1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery

Not Rated.
Knuckle SandwichKnuckle Sandwich

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

909 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 909
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 453
Gots: 94 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jerz on 12-14-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 909 | Reviews: 233 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of EliSpitzner
1/5  rDev -76.7%

EliSpitzner, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of SteveRod
1/5  rDev -76.7%

SteveRod, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of cjmencuri
2/5  rDev -53.5%

cjmencuri, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of phishbone23
2/5  rDev -53.5%

phishbone23, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of AdamArvizo
2.4/5  rDev -44.2%

AdamArvizo, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of kornkid8600
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

kornkid8600, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.65/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 7/7/11 - consumed 2 1/2 weeks from bottling.

Appearance -- pours a ruddy golden amber with a thick sudsy parchment head. Lots of lace. Photogenic, albeit a bit dark.

Smell -- Brimming with caramel malt, juicy citrus, and pineapple. There is also some hop-derived spiciness that seems to hang in the background. To describe the smell in one word: sticky.

Taste -- Tangerine and pineapple, plum and assorted drupes - very fruit-forward, with a modicum of spiciness and mild leafy bitterness. Caramel malt sweetness is quite apparent without the necessary hop bittering to lend balance. decent complexity, but as time progress the malt sweetness begins to taste cloying. Lingering flavors of caramel malt, sticky ripe fruit, and faint leafy vegetation.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a hint of booze bite. Sticky/oily finish.

Overall -- Is there huge batch variation or what? I just don't see how this beer has earned it's accolades. It's sticky sweet and terribly lacking in crisp hop bitterness that typifies the style. If somebody told me this was their 90 Minute IPA homebrew clone, I would tell them they did a fairly convincing job.

Your mileage may vary.

yeahnatenelson, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of unitmonster
2.8/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 22oz bomber from the last release in July.

A - Standard yellow IPA/DIPA color. Generous head.

S - Alcohol, followed by hoppy pine and citrus smells.

T - More alcohol. This DIPA feels so imbalanced. Tons of malt flavor and really warm alcohol.

M - Great carbonation, finishes well.

O - Am I drinking the same beer as everyone else? I've had this and thought it was pretty bad. I had a small tasting and other people thought the same thing (note: different bottles that I did not buy). I feel like there are far better DIPAs out there then this.

unitmonster, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
2.9/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared this bottle at a tasting... Served in pints.
Thanks to Sideswipe for the chance!

Pours a dark amber color... 2 finger off-white head. Respectable retention and lace. Not impressed, but not bad.

Smells malty. Real malty. Caramel and biscuit with some toasted bread notes too. Very biscuity. The hops are mostly floral and citrus-- they come in weak compared to the malts...

The taste starts off caramel sweet but dries a little to reveal biscuity and toasty flavors. The hops are grapefruit, orange and floral... Decent balance, but no real bitterness to cut through the sweetness up front. I prefer a bit more punch. The body is generically middle of the road. Medium full feel with some syrupy tendencies and some lingering oiliness. I prefer prickly and clean. The bitterness has an odd and unpleasant coffee-like quality that really doesn't belong.

Overall, this beer just isn't my preferred take on the style.

AleWatcher, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
3/5  rDev -30.2%

obiwan_k3n00bi, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -30.2%

BGsWo22, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of kdown
3/5  rDev -30.2%

kdown, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of cshafer7
3/5  rDev -30.2%

cshafer7, Yesterday at 03:31 PM
Photo of jodan
3/5  rDev -30.2%

jodan, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of FrogOut69
3/5  rDev -30.2%

FrogOut69, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of CasanovaCummins
3/5  rDev -30.2%

CasanovaCummins, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Bob1369
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Bob1369, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks!

A: Dark orange hue with a half inch of head and good lacing upon the glass.

S: Aroma is a bit odd and hard to describe. Hop scents are also present.

T: Bold and hop forward, but again, slightly off-putting and astringent.

M: Medium bodied and palate coating, with a slight metallic aftertaste.

D: This beer was mediocre. I found both the aroma and flavor to be a bit off throughout.

Huhzubendah, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Samuel906
3.11/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly, I don't know what all the hubbub about this beer is. I was pretty disappointed. Best thing about this is the way it looks, a deep dark amber with the fluffiest head I have ever seen. Smell was lots of grapefruit but muddied and sweet. Taste wasn't too far behind. Sweet molasses, orange, caramel, mango and very yeasty. Very heavy and syrupy. This was thick, sticky, sweet, and hard to drink, and the hops seemed distant. The only thing I can think is that I got a bum bottle that wasn't fresh. I am willing to try this again if I could guarantee the freshness but as it stands, a pass for me.

Samuel906, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of phingdong
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Tried 2 bottles that I was told were within a month of bottling. Thanks to my trading partner for chance to try this.

A - Much darker than I expected. A nice looking brown/amber with a two finger creamy head.

S - First smell is of faint juicy, dank hops which quickly fades to a sweet, malty (apple juice) aroma. Smells like an old IPA.

T - I was told this would be a bit maltier than most west coast DIPAs, but wow was it malty. The malts overpower any hops that are trying to get through here. Much too sweet with a bit too much alcohol coming through.

M - Great mouthfeel. Very creamy and thick bodied. Coats nicely.

Overall this beer was a letdown for me. Not what I have come to expect or enjoy from a west coat DIPA. Too sweet and malty, with no hop explosion to speak of. I'm glad I was able to try it. I'd like to try it again on tap to see if it is any better.

phingdong, May 04, 2011
Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1 finger of creamy beige head. Color is a lot darker for a dipa. It is a dark amber gold.

Aroma: A lot maltier than I was expecting for a Cali DIPA. Very bready with some caramel malt flavors. It is still hoppy. Floral and a bit citrusy.

Taste: Again, this DIPA is malty. It is kind of off putting. It is hoppy, but all the bready malts bog it down. Some citrus fruits. Floral notes. Biscuit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a sticky hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, I was surprised to see this on the top 100 list. It just isn't a very exciting DIPA. Not something I would really want a lot of.

mothman, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of pisano
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

pisano, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of jaeone
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

jaeone, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

chippo33, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of smutty33
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

smutty33, Mar 19, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.