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Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery

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968 Ratings
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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 448
Gots: 113 | FT: 6
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  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured into a Victory snifter. No bottling date present, but assume this is from the spring/early summer due to trade time line.

A: Pours almost a clear amber color. Finger and a half off white head. Good lacing on the glass. Stickiness on the glass.

S: Really resiny floral smells. Lots of grapefruit, which is surprising from the appearance. There is some carmel malts.

T: A crisp hop bite on tip of tongue. A nice malt balance on the middle of the tongue. The finish is long. Really solid brew.

M: Medium bodied DIPA. Stays with you a while, but doesn't completely destroy.

O: First offering from this brewery, and I really liked it. Lived up to the hype. I want to try this again when a little fresher, but even with some time....great beer.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stone Bistro on 6/29. Review from notes.

a - deep golden, almost burnt orange color, quarter-inch ivory head with decent retention and lacing, fairly clear with only minimal haze

s - huge grapefruit dominated aroma, lighter notes of pine and caramel malt, wisps of alcohol in the nose

t - big bitter and sweet grapefruit explosion up front, pine mixes with citrus on the midpalate along with light caramel notes, finish is pine bitterness and light sweetness along with a decent alcohol heat

m - medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, nice alcohol warming, pretty dry on the finish

d - not overly drinkable for the style, you can taste the alcohol but it's not overwhelming, pretty harsh on the palate, but that's essentially what you're asking for with a big DIPA, I like that the sweetness component is a bit more muted than many recent DIPAs I've tried

Great effort by Bootleggers here. It's only the second beer I've had from them, but the first exceeded expectations, as did this one. Well worth seeking this one out.

Photo of KYGunner
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours clear amber with a quarter inch head of beige. A thin whisp of fine bubbles remained on the surface for the duration as well as a few errant dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a nice combination of pine and tropical fruit. Very much smelling like a So. Cal IPA. Spruce sap, tangerines, apricots, mangos, peaches, and melons. No dankness found to speak of, just plenty of citrus and a hint of pine.

Medium bodied with a light chew and a mild tackiness. Residuals and resins lend some gumminess to the mouthfeel.

Plump, juicy malt and fruit-laden hops start the palate. Grapefruit, apricots, peaches, and pine resin with sweet malt. A nice malt backbone but surprisingly malt-forward for a So. Cal IPA.
Medium bitterness for the style with some lingering sweetness.

Finishes with juicy malt, tropical fruit, and crushed pine boughs.

Tasty beer and somewhat fresh. A bit more malt than I like in my IIPA's though and on the sweet side. The nose is less than pungent also.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Matt at the Green Jug for the heads up. After looking at the reviews of this I was very excited to go and pick it up tonight.

Appearance - Pours a clear, caramel looking color into my JP Pint Glass. About two fingers of tan colored head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates relatively fast, leaving trace lacing.

Smell - Damn! Citrus aromas are just flowing from the glass. Ripe grapefruit, passion fruit, orange, pine, slight hops, no "noticeable" caramel sweet backbone besides the ripeness from the citrus.

Taste - Damn again! An immense citrus burst is the first flavor to hit my tongue. The ripe citrus (mainly grapefruit in the taste) gives way to a moderate bitterness from...it would appear grapefruit yet again but unripened. Slight pine and hops in the middle which gives way to an unexpected malty backbone, though I am not complaining because of the way the citrus just takes over. I'm a huge citrus IPA/DIPA fan and this beer is right up the alley of what I remember The Oracle being like last year. The finish is of slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy almost, lower carbonation, finishes just a hint dry.

Drinkability - Pretty freaking drinkable. I'm going to test this with a PtE that I have chilling in my refrigerator after I finish this review. Slight alcohol taste and warming, though overall it is pretty well hidden. Pretty balanced overall - not too malty, bitter, or citrusy. Glad after reading reviews the beer lived up to what I was hoping it would be. Hope this is available more often because I will be picking this up regularly to get my citrusy DIPA fix. Very quaffable.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Ryan011235
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip on 4/4/11

"I did it on a growler once. That bitch was like, uhhhh. Like a tuba."
-MbpBugeye (who was also kind enough to share this bottle)

Density, haziness and a deep amber color; has a rather rustic look about it. Kind of coppery. One thumb of puffy, clingy foam. Thin layer of bubbly retention with nice patches of drippy lace.

Smells dank and potent; right on. Deep reserves of citrus; spicy, zesty and pithy. Grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and some mango notions. A touch of pine throughout. Overtones of the fuzzier aspects of Simcoe and Citra. Malts come across as sugar cookies and a hint of bread.

Tastes good but not as good as it smells. Citric hops are still prominent but seem to be more of a mish-mash of spiciness and zestiness. Solid, appreciable maltiness; sugar cookies, bread. Not to say it's overly sweet, though - just plenty fleshed out. Piney with moderate bitterness all around.

The feel is fairly dense for the style and kind of grainy. Carbonation seems appropriate. Some slickness as it warms. Though not hot, the alcohol is noticeable.

It has nothing to do with knuckles. It has nothing to do with sandwiches. It has everything to do with smelling amazing. Definitely worth a shot. I'd certainly drink it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.9/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.