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Four In Hand IPA - World Brews

Four In Hand IPAFour In Hand IPA

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 21.54%


Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: secondtooth on 06-27-2011)
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.39/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:30:09 | More by LiquidAmber
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largadeer

California

1.5/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz into a tulip. Muddy amber pour, a finger of head forms above an opaque ruddy body. Strong fruity esters are most prominent on the nose, stonefruit in particular, with caramel malt and boiled vegetal hops behind. Caramel malt and fruity esters overtake the hops on the palate as well, though there's a slight vegetal/herbal bitterness in the finish. Slightly metallic with a hefty body. This is awful.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 05:55:10 | More by largadeer
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass at Whole Foods - Schaumburg.

Once again, the funds aren't exactly robust, so a cheaper beer's gonna haveta do today. This one pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises old red apple skin, mild toffee, light pine resin, and a twinge of fresh cedar. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a decent amount of miscellaneous greenery. These forest-y bits don't help all that much, frankly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this IPA just didn't sit right with me. The hops are boorish and unpolished and just don't meld well at all with the malts beneath. Things just taste off, rather than old or something like that.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 16:45:23 | More by TMoney2591
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 14:25:14 | More by dbrauneis
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KUmitch

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought this at Whole Foods because I was looking for a nice beer for the NFL Draft and it was just $6.99. Was thoroughly unimpressed. It's labelled an IPA but despite being from northern California is decidedly unhoppy and pretty flavorless. It's a good beer for the price if you're looking for a cheap beer, but if you want a good IPA look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 05:45:26 | More by KUmitch
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barczar

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 21:58:06 | More by barczar
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
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)

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 21:40:04 | More by chinchill
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big off white head settles into a pretty decent lacing above a clear rich honey colored beer with a light copper hue.

A light coppery caramel malt aroma with just a hint of citrus hops sneaking in.

Light caramel malts with even lighter slightly bitter hops trying to come through in the taste.

A light almost dryish aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

Not as much of a hop taste or aroma as I like in IPA's but I'm not the boss, so oh well.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 21:16:48 | More by LXIXME
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scootny

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:33:43 | More by scootny
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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

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....

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 21:26:02 | More by AnalogReigns
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viverlee

Ohio

1.85/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Years ago I played poker. A lot. Paid for a good chunk of law school with it and nearly made it a career. This artwork appeals to the leather-ass grinder still in me. The beer itself, not so much.

STYLE: American IPA

ABV: 6.3%

LOOK: Not exactly Bobby’s Room, it’s as light as the judges’ game. Candied orange and red, the color is nice … but that’s about it. Usually with a brew this light you can expect a half-assed head or a wee pop of carbonation. Not here.

NOSE: Rubbery glue, dirty gutters, cat litter (clean at least). It was a struggle to dig deep in the misplaced hope there was something pleasant to be found.

MOUTH: It’s … tolerable. Even inoffensive. I get some globby maltiness but no hint of hops, no floral spring, no nothing really. The nose, it just clings and moves right in. Quick, someone cheer me up…

You know what cheers me up when I’m feelin’ shitty?

What?

Rolled-up aces over kings.

Is that right?

Yeah … check-raising stupid tourists and taking huge pots off ‘em. Stacks and towers of checks I can’t even see over. Playin’ all-night, high-limit hold’em at the Taj, “where the sand turns to gold.”

Fuck it, let’s go.

Don’t tease me.

Let’s play some fucking cards.

Beeradvocate Rating: 76

Hayward Abbey Rating: 62

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 03:19:39 | More by viverlee
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 03:46:06 | More by Cyberkedi
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Way too many malts and not enough hops. Blah. Totally missing the mark and totally lame. I don't even want to go on with this, but I will, and will try to keep it quick. Glad I didn't buy more than a single of this. Whole Foods should quit carrying this crap. Waste of my time.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:44:53 | More by RblWthACoz
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legalpete19340

Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a mostly clear dull orange with maybe a millimeter of white head that evaporated immediately.

S: Not picking up much here. A faint floral hop note. Some apple juice. Maybe a hint of biscuit.

T: Starts with some sweetness then mild and delicate floral hops and back to apple juice. Malt dominates after that with some biscuit and as it finishes some grain a mild bitterness.

M: A fizzy and fluffy thinnish medium.

O: Mild hop and malt flavors across the board. Whats going on isnt terrible it just needs more of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:52:16 | More by legalpete19340
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Luigi

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy orange with a healthy looking white head that settles down to a thick lace around the glass. Retention is good because the lace last till end of IPA.

The aroma is very malty. Not a whole lot of hops to go around as this style calls for. I understand balance, but if you are going to label this as an AIPA than it must live up to those hops.

The taste is about the same. Bread malt, some sweet alcohol, and there is a hint of the hop that does balance the sweetness.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and is easy to drink.

Overall if this were an English IPA is would grade it higher. Maybe that was the point. But, for an American IPA the hop is too weak. Otherwise, it is a good ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:55:22 | More by Luigi
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.25/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Whole Foods for having the 20% off on beer thing on Friday, and thanks for keeping me from having to waste my money on this beer by offering samples. Poured a cloudy light copper with way too much haze in it for no apparent reason. Aroma was just pure bitter, not a delicate or powerful hop presence, just bitterness, super high alpha acid long bitter boil no dry hopping type of territory I suspect.

Taste, you know the story by now, its real bitter and brings nothing else to the table. Yeah, there might be some serious ibus in this one, but there's just no taste beyond the acrid bitterness. If there is a flavor, you'd describe it as like stomach acid and soap combined.

Same price as SNPA? Yeah, uh, no thanks, won't be buying a sixer of this, ever.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:56:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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beck2008

California

3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the worst IPA in the world but by no means the best. The price was right = $6.97 at Whole Pay Check Market

A - clear copper - very little lacing, 1/2" head

S - Citrus-ish, light hops

T - Not bad, a slight bitter hop finish (for some reason I think of Simple Times Lager when I drink this). Easy drinking ale. I would say it's barely an IPA. I'd call this a Pale Ale and hesitate on calling this a classic IPA.

M - Light body

O - Not bad, not great - if you can get it for under $7 then I'd say give it a go.

Props for a cool label

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:25:49 | More by beck2008
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear golden color, not much head or sticky lace.

S - Bread and citrus hops. Not as hoppy as most IPAs

T - Citrus hops mostly. A slight bitter, alchoholic aftertaste.

M - Light bodied, but decently balanced.

O - A decent beer. Its not nearly as bad as some of the reviews. However, nothing really stand out about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:31:15 | More by BeerDawgs
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rcfunk

Texas

1.88/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What this beer lacks in quality and taste, it makes up for in oxidation and diacetyl. Really not so great. I am sorry I bought a six pack of it. At least it was on special. Never again. I hate it when this kind of thing makes it to market. I don't know what is supposed to make this an IPA. I would say this beer is a result of either bad equipment, operator error poor recipe design or a mix of all three.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 02:32:48 | More by rcfunk
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 20:41:57 | More by RonaldTheriot
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nickfl

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The head fades away quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Bready malt with a hint of toffee and some musty hops in the background.

T - Sweet malt up front with a little bit of red apple yeast character. Some light, musty hop flavor in the middle and more bread and caramel in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Bland and unimpressive. The hop character is minimal and the malt is muddy. Not much of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:06:20 | More by nickfl
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travipa

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 05:38:59 | More by travipa
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey-toned body with a frothy, near white head that steadily deflates.

Smell: Spicy-scented hops and some zesty lemongrass notes, along with a bit of grain and caramel.

Taste: Pale malts with some toasted grains and a thin sliver of sweetish caramel. Small hints of husky astringency crop up before you hit the spicy, earthy hops with minute traces of dried citrus and pine. Sufficiently bitter. The flavors fall away past mid-palate, leaving just a light bitterness/grainy taste that slowly drags out past the soft-feeling finish.

Mouthfeel: Falls just shy of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation with a soft, suds-like character.

Overall: It's got some unrefined elements to it that, while not leaving it harsh exactly, does leave the beer a bit off-key. I'd recommend just plunking a couple extra ratty-looking bucks on the counter and getting something (potentially far more) better.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:05:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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mralphabet

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 04:06:22 | More by mralphabet
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Offa

California

3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, big off-white head slowly shrinks to foamy, thin but rocky top, a little decent lace.

Aroma is pretty nice, being caramelly citrus (grapefruit & orange), spicy-peppery herb, caramelized light sweet toast, hint of raisininess.

Taste is slightly astringent, medicinal herbal-peppery-vaguely citrusy bitterness, drying to the mouth, with light caramelly sweetness underneath. It is fairly good, and holds up well, but it is definitely a bit too much on the bitter side, a bit sharp, and dries out the mouth. In the end it is somewhat one-dimensional and lacks balance, without enough character or sweetness to carry what bitterness and hoppiness it has.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 05:05:22 | More by Offa
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Four In Hand IPA from World Brews
73 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.