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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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BA SCORE
93
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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 138
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 340 | Reviews: 250
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4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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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.

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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 !

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