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Hopsquatch Barleywine - Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

Hopsquatch Barleywine
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.78%

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

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: meathookjones on 04-01-2005)
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Reviews by Phelps:
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They usually only tap this at the beginning of every month, so I've been missing out on it for a while. Craft Beer Week offered just the special occasion I needed to go try it out.

Comes to me in a ten-ounce tulip filled with a hazy deep amber red liquid with a very sticky off-white head. As the head recedes, full sheets of lacing blanket the sides.

In the nose: tangy sour lemon, along with sour green apples. Interesting. Caramel sweetness dances with some funk I can't quite place. Not bad, just...different.

The taste is bracingly bitter. Caramel sweet, with a dash of lime and orange citrus. That odd funk is there again. Is it onions? There's also a cotton candy sweetness I've noticed in several of Four Peaks' beers.

Feel is smooth yet unremarkable. High carbonation, medium-light body. Alcohol heat carries down the throat like heartburn.

Hopsquatch is an interesting barleywine, but probably not one that I'll try again -- especially when there's Hop Knot available.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 18:50:50 | More by Phelps
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Photo of Auraan


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice rich amber color with a one finger white head. Quite nice looking, very true to form for a barleywine. Scents of piney and floral hops with slight citrus aromas, along with caramel malt and fruity esters. A good, well rounded, true to style barleywine aroma. Flavor begins sweet, with caramel and honey, but with a strong underlying bitterness with flavors of pine resin, citrus peel and slight floral hops, as well as some hints of alcohol. Finish is bitter, with some caramel malt sweetness to balance and nice notes of floral, pine and citrus hops. Aftertaste is caramel leading into pine resin. An excellent hop-forward barleywine with a good balance of malt and hops. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with light carbonation and a sticky, resinous mouthfeel, with no discernible alcohol burn. Very good, true to style and quite the nice sipper. Overall this is a great American Barleywine. It hits all the style notes and is quite pleasant to drink. It's not the most standout example of the style, but it is a solid example of it, with nothing done wrong.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 04:47:00 | More by Auraan
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3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the pubhouse. A dark amber pour in a miniature glass leaves a very light ring of carbonation atop it. Smells of sweet booze and some floral and citrus hops in the background. Mostly the malt dominates. The flavor is similar, though there is a stiff bitterness to stand this beer up. Still, alcohol is very prevalent and the sweetness aroused. Some hop character to it besides the bitterness, but seems to have mostly faded out, giving way to the malt, particularly from the description of the previous review.
A pretty good beer, worth having.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 00:04:24 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of Retsinis


3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this while on vacation in AZ from So-Cali over the new years holiday, and made sure to get over to Four Peaks to try some of their beers. Review from notes.

Believe it was a 8-10 oz pour, served in a brandy style snifter.

Appearance is a copper to maple color, hazy, with about and 3 quarter inch head that faded to about a quarter inch head that retained throughout. Some lacing that sticks to the glass.

The Aroma's are, well, hoppy to say the least. Hop notes range from grass to pine. I also pick up on some herbal, as well as some citrus notes. Alcohol tinge a bit, along with some light caramel, and yeast.

The tastes are of mild toffee, brown sugar, caramel, all binded together with what was mirrored in the nose. Herbal hops, ranging from pine, grass, orange rind. The alcohol is not masked that much, and is present throughout. The sweet malts and barley are there in the middle, and finish, but do not register as much as the hop forward flavor, some what of a trend I've notice in some brewery's barley wines.

Mouth feel is medium, some what viscous, with a hop bite, and good carbonation. Though this seems more like a malty DIPA, then a barley wine. Could be the chose to hop this the way they did to cover up the sweetness, or that the typical heat of the area, lends the patrons to seekout crisp and refreshing, more so then a warming beer.

It was a very cold weekend this time around in AZ, so even though the 11.5% ABV of this was not as well hidden as I like, it did help to warm me up. Were this bottled, or stored well in a growler for a year, I think the hop profile would fade, and some of the barley taste might come to the forefront.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 15:57:40 | More by Retsinis
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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber-reddish color with an off-white head that laces throughout the glass. This is actually quite a beautiful beer.

S: Hops, then a slight caramel sweetness. But overall, hops dominates this brew like the Lakers dominate the Suns.

T: Hops right away. Fades slightly as the caramel-sweetness shows up, but then hops takes control once more in the finish, with hints of alcohol hidden amongst the hops.

M: Meduim-thin body, especially when compared to other beers of the style. Medium carbonation, perfect.

D: While I will certainly be a fan of this beer, this is a one beer per session type of beer. Very strong in flavor and in ABV% so I tend to end my Four Peaks experience with this when it is available.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 01:24:23 | More by jeffaz02t
Photo of unclejimbay


4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Scottsdale location.

One of the lightest color and body barleywines I have seen to date.
Light copper in color with good clarity.
Very hoppy flavor on a light pale and caramel backbone, aalmost like a strong IIPA.
Solid competition as my favorite offering, but the Hop Knot has it beat since it's less destructive to your palate and sobriety.

A very unique barleywine, but delisciois for sure. A must try for any hophead, bring your DD since it's 11.5%!

The most enjoyable barleywine I have had to date, so I have it a 5.0 on drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 01:18:52 | More by unclejimbay
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best of the product line. Enjoyed on tap at the Scottsdale location (brewed in Tempe). A mostly dark peach colour, very lacey with a white head. Closer to a Double IPA, very good and strong hoppiness. Above average mouthfeel. Some fruitiness.An American strong ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 05:45:43 | More by Sammy
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Four Peaks. 10 oz poured into a snifter, 11.5% as marked on the board.

Looks great. Nice amber-red cloudy haze with a touch of head. Looks much more "real" than the other beers we had at Four Peaks today. Clingy lace sticks around for the long run.

Smell is really hop-forward. Hoppy as hell as my notes say. I'm not picking up any strong barley or malt in the nose though, so I'm intrigued but a bit concerned.

Taste is, well, strange. This is more of a hoppy strong ale or an imperial stock ale. No real barley wine base. In a strange way, this is an interesting change over the residual sweetness that normally is encountered in a barley wine, but that seems a bit essential to the style to me. Caramel malt fades into a slight ethanol burn. Then the burn stays around Too hot for my tastes.

Mouth is good considering the lack of barley that appears in the taste. Nice carb and just visco enough. Prety good.

Do not want (any more). Too hot and just not what I look for in a barley wine.

Overall, this looks, feels, and smells good. But beer is all about the taste, and this isn't just off for the style, it's not great for any style. Could be tweaked, though, so don't give up Four Peaks. I know you're mainstream for sure, but don't keep pushing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 22:45:24 | More by jampics2
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New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had heard about this speciatity beer before, but apparently my camera skills sucked and never managed to get proof that it existed. Fortunately, I layed in wait long enough at Four Peaks to get served a nice little goblet of Hopsquatch, their hoppy barleywine. I think this is officially the first barleywine that I have ever had - and I was very impressed.

The Hopsquatch was pretty cloudy, which I liked. There was a nice head, but it sorta disappeared quickly. The brew had a really nice floral, fragrant aroma with some citrus. I'm sure I'm missing the elegant details, but whatever it was, smelled REALLY good. The taste is the best part of the beer - exceptionally smooth and well blended. Even though this is a hoppy beer, you wouldn't really know given how masterfully blended it was. I would take this beer anytime - I would just need to be really careful as it had 11.5% ABV! Holy crap!

Appearance - 4.0/5.0 - A nice cloudy rust color; just disappointed with quickly dissipating head
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - An awesome floral bouquet of smells - very nice
Taste -5.0/5.0 - Extremely smooth, flavorful and balanced. Just a really great tasting beer with all of the elements that you'd expect in an IPA, but nothing so strong as to offend.
Feel - 5.0/5.0 - A perfect blend and smoothness that just made the mouth happy.
Drinkability - 5.0/5.0 - Would drink again, just need to be careful due to the high alcohol content!

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 05:11:49 | More by taxguyjase
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