4 Pines Pale Ale | 4 Pines Brewing Company

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4 Pines Pale Ale4 Pines Pale Ale

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4 Pines Brewing Company

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 09-23-2008

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 59
Photo of stevoj
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at brewery. A bit on the dark side, but plenty of citrus tartness and hop bitterness to go around. Malts shine clean throughout. Understand that they are using southern hemisphere hops here, so some different tastes.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Burnt orange with small head. Slight grapefruit and peach aromas. Full bodies with some malt to chew on and plenty of tropical fruit at the front.

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Photo of Mosant
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had a 330ml bottle.
Appearance: pours good clean Amber colour with small white head. Presents well.
Aroma: good tropical fruit hops present.
Flavour: nice balance of fruitiness from the hops and bitter finish. Spritely carbonated and offers a very refreshing feel.
Overall: very good sessionable pale ale and one I will buy again. I am looking forward to getting down to Manly one day to 4 Pines for lunch and to sample a few of their other beers.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle pored into pint glass 4/4/14 (from notes)

A clear amber saturated with bubbles, dense tan foam has good retention slowly falling to a thick film leaving lots of random lace

S nutty, roasty, herbal, lots of cereal very malty but it works, I even get some faint chocolate, some fruity notes but mostly malt

T mimics the smell quite well, bread and biscuit, tastes like English malt and hops, I'd never guess Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Simcoe

M medium bodied and very creamy, some metallic notes on the finish

O not what I expected but this one grew on me as I drank it, malty for the style but it worked well for it

I thought I grabbed another hopped up pale ale but this one strays from the norm, more of a red ale to me but enjoyable beer no matter how you brand it

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Photo of SmashPants
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard 330mL dark brown bottle, reasonable craft label (except it's pink!).

Appearance: heavy copper-gold in colour with moderate carbonation and a thin white head. Exceptional retention with some lacing as the head slowly sinks to a solid cap.

Aroma: citrus and pine hops with a touch of sweet malts. Not overly hopped however, which suits.

Taste: follows the nose pretty closely. Pine and citrus with some sweet malts, not much else to say. Refreshing.

Aftertaste: dry on the finish with some of the hop bitterness coming through.

Mouth feel: a well-balanced mouth feel: crisp and smooth but with a bit of bite.

Overall: pretty good beer, standard version of an American Pale Ale. Not sure it is worth the $70 a case price (2013).

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Photo of soju6
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark copper color with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of pine, fruit and bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste of pine, citrus, fruit and a trace of malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Very well balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Nothing fancy jus a very good beer.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4 Pines, interesting name with no doubt some overly elaborate name story, not that I care about that; the beer is what I'm keen to learn about. It stands right in the middle of APA territory at 5.10% ABV and could easily be mistaken for one of the many in the recent cavalcade of "craft" APA's being brewed in Australia now, well I can't get enough of them so let us proceed.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint... it looks a bit glass half full here, dammit when will other brewers here start selling pint bottles like LCPA?

A: A typical pale ale look; deep cloudy amber body with an off-white head that dissipates from 1cm to a light lacy foam. Not bad at all.

S: Rich caramel biscuit malts and a nice citrus hop aroma waft gleefully from the glass. All textbook here. A little light on the hops than expected of the style, however this will only be an issue if the taste is lacklustre in the hops department.

T: The caramel biscuit malts are there up front, rounded off by some citric hops and a refreshingly clean dry bitter finish. Good, but not great. Nothing really screams out with the flavours, it's a measured affair in this brew, shame- it smacks of an overly cautious brewer not wanting to ruffle any feathers, and I for one enjoy a good feather ruffling. Oh well.

M: Again very measured medium body with mid to light carbonation, feathers not ruffled.

D: It is however (as a result of being such a measured APA) easy to drink. I will give it points for that and if I was offered one at a party or event I certainly wouldn't say 'no'. My only complaint is the restraint shown by the brewer to create a non-challenging pale ale... it's not necessarily a huge let-down, but it does keep it away from scoring as well as other APA's like LCPA or Murray's. Keep at it though 4 Pines; you'll get there one day.

Food match: Normally for a pale ale I would recommend Indian or Asian cuisine, however this brew is a bit lighter in the flavour department and would side perfectly with BBQ chicken and salad or perhaps a Caesar salad.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Purvis. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a light copper colour. White soapy head at one finger and good carbonation with some spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Light hop, slight grass and mild tropical fruit.

T - Good citrus, tropical fruit, quite fruity. Light yeat recognizable malt body.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body and a light but nice bitterness.

O/D - Not overly interesting. Typical for an Aussie Pale Ale. Subdued but solid otherwise.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brown to dark copper pour with 1 finger of creamy frothy head.A fine bead
Smells oh honey and stewed stone fruits
The late palate had an inkling of pine rerin , which added a pleasant cleansing quality
It was dry in the mouth and the aforementied fine bead was noted as a balanced carbonation
AI thought this was a rippingly good drink

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Photo of heygeebee
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden bronze, one finger white head, nice bubbling.

Aromas of US hops, citrus.

Taste is well balanced. Intially quite dry and bitter, then the malt body starts kicking in nicely. Still a balanced hoppy bitter finish. Grapefruit and hint of pine. All balanced.

A carbonated APA - YAY!!! Nice.

One of the better gentler APA I have had recently.

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Photo of joecast
4.66/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted at Hobart beerfest and was impressed. Bottle with bb date etched into the glass (nice touch) 09/12/12

Pours a deep golden with a hint of amber redness. Very clear. Medium carbonation. Thin white head.

Wow! This is made in Australia? Fantastic aroma. Citrus and pine in spades. A touch of malt sweetness in the background but the hops just dominating the aroma (and rightly so).

Taste is spot on. Well balanced between bitterness and light malt. Hops are a bit peppery and spicy without being too sharp. Bitterness finishes things up nicely.

Mouthfeel is weighted just right.

Drinkability? Can I give a 5.5? The focus of this beer is just right. Strong aroma. Hop bitternes and flavor toned down just a bit. Malt to support without being a distraction.

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Photo of argon
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was sent a bottle direct from the brewery for sampling.

Lovely golden/copper colour and medium high carbonation giving a dense rocky white to off white head. Brilliant clarity.

Aroma of citrusy american hops, with a touch of caramel and toffee in support. Very clean and no grassy element to the aroma. Very enjoyable.

Moderate hop flavour again supported by some caramel and very faint biscuit/toast overtones. Medium bitterness, that is delivered softly with a pleasant grapefruit and pine flavour. Balance is only just in favour of the hops.

Medium to dry body, with the carbonation leaving a clean finish on the palate.

A very gentle APA, that is more in keeping with how the sttyle should be, rather than a mini-IPA. Very enjoyable.

I will certainly seek this one out and drink again.

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Photo of Macca
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear dark golden colour with a solid white head.

Nose is well balanced. Plenty of citrusy hops but the malts are still there. A bit of caramel. Something that I can only describe as spritzy though. A bit off putting.

The malt is the first thing that I got on the palate but it's quickly followed by a solid bitterness. Maybe too bitter for me. And without a lot of hop taste.

Medium to full bodied.

A nice enough APA but not something I'd seek out again except maybe on draught.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge, bubbly, soapy head caps a clear, mid amber body housing a frantic uprush of bubbles. Big, sticky chunks of lace follow on.

S - Sweet malt, shortbread, tropical fruit and citric hops.

T - Passionfruit, orange, pineapple, with a faint metallic taste.

M - Bittersweet and medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - A solid, flavourful pale ale but nothing too special.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber colour with steady trickle of bead throughout. Head is off-white, nice tight agglomeration of bubbles for nice, smooth lace.

Smell is pleasant, with a good pale ale balance of sweet and tangy. Rich caramel malt with nice citric hops coming from left and right. Slight sherbet note and hint of chalk. But yeah, nice.

Taste is quite English at times, with earthy malt providing rich English toffee sweetness that takes over the mid-palate and lasts beyond the finish. Slight soil and toasted grain notes. Hops are apparent midway, mostly citric and with a touch of copper on there as well. Bit of cloying yeast late which is a shame, but the bigger shame is simply that the hops don't really assert themselves, and the finish is a bit sticky as a result.

Nice, full body, but I can notice some light sizzle from the carbonation up the top. Not bad.

I'm holding this to fairly high standard but have had more drinkable pale ales, and I think there's a lot of flavour here but the emphasis is misaligned.

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Photo of spicelab
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stunningly clear golden amber. Very healthy white head, leaves sparse lace spots. Looks solid.

Nose is very much on the sweet side. Citrus fruits, especially tangerine and candied lemon, and floral notes provide the hop presence, while caramel and nutty malts tie it together nicely. Just a touch of dull grain character.

Taste is malt-forward, with lots of light toffee malts initially. None of the citrus comes through, instead there's a sort of blunt minty earthiness, but no real evidence of the pine character you might expect. That's pretty much it.

Very refreshing, with well-hidden medium carbonation, mild bitterness and a nice cleansing effect thanks to the fresh mintiness.

Not a bad APA, it's just unfortunate that the taste fails to deliver the character in the nose.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows lots of sweet, clean malt and floral fruity hops.
A fair whack of hops shows in the taste as well, with bold piney, resinous notes and hints of tropical fruit amongst the sweet malt. Finishes strongly with a audacious, slightly metallic bitterness.
Too much carbonation creates an overly dry finish.

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Photo of ADZA
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a very light pale see through amber hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing one finger head and no lacing,the smell is toffee and piney,floral estery hops,it has a light-medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of passionfruit,marzipan,toffee and finished with a floral,fruity hoppiness that only has a touch of bitterness and is very quaffable and overall not bad cheers.

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Photo of dgilks
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately hoppy aroma with crisp, citrus notes. Light malt.

Nice, clear amber colour with a small, white head. Lots of lacing.

Clean hop flavour with a nice light malt background. There is light diacetyl and moderate bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

This is full flavoured but it could do with a touch of refining like getting rid of the diacetyl.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark golden colour, with a really solid white head that rises in a wonderful dome above the rim of the glass. Carbonation is huge, in fact it seems to make the head bigger as time passes. Very nice indeed, a really great looking beer.

Some bitter hops characters on the nose, some pine resin, some grapefruit and cut grass. Nothing particularly fruity or floral, and not incrdibly robust, but pretty decent.

Taste falls a bit flat, with a decent hop presence, that asserts itself only as a prolonged flat gritty character. There's not a huge range to it, and it's lacking nuance. A very faint diacetyl is detectable as well. Mouthfeel is great though, very clean and vibrant from the head and carbonation.

A pretty clean and very drinkable pale ale. It falls down a little in some critical areas, but otherwise, it's clean, crisp, flavoursome and enjoyable.

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Photo of vancurly
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.
a) Hazy amber, off-white head that's almost nonexistent, thanks to bartenders pouring generosity.
s) Malt, pineapple, stonefruit. Fresh
f) As it smells, plus nuts, touch of spice. Good bitterness.
m&d) Well balanced, quite drinkable.
As with all 4 Pines ales, very expensive.

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4 Pines Pale Ale from 4 Pines Brewing Company
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