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Broken Knuckle IPA - Roanoke Railhouse Brewery

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Broken Knuckle IPABroken Knuckle IPA

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77
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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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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.

Photo of jadams11
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

Photo of freduardo
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of SlaughteredWolf
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jtd335
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Brian15
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Gatordaddy
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Brewfocker
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

Photo of Wmbolling
4/5  rDev +22%

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.

Photo of MarquisDeJohn
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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!

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.

Photo of Shilt
3/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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!

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.

Broken Knuckle IPA from Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.