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Fourpure Session IPA

Rating: 2.0

As promised, here is the second review of a Fourpure in quick succession with this one following on from their Pils and being the second of the two beers from the brewery that I picked up whilst in Enniskillen in the north of Ireland recently. I picked the beer up in a Marks & Spencer store after spottin the two of them along with a can of Fourpure IPA which I’d previously tried and quite enjoyed. The Pils that I just reviewed wasn’t a bad offering either, it just wasn’t in the same league as the IPA but my thoughts going into this one was that it might be a little closer to that first beer I had tried from the brewery back in October last year. This one is an American influenced session IPA coming in at just over 4% abv. and seems to have first been introduced in later 2013 but given Marks & Spencers have starting stocking it, I can only assume the brewery is becoming more established and hopefully I’ll start seeing more of their beers make it to Scotland.

Fourpure Session IPA

Appearance (3/5): Medium amber to orange with a thin, quarter centimetre head that’s foamy and just about covers the surface of the beer.
Aroma (3/10): Strong hops on the nose with tonnes of bitterness but it seems overdone and overpowering in the early going. There was a pungent citrus and tropical fruits combination that had a little mango and apricot in it but it was quite unblanaced and far too strong. There was an oily aroma with some spice around the middle before some sweet malts helped things a bit but it wasn’t one that I enjoyed at all.
Taste (4/10): The taste kicks off in a similar fashion to the nose, there was a lot of bitter hops and tropical fruits coming through with pineapple, mango and some orange which thankfully wasn’t quite as bad as the nose but it was also far from enjoyable. There seemed to be far too much pine coming through as well with only a faint bit of malts towards the end; again very disappointing stuff.
Palate (2/5): Medium bodied with far too much bitterness and a huge citrus tang that proved too much for my liking. Carbonation wise the beer was strong but there was absolutely no balance to this beer and it seemed all over the place really.

Overall (6/20): This one is a beer that can really only be described as a terrible offering from Fourpure, where did it all go so wrong? There was no balance to this one, the pine and citrus hops were far too strong, there wasn’t enough else to distract from them and they managed to smother all but a tiny bit of sweetness right at the end; a really poor beer and not one I’ll be going back to again.

Brewed In: Bermondsey, London, England
Brewery: Fourpure Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Marks & Spencer (Enniskillen)
Price: £1.90

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