Manly-based, 4 Pines Brewing Co have done it again! I was a little wary of an English-style ‘extra special bitter‘ brewed in Manly, NSW. Having said that, when I lived there in the late 80’s there was a bar at the Steyne set aside almost exclusively for us Pommy types.
This is cracking pint! Copper in colour, it has a complex floral aroma. The proof of the pudding however, is in the drinking and this 5.6% ale reveals a beautiful balance between sweet flavours (think dried fruit and apple crumble) and the bitterness of Saville marmalade.
4 Pines gets 4 stars!
Here’s the extra special ‘Specials’ with a very English-style ‘Gangsters’ ……………..