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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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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 138
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of GClarkage
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

06/22/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber poured into my Duvel tulip. Undated.

Appearance- Darker orange-amber color with a nice frothy head and very nice lacing.

Smell- One of the best smelling 2IPA's I have lent my nose to. Huge grapefruity scent bombs you in the face. Maybe a touch of woodsy pine to accompany it.

Taste- We may have about the best balanced 2IPA's out there. Great malty taste as well as a very hoppy taste as well. Grapefruit and forest is well noted.

Mouthfeel- This dude is thick. Yes, I will agree totally with all the "chewy" comments from everyone else. Moderate carbonation as well.

Drinkability- Session beer if it wasn't over 8%. It's a terrific beer at a good price ($3.99).

Photo of donnebaby
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy -- not totally clear -- frosted bronze amber color body. Lasting, bulging cream colored thick head. Nose manages to isolate the aroma of hop on a spectrum of variations from dry to weedy to sweet to bitter -- it's all compacted in their. Not over the top in potency, but solid complexity.

Taste is big and all about how I imagine the double IPA should be. Very much on the sweet rather than dry and weedy side of IPA flavor. Lemon sourness and sweetness is grating at times, but is balanced and attuned with tropical hop oils. Nutty bitterness comes out as it warms. Full mouth carbonation works for this slightly over the top brew. Medium to heavy body. Surprisingly clean finish all things considered.

Photo of warmstorage
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 22 ounce bomber from high-end grocer with very good beer selection, $4.19. Poured into "beer clean" bell pint glass.

Pours slightly hazy orange/deep amber, with a thick, dense, fairly vigorous white head with a slight amber tint. Leaves lacy remains on sides of pint glass. Very attractive appearance, a little deceptive of what's to come.

Sweet, slightly matly alcoholic aroma, hops not especially pronounced in the initial smell (or the secondary smelling, after it warmed from fridge temp to more cellar temp.) For a self-described Double IPA, the hop aroma is really pretty limited. The aroma is nice, but more like an old ale or a thinnish barleywine style: sweet and alcohol, but not hoppy. So, a nice aroma, but not a Double IPA aroma.

Initial taste is resin, pine, deep hop flavor, without the overpowering florality or citrus-ness of many west coast style duoble IPAs. A nice follow through with warm alcohol, aftertaste lingers for a LONG time with warm alcohol, piney-ness, notable but not inappropriate sweet malt presence, and a overall pleasant alcohol warmth. An excellent taste overall, with excellent warm alcohol notes, and good resin notes, but only hints at the overpowering hop presence one expects in a W.C. double IPA. So, much like the aroma, it's very nice, even great tasting, but not really to style, so sadly, I have to dink them in taste. (For the overall taste, I'd give it a 4, but for style, I have to lower it to a 2.5.) See "drinkability" below.

Mouthfeel: lovely. Full mouthed, full bodied, thick and creamy and warm alcohol, resin, pine, chewy, yummy. Along with appearance, it's where this beer stands out.

Drinkability: what I think of as my "overall" rating, this is a great beer, very tasty, very drinkable. Right this minute, the sun is setting, so it's only about 85 degrees outside, and this is actually quite quenching. The alcohol warmth resounds throughout, and I really like this beer, and the medium to medium-high hop presence is very tasty, and surprisingly balanced. Just not the high hop presence I have come to love and expect from west coast double IPA styles.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ozs. of deliciousness. Very hazy, cloudy peach with a sticky thin lace. Dry, musty hop aroma with notes of caramel and lemon. Like the beast of Star Wars, this baby is CHEWWWY (and apparently it has made me lose my mind). Big on the caramel maltiness, and not as hoppy in the flavor as it is in the nose. Very sweet though not too much as the malt and alcohol balance it out. Has a citrus, caramel sweetness. Very nice. Very mild warming alcohol. A highly drinkable West Coast Double.

Photo of meathookjones
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was from a 22oz bottle. This poured out hazy amber orange with about an inch and a half light tan head. Plenty of rings and clumps of lace were left all over the glass. Once established the head seems to take up roots and never go anywhere the entire time even as it is almost finished. Nose is quite big with a mix of citric hops, piney notes and a good floral/earthy backing as well. A slight malt sweetness can be detected as well but its pretty much there to keep a bit of balance. The flavor started with a sharp citric hoppiness before easing into a bit of malt and earthiness, almost like dirt. Quite a punch of hops is delivered with each sip of this excellent brew. The earthiness really stands out, as does the slight caramel malt, which really adds a great flavor to this. Aftertaste is a bitter hoppy one as expected. Mouthfeel is heavier than usual with a hoppy prickly feel on your tongue. I could definitely use some more bottles of this, too bad it’s not around here. A very big and flavorful brew that will leave you wanting more after the bottle is empty. Thanks to GClarkage for the chance to try this wonderful brew.

Photo of tavernjef
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous milky caramel orange peachy color, small pinky high, tight, creamy puff of dark ivory on top, exquisite lacing of delicately spun sheeting coats the entire glass. Keeps a good skim the whole glass down too. Impressive glass of hopped brew if I ever saw one.

Aroma is extraordinarily balanced with a superb, right off the vine, fresh hop cone eluding to citric laced, thickly settled pine resin and floral spice. Malts remain intact with a nice caramel and toffeeness thats soft and well rounded in fulfilling a good nose full of interesting action.

Taste is what I needed to help wrap up a long week and about what I expected for a west coaster hop action brew...and thats a good thing. Malty smooth front of soft, easy flowing caramel flavors mixed with a bit of butterscotch keeping a sweet and soothing character. Hops begin to emerge near midway with a solid, yet unbiting and unbittered hop flavor of floral hops with nuances of pine sap. Subsides more to the sweeter malt side with the the hops keeping a slight drying effect and slight bittering within the sweetness. Very inticingly yummy. Reminds me some of Ruination...hmmm...another Kalifornia hop & malt konnection...thats not weird at all now is it.

Feel is smooth and firm with lots of malty sweetness coating all over the place. Hops leave traces of dried floral stuff in the finish. Body is dead-on medium in my book, no more, no less; perfect.

The pinnacle of drinkability, way to smooth for a Dbl. IPA, dangerously so; yummily so! Balanced with a terrific malting and just the right amount of hop action. The doctor is in and this is the prescription for a hophead who craves a sweeter tooth.

Big time thanks to the big dog xlperro for the bottle!!
You sir can write me a west coast prescription anytime!

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

Picked this up in San Francisco my last time out there.
Pours a medium-copper with a nice, puffy, sticky, light-tan head. Good lacing.
Smells of sugary caramel, burnt brown sugar malt, with a big resinous broken pine needle hop wallop. Oh, and some alcohol. Good balance though.
Moderately chewy, caramelly malt backbone. Sweet and rich with a slight cooked vegetable edge. Alcohol makes its presence known, but then big resinous hops come in and overshadow everything else. Pine needles mixed with spruce sap. Bitter, but tasty. Finish is bitter with some alcohol and a little cloying sweetness. Big, chewy double IPA, that can wreak havoc on your palate! Recommended.

Photo of CSquared
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Nearly translucent medium copper color with a moderate white head. Mild lacing as head recedes.

Aroma: Quite nice. Slightly sweet smelling. Spicy hops are quite prevalent

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet maltiness at front quickly goes into spiceyness from hops. Alcohol mildly present. Medium body was quite nice, although a hair too carbonated making a bit astringent

Drinkability: I could drink this one again, but wouldn't seek it out. Fair DIPA, but not a 4.2 in my opinion.

Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a full pillowy beige head, good carbonation, and leaves rings of lace. Flowery, pine-spruce hop aroma that seems slightly less bitter than Lagunitas IPA Maximus. Almost all hop (pine, spruce) flavor with a slightly inadequate malt balance in my book -- bitter ! Medium bodied (prob a bit light due to carbonation).

Again, I guess I just don't get this style ...

Purchased: 05/10/03 ('02' Emb on bottom)
Tasted: 07/27/04

($6.29 / 22 oz. bottle)

Photo of afatty
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I pulled this bad boy from the cellar to celebrate Lance's 1st stage Victory in 101st Tour de France. I was ready during Stage 12 but had to wait another day. I've waited a year, so what was one more day.

A quick pour from this beautiful bomber yields a dark amber brew
with a serious one and a half inch high off white head in a standard pint glass. The head lingers during the 30 minutes that I took to finish this first portion and leaves nice lacing with each subsequent drink. More to come!!

The fat citrus hop aroma greets my nose before I get the glass close enough for my first taste. This "Kind Bud" aroma really turns me on and gives a good preview of what is to come. A year's aging has only slightly decreased the hop presence.

The hop aroma carries over into the hop bitterness that greets me with that 1st taste. The bitterness has also mellowed a bit and now complements the malt sweetness rather than overpowering it. But, novices need not apply. There is still a butt load of that Yakima Valley hop kick to bring a "hop head high" only half way through the pint. You know- "Twice the hops and twice the malt are a good start in making a Double”. Perhaps the 8% ABV that results has something to do with that. In any case, very soon I'm feeling "the way that you ought to feel without drink beer".
Can you say "mellow"? I may need a spell checker, as my fingers are getting numb!

The mouth feel is "smooth" with a medium body and astringency.

I'm getting a serious case of the "munchies". Coincidence? I think not. Hell, I cannot tell the difference between caps and lower case. Guess I'll save the rest of the bomber for later. The replay of Stage 13 is over and I need a nap.

OK, it's 3AM and I'm ready to finish the review and the remainder of the bomber. Still tastes vaguely like I remember from several hours ago. "Great." Head retention is not quite as long as the
previous pour. Maybe it was the glass?


Photo of joecast
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cloudy burnt orange color with a foamy just off-white head about one to two fingers high covering the beer like a blanket. meaning it just isnt going away.
full on citrus aroma that makes the mouth pucker.
bitterness starts right up front and follows the beer all the way down. alcohol is hardly noticeable. really smooth flavor and mouthfeel.
if they made a candy for hopheads, this would probably get quite a few votes. maybe not my first choice, but it wouldnt be far down the list.

two more things about this beer.
1) you gotta love a bottle conditioned brew.
2) this beer handled the journey to tassie in my carry-on like a champion. i was a bit worried how the travel (temp. and being shaken around a bit) might affect them. so far, no problems.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on cask at the Pizza Port Real Ale Fest 2004.

This Double IPA poured a hazy, orange color with light tan foam that persisted and coated the glass. The smell was a lovely floral, grapefruity hops aroma. The taste was dominated by the hops: grapefruit, chewy, grassy hops. There was a light sweetness from the malt to back up the hops and an overall tanginess. The finish was astringent. The mouthfeel was hoppy but smooth with medium body and medium carbonation. The deep hop flavors lingered nicely in the mouth. This was a very nice Double IPA.

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

This poured to a pretty plain brown with a small head. It's leaving some great lacing behind, though.

The taste is just plain good. Hops are all around but remain tolerable. The finish leaves bitterness on the tongue in a very pleasant fashion. It's pretty clean and very drinkable, all things considered.

Photo of jackndan
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Knuckle Double IPA In a bomber bottle. Huge hops aroma and a pleasant floral blast. Looks great, hazy deep copper color, thick ash gray head, leaving very, very thick lacing down the sides of the glass. Crisp, very snappy hop bite, nice floral hops with just a bit of metallic tang as well. Despite the dominant hops bite, it also has a remarkably smooth malt profile as well. Very nice, easy to drink and not as big a hop bomb as one would think.

Photo of kmcnair
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Photo of Zorro
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.

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

Bomber purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Surprised and happy to find this.

Pours a deep, luminous copper. The head rises three quarter inches, light tan with an array of tiny bubbles. As the head falls, the tiny bubbles remain on the surface. A thin, detailed sheet of lace clings to the glass.

The smell is tremendous in its girth and depth, so tremendous it's difficult to discern anything but the pungent, spicy bouquet of hops. Cleared my nose right out, think of the sensation of just having eaten wasabi or horseradish. If I weren't sitting down, I might fall over from the strength. Glorious.

As the brew warms some finer notes come through on the nose, citrus (grapefruit, predominately) and some faint sourdough breadiness.

The taste opens slightly sweet (honeysuckle comes to mind) with a deep, resiny itch of bitterness, before escalating into a freaking hop battering-ram. Yes, they escalate right through to the finish -- a long-lasting, juicy, chewy, sharp as hell blast of holy hops.

Mouthfeel is hearty eat-me-with-a-fork-and-knife stuff. Little carbonation.

I was wondering how this would hold up against Moylan's Double IPA (Brendan Moylan also brews for Marin Brewing Co. and, if I'm not mistaken, he partly owns both breweries/brewpubs), and it's like comparing David to Goliath, with White Knuckle as the latter.

White Knuckle, you live up to your name -- a wild and steep ride.

Photo of aracauna
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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

This is my first Marin Brewing Co. beer and if this is any indication of the quality of their other brews, I've got a lot more beers to look out for. This double IPA poured a very nice reddish orange color with a small frothy white head that stuck to my glass like glue. The smell was great, I could sniff this one all night! Great hop oil scent along with nice sweet pine and citrus scents. This double IPA was not the overpowering hop monster I thought it was going to be. The hops were there for sure and very in your face, but not at the expence of making this an un balanced beer. The great malt profile was just as important to the flavor as the hop blast and really shows off the talents of the brewer(s). Good job on this one, highly recommended!

Photo of rkhaze
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dazzling, slightly hazy red/orange with a small foamy beige head. Left sheet-loads of lace down the side of the glass.
Lots of hops in the aroma. Floral, pungent citrusy hops. A generous amount of sweet malt was also present. Nicely balanced aroma.
VERY flavorful. Big malt with a caramel sweetness and every word I can think of to describe hops. It was fresh, citrusy, piney, floral, resinous, pungent, spicy and peppery. The only downside was an almost soapy/medicinal and sweet perfumey aftertaste that took away from the whole. It wasn't very complex, it was what it was. A shitload of malt and hops in the proper proportions! Great balance sans the finish.
Full, round, creamy and viscous mouthfeel. Great carbonation.
Pretty drinkable for such a huge beer.
I forgot how much I liked this. Destined to be revisited more often.

Photo of oggg
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber tasting.

Pours orange-amber. Modest head.
Heavy hop aroma, let's you know that there's bitterness to come.
Crisp bitter bite to start, but there's some fruit in there, and a strong malt backbone to complement the hops. The hops are at the forefront though. The bitterness lingers only transiently.

Alcohol level is subtle. A sipping beer.

Photo of Gusler
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a deep cloudy amber with a sticky white head. Sediments are floating all around (bottle-conditionned?). Obviously, a very hoppy nose, those hops wear a considerable apple character over the traditional grapefruits. As it enters the mouth, we notice a silky mouthfeel, almost hmm..grainy, medium to full body from which emanes a definite resinous hops character as well as warming grapefruit. The malt aspect could definitely be more pronounced to my liking, but I gotta recognize balance where the bitterness is not too agressive.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.