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Broken Knuckle IPA - Roanoke Railhouse Brewery

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Broken Knuckle IPABroken Knuckle IPA

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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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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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -8.5%

ygtbsm94, Aug 19, 2013
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 yourefragile
1/5  rDev -69.5%

yourefragile, Jul 30, 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 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 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 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 Gatordaddy
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

Gatordaddy, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

lupercmda, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of VeganUndead
3/5  rDev -8.5%

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

AndrewMichael, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Drknight, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

rorjets, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of brother_kenneth
1/5  rDev -69.5%

brother_kenneth, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of freduardo
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

freduardo, Oct 15, 2012
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%

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

Camjmorton, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of bmjivi221
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

bmjivi221, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mosstrooper, Dec 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Shilt, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Sanchezrox23
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Sanchezrox23, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of davet100
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

davet100, May 22, 2014
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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Broken Knuckle IPA from Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.