I gotta say, I’m always keeping a look out for the small batch stuff that 4 Pines does these days, especially the stuff they have been releasing the past couple of months as part of the Wintertide series. Now comes the Imperial India Brown Ale. The very name of this beer intrigues me and tells me it’s going to be incredibly complex, big and bold. Could not wait to crack this open, let’s see the result.
Style: Imperial India Brown Ale
Pours a deceptive dark red/ brown colour reminiscent of coca- cola, with a fluffy white head.
On the Nose:
Surprisingly hop forward, fruity and floral notes. Candied orange, nectarine, juicy mango and pineapple with fresh pine notes and citrus pith. Getting pistachio nut and toast too.
The palate is crackingly malt driven: chewy toffee, raw macadamia and pistachio with rich, jammy orange, bordering on marmalade. The mouthfeel has got it all: It’s jammy and mouth coating, finishing in a bold, citrus pine resin note, great bitterness and dryness.
4 Pines Keller Door always impresses me and this is no exception. Brilliantly balanced with incredible mouthfeel, it’s the best of both worlds. The nose says floral IPA but the palate is deliciously malt driven: toffee, nuts and jammy citrus. Well done 4 Pines, you have done it again.