It’s been a while since 4 Pines added to their core range but they have with Indian Summer Pale Ale and it’s in a can too!
The beer is very light in colour, with a clarity you often don’t see in modern Aussie pale ales. It’s almost a straw colour and similar in appearance to some lagers.
Light and Fruity
Cracking open the can, there’s some familiar grapefruit hop aroma. This is definitely the type of beer that people will crush from the can but it’s also worth pouring into a glass to try it. It has a light mouthfeel, it goes down like water.
As described on the can, honeydew melon is evident in the flavour, alongside a touch of the tropical grapefruit and passionfruit flavours you’d expect from these new world hops.
The flavours are toned down somewhat as you’d expect with session ales like this. The same can be said for the bitterness, of which there isn’t much.
4 Pines created this with a specific audience in mind. It’s for the folks who sit down by the beach near their brewery and smash a few cans of beer in an evening. It’s perfect for that. I could see myself grabbing a four pack and having a session on a stinking hot day.
Trendy Session Ales
4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale is part of a trend in imbetweeny kind of ales. Lower alcohol, lighter mouthfeel, softer bitterness, it fits in with the other golden, summer and session ales we’ve seen hit the market recently.
How it compares to other beers in this category will be down to personal preference.
In The Can
It’s the first beer 4 Pines has put out in cans. Let’s hope success with this beer will mean we see some of their other core range beers going into cans. Their ever popular Pale Ale must surely be next.
Another sessionable beer worth trying in this expanding category is Australian Brewery’s Alchemy Golden Ale.
From: Manly / Brookvale, NSW
Beer style: Pale ale
Pair with: A barbecue picnic on a stinking hot day
Have you tried 4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought.