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4² (Four Squared) - Real Ale Brewing Company

4² (Four Squared)4² (Four Squared)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.63%


Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lawl3ss on 07-01-2012)
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jjturcheck

Texas

5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Mildly hazy golden yellow. Poured from can into a Jester King goblet creating a thick, chunky, soapy looking eggshell hued head. Already it is clinging everywhere to the glass. Final lacing is awesome covering the entire glass.

SMELL: Very very citrusy. Dank hops and subtle lemon notes. Bit of grass and hay with the malt stepping into the background this time around.

TASTE: Superiorly delicious. Massive amounts of hops without it being overly hoppy. I mean it is hoppy and all, its just more dank flavors from the hops than it is bitter. Grass and citrus. Very earthy as well. Straight up awesome.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body. Crisp smooth carbonation, slightly oily and very dry about mid-mouth but finishing wet and clean.

DRINKABILITY: This is the first beer I've given a perfect rating on I think. This is exceptionally refreshing for a hop head as well as a regular beer drinker while being sessionable as well.

Serving type: can

04-28-2013 03:55:28 | More by jjturcheck
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lancecenter

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I visited the Real Ale brewery, they had the dry-hopped Fireman's #4 in a cask. It was absofuckinglutely amazing. I've been waiting for they to bottle/can this stuff...well it's here!

A - Pale golden color with thick billowy head. Unlike the regular Fireman's this fluffy goodness is not going away.

S - The smell blows other blonde ales away. Lots of grapefruit and lemonade.

T/M - Taste somewhat follows the nose, but the key characteristic is the hops. It's not overwhelming though. Very salty/mineral finish.

O - Unbelievably good. Without a doubt, this is by far the best offering from Real Ale.

Serving type: can

05-07-2013 17:24:41 | More by lancecenter
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had first on tap at the brewery, then in cans from the local supermarket.

What a delicious brew this was. I was expecting something a little bigger than regular fireman's 4, but this really matches the brewery's commercial description, and then some.

Tannish yellow with some sediment and a fair head and lace. Looks something like their fireman's four (which is to be expected, since it's a spin-off of that beer).

Monstrously hoppy and pungent in both aroma and taste, with a medium body and ample carbonation. I need to look up what hops they use and try something like this in my homebrewing.

A very tasty beer. Highly recommended.



Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 18:29:58 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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JMad

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a soapy white head that left tons of lacing. Smells of fruity tangerines and grapefruit with some caramel in the background. It tastes of hoppy citrus peel, mostly grapefruit, there is some breadiness and pine in there too. It has a light body and the carbonation is soft, full and silky and the finish is crisp and slightly dry. I really enjoyed this beer, way better than the regular Fireman's 4.

Serving type: can

05-10-2013 23:45:32 | More by JMad
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden body on the pour into my pint. Nice frothy white head. Decent lacing.
Smells quite hoppy, with some sweet bready malts. Citrus, pear.
Nice enough flavor. The hops come through on the puckering side, with light citrus fruity and earthy bitterness dominating.
Medium carbonation, creamy smooth, drying, slightly astringent.
Overall a very nice beer.

Serving type: can

02-02-2014 20:45:13 | More by TBoneJones
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mactrail

California

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fabulously fragrant. Pours quite a light golden amber color in the dwarf nonic. Long lasting head and plenty of fine carbonation. Big sudsy foam with every pour. Rich, fragrant, flavorful, and madly drinkable.

The zingy hops are just bitter enough, but mostly it's a festival of leafy, herbaceous, perfumey, and darkly fruity aromatics. I can't identify anything that reminds me of specific fruits, but it's quite a harmonious warm brew. I'm not a hop obsessive, but this is a really sensational hoppy beer. I think it should be categorized either as a Pale Ale or an American IPA. The focus is clearly on the hops, and the color is neither a red or amber. From the 12 oz can purchased at Texas Wine in Fredericksburg.

Serving type: can

05-23-2013 04:35:17 | More by mactrail
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brurevu

Texas

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A supercharged version of the Fireman’s 4 with a clean dry finish that went down smooth. The 4-squared poured a hazy gold with a substantial white head. The added hops were readily apparent on the aroma and through the first sips that really transformed the Firemen’s 4 into a fantastic beer. The base Fireman’s 4 flavors are there with a bit more body behind them and more pleasingly bitter hops all around.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 17:40:36 | More by brurevu
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jwff

Alaska

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale golden pour with a foamy white head sustained by pillars of carbonation. Grassy and floral hops dominate the smell. Cantaloupe and honeydew melon. The taste expounds on those light melon notes and flourishes. Excellent citrus forwardness. Nice light hop bite in the finish and a lingering freshness on the tongue. A bit of toast takes something away from this for me. This drinks dangerously well though. Excellent carbonation and light body. Deceptively refreshing.

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 02:51:08 | More by jwff
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 8/20/2013. Pours moderately cloudy pale golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and dank floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dank hop notes with a light malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of dank floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dank hop flavors; with a light-moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy blonde ale. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: can

06-10-2013 04:28:42 | More by superspak
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BryanCarey

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color, this beer is very fragrant, with a nose that combines citrus, mixed tropical fruit, and floral notes. The white head of foam looks nice and it does leave a good deal of lace as you consume.

The taste of this beer is about in- line with the nose. It is fruity and tangy from the hops, with flavors of lemongrass, orange, and grapefruit dominating. Search a little more and you will taste flavors such as honey, bread, pale malt, and some pine. The hops are definitely present, there is no doubt about that. But the overall flavor is not over- hopped by any means and most will find it enjoyable and highly drinkable.

This Real Ale beer is a tasty one and the hops help make it and enjoyable brew. It seems like it would go very well with certain cheeses and its fruity component makes it a good refresher for a summer day- something I wouldn’t normally say for a hoppier than average beer. But this one is definitely one to try and enjoy and I recommend grabbing a six pack or two if you can find it.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 04:25:51 | More by BryanCarey
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WickedSluggy

Texas

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my second time drinking this beer both times on-tap at a Whole Foods in Dallas, TX.

A - Hazy yellow amber with nice creamy head even out of the growler. Plenty of carbonation survived the short trip - drinking within an hour. I think that the haziness is a slight flaw.

S - Grassy hop aroma with dank hay and some angel-food cake with subtly lemon.

T - Citrus hops and grassiness similar to smell w/ pleasantly grainy backbone and some yeast.

M - Fairly light with a bit of a astringent pucker

O - An enjoyable beer that I will continue to pursue. I like the hops aroma and flavor. I wouldn't call it unique, but this beer takes a less traveled path to hoppiness.

Serving type: growler

02-09-2013 02:54:18 | More by WickedSluggy
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mjurney

Texas

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden color, some amber highlight, hazy. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick head.

Aroma:
Hoppy, grassy, piney, sweet pale malts, tropical fruit.

Taste:
Burst of hops up front. Grassy, piney, spicy. Bright fruit character. Sweet pale malts in the background. Bitter finish, very crisp. Body is crisp, tangy, refreshing, semi-dry.

Overall:
It's an excellent beer.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 23:51:57 | More by mjurney
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Anyonebueller

Texas

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent light-drinking, but still hoppy and wonderfully aromatic beer. Perfect for the dog days of summer. The ABV on this is 6% per Real Ale's website. I agree with other reviewers that this is more of a pale ale rather than an amber or red. I had the one that comes in a black can. Perhaps the various incarnations of "4" have created confusion.

Serving type: can

06-24-2013 23:57:40 | More by Anyonebueller
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Sark

Montana

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appareance- I don't think this beer was meant to be an amber/ red, it's light yellow and golden with a thick cratering head of eggshell white

Smell- super floral and citrusy of the centennial variety of hops, herbs and grassy, some pale malt sweetness too

Taste- interesting first note is the tangy hops followed by a bready and grainy malt with a nice bitter and herbal finish

Mouthfeel- light and watery, crisp finish

Overall- I'd really love to try this from the tap, I think it would have much more character than from the can

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 03:39:27 | More by Sark
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a snifter. Thanks to BA CanadianGhetto for the hookup with this. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow color with a finger plus white cap. The head remains with solid retaining powers producing patchy lacing as it fades.

The aroma is pleasantly hoppy with notes of citrus like lemon peel and orange rind. A hint of grassy herbs and faint pine. Somewhat catty with a fruity to floral aspect that increases with intensity as the brew warms up along with a soft touch of solvent alcohol.

The flavor is resinous with hoppy bitterness that is catty and herbal with a zesty component of rind and pith of oranges, lemons and grapefruit. A touch of bready malt backing before finishing more fruity to floral with a faint noticeable touch of alcohol. As the brew warms up, it gets a bit green with a almost vegetative yeastiness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite enjoyable with a mellow yeastiness and alcohol feel. Probably the best real ale offering I have tried to date. Thanks again Will.

Serving type: can

07-11-2013 14:54:53 | More by stakem
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HopSquatch

Texas

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into glass a nice clouded golden yellow with good head, smell of hops very prounounced , a little citrus fruity smell. I dont like Blonde beers normally and I dont care for the regular Firemans 4 version but this hopped up version is awesome ! Hope they decide to make it a regular offering. This and their stellar Lost Gold IPA are my favorites from Real Ale, the Rye Pale Ale aint bad either.

Serving type: can

10-14-2013 22:24:35 | More by HopSquatch
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beerdiablo

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fireman's #4 is the least favorite of the Real Ale portfolio for me and I've always wished they would do something more with the recipe. My wish came true with dry hopping added to the process which makes the beer much more interesting.

This revved up golden ale features nice floral spice on the nose that matches the wonderful taste of aggressive, yet not offensive hopping plus increased carbonation[compared to Fireman's #4]. The beer is now a seasonal offering.

Serving type: can

08-12-2013 17:35:10 | More by beerdiablo
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AgentMunky

California

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass. From notes. Reviewed 21 September 2013.

A: Good head. Clear, with suspended particulates. Golden.

S: Piney hops. Surprisingly fresh and delicious.

T: Tasty! Lemon peel. Strong, astringent citrus. Herbal finish. Clean aftertaste. Brief main taste.

M: A bit lackluster, the main feel coming from hops.

O: An enjoyable, recommendable beer.

Serving type: can

11-19-2013 05:16:34 | More by AgentMunky
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obrike

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Saw this one for the first time the other day at my Round Rock Specs.

Nothing really stood out for me on the look. A hazy yellow pour with a head that didn't stick around too long. A thin white ring remained for the duration at least.

Getting some grassy hops and a bit of citrus...nothing too pronounced here, but smells fresh.

Very light citrus/grassy hops and some barley/grain on the backend. A pretty easy drinking beer with a slight bitter finish that kind of makes you want to take another sip almost immediately.

I'd consider this one a summer beer for sure. Offer it to friends at the pool instead of the typical bmc this season.

Serving type: can

04-24-2013 02:52:24 | More by obrike
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Ranz

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Half a finger of head sits atop the caramel-golden brew, which I'm calling a DIPA; some carbonation lifts up the side of my pint glass, and the head dissipates quickly, leaving some uneven lacing.

S: Pungent lemongrass, pine, and citrus. I was homebrewing with a buddy last night, and this most certainly has some heavy cascade-like hops just like last night's concoction. A thick breadyness from the malt blasts through as well.

T: Acrid hop here, perhaps even a bit much; however, it leaves a fresh, lemon aftertaste. This would be perfect on a warm spring or summer day with a thick, meaty cheese.

M: Nicely carbonated, its medium-bodied feel has a crisp, dry finish.

O: While it has a bit too much acidity from the hops, this is still quite refreshing. Plus, it's cheap!

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 02:16:55 | More by Ranz
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: It poured a pale straw color with a moderate amount of haze. The tiny bubbles in the head built to a finger and a half and was long lasting in the pilsner glass. I nice thick coating of lacing once it receded into the beer.

S: Fresh fruity hops that remind me of amarillo and cascade, A bit of a sour wheat vibe that almost reminds me of a berliner. No alcohol, and a hint of bread.

T: Malt forward with bready, toast and bread crust melding together to form a deeper complexity. The bitterness is moderate to balance out the hint of sweetness at the beginning. A subtle fresh piney hop profile comes through along with another flavor I can't identify.. toffee, carmel malts?

M: Very creamy and light texture. Finish is on the dry side and carbonation is on the high side.

O: Definatly not what I was expecting. This was recieved on a trade so I hadn't heard of it previously. I did enjoy the malt profile of this beer and the fresh hop aroma, but it lacked some of the bitterness I was expecting. But a solid beer overall

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 23:41:38 | More by guityler83
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sendsilk

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a recent, perfect trade. Thanks Bill!

Not sure why this is called an amber ale, it's pretty much a pale ale from the looks of it. Darker straw colored with some small bubbles and head poured into a snifter.
Smells like a pale ale too. Not as rich in male or smell as an amber or red ale IMO.

T- nice, nothing to knock your socks off, slight grapefruit and corn flavored. The can says it's dry hopped so I was expecting some more hop blast in the taste category but it isn't really there. Easy drinking though

O- a decent pale ale that is better than a lot of the, but nothing to blow me away. Love the fact that it comes in a can though, although I didn't see a "bottle on" date but I may have just missed it.

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 22:31:41 | More by sendsilk
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(from notes)

Had this on tap at the Real Ale 16th Anniversary party alongside Fireman's 4 and dry hopped cask conditioned versions of both 4 and 4^2.

I'm fairly sure this is one of Real Ales' two 16th anniversary releases. Unfortunately, the place was packed and the sheets describing the beers were tiny and inaccessible in the crowd, so I'm not too clear on the details.

Look- Clear medium amber tinged with orange, vigorous carb visible. Served without head, not much lace.

Smell- Biscuit, bready, floury, nondescript bitterness, herbal.

Taste- Just about what you would expect from a doubled-up version of F4, clean bready malt with a hint of caramel, clean herbal bittering. Light mineral finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, crisp carb. Not as clean or light as I'd like with the flavor profile.

Overall- Just about what you'd expect, it's a beefed-up Fireman's 4, but unfortunately the things F4 has going for it (clean, light, crisp, good drinkability- all great in a blonde ale) don't really come through. Still quite balanced and on the refreshing side, but a heftier beer needs bolder flavors to entice me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2012 02:03:37 | More by Lawl3ss
4² (Four Squared) from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.