Sock Knocker - Coronado Brewing Company

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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 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 milwaukee512
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent beer. Looks and smells great, and the flavor matches the citrus and floral hop notes from the smell perfectly. Just the right amount of carbonation and lightness to make this an easy to drink beer, for a DIPA. Best Coronado product I've tried.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/23/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, cracker, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, cracker, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange zest, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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 smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Bright white and creamy topped four to three finger tall head. Nice island mountain top in middle as it descends slowly, not budging barely with lots of retention and staying power. Body color is interesting, lighter yellow brass body, with a good amount of pinhead rising carbonation. Slightly muddy with the clarity still coming through though. Interesting and neat looking brew.

Classic West coast profile, juicy fruit hop profile but with some added touches. Tropical notes and slight floral green earth tones in the match as well. Fruit and sweetness come first with an earthy bent taking over later and dominating. Slightly piny and woody also, real nice profile.

Palate lays it out nice and simply. Lightly juiced mouthfeel, contributing to more tropical fruit aromas and flavors in the mid palate upon first sip. Hints of guava and some papaya like character. Airy aftertaste and mild sweetness coupled with a very controlled bitterness. Earthy quality gets downplayed a bit and almost a little powdery grain kicks in slightly.

Overall good solid brew, with the hop angle being more impressive on the nose than in the palate.

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 rack0flamb
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't live up to 2014 release IMO. Could be that my palette has changed but 2015 release seems to be mediocre.

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 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 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!

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Sock Knocker from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.