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Sock Knocker | Coronado Brewing Company

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Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 08-14-2012

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice, clean, straw colored pour with a frothy off white foam cap and streaks of lacing too. Quite to floral bouquet aroma compliments the flavor matching the aroma with some citrus and pine. Medium carb and pretty smooth. I found I really enjoyed this quite a bit!

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Photo of BradenMK
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately I have no idea how old this bottle is, or where it even came from. It was gifted to me by a friend who themselves didn't know how old it was, and I've never seen it in Ohio before (being from Cali, I'm pretty sure they don't have distro here).


APPEARANCE (4.5) - Great cloudy-gold color with tight bubbles and patchy, clumpy lacing.

SMELL (3.75) - Good, but not awesome, there's a big, sweet barley note there, you can smell the cereal grains going on here, some caramel malt, and little else. Where are the hops?

TASTE (3.5) - Hm, definitely tasting stale by now. Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus, and Simcoe? Sounds awesome! But what I get tastes like... sweet green tea, freshly mowed grass, and a mild grapefruit rind finish. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it also shows it's flaws (and probably it's age).

FEEL (4.25) - Really quite exuberant in its carbonation lending a crisp yet creamy mouthfeel. Drying in the finish, yet medium-full and juicy at the start. Pretty great.

OVERALL (3.75) - I really would like to try this one fresh. The hop profile sounds like it should be great, and there are certainly some shadows of greatness happening in this one. I'm sure it's quite old by the time I'm trying it, as the flavor profile is reminding me of a months, months old Dale's Pale I had, though this is delivering a FAR more enjoyable experience. I think this is a good beer that is probably pretty great if it can be had fresh.

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Photo of delta490
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange with a creamier white head that has slight retention. It's still leaves some small sticky lacing. The aroma is mild but still has some nice floral and tropical fruit notes and a a hint of malt sweetness. The taste is much the same but with a hint of pine. The body is a little lighter but in line with the flavor profile and not watery or thin. Good to very good.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity piney resiny hops over some bready malts.

The flavor is biscuity malt with some sweet fruit and bitter tarry floral resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK DIPA.

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Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead in mid-July for $7.49. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured golden orange with a beautiful white head that is long lasting and leaving lacing behind.

Nose is citrus and floral hops.

Taste is very nice. Floral, citrus, light pine, and a hint of tropical fruit balance nicely with a delicate but large malt base.

Mouthfeel is light to medium but very smooth.

Overall this is one of Coronado's best efforts i have had to date. Not sure when it was bottled but give it a shot if you find it refrigerated!

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a semi-clear deep golden color with thick white head.

S: Piney and floral hops. Malty sweetness and freshly mown grass.

T/F: Taste is solid. There's a nice malt backbone with the right amount of evergreen and citrus notes for an Imperial IPA. A little grapefruit in the mix, and a bit of cooked vegetables as well.

O: A decent Imperial IPA but not a standout. I'd definitely drink it again but wouldn't specifically seek it out.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a light golden amber color with a bit of haze. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. Retention is okay, if not incredible - what is incredible is the amount of lacing that sticks to the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Even compared to other IPAs, a ton of grapefruit pops on the nose. The malt backbone is rather healthy - unlike other DIPAs, though, I get notes of table sugar and white bread instead of caramel and toffee. After a while, some of the latter malt notes do appear, as well as some weed, flowers, and pine. This is pretty interesting, I must say - it's more of an old-school west coast IPA rather than a new-school tropical fruit monster, and it works. (3.5)

Taste: This is a pretty dank brew. It starts off with a combination of sweet caramel malt (nose threw me for a bit of a loop...) and herbal hops, before gaining a bit of grapefruit on the back end. I'm disappointed it doesn't evolve much past those aforementioned qualities. It's a standard-tasting DIPA, for better or worse. (3)

Mouthfeel: Relatively full-bodied and sweet on the palate, but it's a DIPA. I definitely think it could be drier by the style's standards, though. Carbonation is a tad low, letting the syrupy body shine through. (3)

Overall: In terms of scratching the DIPA itch, it gets the job done well enough. The problem is, there are MANY others out there that scratch the itch a lot better. Worth getting a single bottle to try out, if nothing else. (3.25)

3.2/5: My socks are not knocked off

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Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark straw in color. The nose is citrusy and hoppy. The flavor follows the nose pretty much. There is a pleasantly bitter finish that makes for a great ending.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Eh. Lacks punch. Lacks excitement. Kind of a malty and piney glob. Boring. Way too many awesome beers out there to be wasting your time on stuff like this.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This beer starts as a beauty. Crystal-clear amber with a fluffy head and nice lacing. Unfortunately it smells and tastes (don't ask) like the 99.9%-of-bacteria-exterminating spray that I use to clean my toilet.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh, average at best. The taste offers some nice citrus and piney notes, but beyond that, it does nothing to advance the style. There's a little too much malt in the finish for my preference. It's a safe beer when choices are limited. That said, I won't be grabbing this one again. Glad I got the chance to try.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of NavyGoat
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of McSmack
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of snaotheus
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Sock Knocker from Coronado Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.