August 28, 2013 by 250 Beers
It’s no big secret that India Pale Ale is one of my favourite styles of beer. I thoroughly enjoy a decent IPA and will often (where possible) rush to thrust my open jaws underneath a newly tapped IPA in Brisbane.
One such occasion was the tapping of 4 Pines Brewing’s El Dorado IPA a few weeks ago at both The Embassy and Platform Bar. These two bars had tapped it on the same day!
I have absolutely no idea how long it took 4 Pines to come up with the name of this IPA but I can tell you that El Dorado IPA boasts the inclusion of a fairly new hop variety called El Dorado. It must have taken them ages…
The beer was a Keller Door release and therefore a limited quantity was brewed as a one-off. What made this IPA ever so slightly more intriguing was the fact that 4 Pines bottled some too (500ml). This is a first for a Keller Door release.
I’ve got to say that I absolutely loved it and will continue to love it where possible until it disappears completely. Forever. If this blog employed the use of emoticons there would be a sad face inserted right here.
There’s something ridiculously addictive to it. It’s quite sweet and that isn’t usually my thing where beer is concerned yet I just can’t help but drink the stuff! The Eldorado hops give it a tropical fruitiness with watermelon undertones. The sweetness on both the nose and the palate isn’t dissimilar to that stickiness associated with candy floss or cotton candy or fairy floss depending where you’re from. It’s exactly as described on the label. Don’t think for one moment that this is a fruity-alcopop-lolly-water type of beer because it isn’t. There’s plenty of bitterness in there to keep it on track as an IPA.
With an a.b.v. of 6.0%, El Dorado IPA is a sessionable beer that has me wanting more, more, more. I’ve acquired a few of those limited release bottles mentioned above…primarilly for when I get withdrawal symptoms in the very near future.
At the time of publishing this post, Untappd shows that I have checked this IPA in no less than eight times which is more than anybody else in Australia. This is a totally worthless claim to fame but evidence of my adoration for it.