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

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89
very good

413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 63
Gots: 47 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-23-2003)
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Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with a small head of white foam on a clear, dark golden body. The head settles and leaves thick lace.

S - a fruity aroma of mango, grapefruit, and pine.

T - bready malt, spicy pine and a touch of caramel up front. More of the same in the middle with a peppery character that carries though to the finish with moderate bitterness and lots of grapefruit.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - very nice, especially for a single IPA. The hop character is excellent, but balanced and the beer is very drinkable.

Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  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 MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for tayner for throwing me a couple of these. Served in the usual Surly pint glass.

A - A half finger of cream-white foam that dissipates quickly - nice lacing though! Murky golden-yellow color. Not all that interesting.

S - Very balanced - some sweet citrus hoppiness with loads of tangerine, orange, grapefruit, and a hint of pine, and some sweet caramel malts with maybe a touch of honey and biscuit.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells, which is a good thing. Again - very balanced, with hoppy tropical flavors, a hint of pine, sweet caramel malt, honey, and bread. Not particularly unique, but well crafted. Aftertaste is neutral.

M - Smooth, with a little prickly carbonation at the tip of the tongue. Good viscosity and nice residual oily resin.

D - It's got all the things I like for sessions - low alcohol, not overcarbonated, no strong aftertaste, and a nice flavor. If I lived in Phoenix I'd keep a sixer of this in the fridge.

Don't let the B+ fool you - this is a sold session IPA option that has a score skewed by its lackluster appearance. If it looked a little better it'd compare to Stone IPA and Two-Hearted.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of drabmuh
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, Arizona. This beer falls between a pale ale and an IPA. Smell was closer to an IPA (lots of hops) the flavor seemed to be more subtle. Not as hoppy as most IPAs, good flavor and after taste. Reminded me of a strong american pale ale. This was an incredibly easy beer to drink, very flavorful and smooth.

This beer started as a seasonal but was recently made a year round brew now available in kegs and bottles.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 ...

Photo of corby112
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with swingracex. 12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, light mango, floral, caramel, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes and moderate malt balance; fairly muted though. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, caramel, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, caramel, light pine, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a nice malt balance that does not overpower the hops; and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of LXIXME
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of biegaman
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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!

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