Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery
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4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Grab a bottle every time I see it available! Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Lost Abbey teku.
A: Deep amber, almost ruby hue topped by a light tan head. Even after having this beer multiple times it is still slightly off putting seeing an ipa this dark. Despite its non-conformity still a good looking beer.
S: Massive, resinous hops up front. Mango, orange, and pineapple followed by sweet caramel malt.
T: Sweet tropical fruits and bitter pine followed by rich caramel sweetness. The malt character really accentuates the tropical aspect as the sweetness couples with the hops nicely. Bitter finish with a hint of warming alcohol.
M: Medium bodied for your average beer, but viscous for an ipa. Average carbonation.
O: This was the first DIPA I ever truly loved a few years ago,and it's easy to see why. While this amount of malt character in an ipa is now usually a detriment to a beer IMO, Bootleggers does a fantastic job of pairing a hefty malt sweetness with aggressive hop character in this one. The result is a beer that is far from the standard dry DIPAs with little to no malt character, but still an exceptionally balanced and well crafted brew. Love it!
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2014 01:51:43 | More by More_betterness
4.03/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Not been impressed with this brewery thus far. Still, this one approaches whale status, so I figured I'd see what the hype was about.
A: Rich ruby/amber. Half finger of off white head. Carbonation is moderate, with tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Retention is moderate, lacing is stellar.
S: Big caramel malts. Bruising, even. Hops are evergreen, grapefruit. Some alcohol in the nose. Underlying sweet stone fruit, hint tropical. Seems muted, given the name.
T: Much, much better than the nose. This one hits and hits hard. Hops are hugely sweet. Tons of stone fruit, tropical fruit. Spruce and pine and lemon peel on the end. Huge maltiness helps to accentuate the tropical hit. Sweetness is borderline cloying, but the bitterness pops in at the last second to balance it out. Fruitiness of the hops comes back into play in the finish. Very, very fruity finish. Not terribly dry.
M: Very light bodied for the crazy high abv. No alcohol detected whatsoever.
O: Not your dry west coast IPA. Way too malty for my taste, but the quality is there.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2014 06:55:00 | More by McStagger
Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.