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

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Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smell - Caramel in color. About half a fingers worth of foam, at least by the time my glass came to me at the table.

Smell - Hoppy and fruity-smelling, maybe hints of citrus. Hints of a spiciness too.

Taste - Very hopy, but well-balanced. Not very bitter at all. Definitely a spiciness to it, both herbal and hot-spicy. But the latter wasn't terribly prevalent, just noticeable.

Mouthfeel - not too surprisingly creamy-ish.

Drinkability - Not a bad tasting beer by any means, but the higher abv and spicy texture of it would make me wary of ordering more than one.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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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Photo of RDW
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big old pungent punchout of a DIPA, not for those who are afraid of a little weedy dankness to their brews, but for the rest of us a treat indeed. Especially well done for a brewery more known for their traditional styles than big, vogue IPAs and such.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lelampp
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of portia99
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery...10oz pour into a snifter.

A - Beautiful, crystal clear copper/amber color. A thin head that disappears quickly leaving a nice thin white collar and some sparse lacing on the glass.

S - Tons and tons of citrus and pine in the nose. Grapefruit especially. A nice although subtle amount of sweet malt is present but lingers behind the thick smell of the hops. This really smells amazing...not quite up to the PtY growler I had a couple weeks ago, but in the same caliber...

T - Much the same as the aroma. tons of citrusy hops, almost overwhelming...but in such a good way. Pineyness enters the equation and mixes with some sweet and sugary malt. Well balanced towards the hop side. so much hop aroma and flavor here. Enough bitterness for sure, but the citrusy hop flavors totally dominate and create an amazing and slightly surprising experience.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied...some residual sweetness and unfermentable sugars left behind. Carbonation is light to medium and suits this beer perfectly. Tons of resiny hops coat the mouthReally nice overall.

D - Well...I was informed they wouldn't fill a growler for this one, so I made sure to get my fill (after all, I wasn't driving), so I had three. Pretty much did me in for the rest of the night, but it was worth it. This is a really great DIPA (definitely not a single as the BA category would indicate). Other than PtY, this might be my favorite DIPA...really great. Get it while you can...just missed it last year when out here, so happy to get a 2nd chance at trying it.

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4.48/5  rDev +12%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of Nhoelzen
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DPFRD
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden/amber hue, medium head.

S- Musty and hoppy. Not as much citrus hop present in the nose as the single knot, malt is minutely detectable.

T- Good flavor, seems that it doesn't exhibit quite as an intense hop bite as the single knot... I could honestly use a little more grain in this, but I like my Double IPA's burly. It tastes really good otherwise.

M- Medium bodied, well carbonated and slight resinous from them hops.

D- Great beer, really quaff-able for it's style. I could drink like 5 of these.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A really clean tasting double ipa, not that I would expect anything less from Four Peaks. Served in a snifter. Aroma was light on the hops for a double IPA, more caramel malt aroma. Color was a deep golden, almost no head but it is a high alcohol beer. Flavor was a nice blend of malt and hops with a little warm alcohol bite. Hop Knot is a better drinking beer and this is a better after dinner/last beer of the night type of beer. A very nice job.

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Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cask into a large snifter at the Tempe brewpub.

Looks: clear and the color of a shiny new penny. A very frothy head of pure white sits atop and shows no signs of leaving.

Smells: bright. Floral and citrus aromas abound: oranges, grapefruit, sunflower, light lemon, grass. It's reinforced by a subtle caramel backbone. Good, but I wish it was a bit more pungent.

Tastes: like cask conditioning gone awry. I'm really not sure I like what the cask does to this beer, as it becomes far sweeter than the kegged version, almost like a barleywine. There's tons of honey sweetness, pineapple juice, grapefruit concentrate, and maybe even a little vanilla. The bitterness isn't too bracing, which is another problem. If this is indeed a DIPA, I'd like some more hops, please.

Feels: soft. Only lightly carbed, medium-bodied and a bit watery, but pillow-like on the tongue. Alcohol is fairly noticeable and sets the stomach alight on its way down.

Drinks: like divergence. It's amazing how different a beer can taste on cask. Double Knot is a passable DIPA on tap, but fails in my mind when served from the barrel, as I've noticed most Four Peaks beers tend to.

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Double Knot from Four Peaks Brewing Company - 8th Street Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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