By Deb Jackson, editor Beer & Brewer
4 Pines Brewing Company has launched its latest small batch Keller Door release, the Grapefruit IPL.
Around 1000 grapefruits were hand-zested for infusion into the beer at both the boil kettle and fermenter. The hops used were Azacca, Centennial and Waimea, all which complement the sharp fruity aromas of the grapefruit with their own unique scents of citrus, tropical fruits and sweet spice.
The lager yeast, fermented cold and left for extended lagering time in maturation, resulted in a smoother, more refined version of the classic IPA, with the bold and unique aromas of hops and real fruit, and the typical robust cleansing bitterness.
The result is a choice two inspired IPL, bursting with ruby red grapefruit and a citrusy bitterness, all balanced by sweet malt and a light refreshing body.
Grapefruit IPL is now available in keg and the limited release 500ml bottle from bottle shops nationwide. It is 6.3 per cent ABV and 69 IBU.