4 Pines Signature Relish Ale
4 Pines Brewing Company

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3.5 | pDev: 0%
4 Pines Brewing Company
Retired (no longer brewed)
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Builder's Arms during Good Beer Week 2013.

Pours a red, cloudy colour. Head is beige, foamy, decent retention and lace. Looks pretty good.

Smells sweet and spicy. Big malt, chocolate, prunes, notes of orange peel and clove. Pretty nice, and intriguing.

Taste is pretty heavy. Big flavour, loads of prune, spice, orange peel, even some Worcestershire sauce and chilli. Not bad, but a distinct fizz on the mouthfeel, and body is a bit thin.

Feels like McConnell introduced a lot of interesting spices and ingredients, but maybe in the process the beer suffers a bit, and drinkability is sacrificed.

Sep 20, 2013
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried on-tap at the Builder's Arms in Fitzroy during GBW 2013. This was a beer inspired by the pub's "Gentlemen's Signature Relish", and somewhat reminiscent (they say) of HP sauce. It is brewed with a bunch of ingredients, including smoked malt, spices, prune and anchovy extract.

Pours a deep brandy hue: golden brown, but with solid hazing. Body is decently weighted. Head is an off-white colour, and forms a fluffy and relatively full cap to the beer. Looks good.

Nose is quite mild. Some sweetness, and a little vegetative note. Some buttery sweetness, and just a suggestion of pickle. It's all extremely light though, and also very vague. The characters don't really express themselves all that well.

Light vegetative entry as well, with a touch of estery banana sweetness. Some grainy malt comes through on the mid, along with a smoothness, but not much extra flavour. On the back there's a suggestion of smoke, and again it's quite smooth, but like on the nose, the characters just aren't interesting or prominent enough.

Feel is very smooth, though, which is quite pleasant, and pricked with a slight sparkle.

Some of 4 Pines beer-mimics-food beers in the past have been extraordinarily expressive of their genesis as food items. This is not one of these, unfortunately. There are certainly pleasant elements to it, but overall, it just feels a little wrong, and not in the (anchovy extract/HP sauce/pickle) way I hoped it would be wrong.

Jun 11, 2013
4 Pines Signature Relish Ale from 4 Pines Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 2 ratings