4 Pines added American Amber Ale to their core range in 2016. It’s a welcome addition to an impressive collection of beers.
This American Amber Ale started its life as one of 4 Pines’ Keller Door releases. Popularity and demand led to it being added first to the core keg range and then to the packaged range shortly after.
It pours a beautiful dark amber colour, bordering on ruby red. This beer is in the American style of amber ales so expect it to be on the hop-forward side as opposed to some of the British and Australian ambers we see which can be more malt-driven.
This features Mosaic as the aroma hops, a variety which has been incredibly popular recently, particularly in the last year or so.
If you’re familiar with Mosaic you’ll recognise it in the aroma straight away. It’s one of those beautiful tropical fruit salad hops with passion fruit and a touch of mango. It’s mouth watering and comes across wonderfully in this beer.
In this American Amber Ale the bitterness is quite restrained (coming in at 37 IBUs for the numbers geeks). It’s a mild bitterness that suits the balance of this beer.
And it is balanced. While the initial flavour follows up on the fruity Mosaic aromas, some biscuity malt comes through to keep things on an even keel.
While hardcore beer geeks might want more bitterness and more full-on tropical flavours, it’s a delicious and balanced beer that, at 5.1%, is fairly sessionable.
It would be fantastic for a session, providing great flavour but moderate alcohol and bitterness. Although, you might want some food in the middle of that session, in which case a grass-fed beef steak sandwich with caramelised onion and BBQ sauce is the way to go.
A Welcome Addition To The Core Range
This was added to the 4 Pines core range in Autumn 2016. It was first added to the core keg list, before soon being packaged in bottles. Perhaps in the future we’ll see it in cans like the Indian Summer Pale Ale but for the time being it looks great in bottles with 4 Pines’ distinctive label.
It’s a perfect stepping stone beer from either of those popular styles up to something more hoppy. And the addition of an IPA to the 4 Pines core range must surely be just over the horizon. If so, this would fit nicely in the middle.
From: Manly / Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: American Amber Ale
Pair with: Grass-fed beef steak sandwich with caramelised onion and BBQ sauce
Have you tried 4 Pines American Amber Ale? Do you prefer it on tap or from the bottle? Let me know what you think of it in the comments below.