thick cap with an even thicker collar. Patchy thin lacing was left after each drink.

There is a lot of caramel maltiness along with a candy like nature from the crystal malts. Candied grapefruit peel and sugared pink grapefruit make up the hop presence. This is a fairly straightforward aroma but what's there is enjoyable and draws me right in. I really like the candy sweetness in the nose.

The flavor shows a lot of the same personality the aroma showed although the hop profile and maltiness seem to be a little muddled. There is a lot of caramel maltiness in this beer which not only balances out the hop presence by may even overtake it. Only a touch of that candied grapefruit sweetness comes through in the flavor. I couldn't pick any up in the aroma but pine needle hoppiness, although not very big, takes over in the hop department. This is a good beer but too malt driven for my liking.

The body of this pale ale is velvety smooth with moderate heft. The carbonation is mellow and soft on the tongue creating a very nice silky body. There's mild hop bitterness left on the tongue.

The balance makes this an easy beer to put away. It's so easy, since no alcohol is detected; I can see the alcohol catching up to you. I just keep on drinking without many breaks.

This is a good APA from the new-ish brewery down in Texas. I'm glad to see yet another craft brewer going with cans and in this case, tall boys. Thanks for the taste Travis!

Reviewed: 9/27/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 04/07/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2010
Old Review
16 oz can thanks to the great hopsleeroy. Poured into a shaped pint.

A: This is light brown, caramel color. Serious, off white head that is huge and rocky. Retention is great and lacing is big and seriously soapy as it sticks to the glass. Clarity has just a bit of haze but pretty damned clear.

S: Smell is of some crazy pine notes. The pine really shines here and you can smell it right as you pop the can open. Citrus hops, sweet malt and bit of metallic can also be found in the nose.

T: Taste is a great combo of pine and hops. The pine actually adds to the bitterness and along with the hops creates a great bitterness to this brew. Sweet, bready malt tries to keep this baby balanced but bitterness shines. All of these flavors are very pleasant and make a fine flavor profile.

M: Sticky, icky. This brew sticks to your mouth and really lets the hps and pine flavors linger on your tongue. Carbonation is perfect and the beer is on the light side of medium bodied. So good.

D: This beer is great. Not exacty a beer you want to pound but excellent. I could definitely keep this brew in stock in the fridge if it was around my area. Next time I am in Texas, a case is coming home with me.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
Thanks to BgThang for this one!

Pours an attractive copper color, clear and inviting. Two fingers of almond colored head that displays excellent retention - never really falls below an eight of an inch. Of course, impressive lacing. Nice, active carbonation on the rise...

Aroma - when you crack open this can, the aroma of pine will punch you in the face... I like it! It quickly fades however. Strong tangerine and orange zest, sweet malts and an almost minty aroma take over and all balance well here.

The taste is not at all what I expected after experiencing the aroma. Sweet caramel malts on the tongue first, THEN followed by a nice dose of hoppy bitterness - pine and grapefruit. Finish is all pine - fitting, considering the name.

Medium in body, smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation. Slightly dry.

This is a big APA. But not too overboard. Absolutely loved the conifer blast upon opening! Taste caught me off guard, but is fairly well balanced, and finished very well. I think this could benefit from just a touch more carbonation, but what the hell do I know?
Overall... I liked it. A lot. If this was more readily available to me, I believe I would stock my fridge with a 4 pack every week! Smooth, refreshing, easy to drink...
Want a big APA? Reach for this one.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by wagenvolks on 09/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2009
Pours beautifully into the glass, leaving a tall, pillowy custard head that retains well and leaves behind sticky clumps of lacing. The body is a hazy, copper-orange hue with a stream of carbonation rising from the etching at the chalice's base. "Clarity is overrated", says the label, and as a homebrewer I have to agree. The aroma is a fantastic blend of caramel malts and piney, resinous hop notes. Slight hints of mango, grapefruit, and apricot in there as well. Pine Belt perhaps fits more appropriately in the IPA category when it comes to aroma, but nevertheless it's an impressive boquet.

Caramel and pale malts hit the tongue first, along with some spicy hops that coat the sides of the palate. The middle, however, feels a bit hollow, a phenomenon I've noticed with other hoppy, canned craft beers (Ram's Head IPA, Dale's Pale Ale). Overall the mouthfeel is good, with a medium-thin body and a decent carbonation level. Despite the lack of "oomph" in the middle, Pine Belt delivers an excellent, piney hop bite that rides out to a lengthy finish. All in all, this is a nice offering from a Texan brewery that seems to have the right ideas. Coming from a beer enthusiast about to move from NC (home of Foothills, Duck Rabbit, Big Boss, and Pisgah) to Texas, beers like this will certainly make my new residence feel more like home.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 02/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2008
A - Normal pour produces a full inch of tan foam. It's loose and a little soapy looking from the sides, but the surface looks pillowy and sturdy. Good retention, as a couple minutes later there is still a good half inch on top. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark copper color and mostly clean with very little haze to it.

S - Nice biscuity malt backdrop with some caramel mingling in as well. Hops are both grassy and spicy.

T - Much sweeter than expected based on the smell. Starts off with sweet biscuits covered in honey. Hoppiness comes through with some grassy flavors. Get more biscuity towards the middle, with lots of pale malt showing its way. Biting hop bitterness finishes this off, lasting a good thirty seconds after the last of the liquid has gone down my gullet.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is a touch biting and abrasive, but not over the top.

Overall - I love craft beer in cans. I think this might be the only American craft beer I have had from a tall boy can other than Surly. Easy drinking solid brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 01/31/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2008
American Pale Ale in a can. From Tejas no less. Thanks to Mar for this one.

Color is darker than it's supposed to be, but I'm not complaining. They even claim on the can that "clarity is over-rated". I'll be the judge of that. Smell is very good, a bit stronger than most APA's. But nicely hopped, no question. Not getting much malt in the there. Taste is more balanced than the smell would make you believe. A bit of hoppy bitterness, but not too much. Then a touch of malty sweetness. Ends with a little burst of orange-rind bitterness too. Feel is decent, on the medium-full side though. Carbonation is actually fairly low, which surprises me given the large foam head that the initial pour gave me.

Overall, a good solid Texish American Pale Ale. A bit darker, hoppier and stronger than others in the style. But everything's bigger in Texis, right?

(Disclaimer: Thickfreakness, the intentional mis-spelling of Tejis may or may not be for you....)

Served In: Bottle

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