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Broken Knuckle IPA - Roanoke Railhouse Brewery

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 21.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Roanoke Railhouse Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dnolan36 on 09-26-2011)
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Reviews by dnolan36:
Photo of dnolan36
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brand new IPA from the one and only brewery in town. I was excited to finally get to try it. It was not to bad. I decent, easy drinking IPA. It is very earthy with a hint of citrus and slightly floral on the nose. Nice malt backbone and seamed pretty balanced. Overall not too bad for their first IPA. Also much better than two of their other beers I have had.

dnolan36, Sep 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight hazed burnt orange into an imperial nonic with a tight formed 1/2 finger white head that lasted well.Earthy and piney hops over top of a mildly sweet biscuit base,the hops seem a little light.Piney hops upfront on the palate with some of that before mentioned earthiness mixed with some caramel sweetness.Not overly complex but it's not bad,it could use some hop complexity and a beefed up body.

oberon, May 17, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying the Railhouse Brewery IPA....its ok....not nearly as good as other IPAs that are out there. The IPA pours a nice copper color with thin white head that is lacing slightly. The scent is a hop blast, but with six hops in the mix its hard to define the scent. To me there is aromas of floral / buttery mix...in addition to pine/spice....i think there may be a slight orange/tangerine as well. The taste is exactly like the discription....hop burst....it is a difficult mix to savor. To me its like when I was a kid and put all the Life Savors flavors together in my mouth....it was good, but not as good as one flavor or even two flavors. The six hops to me make this beer a bit over-done. However, this beer gives Railhouse some street cred....I think if they centered on a single hop or maybe up to three hop beer they could have an incredible beer. Mouthfeel was medium to full, carbonation was a little light. Overall, it is certaily worth a taste, especially for all the hop heads....but it was just ok for me.

WoodBrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tanner1980
3/5  rDev -8.5%

tanner1980, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of VeganUndead
3/5  rDev -8.5%

VeganUndead, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of jfmorey
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whole Foods in Vienna, VA

Pours a very clear orange amber, head diminishes to fair lacing.

The smell is mainly floral, with a little pine

The taste is also lightly floral, piney, with a resin aftertaste.

Overall a very satisfying IPA without the extremes that sometimes afflict the style.

jfmorey, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +22%

robebo44, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that quickly died down, leaving a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin film on the surface.
S: Sweet aromas of caramel and toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of piney hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with notes of pine resin and hints of associated hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable.
O: This beer reminds me a lot more like an English IPA because it isn't as hoppy or bitter as the American counterparts. Nonetheless, the sweet malt flavors make this an IPA that is quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

metter98, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of obywan59
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden orange to an amber depending on the background. An off white 2 1'2 finger leaves moderate but attractive lacing. Large, slowly rising bubbles of carbonation are evident.

Aroma is ripe citrus and pine, but seems to become more earthy as the beer warms.

Taste of sweet malt, and ripe citric and bitter hops. Earthy funk is a bit disconcerting early on, but in this case, it mellows out as the beer warms.

Medium to medium full bodied. Only lightly carbonated. Nice syrup. Some warmth in the throat from the alcohol.

Early on, this beer is pretty funky, both in aroma and in the aftertaste, but both taste and aroma improve greatly as the beer warms. The alcohol is hidden well and can sneak up on you. Definitely the best beer I've sampled from this brewery.

obywan59, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of freduardo
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

freduardo, Oct 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +22%

Wmbolling, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of TheRougeBastard
3/5  rDev -8.5%

TheRougeBastard, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bottle to Hess imperial pint glass on 11/22/11
*From notes

-- Purchased at The Wine Gourmet in Roanoke on 11/12/11 --

A: Filtered dark and rusty amber. A generous pour yields a 1.25 finger head which retains well. Decent lacing rims the walls of the glass as I drink.

S: Slightly fruity, but more then anything I'm getting a golden, earthy malt.

T: Certainly absent of excess. Not a whole lot of complexity. It's got a bitter streak to it, and the 7% ABV is nowhere to be found. If I hadn't known, I'd think this a sessionable APA.

M: A bit thin on the back side, but otherwise it's up to the task.

O: Ok, so I'll bite. I'm a bit of a Roanoke Railhouse homer, as it's brewed right by my sister's place. So when drinking their beers, I always think of her, and it makes me happy. And I'm ok with that.

The bottom line: This is an above average, blue collar type of IPA. It gets in there, busts it's ass and clocks out. If you're looking for fresh, local and pretty tasty east coast style IPA, check 'er out.

I'm looking forward to seeing the Railhouse's continued growth. Keep it up, guys.

Rhettroactive, Dec 21, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jtd335, Jul 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Drknight, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -8.5%

ygtbsm94, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear reddish amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy dark beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pine and earthy hops with some lighter notes of citrus/grapefruit pith and just a touch of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of biscuit malts with moderate amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by the flavors of hops - in descending order of strength, there are pine, earthy, and just a touch of citrus/grapefruit pith. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish. Slightly watery.

O: Pretty well balanced between the sweetness/bitterness but it is just a touch too watery for me. It was worth a try but not sure that I will be getting another of these.

dbrauneis, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of cyclonece09
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler into a liter mug. Pours a copper/amberish color with a large white head. Smells of malt and sweet hops, but nothing too strong. Tastes of sweeter hops and a bit of malt, which is pretty good combination. Has a bit of an aftertaste, but nothing too bad, and carbonation is perfect. Overall, a pretty good IPA, and something good that is local.

cyclonece09, Mar 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Sneslage, Jul 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

MarquisDeJohn, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of ryfree
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%

ryfree, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of mbarnes0
4/5  rDev +22%

mbarnes0, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

rorjets, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Edward-Nipplebrew
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rather cloudy copper color. Unlike anything I have tasted. But it is well balanced and has a great aroma of bread or rising dough. Not sure if that is from the several hops used or the type of yeast but I like smelling it more than drinking it. At 82 IBU's the fresh bread like smell couldn't possibly be from the yeast must I must attribute to the 6 different hops. I don't know any beer that utilizes that many hops without making a mess.

Edward-Nipplebrew, Feb 25, 2014
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Broken Knuckle IPA from Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.