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Broken Knuckle IPA - Roanoke Railhouse Brewery

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 21.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of RyanWo
4.58/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a stemmed glass to accentuate the aroma. Which brings me to the first note: aroma: it has grapefruit and other citrus tones, a hint of pine and slight floral notes from the hops and a slight fruit ester from the yeast.
The appearance is an ever so slightly turbid light copper color, turbidity probably from dry hopping, with a nice just off white, dense cap of foam.
The taste is balanced but slightly hop forward. Clean bitterness with nice grapefruit and citrus flavors from the hops and a slight malt presence to keep this beer in balance. Not the most extreme version of the style but definitely a very drinkable version. Mouthfeel is a nice light body with a nice amount of CO2 present that let's the hops shine through. I think this beer is at 7% abv and about 82 ibu, seems about right for this beer.

RyanWo, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +22%

robebo44, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Wmbolling
4/5  rDev +22%

Wmbolling, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of mbarnes0
4/5  rDev +22%

mbarnes0, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of jadams11
4/5  rDev +22%

jadams11, Jan 24, 2013
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 TechTriumph
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TechTriumph, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of gc4hokies
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A = amber golden and clear with a fairly white head. Head foams up nicely but dissipates very quickly

S = grassy earthy aroma with a slight aroma of pine. Nice

T = nice malty sweetness up front. Hop flavor is there without a lot of bitterness. A bit syrupy

M = nice but a bit under carbonated

Overall = a nice beer and a nice addition to Roanoke. Go Hokies!

gc4hokies, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in Lynchburg, no freshness date on bottle.

A - pours a hazy orange/amber color with a one-inch white head that dissipates to a thin head with a thicker ring. Good lacing for a basic IPA.

S - Hops, more pine than citrus. A little earthy with a faint trace of malts. Not particularly strong or distinct.

T - Nice balance of hops and malts. Drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA. A little bit of bitterness, but in no way is this a hop bomb. Not overly complex, but a very sessionable IPA (if it wasn't for the abv - there's no trace of alcohol in the taste at all).

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly creamy in texture. A little oily from the hops, but nothing too noticeable.

O - Roanoke's Railhouse IPA is a pleasant and well-done standard IPA. It won't blow you away, but it's a great start for a young brewery. Well worth checking out for a basic, no frills IPA. Always glad to support local brewing!

WMEugene, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ryfree
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%

ryfree, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of davet100
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

davet100, May 22, 2014
Photo of Brewfocker
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Brewfocker, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

lupercmda, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep amber-orange color with a one finger white head that fades relatively fast to leave a persistent film and a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is mainly a mix of sweet tangerine and grapefruit hop. Mixed with these aromas are some notes of an earthy hop aroma as well as some caramel smell.

Taste – A slightly sweeter bready flavor meets the tongue with a very light pine taste present as well. Quickly some flavors of a more citrus nature enter the taste. At the forefront they are more tangerine in nature, but as the taste advances more grapefruit hop enters the taste. In the end a rather satisfying blend of sweet, bread and hop are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just above side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Rather nice for the hoppy flavors but yet still very drinkable and refreshing with the moderate level of carbonation.

Overall –A rather easy drinking and yet tasty brew with a good balance between bready, sweet and hop.

Darkmagus82, Oct 20, 2012
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
Photo of orcsinspace
3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is the best beer available from Roanoke Railhouse outside of going to their taproom. It is a fairly unique tasting IPA, which is saying a lot because often I find that many IPA's can lose their uniqueness. It has more of a bread like flavor than bitter, and it has a really smooth finish for an IPA. I was surprised at how drinkable this beer was.

I found that it had smell better than many IPAs. It really complimented the overall taste because it was not extremely bold and had a character all its own, but still tasted like a rather strong IPA.

orcsinspace, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of cjgiant
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this a few times and liked it. This review is specific to this tasting, which comes after a few beers...

A: copper/amber and fairly clear. Average head, mild retention, ok lacing.
S: malty, floral, caramel, slightly metallic
T: sugary, raisin, piney, and sadly, little metallic. The sweete front taste doesn't fade enough for the bitter hops back end to shine. The combination ends up seeming metallic.
M: little too malty, sugar tingles taste buds early. Dryness does enter later, but sweetness wins out lingering.
O: not too bad an IPA, decent ABV, needs a little more complexity and maybe little less sweetness. I was hoping for more, but it is a smaller brewery.

cjgiant, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 11, 2014
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
Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

rorjets, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Camjmorton
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Camjmorton, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

AndrewMichael, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of cfinch2
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

cfinch2, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Brian15
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Brian15, Jul 30, 2012
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
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Broken Knuckle IPA from Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.