4 Pines Pale Ale is a go-to beer if I’ve ever seen one. Dependable and bloody tasty.
Purists will say 4 Pines Pale Ale is too dark to be a pale ale but to hell with them. This has that Yankee/Aussie pale ale taste, citrusy hops on the nose and a solid bitterness sitting on top of the malt base.
It’s versatile too – great as a table beer, nice to enjoy slowly in an evening or perfect to drink straight from the bottle by the pool.
Pour it in a glass however and the aromas take on a new life. The citrus hits you on the nose, and as you take a swig and watch the liquid swirl you’ll taste the malt sweetness and fruity hops playing around on your tongue, vying for attention. It always stays balanced though.
That’s part of the reason this is such a popular beer with big results in the Hottest 100. Balance is hard to achieve, particular with the current trend of making pale ales packed with fruity flavours and hop bitterness.
4 Pines know the value of a good malty body and it’s showcased in this beer.
The hops in this particular beer combine some big grapefruit flavours over some more subtle pine.
Since 4 Pines stepped up production, you can now get it nearly everywhere for a really good price. It’s the perfect entry into craft beer for those seeking a bit more flavour.
Beer style: Australian Pale Ale
Hops: Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo, Citra
Malt: Ale, Wheat, Munich, Crystal
Pair with: Barbecued prawns on a sunny day
Have you tried 4 Pines Pale Ale? Leave a comment and let me know how you think it compares to other pale ales.