The fifth iteration of 4 Pines in Season IPA features hops from the southern hemisphere.
This In Season IPA from 4 Pines pours a bright gold colour with a foamy white head. It showcases wonderful carbonation, with a solid cap of foam and bubble streaming up through the liquid. It looks triumphant in the glass.
This version has a solid and lasting bitterness. There’s deep, dank hop flavours that punch aggressively across the palate.
As well as the taste of green resinous hops, the primary flavours are juicy orange citrus; mandarins, naval oranges and pink grapefruit. These play alongside some light apricot notes to produce a well rounded and beautifully aromatic IPA.
In terms of a comparison to number 4, the flavour profile is obviously different due to the hops. However, there’s also a bit more subtle caramel deep down below the hop flavours. It’s a malt character that mirrors the colour of the liquid and does enough to balance the 67 IBUs.
There’s a brisk, biting bitterness at the end that lingers, coating the tongue. It stays with you throughout the duration of drinking this beer.
As with the previous version of this beer, 4 Pines are emphasising the importance of drinking it fresh. They’ve stamped the cans with the date on which it was canned and advise customers to drink it within six months of that date.
I’d recommend enjoying it sooner than that. The fresher you can try it the better. This is definitely a beer to keep refrigerated to preserve the integrity of the hop character.
This IPA is going to be great with spicy chilli prawn and rice dishes.
From: Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: India Pale Ale
Hops: Enigma, Vic Secret, Australian Willamette, Helga and Galaxy
Pair with: Spicy rice and chilli prawns
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