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White Knuckle Double IPA - Marin Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 138
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-08-2002)
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Reviews by RBassSFHOPit2ME:
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this White Knuckle Brew on Tap at Marin Brewing Company Last Night. I wanted to give it another chance as I had a 22oz bomber a month ago and was not impressed. I remember White Knuckle being excellent a couple years back.
*NOTE* The Chalk board stated this was a 8.7%er

Appearance - a bit dark for a DIPA poured into a 10oz glass. I saw a review that hit it on the head: A Couple shades darker than copper - almost dark carmely heavy looking DIPA. No head at all - the glass completely filled to the top although I did not spill a drip.

Smell - Definately the BEST part of this brew on Tap. A bouquet of Hops that hits the nose with a wonderful display of power. THICK double hopped sticky Floral aroma. My buddy next to me had the babbiest of Baby sips I've ever seen stating the aroma hit him in the face as if it were a cannabis cup. (He Being from Marin, that is a good compliment)

Taste - Good. Not Great. Delivers that hop bomb most of us loving DIPA's look for but more malty than I expected - the citris not there so much but the Floraly Grapefruit is there in front and the back. This beer reminds me of a toned down Hopsycle focused on the floral. Aftertaste a bit heavy - not to go so far as to say syrupy but close. From my experience so far this month On-Tap is much better - Much Better than in the 22oz bottle. (I was at their Brewery however) I remember liking this beer better last year and the year before that.

Mouthfeel - Both Hoppy and Malty more focused on floral hops. A Bit Thick. Alcohol is there, not overpowering but you sure know the 8% is there.

Drinkability - It seems as if people are comparing every DIPA to Pliny these days and it's just not fair. Pliny is perfection of the DIPA style, Hands Down. This beer is heavier to drink at 8% in comparing to Pliny. White Knuckle tastes more of 9%

Would not pay $9.99 again for 22oz this beer as I did about a month ago but overall...good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2009 18:08:13 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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rowbow

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.09/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:02:46 | More by Hendry
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mc4z

California

4.05/5  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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.