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Entries in 4 Pines Brewing (8)

Tuesday
Mar072017

4 PINES GRAPEFRUIT 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.

 

6/10

Monday
Sep082014

4 PINES KELLER DOOR IMPERIAL INDIA BROWN ALE

4 Pines Keller Door Imperial India Brown Ale. You’ve got to give it to 4 Pines, they have a crack at brewing a range of different beer styles.

Their Keller Door Series allows them to show off their creative side. This one is no exception, an Imperial India Brown Ale. Not really a style you hear much about. Big, malty and packed with hop flavour. Kind of like Black IPA’s younger brother. I couldn’t find what malts and hops were used but it’s 8% ABV and 70 IBU.

Reddy brown colour, fine slightly yellow/green head with small bubbles of hop oils. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A delicious smooth pine hop aroma.

Starts with a big wave of pine hop flavour, followed by a chocolate and nutty malt flavour with a roasted malt aftertaste. Nice resinous mouthfeel with the hop flavours lingering. The alcohol is well hidden and there are no bittersweet or boozy flavours. It’s a lot hoppier than I was expecting however, it’s well balanced by the malt.

Big on malt and hop flavour, this is my favourite 4 Pines release to date.

 

9/10

Friday
Jul112014

4 PINES AMBER MOSAIC

4 Pines Amber Mosaic. Part of 4 Pine’s Keller Door series are the Wintertide releases. This is a Mosaic single hop amber ale which is 37 IBU and 5.1% ABV. It comes in a decent 500ml size bottle and you can find it in large bottlos like Dan Murphys and BWS.

Not surprisingly an amber colour with a fine head. Floral, toffee and earthy aroma. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Floral and tropical hop flavours leading into a grainy, toffee and earthy malt flavour. Clean mouthfeel, moderately bitter, crisp and refreshing. 

An amber ale seems a strange choice to showcase a hop. The hop flavours get muddled a bit with the grainy and toffee malt flavours.

 

7/10

Sunday
Jan262014

4 PINES KELLER DOOR OKTOBERFEST BEER

4 Pines Keller Door Oktoberfest beer. 4 Pines Brewing are increasingly dabbling in beer styles outside their core range.

As part of their ‘Keller Door Series’ they have released an ‘Oktoberfest Series’. Part of the series is this one aptly called ‘Oktoberfest Beer’ which is 5.5% ABV and a mild 23 IBU.

Amber colour, relatively high carbonation with a fine head and grainy malt aroma.

Sweet caramel / toffee flavour followed by a grainy malt taste. Has a crisp finish with virtually no bitterness resulting in a sweet malt aftertaste. Too sweet for me.

A mediocre beer, don't bother.

 

4/10

Sunday
Dec222013

4 PINES ESB

4 Pines ESB. This is 4 Pines take on a classic English beer style the Extra Special Bitter (ESB). It’s 5.4% ABV and 45 IBU.

Dark amber colour with a fine head and toffee aroma. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Moderately sweet toffee flavour, nice mouthfeel with a slightly earthy and firm bitter finish. This is a malt driven beer but the hop bitterness keeps it in check and prevents it from being sickly.

I'm not a huge fan of English styles but even I like this one.

 

7/10

Sunday
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

Monday
Jun172013

4 PINES PALE ALE

4 Pines Pale Ale. When you pour this beer you know it’s going to be tasty.

It uses the relatively recently developed Citra hop for bittering and a winning combination of Cascade, Amarillo and Citra for finishing.

A nice red / amber colour, medium body with moderate carbonation. It has a pleasant malt and citrusy hop aroma.

Upfront there is a solid malt backbone drawing into a tropical / pine / citrusy hop flavour with a crisp bitter finish. This is a fine example of an Aussie made American pale ale.

 

8/10

 

Friday
Jan252013

4 PINES KOLSCH

4 Pines Kolsch, from "Prospect" Martin Beves. I've tried Kolsch style beers before and they haven't really grabbed me. So I thought I'd have another go.

This one pours a light straw colour and is quite bright.

It has a thin mouthfeel with a slight citrusy, pineapple taste. There is a strange acidic finish rather than a bitter bite.

It's OK but I like something with more flavour. It could be mistaken for a pale ale shandy.

 

5/10