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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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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 freduardo
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

freduardo, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of tanner1980
3/5  rDev -8.3%

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

SlaughteredWolf, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of jtd335
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

jtd335, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Brian15
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Brian15, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +7%

AndrewMichael, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

Gatordaddy, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of cfinch2
3.5/5  rDev +7%

cfinch2, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Brewfocker
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Brewfocker, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%

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 Wmbolling
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Wmbolling, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of cyclonece09
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%

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 MarquisDeJohn
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

MarquisDeJohn, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of mbarnes0
4/5  rDev +22.3%

mbarnes0, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%

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 Mosstrooper
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

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
Photo of Shilt
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Shilt, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev +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.

Rhettroactive, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.4/5  rDev +4%

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
Photo of gc4hokies
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%

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 WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%

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 TechTriumph
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%

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 7ate9
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%

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
Photo of RyanWo
4.58/5  rDev +40.1%

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
Broken Knuckle IPA from Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.