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Knuckle Sandwich - Bootlegger's Brewery

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885 Ratings
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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 448
Gots: 87 | 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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Smarty_Pints

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-05-2013 01:36:43 | More by Smarty_Pints
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

12-22-2012 01:54:33 | More by millerbuffoon
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-07-2014 03:36:23 | More by st9647v3
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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

09-29-2012 03:06:29 | More by Arbitrator
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-10-2012 19:13:44 | More by thewimperoo
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

deep dark orange. Perfect one finger of thick head. Nose is predominantly grapefruit, with a bit of spicy hop notes and pine. It’s the grapefruit that’s dominant though. Medium body. Decent malt character, but this one is all about the hops. First two thirds on the palette is fruity hop flavor, grapefruit rind and maybe peach. Back third is pleasant bittering. A great beer

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 13:34:09 | More by jbaker67
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-22-2014 22:55:44 | More by IrishColonial
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-16-2013 03:04:05 | More by Zbeetleman
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-15-2014 00:12:38 | More by egrace84
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-27-2014 02:09:08 | More by ThePorterSorter
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-28-2011 03:57:51 | More by 2dogbrew
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notchucknorris

California

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Definitely dark for a DIPA. Ruby color with a sand colored head that holds up pretty well.

S: Candied citrus, a little banana, some nice citrus hops and a little bit of funk as it warms.

T: I was expecting a little more from this one, but it's definitely one of the better DIPAs I've had. The citrus hops kick in pretty quick with some grapefruit pith and lemon rind. The malts come in before the hops are allowed to get too bitter but the hops return on the finish, which is pretty resiny. Mouthfeel is good and the carbonation is perfect. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 22:20:52 | More by notchucknorris
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber (2012) into dimple mug glass. This beer pours dark amber orange with a nice off-white pillow-y head. The nose was very nice where I picked up tons of cirtrusy notes – grape fruit, sweet malts. The taste was extremely smooth, massive grapefruit and a two punch malt-hop character. There was a nice hoppy and piney flavor to it as well. The high ABV was dangerously masked. Sweet malt backbone to balance the grapefruit and hop bitterness.This is a beer I would love to have any time!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 19:28:42 | More by CuriousMonk
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-12-2012 21:19:37 | More by hoppymcgee
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-06-2013 14:15:11 | More by Stinger80OH
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jampics2

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-14-2013 16:37:27 | More by jampics2
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured into a Victory snifter. No bottling date present, but assume this is from the spring/early summer due to trade time line.

A: Pours almost a clear amber color. Finger and a half off white head. Good lacing on the glass. Stickiness on the glass.

S: Really resiny floral smells. Lots of grapefruit, which is surprising from the appearance. There is some carmel malts.

T: A crisp hop bite on tip of tongue. A nice malt balance on the middle of the tongue. The finish is long. Really solid brew.

M: Medium bodied DIPA. Stays with you a while, but doesn't completely destroy.

O: First offering from this brewery, and I really liked it. Lived up to the hype. I want to try this again when a little fresher, but even with some time....great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 15:42:54 | More by inlimbo77
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akang

California

4/5  rDev -7%

07-12-2013 00:32:39 | More by akang
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-16-2014 21:13:57 | More by hollywood_15063
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Vanlingleipa for the chance to try this one.

A-Pours a murky amber with a frothy off white head and good lacing.

S-Delicious. Big blast of citrus hops with a lot of caramel malt behind it. Not very typical of the West Coast style, but very well balanced.

T-Very nicely balanced malt and hops. Sweet malt and citrus hops are on a very equal footing.

M-Medium bodied, a bit sticky woit good lingering bitterness.

O-Really delicious DIPA. Very well done.

HV

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 00:34:08 | More by sholland119
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Adamostella

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-22-2013 00:24:06 | More by Adamostella
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-26-2014 18:18:28 | More by lupercmda
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

10-03-2012 12:48:03 | More by atone315
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured from a bomber into pint glass. Deep deep copper appearance (this is a "pale" ale?). Not a whole lot of head.

S: Caramel with background of citrus.

T: Very malt-forward for an IPA with caramel-sweet malts & orange/floral hops. Good carbonation, and hop bitterness lasts but the sweetness does also.

M: Medium mouthfeel, not too heavy.

O: I really like this, but not sure how old the bottle is - there's no bottle date or "Best by" at all. I'm wondering if it has some age on it & the hop flavor has been diminished somewhat? I would be very interested in trying a bottle I knew to be very fresh Overall still excellent either way, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 05:19:11 | More by macrosmatic
Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.