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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

118 Reviews
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86
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Reviews: 118
Hads: 473
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 68
Gots: 69 | 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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Matt!

The beer is light golden hued and and parent with a thick, foamy white head. Ample sticky lacing plastered onto the pint glass. The aroma offers pine sap, resin, dank hops. Hop forward with a sturdy malt backbone. Bread / biscuit character supports the pine hop aspect nicely. Well balanced. Sweetness seems to escalate. Lingering hop bitterness and pine. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. A solid beer. (421 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is literally all over the map today, splitting time between China and Arizona. My helmsman and navigator are at their wits end and so I have decided to solve this Gordian Knot by making thirty (30)-plus knots back to Arizona following our most recent visit to China. It is a knotty problem, would you knot agree?

Not for the kiddies: Popeye awakes in the Old Salts' Home on the morning of his eightieth birthday and notices that he is sporting morning wood. This has not happened for some time and since Olive Oyl has passed on, he decides to hit the stroll, whereupon he hears a familiar cry, "Hey, sailor, how about a date?!?" Instinctively, he knows that the young woman is not proffering a piece of fruit and takes her up on her offer. Soon, they are in a nearby room with an hourly rate and he is bobbing and thrusting as though he were a ship in high seas. He looks down at his friend and asks, "Hey, baby, how am I doing?" She looks up with disdain and replies, "Well, sailor, let me put it in terms you'll understand. You're doing three knots!" "Three knots!" he thinks, excited that he is doing so well in his advanced age, until she continues. "Yes, three knots - you're knot up, you're knot in and you're definitely knot getting your money back!"

Hop Knot? Why knot! Back on AmeriCAN soil, thanks to bennetj17, we employ the Crack & Glug with the best of them. We have tied up to the pier using the dreaded Gopher Knot, a complicated knot like the Gordian Knot, that will require someone to go fer their knife/sword/axe when we next get underway. I had a fizzy finger of ecru head that was briefer than MacBeth's candle. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite pine-y and a welcome change from both Lychee perfume and sea salt. My mouth began to water. It had a big, resinous mouthfeel to go along with its intense pine taste. This is the kind of beer that got me hooked on hops and I could hear echoes of the Hop Monkey that used to ride around on my back, chattering and howling incessantly. Finish was likewise free and easy with the hops and China's Siren call could be heard yet again. Licking my lips, I signaled for the Deck crew to bring in the lines as I savored those delicious hops and why knot? It might be a while before I could get any again ... (2,318 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sits a brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a pale tan head. The aroma is a nice mix of fruity notes and a pine like aromatic note. The fruity notes are dominant with apricot and grapefruit being evident in the forefront. There is a nice piney character to this beer that sort of acts like a backbone to the citrus notes. The taste is quite sweet up front, it even lingers through the bitter finish. The citrusy hop notes also linger on, and they are really quite nicely done. I get notes of tangerine, apricot, orange, sharp notes of pine, basil, and spruce. This is definitely quite nice. (606 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks Phelps!

Pours a clear golden amber color with a quickly dissipating foamy white head. Leaves behind intricate webs of lacing. Aroma is mild, sweet with citric and pine hops and light caramel malt. Body is a little too thin for the style, but appropriate fine carbonation. Flavor has a strong citric hop sweetness and a malty and grainy presence that doesn't quite balance it, so much as fight it. Reminds me a lot of the Starr hill northern lights IPA, in that it smells like an above average IPA but falls apart a little in the flavor and body. (587 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a somewhat scant head. Nice fresh aromas of hay, wax, citrusy and piney hops. Well balanced. The taste is equally balanced. A tad on the grainy side, but lightly resinous hops with a waxy, citrus zing and some light pine and earth give a reasonable level of bitterness, and a certain moreish quality. Quite tasty, and nice to see this in the bottle. (367 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

12 oz bottle received as an extra. Pours a very slight hazy pale golden yellow color with two finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Very bland aroma that isn't very hoppy. Slightly floral with pale malt and light citrus fruit notes in the nose.

Medium bodied with some earthy bitter hops up front that are quickly countered by a pilsner malt like backbone. Slightly earthy/piny before with hints of subtle citrus. Crisp and easy to drink with a slightly dry finish but nor very exciting. (553 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw-colored golden with a very large head, nearly 3 fingers. The color is nice, but the white head, its retention, and its lacing are pretty amazing. Thick, even, soapy lacing coats the glass in an unbelievably even manner. Head doesn't normally recede in such a logical fashion. Watching this beer I begin to think this is the only way for such a recession to occur.

I'm pleasantly surprised by the aroma. Seldom do I trade for an IPA (actually, this was an extra from BOLTZ7555) that keeps a strong, pungent IPA aroma. Something about shipment seems to substantially diminish the essence of the hop aroma. Anyway, on to the aroma. Smells very citrusy. Orange pith, grapefruit rind, and other citrus. Very pungent. Pine resin and floral hops as well.

The flavor is hop dominated, with practically no sweetness and a tiny malt backbone. In other words, the profile of a perfect West Coast IPA. Primarily grapefruit and orange. Bitterness is on the upper medium end of the style, which makes for a very drinkable representation of the style. The finish is dry, bitter, and citrusy; it leaves a certain lingering stickiness in my mouth.

Before Hop Knot, I couldn't have named a beer from Arizona. Now you'll hear me speak the name of Hop Knot loudly and often. This is a very good offering. (1,306 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a yellow orangish color with a nice head and some decent carbonation on it. Nose of some hops, a little piney scent. Tasted a little citrus, piney and floral. I can tell there are some American C's here, Chinook, Centennial and perhaps Amarillo finshed with some bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and in no way is this a IIPA. Overall probably the best beer from Four Peaks. (383 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hop Knot looks like the only thing it's entangled was sunlight; a brilliantly bright golden colour practically leaps out of the glass, even against the light of a completely overcast sky. The perfectly clear beer shows just a hint of carbonation, with few visible bubbles and not much by of head. Certainly no lacing ever take shape.

American IPAs are all about hops and this one must have more Cascade and Liberty and Simcoe in its little finger than some do in their entire body. I could smell the citric juices right from the pour, without even having to hold the glass to my nose. I'm surprised the neighbor across the street hasn't commented on smelling them yet.

My first sip reminded me of exactly what I love about this style: the flavour of toasty malt covered in citrus-y hop resins. It may be an acquired taste, but once one does acquire it there's simply no going back to lesser flavourful things. The tastes of cantaloupe, lemon, lychee and grapefruit are too delicious not to include in an IPA recipe.

Hop Knot is indeed a hop-dominated experience as advertised, but its pine and citrus elements carry little bitterness. Some brewers go overboard on the kettle hops, leaving the sensation that your tongue's been put through a sausage grinder. Here, however, caramel malt can do its thing and there's hop flavour, but without the stinging, raspy bite.

IPAs are to American craft brewers what gladiator fighting was to ancient Romans. Hence, a lot of breweries have gotten out of control trying to produce the biggest, boldest hop bomb on the market. Four Peaks, however, includes all the confidence and character without any of the aggression. Fans of Bell's Two Hearted, Ballast Point Big Eye or Russian River Blind Pig will find a lot familiar here. Greatly enjoyed and surely recommended! (1,814 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to grub for splitting this bottle.

Pours a clear light amber/golden yellow, thin white head forms, drops to a thin ring pretty quick, but holds there, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is pretty hoppy, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, some floral, caramel, really neat orange peel and vanilla aroma, like a creamsicle, smells great. Taste is nice, quite dry and bready at first, sweet malt, some pine and grapefruit, iron/metallic, almost bloody like, bitter orange peel, bread crust finish, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, but it has a real blood flavour, and kind of feels like swallowing blood in the back of your throat, its weird. Smells real nice though, thanks Russ! (734 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.
Another one thanks to marqoid.

A - Pours a lighter, almost clear orange with a one finger cream colored head. Good retention and some lacing left on the glass.

S - Very piney and grassy.

T - Pine, grass, and some strong floral type flavors.

D - Medium carbonation, lighter body.

O - Love the flavors of this one! (352 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pour is clear golden orange with a thick tight white head. Nose is strongly balanced with caramel sticky malt and some doughiness. Hops are herbal and grassy, light but balanced. Taste is slightly more malt forward, toasted grains a stronger with the sweet malt behind and a bitter herbal hop finish. Lightly carbonated and creamy syrupy body. (343 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by glid02.

Pours a very light golden amber with a small soapy white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving little lacing. I think the appearance suffered a bit being from the growler.

The aroma is dominated by the sweet citrus hops, though it's not over-the-top hoppy. There is some malt sweetness but not much.

The initial taste is of the juicy tropical citrus, pineapples and oranges especially. The finish has a little more pine presence and leaves a nice bitterness after each sip.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation and makes for an extremely drinkable IPA. This is my first beer from Four Peaks and I definitely enjoyed it. (680 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer at Pizza Bianco's sister bar while we waited an hour and 45 minutes for a table. I am very happy that we had the long wait and that I had the opportunity to have a couple of pints.

Just an excellent beer.

The head on each glass was rather diminutive and measured less than a finger in thickness. The head was fairly and while small did show nice retention. Some decent lacing formed and there was no visible carbonation.

Color was at the line between golden amber and orange amber.

Aroma was fantastic. Very strong floral/perfume aroma with strong citrus notes and a spicy/peppery tone. I also smelled and later tasted a slight hint of mint.

Taste was really fantastic and exceedingly fresh. Nice burst of bright hop bitterness up front. Grapefruit and peppery notes. Again I got the sense of mint. I am not saying it tasted like a mint beer, but I think this was a part of the spicy notes. In the background was a nice bread like flavor that balanced the assertive hop flavor. This was an assertive APA and in some ways could be considered an IPA. Just a wonderful beer.

Mouth feel was fairly light in body and the carbonation kept the sensation very bright.

Very very drinkable. Quaffable dare I say.

I look forward to waiting for a table at Pizza Bianco again. I'll BE BACK!

Excellent Beer. (1,320 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber gold in color. Forms a smallish, rocky white head that reduces down to a rocky surface coating. Good lacing.

S: Some light hops. Citrus and pine. Aroma is kind of weak, though.

T: Caramel malt, biscuit malt. Pine resin bitterness. Slightly sweet with a lot of unpleasant bitterness. Way off balance.

M: Lighter bodied with active carbonation.

D: A decent beer, but out of balance. Lighter bodied, but still malty, with the hops never really showing through in a positive way. Out of balance? yes. Out of date? possibly, but no way to tell. (562 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear golden color with a white head that stayed as a layer being fueled by rising carbonation bubbles.

S - citrus and floral aroma.

T - very nicely balanced taste with the malt keeping things from getting overly bitter but there's still a good citrus rind finish.

F - medium bodied, smooth feel with mild carbonation.

O - very enjoyable and easy to drink. (408 characters)

Photo of david18
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (217 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sholland119 for sharing a bottle of this one.

A-Brilliant orange kissed golden yellow with a thin white head and a little bit of lacing.

S-Tart citrus of grapefruit, tangerine and orange. Low amount of malt sweetness detected.

T-Potent citric acid punch with a boat load of citrus fruit flavour. Most of it a bland of grapefruit and orange. Notes of softer fruit flavours in the background such as apple and peach. A complimenting malt sweetness in the finish.

M-Medium body with a pleasant, long lasting bitterness.

D-A totally solid and nearly sessionable west coast IPA. All the citrus hoppy goodness that I crave with a minimal amount of malt sweetness....YUMMY! (683 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the Four Peaks - Tempe on 3/28.

A: A very pretty copper-orange, crowned with a thick white one-finger head of suds. Not a ton of carbonation, just a few random bubbles. Very clear with a healthy lacing, glued on in sticky bands.

S: Sweet caramel, pine and grapefruit aromas intermingling.

T: Pithy orange/grapefruit bitterness. A caramel maltiness flows in waves. Quite tasty, great balance.

M: Silky smooth, the epitome of 'creamy'.

D: A fine IPA. Flavor is nothing too creative, but is a well-balanced and flavorful brew nonetheless. A pleasure to drink, one I'd have again. (596 characters)

Hop Knot from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.