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4 Pines Pale Ale - 4 Pines Brewing Company

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
4 Pines Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 09-23-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

warnerry, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Adamostella, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

emincems, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

wordemupg, May 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BuddhaBrowett, Apr 29, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

Preisman, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

kif, Feb 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

vandemonian, Dec 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Poupae, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

magnusdave, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Agentveba, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
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3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

SmashPants, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

KalanM, Jul 10, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

soju6, May 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

XsoldoutX, May 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ColSanders123, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

jraldous, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

mungus, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of doktorhops
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

doktorhops, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

tbeckett, May 07, 2012
Photo of jarmby1711
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

jarmby1711, Apr 11, 2012
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4 Pines Pale Ale from 4 Pines Brewing Company
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