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Four In Hand IPA - World Brews

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Four In Hand IPAFour In Hand IPA

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 137
Avg: 3.11
pDev: 21.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: secondtooth on 06-27-2011

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.58/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful appearance of a nice light crystal amber with a big frothy head, atypical of IPAs, more like that of German beers.

Nice west coast IPA hop aroma.

Very smooth well balanced classic (moderate) IPA taste. So smooth almost seems like a double IPA, and at 6.3% ABV, it's almost there too. NICE!!!

Great thick mouthfeel adds to the smooth sensation--allowing you to enjoy the hops, not be embittered by them...

Overall a really delicious IPA! SO MANY make IPAs now (I bet 90% of US craft-brewers do) I'm sure there are better, but this is a great one! I'm NOT a huge hop-head (I go for German styles)but this is a great beer, and an especially great price ($6.99 a 6er at Whole Foods). All in all a terrific go-to IPA.

The old fashioned 2 color label is cool too--in this era of way to fancy beer labels....

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Photo of rbyzell
4.44/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the best beers i've ever had. especially delicious very cold. will definitely drink again!
has a very distinct, crispy taste. fantastic with a burger or any other kind of barbeque. i've only had the can so, can't wait to try this stuff out of a bottle.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a pale amber with moderate head with good retention. Nose offers floral, piney hops with a slight hint of fruit. The hops are mellow in this one but noticeable. Malt character is nicely blended with the hops. There's even a slight hint of fruit in the taste, maybe apples(?). Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, not overly carbonated. Not a bad offering considering I found it floating around on it's own at Whole Foods in Raleigh.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Four In Hand I.P.A.
12 oz. bottle; ink jet code on bottle neck: 1311 10:37 7E
"World Brews, Rochester, NY"... obviously contracted through High Falls Brewing.
$1.99 @ Whole Foods, Union Square, NY

Appearance: Clear, amber colored body beneath an average-sized head of off-white. The head retention and lacing are average.

Smell: Floral and leafy hops gather together with yeasty fruitiness (berries, juicy sweet apple) over a gently sweet and lightly-bready/caramelish malt base.

Taste: The flavor delivers a solid bitterness and more spicy, leafy, grassy, and almost piney hops. It's not as sweet as the nose suggests it will be. The maltiness is gently toasty, and it's fairly well-rounded and balanced with the yeasty fruitiness atop that, and the spicy hops floating above. It finishes dry with long lingering notes of spicy, grassy, and lightly piney hops that eventually fade to residual caramelish malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently crisp, becoming surprisingly creamy as it warms across the palate.

Overall: Pleasant. An interesting IPA. Worth trying.

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Photo of robbrandes
3.92/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle.

last one on the shelf at whole foods, didn't even see a shelf label. if nothing else, the ace of spades on the bottle cap is sweet!

pours faintly cloudy, reasonable head and good retention.

not much in the way of hops for an IPA, but the malt profile on the nose and palate are quite good.

i went in with marginal expectations, but this is certainly a solid, sessionable beer.

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Photo of Kyle987
3.87/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A darker, more amber/caramel color than most IPAs, but very nice. The aroma is it's most distinctive characteristic - very hoppy, but more floral than bitter. Taste is tame relative to the smell, but still has a bit of a hoppy bite, more balanced than most IPAs - which may not be what you're looking for, but still pretty dang good.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer poured with a nice looking one finger sized head; white in color; formed plenty of lacing; body has a nice copper color; very well carbonated and is clear

S - Orange; pine; citrus; hop grass scents finish off with a even keeled caramel malt back-end; slight biscuit note; very floral

T - Very heavy pine and hop taste; grass; caramel and buttered biscuit back-end; slight citrus rinse and colorful tangy feel

M - Thin but bitter; lingering bitter aftertaste; stays for a while; tangy feeling on the tongue; little too rinse and soapy for my palate; extremely effervescent

D - Overall good drink; too strong on the pine and grass flavor; could be a little less aggressive on that piece; seemed like overkill for a beer that could be very enjoyable at a great price; could be a bit less bubbly

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Photo of Crossmd
3.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams tulip pilsner. Probably 40 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours an amber copper with an off white one finger head. Tight lacing around the inside of the glass. Definitely pretty.

Smells of some dried overripe fruit, with some breads, maybe just a hint of vanilla.

There's an attack in the mouth of a hop bitterness that rides all the way through into a 30 second finish. There are some slight cream malts in the middle, but they're generally over powered. This is not really a subtle beer.

Mouthfeel is sturdy with a nice balance of texture and effervescence. Especially at this price point. Wish that it had a little bit more backbone for what it's trying to accomplish though.

Not an exceptional beer, but a good amount of flavor - even if it's not the most elegant or cohesive beer in the world. At $7 a 6, this is a steal.


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Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some malts. Taste is well balanced, some pine, very easy drinking and enjoyable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while some may not like the fact that it is not overly bitter, or a hop bomb, I found it to be an easy drinking beer that I could drink several of.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down rather quickly but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface as well as lacy patterns running down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of pine resin and spicy hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the hops stand out in the taste, which has a light to moderate amount of bitterness. There are some spicy flavors of hops (which particularly stand out in the finish) but there’s also a substantial amount of underlying malts that help to balance out the overall taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The hops contribute dryness to the finish.
O: The good balance in the taste of this beer makes it very drinkable, which can even be considered as sessionable. I would have no problem drinking several of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.67/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strongly hoppy, the way a good IPA should be. It pours a clear amber with a thick, fluffy, and rather persistent ivory head. Hoppy flavor has an undertone of grapefruit, and a fair amount of bitterness. Texture has firm body and a good amount of fizz. If not an outstanding IPA, still a decent one.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased for a value-price at Whole Foods Louisville for under $7/6 pack. Didn't expect world-class, per se, but this one's not bad.

Pours a clear copper, with a nice, thick white head. Superb lace.

Nose is citrus and pine. Solid and appealing.

Taste veers more to the bitter side, but the malts are there to back it up. Hints of pine and sour grapefruit here.

Overall, not too complex or memorable, but a good value nonetheless for sessioning.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Stamped '1311 08:19 7E'.

A: The label is excellently appealing, one of the main reasons I bought the beer. The other is that it's labelled 'crafty ale'. Pours with significant head that has moderate retention, leaving behind excellent lacing. The beer is clear, pale copper. Nice.

S: Very good. A nice combination of sweet, fruity malts and dry hops.

T: Interesting IPA. Initially it's really nice, excellent even. Biscuity-dry malts, moderate hops, a tad of fruit? But it's downhill from there. The maintaste is so brief as to be almost nonexistent, and the aftertaste, while nice, is rather plain, vaguely hopped, and grainy-beery-mehish.

M: Carbonated, foamy, pretty substantial, and rather dry.

O: Not bad, but not exceptional. Highly drinkable, especially for the price ($6.99/six-pack) and gorgeous label-art. I wouldn't recommend it, per se, but I'd have another or buy it for parties.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm surprised that this beer has such low scores on BA. It must be one of these things where people's expectations re IPA are getting the better of them. It is an attractive enough copper/amber beer with a nice frothy head. The smell is definitely a weak point (maybe they could throw in some more aroma hops), but the taste is mild has a nice malty sweetness balanced with some mild citrusy and resiny hops. The smooth, medium-bodied, mildly-carved mouthfeel is definitely one of the highlights. The sweetness does get a bit cloying beat the end, but a lot of IPAs suffer from that syrupy malt-syndrome. Not every IPA needs to be a bitter hop bomb. This is definitely not the greatest beer that I've ever had, but is a decent drinkable take on the IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear copper in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some faint orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film surrounded by a very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine and spicy hops over the top of lighter notes of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of pine/resin and spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - well balanced between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness. I could very easily have a couple of these in a session.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours light copper color... good 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring with good lacing from start to finish.

S: Very piney, with loads of citrus hops.

T: The hops hit right up front and follow thru to the end... there is a very thin malt in here but not enough to kill the hops... The flavors run from piney to grapefruit. Finish is bitter and dry... with a touch of alcohol burn.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation yet smooth on the tongue.. Puts a little coats on the tongue.

O: This is a strongly hopped IPA... If you like the hops give this one a try. The ABV is good for the style, but feels warmer than I was expecting. Good mix of flavors that I like and I'm not a big IPA guy.

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Photo of travipa
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

have had before. either my palate needed cleansing or inconsistent brew. pours with medium
head. puts off aroma of quality ipa. mouth of ipa. taste of malted ipa. finish of weak ipa.
at one time this ipa had a more balance of hoppiness and malt. might be a compromise.

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Photo of scootny
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent IPA for the money. Looks good with a healthy head of off white foam and goodly lacing. Slightly hazy dark amber/orange with no carbonation visible. Smell has all the requisite stuff. Malt with a sweet caramel base and a nice hop compliment of pine and citrus. Taste is solid but certainly not earth shattering . Slightly light malt core nonetheless has enough caramel to support the earthy and lightly grapefruited hops. Feel is good with enough carbonation to make my tongue feel alive and happy and the weight is nice. Dry and quenching this is a great low priced alternative to BMC and there is enough quality to buy a case or two for a party and not look like a rube to your BA friends. Not bad at all.

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Photo of shand
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This is a Whole Foods exclusive label, and available fairly cheaply (I think the single was a buck fidy). This one sure looks like an IPA, pouring a nice copper color with a huge head that leaves nice sheets of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is a bit muted, but otherwise a solid citrus and pine deal, with some caramel malts. The IPA basics, if you will. The taste also basically follows the IPA basics, there's some nice citrus up front followed by big piney hops and big caramel malts. there's a little bit of an off flavor here too unfortunately, which is a shame because this'd actually be great otherwise. But, it's still solid enough, especially considering the price.

The mouthfeel is a bit too thin, and a bit too smooth to really give me that iPA feeling. The drinkability is fairly good. Overall, this is a perfectly passable IPA that's really bordering on good, but doesn't quite make it. Either way, it'd probably be a decent choice for a budget brew at seven bucks a sixer.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent amber with a big fluffy white head.

The smell is citrus hops, quite subtle.

Taste is light and a little bitter, not much to it. There's a tiny but of citrus flavour.

Mouthfeel is light with quite high carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking lighter ipa,good value for the price 1.50 a 16oz can.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four in Hand IPA has a rather thin, off white head and a hazy, yet brilliant, amber appearance. There is some lacing present. The aroma is of barley and some citrus, but overall, it’s very subdued. Taste is hop forward, but there is a decent malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light to medium and soft, and Four in Hand I.P.A. finishes refreshing and easy drinking. Overall, for a cheap, store-brand beer, this is not bad, and I suppose it’s worth a try.


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Photo of barczar
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Puts a hazy orange colter color with a dense half inch cream head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Apricot, tangerine, resin, and lime dominate a light caramel malt, bready backbone.
Alcohol emerges as it warms, along with diacetyl and floral hops.

Flavor reveals notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon, ending slightly bitter. The bready malt character is a bit stale, which detracts from the finish. The off flavor is akin to rancid butter.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, impressed, given the source. The stale character is offputting, but hop flavor is decent. Aroma is nice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a true amber color with a well-proportioned, relatively thick, and surprisingly durable bone-colored head. A good-looking and relatively low-priced IPA. More English style (earthy; limited hop aroma and flavor) than American IPA despite Calif. origin. Enough caramel malt to be clearly discernible. Very limited hop note in the aroma. Light flavored and sweet for an IPA but very drinkable.

O: So much malt that this improves with warming. Would probably get better ratings as a (malty) APA.

(earned similar, but a bit better set of ratings based on a 16 oz can in July 2013)

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

okay lot of hate for this beer i think they just forgot to leave the i off i would class this as a pale ale smell is of nothing really good i drank from the can cold on a hot ass day and this may be why but lot of orange and vanilla on this not bad just not the IPA we are now getting used to

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium coppery amber with a two finger off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film, but leaves behind good lacing. Aroma is very malty, bready and caramel malt, faint piney hops. Flavor is more biscuit and caramel malt up front finishing quickly with moderate grassy hops. Medium bodied with active carbonation. A very odd IPA, aroma is closer to a bock in sweet malt intensity, but flavor closer to an amber or or English style IPA (which may well be the brewers intent… perhaps it's misclassified here), with biscuit malt and grassy hops. No off flavors and pleasant enough to drink, but it's not clear to me why an IPA would be a good style for a budget beer. The rapid flavor decline to the finish is a bit of a flaw. As a lunch time sipper, it's more than satisfactory. This would have scored lower if I was sure that the brewer intended an American IPA, which this misses in style.

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Four In Hand IPA from World Brews
74 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.