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Knuckle Sandwich | Bootlegger's Brewery

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Bootlegger's Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / 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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Reviews:
255
Ratings:
1,067
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
21.96%
 
 
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Reviews: 255 | Ratings: 1,067
Photo of brian44556
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled 1/14/2016.

Pours a deep bronze, with a small, off-white head that bubbles away rather quickly. A bit of lace lines the glass. A lot of sweet, heavy malt on the nose with a distant dank, tropical fruit smell to compliment. Taste is very malty, faded tropical hops, and pretty grassy. I would like to try this fresher. Carbonation is a bit low, extremely creamy mouthful, and easy drinking for 10%. This is a tasty DIPA, it has lost some of the heavy floral hop profile I enjoy at 4 months old, but it has some very unique characteristics and a wonderful malt profile.

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

Sampled at a tasting. Very dark brown pour with a tan head. Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit. Tastes like malt sugars, honey, citrus and caramel. Bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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

Mahogany color with white head. Aroma has a heavy malt backbone with earthy and piney hops. Taste starts hoppy with intense bitterness and a solid malt backbone. Heavy body with medium carbonation. Not bad but it's very old school and generic.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a half finger off-white head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Big aroma of citrus and piney hops, caramel malt, tropical fruit, particularly pineapple, nice. Flavor is piney hops with notes of orange and grapefruit, caramel and lightly bready malt, tropical fruit; finishes with big resinous piney and orange citrus bitterness. Medium bodied with good creaminess, almost lightly syrupy. A big, robust double IPA, with nice powerful hops with great resin and herbal flavors. Hefty, slightly sweet malt body gives good support to the hops. Warming, but the big ABV is well covered. Great double IPA with big flavors and balance. Glad to have had a chance to snag one of these.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A darker dipa color, this one clocks in at dark amber, auburn, burnt copper kind of vibe. 1/3" head. Aroma dropped heavy notes of hops, fruity, Americana proprietary and even some caramel notes that weren't heavy.

Taste was wonderful, low, soft bitterness, amazing malt body that hides immense alcohol. Plenty of woody pine notes accompanied by peach hop tones. This one is solid and one of the easiest drinking bottled 10%+ beers around.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden amber appearance capped off by a beautiful off-white head. Lines of lacing string along the sides of the glass. Very enticing aroma of floral hops and citrus like grapefruit and tangerine. Flavorful taste of citrus, a piney bite, and others mixed about. Pretty full bodied with a creamy feel and moderate carbonation. Overall, Knuckle Sandwich does pack a punch right in the mouth; but this swing I saw coming and still beat all expectations! Awesome!

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Photo of Reema
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 12 oz into a pint glass

Pours a dark mahogany amber color. Smells of intense peach, subtle cantaloupe, pine, grapefruit rind, with a strong malty sweetness. Taste reflects the smell. Initial malty sweetness that leads into piney floral dank hops flavors and bitterness, followed by intense peach and melon flavors that finishes with a small caramel like aftertaste. Very tasty. Feel is thick, slightly oily, with sufficient carbonation so that it isn't flat. Ideal for a DIPA. Overall this is great beer with great characteristics that make this tasty and a treat to drink.

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Photo of beertunes
3.34/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 2beerdogs for this one. Poured from hated 22oz bottle into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy orange-amber color with just a thin cap of light tan head, which then settles quickly into a thin ring. No real retention or lacing.

The aroma was all hops, no malt showing through at all, mostly grapefruity citrus and a bit of pine. On the tongue, a sharp alcohol flavor was the first thing to be noticed. Then, those big citrusy hops came through, and there was just a wee bit of light malt across the middle of the palate.

The body was somewhat fuller than typical for the style, which I like when a beer has a strong alcohol flavor, which helps smooth out the flow across the palate. But, that is what probably what gives the beer it's somewhat sweet & sticky finish. Drinkability was OK, the alcohol left the finish with a bit of lingering hotness. Overall, a good, solid take on the style. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottled poured into Spiegelau glass bottled on 5/7

A: deep caramel in color nice tight head that dissipates to nothing

S: deep resiny rich maltiness ver bitter smelling and piny on the nose with a big dose of bready malts

T: lots of resin and a large dose of sweet malts and booze lots of like artificial sweetness on the end

M: a little syrupy and the layered thickness makes the booze feel cloying

O: It might be because it is so old but this beer is flat out average the malts are huge and you have a resin taste and smell and the alcohol is distracting and to the front. I'm surprised this is so highly rated as average in taste as it is

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

Pours a little cloudy, dark (about SRM 12), head hardly formed at all. Aroma sharp with pine. Very bitter flavor with a strong malt presence, kind of sweet. Good body, no alcohol burn at all.

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Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty clear, rich amber-orange, nice finger of cream coloured, sticky looking head. Sweet malts, with citrus and ripe tropical fruits and a bit of sharp alcohol on the nose. Big sweet malts, citrus rinds, some over-ripe tropical fruits. Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation. Big IPA here, good stuff.

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

Bomber poured into shaker pint. Orange amber body with two finger plus head that lasts. Lots of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is of orange peel, pine resin, sweet malts, and citrus juice. Taste is bitter citrus peel and pine balanced with sweet candied grapefruit and a caramel malt ribbon. Medium-full body, sticky, resinous texture, moderate carbonation, bitter finish.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was strongly recommended by my brewing mentor and I was on a mission to procure it. Thanks to Rick760Sd for this one!

A - Deep amber color, one of the darkest DIPAs I've ever seen. Very clear beer with a fluffy coarse white head and moderate lacing. Pours pretty thick for a DIPA.

S - Extremely strong fresh hop fragrance with tons of floral, pine, resin, and citrus fruits. Smells like a freshly pulled dry hop bag. There is some orange, tropical fruit like peach, and an herbal character to bring together the awesomeness. Overall great aromatics.

T - Out of the gates this is a Simcoe bomb! The resin, pine, dank, and citrus all pound the tongue. "Knuckle Sandwich" is very appropriate with the hop flavors and the hop bitterness that punch the palate. There is a tremendous amount of sweet malt backbone that tries to simmer down the bitterness and does well. There is a caramel and alcohol tone that blends very well with the pine and resin making this a beastly beer.

M - High mouth-feel with medium carbonation. Very resinous and hoppy bitter with the maltiness trying to compensate. The balance is a good attempt but just a big beer!

Overall, a tremendous beer. Not as fruity or as citrusy as other DIPAs but with the extreme resin and pine to go along with the grapefruit and peach it is just amazing. The big malt, caramel character took me aback but it was really quite delicious and made this beer more robust and flavorful. If you love hops this more "East-Coast" style DIPA is pretty awesome.

Glass- Imperial Nonic

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ice tea coloring with a slight, bready textured peanut shell toned head that was moderately retaining. Healthy carbonation factor within, with a sticky, thin, lace band.

S: Aroma was sticky pine resins, flowery dry citrus, wet grapefruit, with background nuances of sweetly toasted malt. Decent level of awareness.

T: Toasted malt and dry citrus with juicy grapefruit and sticky pine upfront. Spicy hops, dry mango and tropical fruit hints. Glimpses of toasted sweetness, figs, tangerines-orange spiciness and apple-caramel. Alcohol spiciness of cinnamon and tarragon.

M: Sticky hop resins, sticky malt with a fairly sharp bite of carbonation. Very good malt depth, dry, spicy bite of hops off the tongue.

O: Overall big sticky malt body and sticky hop resins and as good as advertised. A very good mixture of juicy hops, sweet malt, dry hopping and alcohol spiciness. Incredible drinkability, the 10% abv is nearly non-detectable behind the big malt backing and hops and adds a nice deal of spiciness. A bomber goes way to quickly, a worthy repeat anytime and one i wish i had access to. Received as xmas present, the price + shipping cost is worth the endeavor.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle 1/14/2016

A: Pours an amber color with an off white, almost vanilla colored head, beer is clear, lots of lacing, not seeing much carbonation streaming off the bottom. Probably the darkest IIPA I've ever seen.

A: Resin, pine, hints of grapefruit peel, slight garlic/onion aroma, sweet malts on the backend, has lots of aroma, smells really big.

T: Pine, resin, grapefruit peel, sweet malts, some floral notes, moderate amount of bitterness, finish is dry, piney, sweet, lots of flavor, alcohol does come through.

M: Medium bodied with a big dry finish, could use some more carbonation.

O: A big IIPA, piney, resiny, dry citrus notes, very malty, if you like IIPA with big malt backbones this beer is for you. I had this when it first was brewed a few years ago, and it was really malty. Now it's balanced and a bit more enjoyable.

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Photo of Gpartnoff
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Phenominal beer. The hype on it was on point. It's a go to double IPA. Glad it's local, got mine at seagate liquor in Hb. They have over 400 craft caguamas.

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

Poured bomber into Lost Abbey Teku no date on bottle

A-Pours a deep copper orange with a two finger off white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma is of pine, grapefruit, sweet malts, caramel, and some tropical hops.

T-Taste is very similar to the aroma but has a bit more hops and caramel.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium to full body. At the beginning it's slightly creamy and finishes slightly dry. Has great carbonation.

O-Overall a great DIPA, I enjoy the balance of the hops and malt. I would definetly get one again.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: normal for a DIPA. Slightly darker than usual a nice light tangerine/ruby red color. Head is the perfect amount of white foam.

Smell: pretty mild on the nose. Malts are very present with a caramel-like sweetness. Hop notes of citrus and tropical fruits. Again, this is not an DIPA with a huge aroma to it.

Taste: First thing that stands out is how wickedly smooth this beer is for 10% ABV you would never think it. Alcohol is completely hidden. One of the most malt forward DIPA's I've had, as advertised on the label. Especially on the front the malty sweetness shows off its presence. As you move into the middle and finish the hops make themselves known coming across very tropical of mangoes, melon (rare), citrus, tangerine, grape fruit. A bit of floral, herbaceous notes are present as well. Ends with a normal DIPA bitter finish but it doesn't linger unpleasantly.

Mouth Feel: excellent, like the rest of the beer it is smooth throughout. No unwanted carbonation, crispness, syrupy/viscous quality or thin body. The body really fits with the overall style and in my opinion objective of the brewer.

Overall: This is a fantastic DIPA. It takes the hop notes of a traditional West Coast IPA (although more tropical fruits the grape fruit and citrus is very present and West Coasty) and adds a hefty malt backbone. This takes the best parts of West and East coast. I don't like the bone dry, no malt presence West Coast / San Diego IPAs, this really hits the spot by adding a big malt sweetness that complements and balances the beer. Get your hands on this one if you can. Would love to blind taste test this against the other top DIPAs.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Frothy, blanket-like cream-colored head a finger thick. It look

s velvety and majestic. Impressive. Body is a glowing amber color. 5

S- Sweet, dank and piney. Lots of caramel. 4

T- Continued sweet caramel, light citrus and a moderately resinous finish. 4

M- Thick and big-bodied with a mostly sweet feel before a bitter, dry close. Alcohol is nowhere to be found and there's a nice burst of effervescence mid-palate. 4.25

It's a nice beer with perhaps less aromatics than I expected, but the overall product works well.

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Photo of jdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Rating is based upon average of bottles versus draft. Would certainly rate this on draft at 4.75 however the bottles received at the brewery were noticeably less impressive. Don't get me wrong, still a wonderful IIPA. No dates on the bottles however understanding they sell out of Knuckle Sandwich every few days, I assume they are fresh.

The draft at the brewery was more hop forward with a substantial malt base. With the bottle I find the hops to be less present with the malt still there. The good news is the heavier malt in both the draft and bottle product is pleasing.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
Notes from 09/21/2014

A: Dark amber body with a real garnet look. Darker than most any IPA I have come across with a touch of murkiness to it. Half finger width of khaki tan suds holds over somewhat. A few swathed ribbons of lace paint the glass on the way down.

S: The nose is saturated with resinous pine needle and complimented by softer currents of candied grapefruit and flowers. I get a very clean bready malt cracker note with a dusting of lemon zest. Really nice and pungent with a heavy hand in the piney hops.

T: A juicy hop blaster loaded with sappy evergreens. I get tons of pine with grapefruit, tangerine, lemon-lime, and some more stone fruit like elements of peach. Super resinous with a big bitter sharpness on the palate yet balanced by a moderately hefty malt bill. Bready malt cracker sustains through to a drying finish. Some faint booziness but its welcomed here at 10%+. A great DIPA overall.

M: The body is moderate with decent balance teetering between light and heavy. Very bitter with a long lasting resinous linger and a good drying at the finish. Lightly warming with alcohol.

D: Big, bold, and brazen with some major pine resin factor. Despite the rub of latest production efforts here KnuckleSando is still a great DIPA. Let’s face it this is the beer that put Bootlegger’s on the map. The rest of their stuff has been pretty hit or miss. Definitely worth trying out and stoked to finally nab this one in San Diego.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.75/5  rDev +11%

So many flavors come through. Without a doubt one of the best Double/Triple/Imperial IPA's I've had. I get the normal sweetness, and tropical fruit with a bite of grapefruit. I also get a nice hint of vanilla coming though.

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Photo of TATTSNSNAPBACKS
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Haven't been a fan of too many of the IPAs Bootlegger's has been coming out with. This one how ever was a great Double IPA. 10% !! That's what I'm talking about!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a spiegelau IPA glass.

Big thick and tall, creamy to foamy light tan head, billowing like a giant fist off the pour and quite uniform in bubbles. Body color is very dark and nearly brown but goes to deep bronze red and just can see through it. Edges provide lots of lighter red and orange color, but bleeds like blood. Just creeping, slow, and small rising carbonation. Great looking brew.

Real neat aroma. Dank hints, a sort of mix of juiced garlic roasted sweet onion notes and faint fruit somewhat indistinct senses, kind of tangerine citrus barely. Somewhat complimenting, but not getting in each others way too much. Goes to hop smoke aromas also which is real nice. This I think could be off putting for some but I am enjoying it nicely.

Palate is just... uh... WOW... this is so thick and juiced with coating sugars. Pure icing sugar like feel. Thick brown sugar malt sweetness and practically like drinking hop maple syrup and thick toffee caramel. Palate brings some more big fruit notes, but the caramel sweetness takes over in an impressive way. Finishes with dank qualities, and big almost cherry and raspberry fruit pie like finish. Mild bitterness, just a bit sugary.

Overall this is really impressive and different from nose to palate. REally not what I was expecting making it that more impressive. It is however, just a bit too sweet, and it takes over from the hop aroma and flavors just a little too much. But dang this is going to drink fast.

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

A very hearty and robust caramel color meets the eye with a bubbly thick foam head.

The nose is exquisite with lemon, watermelon, grapefruit and tangerine. The caramel malt back bone is obvious but not intruding.

The flavors are diverse and intense with fruity and herbal hop characters and a malty backbone. Lemon, watermelon(which is unusual), tangerines and grapefruit meet a musky herbal hop tone. The malt has barley, caramel and cola nut flavors as well to support a deeply complex beer.

This drinks with superior smoothness and a deceptively refreshing feel.

I rank this amongst the best DIPAs I've ever had...I wish I had more.

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Knuckle Sandwich from Bootlegger's Brewery
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