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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
Ranking:
#5,332
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
599
pDev:
10.89%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
124
Trade:
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Ratings: 599 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of jwc215
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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 GClarkage
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for tayner for throwing me a couple of these. Served in the usual Surly pint glass.

A - A half finger of cream-white foam that dissipates quickly - nice lacing though! Murky golden-yellow color. Not all that interesting.

S - Very balanced - some sweet citrus hoppiness with loads of tangerine, orange, grapefruit, and a hint of pine, and some sweet caramel malts with maybe a touch of honey and biscuit.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells, which is a good thing. Again - very balanced, with hoppy tropical flavors, a hint of pine, sweet caramel malt, honey, and bread. Not particularly unique, but well crafted. Aftertaste is neutral.

M - Smooth, with a little prickly carbonation at the tip of the tongue. Good viscosity and nice residual oily resin.

D - It's got all the things I like for sessions - low alcohol, not overcarbonated, no strong aftertaste, and a nice flavor. If I lived in Phoenix I'd keep a sixer of this in the fridge.

Don't let the B+ fool you - this is a sold session IPA option that has a score skewed by its lackluster appearance. If it looked a little better it'd compare to Stone IPA and Two-Hearted.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, Arizona. This beer falls between a pale ale and an IPA. Smell was closer to an IPA (lots of hops) the flavor seemed to be more subtle. Not as hoppy as most IPAs, good flavor and after taste. Reminded me of a strong american pale ale. This was an incredibly easy beer to drink, very flavorful and smooth.

This beer started as a seasonal but was recently made a year round brew now available in kegs and bottles.

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3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Arizona IPA from a 12 ounce can. On to the beer:

This is toasted orange colored and topped with an inch of head , leaving several clumps of lace around the glass. The aroma has much appeal, quite vibrant and featuring notes of tangerine, cantaloupe, pine, orange, dusted in a little sugar. A lot of the momentum carries on to the taste, where the taste of cantaloupe, modest pine, orange, some caramel, and a slightly raw edge give Hop Knot an overall pleasant taste. It's medium bodied and smooth with the carbonation, which caps off an overall palatable IPA.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a somewhat scant head. Nice fresh aromas of hay, wax, citrusy and piney hops. Well balanced. The taste is equally balanced. A tad on the grainy side, but lightly resinous hops with a waxy, citrus zing and some light pine and earth give a reasonable level of bitterness, and a certain moreish quality. Quite tasty, and nice to see this in the bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of biegaman
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hop Knot looks like the only thing it's entangled was sunlight; a brilliantly bright golden colour practically leaps out of the glass, even against the light of a completely overcast sky. The perfectly clear beer shows just a hint of carbonation, with few visible bubbles and not much by of head. Certainly no lacing ever take shape.

American IPAs are all about hops and this one must have more Cascade and Liberty and Simcoe in its little finger than some do in their entire body. I could smell the citric juices right from the pour, without even having to hold the glass to my nose. I'm surprised the neighbor across the street hasn't commented on smelling them yet.

My first sip reminded me of exactly what I love about this style: the flavour of toasty malt covered in citrus-y hop resins. It may be an acquired taste, but once one does acquire it there's simply no going back to lesser flavourful things. The tastes of cantaloupe, lemon, lychee and grapefruit are too delicious not to include in an IPA recipe.

Hop Knot is indeed a hop-dominated experience as advertised, but its pine and citrus elements carry little bitterness. Some brewers go overboard on the kettle hops, leaving the sensation that your tongue's been put through a sausage grinder. Here, however, caramel malt can do its thing and there's hop flavour, but without the stinging, raspy bite.

IPAs are to American craft brewers what gladiator fighting was to ancient Romans. Hence, a lot of breweries have gotten out of control trying to produce the biggest, boldest hop bomb on the market. Four Peaks, however, includes all the confidence and character without any of the aggression. Fans of Bell's Two Hearted, Ballast Point Big Eye or Russian River Blind Pig will find a lot familiar here. Greatly enjoyed and surely recommended!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sits a brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a pale tan head. The aroma is a nice mix of fruity notes and a pine like aromatic note. The fruity notes are dominant with apricot and grapefruit being evident in the forefront. There is a nice piney character to this beer that sort of acts like a backbone to the citrus notes. The taste is quite sweet up front, it even lingers through the bitter finish. The citrusy hop notes also linger on, and they are really quite nicely done. I get notes of tangerine, apricot, orange, sharp notes of pine, basil, and spruce. This is definitely quite nice.

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Photo of rudzud
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
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 fredmugs
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks Phelps!

Pours a clear golden amber color with a quickly dissipating foamy white head. Leaves behind intricate webs of lacing. Aroma is mild, sweet with citric and pine hops and light caramel malt. Body is a little too thin for the style, but appropriate fine carbonation. Flavor has a strong citric hop sweetness and a malty and grainy presence that doesn't quite balance it, so much as fight it. Reminds me a lot of the Starr hill northern lights IPA, in that it smells like an above average IPA but falls apart a little in the flavor and body.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Haybeerman
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hop Knot from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 599 ratings
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