Category Archives: Extra Special Bitters

4 Pines ESB (Extra Special Bitter) (AUS)

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.

4 Pines Brewing Co - Extra Special Bitter lives up to its billing
4 Pines Brewing Co – Extra Special Bitter …… lives up to its billing

 

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’ ……………..¬†

 

 

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