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4² (Four Squared) | Real Ale Brewing Company

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4² (Four Squared)4² (Four Squared)

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed to celebrate the brewery’s 16th anniversary, and wildly popular as a seasonal release, Four Squared lives on in our year round lineup to quench the thirst of both the hop beginners and the most ardent hop heads. Lighter bodied and not too bitter, the balance of Four Squared leans heavily towards its dry hop component, a combination of Crystal, Amarillo and Mosaic hops that brings a brightness to the hop flavor and won't weigh you down. Save the resin and dank for your IPA, this beer is all about the tropical, juicy citrus that grabs you from the first sip. Dry and refreshing, bright and fruity, Four Squared keeps you coming back for more.

42 IBU

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Photo of DarkStar75
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very refreshing beer. Sweet grapefruit rind on the nose, crisp/dry, great flavor, fruity,...goes down smooth and easy. Light roast for a pale ale makes it easy to slosh these down quickly. Overall? - a delicious brew, very well done.

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Photo of puck1225
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. Very tasty! Cloudy yellow, nice head and lacing. Fragrant clean hop smell, a bit peppery. Taste is hoppy but clean and pleasant. Very nice pale ale.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great IPA-style beer. This was a bit dry, but not overly bitter. It's fairly light in color and has good carbonation. A little cloudy in a glass. The flavor is hoppy yet smooth. I would get this one again.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Bright yellow glass holds a rocky white head that lasts long and laces heavily. Some mild haziness.

Aroma: White bread yeast, perfumed citric lemon and grapefruit hops, malty base.

Taste: Fairly well balanced, some sweetness comes through while there are plenty of hop flavors that are juicy and fruity without ever really going bitter. Grapefruit but so much more going on as well, nice complex but integrated flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body seems a touch light for all the flavor, medium low carbonation gives almost a cask character. Finish is pretty clean with a little acidic pucker.

Overall: Fireman 4 never really wowed me, but this, I'm getting more of this soon.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy, but very light golden body topped off with a nice thick and bubby head. A mild lacing mark every sip you take.
Smell: Mild pine and hops, fruity aromas and green apples.
Taste: The malts and hops are well balanced, just a bit on the hoppy side; it’s spicy and you can taste the cloves and citrus zest in its aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: light bodied, sharp and crisp on the tongue, smooth with a slightly dry finish.
Overall: This is a great tasting ale, slightly hoppy but well rounded, the flavors start to come out more as it hits room temperature, more fruits, mangos and oranges start to come through.

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Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)
(best by 3/22/16 printed on bottom of can)

L: clear pale gold with careful pour (lots of debris in bottom of can), stunning clarity, pushes up a massive head of white/offwhite foam, at least 3-inches tall and as sticky as glue

S: hoppy ... citrus notes of orange, grapefruit ... plenty sweet, a little caramel/mango, but the hops won't allow *too* much sweetness, creating a mix that's like liquified sweet grassy hops ... or a sweet cilantro if such a thing existed ... or pineapple

T: floral/citrus hop flavor, orange, orange peel, grapefruit ... very sweet with enough light-malt flavor to give it a hint of breadiness, which fades into a bit of caramel/mango but not much; not overly bitter, but there *is* a bite, kind of grassy/lemony, smoothed out nicely from the malt sweetness

F: solid all around ... I gave this a hefty pour and swirled it around some to help pick up the aroma, and it's still holding onto some carbonation ... sturdily made

O: I waited too long to try this brew. It's a fantastic pale, plenty of hop flavor, plenty of malt sweetness, all of it mixing nicely together. And with my best-by date being about a month out, I figure this can is at least five months old ... wow. If it's this good that old, what must it taste like fresh? I'm going to check dates and find out down the road, but the best news about this beer is for my taste buds, anything inside the best-by date is good enough to drink.

Real Ale's year-round lineup continues to amaze me. It might be Texas' best.

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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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger width 1/2 foamy, 1/2 carbonated head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Very nice citrus, piney resin aroma. Citrus taste predominates. Nice piney hop at the end. Very minimal astringency to aftertaste. Light bodied. A little watered down but is still a good beer.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 355 mL can (stamped "best by 05/05/15") poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Almost clear, light gold with a frothy, bubbly white head and patchy lace.

Smell: Floral and herbal hops with a light malt sweetness.

Taste: Biscuit malt, slightly sweet, with citrus rind and floral hops. Nice, crisp bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to light body, smooth feel and good, visible carbonation.

Overall: Light and refreshing, but with some nice hops to add character and crispness.

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

Appearance: Massive, coarse white head spanning several inches crowns a moderately hazy medium golden body. The retention is utterly superb, wit the head little diminishes several minutes after being poured. Scattered . patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. Profuse, fast-rising carbonation renews the head.

Aroma: Spicy, peppery, citric, and grassy hops dominate the aroma. Beneath, there is a little understated pale malt. There seems to be a whiff of alcohol as well.

Taste: Opens with a substantial hop presence, with grapefruit rind, pine tar, and grassy hops at the open. As the taste progresses, the hops rise to ascendancy, with only a little toasted malt as a backdrop. There is a faint alcohol presence in the taste, as well. Finishes with a mild, lingering grapefruit rind hop flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, and full.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting variation of a familiar beer from Real Ale, "Fireman's Four". Very drinkable and refreshing, quite pleasing.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A hazy bright brass yellow, more towards lemon but a little darker with a real nice fluffy white four finger head. Pock marked top, soapy clumped retention, quite odd looking but hanging around quite a bit there. Pretty aggressive.

Nice hop forward nose. Hints of mellow pine and spruce, with a juiced front slightly on the hop angle. Slight hints of pineapple a bit as well.

Palate works out nicely. Good malted light body with some sweet depth. Good hints of honey and pineapple juice, with a great fruity finish. Light bodied notes of fruit and juiced tropics really hit. Airy herbal to pine spruce like finish as well.

Pretty solid amped up blonde, and certainly one of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of jcance
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Pretty damn good. Strong, full flavor with no objectionable qualities. Fairly cheap, strong enough, and easy to put down. Love the dry hopped flavor; this beer has a certain dignity to it that the regular Fireman's Four just barely misses. Don't get me wrong, Fireman's Four is a great beer, but Four Squared is just that - Four "squared." Rich, thick, with good carbonation and a universally good flavor. I could honestly not see anybody who likes beer having a problem with this brew. It's not too-much or too-little of anything. It tastes great without venturing into the more adventurous flavors which non-craft-fans may not enjoy. For those new to Real Ale who prefer more standard beers, I would start here. If you're feeling adventurous or want something that's stronger than necessary and has a crazy flavor, try their Devil's Backbone. Either way this is a company that makes great product and you're in good hands buying any of their beers

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Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

I first had this on tap at Real Ale during an anniversary party, long before I started reviewing beers apparently. I was glad to see it is now in cans. Thanks to @Xicanobeerrun for the trade!
This pours from the can a solid yellow tan color, like a dark lemon jello color. There’s a underprounced straw-grass hop aroma on it which lends itself to a crisp, straw/grassy characteristic as it’s sipped. The seasons haven’t changed to fall where I live yet but this beer is making me think it would be the perfect autumn IPA sipper.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from can into new belgium globe. Appearance is cloudy gold with about two fingers of white long lasting foam.
Aroma is of floral hops,
Taste is lemony bitter start with some light malt notes mid pallet moves to a slightly more grapefruit and a light bitter dry finish.
over all a really surprisingly good beer that is well balanced hoppy beer.

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Photo of zander4dawin
2.71/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Let me first start by saying I'm a big fan of both Real Ale and Fireman's 4 but this rendition of the beer is not to my liking. The beer is a bright golden color with a soap bubble head. Nose is extremely floral and citrusy. Beer is a sharp one hit of bitterness and overpowering yeasty flavors that left an unpleasant after taste. The body is light and crisp, almost no malt flavoring to balance. Not something I'd recommend or return to, Fireman's 4 just isn't a big enough beer to balance the dry hoppying.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a blonde?! Cheers to Nick for throwing this in as an extra. Appearance is a golden color with a nice head that quickly dissipates. Smell is crisp and hoppy. They must've generously dry hopped this beer. Taste is fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Lots of piney hops with a crisp malt backbone. Mouthfeel is smooth and full.

When I first tasted this I thought it was a pale ale. I was shocked to see it's (supposed to be) a blonde. I would definitely have this again in a heartbeat. Cheers!

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Photo of samlucy
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice summer night and my neighbor brings over a couple of Texan beers. This one in a can surprised me because it started as a blonde ale and I'm a very hoppy beer lover. It was very clean and dry and although not really hopped up it was very pleasant to drink. Balances and tasty.

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Photo of EGreen
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

reat nose! Sweet citrus, cotton candy, definite pine. Much more on the malty flavor... Somewhat surprising. Nice caramel, mild breadiness, with a twinge of tartness near the finish. Very nice hops that finishes a pretty solid beer. I don't really like their fireman's#4 offering and was afraid this would be a mildly hopped version of that. It actually is a very nice beer that really showcases the hops around a decent base beer

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Photo of tpgraham
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this last year and rated it a 3.5 or so because I found it just OK. I was looking for something easy drinking for the weekend and this was $5.99 so it was a no-brainer. I threw it in the fridge at work so that it would be ready to pop open once I got home while the kids are outside.

WOW! I don't know if it is just super fresh right now but this is an incredible beer!

A - I drank straight from the can but what I could see was a pleasant, hazy orange color.

S - Bright hops and bready malt.

T - Follows the nose with a nice, bright, citrusy taste up front with a medium malt backbone. Delicious!

M - Great medium to light body, perfect for summer time.

O - I will buy this all the time.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden body on the pour into my pint. Nice frothy white head. Decent lacing.
Smells quite hoppy, with some sweet bready malts. Citrus, pear.
Nice enough flavor. The hops come through on the puckering side, with light citrus fruity and earthy bitterness dominating.
Medium carbonation, creamy smooth, drying, slightly astringent.
Overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass. From notes. Reviewed 21 September 2013.

A: Good head. Clear, with suspended particulates. Golden.

S: Piney hops. Surprisingly fresh and delicious.

T: Tasty! Lemon peel. Strong, astringent citrus. Herbal finish. Clean aftertaste. Brief main taste.

M: A bit lackluster, the main feel coming from hops.

O: An enjoyable, recommendable beer.

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Photo of HopSquatch
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into glass a nice clouded golden yellow with good head, smell of hops very prounounced , a little citrus fruity smell. I dont like Blonde beers normally and I dont care for the regular Firemans 4 version but this hopped up version is awesome ! Hope they decide to make it a regular offering. This and their stellar Lost Gold IPA are my favorites from Real Ale, the Rye Pale Ale aint bad either.

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Photo of mjurney
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden color, some amber highlight, hazy. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick head.

Hoppy, grassy, piney, sweet pale malts, tropical fruit.

Burst of hops up front. Grassy, piney, spicy. Bright fruit character. Sweet pale malts in the background. Bitter finish, very crisp. Body is crisp, tangy, refreshing, semi-dry.

It's an excellent beer.

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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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color, this beer is very fragrant, with a nose that combines citrus, mixed tropical fruit, and floral notes. The white head of foam looks nice and it does leave a good deal of lace as you consume.

The taste of this beer is about in- line with the nose. It is fruity and tangy from the hops, with flavors of lemongrass, orange, and grapefruit dominating. Search a little more and you will taste flavors such as honey, bread, pale malt, and some pine. The hops are definitely present, there is no doubt about that. But the overall flavor is not over- hopped by any means and most will find it enjoyable and highly drinkable.

This Real Ale beer is a tasty one and the hops help make it and enjoyable brew. It seems like it would go very well with certain cheeses and its fruity component makes it a good refresher for a summer day- something I wouldn’t normally say for a hoppier than average beer. But this one is definitely one to try and enjoy and I recommend grabbing a six pack or two if you can find it.

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4² (Four Squared) from Real Ale Brewing Company
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