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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: 328
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
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 watermelonman


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

05-18-2004 00:54:34 | More by watermelonman
Photo of jackndan


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

05-02-2004 02:47:59 | More by jackndan
Photo of kmcnair


4.93/5  rDev +18.5%

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!

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


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

04-04-2004 03:18:06 | More by Zorro
Photo of RootedFool


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

04-03-2004 04:40:39 | More by RootedFool
Photo of aracauna


3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

04-02-2004 05:47:52 | More by aracauna
Photo of Dmann


4.83/5  rDev +16.1%

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!

03-28-2004 10:34:08 | More by Dmann
Photo of rkhaze


4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

12-29-2003 00:31:06 | More by rkhaze
Photo of oggg


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

12-15-2003 06:27:00 | More by oggg
Photo of Gusler


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

12-10-2003 19:02:07 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

12-08-2003 18:47:03 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.6/5  rDev +10.6%

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!

12-02-2003 08:14:04 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of drewbage


3.95/5  rDev -5%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle (Purchased at Green Jug - Woodland Hills)

Beer pours amber brown with cherry red highlights. The head is very low white tight in spots with several large bubbles.

Aroma is leather, apples, raisins and agressive piney hops. Amazing amount of malt in the aroma for a double IPA.

First flavor tones are crystal malt which is quickly slapped down by a large lemony and oily bitterness.

Dry brown sugar and malt lurks behind the hops of the finish. Some sugar remains on the lips as the tongue drys with a kumquat rind touch.

11-27-2003 07:31:43 | More by drewbage
Photo of RoyalT


4.63/5  rDev +11.3%

Appearance – Deep, thick, and rich orange color with lots of (hoppy?) sediment floating around in my Ruination glass. The head was conservative but long lasting, leaving a beautiful big bubble lacing.

Smell – This nose is very balanced and reminds me of the 7th Anniversary Stone (I just had one yesterday). The sharp but tastful distinctive pine and citrus hop aroma is complimented with a secondary but firm toasted malt presence. I can pick up some light summer fruiting as well, but this one is all about the hop/malt balance.

Taste – The flavors bring out the characteristics of the nose very well. They are big, with gigantic malt and hop aspects that make this one big beer. Going back to the Stone comparison, this one is heavier on the malt side, but balanced for sure. It has some of the orange fruitiness as well. This one made for a wonderful nightcap.

Mouthfeel – I felt that this was the ale’s strong point. This was exceptionally smooth and creamy. Keep in mind this this is full-bodied as well. How they got such a big beer so creamy I do not know.

Drinkability – This is a special ale that went down incredibly well. I can’t imagine ever getting tired of drinking this one.

Comments – Thanks to mickeymac for sending this one my way. He knew what he was doing when he plucked this one off the shelf. This is a classic, destined to crack the BeerAdvocate’s top 50 when it gets enough reviews.

11-20-2003 04:53:01 | More by RoyalT
Photo of beerguy101


4.45/5  rDev +7%

Copper Orange Color, small head. Aroma is floral and grassy, very bright. This is a big and bold IPA! Malty and very hoppy. This stuff WILL kick your ASS! It only 8% but it will knock your socks off. Malts are sweet and very pronounced. Hops are aggressive and slightly spicy. This is a very tough beer to describe. There is some fruity sweetness (grapefruit and orange) coming though the hop assault. Very thick beer, the CO2 bubbles have a tough time getting to the top of the glass. Taste is very chewy, nearly syrupy. Hoppy, yet not very bitter. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, with a slight alcohol bite. This is a VERY good IPA.

09-01-2003 01:31:40 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Bighuge


4.78/5  rDev +14.9%

This beer pours with some viscosity. Almost like 10-W30. It creates a luminating scarlet red appearance in the glass with a ghostly bright orange glow. Eye candy indeed. A beige head tops this vision of glory. Great nose. The hop pungency is the over-riding quality, but there are also notes of pine trees, oily hop resin and sweet caramel malt. The body is not quite as viscous as the pour appeared to be. Maybe medium-full at best. The flavors of this IPA are magnificient. Where to start. Oily, pungent hop resin. Mary Jane. Big Bitterness...but not "Over The Top." Sprucy and piney. Even a tad smoky. Citric. A little acidic. And a caramel like malt backbone that is substantial. I wonder what the IBUs of this fucker are. Damn good stuff.

A BigHugey thanks to the LongBeachBum for sending this one my way. It's the first of many great beers I will have a chance to enjoy from the Bum but I have a hard time believing this can be improved upon. A true gem.

08-29-2003 02:58:40 | More by Bighuge
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

07-25-2003 14:29:01 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

White Knuckle? Well, I'd best be holdin' on!! This sucka has a rich, attractive, clear, deep copper color. Head started out at about 1/2", but shrank rapidly to a fine, thin layer of creamy, tight tan bubbles. It left a respectable amount of lacing in the glass as well.
The nose was delightful! I got a nice whiff as I was pouring the bier into my glass. It has a sweet combo of grapefruity hops along with a caramel-malt aroma. Mmmmm....! Body was A-OK; more than medium yet not quite full-bodied, and it had silky smooth feel passing over the tongue. Also had a chewiness to it. A-1!!
Flavor is well-balanced, with a big dose of malt competing favorably with the high hop levels. I get a lot of caramel and malt notes with an initial burst of sweetness in the first wave. The second frontal assault is with a large contingent of hops, very citrusy and grapefruity. The aftertaste sticking long and hard in my throat is about 1/3 grapefruit and 2/3's caramel. Oh yeah! As the bier warms the malt becomes more accentuated, though the hop level is still up there. I am thoroughly enjoying this bier, my first sample from Marin Brewing. Thnx to SamuraiJack for allowing me the opportunity. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


06-29-2003 10:33:09 | More by Bierman9
Photo of mickeymac


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Starts with a “California Brewed” cap. The label is a little goofy, with a bird (Heron) flying along on a mountain bike and (I shudder to use the word) extreme style lettering making out the words White Knuckle. What’s inside the bottle makes up for the outside. It pours a lovely copper with a thick off-white head that lingers on top of the beer and leaves traces all the way down the side of the glass. The smell is quite hoppy with piney notes but nicely balanced by a hearty malt backbone. The taste is very nice, with malt sweetness, a good bit of hop bitterness, and just a hint of biscuit. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. It’s also dangerously drinkable for an 8.00% beer. The Double IPAs are just throwing me for a bit of a loop. Is it really a Strong Ale, a borderline Barleywine? Does it matter? It’s another good product from Brendan Moylan and cohorts.

06-20-2003 21:48:46 | More by mickeymac
Photo of BierReise


3.95/5  rDev -5%

This clear deep amber colored brew poured a medium frothy head but not as big as the Moylan IPA I had last night. Nice hoppy aroma with piney nose. I was expecting a chewy resiny mouthfeel but was actually fairly regular, with a subtle resiny feel in the mouth. Flavor is fresh and outstanding with a big blast of hops. I love a good dry-hopped IPA because you get so much flavor without an extreme bitterness. My empty glass leaves evidence of a good brew. Thick lacing of an enjoyable pre-dinner beer.

06-11-2003 14:49:30 | More by BierReise
Photo of Mark


4.45/5  rDev +7%

This Double IPA had a nice balance as the hops were not overpowering. While I love over the top beers there was something about the "restraint" in the hop profile that I found welcome. This beer was a deep clear amber, head retention was exellent and lacing coated the glass from top to bottom. Nice piney aroma, smooth nicely balanced taste. Taste was citrusy and piney but in nice harmony with the malt base. Thick substantial chewy mouthfeel was a highlight. Very drinkable for a 9% beer. I suggest all advocates who see this beer should give it a go.

06-10-2003 20:40:56 | More by Mark
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

A very nice looking Bomber screamed “buy me” from the Shelf. I hadn’t even seen it, but was subconsciously alerted by my tingling beer sense. Glad to see that it is still working, for this is one great beer.

Has the usual generic Marin Brewing Co. label; this one has a dark blue border with the words “Eldridge Grade White Knuckle Double IPA Ale” daubed next to a picture of a Heron (?) riding a pedal cycle. Named in honor of the bike trail on Mt. Tam - well that’s what the blurb says anyway.

Appearance: Deep auburn-orange-copper color with a thin tan colored head which is large when first poured, but soon becomes a thin broken scum covering which laces well as the head collapses. After a vigorous ‘top-up’ from the bottle though, the head explodes to life - that’s much better. One of those ‘dark’ looking IPA’s that you know is going to kick your arse.

Nose: Not as pungent as I expected to be honest. The label recommended serving this at 45°F, but I found this smothered the nose somewhat at first. As it warmed it revealed fresh citric hops, malts, & a chewy toffee-like aspect that had a pine-resin quality.

Taste: Nice, there is a really great malt-hop aspect to this Double-IPA; neither is dominant, but rather mutually complimentary. It has the malt, bitterness, citric fruitiness and the floral piney-hops in perfect balance for me. This is all-present throughout the beer, start to finish. The malt-bitterness at the end has a lingering hoppiness that is so absolutely perfect.

Drinkability: Huh!! One word, “Dangerously”……

Mouthfeel: I don’t want to keep repeating this word, but it does have a real “chewy” feel to it that lends it a smooth rounded mouthfeel. I wonder if anyone has ever made a ‘Double IPA Toffee’, maybe this is what it would be like if they did.

Overall: Very nice, not as “hop-smackingly” powerful as I feared at first, but rather a very well developed & extremely well-balanced Double IPA that is easily dispatched. Up with the best of the Double-IPA’s that’s for sure. And all this for $3.49 for 22 fl.oz! – Wow, Bargain. It is another “Must Buy and Stock” if I ever see it again.

06-07-2003 20:02:34 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of jcalabre


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Originally sampled 30 October 2002. Clear amber color, hoppy, citrus aroma. Great hop flavor up front w/ a smooth finish. This is another example of the growing 'sub-style' of Imperial IPA. Along w/ Ruintation, White Knuckle is a great example of this trend. This is a hop monster.

05-28-2003 08:16:36 | More by jcalabre
Photo of beernut7


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

This is one style that is quickly becoming a favorite. This rendition pours a deep amber color with no head to speak of with a heavily malty and deeply spicy aroma. One can almost smell the bitterness waiting to break out of the glass. Initial flavor is distinctly grapefruit spicy quickly eclipsed by a heavy caramel malt and the followed quickly by a mellow, but noticeable bitterness. Great spicy balance throughout. Heavy and complex in flavor. Very nice.

05-25-2003 08:45:14 | More by beernut7
White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.