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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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BA SCORE
72
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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 22.55%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: secondtooth on 06-27-2011)
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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

metter98, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -51%
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.

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of nickfl
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

nickfl, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.55/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.21/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

4 pack of pint-volume aluminum cans acquired at a nearby Whole Foods for a scant $5.99 USD plus tax. 6.3% ABV confirmed. "Four in Hand I.P.A." Expectations are quite low given the brewery; I'm quite acquainted with their other offerings and picked this up knowing what I was getting into because Every Beer Gets A Chance. Brewed by World Brews, Rochester, NY. Self identifies as an IPA, so that's what I'm reviewing it as.

Served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. No freshness date is visible, but the Whole Foods I got it at has a pretty high customer influx so I'm not worried about the turnover.

A: Pours almost entirely foam in the glass. Quickly recedes to a still seemingly overcarbonated six finger thick head of beige colour. Something of a soft complexion. Light weak lacing. Fairly frothy. Decent thickness. Some creaminess. Fluffy and appealing in a general sense. No bubble show.

Body colour is a clear yellow-gold of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent. Bubble quantity seems right; aside from the head I don't suspect overcarbonation. It's a bit pale and more gold-hued than most beers in the style, but for the most part it's en pointe. Generally appealing.

Sm: Pleasant if mild floral hop character. Pale malts. Some tropical fruit notes and light bubblegum - both hop notes despise. A bit buttery. Maybe some diacetyl. Cane sugar. A sticky and wet aroma. Not unappealing, but I'm a bit turned off by the hop choices. It does come off too sweet for the style.

It's rather mild in terms of strength. Certainly not a powerful aroma.

The diacetyl is a definite off-flavour, but it's not outrageous or particularly overt.

I can't say I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's an inoffensive aroma that might be appealing to fans of the style. A bit below average perhaps. I'm not understanding the low ratings for this so far. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T/Mf: Tropical fruit and cane sugar with some heavily sweet candied notes. Diacetyl butterscotch. Caramel (also dicatetyl-esque [if you'll excuse the pretension inherent in that phrasing]). Way too sweet; one could call it cloying. Not enough hop bitterness (and you'll rarely see me say this in my reviews); it needs more hop character to balance out the hoppy sweetness with some much needed bitterness. Any hop character that's there is just the crappy tropical fruit and bubblegum that I hate along with some overly restrained unevocative floral hops. Some bready malts. Strangely limey and thereby reminiscent of a crappy Mexican/Spanish adjunct lager. Staggering amounts of caramalt; why not pale malt for the body?

Ugh. I find more and more wrong with it as I go along. Yes, the balance is horrid, it's simple, and there's no subtlety at all. But overall I think it's largely inoffensive in spite of its poor execution. It's a failure as an IPA, but style aside it's not awful.

Off flavours: Diacetyl, cloying sweetness, maybe even a bit of a metallic note - but this last note isn't really that noticeable.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Flavour intensity is mild/average. Flavour duration is average.

Sticky. Smooth and wet. A bit oily. Maybe a bit buttery; the diacetyl comes through here as well. Artificial. Thin and weak. Doesn't help facilitate the flavours all that well. Carbonation is off. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well. Poorly executed for the style.

Dr: A strange thought occurred to me while drinking this: I bet if I blended this half and half with Palate Wrecker, it'd make a pretty decent IPA - at least better than either of the constituents.

Honestly, it's not terrible - but it's pretty bad, and certainly unremarkable. Price doesn't affect my reviews, but there are better IPAs at this pricepoint available in this market. And frankly I'd sooner have other budget beers in more simple styles that are harder to screw up before I'd have this again. I appreciate the market sector World Brews is trying to fill, and if they're able to bring this to market to satisfy some IPA fans while keeping costs low, then more power to them.

It's not an egregiously offensive brew, nor is it undrinkable. Could I chug a can if I wanted/had to? Absolutely. But for those who are after a flavorful or balanced brew - or a passable IPA - will be disappointed. I definitely wouldn't get this again, but I'll also definitely finish the three remaining cans from my four pack. Stop drain-pouring, and start appreciating that there are sober kids in India, you posh pretentious bastards.

It should offer more bang for its buck in terms of ABV given the low quality and budget price.

High D-

kojevergas, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -2%

wrightst, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
2.38/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tone77 recently dropped this off in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM) and I must say, the CAN is intriguing, if nothing else. I have begun saving my spent CANs for a fellow in York Co., PA, but this is worthy of retention.

From the CAN: "Crafty Ale".

Ooh, it is nearing Hallowe'en, so I like things that are crafty at this time of year. Man, I love my Anderson Valley CAN glass since it really enables me to do an inverted Glug! The Crack really was not very special, but the inverted Glug produced two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. The color was a beautiful copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was tea-like and I do not necessarily mean that as a bad thing. I have hop tea before and you talk about a mellow experience ... This was very mellow in terms of its hops and I was curious to begin. I need not have been. This was not very tasty, sadly. I was getting a lot of honey-like flavor, almost as if they had used lager yeast and the tea smell translated into a perfume-y cloying sweetness. Gah! It reminded me of the scent of somebody's aging grandmother. Lilacs, daisies, lilies. Phew! A travesty of the style. Finish was sweet and when was the last time that you had a sweet AIPA? I am getting ready to fold my hand and walk away from the table. Jeez, Louise.

woodychandler, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

dbrauneis, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Billolick, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -2%
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.

LXIXME, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

mdaschaf, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

tdm168, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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)

chinchill, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

dmorgan310, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -2%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.39/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

tone77, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

IPAchris, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of ROGUE16
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

ROGUE16, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of popery
2.15/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. Rated with style in mind. This is among the worst IPAs that I’ve ever had. There’s little hop presence, besides a touch of bland bitterness in the finish and a hint of pine/citrus in the aroma. Otherwise, the aroma is old grain, simple sugar and a funny vegetal note, and it’s all quite weak. The taste is sweet and musty with a finish that’s kinda cloying with a slight bitter edge. Mouthfeel is sudsy and fine. Likewise, appearance is a standard orange-amber, transparent, with a white head. It just tastes cheap and crappy. It’s certainly not the worst beer in the world, but I would recommend spending a couple extra bucks on a good six pack and definitely don’t expect an IPA, if you do buy it.

popery, Jul 27, 2011
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Four In Hand IPA from World Brews
72 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.