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

Added by Gueuzedude on 09-23-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
574
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 574
Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev 0%
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 -18.8%
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 +4%
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 +1%
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 -7%
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 +1.5%
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 -1%
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 -25.5%
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 -6.3%
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 -8.5%
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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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this at Sandbar Mexican Grill while watching pro football with the in-laws.
The beer was a gold color with a small white head. There was a bit of lace.
Citrus and pine aroma, some sweet malt.
Faint grapefruit and pine taste. Caramel.
Not much hop bitterness.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.05/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A solid IPA but it's a little on the watery side to me, there's not as much flavor as most IPA's. It also looks and feels lighter as well and not much smell either.

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Photo of mfTOMHANK
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This a solid beer, but not one that I can rave about. Hops are certainly present, but I tend to prefer something a bit hoppier. I think it's an IPA that has broad appeal, and there's something to be said for that, but it also falls flat in some regards. 85/100

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Photo of Kubishark
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color, smells citrusy and piney, a bit flowery, taste is very well balanced between slightly bitter hops and bready malts. Actually not as much hop flavor as I expected, this tastes more like an APA than an IPA to me. The feel is very easy drinking and light. Overall this is one of my favorite IPAs, probably because of how much it reminds me of a regular American pale ale.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A deep, golden pour in the glass translates into a solidly bitter scent right off the back. The malts are right there under the hops in the taste, with a great, balancing, slight sweetness that is the perfect foil to the leading, resinous hop bitterness that bat lead off in the flavor.For an almost 7% ABV IPA, the beer drinks incredibly easy and balanced, satisfying both the need for hops bitterness, as well as a malt backbone.

Overall, this is just a classic IPA. Balanced, hoppy, resinous, and a pleasure to drink. This beer is a great addition to food, and also stands pretty strong on its own.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz can at Old Town Tavern (Scottsdale, AZ). Pine resin, mint and some grapefruit with light malt undertones. Light to medium body with crisp carbonation. Crisp and refreshing with plenty of nice hop notes straight from the can.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 9 January 2016.
3.75/4/4.25/4/4.25
Clearish gold.
Smells hoppy, indistinctly, in an earthy/herbal/piney sort of way.
It comes across as so juicy and delicious, overripe grapefruit and floral accents. Really tightly made and on point.

Notes
ABV: 6.7%
IBU: 47
SRM: 8
Malts: Two-row, Caramel 20L, Special Pale
Hops: Cascade, Glacier, Magnum, Liberty, Simcoe

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with some light orange to a lesser degree, smallish white head. Aroma was a lot of c hops. Well not a lot, just about the average amount, but smelled nice.

Taste, standard ipa stuff, bitter, slightly malty, holds up when newer hop varieties lose their punch. Solid option in Arizona, but every state has a good 2nd tier ipa. Plus for cans.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.72/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can with travel mug
Notes taken on 06/17/2015

Picked this one up at the Wally World in Cottonwood, AZ

A: The pour reveals a mostly clear caramel amber body with a yellowish-orange hue to it. A nice fluffy cloud white head forms over and retains nicely before finally settling back down into the mug. Some sticky lace gets left behind in the form of a few splotchy dots.

S: The nose has a big pine essence to it with some light herbal and floral tones. A light swirl conjures up some mild citrus fruit as well. There is plenty of malt backing up to it with some baked bread and a hint of caramel sweetness. Mostly pine aromatics here but definitely better than was expecting actually.

T: The flavor has a bounty of pale malt breadiness and some light caramel sweetness added but still comes across nicely balanced and drinkable. I only get a moderate to lower amount of bitterness to this one and the lead stays with those sappy pine resins. A bit more leafy and herbal than the nose lead on with some kitchen spices sprinkled in. I am only getting a few flashes of that tangerine-grapefruit citrus though. More like a spiced grapefruit. Not nearly as much as others are reporting here however. Finishes smooth with no alcohol to report and a slightly resinous linger with more of that herbal spice to it than anything else.

M: Moderate filling body and tipping in favor of the lighter side. Creamy consistency provided from the carbonation. Low moderate amount of constricting bitterness and a semi-dry finish that is lightly crisp. Mostly clean with some sugary residuals.

D: Expectations were low to start for this one but it’s pretty okay actually. Definitely drinkable and mostly tasty without much further thought here. I definitely won’t be shy to pick this one up again.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.16/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a ping glass.
The appearance was a light hazy burnt orange to amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace.
The smell had some malt sweetness, sweet floral hops and a light citrusy hops.
The taste replicated the aroma nicely leading into a light semi-sweet to bitter aftertaste, not bad.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light and almost creamy.
Overall, a decent IPA, almost to the English style but I can see the American aspects of this one so...yeah, decent beer.

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Photo of LouZ
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A fine drink, but this is not an IPA at 47 IBU. You get a faint hint of hop aroma, but expect more with 4 hop varieties advertised. Taste is good, but it's pretty much a mellow pale ale. I wasn't expecting much out of the desert; higher ratings on this must be due to novice drinkers.

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Photo of rudzud
3.27/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Received as an extra in a trade. Canning date of 08/09/15 on the bottom.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a lightly hazy honey hue with a one finger white head that fades slowly to leave a thin blanket and light lacing.

S - Aromas of malt sweetness, very faint floral hops, super light citrus.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of very light floral hops. The citrus is incredibly faint and subdued. Same goes for any bitterness. There is some light malty sweetness. Everything is very subtle, to the point that it is almost bland tasting.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, comes across as somewhat thin and watery.

O - Overall when the can popped it smelled pretty solid, but once things settled in the tulip all the aromatics just disappeared. What was left was just a very bland, watery, underwhelming beer. Maybe if it was an APA a little could be forgiven, but as an ipa....very disappointing.

Serving type: can

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for this one!
Light orange, little bit hazy, thin layer of foam that lasts for a few sips. Spotty lace and collar around the edges. Decent bit of lacing.

Aroma is pungent and grapefruity, then tapers off after the initial blast.
Taste is full of orange and grapefruit, dry and bitter with a bruised citrus edge.

Light bodied with light carbonation, easy drinking with a supple feel.
Overall it's a nice IPA, and I'd look for it when in the Southwest.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Definitely a great looking and great tasting IPA. Four Peaks is a great brewery and this beer is an excellent example of their prowess. Taste is balanced between hops and wheat nearly like a white IPA but not quite. It's just robust enough to let you know it's an IPA but it's gentle enough to enjoy time and time again. Outstanding, really and I highly recommend it

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Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewery earlier this evening. Served to me in standard pint glass, this beer is a clear, medium amber color with a nice fluffy looking head that is about an inch thick when first poured. Settles to a good 1/4 inch thick with excellent lacing. Eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with some decent lacing. Has an aroma of caramel malt sweetness followed by lots of earthy, citrus, earthy hops. Has a good caramel malt sweetness flavors upfront that is followed by the aforementioned citrus, earthy, and herbal hop flavors. Has a good balance of flavors. Also has a mainly crisp, slightly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking in the way an IPA like this should be. A solid beer all around. Good, but not outstanding.

Eric

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