4 Pines Sunday Roast - 4 Pines Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a pale saffron colour with steady bead. Thin, but resilient head. Creamy, pleasant. Not the colour I expected, though.
Bizarre on the nose. Vegetative, honey; smells at times like banana, roast pumpkin, minted peas is a big one; gravy notes, even. How, even. Just... wow.
Yeah, that pea flavour is strong on the palate, but here there's also pumpkin, starchy vegetables, parsnip, parsley and rosemary. Just bizarre, and yet so lovely. Like a liquid roast and it really is one of the most extraordinary flavour experiences I've had. As @lacqueredmouse said it puts one in mind of the prototype 'three-course meal' gum in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, there's just something magical about this beer. I've filled in my beer 'flavour wheel' and it virtually has no spikes on it, because this doesn't fall into any typical beer flavour categories. Amazing, but bizarre.
Thin mouthfeel which is a genuine disappointment. Bit of light fizz, and weak.
Even though it might be less of a mindf**k, I think this idea would work better as a brown ale. It would just add some substance and some complementary flavours that might repair that mouthfeel and would create more similitude between appearance and flavour. But still, an amazing one-off brew.
03-07-2013 06:14:18 | More by laituegonflable
4.08/5 rDev -1%
A long overdue review entry for me, this was one of 4 Pines "Beer Mimics Food" series done for Sydney Craft Beer Week in 2012. Extremely difficult to classify, it's a golden ale infused with the ingredients of a traditional sunday roast dinner. And it's marvelously successful.
Pours a very pale yellow colour, almost as pale as a wit, but with only very mild hazing, Body is light and fine. Head is a minimal, filmy white, that leaves some patchy lace. Some fine carbonation is noticeable, but it seems on the low side.
The aroma is where this beer absolutely nails its brief: those weird black caramelised pumpkin bits, lamb juice, some aniseed, fennel and rosemary and the biggest surprise: minted peas. Dayam. This is like Willy Wonka's magical chewing gum: it really smells like roast dinner.
The palate is less excitingly authentic, but there are still oddities of flavour here that build nicely on the roast theme. Some light weak grain enters, before that minty, slightly organic pea character comes through. Odd hints of charred roast on the back, along with a chewy sweetness, and a hint perhaps of meaty gravy on the back. This is weeeird stuff.
Feel is disappointingly light: I feel as though too much more might have overpowered the roast characters perhaps, but it's a shame you couldn't have the richness to go with it.
This is apt. For all of the "Beer Mimics Food" themes at SCBW, nothing nailed it like this beer. This was really, really wacky—it blew my mind—and it's quite amazing what they did with it.
02-12-2013 02:40:49 | More by lacqueredmouse
4 Pines Sunday Roast from 4 Pines Brewing Company
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