Daily Drop No. 25 — 4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale

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Today on the Daily Drop, I’m tasting 4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale. This is a gorgeous-sounding pale ale that nearly implies that it is an IPA. Not so fast, 4 pines. You’ve impressed me thus far. Don’t prove me wrong that you could produce no awful yeast.

Appearance

Golden straw colour, near nothing in the head department but exceptional retention. Nice lacing and some lively bubbles.

Aroma

Dry hopped heavily with Cascade, as it is very obvious in the notes on the nose. This is a very pleasant aroma, alive with citrus and pine notes. Well balanced against a mildly sweet malt body. Really liking the pine notes that sing out towards the back.

Mouth feel

Brisk, lingering tickle on the tongue from the carbonation. Soft and creamy, but a very light body, with the carbonation still alive on the roof of the mouth. Finishes mostly dry with a little bit of citrus on the back.

Flavour

Very inviting citrus notes on the draw, turning to grapefruit throughout the profile. Soft and mild malt body with a very nice citrus flavour carrying on throughout the aftertaste.

Overall — 4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale

The aroma is extremely inviting and has some hints of pine mingling with the citrus. With every draw from the glass there are more hints of grapefruit and citrus. The light body of this summer ale is pretty fantastic. Definitely sessionable. I would session it right now. And I will definitely be grabbing more of this fantastic summer ale at the bottleshop.

Brewing thoughts

Very much a light pale ale brewed with 2 row pale malt, perhaps some sugars. The hops are very likely Galaxy and Cascade, with Cascade making a big appearance in dry-hopping.

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Have you brewed a clone of 4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale? Maybe you’ve mastered the batch going extract? Or maybe you’ve decided to make a spin-off and make your own. I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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