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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PigMine (42) - San Angelo, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Date on the 12 oz. can. It pours a golden-tangerine, and has extra fine particulates suspended in it. It makes a very dense, rocky, creamy top on it, probably 2 fingers deep of mousse. For all the different hops used, its aroma is a bit subdued. Its not as aromatic as some IPAs, but would pass for one easily with other brewers, it sure is luscious smelling. Fruity, piney, and very tempting. It is a nicely balanced tasting ale. The hops are noticeable, but don’t bite your tongue. The brew has a bitter finish, but it goes down clean and not sticky. The hops do come through overall, and are such an unexpected surprise. When I saw this at the store I did a double take, then my eyes opened and my curiosity fired up. I am so pleased I grabbed a 6 pack of these cans! It is by far and away a top-level ale, and I hope more people discover this example of what a great ale can be!. Real Ale has really been coming out with some top quality brews lately, keep it up!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobFrapples (50) - Bryan, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2013
As a IPA lover, this over hopped blonde ale is perfect. Strong hop aroma, nice fluffy head on a deep cloudy gold glass of heaven. Nice and light with a hoppy bite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drinkdallas (21) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Can from grocer, pours a cloudy orange, tastes much closer to an ipa than a blond; I am not a fan of fireman's four at all but this is outstanding ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jthg (86) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Amazing. Nothing like the fireman’s four. Thank God. Super hoppy. Not bitter. Keep it up real ale!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2013
What a delicious brew this was. I was expecting something a little bigger than regular fireman’s 4, but this really matches the brewery’s commercial description, and then some. Monstrously hoppy and pungent in both aroma and taste, with a bold body and ample carbonation. Highly recommended. My only disappointment is that so far I’ve only found it at the brewery. I may have missed what supply of it came to my town until next year. Had I known of its existence I would have sought it out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlihcsnatas (625) - Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Poured up gold with a really nice head that held on the whole way. Smells of hops and tastes of hops. This is like an IPA but for some reason is not labled as such. Citrus, little pine, small hint at that aluminum from the can. Just wish I could find this in bottle. Beginning to think it is not in bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (1100) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Poured from a can into a Chimay chalice. Pours a clean gold with big head and lace. Aroma of bread, straw and floral hops, amber malt sweetness, light citrus spritzer. Medium carbonation and a modest mouthfeel. Flavors of floral hops, light melon rind, Cheerios, kava kava root. Overall significant body, hops, and a nice creaminess with slighty bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
deep gold from the tapline .. woo! really tasty .. . crisp and lightly hopped .. slight wet dog and green hops .. great brew .. . . And it was fine for the 1930s; the country was doing great back then. Everyone was into talking. But now, in whatever year this is, the audience wants action. And seats with beverage holders. But mainly action.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4754) - Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 8/20/2013. Pours moderately cloudy pale golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and dank floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dank hop notes with a light malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of dank floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice complexity and balance of dank hop flavors; with a light-moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy blonde ale. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TexHill (10) - Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Pour is an attractive hazy amber with a thick creamy white head. The nose is not overpowering with hints of resin and citrus hops. This tastes closer to an IPA than a typical blonde ale. It has a medium mouth feel an nice clean hop finish. It is probably my favorite beer from Real Ale. Highly recommended, especially to IPA drinkers looking for something a little bit different.

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