White Knuckle Double IPA - Marin Brewing Company
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2.64/5 rDev -36.5%
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.
02-23-2013 05:50:16 | More by kojevergas
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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 !
02-06-2013 03:31:33 | More by OTB
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
Look – orange/light amber in color, hazy, with about a finger or so’s worth of cream-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.
Smell – hoppy, but with a hint of orange peel or maybe some other blended fruits.
Taste – pretty hoppy in taste, but not terribly so in bite. There is a bitterness, but it approaches only in the middle. Pungeant, but not overwhelmingly so. Aftertaste is bitter, and it only gets strengthened by each sip.
Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.
Overall – not a bad brew at all. Interesting to think about and taste.
08-02-2012 04:41:10 | More by Nerudamann
4.15/5 rDev -0.2%
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy copper color with half a finger of soft off white head. Head dissipates to a layer of bubbles and leaving a bit of sticky lacing. Carbonated with plenty of tiny bubbles.
Nose is grapefruit peel and pine dominated, backed by caramel malt sweetness. Huge nose on this that wafted from the bottle as soon as you open it.
Taking a sip, follows the nose, bitter grapefruit and pine hop flavor hits the tongue first, mellowing into sweeter citrus and caramel malt mid tongue. Lingering grapefruit peel bitterness.
Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink beer and flavorful.
07-07-2012 22:39:44 | More by nataku00
3.38/5 rDev -18.8%
A- Pours a hazy dark orange liquid with a thin but creamy off white news that leaves some nice lacing.
S- Grass, pine, and caramel dominate with some fruit and oddly noticeable alcohol on the tail end. Not all that complex and a bit old school.
T- Sweet caramel, grass, and pine. There is a bit of smoky flavor as well, which is a bit odd. The maltiness is a bit excessive.
M- Sweet and kind of bitter. The carbonation is a bit lacking.
O- For the style, this is pretty old school and not all that interesting. Pretty rich and malfunction, especially when considering the alcohol content.
07-01-2012 06:12:17 | More by david131
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
04-11-2012 23:03:37 | More by mdfb79
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
A - Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with a slowly dissipating head and leaving slight lacing. Interesting color for a DIPA - reminds of a red ale.
S - Lots of mango, pineapple, sticky pine needles as well as caramel and roast malts.
T - Much like the nose; pineapple, mango, pine and pine needles as well as robust caramel malts. Bitter - The hops give the tongue a good slap in the face.
M - Mouth is slick and oily with medium carbonation and a lingering hoppy, grapefruity finish.
O - A solid DIPA w a well hidden ABV. Great hoppy/malty taste and a solid aftertaste. Glad I picked this one up, and will seek out the draft version very soon.
03-26-2012 00:12:29 | More by Hatzilla
White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.