Sock Knocker - Coronado Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 336
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 71 | 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 UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (683 characters)

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (210 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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! (1,989 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (155 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -18%
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+ (2,296 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,485 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,201 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a very lightly hazy, almost clear, light gold color with about an inch of white head that decent retention and no lacing.

The aroma was mostly piney hops, with some light floral aspects, and no real malt presence. Well, in something of a surprise, there was just a very light pine taste, but a really strong citrus component. I got zero citrus in the nose, so it was quite the surprise. There was no malt flavors and the beer had a sharply bitter finish.

The body was average for the style, and the bitterness lingered far too long to be enjoyable. Drinkability was OK, but this is probably a 1 & done for me. Overall, an average example of the style. Not worth seeking out, but not a total waste of time either. (752 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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! (860 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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 (1,535 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (159 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is going to be a quick review. I normally spend some time analyzing each aspect of the beer according to the guidlines set forth by the BeerAdvocate head honchos, but I feel I can surmize my opinions of this quite succinctly.

A: Normal. Orangeish hue with a smallish white head.

S: Malt, alcohol, sweet taffy, not for me.

T: quite sweet, malty, hops aloof

M: syrupy, sticky, cloying, nasty

O: pass

Kind of a mish mosh of english IPA and english barleywine, neither of which interest me. Coronado is in California, right? (534 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (892 characters)

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Sock Knocker from Coronado Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.