They love celebrating the nations of the world at 4 Pines. Give them a country marking an occasion of significance and they'll give you a new beer; sometimes four. Once again they've used Independence Day as an excuse to head to the brewery armed with tonnes of hops to create a series of US-inspired ales. It's the fourth time they've marked Independence Day in such a manner, with this year's beers the 10th, 11th and 12th Yankee beers.
As brewery owner Jaron tells us: "This occasion is perfect to work with some fantastic ingredients and awesome styles of beer, as well as give thanks to Will Smith, in memory of the day he single handedly thwarted an Alien Invasion taking over the world."
While it's their fourth US-inspired series and umpteenth Keller Door release, it's the first that has seen such a beer appear inside bottles; big bottles too. Said beer is the El Dorado IPA, which measures six per cent ABV and 55 IBU. We sampled Flying Dog's single hop El Dorado when in the States earlier in the year (their single hop series uses 10 per cent IIPAs as the base beer...) and it was one of the better beers on offer at their cellar door (don't be tempted by the Green Tea Imperial Stout...) suggesting it's a hop with a bright, some might say golden, future. It's a new clone of hop out of the Pacific North West, which the 4 Pines crew says gives: "multi-layered aroma and taste contributions including tropical fruit, cotton candy, pear, cut grass and watermelon."
The other two new beers are keg only. There's RyePA 2013 (5.6 per cent ABV, 40 IBU), which is an update on their 2011 release - a hearty American Pale Ale brewed with a portion of rye malt. Dry with a spicy complexity, apparently. And then there's the Imperial IPA (10 percent ABV, 90 IBU), which they're calling: "The epitome of loud, unsubtle Americans. Big, brash and bold with a mouth-puckering hop presence."