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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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92
outstanding

330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 137
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Golden slightly cloudy grapefruit colour. Bursting with flavour, and so so well balanced between the citrus grapefruit orange tangerine hop flavour and the malts balanced and adding above average mouthfeel. Lovely refreshing drinkability. Almost all the bomber was mine, and a couple sips felt like a bit over the top bitterness, that's what the style does.I have fond memories of Marin beers and this one did not disapoint. Thanks Augustgarage for coming through again.

Sammy, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

t0rin0, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Ordered this bottle online from Blackwell's. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a moderate copper color that is fairly clear. Several finger white head, good foam, and a nice bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries through some strong citrus and pine with grapefruit pith coming forward. Though the color was a bit troubling in terms of what the malt was going to bring, it was a minimal component of the flavor, adding a touch of bread crust and very light caramel, leaving the hops to shine. Quite bitter with a dry finish after a medium body of moderate carbonation. I'd been waiting awhile to try this one, and it certainly delivered.

Thorpe429, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

Warm, glowing, bronze-like orange with bright tangerine borders. The golden beige cap is as thick and rich as your average milkshake and is plastering the glass with loads of thick, sticky lace. There aren't too many better looking styles than a highly-hopped, resinous DIPA.

The nose is even more outstanding! I'm sure it helps that I'm drinking this beauty while it's still uber fresh. Each deep inhale delivers an eye-opening blast of white grapefruit rind, sweet orange, pineapple, spruce sap and (just a hint of) caramel. One phone call to the brewery later... the hop bill consists of Cascade and Columbus. It doesn't get much better than this.

I've been searching for White Knuckle for quite some time because I was pretty sure that it would be a DIPA to be reckoned with. I was right. This is a delicious ale that has almost all of the characteristics that I look for in a beer of this style and none of the ones that I don't care for. With the exception of a shade too much caramel flavor, the flavor profile is pretty damn close to flawless. Alcohol? Not a trace.

Although I've had hoppier beer, most have been fresh from the tap. I have a feeling that the IBUs are through the roof. However, things aren't quite buzzsaw-like because of the taming, softening qualities of the prodigious malt backbone. If you like your DIPAs sweet and sticky as well as punishingly hoppy, dive right in.

I'm forever amazed at the magic that happens when a talented brewer uses four such simple ingredients in the correct proportions. Like the olfactory lobe, the taste buds are swamped with sweet, sappy, pulpy, resinous citrus fruit whose bitterness is barely contained and whose amazing flavor lingers long after the swallow.

What's not to like about the mouthfeel? It's medium-full and is coating the mouth and tongue with a thick layer of hop scum and residual sugars after each upending of the glass. You want soft, yet insistent, carbonation? You got it.

In my humble opinion, White Knuckle Double IPA is Marin Brewing Company's finest creation. Of course, a hophead would say that. If I had access, this would be a 'case beer' without a doubt. Damn, I wish I had more than just the one bomber. Thanks a million Talisker.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Don't really remember who sent this to me, but I have had it in the fridge for a couple weeks, and last night was looking for a good IPA and decided to pop on this one. I have heard really awesome things from people regarding this, so it was only a natural progression for me to check it out.

Appearance - The pour was breathtaking, I find myself lucky that I have really been going through some top-notch beers lately, and this was no exception. A beautiful hazy amber colored formed in front of me, with a good orange tint to it. I love when big IPA's are hazy, it just makes all the difference to me. A good sized, maybe three finger high head of white foam came over the top and hung around for a good five minutes, becoming cratered and rocky before settling down to a nice crown that coated the inside of the glass with copious amounts of lace. This is what it is all about. Lots of carbonation bubbling up to the surface to reinforce it. Really a high quality looking ale right here.

Smell - The aroma was very nice, with rich floral hops dominating the show, as you would expect them to. Very bitter, with lots of grapefruit, I really did not detect much balance to it at first. I let it warm a bit and some nice notes of bready malts came through now. Some light grass and a more piney like hop nose came forward. Very well done here with no hint of alcohol in it so far.

Taste - I really was surprised by how well balanced this was. At first, it was ripe, with huge bitter hops tearing through and really dominating everything else around it. However, once warmed up a few degrees some wonderful biscuit and bready flavors started to emerge, really balancing it quite well and showing how much depth there was in this one. Quite nice and a really good treat indeed. Very nice finish here as well, with the hops fading slowly and letting the malts come though for one more taste, giving this musty bread like flavor before slamming it closed with some light lemongrass like flavor. Really very well balanced and very well done.

Mouthfeel - The perfect medium bodied IPA. This had that thicker then water feel to it and great carbonation but at the same time was not filling and syrup like. Very well, put together with a nice coating feeling on the tongue that was brightened up by sparks of carbonation.

Drinkability - Outstanding for what it is. This has enough balance it in to really shine though and let you thrown down the bottle with ease. Not overly shredding on the hops, but enough to stay more then true to the style.

Overall this was very well done and an excellent example of a good West Coast IIPA. I would have loved to have had another to try, but unfortunately, this was my only one. If you can find it, I would definitely seek it out as it is up there with the best that I have had and I would not hesitate to try this again anytime.

mikesgroove, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

I have been looking to try this one for quite some time, so I was excited to be able to pick one up the other day.

A: A murky, hazy, amber color with some extra notes of red. A small white head which leaves little in the way of lacing.

S: One of the best smelling IPAs I've come across. Just about up there with Pliny the Elder and Sculpin. Tons of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and pine. There is almost not malt in the nose.

T: Not quite as pungent and dank as the aroma, but still solid. A nice citrus hop flavor and a great bitter pine quality on the finish. The malt is more present than your usual West Coast (D)IPA.

M: A moderate level of carbonation and pretty full bodied.

D: This has quite the kick to it, but that isn't so much a factor as the $10 price tag. This is a great beer, and I'd love to drink it often, but it's tough to do when there are so many good IPAs that are more economical.

womencantsail, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -3.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.6%

GRG1313, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

largadeer, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Its very deep amber - almost copper - body is clear but reveals visible particles of yeast sediment in suspension (rough pour, perhaps?). And its thin, creamy, off-white head holds well; maintains a thin surface covering; and leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. Impressive. The aroma offers a softly sweet, caramelish and bready malt that's backed by lightly floral and softly piney hops - an interesting twist as many double IPA's try to nock you out with their bold nose. The flavor, on the other hand, is all about hops and delivers a soft, lightly sweet and floral hop flavor entwined with a softly sweet and lightly toffeeish malt. It's exceptionally well-balanced, leaving it's sweet character to present itself upfront each time you take a sip; and then rising to balance and dry things out. The 8% alcohol by volume is very nicely cloaked, and doesn't make it's presence known until the very end of the glass. It finishes with a soft dryness; and lingers with some gently sweet malt and floral hops. Quite unique, and very drinkable despite its size. Certainly worth trying; even for people who might normally shy away from a very bitter double IPA.

NeroFiddled, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks to thequeue for knocking this major want of mine out in the Secret Santa BIF.

Pours a brilliant clear light amber (that almost looks rose colored at times) with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy yet firm light colored white head. 1/4 finger of rock solid retention yields a most excellent looking frothy flareup that leaves huge swathes of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is quite awesome and jam packed with floral notes, pine cones, and peppery spices, with a deep bloom of robust tropical fruits, underlying grainy malts, and a stiff whiff of warmth.

The taste starts with a resinous hop profile with herbal and floral notes behind it, along with a tangy backbone of pineapple, mango, and caramel. Piney bitterness and spices emerge in the backend to provide a lip smacking (literally) finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an eminently smooth and creamy carbonation that borderlines on slick at times. There is some light alcohol heft present but it is never distracting nor feels nearly beefy enough for an 8% beer. Very nice.

I believe that this is a former Alpha King Challenge winner and I can see why. This is just packed with all kinds of West Coast IPA awesomeness that when coupled with a smooth feeling and highly quaffable body, made for quite the killer hoppy drinking experience. Great stuff!

Kegatron, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Big thanks to Nanoslug for sending me a bomber of this stuff - it's been on my to-do list for a while. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Two fingers of late-rising blonde foam with solid retention and patchy lacing that dissipates to a thick cap. Hazed apple cider color with elements of brown and orange to it. Good looking brew.

S - I'm guessing this isn't super-fresh, as it's a little bit more malt forward than I expected - lots of biscuit and toffee. There is still loads of citrus and pine-scented hoppy goodness to the smell. There's also an tart apple element to the aroma. It's good, but I'm guessing it'd be even better if it were just bottled. The bottle doesn't seem to be dated, so it's not Adam's fault here...

T - The taste is a real tongue-bruiser - tons of hop bitterness both at the beginning and in the aftertaste, with the principal flavors being pine and grapefruit. Mid-palate is a more of a toffeed malt flavor but it's only transitory and quickly fades into the slowly building bitter aftertaste. Good, but not overly rich or profound.

M - Medium bodied, with lively carbonation that tickles the lips and palate but doesn't seem to get overly bloaty. Very dry finish with tons of oily hop resins left behind.

D - No problems with the 22oz bomber. The bitterness seems to level off at a reasonable level, and the alcohol is well hidden in this one. The taste is a little palate-busting, so don't plan on drinking anything too complex afterward.

Solid DIPA, but I'm not sure this would be a go-to beer with all the other amazing options in the Bay Area. Still, I'm glad I got a chance to check it out.

MasterSki, May 28, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Color, a bright, full-on orange, totally opaque, under a full, flush, creamy off-whitish head.
Aroma: outsized grapefruit & citrus at the onset, huge hops aplenty, fresh and fierce, though friendly, starting a fine commotion in the nose.
Big flavor too, and creamy, too. Hops continue to deliver a tasty buzz, with a unique flavor, still highly citric, yet balanced quite adequately by the malts. Every part rises up to match the others and produces a most remarkable ale!
Fruit factor is never-ending, fresh,delicious, juicy, tasty, zingy...finish is the same, and lasts just long enough. Medium to full body, thoroughly invigorating texture. 8% ABV didn't register much in this tasting...wait, now, there it is, okay...yeah, it's nice, though...yuuummm...
Top-notch IPA, ranks up there with the best I've ever tried!
Enormous gracious gratitude is bent toward the directions of Mr. Bum Hisself for providing this teensy-weensy bomber! Let's hear it for hopped-up bike ridin' herons!

feloniousmonk, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

The bottle says Live Ale! - KEEP REFRIGERATED. I have but I have no idea how old this is, there is no bottling date.

Beer is poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip. Beer is hazy and brown, forms a yellow head with small to medium bubbles. Head forms at 2 - 3 fingers and falls away leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. The carbonation is moderate and steady made up of a tiny bubbles.

Aroma....hop bomb. Seriously overpowering aroma of piney and citrus hops. This beer smells like a DIPA. There is some sweetness and malt in the aroma after closer examination. A great smelling IPA.

Smooth, almost fruity flavor, high hop bitterness in the back, some sweetness up front, nice palate connectivity. Second taste, carbonation plays a nice role in this beer carrying the flavors of the front of the palate to the back. The hops coat your mouth and leave a lingering bitterness throughout. There is not much of an aftertaste but you know what beer you are drinking the entire time. Drinkability pretty good, its a little strong.

drabmuh, Dec 14, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

oline73, May 30, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

mactrail, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanks to Exiled for this bottle.

Pours an orangish-brown color with a small white head. The aroma is very citrusy. You also get some biscuit malt. There are tons of citrus hops in the flavor but not too much bitterness. For a DIPA, this is very balanced with a nice malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

Mora2000, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

mdfb79, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

mendvicdog, May 30, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%

No Bottle date Sampled April 2010
Definitely excessively carbonated, as I pop the cap a slow foam-over starts. A soft pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces four-fingers of amber -tinged, light tan colored froth on top of a murky amber colored beer. When held up to the light the beer shows a gold-hued, amber color. The head forms a dense, meringue-like head that slowly subsides with a raised mesa of foam in the center. The aroma is pungently hoppy, a mix of caramelized tangelo, lychee, bergamot, a touch of mango as well as a more essential-oil type citrus note. The finish has a touch of biscuit-like malt aromatics to it if you really dig around. While the nose is predominantly fruit-focused, there is a softer, supporting pine character, along with some herbal aromatics as well as a touch of floral hop character.

Rich and malty feeling as it first hits my tongue, as it rolls across the palate a dirty malt-hop flavor comes out and the beer finishes with an ample bitterness as well as an astringent, green hop tannic quality (this last sticks to my teeth like a strong cup of tea). Lots of candied, heavily caramelized orange zest flavors as well as flavors of tangelo, some lighter lychee and a kumquat note are now more balanced by a herbal and bracing pine-like hop character. This definitely comes off as dirty somehow as the hops, malt and alcohol clash a bit; actually the hop character alone seems to clash. The body comes off as a little heavy, but is well within the "style" bounds.

Not nearly as bad as my previous description makes it sound, and this certainly isn't anywhere near as harsh as I remember this being at GABF when I had it last. Less muddled, caramelized malt character would likely go a long way towards cleaning this up.

Gueuzedude, Jun 28, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark red, with a thick white head, great retention, but needed more lacing for a Double IPA, but overall good.

S: Strong pine leaps out of the bottle, just a strong sustained hop aroma.

T: Citrus and piney hops dominate the brew, not as big as in Hopsickle, but intense. Malt is flavourful, full of light caramel, this beer is almost a barleywine. Major grapefruit note, but there is a great hop complexity in this brew.

M: Light in carbonation, full-bodied, nothing special overall to separate it from other Double IPAs.

D: Glad I finally got to try this one as it's a really good beer. Not the best IIPA in the world, but a very solid effort, will definitely buy again if given the chance.

Halcyondays, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
2.64/5  rDev -36.4%

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-

kojevergas, Feb 23, 2013
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White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.