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Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery

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955 Ratings
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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 453
Gots: 109 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

chippo33, Apr 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

incubuscience, Apr 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Dirt, Apr 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

YaKnowBrady, Apr 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

kdown, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

sofisdad, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Dagsy, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of lsummers
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

lsummers, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mcdonald422, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, a deep orange amber with a big off white head that dissipates slowly leaving some lacing, clear

S: tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, orange, grapefruit

T: heavy bitter hops up front, grapefruit, lime, fades into mango, pineapple, papaya, sweet finish that is heavy on floral hops with some pine resin, great malt profile

M: fairly viscous with higher carbonation, alcohol only slightly noticeable

O: This is a really top notch DIPA, that hasn't been hyped much at all. I had never heard of it until a friend from work sent it to me; thanks E.J.! It is on par with some of the best West Coast DIPAs I've had. It is well worth seeking out.

M_C_Hampton, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

Axnjxn, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

jampics2, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice.

Appearance - Burnt orange, clear body. Big white head. Laces nicely and sustains a collar with a layer of surface foam.

Smell - Really nice pine hop aroma. Strong hops with an equally strong malt aroma. Some booze in there too.

Taste - Pine and grapefruit hops immediately backed up by a toasty malt. Sweet, but not overly so. Biscuity malt. Some booze here too.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy, sharp alcohol bite. Reminds me of Hopslam.

Overall - I get that it's good, maybe better than good, but not quite what I've read about this. Plenty of other IPAs, especially where this one is from, that go toe to toe with this.

Alieniloquium, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Greenroom73, Apr 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

SirBentham, Apr 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Holmes698, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

just4fununlimited, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Uncleserg
3.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Color is orangey copper with generous head.

S: While I prefer more citrus forward IPA's, this one hits you with alcohol followed by a heavy malt back bone. As beer warms up a bit one gets a great bouquet of grapefruit and hoppy pine which is nice.

T: More alcohol...imbalanced for me.

M: Great carbonation and even though the ABV is high it does finish smooth with a sweet aftertaste.

O: I've had this many times and every time I revisit this DIPA I'm left thinking whats the hype. I'll blame it on my pallet but I feel there are far better styles of this beer out there.

Uncleserg, Apr 09, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish orangey glow
S- very piny and a bit fruity. very powerful exciting smell
T- very original and well balanced choppy malty booze taste. The first taste is a breathe of life. Alcohol isnt well hidden, but its strangely welcoming. Towards the end of the beer, the bitterness did linger a bit.
M- sharp booze bubbles, very fizzy but it doesn't ruin the beer
O- incredibly unique IPA. It has this scotchy choppy balance that really surprises you.

Chaz33187, Apr 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

joel66, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Alextinez, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

virinow, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

dbossman, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Nightrain87, Apr 05, 2013
Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.