Hop Knot | Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States
fourpeaks.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,382
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
652
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
141
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 652
Photo of TLWalsh
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured clear copper tone, thin vanilla head. Aroma is malty, taste is toasted biscuit and toffee, not strong hops - surprising. I was expecting lots of piney hops by the name on the label. The hops do come through on the finish and linger in the finish. I like this one and would buy it again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass: color is copper, transparent, good effervescence, head presents off white to light tan with 1 finger of head that dissipates to thin top with some spotty remnants on the glass.

Smell is malty, earthy, with notes of caramel, toast, toffee, and hop notes of earth, herbs and feint citrus zest.

Taste is similar with a truly vintage craft ipa feel to it: malt is prominent but not sweet with caramel, toast, toffee notes, hops are bitter with with earthy/herbal flavors. Some lighter citrus and pine resin present with warmth.

Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter but not dry and lightly sweet to backup the bitterness. Clean, hop forward and pleasant.

Overall a very good ipa in the traditional form with prominent malt, a darker tinge in color and hop balance that leans on earthy aromas/flavors with lighter citrus/pine notes.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. 06/26/18 stamped between neck and label. (rated this Aug 12, 2018, this is taken from notes)

Appearance - Pours big eggshell white head with slight but fluffy lacing and moderate retention, as I drink the lacing thins out and coats the glass more, sticking in big irregular patches. Beautiful clear deep gold-copper body with plenty of bubbling. 5

Smell - Very potent and fresh hop smell, with a balancing honey sweetness underneath. 5

Taste - As good as it smells. Hides its alcohol well. At 6.7% you can barely taste any alcohol behind the well balanced hop and malt. 5

Mouthfeel - Crisp and bitter with almost no astringency since it's balanced out well by the sweetness. Somewhat sticky but effervescent enough to keep the palate clean. 4.5

Overall - Incredible IPA. Both powerful and well balanced without the negative characters like the astringency or off tones that often come with beers that pack this much punch. 4.75

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Photo of PicantePinguino
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light head, nice amber color. Smells of pretty pungent alcohol. Hoppy, tastes pleasantly spiced. Not particularly interesting but not a bad IPA by any means.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nothing special - tastes like a typical midwest ipa. A slite piney nose, creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation, caramely malts, mild hop bittering on the finish. Easy to drink, not great, knot bad.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L - Pours a deep amber with a bit of orange haze, almost like iced tea. A foamy inch of white head dissipates and leaves a thin lacing and sparkles down the side of the glass. A nice looking IPA.

S - Citrus rind, tropical fruit, peach, melon, a Juicy Juice grape character, piney hops, vanilla. A lot going on in the nose.

T - Grapefruit, lemon, orange zest, caramel malt, bitter pine, with an astringent alcohol bite at the end. Fairly balanced but doesn't quite back up the variety of the nose.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, moderate tingly carbonation, slightly sticky on the tongue and finishes dry. Drinkable and compares to other American-style IPAs.

O - A nice example of the style from this Phoenix brewery. The astringent alcohol aftertaste brings it down a little in my book, but has enough character to make it a nice beer that wouldn't disappoint hop heads.

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Photo of dcotom
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Clear, deep golden color, with a two-finger white heal that left some spotty lacing as it settled to a thin ring. Light caramel malt on the nose and palate, balanced by some very nice citrusy hop character. Zesty bitterness, with a dry and slightly astringent finish. This is an excellent beer that I happened onto during a trip to Vegas. Pleasant surprise, and I would not hesitate to buy it again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brownish amber with plenty of foam in the tumbler. Spritzy but scratchy in the back of the throat. Hint of orange in the aroma plus some cardboard. I would say the hops are not the star attraction of this stuff.

Some odd flavors. Lemony, woody, a hint of butterscotch, with a pomegranate seed astringency to finish. Overall it's kind of dirty, though plenty gulpable if you're not paying much attention. From the 16 oz can purchased at Whole Foods in Tucson.

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Photo of joedvegas
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice hazy, dark-gold color. Not much of a head. Light to medium scents of pomegranate, pineapple and melon. Nice taste. Very balanced with good flavors pine, orange, grapefruit, lime and peach. Taste changes from the front palate to the back in a very cool way. At first I thought I would be disappointed with the taste after the nose, but the taste really surprised me. Light to medium body. Fun beer.

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Photo of gandres
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flight taster at the Four Peaks brewery in Tempe, Arizona
Sight: Pale, light amber, small foam, hazy
Smell: fragrant, hoppy but not as hoppy as northwest India Pale ales
taste: good bitterness, sweet
mouthfeel: very good carbonation, nice followthrough, good finish
Overall: very good beer
ok to repeat, but not to look for

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Photo of Brolo75
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden orange color with a white head, not much lacing or head retention, little bit of carbonation streaming up the side.

A: Lots of grapefruit aroma, pine, papaya, slight malt on the backend, smells promising.

T: Flavor does not live up to the aroma, subtle notes of grapefruit peel, pine, and papaya, malt is not as present in the taste as in the aroma, finish has lingering notes of citrus peel.

M: Light/medium bodied with a dry citrus peel-like finish.

O: A middle of the road of IPA, grapefruit peel, pine, and papaya are the most prevalent notes, doesn't really punch with flavor, but it's drinkable, I would not seek this out at all but I would not refuse one if offered.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear darker yellow golden color with white head. Light citrus, grass, cereal grain, and some pale malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a bland mix of light citrus and malt. I think this wants to be more of pale ale than an IPA.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden pour. Very clear, little visible carbonation or head. Nice clear coloring, but quite flattish.
Smells of zesty lemon/ orange citrus, some bready malts.l and just a hint of dankness.
Taste is a nice take. Cracker malts and light resin with citrus-forward hops.
Medium feel and crisp. Nice bitterness.
Solid IPA in general, as the tea-like malt profile backs up the hops in tasty fashion. Nothing I'd seek out again for drinking beer just to drink beer, but something I'd order any day or night to go with a burger, or with Mexican food.

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Photo of BigGold
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at Steve's Greenhouse Grill, Phoenix, on draft into tumbler. This is a different American IPA, lighter on malt and body, but it doesn't overwhelm with citrus. A welcome take on the American IPA, and desert-friendly.

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Photo of Choke
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shocked to hear this beer is in airports.
Not an airport beer.
14K 1800's Calico gold mine shaft with an LA sunset, little bit of chem-trails on top.
Lacks a bit on the nose but whatever, it makes it up in the taste department like a full blown bone stock Grand National on high test.
Yes and the lacing is incredible if you know how to drink beer.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was at airport and got a 20 oz with a burger. It comes clear and amber with a small head. Lots of tight bubble patterns outside of the drinking arena. Aroma is grassy, pine and hay. The taste is pretty sweet with a small bitterness left on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Overall a really nice IPA and would order again.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3/6/17 (12oz bottle, Long Beach) Aroma is tough to nail down, hops are obscured by a grassy/hay smell, taste is still pretty balanced, overall this is a pretty good effort, 3.25

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at the Doubletree Hotel in Tucson, AZ. Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a solid white head of substantial size. Great aroma from this one as well. Nice hoppiness with a bit of saltine cracker cleanliness in the malt portion. Just the way I like it. Flavor was spot on. Slightly dry with hops being the star. Light cracker malt backbone adds just enough sweetness to make this one well balanced without being overly sweet or hoppy, leaning toward the hop side. A solid offering and glad I got to try it.

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Photo of jwc215
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle:

Pours slightly hazed golden with a frothy white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of hemp/rope and grapefruit.

The taste is of earthy, leafy, citric, lemongrass. Bitterness is rounded out by a touch of sweetness. A little warming alcohol shows. Long, refreshing finish.

It could be fuller, but a pleasant bitterness lingers. Hop bitterness is pleasant. A very nice hop-forward brew!

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Photo of BSiegs
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color, exceedingly clear, one finger of white foam. Retention and lacing are minimal. The aroma is quite nice, strong grapefruit and tropical fruit notes. Taste is tropical fruit, grapefruit. Hops are forward, but mild malt backbone. Light medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat dry finish. Overall a very nice version of the style.

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Photo of Fee
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its not a super-hoppy beer, but its a good American IPA. Sampled at the brewery and not from a bottle. Good head, nice aroma, the mouthfeel is relatively smooth. Its a great tasting beer, even if the hop presence could be stronger.

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Photo of colts9016
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 41 degrees. Appearance A one finger light tan head that has okay retention. The beer has a deep amber color with light brown hues. The clarity of the beer is fairly clear with a touch of haziness. Carbonation have eluded this beer, unless they are the size of atom.

A: Grapefruit, pine, orange, floral esters, lemon and some pine. Toasted malt with some caramel, biscuit, yeast and subtle sweetness in the background.

T: A typical hop flavors of grapefruit, pine, floral, lemons and pine, but a touch muted. . Toasted malt with some caramel, biscuit, bready, cereal, and some sweetness.

MF: Medium minus body, slightly astringent, medium low carbonation and a short finish.

O: This is a decent IPA. I prefer a more hop forward IPA.

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Photo of matcris
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A slightly hazy Golden with a half finger of white head that fades quickly. Moderate bubbles rising and spotty lacing. The aroma is mild grapefruit, a little pine, and cracker bread. Same goes for flavor. Very mild bitterness, the grapefruit is there in the flavor but doesn't really pop. Hops are just out front of the malts. The feel is kind of watery, good full carbonation, and overall dry. Slightly above average brew, to me.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells citrusy and hoppy. Light malty flavors with great hop bitterness and plenty of citrus as well. Great color and mouthfeel. Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of gatheredwaters
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/08/16. There's gotta be El Dorado hops in this one. Getting a lot of cotton candy and fruit juice (think apple, plum). Slight bitterness coming through, but it's pretty smooth. Light carbonation. Was expecting more aroma based on the "cavernous hop-back, which gets so stuffed with whole leaf hops", but alas, it's not there. Maybe it's the hop varieties used (they mention 5 total during boil), but maybe I'm just used to the high AA, oily ones.

Edit: Upon further investigation, the hops used are Cascade, Glacier, Magnum, Liberty, Simcoe. The fruitiness is most definitely coming from the Glacier, not El Dorado like I thought. Interesting mix of hops, which definitely comes through in the taste and aroma. Not your average American IPA.

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Hop Knot from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 652 ratings