4 Pines Pale Ale - 4 Pines Brewing Company
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3.76/5 rDev +5%
355ml bottle pored into pint glass 4/4/14 (from notes)
A clear amber saturated with bubbles, dense tan foam has good retention slowly falling to a thick film leaving lots of random lace
S nutty, roasty, herbal, lots of cereal very malty but it works, I even get some faint chocolate, some fruity notes but mostly malt
T mimics the smell quite well, bread and biscuit, tastes like English malt and hops, I'd never guess Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Simcoe
M medium bodied and very creamy, some metallic notes on the finish
O not what I expected but this one grew on me as I drank it, malty for the style but it worked well for it
I thought I grabbed another hopped up pale ale but this one strays from the norm, more of a red ale to me but enjoyable beer no matter how you brand it
05-12-2014 21:26:14 | More by wordemupg
3.41/5 rDev -4.7%
Bottle: standard 330mL dark brown bottle, reasonable craft label (except it's pink!).
Appearance: heavy copper-gold in colour with moderate carbonation and a thin white head. Exceptional retention with some lacing as the head slowly sinks to a solid cap.
Aroma: citrus and pine hops with a touch of sweet malts. Not overly hopped however, which suits.
Taste: follows the nose pretty closely. Pine and citrus with some sweet malts, not much else to say. Refreshing.
Aftertaste: dry on the finish with some of the hop bitterness coming through.
Mouth feel: a well-balanced mouth feel: crisp and smooth but with a bit of bite.
Overall: pretty good beer, standard version of an American Pale Ale. Not sure it is worth the $70 a case price (2013).
08-28-2013 10:20:42 | More by SmashPants
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
A: Pours a clear dark copper color with a nice head that fades to some lacing.
S: Aroma of pine, fruit and bit of malt sweetness.
T: Taste of pine, citrus, fruit and a trace of malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.
F: Medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Very well balanced.
O: Enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Nothing fancy jus a very good beer.
05-29-2013 10:52:39 | More by soju6
3.33/5 rDev -7%
4 Pines, interesting name with no doubt some overly elaborate name story, not that I care about that; the beer is what I'm keen to learn about. It stands right in the middle of APA territory at 5.10% ABV and could easily be mistaken for one of the many in the recent cavalcade of "craft" APA's being brewed in Australia now, well I can't get enough of them so let us proceed.
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint... it looks a bit glass half full here, dammit when will other brewers here start selling pint bottles like LCPA?
A: A typical pale ale look; deep cloudy amber body with an off-white head that dissipates from 1cm to a light lacy foam. Not bad at all.
S: Rich caramel biscuit malts and a nice citrus hop aroma waft gleefully from the glass. All textbook here. A little light on the hops than expected of the style, however this will only be an issue if the taste is lacklustre in the hops department.
T: The caramel biscuit malts are there up front, rounded off by some citric hops and a refreshingly clean dry bitter finish. Good, but not great. Nothing really screams out with the flavours, it's a measured affair in this brew, shame- it smacks of an overly cautious brewer not wanting to ruffle any feathers, and I for one enjoy a good feather ruffling. Oh well.
M: Again very measured medium body with mid to light carbonation, feathers not ruffled.
D: It is however (as a result of being such a measured APA) easy to drink. I will give it points for that and if I was offered one at a party or event I certainly wouldn't say 'no'. My only complaint is the restraint shown by the brewer to create a non-challenging pale ale... it's not necessarily a huge let-down, but it does keep it away from scoring as well as other APA's like LCPA or Murray's. Keep at it though 4 Pines; you'll get there one day.
Food match: Normally for a pale ale I would recommend Indian or Asian cuisine, however this brew is a bit lighter in the flavour department and would side perfectly with BBQ chicken and salad or perhaps a Caesar salad.
06-06-2012 07:59:57 | More by doktorhops
3.08/5 rDev -14%
Bottle from Purvis. From notes.
A - Poured bright with a light copper colour. White soapy head at one finger and good carbonation with some spotty lace and a half finger of retention.
S - Light hop, slight grass and mild tropical fruit.
T - Good citrus, tropical fruit, quite fruity. Light yeat recognizable malt body.
M - Good carbonation, light to medium body and a light but nice bitterness.
O/D - Not overly interesting. Typical for an Aussie Pale Ale. Subdued but solid otherwise.
05-07-2012 22:11:47 | More by tbeckett
4.18/5 rDev +16.8%
A brown to dark copper pour with 1 finger of creamy frothy head.A fine bead
Smells oh honey and stewed stone fruits
The late palate had an inkling of pine rerin , which added a pleasant cleansing quality
It was dry in the mouth and the aforementied fine bead was noted as a balanced carbonation
AI thought this was a rippingly good drink
04-11-2012 03:55:39 | More by jarmby1711
4.22/5 rDev +17.9%
Pours a golden bronze, one finger white head, nice bubbling.
Aromas of US hops, citrus.
Taste is well balanced. Intially quite dry and bitter, then the malt body starts kicking in nicely. Still a balanced hoppy bitter finish. Grapefruit and hint of pine. All balanced.
A carbonated APA - YAY!!! Nice.
One of the better gentler APA I have had recently.
01-28-2012 06:49:57 | More by heygeebee
4 Pines Pale Ale from 4 Pines Brewing Company
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