Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery

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970 Ratings
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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 444
Gots: 113 | FT: 5
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)
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of maximum12
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redundant thanks again to Kyle2k10 for a trade that is reaching epidemic proportions, & knocking this long-time want off my list. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

First, nice bottle art...then the pour, which is lively, orange, & looks like is has hops, malt, & water. Orange, filtered, middling clear. Nose is promising, pine, grapefruit, with a backing band of light, sweet fruits.

Knuckle Sandwich is...balanced. Stingers of caramel come out of the firehose with bruising force. The pine & grapefruit in the nose comes through, but it's held down by the malts. Waves of sweet follow; a slow, moderate, lingering bitterness rounds the beer off. I'll give its due for being easy drinking, this is a beer of mass destruction.

A very good beer; a little less balance & heavier hand on the hops would have pushed this skyward easily. So close to great in this mouth. But, heck, I'd never turn one down.

Photo of uncccegr
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Zephids
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of emile772
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of hopkrid
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of MoistPope
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of CTJman
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of rolandboy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Braz
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of SDerik
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of kemoarps
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours more red than I had expected, but still within that amber range. call it amber rose (what up Wiz Khalifa!). Minimal almond meat head that dissipates for the most part but leaves a little ring around the rosie edge. A rich, deep hue (a couple of years ago I would have made a Raiders joke out of that).

Nose is a little underwhelming. Earthy with some floral sweetness to it. Not unappetizing, just doesn't give a full preview of the deliciousness lying in wait. Some caramel.

Flavour is where this beer really shines. Hops are certainly front and center, kind of a blend/cycle between floral/grapefruit citrus/piney. A touch of caramel sweet on the back end.

Reallly drinkable. Medium bodied. If this were available in my area (and for a reasonable price), I'd drink it very often. If you like well crafted west coast IPAs, it's certainly worth getting your hands on.

Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of YaKnowBrady
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Dagsy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of lsummers
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant amber orange with a two finger eggshell colored head. Looks sticky, sweet and tasty.

Smells of sweet piney hops, woody grassy grapefruit and pineapple notes abound. Some caramel candy and brown bread. The smell blends so well into the taste that you almost need both to complete it. Pine and peppery grassy bitter grapefruit merges with the caramel creamy malts. There's a sweet stickiness that helps round it all out.

Mouthfeel is definitely round, chewy, and sticky.

Overall, this is a fantastic example of a west coast double ipa. Nothing by itself about this beer is perfect but put together the smells, tastes and mouth feel and all of a sudden it becomes complete.

Photo of mcdonald422
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.