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4 Way Fruit Ale - Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

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4 Way Fruit Ale4 Way Fruit Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 7.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaftCaskBC on 05-05-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of hsinpai
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall: A pleasant summer beer, more similar in taste to a kölsch or altbier than a fruit beer.

Appearance: Golden with visible sedimentation.
Smell: Pronounced mango nose.
Taste: Light and drinkable, though not fruit-forward at all.
Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy.
Misc: Despite Howe Sound's distinctive bottle, the recloseable wire, plastic, and rubber bottle clasp did nothing to prevent the beer from losing all carbonation within 24 hours.

Photo of rugbykimmie
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this for the first time tonight thinking it would be a nice refreshing brew for the nice day it was outside. The ABV in the description says 4.6%...it is actually 4.4% (according to the label).

Purchased in a 1L bottle with the resealable swing top.

Poured a cloudy straw color with a nice head that dissipated somewhat quickly (except for the very first pour of the bottle which lasted a good few minutes). No lacing.

Smelled of bread, with a slight sweet-tartness. Reminded me of the smell that Phillips Raspberry (if anyone reading has had that one) has.

Taste: Definitely improved as it warmed. When it was cold, I could mostly just taste tartness and alcohol. Once it warmed a bit, definite hints of fruit, especially raspberry. Also something that reminded me of guava at first, but thinking on it, probably closer to mango.

Mouthfeel: A lot to be desired here. When cold it has less than no body. Once warmed, still pretty watery, unfortunately, although, it did improve slightly.

Overall: I think this beer has a lot of potential. If it had more body, it would definitely be closer to a 4 or 4.5 for me. It is drinkable and would be good for a super hot day out in the sun. I might see if I can get it on tap somewhere since I find beer is never as good out of a bottle. Otherwise, I won't be purchasing this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 1L brown swing-top bottle. Pours out a cloudy straw hue with a pink tinge to it--tall frothy white head that slowly settles.

Passionfruit is most dominant on the nose, with mango holding its own close behind it. Apricot/peach and some tart raspberry linger in the background with some soft wheat.

Passionfruit and raspberry play the dominant role in the flavour up front, mango is subdued in the middle, with some tart wheat pulling up the rear. Not really picking up on any pomegranate.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, a fuller texture due to the wheat yet a slippery feel, medium carbonation.

Aside from the extra tartness from the raspberries/wheat this is a real pleasant fruit beer, and perfect for patio weather. Should be able to coax some non-beer drinkers to consume as well, very user-friendly.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - a hazy dirty blonde, tall white head dissipated leaving many random blobs of lacing
S - a very raw grainy aroma that isn't entirely appealing, quickly followed by pleasant tropical notes
T - cracked wheat and raw grain malt is in your face, the sweetness tropical fruit with the tartness of berries finishes rises through the finish
M - light and well carbonated, tart, sweet, and dry though the finish
O - i wasn't sure about this one after smelling it, but it turned out to be a refreshing summer treat, the wheat ale aspect outweighs the fruits but that is generally how it should be, a nice hot weather treat

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basic fruit ales are so hit and miss, but this fruity session beer is remarkably well made and well-balanced. The color doesn't give away any of the mango, passionfruit, raspberry and pomegranate fruit its made with. It basically looks like an amber ale.

Even the nose is blissfully free of any off-putting, sickly sweet (confected) fruit aromas. It smells fresh and enticing. Hard to pin down any of the fruits its made with, but there's plenty of fruitiness nonetheless.

The taste mirrors the nose. The fruit is nicely integrated with the crisp, dry biscuity malt. Nothing sweet here at all. Quite refreshing and drinkable. A very good hot-weather session beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant summer beer that combines a number ( 4 of course) of fruit flavours on a wheat beer base. The sweetness is on the down low and the fruit notes add rather than detract from the beer. Count me in when it is on tap with a patio view. They should put this in cans like their lager.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1L swing-top bottle, 4.4% ABV, loping off the shelves (sort of) now that summer has pretty much settled in here in Alberta. Nice PG definition of the various meanings of '4-way' delineated on the label.

This beer pours a cloudy pink-tinged medium golden straw hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, foamy off-white head, which leaves a consistent array of fat chain link lace around the glass as it quickly gets outta da way.

It smells pretty much like an unsweetened smoothie of the four ingredient fruits, with the raspberry surprisingly coming off the tamest, and the pomegranate coming off less so in its reservedness - this is a tropical mango and passionfruit show, folks, with a slight grainy maltiness simmering in support of the beer that is. The taste is more acidic mango, semi-sweet passionfruit, and still quite subtle raspberry - whose influence may be more plainly evident in the aforementioned tartness. Again, the underlying malt is perfunctory, a bit bready, somewhat astringent in its wheaty way, and seemingly content as such.

The bubbles are a tad frisky, but teases, surely, to the end, the body a bit more alluring - the fruitiness provides most of the weight, in the void of the wee wheaty malt. Mostly smooth though. It finishes with a drying of the mulitifaceted fruit components, and a surprise cameo for some musty, earthy hops.

A big fruit beer (the fruit silly, not the booze), sans the cloying sweetness one might expect - and a suffering, but equally supportive wheaty, grainy backbone. And whither the admittedly ethereal pomegranate? While I'm still pining for some Megadestroyer to make its way eastward, this will surely do in the interim.

Photo of BigBry
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although summer is gone, and we are in the middle of fall, Beer Revolution had this fruit beer on tap. I have seen the bottle before, but this was the first time I had the draft version.

"Description: This beer is a combination of mango, passionfruit, raspberry and pomegranate. Sybillia hops are used in the brewing process with 50% white wheat, and 50% barley. The use of only 100% fruit purées with no fruit essences or artificial flavours added makes for an authentic fruit flavour and aroma. Following in the trends of lighter fruit ales, the refreshing flavours and dryness of this ale make it an excellent summer offering and is the first Howe Sound fruit ale to be bottled and supplied in draft format."

This beer is slightly cloudy, golden color with a bright, white, puffy head.
Is there a pinkish hue? A pinkish hue? Yes, a rosy glow.
It has lots of sweet fruity smells. The mango is dominant, but I was hard pressed to pick out the other individual fruits. Slight grainy wheat malt as well.
Good malt base, then the sweet and tart fruitiness hit you. Very flavorful and refreshing. Not overly sugary or candy-like as I was expecting. Tart finish keeps it from being cloying or sticky.
Good carbonation, lots of bubbles, keep it clean, and low alcohol make for a great summer beer.

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4 Way Fruit Ale from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.