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White Knuckle Double IPA - Marin Brewing Company

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White Knuckle Double IPAWhite Knuckle Double IPA

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343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 141
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-08-2002

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Ratings: 343 | Reviews: 252
Photo of rblib
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden ash with cloudy lacing. The fruity notes are overtaken by the ever present ABV balanced with bitter hop flavor. I like it.

Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big pear, grapefruit, and resin in aroma, with a light caramel and toasted malt backbone.

More on the bitter side of flavoring, with a nice caramel malt backbone. Citrusy, resiny, grassy, and tropical hops keep things interesting. A little more bitter than I prefer.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Minty, grassy nose. Pours brilliant amber under a 2” white foam cap that slowly descends to a thick film. Produces thick lace. Very creamy palate with fruit, malt, biscuit to graham cracker in the background, slight caramel, melon and orange finishing with a slight herbal astringency. Medium full body and creamy carbonation.

Photo of turfy
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Poured a deep golden amber with an off white that disappated fairly quickly, leaving behind a consistent thin film and a nice ring. Good lacing.

Smell - A nice, unique blend of aromas. A perfumy floral is what struck me first, along with a tangerine/citrus smell. Very nice.

Taste - A bright, clean tang of citrus fruits, and a touch of malt sweetness...thought of honey. Initial taste is followed by a pleasant hop bite that lingers just a bit. Very nice!

Feel - Superb. Not thin and not heavy or cloying...just about perfect with the right amount of carbonation. Did I say it was just about perfect?

Overall - This was my first White Knuckle. I was VERY impressed and will seek this out whenever I can.

Photo of samtrillo
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - beautiful amber orange with high lacing and a small ring of clinging white head.

S - citrus and tropical fruit and piney. Strong aroma.

T - sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Less fruity than I imagined from the nose. Still pine and citrus from the hops.

M - smooth medium body perfect lite carbonation.

O - it's very strong and tasty. Great double for the IPA and west coast hop fan.

Photo of Hendry
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

When looking at White Knuckle's label, one can't help but notice how "busy" it is: all sorts of colorful artwork and graphics, completely festooned by the prestigious awards it has garnered over the years. Seems like a lot to live up, so anticipation is high.

Pours the color of a grade A amber maple syrup with a fluffy finger and a half of creamy Navajo white head. Splotchy lacing all up in the Lawson's tulip.

Aroma is of naval orange zest and pine: sweet malt detected but in a well balanced manner.

Halfway through the bomber, I concluded that this particular style of IIPA closely resembles the outrageously Simcoe hopped (and dry hopped) New England Imperial Red Ales that I have enjoyed (Lawson's Steve's Back Yard Red Ale new recipe, Maine Beer Co. Red Wheelbarrow).
The flavors are a welcome reflection of the aroma, only the malt plays an even lower profile role in the mix, which is outstanding.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. This DRINKS like the hoppy Imperial Reds also, carbonation spot on for the style.

I was floored by White Knuckle, and think it may be my favorite bottled IIPA from Cali. You can easily see why it has won a cornucopia of awards after having the pleasure of consuming this heavenly bomber. I can only hope availability is good on White Knuckle because it is one I want to revisit again, and again!

Photo of mc4z
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, split. Pours an amber color with a big head and good retention. The nose is pine, citrus, lemon, and a tad sweet. The taste is pretty strong on the pine and the malt. This is definitely not a hop bomb, but there's still some resin and lingering bitterness. The resin makes this beer take a little while to put back. Overall I like it and would probably get it again if it were on tap.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour is copper, mostly clear, with a small tan head. Nose is caramel malts, light bread crust, stale hops, pine and hop resin with a faint citrus. Taste is a lot of the same, not horrible but not on the good side. Lots of malt, caramel, bread crust. Fair bit of hop resin and some piney hops. Carb is light, body is a bit syrupy, sticky and thick. Finish has a hint of citrus bitterness with the bitterness lingering. Lots of sugars still sitting around.

Photo of KTeamLSU
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass

A: pours a hazy yellow orange with a nice white frothy head that lasts and laces well

S: A little resin... and A LOT of malt... not seeming good

T: Very disappointing... a lot of caramel malt and a tiny bit of hops bitterness toward the end. For a DIPA the alcohol is hidden fairly well... but the flavor is seriously lacking.

M: Carbonation is fine, but no dryness in this beer.

O: Very disappointed... maybe I am spoiled b/c I have a fridge full of Sucks, and had a Zombie Dust and Pliny prior to this brew... but I would not drink again.

Photo of joe1510
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

I get the opportunity to sample White Knuckle thanks to jhenry04, thanks Jason! Pours a glowing lightly tarnished copper with great transparency. Explosions of tiny carbonation bubbles shoot to the surface. The dirty white head rose to two fingers on the pour and quickly became meringue like as it fell. Finally settling with a thick middle cap and ring. Leaves big patchy lacing after each drink. This is a really good looking IIPA!

The aroma is dominated by hoppy goodness but the malt is no slouch either. Big pungent resinous hops tickle the nose. There's a sprinkling of citric hoppiness present but the resinous hoppiness takes the lead and makes my mouth water. Touches of caramel and biscuity maltiness manage to squeeze through the big hops.

Flavor is just as the nose suggested and I love every drink. Caramel and biscuity maltiness laid the foundation for a great resinous hoppiness. Pine needles make a brief appearance but sweetened orange and grapefruit come along on the finish. This is an excellent IIPA and one of my new favorites!

Medium body with an incredibly light and fluffy mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect and moves things through at just the right pace. Finishes dry with a tongue stomping bitterness that grows bigger the more you drink.

The drinkability is excellent for such a big hoppy brew. This bomber is disappearing far too fast and all I want to do is take drink after drink. Every swallow leaves my mouth watering for the next.

White Knuckle just became one of my favorite IIPAs. Everything about this beer is great from the looks to the drinkability, but most importantly, it's delicious! Who wants to send me some more?

Reviewed: 3/9/08

Photo of Philousa
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber/copper, somewhat dark for the style, and brilliantly clear. My first impression of the beer is that there might not be enough carbonation, as I got less than a half finger on a hard pour. what is there dissipates to an uneven, thin white layer with a thick ring around the glass. First aroma I get is pine, and it's strong, along with floral and fruity hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and some sweet floral nectar. There is some biscuity malt underneath also. It all goes together quite well. The fruit translates to the flavor immediately, along with some funky sock flavors, followed by the biscuit/wheat bread/cereal flavors.The flavor takes a while to kick in, almost lacking taste at the beginning and fading slowly. The bitterness is grassy, herbal, barkish: in a word, earthy. I'm beginning to think this is an English IPA dry hopped like an American DIPA. The pine and resin are ticklish to the tongue. The feel is only slightly viscous and the finish is dry. Overall, the feel makes you understand this is a heavier than normal beer, which I appreciate.

This is a hell of a DIPA! I've been waiting for three years to catch it, and I've got to say I'm not disappointed. A stellar beer without any hype or attitude. I'm also impressed that the hops aren't the only thing to behold here. There is some honey and fresh bread in the malt that shine through the heavy handed hop additions. At $10 a bomber, the price does make it a little less palatable though.

Photo of kojevergas
2.67/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

8.0% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Acquired earlier tonight at an L.A. bottle shop. No best before date. "Double India Pale Ale."

"Serve at 45 F." Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and quite good (~6 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent copper-amber of good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Thin sticky lacing as the head slowly recedes. It's par for the style - not unique or special - but the retention is impressive and it has no obvious flaws. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Floral hops, nectary hops, grapefruit zest (from hops), hop bitterness, and light vague pine. Pale malts. Soapy (too long in primary, methinks). Light resins. The soapiness bothers me, but hopefully it'll turn out alright. A moderate to fairly strong aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Clean and soapy. Some detergent notes. Grapefruit. Floral hops. Hop bitterness (a sign of lack of balance). The pale malts lack backbone or body, and can't subdue the hops adequately. I don't get any yeast. A bit of alcohol comes through, but I wouldn't dare call it boozy. Soap is dominant; this definitely spent too long in primary. Bright citrus in the third act. Resiny, with a terrible nectary finish that doesn't do it for me at all. Boy, this lacks balance; suffers from the biggest IPA flaw of all. IPA brewing is not about dumping more hops in than the next guy; balance and subtlety are key features. This has neither. Bold and assertive but lackluster.

Mf: Smooth, soft, wet, chewy. Good carbonation. Not bitey or sharp. Poor palate presence, though. Unrefreshing. The mouthfeel is decent for the style, but is far from ideal considering the flavour profile. A bit thin, actually. Somewhat oily.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. ABV is hidden okay. I wouldn't get this again; it's poorly concocted. I wish American breweries would figure out what real IPA brewing is all about - balance, balance, balance. None of that here. This soapy IPA will satisfy many, but I need more from my IPAs. I wouldn't bother with this again.

C-

Photo of OTB
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first time with this beer. Pours a really nice dark amber with a nice off white head that fades leaving some nice trails down the inside of my tulip. The nose offers up some grapefruit rind, a little floral kick and some sweet baked honeyed bisquit. The flavor profile is where I was taken away by this beer, big sweet red grapefruits, honey coated citrus and a nice bittering from the hop bill. The mouth is fine, sweet oily resins drape your tongue leaving a sweet honey drenched tangerine flavor that lasts for minutes. I like this beer a lot, its well made and delivers on all levels.
Highly recommended !

Photo of Nerudamann
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Look – orange/light amber in color, hazy, with about a finger or so’s worth of cream-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – hoppy, but with a hint of orange peel or maybe some other blended fruits.

Taste – pretty hoppy in taste, but not terribly so in bite. There is a bitterness, but it approaches only in the middle. Pungeant, but not overwhelmingly so. Aftertaste is bitter, and it only gets strengthened by each sip.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew at all. Interesting to think about and taste.

Photo of nataku00
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy copper color with half a finger of soft off white head. Head dissipates to a layer of bubbles and leaving a bit of sticky lacing. Carbonated with plenty of tiny bubbles.

Nose is grapefruit peel and pine dominated, backed by caramel malt sweetness. Huge nose on this that wafted from the bottle as soon as you open it.

Taking a sip, follows the nose, bitter grapefruit and pine hop flavor hits the tongue first, mellowing into sweeter citrus and caramel malt mid tongue. Lingering grapefruit peel bitterness.

Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink beer and flavorful.

Photo of david131
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy dark orange liquid with a thin but creamy off white news that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Grass, pine, and caramel dominate with some fruit and oddly noticeable alcohol on the tail end. Not all that complex and a bit old school.

T- Sweet caramel, grass, and pine. There is a bit of smoky flavor as well, which is a bit odd. The maltiness is a bit excessive.

M- Sweet and kind of bitter. The carbonation is a bit lacking.

O- For the style, this is pretty old school and not all that interesting. Pretty rich and malfunction, especially when considering the alcohol content.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this yesteday from Whatsarezaf; thanks Reza! Poured into my Hopleaf tulip from a 22 oz. bottle.

a - Pours a murky, medium red-amber color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two minutes and laves some spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, pine hops, and some bready/biscuity malts. Pretty nice, some nice pein and citrus hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, bready malts, biscuit, and caramel malts. A little maltier than the nose but some nice hops still. Some decent bitterness in the taste, very hoppy bite.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Big bitter bite.

o - Overall a really nice DIPA. Tons of citrus and piney hops, and a lot of bitterness. A hop bomb for sure, would like to have it again.

Photo of Hatzilla
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with a slowly dissipating head and leaving slight lacing. Interesting color for a DIPA - reminds of a red ale.

S - Lots of mango, pineapple, sticky pine needles as well as caramel and roast malts.

T - Much like the nose; pineapple, mango, pine and pine needles as well as robust caramel malts. Bitter - The hops give the tongue a good slap in the face.

M - Mouth is slick and oily with medium carbonation and a lingering hoppy, grapefruity finish.

O - A solid DIPA w a well hidden ABV. Great hoppy/malty taste and a solid aftertaste. Glad I picked this one up, and will seek out the draft version very soon.

Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty amber in the big chalice. Decent foam on top, but not much lacing along the glass. Woody mouthfeel. Barrel aroma with a nice hint of toffee. Lots of malt with a touch of oak. A little winey and medium bodied.

Lots of hops, but not a totalitarian rule. Warm and rich malt, plus some astringency. Only slightly sweet. Bitter with hops but ends with that woodsy taste. Too bitter to drink a lot of, but a pleasant sipping brew. More vanilla as it warms.

From Best Damn in San Diego.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and caramel malts.

Tastes of the citrus mostly with some cutting sweetness. Starts with big fruit and grass notes. Gives an orange with a bit of grapefruit and pineapple that has light bitterness. A moderate sweetness comes and adds to the fruits almost giving a candy like feel to everything.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good, but is particularly more malty than I would prefer.

Photo of wrycon
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, reddish-orangish-tan hue. Tiny off-white head dissipates at a moderate pace. Smells of ripe tangerine, pine, slight wood. Nose is not sharp, but thickly malty and musky. Malt presents itself first along with that tangerine; almost a blackened tangerine. Hops explode after, changing the dynamic to a sharply bitter, piney affair. The back is a combo of the two with the malt cutting just enough of the hops to leave the mouthfeel full, but not overpowering. A bit maltier than I prefer my IPAs. I can get over that, though, due to the rich flavor.

Like It? I Do

Photo of CooperEllis
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, "site maintanence" just lost my review so here's the abbv. From Mr.Bubbler as a top-notch extra in a recent trade.

22oz. into Otter Creek World Tour glass.

A: Dark amber, cloudy in the middle and nearly brite at the edges and a large fluffy lacing.

S: Muted with the malt notes and spices keeping the large hops presence from the taste from coming out.

T: excellent balance, with orange pith and spices at the end, but caramel notes in the middle. There is a bit of ginger and floral hops in the end as well but the front is dominated by the maltier notes.

M: Full bodied, well carbed and crisp in the front and back ends.

O: Top notch. Not sure on freshness w/out bottle date but this came straight from Cali, 1 week in my fridge and into the glass so should be good on that note.

(172nd)

Photo of icepik
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: amber color, cloudy, light head, but good lacing.

S: Somewhat lighter hop aroma compared to a typical west coast style DIPA, has pine and citrus notes with grapefruit being the dominant aroma. Some caramel malt notes as well.

T: Caramel malt flavor hits you first, with hints of honey. Hops provide nice balance with some citrus flavor and a good bite of bitterness on the finish. Little bit of alcohol warmth on finish.

M: Somewhat heavy mouth feel, carbonation is good.

O: This is a really nice tasting DIPA. If you are looking for a hop bomb DIPA (like Heady Topper), this probably is not going to be your favorite, but if you like DIPAs with a strong malt backbone, you will definitely like this beer.

Photo of flannelman808
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date but there are plenty of award accolades all over the place...

A: muddy brown pond scum with a slight yellow orange tinge. head is not significant and has a honeycomb like structure with poor retention but solid lacing.

S: Caramel malt is all up in this b and very much in the forefront of the aroma. A subdued note of greenery is hidden way in back as well as limestone.

T: The flavor is thankfully much better than the nose. Ruby red grapefruit zest intertwines with other citric suggestions. This has a good deal of tight carbonation and just enough bitterness to counterbalance the sweeter malty flavors. This resembles some kind of citrus cake. Im enjoying it more as it warms up and shows more hop driven flavors (nearly all of which lean toward citrus peel and maybe a hint of grass).

M: Strikes an even keel between carbonation and richness but does not linger around for very long.

O: At first sniff I was disappointed but in the end surprised by the depth of hop driven flavors which all good Ipa's ought to have. Solid outing though for the most part this misses the mark on the nose.

Photo of corby112
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber/orange color with a massive frothy white head with excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with a good balance of dank earthy and sweet citrus notes. Lots of resinous pils and pine needle countered by citrus ring, mango and pineapple.

Chewy body with a complex hop profile that is faintly countered by some biscuity pale malt. There's a blast of dry earthy hops with some piny bitterness up front which is quickly balance by tropical and citrus fruit notes. Hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel lingering into a dry finish.

This beer isn't talked about all that much but it's one of the best WCIPAs out there. An excellent balance of dry, bitter and sweeter notes with a nice touch of malt balancing thins out. Full bodied and comp,ex yet still extremely quaffable.

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White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.