Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

4² (Four Squared) | Real Ale Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
88
very good
40 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
4² (Four Squared)4² (Four Squared)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Lawl3ss on 07-01-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
324
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
30.15%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
68
For Trade:
1
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 324
Reviews by brurevu:
Photo of brurevu
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A supercharged version of the Fireman’s 4 with a clean dry finish that went down smooth. The 4-squared poured a hazy gold with a substantial white head. The added hops were readily apparent on the aroma and through the first sips that really transformed the Firemen’s 4 into a fantastic beer. The base Fireman’s 4 flavors are there with a bit more body behind them and more pleasingly bitter hops all around.

 414 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There is nothing like opening a box from the mighty JenRay who routinely sends me CANs from Texas! This one arrived recently and since an approved pic already exists, I am going to dive right in.

From the CAN: "Only In Texas"; "Bright, hoppy & refreshing."; "Go Texan."

The CAN also identified it as "Unfiltered - Unpasteurized" so following the Crack!, only the most gentle of Glugs was employed. In fact, I began to get some foaming action through the vent, so I also allowed for some calming time. I stopped about halfway in since even gently deCANting the beer was producing cloudiness in this Yellow-Gold colored (SRM = 4 - 5) liquid. I did raise a finger of foamy, bone-white head, though, with moderate retention. Nose had a predominantly grapefruit-citrus quality and my mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium, but the carbonation gave it a prickly feeling on the tongue. Taste was grapefruit, all right, but not the super-puckering grapefruit that sometimes comes through in AIPAs. This was more appropriate for an APA and especially given the prickliness on the tongue. A higher alpha acidity might have been too much. I applaud the brewer(s) for recognizing when enough is enough! Finish was dry and citrusy, but like everything belonging to Baby Bear, it was just right.

 1,288 characters

Photo of TxHopHead4
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Jayman931
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of phatsmackey
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Meyers1023
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of johnrkell
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Dello
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jALEson
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of hsus0225
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of twizzard
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IsYoursGold
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
4² (Four Squared) from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe