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4² (Four Squared) | Real Ale Brewing Company

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3.99
pDev:
30.58%
 
 
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4² (Four Squared)4² (Four Squared)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Lawl3ss on 07-01-2012

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Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There is nothing like opening a box from the mighty JenRay who routinely sends me CANs from Texas! This one arrived recently and since an approved pic already exists, I am going to dive right in.

From the CAN: "Only In Texas"; "Bright, hoppy & refreshing."; "Go Texan."

The CAN also identified it as "Unfiltered - Unpasteurized" so following the Crack!, only the most gentle of Glugs was employed. In fact, I began to get some foaming action through the vent, so I also allowed for some calming time. I stopped about halfway in since even gently deCANting the beer was producing cloudiness in this Yellow-Gold colored (SRM = 4 - 5) liquid. I did raise a finger of foamy, bone-white head, though, with moderate retention. Nose had a predominantly grapefruit-citrus quality and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium, but the carbonation gave it a prickly feeling on the tongue. Taste was grapefruit, all right, but not the super-puckering grapefruit that sometimes comes through in AIPAs. This was more appropriate for an APA and especially given the prickliness on the tongue. A higher alpha acidity might have been too much. I applaud the brewer(s) for recognizing when enough is enough! Finish was dry and citrusy, but like everything belonging to Baby Bear, it was just right.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A hazy bright brass yellow, more towards lemon but a little darker with a real nice fluffy white four finger head. Pock marked top, soapy clumped retention, quite odd looking but hanging around quite a bit there. Pretty aggressive.

Nice hop forward nose. Hints of mellow pine and spruce, with a juiced front slightly on the hop angle. Slight hints of pineapple a bit as well.

Palate works out nicely. Good malted light body with some sweet depth. Good hints of honey and pineapple juice, with a great fruity finish. Light bodied notes of fruit and juiced tropics really hit. Airy herbal to pine spruce like finish as well.

Pretty solid amped up blonde, and certainly one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

I first had this on tap at Real Ale during an anniversary party, long before I started reviewing beers apparently. I was glad to see it is now in cans. Thanks to @Xicanobeerrun for the trade!
This pours from the can a solid yellow tan color, like a dark lemon jello color. There’s a underprounced straw-grass hop aroma on it which lends itself to a crisp, straw/grassy characteristic as it’s sipped. The seasons haven’t changed to fall where I live yet but this beer is making me think it would be the perfect autumn IPA sipper.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Massive, coarse white head spanning several inches crowns a moderately hazy medium golden body. The retention is utterly superb, wit the head little diminishes several minutes after being poured. Scattered . patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. Profuse, fast-rising carbonation renews the head.

Aroma: Spicy, peppery, citric, and grassy hops dominate the aroma. Beneath, there is a little understated pale malt. There seems to be a whiff of alcohol as well.

Taste: Opens with a substantial hop presence, with grapefruit rind, pine tar, and grassy hops at the open. As the taste progresses, the hops rise to ascendancy, with only a little toasted malt as a backdrop. There is a faint alcohol presence in the taste, as well. Finishes with a mild, lingering grapefruit rind hop flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, and full.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting variation of a familiar beer from Real Ale, "Fireman's Four". Very drinkable and refreshing, quite pleasing.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Bright yellow glass holds a rocky white head that lasts long and laces heavily. Some mild haziness.

Aroma: White bread yeast, perfumed citric lemon and grapefruit hops, malty base.

Taste: Fairly well balanced, some sweetness comes through while there are plenty of hop flavors that are juicy and fruity without ever really going bitter. Grapefruit but so much more going on as well, nice complex but integrated flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body seems a touch light for all the flavor, medium low carbonation gives almost a cask character. Finish is pretty clean with a little acidic pucker.

Overall: Fireman 4 never really wowed me, but this, I'm getting more of this soon.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger width 1/2 foamy, 1/2 carbonated head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Very nice citrus, piney resin aroma. Citrus taste predominates. Nice piney hop at the end. Very minimal astringency to aftertaste. Light bodied. A little watered down but is still a good beer.

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Photo of mjurney
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy, but very light golden body topped off with a nice thick and bubby head. A mild lacing mark every sip you take.
Smell: Mild pine and hops, fruity aromas and green apples.
Taste: The malts and hops are well balanced, just a bit on the hoppy side; it’s spicy and you can taste the cloves and citrus zest in its aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: light bodied, sharp and crisp on the tongue, smooth with a slightly dry finish.
Overall: This is a great tasting ale, slightly hoppy but well rounded, the flavors start to come out more as it hits room temperature, more fruits, mangos and oranges start to come through.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.82/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

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Photo of JMad
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)
(best by 3/22/16 printed on bottom of can)

L: clear pale gold with careful pour (lots of debris in bottom of can), stunning clarity, pushes up a massive head of white/offwhite foam, at least 3-inches tall and as sticky as glue

S: hoppy ... citrus notes of orange, grapefruit ... plenty sweet, a little caramel/mango, but the hops won't allow *too* much sweetness, creating a mix that's like liquified sweet grassy hops ... or a sweet cilantro if such a thing existed ... or pineapple

T: floral/citrus hop flavor, orange, orange peel, grapefruit ... very sweet with enough light-malt flavor to give it a hint of breadiness, which fades into a bit of caramel/mango but not much; not overly bitter, but there *is* a bite, kind of grassy/lemony, smoothed out nicely from the malt sweetness

F: solid all around ... I gave this a hefty pour and swirled it around some to help pick up the aroma, and it's still holding onto some carbonation ... sturdily made

O: I waited too long to try this brew. It's a fantastic pale, plenty of hop flavor, plenty of malt sweetness, all of it mixing nicely together. And with my best-by date being about a month out, I figure this can is at least five months old ... wow. If it's this good that old, what must it taste like fresh? I'm going to check dates and find out down the road, but the best news about this beer is for my taste buds, anything inside the best-by date is good enough to drink.

Real Ale's year-round lineup continues to amaze me. It might be Texas' best.

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Photo of obrike
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 355 mL can (stamped "best by 05/05/15") poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Almost clear, light gold with a frothy, bubbly white head and patchy lace.

Smell: Floral and herbal hops with a light malt sweetness.

Taste: Biscuit malt, slightly sweet, with citrus rind and floral hops. Nice, crisp bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to light body, smooth feel and good, visible carbonation.

Overall: Light and refreshing, but with some nice hops to add character and crispness.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from can into new belgium globe. Appearance is cloudy gold with about two fingers of white long lasting foam.
Aroma is of floral hops,
Taste is lemony bitter start with some light malt notes mid pallet moves to a slightly more grapefruit and a light bitter dry finish.
over all a really surprisingly good beer that is well balanced hoppy beer.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of guityler83
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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

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Photo of Sark
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of Ranz
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

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4² (Four Squared) from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.