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Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

886 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 448
Gots: 89 | 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)
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

03-16-2014 02:05:42 | More by CaptDavyJones
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brystmar

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from the most recent batch, opened 3/10/2012. Reviewed from notes.

I have different tastes in IPAs than many beer geeks; I want a balanced, rounded mixture of hops & malts instead of a sharp, aggressive hop character with a biting bitterness that lingers. If you're expecting another DIPA along the lines of Palate Wrecker or Ruination, this brew will disappoint. But that would be crazy because Knuckle Sandwich is the world's best DIPA!

Amber/golden body with creamy, white head. Its bubbles exude a heavenly aroma of hops, fruit, malt, and other delectables. More strongly juicy & fruity than most other IPAs. Makes me want to powderize the remnants, sift it into lines with a credit card, and snort the stuff directly into my cranium.

Taste is sublime! Layers of silky hops and fruits dance around my mouth. Fresh Citra hops are out in force, though the strong malt backbone keeps everything in check. Soothing hoppy bitterness blends perfectly with the alcoholic character to warm my throat as it descends, much like the boozy sensation from a good RIS. Each flavor is bright and beautiful, thanks to the freshness of this bottle. Enjoying this within a week of bottling was a good choice.

Best IPA I've ever tasted, hands down. Abner is a close second, but I currently bow before Knuckle Sammich. Need moar!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 15:59:40 | More by brystmar
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-07-2013 23:53:35 | More by cadaugherty
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Vanlingleipa for the bottle!

Pours a deep caramel with a huge frothy off-white head leaving sticky lacing all down the glass.

Smells like a tropical paradise. A good hefty caramel malt backbone is overwhelmed by ripe mango, papaya and citrus.

Starts out with a citrus/tropical fruit flavor although it is subdued compared to the nose. Some lush caramel malt peaks in to balance out the hops. This is definitely more in the balanced than hop bomb category. Finishes with a very smooth pine and tropical fruit bitterness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Thick and creamy, but finishes bitter and dry with good carbonation.

Oustanding beer. I wish a bit more of the tropical fruit in the aroma would have come through in the flavor, but still world class and stands up with the best of the DIPA world.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 22:28:53 | More by jmarsh123
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-09-2012 03:48:06 | More by tbone1384
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-23-2013 01:21:25 | More by mikeincharleston
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-01-2013 01:46:24 | More by dfhhead25
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-11-2013 16:57:05 | More by DRBiser
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Callmecoon for this bad ass extra.

Appearance
Wow, what an amazing color. Its dark for the style, a few shades darker than white zin. Its a blushing bright ruby. A modest haze gives this glass a satin appearance. The darker color doesn't contaminate the head's pure whiteness. It has a dense, sticky pure white cap. Its a wonderful contrast to the darker ruby body.

Smell
Delicious. I could tell this was gonna smell awesome as soon as it hit the glass. Sugary citrus fills the room. Cotton candy and a little bit of cat piss and moth balls come in and out. Some how the cat piss and moth balls don't trigger disgust, nor do those aromas seem out of place. Flashes of banana build a fruit salad with all of the lovely citrus.

Taste
Perhaps a little more malty than I'd like from this beer based on its aroma. Very little bitterness. Its all very candied, sweet and juicy citrus, like an ambiguous juice blend. There is lots of cotton candy (the blue kind) as well. The malts seem a little darker than most of the style, its not caramelly but not crackery either.

Mouthfeel
Resinous as all hell. Sticky hop oils galore. The carbonation is unobtrusive. The finish is very hoppy with a nice moderate dryness.

Overall
Very damn good. Such a pretty beer with an amazing aroma. I'm super happy that callmecoon was able to extra this.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 21:16:56 | More by MbpBugeye
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bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-15-2013 15:27:12 | More by bobv
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

02-26-2012 20:22:48 | More by DaveHack
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

12-20-2013 01:53:04 | More by DerekMorgan
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-04-2013 03:11:16 | More by ystazi
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-29-2011 01:33:02 | More by DeutschesBier
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-13-2013 04:25:04 | More by Urbancaver
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Half Acre tulip.

A- dark caramel with a 2" beige head, and traces of lacing remain.

S- tons of citrus, orange and grapefruit with dank hops.

T- sweet malts, candi sugar,lots of orange and grapefruit with nice pine bitterness at finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Super creamy, viscous and some slickness to it.

O- excellent dipa! Perfectly balanced, nice sweet citrus and hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 03:24:13 | More by kawilliams81
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BAsbill

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-30-2013 04:15:48 | More by BAsbill
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-29-2013 17:15:12 | More by FreshmanPour77
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CTJman

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-28-2013 02:28:06 | More by CTJman
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very hearty and robust caramel color meets the eye with a bubbly thick foam head.

The nose is exquisite with lemon, watermelon, grapefruit and tangerine. The caramel malt back bone is obvious but not intruding.

The flavors are diverse and intense with fruity and herbal hop characters and a malty backbone. Lemon, watermelon(which is unusual), tangerines and grapefruit meet a musky herbal hop tone. The malt has barley, caramel and cola nut flavors as well to support a deeply complex beer.

This drinks with superior smoothness and a deceptively refreshing feel.

I rank this amongst the best DIPAs I've ever had...I wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 00:27:07 | More by KYGunner
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2013 16:15:41 | More by jvillefan
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-03-2013 00:56:48 | More by szmnnl99
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

02-18-2013 19:16:43 | More by DIPAFAN
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

11-14-2011 20:01:46 | More by bauermj
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beagle75

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with two fingers of off-white foam head that diminishes to a large lofty pad. Heavy lacing remains.

S: Abundant pine and citrus is featured alongside a sweet toffee malt backbone, making for a full and encompassing smell. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with juicy grapefruit flesh and expanding acidity. The heavy caramel grain emerges in the middle as hop aromatics begin to fade, while bracing bitterness joins peaking acidity. The finish is fairly dry, with quickly fading bitterness, grapefruit peel, and an herbaceous note. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly acidic and syrupy on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Knuckle Sandwich has it all--sweet malt, West Coast hops, and a robust dose of well-hidden alcohol. With intense smell and flavor, this beer only suffers from a lack of smoothness that becomes apparent once it touches the palate. It is similar to other, less alcoholic DIPAs such as Hair of the Dog Blue Dot and Deschutes Hop Henge (some of my favorites of the style). It destroys DIPAs of similar strength--Port Hop 15 and Avery's The Maharaja come to mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 18:23:13 | More by beagle75
Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.