4 Pines ESB | 4 Pines Brewing Company

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4 Pines ESB4 Pines ESB

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4 Pines Brewing Company

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 05-24-2009

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of PolarBear3
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured a dark amber colour with good off white frothy head that retained fairly well

S - Not much at all. Very metallic with a slight hint of sweet malt and candy sugar

T - Sweet malts, some caramel, toffee, molasses with a dry slightly bitter finish

M - Medium carbonation and medium body

O - Pretty average as a ESB. Not a lot of bitterness at all and is rather sweet for my liking.

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Photo of dgilks
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really dull aroma with notes of coffee and sulphur.

Clear, copper colour with a small off-white head. Good lacing.

Dull malt flavour with no real character. Moderate bitterness.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Dull and uninspiring. Certainly, not the best ESB I've had.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.2/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of stevoj
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery. I love the finish on this one, nice lingering, sticky bitterness. Medium weight and slick, malt, honey in the aroma, taste brings the hops in. Well rounded

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Photo of vancurly
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at brewpub.
a) Drop-dead gorgeous. "Coppery amber" they describe it as, but for me the colour is perfect. Thin off-white head
s) Caramel..needs to warm up a bit. Metallic hops, warming into pine notes.
f) As it smells... maybe the faintest wet-paper note, but not significant.
m&d) Nice drop, well balanced, drinkable in quantity.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber/copper with a small head.
Nose shows nutty sweet malt, bready notes, caramel. Quite nice!
Flavours include some of the sweet malt, but there's also a grainy note. Finishes a bit plain.
Carbonation could be just a little higher...

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep coppery bronze colour with a fine and filmy head of white. Lacing is great, forming down the glass in sheets. Lots of fine carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is minimal, with a light grain note amd some slightly floral hoppiness, but it's very muted, and it's certainly served too cold. Served by the brewer too, so no excuses. As it warms, there's a hint more maltiness to it, and it preempts the slight smoke character on the palate.

Taste is, indeed, surprisingly smoky - smoked cheese in particular giving a pleasant sweet but roasted hint. Light and clean otherwise with a pleasant coppery bitterness cleaning out the back. Very interesting.

A very drinkable ESB and a rather enjoyable one. The biscuity smokiness is a little odd, but otherwise it's a good example of the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of life_of_agony
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished bronze colour with slow but manifold carbonation. Head is thin, cream-coloured, retaining a thin crown and some nice thick lace being left behind. Great colour, otherwise pretty good too.

Smell is very hoppy. Lots of malt on there with English toffee notes and a slight sour metallic character. Lots of brass/copper and some lemon zest as well. Some honey as well, hiding at the back. Fairly strong, but also lacking in complexity; seems a bit one-tracked.

Very flavoursome. Heavy malt base with burnt sugar and brown sugar, some molasses as well. Lots of hops come through that are quite complex and almost wriggly in their flavour permeation. Earthy, with pine needle resin, some metallic notes and some woody character as well. Makes the finish extremely dry, very attenuated and maybe a touch short on the finish. But it's clean at least.

Good full feel, nice and sticky in the mouth but I really feel it's a bit too dry.

A very nice beer overall, and nice to drink. One of the better ESBs I've had.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe I have not reviewed this one before but have had several times.
Reviewing more difficult than drinking :-)
Toffee and caramel and quite sweet , but all very integrated rather than one flavour element to the fore.
Solid stuff, if not exactly inspiring..... Better on tap at the pub than in the bottle

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Photo of doktorhops
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a stalwart 4 Pines fan, like many of my mates are, they're alright - their Pale Ale is pretty passé what with the market being flooded (pun intended) with Pale Ales right now it doesn't really bring anything new to the table and their Stout was boring like an English county test match. So with hesitation, and a nod from the bottleshop attendant who said this ESB was "decent" here we are.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a deep rust coloured clear body with a thin cream lacing on top. Reminiscent in appearance to the more flavourful ESB's out there so that can only be a good thing.

S: Rich toffee hits the nose straight off the mark, with notes of caramel, golden syrup and background hints of earthy/herbal hops. The malt is a bit extravagant in the aroma, not that there's anything wrong with that.

T: A big fat malt base of toffee, caramel and sticky date launches this brew into the sugarsphere... yet it manages not to cloy or over dominate the flavour. The hops come in earthy and medicinal herbal which balances it out quite well. A bold well-structured ESB overall, which is a surprise from the usually timid 4 Pines.

M: Mid to light bodied with medium carbonation and a hint of hop oils thrown in. The only criticism here would be a little over-carbonation for this style.

D: If you like ESB's that are more sweet (malt driven) than bitter (hop driven) this is a fine example, the fact that it can manage to be this sweet and not cloy is admirable and a challenge that even Belgian brewers struggle with. Price-wise at $6 a bottle it is sadly (for us Australians) in the realm of "average" beer prices. It seems as though 4 Pines have cast off the shackles of trying to make a beer that pleases everyone (i.e. boring) and have managed to make a beer that pleases me (i.e. interesting), good work 4 Pines [insert slow clap].

Food match: Not being a cheese lover, but prejudices aside, I can say that this beer would excellently accompany a cheese platter (mainly the hard acidic cheeses). It would also suit a nice pheasant roast, with roasted sweet potatoes, fennel and red wine jus.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tobeerornottobe
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lovely deep golden colour and a good stream of carbonation.

N: Not very prominent, which is a bit surprising given the colour of this beer. Maybe some malty characteristics.

T: Wow, intense, especially after the nose, smoke and burnt rubber.

M: Very well suited to the style, full, but not overly so.

Overall, not exactly sessionable but a good take on the ESB style.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of hopnerd
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of snowmageddon
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of machalel
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper with a light cream head. This actually has a touch of haze, which is unusual for 4 Pines beers.

Aroma: Good! This definitely smells like a proper ESB. There's treacle, toffee, plum & dark stone fruit, honey, and sultanas, as well as an almost 'cake-y' aspect.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, and treacle again. I don't get any plum or dark stone fruit in the flavour, but definitely sultana and raisins. A nice sticky bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Matches the style well.

Drinkability: Definitely impressed with this beer, as it ticks all the boxes for a good ESB. Very balanced (although maybe a touch sweet) and moreish, possibly one of the best that 4 Pines has done.

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Photo of Gusmotel
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4 Pines ESB from 4 Pines Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 33 ratings