4 Pines Brewing Company Reviews




brucemandrake
3.9
4 Pines American Amber Ale
A banker - rewarding, hoppy, well balanced and eminently drinkable. Good, solid stuff.
Monday, January 23, 2017

mkel07
4.4
4 Pines Keller Door Series Hoppy Dopplebock
120117. Sometimes I find 4 Pines beers to be a little bit his and miss but with this beer it is definately more hit than miss. This beer is loaded with flavour and looks great in the glass, with a deep caramel colour and a soft beige head. Plenty of malt in the flavour with vanilla and caramel coming to mind. Medium to full bodied with a big finish. More malt than hops which is a nice change.
Monday, January 23, 2017

JBbrewer
4
4 Pines Keller Door Grapefruit IPL
Nice hint of grapefruit, great aroma. Well balanced. Alcohol content shows in flavour is the only negative for me.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Skarecrow
2.9
4 Pines Kolsch
330ml bottle from Cellarbrations, Main beach, Surfers Paradise Light golden amber color with OK head. Slight hop nose with some grainy and a touch of sulfur. Mild bitterness with slight malty palate. OK.
Monday, January 16, 2017

hawthorne00
3.1
4 Pines Keller Door Hoppy Doppelbock
Prior: "hoppy doppelbock" sounds pretty stupid. Bottle. Clear deep amber with a pale beige head. Aroma is of layered toffee, some chocolate, fumey hints of booze and somewhat householdcleanerish lemon. Just slightly syrupy with owish carbonation. Hopes raised by the aroma that the hops wouldnít trample over everything are dashed upon a sip - thereís a solventy and citrusy whine over the top of the pretty promising malt side of things. Itís OK and itís as promised.
Sunday, January 15, 2017

blackbock
2.8
4 Pines Kolsch
(Bottle) little aroma on opening. As I consumed direct from container no visual component able to be assessed. Some pleasant, uncommon yeast character present. Hops not discernable. Low bitterness. Reasonable quaffer, but nothing memorable.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ALLOVATE
3.7
4 Pines American Amber Ale
Got a little more than tipsy on this one late last year but didnít think to rate it. Luckily it came in as Day 21 of 2016 Advent Calendar.
Fiery, ruby body that shimmers in the lights. A good three inches of head erupts forth and then settles back to a mess of compact off-white foam. Hugely sappy pine and fur tree notes tickle the nose atop plummy, stonefruit, pot pourri and caramelised citrus, biscuity sweet malt and wood. Similarly pungent on the palate. Assertively bitter and long. Pine and fur, wood and pot pourri mingle with bitter herbs and raw hop cones. Well rounded with good presence and soft carbonation. Quite dry with just a little tanginess from stonefruit. A hint of red wine in the linger. Very floral, earthy and herbaceous with enough fruit for balance. Sessionable...., just! Not bad. (33cL, BB 23/08/17, Boozebud)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hop_Hedonist
4.4
4 Pines Hefeweizen
For my uneducated palate (Hefe isnít my preferred style), this is a great drink - its low on esters (mercifully) and highly citrus - slight sourness makes it highly drinkable and refreshing for me - leaves a very clean palate - I much prefer this to most other Hefes.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DavidAust
3.8
4 Pines American Amber Ale
330ml bottle. In general, I like the 4 Pines Keller door and find the main label weak in flavour. This one bucks the trend - plenty of roasted malt to balance the scales with the hops. Very nice. Will buy again.
Monday, December 26, 2016

mkel07
3
4 Pines Keller Door Guava Gose
031216. On tap at Super Whatnot. I didnít get a real lot of guava but other than that this beer was decent enough. Tart and mildy sour with a vinegary finish.
Monday, December 26, 2016

KeefOz
3.1
4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale
Draught at Embassy Hotel, Brisbane. Poured a crystal clear golden amber with a thin bright white foamy head that diminished quickly to a collar that laced OK. Carbonation virtually flat with extremely rare coarse bubbles. Aroma pleasantly of fresh tropical fruits dominated by passionfruit. Taste pleasantly of fresh passionfruit and tropical fruits; flavoursome but not-overpowering; low bitterness. Light body. Crisp and refreshing with lingering sweet tropical fruits on the finish. Easy drinking.
Friday, December 23, 2016

LesArgen
4.4
4 Pines Keller Door Double Cascadian Dark Ale
Aromas of coffee, cherry, lemon, grapefruit, caramel. Tastes of dusty, burned caramel, roasted coffee, cherry and tons of grapefruit and warming alcohol. Absolute ripper.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

sm89walt
3.3
4 Pines Hefeweizen
Keg. Cloudy yellow with a small and somewhat lasting white head. Banana, wheat, spice, lemon, and bubblegum aromas/flavours. Mid-weight, crisp, and clean with medium to full carbonation and a moderate length and intensity bitterness to finish.
Saturday, December 17, 2016

CurlyJoe
3.4
4 Pines American Amber Ale
Hoppy and dark but still light on the palate. More interesting than it looks. Leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.
Friday, December 16, 2016

CurlyJoe
3
4 Pines Pale Ale
Aroma is mostly fruity. Taste is also very fruity but quite hop driven. Some lingering sweetness.
Friday, December 16, 2016

CurlyJoe
3.2
4 Pines Kolsch
Great summer beer, refreshing clean and fruity. Sharp aroma. Excellent example of a kolsch.
Friday, December 16, 2016

CurlyJoe
3.3
4 Pines Keller Door Cascadian Dark Ale
Bitter aroma, mild. Appearance is dark brown with white head, pretty thick. Mostly bitter and mild chocolately taste, sweet finish. Smooth velvety mouth feel.
Friday, December 16, 2016

CurlyJoe
3.2
4 Pines Hefeweizen
Cloudy light brown/yellow with moderate, thin head. Aroma is sweat and bready. Very smooth beer to drink, driven by wheat. Slight mild bitter aftertaste.
Friday, December 16, 2016

sm89walt
3.6
4 Pines Keller Door Guava Gose
Keg. A hazy golden yellow on the pour with a small but mostly lasting white head. Lemon, lemon pith, lime spice and yeast characters. Medium body but crisp, sour, clean and long to finish. An effortless sour style.
Friday, December 16, 2016

sm89walt
3.3
4 Pines Keller Door Christmas Saison
Keg. Last pour from the barrel. A hazy golden amber with a small and fading white head. Wheat, spice, banana, bubblegum and yeast. Mid-weight, crisp, clean and refreshing. Medium carbonation and a moderate length and intensity finish.
Friday, December 16, 2016

Dandm
3
4 Pines Keller Door Christmas Saison
2016 batch, bottled 29/9. Golden blonde with a short head. Strong, sweet Belgian yeast taste. The sweetness overpowers the spices used and some bitterness would have been nice. Easy drinking though with a good grasp of the traditional saison.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

danjs5
3
4 Pines Keller Door Hoppy Doppelbock
Pours deep amber to ruby brown. Caramel malt on the nose. Super sweet fizzy toffee and hop taste which deepens as it warms up. Layers of crystal malt with some background fruit in a medium body. Nice long sweet malty aftertaste. Interesting.
Monday, December 12, 2016

hawthorne00
3
4 Pines Keller Door Christmas Saison
Bottle. Clear orange with a white head. A: oranges, dough, cloves, cinnamon. Spices are obvious but donít thwack you over the head. Quite sweet with not much fruit and very little bitterness. The spices are nicely judged and maybe the additions meld with some esters, but the lack of bitterness and a surprising failure to even lean towards dry at the end are a problem for something that purports to be a saison.
Friday, December 2, 2016

theswiftsa
3.8
4 Pines Keller Door Double Cascadian Dark Ale
Bottle. Pours a cola brown with a creamy off white head. Nose is dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is upfront roasted choc malt melding into a bitter dark coffee finish. Not as much hop presence as the label describes but still a well balanced dark ale.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dredd
3.4
4 Pines Pale Ale
Nice light pine aroma, copper pour with thin white head. Easy drinking flavor with some citrus notes, biscuit malt and balanced bitter finish.
Sunday, November 13, 2016

CurlyJoe
3.2
4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale
Floral and caramel aroma. Light, fruity taste with some hop bitterness. Crisp on the palate. Definitely a summer beer.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

LesArgen
3.6
4 Pines Keller Door Cascadian Dark Ale
This dark, black beer has a great combo of aromas, including aniseed, biscuit, breadcrumbs, and cherry ripe. The alcohol makes its presence known, along with a strong cherry presence which makes it slightly sweeter than Iíd like. It does have a nice finish, with roasted malt and grapefruit.
Friday, November 11, 2016

TedE
2.8
4 Pines Keller Door Australian Heritage Ale
On tap at brewery. Mahogany red beer with thin white head. Medium body carbonation. Faint nose of malt. Slight fizz, sharply bitter. Really tastes old fashioned. An obvious precursor of todayís macros. Interesting and easy drinking.
Monday, November 7, 2016

varanid99
3.4
4 Pines Schwarzbier
Very dark brown with a thin film of beige head. Sweet, smoky, roasty chocolate aromas. Taste is slightly sweet, a bit of roast, ash, cocoa, with a dry finish
Sunday, November 6, 2016

wrlangin
3.4
4 Pines Pale Ale
Draft at Hop and Pickle on Southbank in Brisbane. Deep ruby color. Very little aroma. Flavours are more robust than expected and are a nice balance of citrus and pine. A pleasant surprise. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, November 5, 2016

highlandlad
2.3
4 Pines ESB
Oversweet stab at an ESB. Bright amber, full head. Rummy aroma - brown sugars, raisins, dates. Generally sweet on the nose, with minimal hop presence. Medium bodied. Too sweet to be quenching. Has some of that nice English nuttiness and a herbal tint to the finish. 45 ibus sounded promising but theyíre drowned in sugar. Not a favourite style but even allowing for that, this fell short. (500ml bottle, which right now feels like 450ml too much.....)
Saturday, November 5, 2016

varanid99
3.8
4 Pines Black IPA
Almost black pour with a decent tan head that settles to a tight half cm layer. pine, grapefruit and a little roasty aroma. Taste is sweetish, a little roast, nice but not over the top bitterness, and a bit of chocolate and coffee at the end. Nice.
Friday, November 4, 2016

varanid99
3.4
4 Pines Keller Door Coffee Porter
Very dark brown pour with a massive tan head that just wonít settle down. Coffee, roasty, a little chocolate on the nose. Sweet, black coffee and vanilla taste with a little coffee-y and roasty bitterness. Not bad
Friday, November 4, 2016

Muggus69
3.5
4 Pines Keller Door Hoppy Doppelbock
500mL bottle from Booze Bud. BB 16/09/17 Pours a lovely deep red body, good clarity, holds a beige head - possibly some touches of green atop! Punchy nose with hops aplenty - lychee, lime, guava amongst rich toffee, toast & biscuity malt. Not as big/rich as expected, touch of slickness on the palate, warmth comes through a bit. Get a decent hit of toffee & biscuity malt upfront, some sweetness but it doesnít last with hop notes of citrus, ripe rockmelon, lychee & guava filtering through. Bitterness is firm, dries & draws out proceedings. The concept is good, and flavours are on the mark but lacks that texture & weight of a good Doppelbock.
Friday, November 4, 2016

sm89walt
2.9
4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale
Keg. Golden amber in the glass with a small and lasting white head. A little spicy. A little juicy. A lot sessionable. Good fruit, ample bitterness. Crisp and refreshing. Light to medium body, medium carbonation and a soft to moderate length and intensity hop bitterness to end.
Thursday, November 3, 2016

highlandlad
3.7
4 Pines Keller Door Hoppy Doppelbock
A slightly uneasy mash-up of styles here which Iíd dub a partial success, but unlikely to inspire a wave of copycats. In this contest, the score is hops 1 bock 0. In other words, try it if you like a good wallop of Pacific NW hops, not if youíre looking for a faithful European-style bock. The style book is out the window. Pours bright copper with a thick, rocky head. Aroma mixes floral PNW hops - Enigma, El Dorado - with Vienna malt toffee notes and Munich breadiness. Some obvious brown sugar in the mix. Medium bodied. Resinous finish with some minty menthol. If I have a criticism, itís that these hops donít pair too well with the residual sugars. Comes on a bit like a sweeter DIPA. A half litre goes a long way with that abv. (500ml bottle from Wentworth Falls bottlo)
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

StevieT
3.7
4 Pines American Amber Ale
From a bottle. I was surprised how much I liked this, malt biscuit and a hop hit, super smooth and very drinkable.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

AtronSeige
3.4
4 Pines Pale Ale
Aroma: High hops, pine, resin, citrus, fruity. Appearance: Brilliant, amber body. Medium, off-white head, fair retention. Flavour: Medium-high citrus, fruity. Medium resin, but not heavy. Medium-light bitterness. Medium-light balancing maltiness. Dry finish with lingering resin. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Hop forward, but not overpowering or excessively bitter. Color is slightly too dark for a pale ale, and head retention can be better. Maltiness balances the beer, but it lacks a bit of bitterness, making the beer not as crisp as it should be. 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Brendan! 18B. American Pale Ale.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

jimmy01
2.1
4 Pines Californian Common
Hoppy aroma, not to style. Lacking malt aroma. Cloudy yellow colour. Good head and carbonation. Lacking in maltiness, over hoppy. Too thin for style. Overall, this didnít seem to be a California Common style at all. I even asked the staff to check they hadnít given me a pale ale.
Monday, October 24, 2016

Dredd
2.9
4 Pines Keller Door Hoppy Doppelbock
Pour is light cola brown with thin head. Aroma is an unusual sweetness, almost bubblegum with subdued hop notes. Flavor is complex and grows mouthful on mouthful. Initial fruitcake moves to brown sugar lightens to a long bitter finish which is balanced by the big malts
Thursday, October 20, 2016

DavidAust
3.7
4 Pines Keller Door Hoppy Doppelbock
500ml bottle, poured in halves into a snifter. Served around 10 degrees Celsius and second glass around 15. Aroma is hops. I couldnít separate the various scents - it just smelt like raw galaxy hops before they go into the brew (which arenít even in it - so go figure). So Citrus and fruity - but more like raw hops than anything else. Pleasant though and not overpowering. Appearance was an amber / caramel colour with plenty of beading and a two finger head which laced well. Taste - average - nice but not what was described on the label. Neither hoppy or malty / bready enough to be called "Hoppy Doppelbock". Sometimes these things work well and other times they seem to cancel each other out and the later is the case with this. Palate was medium, fizzy enough to cleanse without taking away all the flavour and leaving some of the sweetness lingering. Overall it is a nice beer. Not a rave, but nice, and if it didnít have all the marketing hype about being strong enough to knock over the devil - it wouldnít be a disappointment. But when you tell us (not literally) this is going to be as good as, and as big as an "Stoneís Arrogant Bastard" and then you donít deliver - well 4 Pines that might be the very definition of an arrogant bastard.
Sunday, October 16, 2016

theswiftsa
3
4 Pines Keller Door Series Hoppy Dopplebock
Pours a brilliantly clear dark copper with a thin head. Nose is biscuit and caramel with light hops. Taste is big upfront biscuity malts, melding into caramel and a somewhat spicy hop finish. Not as hopped up as I would have liked and a bit of a malt overload.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

TedE
3.8
4 Pines American Amber Ale
Taster at Australian Beer Festival. More red than amber. Great depth from the hops. Sweet finish, great quencher.
Friday, October 14, 2016

StevieT
3.6
4 Pines Keller Door Series Hoppy Dopplebock
From a bottle. Pours an amazing clear copper with a tiny head, plenty of fruity hop flavours and a spicy yeast finish. Pretty good stuff.
Friday, October 14, 2016

mkel07
3
4 Pines American Amber Ale
Bottle from Beer Cartel 080716. This was a little too thin and watery for me and lacked the flavour that i normally like in an amber ale. It was still pleasant just not what I was expecting.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

danjs5
3.2
4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale
Light colour, slight bitterness and hops. Floral and honey aroma with some fruity tastes including passionfruit. Trademark piney palate. Light and decent session beer.
Friday, October 7, 2016

Kurtos
3
4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale
Bottle. pours a pale straw colour. Aroma. not much on the nose, a mild tropical fruit smell thatís about it. Taste. Nice and Fruity, tropical fruits with a mild piney bitterness. Overall. Good beer, what a beer at this abv should be mild but enough flavour present to keep you interested.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Lunkie
3
4 Pines American Amber Ale
Hop spice herbal aroma. Deep Amber colour great head and lacing. Malt spice hop flavour. Smooth palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dervock
3
4 Pines Keller Door Series Hoppy Dopplebock
Bottle - pours dark Amber with an off white head. Aromas sugary malt and pine hops. Taste is sweet up front then a drying sharp hoppy finish. Not sure that the mix works for me.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

sm89walt
3
4 Pines Keller Door Middle Man
Keg - 4 Pines, Manly. Clear golden yellow with a small and mostly fading white head. Subtle citrus, floral and pale malt characters throughout. Easy session stuff. Light body, medium carbonation and soft to moderate intensity and length finish.
Thursday, September 29, 2016