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White Knuckle Double IPA - Marin Brewing Company

White Knuckle Double IPAWhite Knuckle Double IPA

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%

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 kkipple:
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UncleJedi strikes again! Shared at that Big New Years tasting in Atlanta.

A. Deeper gold than a lot of DIPAs. Short, small bubbled head, vague spotty lace. Decent.

S. Pretty classic West Coast - big, sticky, tight nose full of green citrus hop. Pungent, sharp, clean. Hops over malt, always.

T. Big sharp bitter hops, single-minded malt sweetness, loads of Cascade, dry, resiny, sticky. Singular in purpose, the malt sweetness is well balanced here, and while it plays second fiddle to the hops, is no slouch.

M / D. Fine. Mid body, no surprises. Inviting. A bomber shouldn't be any issue for the hop-fiend.

Eventually, after reviewing dozens and dozens of double IPAs, you realize you're just rehashing the same adjectives over and over. In the interest of brevity: This is a fine West Coast Double IPA. Freshness with these is paramount, so if you can get it shortly after release, consider yourself lucky. Not groundbreaking, but an all around solid performer. Nice job, Marin.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 08:51:05 | More by kkipple
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-09-2014 19:27:18 | More by MattBreight
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4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
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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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:49:04 | More by mc4z
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 02:50:27 | More by cpetrone84
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-06-2014 15:17:11 | More by MSL94
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South Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 08:43:46 | More by KTeamLSU
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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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

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:30:27 | More by joe1510
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-06-2013 02:10:22 | More by jakecattleco
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White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
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