Smokin' Pope IV | Southern Bay Brewing Company

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Southern Bay Brewing Company

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 06-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by admiral:
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried on tap at GABS in Melbourne, May 2014.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber colour with a nice dense beige head. Retaining fairly nicely with nice lace. Looks way, way too pale for the style though.

Smells citric and fruity. Some mild herbal notes on the back and a touch of smoke. Mostly NZ-style hops though. Not bad but not what I was expecting.

Nice smoky hints on the palate. Darker notes of red wine and clove, and a fair whack of interesting hop notes as well. Citric and fruity esters filling out the edges to make it an interesting and drinkable palate overall.

Decent body, fairly smooth.

Interesting brew. Too pale, but nice complexities to it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed for GABS 2014, the notes in the guide say it's an "American Brown Ale with a whiff of smoke, a touch of sout and a fruit salad bowl of hops". Tried on-tap at the festival.

Pours a light amber colour (brown is probably pushing it slightly), but with a very pronounced haze that makes it look a little darker. Body is solid and firm. Head forms a decent full yellow/off-white cap that stays persistently and leaves sheets of lacing. It looks fine, except that this does not look like a brown ale.

Nose is good however, and we can start to forget any questions we might have. Peachy, hoppy and fragrant characters drive it forward into a big tropical sweetness. As it warms and the volatiles move on a little, some of the other notes come through: perhaps something peppery and a little savoury. It's really very pleasant.

Clean entry on the palate, maybe with just a touch of carbonic bitterness. Middle has the smoke coming through: with the sweetness it has the flavour of manuka or perhaps mango-habanero-minus-the-spice. It's subtle though and works in lockstep with the other characters. Finish has a very clean bitterness to it that develops into a touch of eucalyptus with the smoke on the aftertaste.

Light feel, but with a smoothness that helps integrate everything.

Overall, I liked this beer a good deal. It had lots of character and managed to work the characters together really quite well. Nice stuff.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Smokin' Pope IV from Southern Bay Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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