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Four Peaks Hopsquatch Barleywine
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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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What is it? Barleywines are super strength beers that have their roots in old England. They are comparable to Ports or Sherry in their sweet flavor and high potency. Ours is more of an American style in that it has been infused with massive amounts of hops. How was it made so strong? Lots of malt. In other words, lots of food for yeast. More yeast food equals more alcohol. When there is so much alcohol though, the beer needs time fore those flavors to mellow out. So we aged Hopsquatch for one year in stainless. This long aging period also allowed some of the harsh bitter flavor from the hops to buffer out and blend with all of the other flavors. This creates a fine, full flavored, very complex ale. What’s with the name? Traditionally barleywines have colorful names like, Monster, Old Nick, Sudden Death, Old Knucklehead, Old Fart, etc. Ours is no different. When we brewed it we had these metaphorical visions of a twelve foot tall hop-covered beast lurking in the cellar for a year. No body believed us, so like the legend of Bigfoot, Hopsquatch was born… That, and it sounds funny. What’s with the "Pimp-Chalice" glassware? See the above description (Hat tip to all the brewers on this one).


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, pine, and dried cow manure. Flavor of caramel malt, toffee, toasted grain, raisins, citrus, some peach, and grass with a somewhat bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5294) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Tasted at the 13th Annual Strong Ale Fest on 12/5/2009. This barleywine pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with nice lacing. The aroma is fruit and sweet, touch of orange and orange peel. A medium to full bodied Barley wine. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange and orange peel. The hops are citrusy and floral. Lots of malt sweetness and orange. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Touch of alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 6, 2009
On tap at PP Strong Ale Fest 2009. Orange amber color. Hoppy, buttery, malty. A very good IPA. Very drinkable. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1504) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Sampled at GABF 2009. Golden pour with a thin white head. Grapefruit and toffee aromas. Caramel and grapefruit flavors. Full bodied. I thougt this one was very good.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerIsMyGod (16) - Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Served in a snifter that accentuates the sweet, roasted peach aromas. Presented with a rich head and deep, auburn body. Taste of sweet maple takes over the taste buds and it finishes with a bright hop tinge. Fantastic beverage...I’m glad they started offering this monthly instead of seasonally.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2009
On tap at az strong beer fest. Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is malt, hops, citrus. Flavor is hops, citrus, malt. Nice mouthfee, good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ticepoppa (2) - Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2009 does not count
This is the best beer Four Peaks has to offer, an excellent barleywine. It usually doesn’t last very long when they offer it, last year one batch only lasted 6 hours.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Tap at Brewery. This is one of those beers that is right on the border between styles, like Hvedegoop. This one is so hopped and not malted enough to balance it that it comes off as a darker Imperial IPA. Sort of a tart syrupy hop effect like a Dogfish IIPA. I would order it again only for the glass. Some aging in another vessel besides stainless would help a lot IMO.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2008
On tap at Scottsdale pub. Incredible meringue head that rises high above a fiery burnt orange body. Delicate lacing left its mark all over the inside of the glass. Extremely hoppy for the style. Grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon zest balanced by caramel malt, honey, and brown sugar. Thin for a barley wine, which I like. Not at all syrupy. Very good brew...probably the best Ive had that was made in AZ.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2008
On tap at the Scottsdale location. Pours a cloudy amber with a HUGE cream colored head and nice lacing. Nose is citrus hops and malt. Taste is lots of tart citrus hops and some sweet caramel malt. Comes off more like a DIPA than a barleywine, which is cool with me. Medium creamy mouth feel. Good stuff.


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