4 Pines ESB (500ml bottles)

4 Pines (CUB)

Way back at the first ever GABS - back when the "A" stood for Australian not Australasian, there were 20 not 89 beers, and it took place at The Local Taphouses not the Royal Exhibition Building - among the crazy high ABV beers and hop bombs one of the standouts was 4 Pines' Wee Heavy: a multi-layered, luscious malty treat. It was like a step up from their ESB, and now that ESB - which itself seems to have become beefier since - has been released in chunky 500ml bottles to complement the brewery's 330ml bottle range.

And it's a cracker: a rich, hearty blend of toffee and sweet nut aromas and flavours that heap layer upon layer of goodness into every mouthful. The hops are there to add little more than a spot of grounding earthiness and balancing bitterness, allowing the malts - and a wee bit of raisiny fruitiness - to take centre stage. The Crafty Pint grew up in the UK drinking ales and this is a reminder of home in a good way, so much so we've been foisting it onto all of our beer loving mates with gusto. Another winner from one of Australia's finest and most consistent breweries.

45 IBU

Best Pale Ale – Craft Beer Awards 2014

4 Pines (CUB)

29/43-45 East Esplanade
NSW 2095

(02) 9976 2300
Open Hours

Mon to Sun: 11am-midnight

Brookvale Truck Bar:
Thu & Fri: 4pm to 10pm
Sat: midday to 10pm (unless closed for private functions)
Sun: 12pm to 8pm

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