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Jul282013

4 PINES EL DORADO IPA

4 Pines El Dorado IPA. Part of the Keller Door limited releases is a series of US-style brews collectively referred to as the 'Independence Day Series'. The first of this series is brew that solely uses El Dorado on the hop front and is aptly named El Dorado IPA. It also is the first Keller Door release to be available in bottles.

El Dorado is a new clone of a hop out of the Pacific Northwest region of the USA and it has recently become available in Australia. According to the brewers at 4 Pines it delivers a “multi-layered aroma and taste contributions including tropical fruit, cotton candy, pear, cut grass and watermelon.”  Apart from using a new hop variety, it’s a standard American IPA weighing in at 55 IBU and 6% ABV.

It has a red / amber colour with a fine detergent-like head and mild malt aroma. Medium body and relatively low carbonation. Sweet malt upfront followed by moderately strong citrus, melon and tropical hop flavours which are soon overtaken by a strong biscuity malt flavour.

There’s too much malt and not enough hop flavour or bitterness. Not a bad beer but it’s lacking some hop character, especially when you consider it’s a single hop beer with an aim to showcase the El Dorado hop.

 

7/10

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