Phaze
Four Quarters Brewing Co.

PhazePhaze
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #234
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,868
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 6.95%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
110
From:
Four Quarters Brewing Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  14
SCORE
91
Outstanding
PhazePhaze
Notes:
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 110 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of dbl_delta
dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 8/30/21 into pint glass. Pours a very hazy medium gold with a nice off-white head. Good lacing. Initial impression is a lot of citrus rind, with apricot and peach and a hint of pine dankness. Mouthfeel is clean and sharp. More bitter than I would have expected from something that's hazy and brewed in VT, but whatever. Finish is clean and refreshing, with a peppery spiciness - again, not what I was expecting but quite enjoyable. Never heard of the brewey, but I'll be looking for other brews!

Thursday at 04:23 AM
Photo of Newbeergeek1
Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a very nice solid beer. Never heard of the brewery and a friend dropped off a 4pk of Phaze yesterday. Drank one as soon as it got chilled a little and I must confess her assessment of the beer "THE BREWERY IS JUST UP THE STREET FROM WHERE I LIVE AND IS SUPPOSED TO BE QUITE GOOD" is right on for at least this one beer. Very easy to drink and refreshing. I am SO glad I have three mmmmmmore..

Aug 12, 2020
Photo of digboy
digboy from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a somewhat cloudy bright gold color with a one finger fizzy head that settles quickly leaving little lacing.

Aroma is more piquant than sweet with some stone fruit notes and citrus zest.

Flavor starts off mellow with a nice blend of tangerine (with pith) and maybe a little nectarine in there, so the citrus wins the battle for sure. Very little malt comes through, so it is a hops showcase. Bitterness comes out in the finish.

Feel is soft and a little creamy, especially in the finish how it coats the tongue. This is a effervescent beer as well.

I really like this one - not too sweet due to the pithy edges, but a pleasant combination of flavors overall that embodies the NEIPA style pretty well. 6.5% APA as the label says? Not sure where the boundaries are anymore I guess.

Nov 02, 2019
Photo of bobv
bobv from Vermont

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. can with no canning date.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a murky light golden body with sticky lacing. Nose of tropical fruit, citrus, and a bit of peach. Taste is a bit surprising with more bitter flavors than the nose would suggest but still very nice. Good feel with a finish of bitter citrus pith. Overall, a fairly enjoyable experience. Just one thing though, the label says American Pale Ale?!? Cheers!!

Oct 27, 2019
Photo of cbutova
cbutova from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Tallboy pours a floury yellow brew into a small becher with a fluffy white crown. Head up to a finger with good retention. Lacing forms with large webs.

S- A lot of stone fruit with a bit of tropical, citrus and dank hops. Tangerine, apricot, peach, grapefruit, dank nugs and floral notes. Bit of sweetness.

T- Stays clean here as the fruity hops continue to carry the beer forward. Apricot, peach, dank weed, onion, tangerine, papaya, melon, bubble gum and pineapple come on strong. Cereal, wheat bread, moderate sweetness and grapefruit hints.

MF- Fluffy and creamy medium body. Very soft and beautiful on the taste buds. Ends with a clean fruity bitterness.

A stone fruit forward IPA that is smooth and balanced with dank, tropical, and a bit citrusy and all around well done.

Sep 16, 2019
Photo of FFreak
FFreak from Vermont

4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this a few times...once on tap at the brewery and more recently from a fresh 4-pack I ran into at a local gas station. Actually a very, very nice APA. It looks typical for the style...like hazy lemonade. Smell is wonderful and the taste even better. Mouth feel is nice...medium body, not highly carbed, creamy. Overall, I'll be stoked if I can start picking this up at the local gas station all the time!

Jul 09, 2019
Photo of Sabtos
Sabtos from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw yellow with a moderate white foam settling to a thin film.

Herbal, spicy and cannabic with some citrus zests and a touch of biscuit, the crisp tingly body also has a bite of eucalyptus pine in the semi-dry finish.

May 17, 2019
Photo of brewme
brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a single can at Cedarville Wine & Spirits for about four dollars. Have never tried or heard of this brewery before. Canned-on date appeared to be rubbed off, which I noticed is SOP for that packy. Decent brew, would like to try fresh.

Apr 28, 2019
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can 3/29/19 *update notes from a can purchased and opened on 3/11/20*

A hazed out white gold color. Strong pillowy foam topping. Very slow dissipation.

This has one seriously hoppy nose for an APA..(*That's because it's an IPA*) It certainly smells more like a New England style ipa. Herbal grapefruit and pineapple, zesty citrus blend, strong tropical passion fruit and grainy earthy tones smells very impressive.

A very light body...this is the only aspect that might fall into the APA category. A slightly thin mouthfeel and slightly watery complexity at first. A sharp, peppery and earthy bite takes it to another level. * There is a rather smooth, and full NEIPA texture, certainly not as smooth or lush as some but easily falling into that Hazy IPA style*.

The grainy and dry earthy hops have a slight bitter kick with zesty and peppery tones that seem to go on and on. Multi layered earth tones is most impressive. The citrus and earth stone fruit combo brings it all home.

A bit more of a dry hoppy and bitter lingering taste...but I like how it keeps up the complexity due to this aspect. This is very unique and slightly weird, but it certainly has its charms.

Mar 29, 2019
Photo of brureview
brureview from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warmed up: tropical fruit, earthy,
citrus, moderate hoppy finish.

I especially like the taste- mix of tropical fruit and citrus,

Is this an APA? Tastes more like an IPA. The web site calls it the latter, on the can, th former.
Regardless, excellent beer.

Mar 15, 2019
Photo of fps_dean
fps_dean from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden-orange color with a moderate head and some spotty lacing. It smells like some tropical fruity hops mixed with citrusy hops, and tastes of the same hops plus some pale malts. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and medium bodied, and not as smooth as some of my favorite ales making it the only thing I can really mark it down on.

Overall this is a truly exceptional hoppy American Pale Ale and one of the best beers I've ever had (I'd estimate I've had around 500). I will definitely be trying some of Four Quarters other offerings soon.

I would like to note that it is listed as a New England IPA, however the can says American Pale Ale, and I would say it is more of a hoppy APA but also a perfect example of how the two could be confused.

Jan 27, 2019
Photo of fitzy84
fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer has a murky, dark orange appearance with a thick, thin head and some patchy lacing. Slightly piney mango aromas. Sweet citrus taste with a good mango fruit flavor. Medium body; good carbonation. Overall, very good appearance and flavors.

Jan 20, 2019
Photo of VelvetExtract
VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours dull and rather hazy with a balding head. Aroma is strong with a rock candy sugar sweetness I get as the base of a few other breweries. Reminds me of Night Shift and Singlecut. Just sweet!!! Citrus undertones hiding in the aroma come out more once it hits the palate. Tastes like Emergen-C with sugar added in. Reminds me of the other hoppy beer I had from this brewery which also has a legit score. I'm not tossing out premium bucks for these beers again.

Jan 19, 2019
Photo of StoutElk_92
StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

interesting sweet aromas of berries, strawberry, creamy toffee, light caramel, almost vanilla, followed by a nicely balanced and refreshing taste with strawberry mixed berry notes, citrus, some tropical fruit, a nice earthy pine bite that keeps in check, with mild toffee caramel toasty malts underneath

Jan 05, 2019
Photo of Ronl12
Ronl12 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into IPA glass. No date.
Look is nice hazy golden orange. Nose is sweet tropical. Taste follows nose, sweet and tastes like strawberries and mellows out towards end. Feel is medium. Overall a very nice NE IPA with a little different taste. Will buy again.

Nov 28, 2018
Photo of papposilenus
papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can, undated. Served in an imperial pint pub glass.

Pours a heavily hazed, dull apricot colour with a fuckton of visible carbonation and two-plus fingers of loose, lathery, ivory-coloured head. Retention is very good, leaving fat wads of gobby lacing.

Medium intensity nose of clean pale malt, orange and lemon. Bright and mildly sweet.

Tastes like strawberry shortcake. No, really! Creamy, cakey malt base with a taste distinctly reminiscent of strawberries. I know everybody else is going to say citrus, and I get that, but I'm going to say strawberry. Juicy, lightly sweet, mild bitterness, some harsh green hops and burnt toast at the tail end.

Feel is juicy, doughy and mouthcoating, medium bodied and better-than-amply carbonated.

Overall, a pretty good pale ale that could maybe use just a little work. There were some excellent flavours upfront but then the palate went a bit muddled and harsh at the finish.

Note: The can says 'American Pale Ale' not IPA as noted above and on the brewer's own website. So I don't know what to make of that. I'd say it's pretty certainly an APA even though it's often hard to distinguish between the two styles nowadays (apparently even by the brewer).

Nov 14, 2018
Photo of GreesyFizeek
GreesyFizeek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Reservoir in Waterbury, VT.

This one pours a very hazy light orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like a tangerine and orange juice bomb. It smells pretty sweet, with probably low bitterness.

It's less sweet in the taste, as there is pithy and weedy bitterness on the finish here. There's a big juiciness up front, with a very herbal and green bitterness on the back end. It's a unique build and I like it.

This is medium bodied and very creamy, with a good level of carbonation and a very nice level of drinkability.

Four Quarters continues to be mega underrated when it comes to VT breweries.

Nov 05, 2018
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Sunburnt orange-amber with sudsy cream head, and a couple developed spots of lacing. Slightly hazy.

S: Cereal grain, raw dough and pithy pine. Pulp of desecrated citrus and apricots macerated in tree sap.

M: Firm bitterness and smooth feel. Medium bodied

T: Pineapple, mango, orange pith, biscuit dough. More fresh pine than resin. Balsam boughs and honey clementine.

Oct 07, 2018
Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- The beer pours a burnt orange? Well more like tan. It looks like apple cider in the glass. It's rather dark for a "pale" ale. The head is a dense 2 fingers of off white foam that recedes to a thin film with curtain like lacing.
S- The nose is sweet citrus up front. At the back end it becomes more pithy and there is a faint alcohol presence. In and around these hoppy aspects I'm getting some wheat mustiness.
T-Sweet citrus is again the first aspect detected. The citrus fades away towards the back of the palate and you are left with a mild lingering pithy bitterness. The alcohol in the nose doesn't translate to the palate.
F- Mouthfeel overall is on the higher side of medium. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium. There is coating slickness which keeps the flavors lingering on your tongue long after the sip. Still saying that the beer doesn't feel overly filling like a big DIPA.
O- The beer is labeled as an APA, but really stradles the line with a single IPA in terms of hop flavor. This is a great example of a beer where the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. One of the most enjoyable beers I've had in some time. It's a little ugly to look at, but the flavor and mouthfeel are outstanding. Highly recommended.

Aug 12, 2018
Photo of polloenfuego
polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if this is a duplicate entry or if the beer was redone as an American Pale Ale in this iteration.

Look is great, hazy orange gold with a finger of thick head that breaks leaving a nice distinct ring. Decent lacing.

Smell is nice and hoppy, perhaps more so than most APA's I've had. It's citrusy and piney at the same time, with pith and a bit of must in there too for good measure.

Flavor is bitter hops, I found citrus first, then followed by piney earthy. A touch of sweet tried to sneak in,but those bitter hops beat it down.

Feel is a touch fuller than I would expect for the style, and the carbonation is about medium.

I've had Phaze twice now...once last fall and now this summer. The difference is night and day to me. This iteration is much better, just seems to hit all the notes and makes for a real nice beer.

Jul 09, 2018
Photo of Brad007
Brad007 from Vermont

4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a four pack today. Haven't reviewed anything Four Quarters in a while. Pours a hazy golden blonde with amber highlights. Orange, mango and guava in the nose. Very pleasant. Juicy with guava rind, mango and orange peel in the mouth. Juicy, slightly acidic finish. Impressive and well worth checking out. I'm surprised more do not know about this wonderful brewery.

Dec 23, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at McGillicuddy’s, Williston, VT. They poured this into a snifter. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a quickly dissipating foamy head. No lacing. The aroma starts off with a pure bittersweet orange rind to pulpy juiciness. Freely flowing on into a rich sweet malt, but not caramel. It’s a rich malt, but soothingly nice, something different that I can’t quite place. The flavor takes that bittersweet orange rind, pure and bitter and moves into that malt sweeltly to balance and blend in a nice refined sort of way. Some lemon sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste is barely there. Quick bittersweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation. Feels fairly easy going down. Overall, nice AIPA showing some haze to it. I would have this again.

Jun 19, 2017
Photo of fermentedbarley
fermentedbarley from New Hampshire

2.45/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nope. This is not a good recipe. Smell is way off and I'm not sure what to make if the taste. Taste is not horrible but it's not an IPA. The look is scary....very tan-to-gray almost and way too cloudy. I've never quite seen a pout like this before. I look forward to seeing what others think.

Apr 21, 2017
Phaze from Four Quarters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 110 ratings