Since the Keller Door special releases from 4 Pines come with fair regularity, it’s never a big surprise when another one pops its head out of the brewery. But a new core range beer is another matter entirely: the release of the Pacific Ale shows that you can never really know if a brewery has finished modelling its regular lineup or not.
It pours a honeyed gold with a generous head, and releases aromas that fit with the F words printed on the label – “fruity”, “fresh”, and “floral". It’s hard to describe this beer without resorting to clichés like “liquid sunshine” and “tropical island in a glass”, as it does indeed tick those boxes. The all-Australian Vic Secret and Galaxy hops bring a vibrant and fruity sweetness to the palate, carried by an admirably complex malt bill. There aren’t too many mid-strengths around that you can drink for a while without immediately picking up on the low alcohol content, but the body and flavour of Pacific Ale manages it.
Drinking this brings to mind relaxing on the beach and BBQs in the sunshine, bringing those vibes to you wherever you are, so you don’t have to be on a tropical island to enjoy this beer. (But it couldn’t hurt, right?)