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White Knuckle Double IPA - Marin Brewing Company

White Knuckle Double IPAWhite Knuckle Double IPA

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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
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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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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

White knuckle has an orange colored body with a solid looking beige head that has good retention and lacing.

My nose is greeted immediately by powerful hop aromas, with citrus, tons of pine, and the promise of bitteness. Malt sweetness is also apparent, with caramel coming through.

The bitterness is like a punch in the mouth immediately. The pine and resin flavors are tongue-buckling, and they make up the most powerful components of the flavor profile. Next comes a good bit of citrus flavor from the hops, with grapefruit leading the way. The hops never truly die in this one, but they do allow the malt bill to express itself a little bit. Along with the obvious addition of lots of hops, the malt bill in this one is pretty big, with loads of sweetness, biscuit and caramel. Caramel might be the single strongest malt flavor.

Bitter and oily, pretty full.

Not a touch of alcohol in this one, which is very nice. I like the hops, and I like that although there is sweetness, the beers doesn't turn into a cloying mess that features sweet, boozy flavors instead of hops.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 20:11:52 | More by Hojaminbag
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Sideswipe

California

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap. Poured into a 20oz mug at my local tavern.

White Knuckle arrives with a finger of white head which dissipates leaving some nice lacing. The beer is a clear, dark coppery color. Smell is citrus hops and sweet malt. Taste starts out bitter, citrusy and sweet. Orange, hemp, and dank hops dominate. The beer has a pretty hefty malt backbone and there is a good dose of caramel present. I'm picking up a slight booziness towards the finish which is overpowered by a lingering bitterness at the end. mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a low level of carbonation. Overall this is an decent DIPA. Nothing to write home about, but not the worst I've had either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 23:10:38 | More by Sideswipe
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snpub540

California

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

Pours a a light amber maybe copper hue. White head is definately very clingy and leaves sheets after every sip.

Aroma is all hops with a nose full of floral, grass and some herbal notes.

Taste is very much a mirror of what is present in the nose with a strong enough backbone to combat the bitterness. Nicely hoppy and delicious.

Mouthfeel is tacky and smooth. Drinkability is definately good. Yummy and chewy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 22:05:51 | More by snpub540
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with good amounts of citrus and pine hop aromas. The hops are definitely there but they're muted compared to what I was expecting.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although a bit more robust. Sticky caramel malt flavors with very light hints of toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of hops - citrus, pine, and herbal, in that order. The hop flavors fade a bit midway through the sip then carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the intensity of the hops in this one. I'll have to give it another shot to make sure it wasn't just a keg that had been sitting too long. Either way, it's still worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 18:47:24 | More by glid02
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewery on Tuesday night. Only $3.00 for a 12oz. pull! Hell yeah!

Served in a tulip-type glass.

Appearance: A thin, white skin sits on top of a deep reddish copper body. The small head evaporates quickly, and only traces of it could be seen for the rest of the session. The body has great clarity and shows no carbonation. Even with nearly zero head, this thing still drug wispy lacing. Gorgeous color.

Smell: Oily, piney, kick-ass hops. Boatloads of 'em! There are some light caramel and grapefruit flavors mixed in too, but this I2PA means business. Straight-up hops!

Taste: Bitter grapefruit, pine, and tons of resinous hops. Crazy how hoppy this thing is! Crisp lemon and alcohol join up with mouth-numbing bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Goopy, oily, peppery, dry, and hot. I had to take big gulps of air after each sip in an attempt to quell the potent spiciness and bitterness. A total palate-wrecker. Bitterness lives on forever; I could still taste it hours afterward! In one word: killer. This beer is a total beast, and I love it!

Drinkability: I couldn't imagine ordering any other beer after this one. After the first sip, I was locked in. Anything else would've tasted dull.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 19:10:36 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

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

Working off notes from a good night at Verdugo.

Appearance - A cloudy almost amber color. Very little head, minimal lacing.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit. Plenty of hops, but fairly one-note.

Taste - Powerful grapefruit. A little bit of cereal malt on the finish. The finish is pretty sweet, almost like candy. It's over-the-top, frankly.

Mouthfeel - Very nice. Not too sticky, but a solid body.

Drinkability - Pretty good, but the sweet finish makes it a little hard to handle.

This was a good beer, but didn't light me on fire. Still, very enjoyable, wish I could find it around.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 04:54:06 | More by callmescraps
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mjl21

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub during their 20th Anniversary party. Poured into a 10 ounce glass. Comes in at 8.7%.

A-Pours a semi hazy copper with a one finger head that hangs around. Definitely a different look for the style. It looks very thick resting in the glass. Lot of lacing is left in the glass.

S-KGB, pine, and fresh citrus hops hitting the nose. Really smells incredible.

T-Smacked upfront and all around by fresh citrus hops. There is a more pronounced level of sweetness, but I do not find it to be cloying.

M-Definitely veers away from the dry side. Mediumj to full bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Not overly bitter when compared to other WC DIPAs.

D-Way too easy to drink. From previous history I know what happens when you have too much of the 8.7% goodness.

The Knuckle has been a staple of mine for years. I have found that it turns malty fast so this is one best consumed on site at the pub or from a bomber purchased at the pub.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 02:36:51 | More by mjl21
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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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tpd975

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One I have wanted to try for quite sometime. Lucky enough to enjoy it on draft at Toronado SF.

A: Pours a nice bold orange hue with a nice solid cream colored head. Nice retention and sheet lace noted.

S: Nice sweet aromas. Caramel malt with fresh florida oranges. Light notes of bitter citrus in the middle but the finish is sweet pine.

T: Nice hop bomb here. Wonderful mix of bitter and sweet. That being said if you like your DIPA a touch on the sweet side this may just be the one for you. Nice sweet orange up front. There is alot of malt there but nothing really stands out. Touches of lemon can be picked up in the middle before the sweet piney, peachy finish.

M: Rather full in body, very smooth.

D: Wonderful, what a beer. Glad I had a chance to sample this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2008 03:51:00 | More by tpd975
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear amber with two fingers of soapy white foam that leaves trails of lace.

Smell: Loaded with resiny hop goodness, this one brings to mind tobacco, pine and candied grapefruit. The hop aroma is absolutely huge.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry biscuity malt comes through first, followed by a big blast of resin, tobacco and grapefruit. Nice complexity coming from the hops - this one's got an unusual hop character that stands out from the pack. Medium-bodied with a bitter and dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2008 18:18:17 | More by largadeer
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from notes:

on tap at the MBC in Larkspur. Medium copper/glowing orange with an offwhite bubbly head of foam that holds good retentions. Aromas of sticky, resiny, piney, cone needle hops. Light biscuity/bready malts lay down in the background and try to break through but they are smacked with the hops. Taste is herbal, earthy, piney hops, this one is all about the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to thick, and their is a nice crisp finish that makes you want to take another sip. A real winner on draft and in the bottle. I love this stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2008 21:09:42 | More by francisweizen
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WeisGuy

New York

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - deep golden color, big white head with decent retention, nice lacing

s - nice mix of piney and citrusy hops with a substantial malty aroma

t - big piney hops up front with some nice orangy citrus as well, body is a strong backbone of maltiness with the finish is sweet with citrus and evolves into a lingering bitterness

m - medium-bodied, lower carbonation, mostly sweet finish, only slightly dry

d - definitely not a palate destroying hop-bomb, drinks much more like an IPA than a DIPA, very drinkable for a DIPA

Good DIPA that lacked a little something extra that I expect from the style. I find it more of an IPA than a double. Well worth seeking out for a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2007 03:39:11 | More by WeisGuy
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kmcnair

California

4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Marin Brewing (Moylan's?) White Knuckle Double IPA served from a 22oz. bomber and into my new-ish Arrogant Bastard glass. Pours a golden to amber color and creates a nice medium white head. This seems a bit darker than most double IPAs that I have tried... maybe this is a good thing? Now for a smell... the hop aromatics are huge!!! Oh there are lots o' hops in this beer. I can't wait to taste it... BAAMM! There's those hops we were smelling a minute ago, what a flavor, loads of hop resin, almost a cannibus quality here. Mouthfeel is nice... medium to full with slight carbonation and is very chewy. This is a super thick brew. Note, presense of alcohol (though expected) is not reallpy there at all. Drinkable? You bet, next time I buy more than 1 for sure!

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2004 08:41:15 | More by kmcnair
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Zorro

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brew.

Smell is malt and hop spice, a bit of pine smell.

Taste is a complex dance of malt and hop. Taste is thick with lots of woody and pine flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick.

A drinkable brew, but it is some how not what it could be. Don't get me wrong it IS an OK brew, just not memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2004 03:18:06 | More by Zorro
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aracauna

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber with a thick white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. There's a heavy dose of fresh hop aroma that's reminiscnet of lemon soap. The flavor is very sweet but not heavy. It would improve if a little less sweet, but still is pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2004 05:47:52 | More by aracauna
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Gusler

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego
In addition, have had this from the bottle, and trust me “Bucko”, it is great no matter how you sample. The beer has a cloudless golden amber color on the pour with a medium sized bright white head that is creamy in consistency and the lace a sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is major league hop floral, sweet at the back, citrus crisp and fresh, start nicely malted and somewhat sweet with the top fair to middling in feel. Finish is pleasantly acidic with a monstrous hop spicy bite, the aftertaste desert dry and long lasting, a “Hoot” of and IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2003 15:19:21 | More by Gusler
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Boilermaker88

California

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the 7th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port. Had a cloudy amber tone and a smallish white head that left very little lace. Aroma was of nostril-grabbing piney hops with a hint of caramel malt. The taste was heavy was grapefruit rind flavor and resinous pine sap. The caramel malt flavor was briefly present almost like a superhero’s sidekick – it definitely took a back seat to the highly assertive hops profile. The alcohol content, listed at 8.6 %, was very well camouflaged. The feel was thick and viscous as it covered the palate.
This was another big-time IPA that was just a bit too hopped and out of balance for my liking. The smoothness and concealment of the alcohol content do make this an easy-drinking IPA. Not on a level of say, 90 Min. IPA, but still a good version of a monster IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2003 19:02:07 | More by Boilermaker88
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Hendry

Vermont

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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mc4z

California

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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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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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KTeamLSU

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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joe1510

Illinois

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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Philousa

California

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 04:58:48 | More by Philousa
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kojevergas

Texas

2.64/5  rDev -36.5%
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-

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 05:50:16 | More by kojevergas
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OTB

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 !

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 03:31:33 | More by OTB
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White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.