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Broken Knuckle IPA - Roanoke Railhouse Brewery

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Broken Knuckle IPABroken Knuckle IPA

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 22.46%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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 rudolphjacksonm:
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3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

A - The bottle says "stunning copper color" and boy does it mean it. Color is almost flourescent copper and slightly cloudy. White head that dissipates pretty quickly with a nice residual layer. Beautiful lacing as well. 4.5

S - Hoppy aroma with a hint of apple and malt. The smell is interesting and unique, though one thing I've noticed is that there is a very faint odor of vinegar, which is somewhat unpleasant. 3.0

T - Sweet, malty, and very hoppy and bitter at the end. It's an interesting and balanced transition from start to finish. And that apple flavor shows up again in full force during mid-sip. The malt flavors are very sweet but not overly so, which are then countered by apple and hopnotes as the flavor goes from sweet, to slightly sour, to bittersweet. I think it's a bit too sweet for my taste but some may enjoy a break from the more bitter brews. 3.5

M - Very smooth with little carbonation tingle. More light-bodied than I would have expected. 3.0

O - The Railhouse IPA is an interesting take on an IPA. It's more sweet and lightbodied than any other IPA I've had, while somehow maintaining a very controlled balance over all of the flavors. I wouldn't say it's one of my personal favorites but I'm always supportive of Virginia brews, so I have to recommend this to some friends :P 3.5

12-16-2011 00:41:26 | More by rudolphjacksonm
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

05-17-2012 12:49:15 | More by oberon
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3.15/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

11-15-2011 00:44:58 | More by WoodBrew
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

08-31-2012 01:23:03 | More by tanner1980
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

03-31-2014 05:55:07 | More by VeganUndead
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3.93/5  rDev +20.9%

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.

04-22-2013 20:28:04 | More by jfmorey
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3.38/5  rDev +4%

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.

06-20-2013 05:28:25 | More by obywan59
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

10-15-2012 03:10:30 | More by freduardo
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

04-11-2012 01:32:12 | More by Wmbolling
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -7.7%

11-04-2013 02:23:18 | More by TheRougeBastard
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

12-21-2011 23:39:33 | More by Rhettroactive
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

07-30-2012 18:10:34 | More by jtd335
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

11-26-2013 19:48:47 | More by Drknight
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

08-19-2013 04:26:09 | More by ygtbsm94
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North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

07-18-2013 23:21:49 | More by dbrauneis
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3.68/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

03-04-2012 00:09:33 | More by cyclonece09
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev 0%

07-20-2013 03:06:31 | More by Sneslage
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

01-29-2012 01:30:49 | More by MarquisDeJohn
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

01-12-2012 21:03:46 | More by mbarnes0
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-19-2014 03:33:49 | More by rorjets
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3.45/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

02-25-2014 20:57:48 | More by Edward-Nipplebrew
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3.48/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright orange-amber color with a large slightly orange-tinted white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and yields fairly thick spots of lace.

Smell: Lemon, orange, and a touch of wood/earthiness.

Taste: Begins fruity and citric, roudning out to earthier and more bitter flavors around the finish. There is also some hint of toast in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation and a watery finish.

Overall: A good beer, but it is missing a few things here and there. Worth a look, or even multiple looks, but not necessarily anything to get overly excited about.

12-28-2011 02:58:07 | More by Mosstrooper
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-05-2013 00:02:21 | More by Camjmorton
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3.9/5  rDev +20%

From notes on 10/26/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Very crisp and clear; Medium copper color; Two inch white, bubbly head that lasts for a few minutes; Very good lacing about half way down the glass

S - Aroma is not overly strong for an IPA; Sweet, citrusy hop aroma with pine notes; Caramel, earthy malts also present

T - Nice balance of hops and malt; Piney, fresh-cut grass hop flavor hits first; Caramel, earthy, and toasty malts dominate the finish; Malts definitely mellow any hop flavors

M - Medium bodied; Finish is a little dry; Leaves a light oily coat on the tongue

O - I'm use to more hoppy and bitter IPA's, but the balance found in this one is pretty refreshing. This beer is very drinkable and enjoyable, and my favorite from Roanoke Railhouse thus far.

11-06-2011 13:29:52 | More by TechTriumph
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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

05-22-2014 00:23:13 | More by davet100
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Broken Knuckle IPA from Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
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