Four In Hand IPA | World Brews

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Four In Hand IPAFour In Hand IPA

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by secondtooth on 06-27-2011

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 138
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.56/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Way too many malts and not enough hops. Blah. Totally missing the mark and totally lame. I don't even want to go on with this, but I will, and will try to keep it quick. Glad I didn't buy more than a single of this. Whole Foods should quit carrying this crap. Waste of my time.

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Photo of legalpete19340
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a mostly clear dull orange with maybe a millimeter of white head that evaporated immediately.

S: Not picking up much here. A faint floral hop note. Some apple juice. Maybe a hint of biscuit.

T: Starts with some sweetness then mild and delicate floral hops and back to apple juice. Malt dominates after that with some biscuit and as it finishes some grain a mild bitterness.

M: A fizzy and fluffy thinnish medium.

O: Mild hop and malt flavors across the board. Whats going on isnt terrible it just needs more of it.

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Photo of Luigi
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy orange with a healthy looking white head that settles down to a thick lace around the glass. Retention is good because the lace last till end of IPA.

The aroma is very malty. Not a whole lot of hops to go around as this style calls for. I understand balance, but if you are going to label this as an AIPA than it must live up to those hops.

The taste is about the same. Bread malt, some sweet alcohol, and there is a hint of the hop that does balance the sweetness.

Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and is easy to drink.

Overall if this were an English IPA is would grade it higher. Maybe that was the point. But, for an American IPA the hop is too weak. Otherwise, it is a good ale.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Whole Foods for having the 20% off on beer thing on Friday, and thanks for keeping me from having to waste my money on this beer by offering samples. Poured a cloudy light copper with way too much haze in it for no apparent reason. Aroma was just pure bitter, not a delicate or powerful hop presence, just bitterness, super high alpha acid long bitter boil no dry hopping type of territory I suspect.

Taste, you know the story by now, its real bitter and brings nothing else to the table. Yeah, there might be some serious ibus in this one, but there's just no taste beyond the acrid bitterness. If there is a flavor, you'd describe it as like stomach acid and soap combined.

Same price as SNPA? Yeah, uh, no thanks, won't be buying a sixer of this, ever.

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Photo of beck2008
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the worst IPA in the world but by no means the best. The price was right = $6.97 at Whole Pay Check Market

A - clear copper - very little lacing, 1/2" head

S - Citrus-ish, light hops

T - Not bad, a slight bitter hop finish (for some reason I think of Simple Times Lager when I drink this). Easy drinking ale. I would say it's barely an IPA. I'd call this a Pale Ale and hesitate on calling this a classic IPA.

M - Light body

O - Not bad, not great - if you can get it for under $7 then I'd say give it a go.

Props for a cool label

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear golden color, not much head or sticky lace.

S - Bread and citrus hops. Not as hoppy as most IPAs

T - Citrus hops mostly. A slight bitter, alchoholic aftertaste.

M - Light bodied, but decently balanced.

O - A decent beer. Its not nearly as bad as some of the reviews. However, nothing really stand out about it.

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Photo of rcfunk
1.91/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What this beer lacks in quality and taste, it makes up for in oxidation and diacetyl. Really not so great. I am sorry I bought a six pack of it. At least it was on special. Never again. I hate it when this kind of thing makes it to market. I don't know what is supposed to make this an IPA. I would say this beer is a result of either bad equipment, operator error poor recipe design or a mix of all three.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four in Hand IPA has a rather thin, off white head and a hazy, yet brilliant, amber appearance. There is some lacing present. The aroma is of barley and some citrus, but overall, it’s very subdued. Taste is hop forward, but there is a decent malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light to medium and soft, and Four in Hand I.P.A. finishes refreshing and easy drinking. Overall, for a cheap, store-brand beer, this is not bad, and I suppose it’s worth a try.


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Photo of nickfl
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The head fades away quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Bready malt with a hint of toffee and some musty hops in the background.

T - Sweet malt up front with a little bit of red apple yeast character. Some light, musty hop flavor in the middle and more bread and caramel in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Bland and unimpressive. The hop character is minimal and the malt is muddy. Not much of an IPA.

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Photo of travipa
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

have had before. either my palate needed cleansing or inconsistent brew. pours with medium
head. puts off aroma of quality ipa. mouth of ipa. taste of malted ipa. finish of weak ipa.
at one time this ipa had a more balance of hoppiness and malt. might be a compromise.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey-toned body with a frothy, near white head that steadily deflates.

Smell: Spicy-scented hops and some zesty lemongrass notes, along with a bit of grain and caramel.

Taste: Pale malts with some toasted grains and a thin sliver of sweetish caramel. Small hints of husky astringency crop up before you hit the spicy, earthy hops with minute traces of dried citrus and pine. Sufficiently bitter. The flavors fall away past mid-palate, leaving just a light bitterness/grainy taste that slowly drags out past the soft-feeling finish.

Mouthfeel: Falls just shy of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation with a soft, suds-like character.

Overall: It's got some unrefined elements to it that, while not leaving it harsh exactly, does leave the beer a bit off-key. I'd recommend just plunking a couple extra ratty-looking bucks on the counter and getting something (potentially far more) better.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours light copper color... good 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring with good lacing from start to finish.

S: Very piney, with loads of citrus hops.

T: The hops hit right up front and follow thru to the end... there is a very thin malt in here but not enough to kill the hops... The flavors run from piney to grapefruit. Finish is bitter and dry... with a touch of alcohol burn.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation yet smooth on the tongue.. Puts a little coats on the tongue.

O: This is a strongly hopped IPA... If you like the hops give this one a try. The ABV is good for the style, but feels warmer than I was expecting. Good mix of flavors that I like and I'm not a big IPA guy.

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Photo of Offa
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, big off-white head slowly shrinks to foamy, thin but rocky top, a little decent lace.

Aroma is pretty nice, being caramelly citrus (grapefruit & orange), spicy-peppery herb, caramelized light sweet toast, hint of raisininess.

Taste is slightly astringent, medicinal herbal-peppery-vaguely citrusy bitterness, drying to the mouth, with light caramelly sweetness underneath. It is fairly good, and holds up well, but it is definitely a bit too much on the bitter side, a bit sharp, and dries out the mouth. In the end it is somewhat one-dimensional and lacks balance, without enough character or sweetness to carry what bitterness and hoppiness it has.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer poured with a nice looking one finger sized head; white in color; formed plenty of lacing; body has a nice copper color; very well carbonated and is clear

S - Orange; pine; citrus; hop grass scents finish off with a even keeled caramel malt back-end; slight biscuit note; very floral

T - Very heavy pine and hop taste; grass; caramel and buttered biscuit back-end; slight citrus rinse and colorful tangy feel

M - Thin but bitter; lingering bitter aftertaste; stays for a while; tangy feeling on the tongue; little too rinse and soapy for my palate; extremely effervescent

D - Overall good drink; too strong on the pine and grass flavor; could be a little less aggressive on that piece; seemed like overkill for a beer that could be very enjoyable at a great price; could be a bit less bubbly

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Photo of Crossmd
3.79/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams tulip pilsner. Probably 40 degrees fahrenheit.

Pours an amber copper with an off white one finger head. Tight lacing around the inside of the glass. Definitely pretty.

Smells of some dried overripe fruit, with some breads, maybe just a hint of vanilla.

There's an attack in the mouth of a hop bitterness that rides all the way through into a 30 second finish. There are some slight cream malts in the middle, but they're generally over powered. This is not really a subtle beer.

Mouthfeel is sturdy with a nice balance of texture and effervescence. Especially at this price point. Wish that it had a little bit more backbone for what it's trying to accomplish though.

Not an exceptional beer, but a good amount of flavor - even if it's not the most elegant or cohesive beer in the world. At $7 a 6, this is a steal.


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Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Stamped '1311 08:19 7E'.

A: The label is excellently appealing, one of the main reasons I bought the beer. The other is that it's labelled 'crafty ale'. Pours with significant head that has moderate retention, leaving behind excellent lacing. The beer is clear, pale copper. Nice.

S: Very good. A nice combination of sweet, fruity malts and dry hops.

T: Interesting IPA. Initially it's really nice, excellent even. Biscuity-dry malts, moderate hops, a tad of fruit? But it's downhill from there. The maintaste is so brief as to be almost nonexistent, and the aftertaste, while nice, is rather plain, vaguely hopped, and grainy-beery-mehish.

M: Carbonated, foamy, pretty substantial, and rather dry.

O: Not bad, but not exceptional. Highly drinkable, especially for the price ($6.99/six-pack) and gorgeous label-art. I wouldn't recommend it, per se, but I'd have another or buy it for parties.

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Photo of avaldivia
2.36/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a Pint Glass.

A: Fairly clear golden color. good size head and decent lacing.

S: Some citrus and malts. Nothing really popping out or discernible.

T: Tastes like a weak East Coast IPA. Watery, not nearly enough hop presence. No real flavors coming out.

M: Light and crisp. Good carbonation.

O: Drain poured after consuming about half the bottle. I just was not a fan. I will say that as far as the Whole Foods exclusive brands go, this was the most palatable. It is in no way good, but better than the rest.

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Photo of litheum94
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. No dates on the label. Reviewed 7/24/11.

P: Bright and clear amber body. A rocky, off-white head that settles slowly, leaving a nice looking covering. Decent lacing.

A: Aromas of citrus (tangerine), pine and pineapple. Caramel malts and some brown sugar. Herbal, black tea aromas.

T: Very herbal at first, with flavors of black tea. Biscuit malts build the backbone. Slightly bitter citric twinge. A little bit of pine bitterness. Nice balance.

There's not too much depth here, but it is a slightly above average IPA, and for the price, it's one I'll pick up occasionally.

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Photo of popery
2.16/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle. Rated with style in mind. This is among the worst IPAs that I’ve ever had. There’s little hop presence, besides a touch of bland bitterness in the finish and a hint of pine/citrus in the aroma. Otherwise, the aroma is old grain, simple sugar and a funny vegetal note, and it’s all quite weak. The taste is sweet and musty with a finish that’s kinda cloying with a slight bitter edge. Mouthfeel is sudsy and fine. Likewise, appearance is a standard orange-amber, transparent, with a white head. It just tastes cheap and crappy. It’s certainly not the worst beer in the world, but I would recommend spending a couple extra bucks on a good six pack and definitely don’t expect an IPA, if you do buy it.

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Photo of shand
3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This is a Whole Foods exclusive label, and available fairly cheaply (I think the single was a buck fidy). This one sure looks like an IPA, pouring a nice copper color with a huge head that leaves nice sheets of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is a bit muted, but otherwise a solid citrus and pine deal, with some caramel malts. The IPA basics, if you will. The taste also basically follows the IPA basics, there's some nice citrus up front followed by big piney hops and big caramel malts. there's a little bit of an off flavor here too unfortunately, which is a shame because this'd actually be great otherwise. But, it's still solid enough, especially considering the price.

The mouthfeel is a bit too thin, and a bit too smooth to really give me that iPA feeling. The drinkability is fairly good. Overall, this is a perfectly passable IPA that's really bordering on good, but doesn't quite make it. Either way, it'd probably be a decent choice for a budget brew at seven bucks a sixer.

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3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into brew festival mug.

A: body is slightly clear, with a good level of carbonation. Off white head retreats quickly and leaves a thin layered head. Layered pattern on the lacing.

S: Bright and amber aroma, with subtle earthy notes of hops. Medium to weak aroma for style.

T/m: Mouthfeel is nice and light, with good noble flavors, the malt takes the front seat, maybe a bit of a faded hop profile. Medium intensity of flavors.

O: This is a good and drinkable beer, one that I have been enjoying the six pack and for a good price, it makes a solid session IPA. I would not see this as a winner to recommend someone to the style.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The unique playing card label caught my eye, so I added it to my build-your-own 6 pack. The appearance was copper with a pale white head that disappeared about halfway through. Scents of grapefruit, pear, and caramel were pleasant but a bit weak. Malts came through in the taste much more than other IPAs - hops were very much in the background. This tasted more like a pilsner to me. Bready or biscuit flavors were most prominent, with subtle citrus flavors in support. Just a slight bitterness is noticed in the finish, but much less than other IPAs. The taste isn't bad, but seems very out of character for this style, so I'm deducting some points from the taste score. More emphasis on hops would greatly improve this beer.

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Photo of bierguru
2.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pale golden body with a white foamy head that has great head retention

bold hop smell bidnt get much citrus or floral

taste is overly hops not much citrus taste or malt for that matter

dries the mouth out a tad

not what you would expect or want from an american ipa

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Photo of gc4hokies
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought this at Whole Foods for 6.99 for a six.

Pours a clear golden/copper color.

Smell is earthy with slight fruitiness. I didn't get any citrus or pine in this one. They use Willamette and Goldings hops in this one with CTZ and Chinook. Chinook must be a small or early addition.

Taste is not bad. Malty and biscuit flavors with a slight dry apple hint. Dry finish.

Overall, not bad but I probably won't buy it again. The character of this and the hops they used would put this in the English IPA style but it's not labeled that way. If you are a fan of English IPAs then this might be a winner for you.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a pale amber with moderate head with good retention. Nose offers floral, piney hops with a slight hint of fruit. The hops are mellow in this one but noticeable. Malt character is nicely blended with the hops. There's even a slight hint of fruit in the taste, maybe apples(?). Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, not overly carbonated. Not a bad offering considering I found it floating around on it's own at Whole Foods in Raleigh.

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