4² (Four Squared) | Real Ale Brewing Company

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343 Ratings
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4² (Four Squared)4² (Four Squared)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
realalebrewing.com

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

Added by Lawl3ss on 07-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
343
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
10.61%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
77
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Vinyl_on_Tap
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jtaylord
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lighter bodied and not too bitter, the balance 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. This beer is all about the tropical, juicy citrus that grabs you from the first sip. Dry and refreshing, bright and fruity.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty fresh can, pours pale, straw color body with cream color head that leaves a nice lacing.

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Photo of dasotelo50
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kkarimi
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roybert
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweetdemonsweat
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Premo88
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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 DutchcdnTEXAN
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of phatsmackey
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BryantForestry
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Robo
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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 hugod
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DSWeller
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ruzzal
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGsWo22
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kruja5
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magery
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattreitz49
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4² (Four Squared) from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 343 ratings.
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