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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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(send 'em beer!)
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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California

3/5  rDev -30.2%

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California

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

10-06-2012 16:22:31 | More by Massbmx
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Texas

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10-05-2012 13:50:12 | More by Texasfan549
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Massachusetts

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10-05-2012 00:01:14 | More by DonFrap
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Wisconsin

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Texas

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Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Arbitrator

California

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of KevSal. Thanks, Kevin!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark amber body (bordering on reddish-brown) with a nice, full inch of dense beige head. It retains well and leaves some sticky lace down the sides of my pint glass.

S: I remember this being pretty malty, and the nose confirms that memory -- lots of caramel malt found here. However, this also has a prominent citrus nose that is much more powerful than I remember -- either freshness helps (the bottle is a week old from the just-released batch), or they tweaked the recipe slightly. I detect a tangerine-grapefruit-orange blend; none of the tropical notes I really enjoy in [D]IPAs, but great nonetheless. There is a touch of pine needle at times.

T: The taste is initially sweet caramel, but it segues nicely into candied grapefruit, orange, tangerine. The finish closes out with piney bitterness; I can tell it would be really bitter if it didn't have as much caramel as it does. Some exhalations reveal a light pineapple character. It's reminiscent of some Triple IPAs, which are redolent in the hop candy effect (sugar drizzled over citrus and pine) -- it's an effect that works well when the bottle or keg is really fresh, I imagine, but my experience with a slightly older or possibly oxidizing growler wasn't quite so hot. I make the latter comment because I distinctly recall these guys filling studiously to the 64oz line in their screwtop growler, which was hilarious in its cheapness and worrisome for the headspace. Bottles are presumably better; this one is.

M: There is a small sugar burn on the back end, similar to what some Triple IPAs have. It doesn't really hinder drinkability (see below), but I wish it were a bit cleaner. ABV is well-hidden. Carbonation is higher than you'd find in some comparable DIPAs; it makes the medium-plus body easier to swallow.

O: I'm really surprised at how fast I downed this. I shit you not, from start to finish it was 20 minutes. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

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Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.