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Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

958 Ratings
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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 452
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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Photo of SDtastentune
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark amber orange yellow, good lace, good head but I pour it slow!

S - Citrus zesty hops, dank pine, kushy??

T - Citus & some hops, more zesty and balanced grapefruit kinda fruits but has a great manageable aftertaste

M - Medium to more carbonation, I like that though. Great balance with a not over the top aftertate surprises me for a 10% DIPA

D - I think this drinks easy for a 10% DIPA, But very flavorful and rich, reminds me of an Islander IPA from Coronado brewing. Thumbs WAY up for a brewery doing it right outta nowhere!

SDtastentune, Dec 12, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

sillyhed8, Apr 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

OscarO67, Mar 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

TongaPerkins, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of pjkelley82
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this (along with other dipa's) at a East VS. West Dipa Head to Head Showdown I hosted on 8/27/13

Got this one via trade... a great beer...

Round 2 East DFH 90 West Knuckle Sandwich

Overall I picked 90 over this one but this was no easy battle. Quite honestly this was the hardest choice of all the rounds... it was a split decision with 90 winning appearance and mouthfeel but not by much.. color for me went to ks along with taste and smell. Ks was a hell of a lot smoother and easy going with a nice juicy feel to it. I'm glad I have a little left over to enjoy abooouuuut... now! Ks placed 8th of 10

pjkelley82, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of JeffBob
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from tap at Bootleggers brewery into a beer glass.
A Great 1/2 inch of foam
S aroma of fantastic hoppy piney sweetness.
T At first bitter hops then sweetness hits you fading away to a nice bitter hop aftertaste.
M bitter dry and smooth
O just fantastic this beer ruined most IPA's for me.

JeffBob, Apr 17, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cant say enough good things. If you like a sweet DIPA with a hop bite, this is the beer for you. Thank you Beerdsy. Everything melds beautifully. You taste the sweetness of orange and have very little bite or after bite from the hops presence. Would mos def recommend this beer to any one looking for a hop forward beer, who is looking for more than malt sweetness.

biglobo8971, Aug 07, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +10%

dagubna, Sep 17, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Across the bored a great DIPA! Pretty color, nice head. Great pine, and pineapple notes on the nose. Taste follows suit with the pine and pineaple and many floral notes. If this were easily accesible for me it would be on the top of my list for must haves all the time!

MikeytotheB, Sep 03, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Green Jug for always having Bootleggers, and this recomendation, as well as the closest place besides WF-Santa Clarita that serves my Bottleggers fix from Oakland. On with the beer. Deep amber pour, big and sweet citrus on the smell and taste. The taste is smooth, get's a little more boozy as it warms but way to drinkable at 10%. great beer, need more.

update 1-7-11; one of the most consistant DIPA's out there.

chickencoop, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of aknight
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a malty dark copper, or light brown if you will. The head grows to a finger or so and never really disappears. The smell is of faint citrus and MASSIVE pineapple. Seriously, I think someone spilled a can of Dole in here. There is definite pineapple on the pallet. There are a truckload of hops in here, there's a truckload of malt too. This is just a MASSIVE DIPA any way you look at it. A nice malty DIPA. Not as malty as some but maltier than us West Coasters typically like them.

This is another great DIPA from California. Maltier than most out here but if a malty DIPA was done this well who am I to disagree?

aknight, Jul 31, 2011
Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.