4 Pines’ seasonal Keller Door releases are something to look forward to in the Aussie craft beer calendar. 2017’s first bottled release is a Grapefruit IPL.
While the recent trend of fruited beers has mostly been in pale ales and IPAs, 4 Pines decided to go with a lager. And what more could you want during this sweltering summer?
It pours a beautiful gold, darker than a typical lager thanks to the beefed up malt bill that brings the beer up to a 6.3% ABV. It’s a level of alcohol that you can taste in the beer without it losing its refreshment.
The body of the liquid is satisfying. It sits under a pillowy, white head which retains its mass for sometime, holding a good level of carbonation. This is really what helps to deliver the aroma up out of the glass.
As you’d expect the initial aroma is one of fresh, tart grapefruit. On the palate, it comes across more subtle with a light fruitiness and a lingering bitterness which sits somewhere between the effect of early hop additions and the natural biting sensation of grapefruit.
It’s a refreshing bitterness which, alongside the juicy grapefruit and tingling carbonation, is almost palate cleansing as it builds to a crisp, clean finish.
As well as the intriguing and tasty recipe, the fermentation and condition of this beer are excellent.
Slake That Thirst
Even at 6.3% the beer provides such refreshment that it’d be well suited to a pint glass, or at least the 500ml bottles Keller Door releases come in. It’s perfectly quaffable on its own and will certain quench a thirst on a hot and humid day.
But once slaked, you might wish to pair a second pint with a big salad of watercress, avocado and plump, juicy prawns or soft shell crab.
As with all Keller Door releases, Grapefruit IPL is in limited supply so you’ll need to move fairly quickly to get hold of it.
If you do miss out, another popular fruited lager is Serpents Kiss from The Grifter Brewing Co. Alternatively, 4 Pines Kolsch has subtle hints of lime from the hop regime. Both will be refreshing through the summer months.
From: Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: Fruited India Pale Lager
Malt: Ale, Pale Wheat, Carapils, Munich
Hops: Azacca, Waimea, Centennial
Pair with: Seafood salad with watercress and avocado
Did you get your hands on 4 Pines Grapefruit IPL? If so, leave a comment below with your thoughts.