4² (Dry-Hopped) - Real Ale Brewing Company

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4² (Dry-Hopped)
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lawl3ss on 07-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask poured at The Bottle Shop on Greenville. According to the website, the cask version is dry-hopped with Zythos hops.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of big orange citrus notes, as well as some biscuit malt. The flavor is very similar. I get quite a bit of sweetness from the biscuit malt, with some toffee also thrown in. However, the hops also really come through. I get some juicy orange notes as well as some grass and resin. The bitterness is low to medium and goes with the flavors very well. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. This is completely different than the regular Fireman's 4 and is a definite improvement in my opinion.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Nice extra from bigbear968, lookalike I snooze don't his one as best by is 9/5 on the bottom of the can, so keep that in mind. Enjoyed from a snifter.

a - brew pours a murky straight up orange with a frothy finger of head with lace that extended a finger north of the head. Attractive.

s - nose is soft tangerine.

t/m/o - taste is soft tangerine as well. Lemon. Very much like a blonde ale. Soft and easy drinking. Very nice beer, too bad a bit old, but even beyond the date drinks great would love to try fresh since I don't really get much on the way of fresh dry hopping.

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

Had this at the Real Ale 16th anniversary event. Cask to shaker pint.

Look- Hazy Deep gold, seems lighter than the normal 4^2. Served without head and leaves a few wisps of lace.

Smell- Musky, oyster cracker, some resin, peach, mango, starfruit, mild sweetness.

Taste- The extra fruitiness punches this one way up. Somewhat sweet, resinous, full melon-like fruit flavor. Very nice. Finishes flowery, nectar-like with touches of caramel. Light herbal bittering and graham cracker aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, chewy, sticky. Moderately dry finish. Good quench factor. I wouldn't mind another.

Overall- What 4^2 should be. Characterfull, bold flavor, moderately hefty feel, rich malt, and zesty, fruity hop contribution. Vaguely reminiscent of Southern Star IPA. Very nice.

Photo of elNopalero
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the cask conditioned dry hopped Fireman’s 4, served at their 16th anniversary party.

This pours a golden color with a thick inch of foam topping it. Looks wonderful, with this gloriously resplendent hopped aroma. It’s like an amped up Fireman’s with more flavor—the hops really come out in a way that’s crisp and refreshing, followed by a pronounced bitterness, without necessarily coming across like an IPA or APA… An Imperial Blonde ale? Whatever it is I like it. Hope we see more of this.

Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Four square shares many of its Four Square sibling's characteristics, dark straw color, decent lacing, medium body and carbonation. The main difference leave you wondering if they're from the same family. While there's a malt presence in both aroma and flavor, the spicy, and at times, catty hops in the middle and finish might remind you more of an IPA. In addition, the alcohol also peers out, unlike its brethren.

4² (Dry-Hopped) from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.