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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 Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of david18
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.19/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +6%
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!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

No freshness date. Can format.

Pours a honey golden hue, translucent and bright, with generous white head. Lots of lacing and creamy goodness on the head. Nose is a delight with some tangerine, maybe peachy-pear, and light herbal component. On the palate is a hop focused citrusy flavor that is delicious, herbal hop components kicking in, and just enough malt to keep it civilized. Nice bitter tingle on the finish.

Only negative is that it is incredibly watery & light. Head to head with regional IPA's makes this characteristic stand out quite prominently.

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Photo of flexabull
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Tayner, thanks again!

Pours a bright gold color with a faint white head.

Aromas are very nice. Great smelling IPA, really fresh hops, bright citrus, oranges, and a little hard candy sweetness.

Taste is quite dry, a little prickly on the mouthfeel. Really hop forward, grassy, resin like, with some citrus orange flavors. A touch of malt sweetness is hidden in the background, it's there, but it takes a back seat to the big hop flavors. Finish is crisp, with a short snappy finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a little prickly at first, but smooths out nicely.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a very tasty IPA. Lots of fresh hop flavors, but not too overpowering. Very drinkable, I'd be happy to drink another. Good stuff!

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Photo of arizcards
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 pack at Total Wine Saturday for $17.99.

Beer poured golden with a white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wonderful, full of fresh citrus and tropical hops.

Taste is pretty well balanced, pale malts create a nice baseline for the wonderful blend of mango and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall this is a solid beer, the best year round brew from Arizona. Definitiely try this if you have the opportunity!

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

got this bottle from tayner. thanks dana!

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a thin layer of dense white head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. orange, tangerine, grapefruit. pine. honey and caramel. biscuit and white bread. light alcohol. touch of toasty character too.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. pine and grapefruit. orange peel. orange and tangerine pulp. lightly toasted white bread. touch of biscuit. the alcohol is almost completely hidden, until a touch of warmth starts in my stomach. there's a bit of a metallic or mineraly character too.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. medium-light carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, hiding its alcohol well. the metallic component is a little odd. i didn't mind it overall.

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Photo of jampics2
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Four Peaks. Poured into a pint glass.

Looks nice, great consistant bubbles rise through a golden-orange clear and filtered body.

Smell is good. Nice citrus hops and bit of caramel malt shine through.

Taste is great but I remember it being more hop forward the last time I had it. Perhaps this is a batch that's a month or 2 old. Medium bitterness. Nothing extreme, but a little too toned down for me.

Mouth is appropriate for the style. Just enough malt to be substantial.

A good IPA, but I think it's been better in the past. Would def. have again, and it's worth trying, but I'm waiting for the double hop knot in a few months :)

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nvsblman for including this in my secret santa package. Poured into my Hop Knot shaker glass (also courtesy of santa). Appears a clear golden yellow color with barely half an inch of thin foam that quickly vanishes to a thin layer. Smells and tastes of caramel malt, lemon, pine needles and grapefruit. Smells and tastes much better than it's appearance leads on (kind of like Sunshine Pils does). Medium body and carbonation. A nicely done IPA.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-amber-orange in color with a fairly white head. First pint or two from the growler was firm and sticky after which it was a pretty runofthemill. Thin cap of foam. Spotty lacing. Nice hoppy aroma, citric and a little floral, but a little too clean for me to love it. Malts are pale and offer only a little hint of sweetness. From the growler, the hopping throws out about three seconds of pop before fading into the pale malt - slightly cloying - sweetness. Funny phrase: too balanced. This is definitely a hop-sided beer, but I still don't feel like I love how the malts come in and take over the finish. Body is well on the light side. Drinkability is of course rock solid.

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Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can received yesterday from BOLTZ7555 in a great trade! This is a Phoenix local favorite for me that I've been jones-ing for lately - glad to have a full six pack in my fridge. Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a well hazed pale orangey golden color with a low half finger of short lived foam. Only a small collar of bubbles is left around the edge of the glass.

S - Fruity, grassy, estery. More malty than I remember too...has a definite underpinning of caramel malt at the base that the hops don't quite overcome.

T - Malty sweet base to this one...mid-level bitterness and lots of grassy and fruity hops come thru and balance the prominant malt pretty well.

M - Medium bodied with a medium level carbonation as well. Smooth and balanced...wish more of the hops would come thru here.

O - Hmm, not quite the same beer I'm used to having on tap at the brewpub. No date on the can so hard to know how fresh it is. A little bit of a letdown, but good to have this Phoenix favorite at home...especially on a 90 degree, Arizona like weather day.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in Secret Santa '08. Thanks, Tayner.

A-Clear golden apricot with a thin white head and a little bit of lacing.

S-Lots and lots of grapefruit. Yummy!

T-Nicely citric with a bit of honey sweetness in the finish.

M-Nice lingering bitterness, a bit dry.

D-A quite drinkable West Coast IPA.


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Photo of TheBrewo
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
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 BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: $5.00 (guessing)
Purchased: May 16, 2013
Consumed: May 16, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden orange color with 1-2 fingers of fluffy white head when I got it. Pretty good foamy lacing on the sides and good retention all the way down.

Smelled citrus grapefruit hops up front. Also some notes of floral hops, tangerine, orange rind, honey grass and faint skunky resin.

Tasted similar to the nose with grapefruit citrus hops leading the way. Tangerine, orange, orange rind, sweet floral hops and a bit of honey wheat grass.

Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, pleasantly bitter finish.

Really liked this IPA. It put the Raj to shame, so much that I’d like to go back and knock that one down a few pegs.

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Photo of bashiba
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Hop Knot from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.