Pilsner • 4.7 % ABV • Bermondsey, England
A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I visited Brewdog in Cardiff to check out the Fourpure tap takeover. An opportunity to try some new and unusual beers from one of my favourite breweries.
Little did we know that we would hang out at Brewdog until the bar closed with Rob and Sophie from Fourpure – talking beers and brews.
We had an interesting chat about a collaboration with Fourpure and the Tate Modern to celebrate their new Switch House extension. Designer Peter Saville was brought in to create the artwork the aptly named ‘Switch house’ is a pale ale which comes in at 4.8% and features brightly coloured, geometric artwork to represent the shape of the extension.
It’s an exquisit looking can with an interesting concept – and one that I’m trying to get my hands to try out for hoppilot.com
I hear on the grapevine that Honest Brew might be boxing some up in December for those of you keen to try it too!
On to the main tasting event! Fourpure Pils: the re-imagining of a classic German pilsner, making use of copious amounts of Hallertau Mittelfruh & Saaz hops.
Fourpure describe this beer as being crisp, dry and refreshing with a delightful floral and spicy aroma.
Lets pop this cheeky number and give it a go!
Pils is straw in colour, clear as you like and produces a lively white head which lasts on pouring.
The hops offer a spicy and citrus aroma whilst the malts, subtle as they are, give a grainy and dry aroma.
The flavour kicks things off with plenty of hop action pushing the spice and citrus forward with a touch of flora. This leads into light caramel sweetness from the malts and finally guides you into a really pleasant bitterness.
The Pils has a medium body and although it was able to produce a lively head, the carbonation level was a touch more subtle. It carries the flavour well.
I first came across Fourpure Pils in its dry hopped form as a 500ml tall boy offering.
Though the cans are smaller, there is still plenty of flavour packed into them.
The classic pilsner flavour is kicked up a level whilst still retaining the use of noble hops.
A dry, crisp and easy drinker – One of my favourites!
If you have had an opportunity to try a can, then visit @biertaster and let me know what you thought of Fourpure Pils.
Oh yeah, here is an end of night photo of Rob and Sophie from Fourpure on the left as well as Michelle and I on the right. Notice those tasty looking lumber jackets to match the Pils can? Eh, eh?