This Keller Door Australian DIPA from 4 Pines was released the day before they announced the buyout by AB InBev.
It’s the final Keller Door beer released as an independent brewery. It was released the day before the announcement on Friday 22 September 2017 that 4 Pines was bought by AB InBev.
This is their In Season IPA #5 multiplied by two. It’s a double IPA and it lets you know from the off.
It pours a deep golden colour with a touch of haze at its core. There’s an exciting and rambunctious frothy white head that holds some incredible carbonation.
On the nose there’s huge mandarin, orange rind and pineapple aromas. It pumps up the onion hop character compared to the In Season IPA. The extra dose of hops has added a light vegetal taste which runs into a mild resinous, oily character.
Fairly predictably, this beer is full bodied. There’s a sold maltiness to the base of the beer. It feels weighty in the glass and it coats the palate.
What you can get sometimes in a DIPA is a silky sweetness. This finishes delightfully dry. It demonstrates the brewing capability they have at 4 Pines. To get such a massive malt bill into such an amazingly dry finish is impressive work.
As well as the pleasant finish, there’s an aggressive bitterness. It’s rasping, gravelly and culminates in a punch to the throat. It echoes the ferocious bitterness you’ll find in beers from Modus Operandi, now arguably Sydney’s leading independent brewer north of the bridge.
At 9% ABV it’s a big, big beer. On the first sips the alcohol doesn’t show itself but it certainly creeps up on you, before accelerating and, if you’re not careful, overtaking you. While the effects of the alcohol can’t be avoided, the brewers have done well to keep the taste of booze out of the beer.
The malt backbone and the bitter finish does outweigh the subtlety of flavours you get from the normal In Season IPA but that’s probably to be expected when everything in the beer is doubled. It doesn’t have the same balance but there’s an argument to say that double IPAs aren’t the most balanced of styles to begin with.
You could pair it with food but it’s likely to blow away a lot of subtle flavours. Perhaps a bold and spicy meat pizza or some brisket tacos filled with jalapeños, strong cheese, soured cream and chipotle tabasco.
From: Brookvale / Manly, NSW
Beer style: Double IPA
Pair with: Brisket tacos with the lot
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