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Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 455
Gots: 105 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jaasen64, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

22Blue, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

CTJman, Apr 28, 2013
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
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

bobv, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Rollzroyce21, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

CoolEthan, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

DerekMorgan, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photekut, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

CaptDavyJones, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ystazi, May 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of KYGunner
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.

KYGunner, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

CelticAleMan, Sep 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

DRBiser, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BeerHunter76, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jvillefan, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

DaveHack, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, May 13, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

jeff1973, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Tony's Darts Away - served in (multiple) 10oz nonics. Reviewed briefly from notes:

Deep amber body with bright orange-ish highlights. Pasty lacing; good retention.

The aromatics are stunning and deliver wave after wave of tropical fruit - mango, kiwi, guava, pineapple...then a fresh burst of kumquat and other citrus. Super fresh hop notes abound.

The flavor delivers more of the same fruity goodness backed up by a potent alpha-acid bomb of juicy hop bitterness. Excellent. Sweet/tart/then finally dry finish with a lasting IBU-induced glow.

Creamy, medium-bodied, and faintly oily mouth-feel.

Bootlegger's has outdone themselves with this one - one of the fruitiest takes on the style I've sampled; and quite strong without being overwhelming or totally unbalanced (though this is still a beer for hop-heads).

augustgarage, Jan 25, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful clean amber pour with 2 fingers of detergent-like white head, great retention, nice amount of lacing. smells of piney hops, caramel, spicy herbal notes - basically, a very nice smelling hop bomb :)
one sip and i'm sold! i get a taste of what seems like warrior (spicy garlic/herbs), simcoe (tangy/cat pee-like haha), cascade (pine, grapefruit, floral).. the malt profile is there behind all of the hops, and is a nice sweet malty caramel-like flavor.

a medium body, modestly carbonated beer, has a nice heavy chest warmth to it, but is so tasty you overlook the heaviness and plunge right in. in no way is this a "well-balanced" dipa, but i like to look at it two ways, well balanced with hops and malt, and then well balanced hop profile, which this one would fall into in my vision (or taste, rather). the mix of different hops throw your palate in a frenzy, but it evens out in the end and you are left with a delicious mix of grapefruit, piney, spicy flavors in your mouth. it's hard to figure out which hops work well with each other, and sometimes just throwing in your heavy hitters in high quantity works perfectly.

facundoCNB, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

dvmin98, Jun 14, 2014
Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.