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Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

908 Ratings
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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 453
Gots: 94 | 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 Trueant1
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish orange hue, average white head. Nice lacing.
Smell is sweet malty, bready, pine, and floral.

well above average taste and mouthfeel. Taste is very malty sweet up front with alcoholic and sweet sweet fruits dominate. Pineapple, figs, grapefruit, and just pure dark sugars! An alcoholic taste mixed in with a perfectly carbonated mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is also sweet and medium bodied. This brew is a BIG surprise, unexpected. Great dipa!

Trueant1, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Lofreqwave
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Lofreqwave, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sebowski who is a great BA. But, he is really a doochebag since he is a Redskins fan and my long time Fantasy Football commish! Cheers.

Pours with a thin head. Nice lacing on the glass. Darker redish in color. Smells fairly sweet and citrusy. Taste is a classic West Coast hop bomb. I don't detect much of the alcohol which is dangerous with the ABV. Worth seeking if you are a hop head. Recommended.

Cheers!

SkinnyElvis, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Bootlegger's Brewery
Fullerton, CA

Thanks for sharing Sam!

Deep, dark, yet barely clear amber. Thick, off-white, persistent head that lasts, and lasts, and lasts. Sticky sheets of lacing down the glass.

This is one pungent and incredibly aromatic DIPA. Only a few have matched it in intensity...though when I really stick my nose in it, it's just a touch too sweet for my liking (though it's still good!). A lot of citrus hop aromatics, some sweet honey and lemon, and a bit of spicy black pepper.

Bitter yet balanced flavor. A ton of hops, a ton of citrus, and a good amount of caramel malt to balance. This DIPA does everything in sort of a West Coast meets East Coast type of way, then the hops take over and you remember who's boss! Really an incredible beer. Perhaps the first time I've actually been (literally) sad I don't have any more of this beer to fill my glass with...there's about 4oz. left sitting in my glass and I don't want to finish it...because then it'll be gone (until next year! (fingers crossed!)).

A rich, thick, and hearty mouthfeel, though incredibly drinkable.

An absolutely fantastic, hoppy, yet balanced, BIG DIPA.

This one ranks.

ehammond1, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Nickqb7
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Nickqb7, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Dirksen
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
Photo of champs86
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

champs86, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of adamsneighbor
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had knuckle sandwich on tap at the brewery it was exceptional.

The beer has very nice color a dark caramel brown color with good carbonation.

Aroma was excellent a good hop nose with floral, grassy notes not over bearing just right.

The taste was surprisingly smooth it had great hop/malt balance and for a 10% abv beer it was not boozy at all which surprised me.

Also this beer has great mouthfeel it has good body and just the right amount of carbonation to make an exceptional dipa thanks bootleggers.

adamsneighbor, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of rolandboy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

rolandboy, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of sorvats
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

sorvats, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Sisky
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Sisky, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of nick_asian
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

nick_asian, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of PowDay
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

PowDay, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Dirt
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Dirt, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Diomede, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of sofisdad
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

HaveUSeenMyCellar, May 13, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 2/4/11.
Thanks to Ultraman9000 for this one.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium amber colour with one finger of thick & bubbly off-white head that stuck around for a while. Translucent. Appears filtered.

S - Citrus hops hit the nose at first - grapefruit and tangerine - followed by a sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - Citrus and piney hops and a sweet caramel malt backbone. Very bitter, especially in the finish but overall a well balanced DIPA.

M - Medium body, chewy. Lightly carbonated.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Dspohn
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber for $7.99, into a tulip. I was told this bottle was very fresh but I dont believe there's any bottle dating info. It was delicious regardless.

It's really a great looking beer, bright red/orange with a good sized peach-tinged white head. Left lots of nice lacing, especially on the second pour. The aroma is intense, I could easily smell it from a few feet away right after it was poured. I'd say the smell is a touch better than the taste, but both are full of tropical fruits, pineapple, papaya and peach are are all pretty prominent. Not super heavy on bitterness or pine aspects, definitely what I'd consider to be more of a juicy, sweet IPA. Carbonation is right where it should be and the drinkability is off the chart with little evidence of alcohol. Pretty impressive for a 10% beer, I would've guessed it was around 7.5%. Comparable in flavor profile to Sculpin, Just Outstanding, or Summer Yulesmith, so check this beer out if you like those IPAs. One of the better IPAs I've tried recently, I really wish it was available locally but at least the brewery is only a few hours away.

Dspohn, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of nightwing002
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

nightwing002, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Beermister
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Beermister, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

FreshmanPour77, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Sergeh
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Sergeh, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half pint on tap at the brewery. This provided a much needed dose of lupulin after The Bruery's barrel tasting.

The beer is a darkish amber with a thin white head. Clarity is quite good.

The aroma is awesome. Huge resiny, sappy, evergreen goodness. A touch of dry biscuity malt, some candied grapefruit. More on the dry side, but there's a touch of sweet fruitiness.

It's light on the tongue, but massive in flavor. There's a lot of candied grapefruit and resiny pine. Some sugary sweetness too, but just a touch - this is far from being a malty DIPA. Strong but clean bitterness in the finish. This is a fantastic beer that I wish I could have enjoyed more of.

largadeer, Nov 30, 2010
Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.