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4 Pines ESB - 4 Pines Brewing Company

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4 Pines ESB
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22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
4 Pines Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 05-24-2009)
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Rwalford74

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

10-19-2013 03:16:00 | More by Rwalford74
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admiral

Australia

4.16/5  rDev +15.2%

4 pines have hit a winner with this beer - superb!

aroma: caramel, toffee, plum with slight spice and wine

taste: toffee, caramel, raisin, plum, chocolate, bready yeast like flavours, caramel treacle with some slight wine and orange peel

Great taste with a number of flavours shining through. Very well balanced and enjoyable to drink. Has a decent bitterness kick at back of palate to compliment the delicious flavours in play. Impressed.

10-08-2013 09:06:41 | More by admiral
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SmashPants

Australia

4.11/5  rDev +13.9%

Bottle: a stumpy 500mL brown bottle with the standard 4 Pines craft label.

Appearance: a slightly hazy dark copper brown with limited carbonation visible. A decent off-white head lasts for some time with good retention and thick but sporadic lacing.

Aroma: a fairly soft nose, centred on caramel and toffee, with some heavy fruits and sherry. Nice.

Taste: the caramels and toffee carry through to the flavours on the palate, with raisins, heavy fruits and raisins backing up.

Aftertaste: similar to the Keller Door Oktoberfest beer, the aftertaste is a little saccharin. Still nice, but a bit intense.

Mouth feel: a well balanced feel - moderate body with again a moderate carbonation.

Overall: A quality small batch ESB - a good combination of malts and sweet fruits. A good slow sipper.

10-27-2013 08:13:39 | More by SmashPants
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Woodee63

Australia

4.04/5  rDev +11.9%

It's a very good beer with a lovely colour, more copper than amber as the bottle states. The bitterness comes through but I don't get raisin sweetness. A slightly creamy head on pouring. I recommend it often and if you can get to Manly then I suggest you try it on tap.

07-14-2014 03:27:40 | More by Woodee63
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Gusmotel

Singapore

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-06-2013 12:36:25 | More by Gusmotel
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evianIPA

Australia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

On-tap at Lucky Coq

Wasn't expecting much as:
a) Lucky Coq isn't exactly a 'beer destination'
b) Four Pines beers are too often conservative

So I was damn pleased when presented with reddish-brown glass topped with a nice beige cap.

I wouldn't have been too surprised if this beer offered little to no aroma, but I'll be damned, there's soft toffee and maybe even some stewed fruits such as quince.
The aromas carry over onto the palate, and the body is full, but surprisingly dry, making it effortlessly drinkable. Bitterness is in balance, and there wasn't a ubiquitous 'hoppy finish' to spoil things unnecessarily.

Overall, this one really impressed me. Almost so that I'd consider revisiting some of their other efforts just in case they've improved. But then I remember their 'Gin and Juice.' What were they even thinking?

07-10-2014 11:09:03 | More by evianIPA
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tobeerornottobe

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Lovely deep golden colour and a good stream of carbonation.

N: Not very prominent, which is a bit surprising given the colour of this beer. Maybe some malty characteristics.

T: Wow, intense, especially after the nose, smoke and burnt rubber.

M: Very well suited to the style, full, but not overly so.

Overall, not exactly sessionable but a good take on the ESB style.

10-17-2010 01:06:40 | More by tobeerornottobe
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magpieken

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-25-2013 15:20:07 | More by magpieken
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ColSanders123

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-11-2013 20:14:03 | More by ColSanders123
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hopnerd

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-05-2014 10:09:26 | More by hopnerd
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-22-2013 08:41:07 | More by KalanM
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doktorhops

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

I'm not a stalwart 4 Pines fan, like many of my mates are, they're alright - their Pale Ale is pretty passé what with the market being flooded (pun intended) with Pale Ales right now it doesn't really bring anything new to the table and their Stout was boring like an English county test match. So with hesitation, and a nod from the bottleshop attendant who said this ESB was "decent" here we are.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a deep rust coloured clear body with a thin cream lacing on top. Reminiscent in appearance to the more flavourful ESB's out there so that can only be a good thing.

S: Rich toffee hits the nose straight off the mark, with notes of caramel, golden syrup and background hints of earthy/herbal hops. The malt is a bit extravagant in the aroma, not that there's anything wrong with that.

T: A big fat malt base of toffee, caramel and sticky date launches this brew into the sugarsphere... yet it manages not to cloy or over dominate the flavour. The hops come in earthy and medicinal herbal which balances it out quite well. A bold well-structured ESB overall, which is a surprise from the usually timid 4 Pines.

M: Mid to light bodied with medium carbonation and a hint of hop oils thrown in. The only criticism here would be a little over-carbonation for this style.

D: If you like ESB's that are more sweet (malt driven) than bitter (hop driven) this is a fine example, the fact that it can manage to be this sweet and not cloy is admirable and a challenge that even Belgian brewers struggle with. Price-wise at $6 a bottle it is sadly (for us Australians) in the realm of "average" beer prices. It seems as though 4 Pines have cast off the shackles of trying to make a beer that pleases everyone (i.e. boring) and have managed to make a beer that pleases me (i.e. interesting), good work 4 Pines [insert slow clap].

Food match: Not being a cheese lover, but prejudices aside, I can say that this beer would excellently accompany a cheese platter (mainly the hard acidic cheeses). It would also suit a nice pheasant roast, with roasted sweet potatoes, fennel and red wine jus.

11-18-2013 02:34:23 | More by doktorhops
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a burnished bronze colour with slow but manifold carbonation. Head is thin, cream-coloured, retaining a thin crown and some nice thick lace being left behind. Great colour, otherwise pretty good too.

Smell is very hoppy. Lots of malt on there with English toffee notes and a slight sour metallic character. Lots of brass/copper and some lemon zest as well. Some honey as well, hiding at the back. Fairly strong, but also lacking in complexity; seems a bit one-tracked.

Very flavoursome. Heavy malt base with burnt sugar and brown sugar, some molasses as well. Lots of hops come through that are quite complex and almost wriggly in their flavour permeation. Earthy, with pine needle resin, some metallic notes and some woody character as well. Makes the finish extremely dry, very attenuated and maybe a touch short on the finish. But it's clean at least.

Good full feel, nice and sticky in the mouth but I really feel it's a bit too dry.

A very nice beer overall, and nice to drink. One of the better ESBs I've had.

10-21-2010 02:16:08 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a deep coppery bronze colour with a fine and filmy head of white. Lacing is great, forming down the glass in sheets. Lots of fine carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is minimal, with a light grain note amd some slightly floral hoppiness, but it's very muted, and it's certainly served too cold. Served by the brewer too, so no excuses. As it warms, there's a hint more maltiness to it, and it preempts the slight smoke character on the palate.

Taste is, indeed, surprisingly smoky - smoked cheese in particular giving a pleasant sweet but roasted hint. Light and clean otherwise with a pleasant coppery bitterness cleaning out the back. Very interesting.

A very drinkable ESB and a rather enjoyable one. The biscuity smokiness is a little odd, but otherwise it's a good example of the style.

10-11-2010 00:58:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Vanz

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-27-2014 22:41:19 | More by Vanz
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braican

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-03-2012 18:37:33 | More by braican
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.41/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours dark amber/copper with a small head.
Nose shows nutty sweet malt, bready notes, caramel. Quite nice!
Flavours include some of the sweet malt, but there's also a grainy note. Finishes a bit plain.
Carbonation could be just a little higher...

09-13-2013 04:47:10 | More by CrazyDavros
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vancurly

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

On-tap at brewpub.
a) Drop-dead gorgeous. "Coppery amber" they describe it as, but for me the colour is perfect. Thin off-white head
s) Caramel..needs to warm up a bit. Metallic hops, warming into pine notes.
f) As it smells... maybe the faintest wet-paper note, but not significant.
m&d) Nice drop, well balanced, drinkable in quantity.

05-24-2009 07:18:34 | More by vancurly
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kif

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10%

02-27-2014 00:23:52 | More by kif
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XsoldoutX

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.9%

08-17-2013 13:00:20 | More by XsoldoutX
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PolarBear3

Australia

2.7/5  rDev -25.2%

A - Poured a dark amber colour with good off white frothy head that retained fairly well

S - Not much at all. Very metallic with a slight hint of sweet malt and candy sugar

T - Sweet malts, some caramel, toffee, molasses with a dry slightly bitter finish

M - Medium carbonation and medium body

O - Pretty average as a ESB. Not a lot of bitterness at all and is rather sweet for my liking.

09-25-2013 09:44:05 | More by PolarBear3
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dgilks

Australia

2.68/5  rDev -25.8%

Really dull aroma with notes of coffee and sulphur.

Clear, copper colour with a small off-white head. Good lacing.

Dull malt flavour with no real character. Moderate bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Dull and uninspiring. Certainly, not the best ESB I've had.

10-30-2010 12:51:33 | More by dgilks
4 Pines ESB from 4 Pines Brewing Company
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