Knuckle Sandwich | Bootlegger's Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States
bootleggersbrewery.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jerz on 12-14-2009

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#1,179
Reviews:
264
Ratings:
1,103
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
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Photo of Jbean9021
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shivtim
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deereless
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vikinggary28
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber / orange colour with a thin tan head and some nice lacing. Smells of piney hops blended with some citrus and slight fruits. Taste very good, the sweet malts counter the bitter hops nicely and with what tastes like grapefruit and pineapple creeping through this is a nice summer beer. The 10% abv is well hidden and could pack quite a punch if you weren't aware of it. Prost!

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Photo of Hop_God
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got as a gift from RaulMondesi. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/19/2017. Pours crystal clear deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted bread, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very slight booze in the aromas as it warmed. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted bread, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted bread, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden, a mildly increasing warmth of 10% lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV; with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Extremely juicy hop complexity; sizable malt backbone, but never overly sweet/heavy feeling for the ABV with nice adequate lingering hop dryness. A highly enjoyable offering. Loved the hop profile, very classic tasting.

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Photo of gboley
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebeers
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really dark orange-amber color with three fingers of sandy, tan head. Long-lasting with decent lacing.

Orange, caramel and pine in the nose.

Piney bitterness with orange, caramel sweetness, a little peppery note, and nice smack of alcohol.

Medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with modest carbonation.

Classic, old school DIPA that matches the name. My type of beer. 9/5/17 canned on date.

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Photo of Ri0
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 16oz can into snifter. Color is a bright amber, clear, with a 2 finger white head. Very nice retention and lacing. Juicy aroma, sweet malts and bitter citrus/pine hops and some fruity notes. Citrus hops, pine hops, fruity hops...hops...hops... Some sweet caramel malt flavors round out all the palate destroying hops. Light bodied with excellent carbonation. It is refreshing and bitter all at once. Terrific red IIPA that is similar to some others I love.

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Photo of Lance_Pearce
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bb-magic
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nhazu10
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From what I'm told, this varies depends on batch. I got that from the bartender and the reviews verified his comment. First of all, if you can handle hops, this is a must try.

Look: red tint, not too heavy
Body: on the heavier side, it's an imperial
Taste: medium bitterness on the front of your tongue. Subtle on the way down.

Highly recommend

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Photo of thatsarealplane
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of themegamancave
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of R_i_P
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wish Bootlegger's would brew this DIPA in consistent batches. Last June/July 2016, the batches of Knuckle Sandwich ("K-S") were nirvana. The Nov. 2016 batches sucked big time -- almost no carbonation and inadequate hops. The batch bottled on 12/02/2016 was better, but not stellar. The 12/03/2016 batch was incredible -- wonderful carbonation! In Jan. 2017, my local Albertson's stopped carrying this DIPA altogether. Even Hi Times in Newport Beach, CA didn't have it. WTF?

Albertson's finally restocked in Feb. 2017. I yanked a few bombers off its refrigerated shelves on 02/10/2017. Some of the bombers were bottled on 12/03/2016. The rest on 12/27/2016. 10% ABV. Bad-ass looking label.

K-S pours a clear, dark copper. The 12/03/2016 batch has superb carbonation with 2 fingers of ecru foam and very nice lacing. The 12/27/2016 batch has low carbonation with ¼" of tawny foam that dissipates quickly -- no lacing whatsoever. Both batches smell of orange zest and malt. The taste of both batches start with a huge note of orange zest, pine, dank and malt. Huge malt backbone. This isn't your standard 2 rows of Optic malts. Alcohol warms this mixture and gives a nice boozy taste. This DIPA will get you hammered! The 12/03/2016 batch was insanely superb; however, the 12/27/2016 batch was very good, but nothing more.

If only Bootlegger's would get their sh*t together! When brewed right, this DIPA is world-class. Although I wish last winter's crappy batches were just a fluke, I sincerely doubt it. Whatever Bootlegger must do to improve the batch-to-batch consistency of this DIPA, they'd better do it bloody soon. Otherwise, they'll never dredge this awesome, yet vexatiously inconsistent, world-class DIPA out of obscurity. Respect must be earned!

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Photo of Keeling
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of michaelsmayhem
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Murky appearance. Deep brown color, very slight red tint. Pours a very small head, 2-3 centimeters.

S - The smell is very subtle (although this is my weakest sense), perhaps smells a bit sweet. Can't quite make it out, but it is pleasant. Nothing overtly bad.

T - Very smooth taste for 10% ABV. Not boozy in the slightest, even a bit of a sweet aftertaste. Although it pours a small head, the carbonation is steady and bubbles form throughout the drinking experience.

M - Provides a smooth thick warmth every sip.

O - Extremely easy beer to drink. If you are going strictly off taste alone, you will find yourself drinking more of it a lot quicker than you might expect.

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Photo of CraftBeerRyan
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of silverblaze540
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - A cloudy amber with minimal head.

S - Hints of pine and grapefruit, but not particularly strong.

T - Citrus then a bitter pine, with a sweet aftertaste.

M - Moderately thick with some burn from the alcohol.

O - The aftertaste is sweet and overall not too bitter. Also seemed a bit on the thick side for a DIPA. Enjoyable.

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Photo of mpenske
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brayton
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheChairman
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Granted it's been months since I tried a Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA, but my recollection of that beer was exactly what I tasted with this one.

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Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 1,103 ratings