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Sock Knocker - Coronado Brewing Company

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88
very good

251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 08-14-2012

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Ratings: 251 | Reviews: 37
Photo of NavyGoat
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the Sock Knocker IPA and it was good but like my last review of one of their beers, good but not great. I think that there location and vibe is really nice - after two of their beers, good beers but missing the wow factor!

Photo of hopFroth
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Knoxville. Hop profile increases through pours. Delicious.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Clear orange gold color with light bubbles to the body, head rises to a minimum coming off straight white to about maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Citrus scent makes you think of lemon skin or grapefruit merged with a dose of hops. I have to say it is quite appealing.

Taste: I am always brutally honest and honestly I don't think this DIPA introduces anything new to the realm of DIPAs at all. Strong malts though, and smooth bitterness that obviously comes from it's hoppy features.

Mouth: Medium bodied at best but I admit it's very sticky. Chewy even and a toasty bread feel.

Overall: Not a bad brew, had it in my fridge and picked up it up in lie of not finding one of my favorite brews and obviously always have to consider other new beers. Ids it worth hunting for, I think not but worth sharing with a friend. Salud!

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 ml poured into a tulip. A slightly cloudy light gold color with an impressive five fingers of frothy creamy white head that maintains form well. Leaves nice clean rings of lacing down the glass.

Aroma is citrus rind, fresh-cut flowers, peppery resinous spice, and low key caramel malts. Mostly getting the floral elements with citrus in second place. Not particularly sweet or otherwise fruity. I might suggest using this as the demo should someone ask what the "floral" note in hops smells like.

The palate is sweeter than the nose, much like this brewery's Idiot IPA, although the botanical tannic bitterness shines though well. The label refers to "obscene hop overload" and largely delivers on this claim. There is an underlying caramel and tropical fruit bubble gum sweetness but a far more prominent floral green pungency ... Somewhere between over-steeped jasmine green tea and pure grapefruit pith (or a combination of the two). As the nose suggests, more floral than piney, at least at first. A curious nitric whiff of smoke. If anything, the resins gain power as one proceeds through a pint. Maybe getting some peach or apricot notes as the bitterness receptors calm down ... A whiff of mango and papaya. Is now reminding me of a slightly less complex Green Flash Palate Wrecker, with the pine or spruce needle notes gathering steam. Perhaps a mustard-like heat. The 8.5% ABV is buried underneath the hops.

Fairly crisp and clean, does not come across as heavy or cloying. Moderate carbonation. Finish evokes strong tea. Dry to the point of parching, with huge lingering tannins, almost woody.

Suffice to say, make sure you like the aggressive aspects of the hop universe before you wander this particular path.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light yellowish gold color, with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruit citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works well for this beer and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid prototypical West Coast 2IPA to drink for a long time.

Photo of smaddock
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay but there are better double IPAs for the same price

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glowing hazy orange body, topped by a small level slightly off-white head. Thorough lacing.

Very inviting citrus and floral nose.

Sweetness up front, but not a real foundation. An orchard of juicy fruit and a garden of floral. Bitter nip, not big. Bit of pine.

Prickly medium mouthfeel.

A good, tasty, enjoyable IIPA. Worth a try at the very least.

Photo of kkleu357
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow body with a small fast dissipating head. Resin floral aroma. Has sort of a cap gun smell. Taste is resin taste with lots of grapefruit. It’s ok.

Photo of McSmack
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Good solid refreshing DIPA. I'm not sure why people are giving this a sub par review. Or maybe because I live where they brew this I always get it fresh. IMHO Sock Knocker is Coronado's best IPA in their lineup. Great refreshing grapefruit notes definitely trying to profile after Sculpin. Great beer!

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, gold color. Frothy head that settles slowly and in a lumpy fashion. Webby lace on the glass.

Beyond the usual IPA smells of mostly floral hop and a solid malt base, there appears to be a cooked cabbage-like sourness. A bit distracting.

Solid malt start to this DIPA. The hop never kicks in as viciously as most. The aftertaste is lengthy but mild. Most noticeable is the warming alcohol which is omnipresent. The carbonation is quite low and the body is appropriate for the style. Overall, it comes across as creamy. This is an easy to drink DIPA.

Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. I like the California Prop warning on the side of the label - I guess I shan't be licking the outside of the bottle now, huh, or allowing my potentially pregnant wife to either?

This beer pours a hazy, tarnished medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rocky eggshell white head, which leaves some decent craggy, gnarled tree branch lace around the glass as it graciously subsides.

It smells of musty, somewhat dank pine needles and petrichor, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit (the subtleties are there, I swear!) rind, bready, crackery pale malt, a bit of concrete dust, and further floral, grassy, and mildly perfumed hops. The taste is actually malt-forward (who'd a thunk it?), a grainy caramel/toffee sweetness appearing as if out of thin air, sublimating the poor pale ale notes of titular lore, and likewise pushing the forest floor and fresh fruit bowl citrus players aside, but hardly out of the game. The booze, for its part, starts to act like it knows the owner, and wheedles its way inside, farther than maybe it should.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, but still well supportive, the body a stoic medium-full weight, and more or less smooth, the hops sort of looking the other way, but in their absence, the booze just sidles right in. It finishes off-dry, the now retreating caramel malt taking with it the memory of that day it bested an otherwise stellar array of citrusy, piney, leafy, floral, dank, grassy - well you get the idea - hops.

I should really give this one another go against the Idiot DIPA from this very same outfit - I don't recall enjoying that one as much as I am currently slobbering all over this one. They've kept it all-American in the hop bill, so kudos for not succumbing to the temptation of antipodean enhancers, as it were. Nope, still big 'n brash 'n West Coast to the nuts - and thanks, I guess, for keeping my proverbial socks intact, and for making me look forward to the rest of this bomber!

Photo of snaotheus
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. No noticeable date on the bottle.

Pours very slightly hazy, golden with just a slight copper tint. Medium-small white head which dissipates slowly. Medium amount of active carbonation. Smell is piney, slight floral, some breadiness.

Taste is bready and fairly bland. If you look for it, there's a splash of citrus up front, but it's not dominant. A little juicy sweetness. Maybe this is past its prime (no date).

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Overall, it's fine. Nothing to brag about, but not a drainpour.

Photo of kflorence
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear, copper in color with hints of gold and amber. A decent amount of head sits atop but quickly subsides to a thin layer of cream. Carbonation levels look normal to low. There's quite a bit of oil and foam sticking to the edge of the glass as you drink. Exactly what I would expect from a double IPA, though I could use a bit more head retention.

S: Thick and aromatic with tons of spicy, floral and tropical fruit hops. Notes of mango, peach and apricot dominate a solid, bready malt backbone.

T: Bready up front followed by a spicy, floral hop avalanche. Not terribly fruity on the tongue. Finishes bitter with hop spice and toasted malts. Not terribly complex but very potent.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation and ample chewiness. The hop oils coat the tongue a bit and the finish seems to last forever. A bit of a palate wrecker. Not very drinkable, though being a double IPA at 8.5% ABV I wouldn't expect it to be. Warming.

O: Another great offering from CBC, this one can stand proud amongst some of the other west coast DIPA's and is sure to please the hop enthusiast near you. Personally I prefer my DIPA's a bit more on the citrus spectrum, but I know a good brew when I find one. Cheers!

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep gold hazy ale; few fingers of ivory foam trailed sheets of lace behind

S: aromatic floral and citrus notes atop some pine; also some orchard fruit maltiness - slightly herbal

T: modestly bitter, focus on flowers and citrus; some earthiness and spice underneath pale fruits sugars and spice; sharp and herbal; a vigorous underlying pine and woodsy character

M: medium-bodied and smooth, subtle bitterness, slight tingliness; runs toward the lighter, drier DIPA spectrum, which is preferential to my tastes

O: really great without doing anything particularly new - but I like these DIPAs that are closer to an IPA than a barleywine - the hops are potent without this being a bitterness bomb; the malts are established enough to support this, and help keep it from being a hop bomb. Well-balanced, I guess, although you know I mean that relative the extremes this style can produce.

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a nice, foamy head; quite a smattering of lace as the beer is consumed

Smell: Resinous, with tangerine, lemon and pineapple tones; a bit sugary

Taste: Sweet but not cloying, up front, with the tangerine, lemon and pineapple flavors quickly taking over; after the swallow the fruit fades a bit while the resinous bitterness builds; some residual sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: In a world of great DIPAs, this isn't one of them; it's not bad but not one that I would put anywhere near the top of the list; if I had a really fresh example I might have a different opinion

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold/orange with a thick white cap of fine bubbles. Good head retention with plenty of sticky, clumpy lacing. Hoppy aroma, lots of pine and citrus, grapefruit, pith, pineapple, tropical, really fruity with some sweetness backing it up. The flavour was fairly balanced, some bitterness up front followed by sugary and malty sweetness, with citrus and fruity hops at the end. A bit of warmth in the finish, lingering orange and pine bitterness. Full to heavy body with medium/low carbonation, sticky, mild alcohol. Decent, but a little on the sweet and sugary side, which hid a bit of the hop and alcohol character.

Photo of slackattack
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from 650ml bottle.

A- clear, light copperish with thin head that rapidly disappears.

S- you know this is going to have some hop attitude. Strong citrus and pine right in your face

T- unfortunately disappointing for me. Started out pleasantly hoppy but got soapy and oddly sweet in the aftertaste.

M- nothing worth complaining about, typical for an IIPA

O- yea like I said, a little off for me. The sweetness of the malt and the hops clashed. Not even close to a drain pour, but not even close to a repeat purchase

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a semi-hazed, yet glowing orange color. Head is a very solid wedge of foam. Lacing is rather subtle.

S-The quartet of Amarillo. Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe hops bring about a reasonably potent mixture of hoppiness. It doesn't go much further past citrus in my book. It's also very tangy smelling. Dried grain and bread malt.

T-Unfortunately, I get some buttery diacetyl on the finish. Otherwise, I taste candied citrus, sweet grapefruits and an overall tangy hoppiness. Pretty straightforward. A mix of pale and caramel malt.

M-Fuller bodied. Alcohol is noticeable but at 8.5%, it's not bad. Bitterness is pretty standard for the style.

O-This beer really just sinks into the abyss of mediocrity and 'genericness'. It's not bad! It's not special, either.

Photo of deegan42
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer! Crisp golden appearance that has become one of the best characteristics of a double IPA. The smell is very good and almost overpowering. The amount of Dry hops must have been crazy. It tastes just like it smells, wonderful! Big west coast hops with a nice dank finish. I think that the citrus is more of an undertone with the dank stank taking over after a while. This is what hop heads crave. The mouthfeel is nice and light. Its a beer that you could drink way too easily. My only gripe was that my bottle seemed a bit undercarbonated. I am way out in NC though so it may have been due to shipping.

Overall this is a great beer to try. I am enjoying the hell out of it right now and if there are a few more at the store i may have to snag them!

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance

Transparrent golden amber, white frothy head with medium lacing. Almost looks like a typical amber lager

Nose

Fresh-bold hops, citrus, slight yeast, medium malt, slightly sugary, vegetal notes

Palate

Initially the hop flavor comes in smooth and then explodes on the tongue which them simmers and smolders into a bitter rich hop finish. Additional notes of Oranges and yeasty banana tones

Overly

Another dangerously drinkable beer from Coronado. Smooth and medium bodied with all the notable characteristics that hop heads love. I greatly appreciate the fresh hop flavor that I’m coming to notice is a characteristic in all of Coronado’s hopped beers. They always taste great and the hops don’t taste stale, old or tired. Another wonderful beer.

-BeerandwhiskeyHQ.com

Photo of santomark
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - This brewery is coming up! Wow. Pours a great orange, yellow, gold mix, very little head, perhaps 1 finger, mild retention.

S - Smells amazing, spices, and the hop profile really shines through. You get the tropic smell, citrus, bitter, sweet, pine, molasses, the mild bready, a bit of the malt, just a great nose.

T - The taste is amazing, It's unique forsure, the best way to describe it is tangerine like, then pineapple, then lime, then sweeter flavors coming through, then back up with a pine, earthy tone.

M - The mouthfeel is light to medium, which is hard to believe for a beer of this quality and abv.

O - Overall, this is an amazing beer, and should be on your list. WILL HAVE AGAIN!

Photo of kaseydad
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wife surprised me with this gem.

Pours a pretty clear orange/amber colored ale with a nice off-white foamy head with decent retention.

Lots of citrus abounds the senses here. Oranges, grapefruits, pineapple, tangerine....and insert your own citrus and it's probably there. Some nice pine scents and a touch of grass.

The taste is they way I like my IPA's. A lot of up front bittering citrus and just a tad bit of malt. The malt is definitely there, but comes through in the backbone of this brew. Just a slight bitter aftertaste. Really a nice combo of hops and malt.

Big mouthfeel here.

Overall I was very impressed. I wasn't a huge fan of Coronado but this one may make me revisit some of their beers. This is a BIG flavored IPA and though the price point was a bit high IMO (8.99), it was a very good beer for the style. Plus there's a mermaid with a pitcher of beer on the bottle and who doesn't love a mermaid. But Aquaman was, and still is a wimp.

Photo of cjgator3
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin off-white head that quickly turns into a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is fresh citrusy and piney hops and lots of it with some alcohol coming through in the aroma as well. This smells like it is going to be a West coast Imperial IPA through and through. Smells fantastic!

T- The taste like the aroma is big on the hops with big citrus (orange and grapefruit) flavors coming from the hops and lingering well into the finish. The finish also has some warmth from the alcohol, but it is not too distracting from the flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Sock Knocker from Coronado Brewing is a fine example of an Imperial IPA from the West coast. Pick this one up to try if you are a hop head. Recommended!

Photo of lsummers
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fantstic bright orange. Nicely semi clear with really attractive cream coloured skim of a head that sticks.

Smells like a grapefruit hop bomb. Tons of pine and tropical notes. Taste is much the same with that really fresh grapefruit that's almost slightly under ripe creating a nice bitterness. Some slight malt creaminess poking through but largely being covered up. Subtle orange zest and a hint of its abv showing.

Nicely viscious and sticky which lends itself to the sweetness of the beer. Moderate amount of carbonation keeps it drinkable. Overall this is a great double ipa, a west coast style for sure. This isn't my go to DIPA but I could see this easily being someone's.

Photo of MacQ32
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brightish yellow with a hint of gold with nearly a finger of near white head, absolutely perfect lacing, solid retention as well.

S - Tons of fresh grapefruit, orange, citrus rind, mild sweet malts, pears and grainyness.

T - Fantastic refreshing citrus loaded bitterness up front, transitions into a mostly dry acidic hoppyness, the finish is resinous and a hint of alcohol peaks through. Aftertaste is dry bitterness, mild alcohol burn, and a hint of citrus. Any sweetness/grainyness is overpowered.

M - Lightish bodied and refreshing with appropriate carbonation.

O - Quite tasty, powerful citrusy hop bitterness, the finish is mildly off putting. Still a delight to drink, dont get me wrong.

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Sock Knocker from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.