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Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery

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889 Ratings
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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 449
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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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

22oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a half inch of head. Quite the interesting color for an IPA. Lots of lacing. The aroma is lots of tropical fruits. Mango, guava, pineapple and sweet grapefruit. The taste is much like the aroma. Juicy tropical fruits with some piney hops. Some caramel malts as well. Pineapple and warming alcohol at the finish. Creamy, heavy mouthfeel. Pretty bitter Imperial with lots of tropical fruit flavor. The 10% ABV is very present but it still drinks easily. Overall, oustanding Imperial IPA I hope to have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 01:59:49 | More by PicoPapa
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-29-2013 19:25:24 | More by vinny21bal
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-30-2012 21:40:34 | More by Soneast
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

04-14-2014 12:44:42 | More by pisano
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to PeprSprYoFace for sending me this.

Appearance: The appearance of this beer is phenomenal. A full cherry copper color with a rich, creamy white head. Sheets of lace have great cling.

Smell: The aroma is very sweet, and this sweetness begins the downfall of Knuckle Sandwich. Lots of full caramel notes balance or even overpower grapefruit and sticky pine aromas.

Taste: The malt presence is full and bready. A soft honey sweetness grows until it is a nearly out of control caramel bomb. Where are the hops? When the grapefruit, apricot, and pine bitterness finally come in, it is too little too late. The sweet malt controls the flavor the whole time. A light alcohol presence is noticeable at the end, but nothing out of the ordinary for a 10% DIPA.

Mouthfeel: The body is fuller than I would really prefer and almost chewy from the strong malt presence. The tight carbonation works well with the full body, providing a light creaminess and still guiding excess flavors off the tongue with each sip. A bit of alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

Overall: When I first started drinking IPA's, I liked beers that had a nice malt sweetness to go along with a strong hop presence. Now, just give me the hops. I can see why this is popular, it is just is not quite what I am looking for.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 17:01:05 | More by KickInTheChalice
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random846

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

02-28-2014 08:54:27 | More by random846
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-30-2014 04:25:11 | More by mportnoy
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-25-2013 04:47:19 | More by Hugonaut13
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev -7%

01-23-2014 02:09:16 | More by ricecracker420
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

02-20-2012 15:31:21 | More by rowingbrewer
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scott2269

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-11-2012 00:40:52 | More by scott2269
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rawfish

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rusty hue, clear with a large fluffy off white head. Moderate clumps of lacing and good retention.

Huge floral aroma, spicy, grapefruit and pine resin. Very punchy with slight caramel sweetness and butterscotch syrup.

Solid malt undertones of caramel and and bread integrates well with a spicy and herbal hop flavor. Pine, sweet onion and spicy tobacco, no citrus at all in the hops. Alcohol is very prevalent and lingers along with a steady earthy bitterness.

Medium bodied, hefty alcohol on the palate, really punchy. Dries decently.

Probably one of few IPAs I've had with no citrus flavor in the hop profile , the malt is really interesting building a varied spice note, more like a really hop forward double red ale. Great nose, heavy hitter on the alcohol. Grungy and rugged DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 06:10:39 | More by rawfish
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks goes out to womencantsail for this bomber. No freshness date but I know this was recently released... Split into two michelob celebrate tulips.

A: Pours a deep copper color with a light tan head about an inch thick that recedes to a good quarter of an inch that has some nice staying power. Nice spots of lacing as it continues to recede.

S: Incredibly fruity and juicy, lots of tropical fruits, pineapple, and a respectable amount of citrus as well. A decent amount of caramel and smooth malt as well. Doesn't have the super resinous "dank" quality that I had expected. One of the more unique aromas from a DIPA that I've ever come across.

T: Very strong bitterness on the back end that is a combination of alcohol and alpha acids, the tropical fruit flavor comes through quite a bit more as it continues to warm. Pineapple and mango are really the ones that come to mind. The bitterness really is clean and potent, my tongue is reeling a bit. This definitely isn't on the sweet side of the spectrum, as it is incredibly dry and bitter. The only thing holding it back from being a 4.5+ on the taste is the hoppy flavor, its there, but from the nose I figured it would be a bit more intense. Not bad but not quite there either.

M: Medium body, perfect carbonation, and an incredibly dry finish for the size of the beer. Alcohol is hidden very well, almost too well until the beer reaches my stomach where I can feel the heat.

D: Dangerous, for all the things that can go wrong with a DIPA being too sweet, or too boozy, this one hits all the notes exactly how I like it. Splitting this bomber will not be hard at all as this is one of the better DIPA's I've had in some time.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 01:19:18 | More by pokesbeerdude
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-20-2014 23:56:06 | More by jkball01
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CityofBals

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

09-12-2013 02:11:48 | More by CityofBals
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MastaShonuf

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-09-2014 20:00:29 | More by MastaShonuf
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bomber thanks to Ryan and split with milwaukeeclassic while he dictates from the website Things Republicans Hate. Teaser: yoga and NPR.

Burgundy with a consistent quarter inch head and minimal bubbleage

Once opened and even prior to being poured, this beer can be detected from across the room. As odd as it may sound, predominant scents include fresh sliced pineapple and hot oven baked pie. Really it's quite appealing.

Tastes like it smells. Caramel sweet pie, pineapple, whipped cream, and crust. Drinks like a dessert. Minimal heat on the back end is very welcome considering the 10% tag. Certainly not a hop bomb, but all the elements of a solid DIPA are here.

Smooth and viscous; an enjoyable treat.

Much appreciated Ryan...thanks again for the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 22:44:36 | More by BarrytheBear
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

03-19-2014 04:47:11 | More by smutty33
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-08-2013 07:31:00 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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kevgod

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-13-2012 06:53:05 | More by kevgod
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No date.

Pours a reddish amber with thin, off-white head. Crystal clear. Luscious citrus and piney hops on the nose with a caramel aroma too. Palate is spritely with hops, bitterness and slick, sweet medium amber malt in the center. Well, rounded bitter IIPA with some sweetness. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 15:52:17 | More by SFLpunk
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-24-2014 18:06:59 | More by FrankHammer
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cfrances33

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

02-24-2014 15:53:44 | More by cfrances33
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vande

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really only want to say is, BUY IT! If you can find it and you like IPAs, DIPAs, hops.. You will love this beer!

A strong golden rod pour leaving very little lacy on the glass after sitting a minute too.. The nose and moth ~ both strong, well balanced hops flowing here...An excellent pairing the the first burgers on the grill today... Mouthfeel - smooth and too easy to drink.

If/when I get a chance to snag more..I'm sure I will!!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:55:46 | More by vande
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sbricker

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

06-06-2014 02:48:36 | More by sbricker
Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
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