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

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jeffaz02t on 02-06-2010

Why Double Knot for a name? Well, it's essentially a double Hop Knot. Now does that mean we just went and doubled the alcohol content? No, but close; Hop Knot is around 6% and Double Knot is around 9.2%. So, did we double the hops? Well, yes! We did! Hop Knot uses around 3.5 lbs per barrel and Double Knot is around 7.5 lbs per barrel (Okay, a little more than double, don't sue us). That's really the main difference between the two; slightly higher alcohol content and twice the hops. But what a difference if you're a true hop-head.
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 10
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3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was served on tap at Four Peaks Brewing Company in Tempe, Arizona. It arrived in a generic snifter, and was tasted essentially side-by-side with its little brother, Hop Knot (that review to follow). Coloring came closest to a dark orange-rust, and due to a large pour only a quarter finger’s worth of foam was visible atop the liquid. This was stark white and left chunky patterned lacing about the glass, after an insignificant retention. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be lightly medium. The aroma was intensely cloying, offering up a blend of the sweetest and stickiest citric, herbal, and nectary fruity hops, pale and robust caramel maltiness, rosewater, white honey, dusty ale yeastiness, dried herbal teas, mildly fusel booze, decent chemical phenol kick, and tropical fruitiness of syrupy mango and pineapple chunks floating in simple syrup. The initial impression of the flavoring was very much in the same vein, in that we got hit hard up front with the sweetest hoppy cloy. These came in the form of nectary fruitiness and grapefruity citric sweetness, as they dropped the aromatic herbal, earthen quality that the nose had detected. Other notes began to be able to crack through this as the beer warmed to temperature, and these included hot fusel booziness, dark Band-Aid and chemical phenols, matching pale, amber, and caramel malt punch, maraschino cherry fruitiness, dried mango and plantain chips, corn husk, savory and salty ale yeastiness, honey, and tin. The body was medium but syrupy, and the carbonation was medium, noticed most when glugging the beer back quickly. Each sip gave nice slurp and smack off the top, but little in the way of creaminess below. The mouth was left cooled, wetly coated, and eventually softly puckered. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back as a sipper that sat somewhere in the middle.

Overall, this was our first taste of Arizona beer!! Four Peaks Brewing Company was situated a quick walk from our hotel in Tempe, across the parking lot basically, so it only seemed natural, and perhaps fate, that this be our introduction to the local scene. Double Knot was no disappointment. We felt it had big, big aromas and flavors, but these sat more to the realm of the sweet and sticky side, leaving the drinker feeling a bit too sugared up. The hops were incredibly robust through both aroma and taste, but while we felt the aroma was too unbalanced in their sweetness, the flavoring lacked enough balance to calm the aggressive booziness and phenolic bite. These are obviously critical from the standpoint of looking for something to pick apart, as the rest of the beer came together nicely. It was stylistically reasonable, but just not to the level set by many, many other DIPAs. We did, however, enjoy it more than Hop Knot, and are glad we got a chance to try the inspiration for Double Knot in conjunction with it. Both made for a great night.

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Poured a gorgeous semi-clear amber-orange body with a one finger fluffy white head and a good amount of carbonation visible. A very nice looking example of the style. Scents of pine resin, dank herbal hops, a bit of an onion-like aroma, orange peel and flesh, tropical fruit, including mango and pineapple, a bit of grapefruit peel and pith. Overall impression is a very true to form, nicely hoppy DIPA with all the usual aroma profile present, very well executed. Flavor begins with a nice hit of grapefruit pith, oniony flavors, grapefruit peel, tropical fruit, pine resin and a slight pale malt backbone. Middle is resinous, with flavors of dank herbal hops, onion, and grapefruit. Finish is onion flavors, dank hops, alcohol, grapefruit and indeterminate citrus flavors. Aftertaste is dank herbal hops, citrus pith, pine resin and pale malt. A wonderful DIPA flavor profile that is true to the bone of the style while maintaining balance. Very well done. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a resinous, slightly drying mouthfeel. Very nice. Overall this is an excellent DIPA, with an excellent aroma and flavor that are very true to form and a mouthfeel that complements the flavor. Highly recommended.

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