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Hop Knot - Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

457 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 66
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-23-2003

Our Hop Knot IPA is made only from American malt and lots of American hops, which produce a big, broad-shouldered, hoppy beer backed up by a character as warm as, well, Mom and apple pie...

Hop Knot IPA get its peculiar name from the weaving of four different hops added at four separate times during the brewing process. Including our cavernous hop-back, which gets so stuffed with whole leaf hops that we feel genuine guilt for its excess. Hop Knot is an ale that is to be enjoyed with friends, spicy food or any time you need a good hop fix without the harsh bitterness. We hope you enjoy this pioneering beer made in the bold spirit of Americans everywhere.

47 IBU
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Ratings: 457 | Reviews: 120
Reviews by uawildcat:
Photo of uawildcat
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at four peaks and was so good I decided to get a growler. Pours with a decent sized head that leaves lacing in the glass.

Smells strongly of citrusy AND piney hops. Very nice. A subtle malt sweetness comes through.

The taste is exceptional for an IPA. All of the hop flavor with none of the bitterness. Upfront with a citrusy fruity malt flavor followed by a piney hop finish with no bitterness. Goes down easy, and perhaps the only flaw of the beer is the over carbonation.

Overall, a great beer period. If you ever come to AZ, you should get it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served on tap at Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe, Arizona. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a rosy persimmon orange coloring. A one finger head of large, soapy white bubbles crowned the brew, retaining well. Lacing was wet and globular. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be robust. The nose is light, giving notes of rice and white flour, citric grapefruity hoppiness, pale and crystal malts, wheat table crackers, green grassiness, soft booze, black pepper, salted toffee, synthetic Pine Sol chemical twang, orange pith, and salt-roasted sunflower seeds. The flavoring is even more adjuncty, swelling up big waves of cereal and pale grain, dusty white flour, lemon and orange zest, grassy and citric fruity hoppiness, fresh ginger, honey Graham crackers, generic buttery and biscuity graininess, wet moss, basement mustiness, and a drier, more perfumed grassy hoppiness. The aftertaste breathes of vanilla extract and moderately fusel booziness. The body was lightly medium, and the carbonation was medium. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were all okay, but none were impressively contributory. The sip left the mouth feeling wetly refreshed, without much lingering dryness to speak of. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, this beer was enjoyed as a loose side-by-side with its older brother, Double Knot. While there were certainly some similarities between the two, in that their hop profiles were nicely fruity, sweet, and citric, the big difference came in how the grains were presented. According to the brewers, they only really doubled the hop content of the recipe, without adding or altering much in the way of the grain bill, so it’s a bit curious. Here, we found things to be heavily adjuncty through both the aroma and the flavoring, with this becoming more apparent through the latter. It wasn’t really offensive though, as dirty, adjuncty grain can be, but rather just more of a way to keep things lighter and easier. Flavor did take a hit, but this was relatively minor. We would certainly try this beer again.

Photo of RoyalT
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a cloudy, brooding, faded orange in color with a nice head. The foam bubbles are unusually large.

Smell – The hop aroma is complex with some citrusy pine and a bit of grapefruit.

Taste – The hops thankfully come over well at the taste. There’s more grapefruit here and a little bit of orange sweetness. The malt is very light.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with some surprising carbonation for the style. It’s not bitter at all and actually more balanced than it smells.

Drinkability – They managed to make this beer extremely hoppy without being very bitter so it goes down quite well. It’s rare to find a beer this hoppy that doesn’t wreck the palate.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Tarnished golden hue; white fluffy head works. Resiny, perfume-like hop nose with some citric rind, mint and pine, tobacco and fresh-cut grass ... all just stick to the nostrils. Hop juice, smooth hop juice. A lighter body than expected, and the malt is a bit thinner than expected, though the hoppiness distracts our palates enough so as not to worry. Sip after sip is a new assault on the palate. This IPA lives up to its name as it ties up the taste buds. Definitely recommended.

Photo of magictrokini
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures clear orange-gold with a bubbly white head. Moderate lacing. Funky pine hops with a bit of sweat-sock in terms of the resin. Earthy, herbal, and a lot of citrus zest. Carbonated, popping mouthfell with a long, sharp finish. Very bitter hop bite, more sour than sweet, with a fair amount of resin. Like a blend of grapefruit, pine, and white pepper. This is very tart, but in the American/West-Coast IPA sense. Some graininess with the malt, as well as some sticky mouthfeel. Good stuff for hopheads.

Photo of standardcherry
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a HF stem. Thanks to Paul (azdback) for this one!

A: This is very clear. Wow. Minimal haziness and a dark golden/orange color. Nice, thick white head that leaves beautiful lacing.
S: Lots of pine resin. A bit of sweetness, balanced out with some citrusy aromas. A bit floral too.
T: Very well balanced IPA. Lots of sweet maltiness balancing out with citrus (grapefruit) and floral tastes. Not as hoppy as I had expected from the smell but very tasty regardless.
M: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This is an excellent IPA that has flown under everyone's radar. Glad I got the chance to try this one. Very well balanced and not too much alcohol make this an excellent and very well balanced IPA that I could drink all day!

Photo of joeworrall
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a growler (filled at Whole Foods) into a larger tulip glass...

I've had this from a can previously and found it to be an easy-to-drink IPA, not complex, but very well balanced and smooth with a lemony-citrus aftertaste.

tonight, I am compaing it with some other IPA's on tap at Whole Foods: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Mother Road Lost Highway Black IPA, Dragoon IPA, and the standard for double IPA's Dogfish Head 90. I will also pour a Stone IPA from a bottle before the evening is over...

color and appearance are a dark honey yellow with a head that settles down to about 1/4"

smell is nice, not overwhelming. a blend of the hops used: Cascade, Glacier, Magnum, Liberty, Simcoe

taste is similarly balanced, malt and hops do not overwhelm each other, but complement and result in a very pleasant mouthfeel...

In my search for the perfect IPA, this one is definitely in the top 20, and maybe in the top 10!

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells hoppy. Lots of citrus and pine aromas with hints of tropical fruit - very nice.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the malt is a bit more pronounced than the smell led me to believe. Citrus and tropical fruit flavors are backed up by pale malts. Hints of pine flavors come in right before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problem with one glass and could (and did) have a few more.

Overall this was a very solid IPA. If the flavors were a bit cleaner this could rival some of the world-class IPA's.

Photo of LXIXME
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear honey golden colored beer rests below a nice biggish off white head that fell into a decent lacing.

A big full aroma of citrus and pine style hops.

A lighter citrus style hops in the taste with a light grasses and grapefruit dominating over a slight maltiness that comes through.

A dryish aftertaste with just a bit of the hops taste and bitterness sticking around with this medium bodied IPA.

The big citrus hops aroma loses something in the taste but not altogether in a bad way.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in Scottsdale (brewed in Tempe). A very decent drinking American IPA. Lots of lace on medium yellow coloured body. Pleasant C-hop aroma. Very decent bitterness.Appropriate carbonation and average mouthfeel. Of their two IPAs, this was the clear winner.

Photo of aval89
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a nice deep golden color.. solid finger worth of head.. some bubbles streaming up..

s: right away i got hit with that signature cat-piss simcoe aroma.. fresh green grass hop as well.. also some overall fruitiness with an almost cake-like aroma..

t: upfront is that green leafy/wet hoppiness..then you get hit with some mild citrus & some fruitiness.. some caramel malt also pulls through.. finish is semi-bitter with mild citrus rind bitterness..

mf: light-medium body with an almost crisp feel.

o: solid ipa for arizona.. not sure on the freshness.. cant wait for this to be start rolling out in cans!!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear amber body.
The aroma is pine, lemon and grapefruit. Nice.
The taste is moderate pine and grapefruit bitterness with a good malt backbone.
The texture is crisp.
A solid brew.

Photo of Crass3000
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 12/29/2011

4/5 Pours out a nice dark orange with a two-finger, white head with really good retention.

4/5 Smell is nice strong citrus - mango, grapefruit, orange, etc with a little pine and some caremal from the sweet malts.

4/5 Taste is much like the nose. The citrus is definately there, the pine is a little stronger, and the caremal is there to balance things out really nice.

4/5 Mouthfeel is medium and nice for the style. Really a nice beer that is under the radar.

Photo of russpowell
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Magpies Pizza in 4th Street in Tucson

Poured golden/bronze with 1 finger of pearl white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Nice citrus & pine hops with some breadyness once warm

T: Grapefruitty, peppery & pine hops plus a kiss of honey malt up front. Breadyness mingles with nice piney hops as this warms. Finishes crisp & moreish, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation that makes the hops pop. Great balance as well

Probably the best beer I had in AZ, one to quaff, despite the ABV

Photo of bashiba
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a nice clear golden with a thick white head.

The smell is lightly hoppy with a touch of lemon.

the flavor is mild with a lightly bready malt backbone. the hop flavors are mild for an IPA. The bitterness is very low for IPA as well. Drinks more like a nicely hopped blonde.

Nice smooth and creamy mouth feel.

Good but doesn't really feel like IPA.

Photo of turfy
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this courtesy of Phelps - thanks Zach!

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - A medium to deep amber with a one finger creamy head. Nice retention and adequate lacing throughout.

S - Very nice! Fruity aroma with grapefruit up front and some piney hops and trace of floral. Smell persisted until the end.

T - Taste similar to the smell. Hop bitterness mingled with fruitiness and a light malt presence. No pronounced lingering bitterness. Very good balance.

M- Fairly light with medium carbonation. I normally like a little more body with my IPA's but this one was just about right for this long hot summer.

O - I liked this brew. It would be a regular in the fridge if available locally, especially during hot weather. Recommend!

Photo of ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops.

Tastes of the bright hops with a solid malt base. Hops hits first with notes of grapefruit, pine, and some tropical fruits. Malts add some brown sugar, caramel, and bread on the end. Solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good IPA that is more than worth the price, and could be great if some tweaks were made to the recipe.

Photo of dbraz45
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Knot is a great offering from Four Peaks Brewing. Everything a 'hop head' could want in an IPA. Citrus notes definitely dominate here in this golden colored beer. There are hoppier IPA's out there, but this definitely delivers and is a very drinkable variety. Give this one a try and you will not be disappointed.

Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago
The beer as it sets in the mug a clear gold color, the head semi-creamy and bright white in color, lace forms a fine curtain upon the glass. Slight floral aroma but sweet malt dominates this fresh and clean nose, sweet and rich malt start, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is fair to middling in its acidity, hops are pleasant in their spicy presence, dry and lingering aftertaste, a pleasant enough brew, drinkable.

Photo of wcdoyle
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Head was low and died quickly, but there was good lacing. Clear gold with a touch of copper. S: The hops come through with sweet citrus--like orange or tangerine--and there was also a bit of malty sweetness. T: Wow. The sharpness was there, but in a good way, the flavors danced through various citrus and florals, but there weren't crazy and there was enough malt--both up front and then underneath the hops to keep things in balance. M: Moderate, and not too drying. D: I actually puled back on tis rating to be fair. First, it was a wicked hot Tempe summer day, so the beeriness along made it drinkable. Don't get me wrong, though. If I lived in Tempe, I'd be drinking a lot of these.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got home and surprise! Found in bag after Stone Sour Fest last weekend.

Thanks Sean - you sly trickster you.

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellowish orange under a decent white head which fades slowely and leaves nice lacing on the way down.

N: Wow! Passion fruit, mango, citrus and grapefruit - just a tropical delight.

T: Follows the nose. Floral with pine on the finish and some sweet maltiness. Resiny, dank, sticky.

M: Moderate carb and dry, slightly bitter finish.

O: Very nice indeed. I need to get some more of this. Note: searched for a freshness date but could not find. I wonder when this was canned? Must be freshy fresh. Drink this one nice and cold on a warm day. Enjoy

Photo of david18
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft a few times while visiting Sedona. This has to be one of the best IPA's I've had in a long time. Everything about it screamed IPA. The hops were so present, i wish I saw it more often while i was here.

The color is a slightly cloudy gold, a little on the light side with a decent amount of carbonation. The aroma, as I said, screamed hops in a very refreshing way. The flavor, again, had a great hop character...maybe a little out of balance but who cares. If you want an IPA and want there to be no doubt that that's what you're drinking, this is the IPA for you. I wish I came across IPA's this good more often.

Photo of Jac521
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A pleasant surprise at sky harbor

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: draft into a 20 oz pint glass, golden amber colored with a nice white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: grapefruit, grassy hops, slight malt sweetness, very hop forward

T: bitter hop grapefruit peel flavor, middle sweetness slightly but still stays pretty dry, finish is more grapefruit bitter hop flavor

M: light to medium body with good carbonation

O: nice treat at PHX, too bad my flight was boarding or I would have gladly had another

Photo of Loki
4.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Clear, bronze color with an inch thich white head. Very nice lacing.

Smell - Huge floral, spicy, herbal, green, fresh hop aroma. Dominate Cascade and Fuggle hop profile shinning through. This is how I want an Pale Ale to smell. Borderline IPA. Fantastic, intoxicating aroma.

Taste - Nearly as perfect. Quite possible my favorite Pale Ale ever. Like the aroma, huge floral, green, spicy hop flavors with a solid malt base that balances the hops perfectly.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, clean finish. Lovely hop flavor with minimal residual bitterness. Fantastic.

Drinkability - Fab-u-lous! I wish this was local and I could have it when ever I wanted.

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Hop Knot from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.