March 7, 2017
Martin Beves in 4 Pines, 4 Pines Brewing, 4 Pines Grapefruit IPL, 4 Pines Keller Door, 6/10, AUSTRALIA, INDIA PALE LAGER (IPL)

4 Pines have somewhat missed the bandwagon on the India Pale Lager (IPL) style. Several other Australian breweries released an IPL when it was a relatively new idea, notably Brewcult’s Beer Geek Rage Quit which was released in 2014. It’s a style which brings together the strong hop flavours of an IPA with the crisp and refreshing characteristics of a lager.

Part of the Keller Door Series, this IPL was brewed with Ale, Pale Wheat, Carapils, and Munich malt. On the hop front are Azacca, Waimea and Centennial. It’s 6.3% ABV and 69 IBU.

Golden yellow, crystal clear with a creamy white head. Mild grapefruit aroma. Clean mouthfeel medium body and relatively low carbonation. Citrus, grapefruit and moderately strong citrus peel with a soft malt backbone and a moderately bitter finish. It’s missing the crisp and refreshing lager characteristics you’d expect in an IPL. More of a middle of the road IPA. Not bad, not great.



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