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Brass Knuckle - Marin Brewing Company

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Brass Knuckle
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mjl21 on 04-02-2010

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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 20
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1.57/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap @ O'Brien's

A- golden amber with a one finger head that laced the glass like a nitro stout

S- earthy funk. Onions, grass. VERY herbal

T- onion and flowers. Not the most pleasant of beers

M- SYRUP! Some tingle on the tongue, but this beer is thick!!!

D- forcing myself to finish a 10oz pour. Just too thick and earthy. I can down funky and viscous brews, but this is just missing the spot

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2.25/5  rDev -42%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in sample size at the 2011 Bistro DIPA Fest. Pours a deep clear amber color with a lasting, sticky tan head. Aroma is crystal and caramel malts with some grapefruit and other citrus. Flavor is caramel and candied citrus. Bitterness is present but lacking in intensity, and the body is rather syrupy. Doesn't live up to its younger brother White Knuckle.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Giving this one a shot, a little nervous.

Appearance- Deep copper, almost amber. Inch of thick head which caps and laces nicely.

Smell- Pine. Hint of citrus. Plenty of grapefruit. Big nose, but very piney. Want some more fruits.

Taste- Pine. Bitter. Quite herbal and grassy. Some grapefruit as well. Tastes like a hop pellet. A big, hoppy, tongue-scraping bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Syrup. Needs more carbonation, unpleasant.

Drink- Booze is well hidden, but the thick mouth is a killer.

Don't love white knuckle, don't love brass knuckle. A good beer, but not the way I like my DIPAs.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub.

A: Pours a dark bronzed amber in the glass. It's faintly hazy, mostly translucent, and it glows red in the light. By the time the server brings it, the head has faded into a thin collar, with wispy bubbles.

S: Floral, perfumey, sugar cookie. Candied grapefruit (thanks Chris).

T: Candied grapefruit, blood oranges. Tremendous hop flavor, with nice sugar cookie sweetness rounding it out (and covering up the booze, I guess). It has a delicious floral character to it that I really enjoy. A small spicy bite in the finish -- pepper or cinnamon.

M: Owing to what must be some tremendous sugar, it finishes with a sweet burn that mimics dryness. It has some booze. Viscous, even chewy body, full in flavor. Medium carbonation, with lingering bitterness.

D: This drinks like a much lighter beer. But the $32 growler (that is, the fill) turns me off.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at the 2010 Firkin Festival.

This poured a cloudy red mahogany.

It smelled of juicy mango, passion fruit, fresh pine forest and grass.

It tasted sweet. It was not bitter at all! Well, it had a slightly bitter grapefruit skin ending but it was super fresh fruity tasting with a touch, a slight hair, of astringency. BUT mmmm delicious!

It had a good mouthfeel, good carbonation and good drinkability.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Brass Knuckle from Marin Brewing Company
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