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

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Hopsquatch Barleywine
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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:
Photo of Phelps
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Phelps, May 23, 2010
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev 0%

chinchill, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Auraan, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Sammy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +25%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ChadC12
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

ChadC12, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of meathookjones
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Body is a very dark ruddy brown color with some red highlight when held up to the light. Tall light tan head leaves a nice scattered lace and some clumps as this was consumed. Really packs a hop punch in the nose almost as much as Bigfoot. Also there are big fruit and sweet caramel malt scents in the nose as well. Some citric and floral hops are both evident. Very strong aroma all around. Taste is the same a nice hop smack to the palette up front with a backing of various fruits and malts. Some alcohol is evident as it warms but the other flavor over shadow it for the most part. Citric grapefruits and earthy notes galore with an equally big sweetness. It’s also quite bitter and finished with a bitter fruitiness. A bit more balanced overall than Bigfoot but still packs plenty of hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky sweet and fairly thick. Very smooth going down. I could drink this all the time if I had the chance. Many thanks goes out to nvsblman and Secret Bunny for the growler of this amazing brew.

meathookjones, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of nleaders
4/5  rDev 0%

nleaders, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Thecherryman
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Thecherryman, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

dakotaben, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, 10/24/06 at Four Peaks in Scottsdale, AZ.

As others have commented, very unique glassware to showcase this beer. HUGE ivory colored head (4 inches plus) which took it's own sweet time to fall off capped a hazy orange/yellow liquid.

The aroma was pine trees and freshly mowed grass. Very herbal. May have been some citrus in there as well, but pretty much overpowered. Malt aromas were primarily caramel, and took a bit to show through the hops.

Taste was similar to the aroma at first, but after I recovered from the initial hop assault, the big malt backbone became apparent. Hops were again herbal in character, malt was like caramel and molasses. After the first sip or two, this beer showed itself as very well balanced.

Mouthfeel was medium plus, with moderate carbonation. I would describe it as coating and thick, with a bit of slickness to it as well.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. The server told me it had 14% ABV, and this was quite well integrated. Enjoy this, but be sure you aren't driving when you are finished.

, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of bigbelcher
2.48/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

What idiots come out with a barleywine to drink when it is 110 degrees outside, and that doesn't have air conditioning? If they sit on this beer a few more months I am sure it would get a better review but their atmosphere (heat) made drinking this beer almost impossible. Had to drink 3 glasses of ice water just to get it down.

Good barleywine color, not a lot of hop aroma, more malt based than hoppy. I like the food at Four Peaks but find that their beers including this one are made just too mainstream. Hello MCFLY. This is a barleywine. Make it a barleywine and not just an american strong ale.

bigbelcher, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

May 1, 2008 release, Tempe location.

Reddish orange color. Hazy. Head is served five fingers high in a large bulb-and-stem tulip. Somewhat soapy, but fairly dense. Great lacing with mostly full coverage.

Sharp, floral and herbal nose. Some grapefruit zest, some wafting esters but not off-putting. A bit understated, but pleasant.

Strong fusel alcohol presence, both up front and in the finish, where it is particularly pervasive. The flavors are pleasant, basically mirroring the nose, and including strong citric and herbal hopping, floral yeast character, and strong toffee/caramel malt sweetness that is dominated for the most part by the alcohols.

The American barleywine doesn't have to be complex, but should hide its alcohol a bit better. I'll be back for more, but I consider it a catch-all strong ale.

BretSikkink, May 02, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Camjmorton, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Retsinis
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Retsinis, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of unclejimbay
4.6/5  rDev +15%
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.

unclejimbay, May 21, 2010
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

bsuedekum, May 08, 2013
Photo of sammyg832
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a huge thistle glass. There is a three finger thick, frothy, tan colored head on this beer initially. The beer is a lightly hazy amber color. The aroma is rich, with concentrated malt notes. I smell caramel, butterscotch, pine, orange, and a strong herbal note. The concentrated malt notes really dominate the aromas of this beer. The taste is quite rich and concentrated, just as the aroma promised. This beer has a dominant malty sweetness that has characteristic notes of concentrated caramel and sherry oxidation notes. This beer is quite well hopped as well. I get notes of concentrated citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, sharp herbal notes and a solid, almost grassy, bitter finish. This is really quite a concentrated brew all around. It is a contemplative tipple that would be perfect on a cold winter night, a companion to a Le Carre Novel. This is fairly thick, even mores so than the prototypical American Barley wine Bigfoot. There is quite a bit more alcohol too (11%). If you enjoy Barley Wines then ignore my relatively low score on this one, because this should tickle you pink.

Gueuzedude, Jun 17, 2005
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4/5  rDev 0%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of taxguyjase
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

taxguyjase, Sep 11, 2009
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4/5  rDev 0%

Jmitchell3, Sep 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev 0%

Gatch, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

oilcan01, Aug 04, 2014
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Hopsquatch Barleywine from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
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