Pine Belt Pale AleMay 1, 2011 Conroe , TX
Southern Star Brewing Co.
Conroe , TX
Available: TX, IN, OH, KY, SC, AL, FL
Pine Belt was the first canned craft beer to be made in Texas. Southern Star was founded in 2007.
Original gravity: 1058
Distinct, turbid, deep honey color bordering on amber, with lasting ecru head. Pleasant bouquet of floral and spicy tones. Clean palate has bitter character up front but could use a bit more malt for backbone and balance. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Sure enough good with Texas chili topped with sour cream and shredded aged cheddar, you all. Texas is a challenging place to brew as the laws are among the nation’s most contrary. Breweries like Southern Star deserve your support.
- Charles Finkel
An amber brew not bashful about expressing hops. Wistfully woody with big citrus hop character quenching my thirst. Jammy with hop flavor, aroma and balanced bitterness, lingering to conspire, “Drink me more…me says.” Well balanced all around expressive pale ale. Perfect thirst quencher for those long Texas plains and occasional hills. Pine Belt will be a star rising in Texas and beyond.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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