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Sock Knocker - Coronado Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 08-14-2012

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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 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 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 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 jeffjeff1
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My wife picked this up for me from her work the other day.

Appearance- clear golden color, nice size head

Smell- citrus, piney, grassy hops

Taste- citrus, piney, grassy hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Very good, I love the piney hop flavor in it. Some grassy hops too, very nice

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprise beermail from ThaFATkid. Poured from a growler into a Goose Island tulip. A really gorgeous pour with a clear, orange-gold color and a big fluffy sustained head. Lots of terrific tropical fruit notes on the nose. Big whiffs of oranges, grapefruit, peaches, and melons.

Medium body and a good, firm, silky smooth feel on this one. The flavor is just wonderful. Big bitter fruit flavors of grapefruit and oranges all well-balanced against a solid malt backbone that contributes just the right amount of sweetness and body. Toast, marmalade, and orange zest carry across the palate. The beer is quite bitter, but so well-balanced it is extremely drinkable. No trace of booziness. Finishes fairly strong, leaving flavors of orange rind and jolly ranchers behind.

Wow! A terrific IIPA. Brewers everywhere seem to be perfecting the notion of a big, fruity, citrus-flavor-overloaded IIPA. I couldn't be happier. IPAs and IIPAs with big tropical fruit characters are what this style is all about. Awesome!

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bomber.

A: Pours clear and orange with 1-finger thick white head which leaves rings, stringers and spots of lace.

N: Bright orange and tangerine citrus fruits, pine resin, dominantly floral, herbal and dank.

T: Juicy citrus and pine, resiny, floral and herbal. Quite a robust hop forward citrus centered and midly malty.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and bitter finish.

O: Good and hoppy. ABV present but not overwhelming. Socks still on.

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

Tasting notes from 22oz bottle – taken on 07/26/13 with my FW snifter glass

A: Pours very clear and light caramel color body with a half finger of khaki froth on top. Displays a decent hang time with some slippery slings of lace drooping down the glass after each sip.

S: The nose is full of bright citrus-grapefruit aromas with splashes of tropical floras and some gooseberry. There is a bit of danky green herb mixed in and some underlying caramel malt sweetness. Really pungent and fantastic hop nose.

T: Massive hop bomb chalked full of grapefruit, pine, and light tropics. Has a touch of gooseberry likeness with a high charge of peppery bitterness mid palate. There is a weedy herbal finish and dash of green onion coming through. Light caramel kiss of sweetness reigns in the balance and asserts some mild alcohol notes. This one is resinous with citrus perking all throughout. Sugary bits of tangerines and lemon peels. Awesome brew!

M: On the lighter side of a moderate body that has a very nice dry lifting crisp on the finish. Real frothy feel overall with a high level of puckering bitterness and long lasting residual coat of hop oils.

D: A very nice and enjoyable DIPA from Coronado. Big resinous citrus and danky pine hops with enough malt to balance and some creeping alcohol. Would put this one up there with Palate Wrecker and Bad Boy.
Definitely worth checking this one out again.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving tons of spotty lacing.

S - The aroma is resinous hops, citrus, and light caramel malts.

T - The flavor starts with a heavy dose of piney resinous hops. The hops fade into sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, and orange. The finish has a light hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Dry finish.

O - This is a nice DIPA with a good balance of flavors. This isn't introducing anything new to game, but still a solid beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

650ml brown glass bottle with printed-on label art and standard branded pressure cap acquired at a SoCal bottle shop for $6.99 and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. 8.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess, nice thickness. Not much froth. Retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes. Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is clear copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

An appealing appearance for the style overall, but ultimately pretty standard fare. By no means unique or special. No overt flaws are immediately obvious. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Bursts of pleasant hop notes: floral hops, some nectary character, citurs, and pine. Quite appealing and definitely hoppy to style. Clean pale malts complement the hops well. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

T: Floral and piney hop character dominates, with light citrusy and a bit of nectary quality as well. Unfortunately, there's some naked hop bitterness in the third act, which reveals this beer's relative lack of balance. Clean pale malts provide the unobtrusive foundation. No yeast character comes through, but I do get a bit of alcohol. The pine is a highlight. Little complexity or subtlety; it's quite straightforward with little flarish. An enjoyable build for an Imperial IPA. I like it.

Flavour intensity and duration are average. Flavour depth is low; it's fairly shallow. Average amplitude.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not quite refreshing. Nectary; a bit sticky. Thick - perhaps a bit too much so. Overcarbonated, making it come across as overbearing on the palate. Okay presence.

Dr: A downable but forgettable brew from Coronado. I see little need to return to it, but it adequately scratches the IPA itch. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a decent little brew. Doesn't hide its ABV great. Has some nice hop choices, but never really hits the sweet spot - largely due to its lack of balance.

C+

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 mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber in the Duvel tulip. Nice white foam with some lacing, but it doesn't stick around with any conviction. However, it's pleasantly spritzy in the mouth. Very fragrant with a odd but interesting fruitiness.

Plenty of the big hop flavors. Eventually the long bitterness catches up, but it's not a bite right off. Light bodied and tangy. Some plain malt flavors with a fair amount of sweetness. Hot and fumey with alcohol. Apple flavors with something tropical in the hops. Just a scratch of pine in the long bitter finish.

A fairly drinkable DIPA with plenty of octane. It's a nice hop flavor and the rest of the bottle will go to juice up the cheap lager. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.

Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in the half pint at Papago's Hopageddon festival.

Pale wheat gold with a touch of haze. Head is a nice, fluffy inch of marshmallow cream.

Bright, intense nose. Fresh-cut grass, a mix of tropical and dank notes, some funky orange peel.

Much more tropical in the flavor, with lots of pineapple and mango. Grass, weed, alcohol. Resinous, but in a sugary, fruity way.

Soft, whipped body. Fluffy. Mild carbonation breaks the brew into gentle fizz. Moderate bitterness.

Very nice. Good tropical hop flavors. Bright, funky, resinous.

Photo of srandycarter
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light clear honey, small head leaves fast to thin disk then ring. Lots of cling lace.

S - Definitely on the citrus and cat pee side on hops, malt comes through as well as a little booze.

T - Big malt squashed in no uncertain terms by the hops.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, very nice balance.

D - I like this one. Would do it again.

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 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 UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same along with an alcohol kick and a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

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 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 DocJitsu
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep golden color with a quickly dissipating antique white head. Big grapefruit and peat aromas bounce from the glass. This is a big fella! If it's possible for something to caress and assault the palate all at once, then this is that paradox. Mouthfeel is wet, but that alcohol/hope burn is a spicy meatball. Grapefruit esters bitter this beer nicely.

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 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.

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Sock Knocker from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.