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

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122 Reviews
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Reviews: 122
Hads: 495
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 21.59%
Wants: 73
Gots: 81 | 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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Reviews: 122 | Hads: 495
Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first cask pale ale. The regular Hop Knot is one of my favorites, so I'm excited for this.

A sticky, foamy white head with craggy bubbles comes to me about two fingers wide. It quickly ebbs to half that, but that's as low as it gets. Great retention. The liquid is a perfectly clear light tangerine, with no visible carbonation.

What an incredible aroma. Hop Knot uses four different hops added at different times in the brewing process, and right now they're all combining in sweet piney, grassy, harmonious brightness. I once toured Deschutes brewery and got to stand inside their hop storage unit -- this smells like I'm back in that hop closet. Bitter but not biting, and backed by a mild honey sweetness.

Light bitterness hinted at. Citrusy, piney hops lead the way, and sweet caramel malts back it up. The owner of Four Peaks once told me this was his favorite beer because it's the most balanced they produce, and I'd have to agree. Sweet caramel malts fuse with a powerful hoppiness in perfect congruity. Incredible.

Carbonation is negligible, as cask ale tends to be, but surprisingly and satisfyingly full-bodied. Smooth over the tongue, and almost creamy. I'm usually not a fan of beers without carbonation, but the trade-off here is improved body, and it works.

Whether in keg or cask, the balance and drinkability this beer delivers every time I try it shows why Hop Knot is -- and remains -- my favorite IPA.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours leaving little head unfortunately, though it has somewhat lively carbonation throughout. The color is very golden, it looks more like a Pils than an IPA. The aroma yields a citrus hop bouquet, with a watermelon twang plus a strong balance of caramel malt sweetness. It lacks enough intensity to really draw me in however.

The flavor is sort of one dimensional as it never seems to round itself out in the finish. From start to back it's a tangy fruit, herbal, hop dominant beer with moderate bitterness creeping in slowly. It stays pretty clean in flavor and is also more refreshing due to a lighter mouthfeel that's not syrupy like some IPA's get. Decent carbonation.

Overall one of the better Arizona brewed beers, but it's a notch below many fine craft IPA's. I'd probably buy more of it but for $18.99 a 12-pack it doesn't give me an incentive to choose it over say, Odell IPA or something like that. I like the cans though, it definitely was fresh too.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a golden orange pour, 2 fingers of fluffy white head, nice lacing!
smells mainly of hops with a citrus background.. orange, grapefruit, fresh cut grass.
taste is very citrus oriented, with herbal notes, and earth notes. slight spicyness towards the finish, very nice.
medium body, medium crbonation, creamy mouthfeel.
this is a really refreshing ipa.. definitely worth trying - got mine as a throw in from a trade and i'm thankful for it!

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Photo of stephens101
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
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 falloutsnow
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a goblet.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber color with over one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Grapefruit juice and lemon zest are aggressive in the nose, with lesser coniferous foliage and mineral crispness. Over-ripe tropical fruit develops as the beer warms, muddling earlier impressions of cleanliness somewhat.

T: Begins off-dry, with bready malt and hop aromatics of pine and fruit punch. Acidity is high, contributing a lot of citric and carbonic flavor. The middle is clean but retians some mild grapefruit peel, while the finish is dry, with mild bitterness and lingering toasted malt.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic and slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA is solid for a flagship contribution, comparable to Stone IPA or Bells Two-hearted, but really doesn't try to be too distinctive. Among canned IPAs it is desirable, with more pronounced hop qualities than some others, even if those qualities are predictable.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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 ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - on the lighter side of amber to gold in appearance. Half an inch of loosely formed foam on top that sinks away leaving some faint lacing and a thin layer of wispy white head.

Aroma - lemon and lime with some pineapple and mango notes followed by some sweetness and some hints of pine, floral hops and resiny-ness. Certainly aromatic enough to entice most hopheads.

Taste - you know the type of IPAs that make you say, "yes, there you go, that is what I want"? Well, this is one of those type of IPAs. Plenty of floral hop notes but also a nice punch of grapefruit and pine to remind you that this is indeed something that says American IPA and says it loud and proud.

Overall - another great canned brew from Arizona! They're giving Colorado some serious competition when it comes to craft beers shroud in aluminum. Definitely an IPA worthy of any hopheads fridge, cooler or backpack. Easy drinking, hopped-up to eleven and well worth your time.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Got from Phelps in the Tickers BIF.

A: Yellowish orange color, with nice clarity. About a half finger white head, that fades fairly quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Nice citrus and floral hops, that are not over the top, light grapefruit and pineapple. The caramel malts blend nicely with the hop profile.

T: Nice caramel sweetness upfront and throughout. A good mix of citrus and floral hop bitterness, that doesn't overpower and allows the caramel malts to linger on the front of the tongue while the bitterness lingers in the back.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly creamy. Decent dryness.

O: A very good IPA. Not the best but solid nonetheless. Very well blended and refreshing.

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask @ Four Peaks in Tempe, AZ.

A - A bit darker than the traditional brew, with nice shades of amber and red. A great, fluffy, off-white head that is typical of cask ales.

S - Much more floral and fruity. Hops shine here.

T - Where the original can be a bit too dry and lack a certain hop bite, this brew hits a great cask IPA on the head. Fruity, floral, delicious hops with a good malty backbone.

M - Incredibly smooth, creamy, and the perfect temperature. Goes down way too easily.

O - A must try for all fans of Hop Knot.

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Photo of craytonic
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear gold-copper, some head and lacing

Smell: Bit of hops, pine, grapefruit, orange tangerine, and sweet malt, a little weak

Taste: Very crisp, if that is a taste. bit of piney hops up front with some medium-body malt on the back-end adding a bread element.

Drinkability: nice to try, but very forgettable. You could put a few back though.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.


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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz thanks to Phelps in Blind Beers BIF III.

Blind review.

A- Nice filtered pale golden color, thin but lasting head, sticky but spotty lacing. 2nd pour kicks up a bit more head.

S- Tropical fruity hops, nice resiny sticky hop nug aromas.

T- IPA for sure, good fruity bouquet and great clean bitterness. Tangerine, honeydew, mango/papaya. Pretty pale, no heavy malts here.

M- Mot much malt, drying, def. a west coast interpretation of an IPA. Really easy to drink.

D- High.. Easy drinking, low ABV, strong hops. Hop profile kind of reminds me of sculpin (nowhere near as intense though). I enjoyed this one a lot- if this is available to you locally, buy some.

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Photo of sommersb
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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 standardcherry
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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 azdback
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just picked this one up at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale. Poured into a Spaten tumbler glass. Light, clear orange color. Medium carbonation bubbles with a one finger bright white head. Looking pretty sticky now.

Smell is an overpowering green, leafy, wet hop aroma. Citrus smells of yellow grapefruit rind.

Taste is over the top. Just a fresh, green, resiny, oily hop taste. Tart orange flavor. The only other beer I have had with this hop profile is Abrasive. Just fantastic.

Mouth is what it should be for the style. Bright and easy to drink. Rich and not a bit watery anywhere in the swallow. Very enjoyable!!!

Overall I feel like a douchebag!! This has been in my backyard for many years and I just tried it? I was told but didn't believe. A fantastic representation of the style and a must try if you are in the Phoenix metro area!!

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Photo of kirok1999
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear gold with a fluffy white head.
Smells mildly spicy, some hints of citrus and minty pine. A burst of hops up front immediately followed by some malt sweetness. There is a lingering citrus aftertaste, slight astringency, and some rich malts.
Overall, not a bad beer. I wouldn't drink it everyday but it would be nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of davey101
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a tulip glass. No date indicated. Thanks to azdback for this!

Pours a nice clear dark amber body. Neat fluffy white foam simmers down to a thick edging and a thin cap. Super sticky lacing. Aroma is grapefruit heavy with a bit of pine and dank resin. Taste is similar with bitter grapefruit and pine. Finishes floral with some caramel malt. One of the driest finishes I've ever had in an IPA. So dry it chaps the lips. Mouth feel is a bit watery but the bitterness helps carry the favors through to the very end. Overall this is a really solid IPA that I would never kick out of the fridge. I really love that dry finish, pretty unique for the style.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joey for opening up this bottle at La Bella Pizza tonight. I have heard quite a bit about this beer and wanted to try it for a while.

This beer poured a bit too pale for an IPA in my opinion, almost a straw yellow but with a decent amount of head, good lacing too.

Huh? Hardly any hops detectable on the nose, what I first pick up is a weird dirty grain aroma. Maybe a little citrus after the beer warms up, some grassy tones, light caramel, but there really isn't all that much in there.

Tastes grainy, and the grain bill does not seem to be in harmony in this beer. Hardly any hops in the flavor as well, just a little earthy at times. Some lemon flavor later on. Very thin body. Faint caramel in the finish.

Decent carbonation but a bit too thin for an ipa, seems more like a pale ale.

Quite disappointed in this one, not sure if we had an old bottle but it doesn't seem like it...the malt was also very thin.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint draft pour.

Clear golden with no noticeable carbonation or head. It has a noticeable aldehyde/hopped aroma. You get a definite hop punch in the first sip, but not so much so that it overwhelms the senses. Medium body with a bitter finish. Overall, a very drinkable beer. A nice balance between the hops and alcohol. Not over the top hoppy, but hopped enough to satisfy hop-heads such as myself.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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 hoppymeal
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw gold in color, very clear, a nice sized bright white head rests atop before slowly descending, lacing nicely in the process. Aroma is a nice mix of some citrus and a hint of sweetness from the malts. The strongest singular scent is of apricots which comes thru quite well in this bottle. Also some peaches, some tangelo, and grapefruit too, but like a nice sweet tree-ripened fruit. Taste follows with a good citrus hop up front, apricot comes thru in the taste as well, mid-taste. Some peppery flavor kicks in in the finish before a good sized drying and slightly puckery bitterness. Light to medium in body, the carbonation is light, and on the medium to soft side, feel wise. The pepperiness in the taste is present but light in the feel, and the bitterness pulls the moisture from the palate in the finish. Very good ipa, great aroma and nice bitterness, very drinkable. Thanks Dana for the opportunity.

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Hop Knot from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.