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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding
127 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
526
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
21.64%
 
 
Wants:
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Gueuzedude on 09-23-2003

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Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 526
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A deep, golden pour in the glass translates into a solidly bitter scent right off the back. The malts are right there under the hops in the taste, with a great, balancing, slight sweetness that is the perfect foil to the leading, resinous hop bitterness that bat lead off in the flavor.For an almost 7% ABV IPA, the beer drinks incredibly easy and balanced, satisfying both the need for hops bitterness, as well as a malt backbone.

Overall, this is just a classic IPA. Balanced, hoppy, resinous, and a pleasure to drink. This beer is a great addition to food, and also stands pretty strong on its own.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz can at Old Town Tavern (Scottsdale, AZ). Pine resin, mint and some grapefruit with light malt undertones. Light to medium body with crisp carbonation. Crisp and refreshing with plenty of nice hop notes straight from the can.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 9 January 2016.
3.75/4/4.25/4/4.25
Clearish gold.
Smells hoppy, indistinctly, in an earthy/herbal/piney sort of way.
It comes across as so juicy and delicious, overripe grapefruit and floral accents. Really tightly made and on point.

Notes
ABV: 6.7%
IBU: 47
SRM: 8
Malts: Two-row, Caramel 20L, Special Pale
Hops: Cascade, Glacier, Magnum, Liberty, Simcoe

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with some light orange to a lesser degree, smallish white head. Aroma was a lot of c hops. Well not a lot, just about the average amount, but smelled nice.

Taste, standard ipa stuff, bitter, slightly malty, holds up when newer hop varieties lose their punch. Solid option in Arizona, but every state has a good 2nd tier ipa. Plus for cans.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can with travel mug
Notes taken on 06/17/2015

Picked this one up at the Wally World in Cottonwood, AZ

A: The pour reveals a mostly clear caramel amber body with a yellowish-orange hue to it. A nice fluffy cloud white head forms over and retains nicely before finally settling back down into the mug. Some sticky lace gets left behind in the form of a few splotchy dots.

S: The nose has a big pine essence to it with some light herbal and floral tones. A light swirl conjures up some mild citrus fruit as well. There is plenty of malt backing up to it with some baked bread and a hint of caramel sweetness. Mostly pine aromatics here but definitely better than was expecting actually.

T: The flavor has a bounty of pale malt breadiness and some light caramel sweetness added but still comes across nicely balanced and drinkable. I only get a moderate to lower amount of bitterness to this one and the lead stays with those sappy pine resins. A bit more leafy and herbal than the nose lead on with some kitchen spices sprinkled in. I am only getting a few flashes of that tangerine-grapefruit citrus though. More like a spiced grapefruit. Not nearly as much as others are reporting here however. Finishes smooth with no alcohol to report and a slightly resinous linger with more of that herbal spice to it than anything else.

M: Moderate filling body and tipping in favor of the lighter side. Creamy consistency provided from the carbonation. Low moderate amount of constricting bitterness and a semi-dry finish that is lightly crisp. Mostly clean with some sugary residuals.

D: Expectations were low to start for this one but it’s pretty okay actually. Definitely drinkable and mostly tasty without much further thought here. I definitely won’t be shy to pick this one up again.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a ping glass.
The appearance was a light hazy burnt orange to amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace.
The smell had some malt sweetness, sweet floral hops and a light citrusy hops.
The taste replicated the aroma nicely leading into a light semi-sweet to bitter aftertaste, not bad.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light and almost creamy.
Overall, a decent IPA, almost to the English style but I can see the American aspects of this one so...yeah, decent beer.

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Photo of LouZ
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A fine drink, but this is not an IPA at 47 IBU. You get a faint hint of hop aroma, but expect more with 4 hop varieties advertised. Taste is good, but it's pretty much a mellow pale ale. I wasn't expecting much out of the desert; higher ratings on this must be due to novice drinkers.

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Photo of rudzud
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Received as an extra in a trade. Canning date of 08/09/15 on the bottom.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a lightly hazy honey hue with a one finger white head that fades slowly to leave a thin blanket and light lacing.

S - Aromas of malt sweetness, very faint floral hops, super light citrus.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of very light floral hops. The citrus is incredibly faint and subdued. Same goes for any bitterness. There is some light malty sweetness. Everything is very subtle, to the point that it is almost bland tasting.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, comes across as somewhat thin and watery.

O - Overall when the can popped it smelled pretty solid, but once things settled in the tulip all the aromatics just disappeared. What was left was just a very bland, watery, underwhelming beer. Maybe if it was an APA a little could be forgiven, but as an ipa....very disappointing.

Serving type: can

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for this one!
Light orange, little bit hazy, thin layer of foam that lasts for a few sips. Spotty lace and collar around the edges. Decent bit of lacing.

Aroma is pungent and grapefruity, then tapers off after the initial blast.
Taste is full of orange and grapefruit, dry and bitter with a bruised citrus edge.

Light bodied with light carbonation, easy drinking with a supple feel.
Overall it's a nice IPA, and I'd look for it when in the Southwest.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Definitely a great looking and great tasting IPA. Four Peaks is a great brewery and this beer is an excellent example of their prowess. Taste is balanced between hops and wheat nearly like a white IPA but not quite. It's just robust enough to let you know it's an IPA but it's gentle enough to enjoy time and time again. Outstanding, really and I highly recommend it

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Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewery earlier this evening. Served to me in standard pint glass, this beer is a clear, medium amber color with a nice fluffy looking head that is about an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a good 1/4 inch thick with excellent lacing. Eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with some decent lacing. Has an aroma of caramel malt sweetness followed by lots of earthy, citrus, earthy hops. Has a good caramel malt sweetness flavors upfront that is followed by the aforementioned citrus, earthy, and herbal hop flavors. Has a good balance of flavors. Also has a mainly crisp, slightly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking in the way an IPA like this should be. A solid beer all around. Good, but not outstanding.

Eric

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, workhorse sort of an IPA, with a pleasing bitterness and good citrus/pine/classic hop flavor thing going on. Perhaps a touch watery, but otherwise a satisfying brew that you'd never be disappointed to find in your fridge.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of moysauce
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap in a Weizen glass, for whatever reason.

A: Golden yellow with a clear one and a half finger head.

S: Oh man. You get a great burst of citrus on the nose, which lead me to believe I'd be in for a more fruity IPA.

T: Absolutely nothing like the nose at all. At first it started out as a complete hop bomb, and with a name like Hop Knot, I should have assumed as much. Much hoppier than the nose led me to believe it would be. Interestingly enough, the hop profile started to get taken over by a strong malt backbone as I finished it off. So it was strange, to me, that it went from being a complete hop bomb to a slightly malty taste. I don't want to say it was a bitter malt taste, because that doesn't really make sense. But when the malts took over you could kind of get a sense that the hops were trying to push their way through. Very interesting!

M: Great mouthfeel. Nice and smooth. A thin coating of the mouth. Enough to let the flavor linger, but not enough to glue your mouth shut.

O: Overall, I found this beer to be very interesting. Very citrus heavy on the nose to nothing but hops for the first half of the beer, to this internal malt vs hop struggle at the end. Would recommend, though I'm not sure how often I would drink this.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with yellow hues. A creamy head of bone white foam that falls quickly and leaves spots of lace. beautiful clarity and only a few bubbles lazily wafting to the top. Nose is malty with a little soft sweetness and a bit of cracker. Sweet lemon peel and earthy grapefruit peel. Some sweet grass and a bit of pine that also has a sweet little backing to it. A bit of simcoe spice that I would call tangy. The taste is wonderful. Fruity and juicy. A bit of lemon, grapefruit and a nice little orange that is fresh and lightly sweet. The pine is soft and sweet on the palate and so is the malt. The malt is more crisp than it smelled on the nose and it comes right up to the definition of west coast style mouthfeel before it takes just one shy step over. The hops give an herbal quality at the back palate that is broad and leafy. This one finishes dry and with a lovely bitter that does not start on the mid palate. It starts at the swallow and then resonates back leaving you with a surprise bit of crisp cracker and some of that lovely light orange.

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Photo of stephens101
3.01/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bright reddish-orange with a full, bubbly, off-white head that tops out right above the rim and pushes its pungent aroma into the room. Closer inspection reveals citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and some rind. Taste is more subdued that the aroma would indicate. Barely hoppy and a bit chalky. Some light fruits are noticed. Pretty flat in all domains. Tastes like it's well past any reasonable prime, but there's no decipherable freshness dating on the can. So be it.

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Photo of sommersb
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 04-08-2014
Freshness: Canned on 02-28-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

Appearance: Mostly clear golden beer with an off-white head of 3 fingers. Retention is very good with a fair amount of lace.

Smell: Fragrant floral, citrus and piney hops.

Taste: Sharp bitterness from the hops with flavor notes of grapefruit and other citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and high in carbonation, with a finish that's dry and hoppy with more citrus flavors.

Overall: Very good IPA here; glad to have tried it

Thanks to Craig for the beer!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Arizona IPA from a 12 ounce can. On to the beer:

This is toasted orange colored and topped with an inch of head , leaving several clumps of lace around the glass. The aroma has much appeal, quite vibrant and featuring notes of tangerine, cantaloupe, pine, orange, dusted in a little sugar. A lot of the momentum carries on to the taste, where the taste of cantaloupe, modest pine, orange, some caramel, and a slightly raw edge give Hop Knot an overall pleasant taste. It's medium bodied and smooth with the carbonation, which caps off an overall palatable IPA.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of ISmith87
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - 4 - Great looking beer with thick white head that leaves huge lacing. Golden-amber color like most ipas, crystal clear.
S - 4.25 - Huge grapefruit and citrus zest. Pineapple, smells super fresh.
T - 4.25 - Great grapefruit, citrus zest, mango and pineapple. Tastes a little like a great homebrewed IPA. Very sweet caramel malt background.
M - 4 - light-medium mouthfeel, aftertaste is sweet malt with grapefruit/pineapple/mango flavors. VERY fresh. alc covered well.
O - 4.25 - Great beer. Proud to say it's from Arizona.

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Photo of joeworrall
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12 oz can out of a large snifter glass

A: Pours and orangish hue with a decent sized white head that dissipates quickly leaving a good trail.

S: Malty and hoppy aroma mixed well together.

T: Nicely balanced mix between the bitter hops and sweet malt.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Delicious IPA - could have been a little bit more hopped up.

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Photo of Hendry
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Burnished orange hue,1 finger khaki head reduced quickly,some chunky sediment as it is unfiltered,lacing is respectable.

Hops are muted in the aroma: sweet malts are dominant.Not at ALL getting the grapefruit and pine needle vibe in the least. Quite underwhelming.

Taste is a carbon copy of the bland nose: not much going on here other than a bready malt sweetness with a noted lack of true bitterness on the palate. Genuinely unexciting.

Mouthfeel is medium, the sweetness from the malts just steals the show, leaving the hops in the dust.Carbonation appropriate.

How Hop Knot can get a 91 rating while Knee Deep Citra Extra Pale Ale rates an 85 only shows the flaws and biases of the BA rating system. Hop Knot is a solid MEH!

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Gifted by CE from trip to AZ
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Pours a 1cm head, just off-white, fades with minimal lacing to just a ring around the glass. Body is a transparent, light copper orange color. Carbonation is visible, active and numerous.

Aroma of citrus, lemon and grapefruit in particular, which is balanced nicely on top of a malt base that is somewhat like sweet tea. Generally very fresh, hoppy, and inviting.

Sweetness and hops are well-mixed, with hops being main attraction. Hop flavors of grapefruit and Meyer lemon, mainly citrus, little pine. Malt base is noticeable in the first half of the sip, again has sweet-tea characters. Bitterness on sides of tongue in back of palate. Aftertaste is mildly sweet and lingering bitterness.

Beer is medium-light in body, a little watery around the edges. Modest carbonation leads to gentle foaming on palate and a creamy mouthfeel.

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Hop Knot from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.