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Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 453
Gots: 93 | 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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Photo of warbird07


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-27-2012 15:51:45 | More by warbird07
Photo of daves1186


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-27-2012 06:59:50 | More by daves1186
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

Received today from tyrsis! What an awesome surprise!!! Thanks man!

A- Pours a deep amber/orange into my DFH glass. Small but thick head floats atop and fades slowly leaving a ton of sticky, drippy lacing!

S- A punch in the nose from the piney, sweet citrus! NICE! Pineapple, summer peaches, grapefruit, basil, wet hay and what seems like a ton of sweet malts! Hints of caramel and candied citrus.

T- WOW! Grapefruit, apricots, fresh cut pine, pineapples, spicy basil, and a load of sweet maltiness. What an amazing balance! The sweetness cuts thru the dank, piney hops... and the hops hold on and leave your tongue astringent, while leaving plenty of room for the caramel sweetness.

M- Thicker and more oily than most IIPA's thanks to the malt bill. Awesome citrus/pine punch that hangs on and doesn't let go. Tons of tropical fruit! Pineapple, mango, and citrus! I love the sweetness that shines thru!

O- I gotta get ahold of more of this. I have a feeling that with the sweet malts that hold this IIPA together... this could turn into a really nice Barleywine if properly cellered for a few years! This is damn close to perfection!

01-26-2012 04:53:45 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of corby112


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

On draft at the brewery and at Bruery Provisions.

Pours a clear golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Floral, dank hop aroma with balance of earthy pine, citrus fruit notes and pale malt.  Strong pine needle presence along with pineapple and lemon peel followed by biscuity malts and subtle alcohol.

Chewy body thats fuller than expected with a really nice balance of earthy, grassy hops, tropical/citrus fruit and pale malts.  Dry and bitter up front with piny hops lingering over the sweeter notes.  Hints of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel countered by a  nice malt presence that provides balance without interfering with the hop flavors.  Subtle hints of biscuit and graham cracker before finishing with some boozy heat. The alcohol flavor towards the end of the palate takes away from the hops a bit but overall this beer is pretty good.

01-25-2012 23:59:00 | More by corby112
Photo of augustgarage


4.43/5  rDev +3%

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).

01-25-2012 16:10:22 | More by augustgarage
Photo of Cinderbike


5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-24-2012 20:55:46 | More by Cinderbike
Photo of chingonjefe


5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-24-2012 20:30:27 | More by chingonjefe
Photo of TheCrowsNest


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

I love Bootlegger's tasting room. No frills. Just beer. In mason jars.

Pours a rich copper. They fill their mason jars to the brim, so there wasn't much room for head. No complaints there.

Lemons, oranges, pine needles. Very fresh and inviting.

Goes right along with the taste. At 10% I didn't get much warmth, but the malt backbone supports the heavy hops.

Medium-full bodied. Dry.

An IPA that will stand with the best. I wish they still put this into growlers.

01-24-2012 17:46:00 | More by TheCrowsNest
Photo of SteveRod


1/5  rDev -76.7%

01-24-2012 08:06:38 | More by SteveRod
Photo of onefalsemove711


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Pours deep amber with a 1" creamy white head and nice lacing. I'm really enjoying the caramel, toffee and citrus aromas with a lingering touch of slight grassiness. On first taste I detect spicy hops, grapefruit rind and toasted caramel malt. Mouth feel is full and the carbonation is full and refreshing.

Overall is this is a really great DIPA that deserves to be mentioned among the heavy weights in it's class. I enjoyed it tremendously and won't hesitate to pick one up next time it comes around.

01-22-2012 23:35:08 | More by onefalsemove711
Photo of sgoro


5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-22-2012 01:54:20 | More by sgoro
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Thanks to breaks808 for the bottle. Appreciate him going out of his way to track this down before it evaporated.

Deep orange color with a light head that leaves pretty lacing. Very dark for a DIPA, which is seems like a hint of things to come.

Pleasant and pronounced floral/fruity aroma. Very different than any IPA I have experienced before. Strawberry is the dominant note that I pick up here. Smells great but very unexpected.

Fruity hops share the spotlight with a big caramel malt base. The hops show a bit of pine toward the finish.

Fuller body than most DIPA's - malty and mouth-coating.

A tasty beer. Well suited to dessert or sipping after-dinner. I think it seems more like a barleywine than a DIPA. An east-coast style DIPA from the west coast???? That is a first for me!

01-22-2012 01:07:21 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of markwise


5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-22-2012 00:08:43 | More by markwise
Photo of dfernandez77


3.54/5  rDev -17.7%

On a scale of 1 to 5, most I rate get 2.5 to 3, very few get a 4, and you have to really knock me out to get above a 4.

Appearance: Warm amber color. Medium fluffy white head, laces gently, Very clear.

Aroma: Pine, desert sage, melon skin, nopales (prickly pear cactus pads). Toasty sweetness like saltines, slightly caramel. Starchy fruit sweetness like dragonfruit.

Flavor: Predominantly resin and citrus segment skin bitterness, desert sage herbal follows, slight grassiness. Clean malt profile and invert sugar residual sweetness – similar but not quite like the residual sweetness in a big Belgian Tripel. Some booziness present, but not offensively fusel or hot – appropriate tripod balance to the hop and malt characters.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, and finishes astringent and bitter – hop oils all over the finish. Gains some slipperiness and opens fruit characters as it warms.

Overall: A very solidly made aggressive DIPA. This release (June 2013) hangs somewhere between an unbalanced west coast hop assault DIPA, and a fat malty east coast DIPA. Well done.

01-21-2012 07:01:40 | More by dfernandez77
Photo of Hippopotamus


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-21-2012 04:04:55 | More by Hippopotamus
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%

On tap at The Bruery Provisions store and bar. There was some buzz about this beer, where it will be on tap and the like. I found it to be a bang on DIPA, but not living up to any hype. Golden orange coloured body. Orange taste, the IBU certainly up there. Leaning on the bitterness, but still balanced. Middle bodied. What's not to like.

01-20-2012 15:33:49 | More by Sammy
Photo of frankslikesbeer


5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-20-2012 03:58:37 | More by frankslikesbeer
Photo of ralphw56


5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-18-2012 23:42:00 | More by ralphw56
Photo of Diomede


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-16-2012 18:40:26 | More by Diomede
Photo of BMart


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-16-2012 15:46:15 | More by BMart
Photo of mthomas84


5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-15-2012 19:54:34 | More by mthomas84
Photo of Billakowski


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-15-2012 05:49:59 | More by Billakowski
Photo of brahdeel


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-12-2012 17:06:16 | More by brahdeel
Photo of 11amoreno72


5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-10-2012 19:19:31 | More by 11amoreno72
Photo of soze47


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-09-2012 21:05:15 | More by soze47
Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
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