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Sock Knocker - Coronado Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 08-14-2012)
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4/5  rDev +2%

Sammy, Nov 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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

brentk56, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

GRG1313, Sep 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

kylehay2004, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

SocalKicks, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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 outfit - I don't recall enjoying that one as much as 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!

biboergosum, Jul 26, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

mactrail, Jul 25, 2013
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3.78/5  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.

smcolw, Jul 27, 2014
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3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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+

kojevergas, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Halcyondays, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

plaid75, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of DrJay
3.74/5  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.

DrJay, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

ShanePB, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

PEIhop, May 27, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

beertunes, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

tobelerone, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Cynic-ale, Aug 09, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

cjgator3, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

AngusOg, May 08, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

VelvetExtract, May 25, 2014
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Sock Knocker from Coronado Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.