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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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What do you get when you take our top-selling Firemans #4 and transform it into 4-squared? Blonde ale to the power of awesome! You might ask how we’ve accomplished this, and you probably should. We start with the basic Firemans recipe, add more of our premium 2-row malted barley to bring this blonde ale up to 16°P, then add massive charges of hops to give some bulk to this burly blonde. The clean, dry finish and the signature Crystal and Glacier hops are still there -- we’ve simply multiplied it like crazy. Add to that Herkules, Amarillo and a round of dry-hopping, and you’re left with notes of citrus and a substantial hop flavor and aroma. A truly special beer for our 16th year. Casks of 4-squared have been additionally dry-hopped with Zythos hops, a blend of Northwest "IPA style" hops. Piney, resinous, and a boost of citrus.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2013
Can. A lightly hazy, golden beer with a small, dense off-white head. Fruity, piney aroma with little to none malt aroma. Hay and tropical fruits. Medium body, dry, pleasant carbonation. Mostly fruity, piney, or maybe spruce like flavor with a fine bitterness. Lasting bitter finish. Dangerously easy drinkable and quite tasteful. 131101

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2012
(Cask) Pours a cloudy golden body with a spare white head. Aroma of orange, pineapple, biscuit, and passion fruit. Flavor of grass, orange, caramel, and light florals with a moderately bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11371) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Can shared by Bobby. Golden pour with a white head. Floral hops up front, some orange peel, melon, bread, and honey. Maybe a touch of sugar/candy. Flavor is pretty sweet. Sugar, honey, and bread. Floral hops, orange peel, and some melon.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (11058) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2014
Can. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, yeast, fruit, pine. Flavour is alcohol, malt, yeast, citrus, fruit, pine. Medium body. OK beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10106) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Can poured a hazy gold with a lingering ring of off white foam. Aromas of straw, tea, grassiness and citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, grassiness, grapefruit zest and tea with a crisp lightly bitter lingering citrus finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8690) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 21, 2013
355mL thanks to t0rin0. Pours clear golden. Medium white foam. Nose is squash, melon, sugar cube. Taste is melon, sugar, soap, spice. Juicy, quenching. Pretty nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8516) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2014
Sample at Meddlesome Moth. Clear golden color with a medium white head that burns away steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, pine and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of piney hops, citrus and toasted malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a hops and citrus aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Can at BTBF. Pours with a clear golden hued body with a white head. Aromas are of hops: grassy, tangerine, citrus and fruity. Very mild malt structure, light fermentation esters. Hops are show cased. Flavors are grassy, tons of dry hop resin character, citrus, herbaceous, tangerine. Grainy and dry. Lively carbonation, low body with a dry and crisp finish. I’d definitely pick up a few cans of this if it were locally available and fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6818) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2014
12oz can, thanks to phaleslu for sharing. Best by December 10, 2014. Clear golden orange color. Thin off-white head. Dots and bits of lace. Good grassy zesty hoppy aroma. Some grapefruit, pine. Bigger bitter taste. Light sweet. Pretty nice golden IPA. Golden ale? This is an IPA..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
12 oz. can from Errl. Didn’t see it in the box initially. Thanks, Chris! Unfortunately, we used this one as a sacrificial lamb - a palate cleanser after Stone Crime and Punishment, among other big, crazy beers. Pours a pale bright gold with a white head. Light-bodied with medium carbonation and a mouthfeel that is both dank from fresh hops and dry from the base. Notes of herbs, grass, straw, pale malts, citrus and spice. But if I were to describe this in one line, it would be: like a typical golden/blond ale with hop pellets chucked in. That’s what separates my opinion from DrSilverworm’s on this - I wouldn’t call it an IPA because the base and late hop addition are so clearly separate. Interesting beer.


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