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Broken Knuckle IPA - Roanoke Railhouse Brewery

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Broken Knuckle IPABroken Knuckle IPA

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 21.71%
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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1/5  rDev -69.4%

Claytonbrewsby, Apr 10, 2014
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1/5  rDev -69.4%

yourefragile, Jul 30, 2013
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1/5  rDev -69.4%

brother_kenneth, Aug 25, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

Gatordaddy, Jul 11, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

MarquisDeJohn, Jan 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

bmjivi221, Jul 21, 2013
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2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A nice burnt orange hue. big soapy lookin' bubbles appear only after throwing the beer into the glass with a big wind-up. The big'uns join and pop into a small ring of bitty bubbles 'round the glass that can't be considered a head and leave no lacing. Nearing lifeless. The smell has more earthy, wet grainy like aromas than hops. There is a small bit of sulphury stink. The hops in the background are saying orange and pine. The balance is nice, bit of malt up front with just the right smack of hop bitterness on the finish. The flavors are a bit hollow midpalate, and what flavors there are lean towards the simple pine-bitter. The carbonation is too low on this one. Just barely fizzed up. Although it doesn't suffer too much from it, as it still has a pleasing weight on the palate and doesn't come accross completely dead. The tap version surely remedies this problem. It could be the best beer from this brewery, and would give it another try on tap to see what proper carbonation does to the beer.

7ate9, Oct 10, 2011
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

tanner1980, Aug 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

VeganUndead, Mar 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

TheRougeBastard, Nov 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

ygtbsm94, Aug 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

JHendu, Jul 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

SlaughteredWolf, Aug 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Shilt, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

JohnathanColeman, Jun 21, 2014
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3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

freduardo, Oct 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

jtd335, Jul 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Drknight, Nov 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Sneslage, Jul 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

NokeBeerLover540, Sep 02, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

rudolphjacksonm, Dec 16, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
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
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3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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
76 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.