Knuckle Sandwich | Bootlegger's Brewery

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jerz on 12-14-2009

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259
Ratings:
1,087
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a nonic. Thanks Andrew!

Pours a dark, orange-amber with a massive foamy and bubbly cream colored head. Appearance of the head is slightly off as it is overly foamy, but still has long-lasting retention and a few webs of clumpy lacing. Aroma is a punishing blend of fresh grapefruit, grapefruit and more grapefruit. Some pine and sweet malt notes add some depth to the nose, but really... who needs that? :). Flavor is dominated by resiny, sweet grapefruit and abundant bitterness in the finish. Balance is offered by piney hops; the malt backbone has a very hard time making it's presence felt. There is also a hint of solventy alcohol that lingers near the back of the palate and some mild spice. Medium body with active, light carbonation. Balance, subtlety, depth beyond delicious fresh grapefruit hops, etc are not the strong point of this beer, but I don't really think they're meant to be either given the beer's name and label. The booze and the unchecked hop forwardness detracts from the drinkability a little, but this is a nicely crafted fresh hop fix.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, thanks to DearthVader, to NB globe
Pours a light brown with a slight amber tint. 2 finger head with a slight beige tint. The head is gorgeous and leaves nice thick lacing before gradually dissipating to a thin film with lacing that glistens nicely but, after hanging on for a moment, dissipates.
Wonderful floral aroma that isn’t immediately noticeable but is coaxed out with a good swirl, as well as pineapple/mango fruity aromas and crisp sweet malt.
Pine is noticeable in the taste as well as some of the fruity flavors similar to the smell. Bitterness is almost unbearable at first but eventually becomes quite enjoyable.
You really feel the alcohol with this one but the texture and mouthfeel is nice. Pretty low carbonation and while it goes down smooth it does make the alcohol and bitterness more pronounced.
At first I was not enjoying this beer as much as I though I would but it really grew on me. Different than DIPAs like Pliny in both appearance and taste this is still a very good interpretation of the style.

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

Pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit, citrus in general, and some small amounts of malt. This beer is all about the hops. The flavor is very balanced and hoppy. It is way too sessionable. I get a lot of grapefruit and orange notes with some biscuit and caramel malt mixed in. The ale is very sessionable with a medium carb....and huge drinkability.

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

22oz bottle.

Pours clear amber with a quarter inch head of beige. A thin whisp of fine bubbles remained on the surface for the duration as well as a few errant dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a nice combination of pine and tropical fruit. Very much smelling like a So. Cal IPA. Spruce sap, tangerines, apricots, mangos, peaches, and melons. No dankness found to speak of, just plenty of citrus and a hint of pine.

Medium bodied with a light chew and a mild tackiness. Residuals and resins lend some gumminess to the mouthfeel.

Plump, juicy malt and fruit-laden hops start the palate. Grapefruit, apricots, peaches, and pine resin with sweet malt. A nice malt backbone but surprisingly malt-forward for a So. Cal IPA.
Medium bitterness for the style with some lingering sweetness.

Finishes with juicy malt, tropical fruit, and crushed pine boughs.

Tasty beer and somewhat fresh. A bit more malt than I like in my IIPA's though and on the sweet side. The nose is less than pungent also.

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Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark amber, approaching brown, in color. Forms a voluminous creamy off-white colored head that slowly reduces to a very think ring around the edge and leaves globs of lacing on the way down.

S: Somewhat dank. Almost musty. With lots of citrus, orange, and grapefruit.

T: Starts off with sweet malts, light sweet caramel, and a strong orange-citrus flavor. There is some subtle orange blossom floral quality and some pine as well. A little bit of alcoholic spice on the finish.

M: Medium bodied and sweet. Texture is slick, almost syrupy. Moderate bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Wow, this one was not what I was expecting. Nothing like the typical West Coast IPA style, much maltier and sweeter with lots of hops, but a restrained bitterness.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured into a Victory snifter. No bottling date present, but assume this is from the spring/early summer due to trade time line.

A: Pours almost a clear amber color. Finger and a half off white head. Good lacing on the glass. Stickiness on the glass.

S: Really resiny floral smells. Lots of grapefruit, which is surprising from the appearance. There is some carmel malts.

T: A crisp hop bite on tip of tongue. A nice malt balance on the middle of the tongue. The finish is long. Really solid brew.

M: Medium bodied DIPA. Stays with you a while, but doesn't completely destroy.

O: First offering from this brewery, and I really liked it. Lived up to the hype. I want to try this again when a little fresher, but even with some time....great beer.

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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 Retsinis
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh on draft @ instant replay

A: Hazy copper, honey amber color. Intial solid cap of head, good half inch. Slow settle, light smooth lacing.

S; Punch of juicy pineapple, citrus, touch of pine. Dried mango, peach skin.

T: Cararmel malt baclbone is pretty distinct. This is not a light dry DIPA. Maltiness shines through. Bitterness is well blended, & is layered with the malt.

M: a little sticky, light to medium carbonation

O: First off, thank you Stan for tapping this. What a treat. This is a DIPA I have not chased due to the demand, and the limited distribution. While a bit malty to Pliney, and not as clean as Citra, this is a good DIPA.

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Photo of lsummers
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant amber orange with a two finger eggshell colored head. Looks sticky, sweet and tasty.

Smells of sweet piney hops, woody grassy grapefruit and pineapple notes abound. Some caramel candy and brown bread. The smell blends so well into the taste that you almost need both to complete it. Pine and peppery grassy bitter grapefruit merges with the caramel creamy malts. There's a sweet stickiness that helps round it all out.

Mouthfeel is definitely round, chewy, and sticky.

Overall, this is a fantastic example of a west coast double ipa. Nothing by itself about this beer is perfect but put together the smells, tastes and mouth feel and all of a sudden it becomes complete.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I must say at first pour a pungent piney hop note releases from a foot away... Also. It looks quite good. Semi opaque yellow/amber/rose with a nicely formed and well retained pale tan head. Good lacing as well.

S: mango tang and a funky sour seaweed/tea leaf, meet up with a mild recently fallen brown pine needle.

T: Balanced, rich, and dry finishing aka: The things great DIPA's are made of. Individual hop flavors are sort of smeared together creating a somewhat muddled yet long finishing expression.

M: High carbonation and good hopping leads to rich but drying.

O: very complex and while I don't love this stuff to death it has a number of things going well for it. keep it up guys and dial that motha in.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulilp glass.

A: Pours a caramel colored golden, with a finger and a half of grayish cream head. Very good retention and some lacing.

S: Hoppy pine and floral notes with a subtle caramel malt undertone.

T: Liquid caramel up front with pine hops, crystal malt, moderate sweetness, and mild bitterness and caramel malt on the finish.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O: A solid choice for a very malt-forward and caramelly DIPA. The nose is more hoppy and balanced than the taste.

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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 theopholis
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Fairly clear deep copper/amber color. Good, creamy frothy off-white head with good staying power.

Smell- Lots of caramel, malt sweetness with background of citrus. Maybe a hint of earthyiness, but it smells very fresh and inviting.

Taste- Very malty, with a lot of malt-sweetness and just enough hops to balance it out nicely. Very well balanced in all aspects.

Mouthfeel-: Medium body. A tad light on the carbonation. It's amazingly creamy, like a nitrogen charged stout.

Overall- One of the better DIPAs out there. I find most of them are too citrusy or too piney for me. This isn't the best, but it's pretty good. And I like asking for it, because the waitress balls up her tiny little hand and says "I'll give you a knuckle sandwich!". LOL

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Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Big, big thanks to the 2 people who brought bottles of this to the NYC Top Hpos tasting; I believe brystmar brought one of the bottles. Been a Want of mine for a while.

a - Pours a deep amber-red color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, light pine hops, tropical fruits, toasted malts, biscuit malts, and bready malts. Nice and fruity, though much more malty than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, pine hops, grapefruit, citru hops, tropical fruits, caramel malts, dough, and bready malts. Again, lots of fruits and malts, which is nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Not a lot of bitterness to it; pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer, though it was super malty nowhere near as hoppy as I was expecting. Lots of fruit to it and malts, and no bitterness, which makes it easy to drink. A very good beer worth checking out, but not a hop bomb in the least, so don't expect it to be one.

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Photo of Nuggethops
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber (thanks to StevenT562) into an imperial pint glass

Pours a dark amber with a reddish hue. An aggressive pour yeilds a one finger head which dissipates to a frothy white cap, decent lacing with a solid ring after each sip Aroma is of piney hop oils up front with citrus/grapefruit and caramel in the back.

Strong bitter hop taste up front with a slight bitter citrus taste, this beer has a strong malt backbone that tastes of caramel and banana with a slight alcohol taste at the end. This is a dangerously drinkable DIPA, I could easily throw back a few of these and would never guess a 10% ABV if the bottle didn't say so.

Overall this is a delicious well balanced DIPA with a nice malt character to offset the strong hop aroma and taste, I would definitely seek out this beer again.

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Photo of fourplayed
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red-orange hues with 2 finger rocky off white head..nice lacing.

Smells are Sweet citrus, oranges and grapefruit, nice. some fruit punch sweetness and pineapple detected...fairly sweet overall.

Taste of earthy hops with malt sweetness, some sweet fruits and citrus all mixed nicely...the 10%abv is very well hidden.

Medium body and carbonation with mild to medium alcohol warmth. Nice hop bite and dry finish.

A very good brew, nice balance of sweetness, fruits, citrus, hops and carbonation along with nice alcohol warmth. watch the10% abv it's very well hidden.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken from 9/29 from the craziest bottle share that i have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to the NYC and Hoboken crew for letting me participate in this incredible day of drinking long time wants and insanity.

Thanks kindly to Mike? for sharing.

a - clear amber thing bubbly head with spotty lacing.
s - smells awesome. IPA crossed with an amber.
t - heavy butterscotch. Amber IPA.
m - a bit boozy
o - overall Amber IPA hoppy butterscotch

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Photo of mikul93
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A A dark amber with a nice 2 finger head. Nice lacing

S Big combination of grapefruit and sweet malt. Almost bready. Very nice smelling beer.

T Sweet malt, grapefruit and hops hit you all at once. The flavors don't really come one after the other. It just hits you all up front leaving a mild bitterness on your tongue.

M Medium body with a creamy texture to it. Nice carbonation

O It's definately a unique DIPA. The smell is just fantastic! The taste was good, but not great. It lacked that crispness. I enjoyed it though.

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Photo of match1112
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to pelican5 for this want!

a: looks like liquid brown sugar. nice two finger tall sand colored head stays till the end.

s: lots of big tropical and citrus fruits. some sugar residue and caramel malts.

t: a big citrus punch to the tastebuds. caramel notes and sugar.

m: sticky sweet, slight bitterness, good carbonation. finishes quick.

o: my biggest knock on this is the burnt sugar rediduals on the taste and mouthfeel. other than that this is fantastic!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown with slight orange highlights that had a thin head and left decent frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very nice nose on this one consisting of citrus lemons, tangerine, mango, pine, floral hops, and some sweetness I believe are coming from the caramel malts.

T: it did get the piney floral hops but they were not as potent on the palate as I thought thay would be but was nice and also had citrus tangerine, mango, and grassy accents. It also had some sweet malts that over powered the bitter bite just a tad.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a fruity, sweet, piney hoppy and slight bitter finish.

D: it drank really good but I hope they can add just a little bit more of a hop punch. I heard a lot about this beer but it definitely needs some tweeking to keep up with the west coast hop bomb game.

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Photo of doppelme
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer smeels of crisp citrus fruits with a bit of a resiny stinch as well. It pours a dark orange body with a sticky off white head. The beer is bitter upfront with a lingering sweetness at the end. The alcohol is hidden well but you can sense that after one bottle you probably will be able to feel a little buzz going. It is moderatly carbonated with a sticky texture to the beer. Overall this is a beer I would drink again and one I would love to always have around if that was possible.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium amber with a soft white head, nice lace.

S: Tropical notes of pineapple and passion fruit, reminds me a bit of BP Dorado.

T: As with what my buddy DoubleJ said about it, this DIPA is juicy, a wet hop feel almost. Big pineapple, mango and pine, nice complexity. Go here for tropical fruit in an a SoCal DIPA.

M: Medium/full-bodied, easy on the palate, wet/juicy.

D: I liked this DIPA a lot, Bootlegger's is certainly impressing me as of late.

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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 WeisGuy
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stone Bistro on 6/29. Review from notes.

a - deep golden, almost burnt orange color, quarter-inch ivory head with decent retention and lacing, fairly clear with only minimal haze

s - huge grapefruit dominated aroma, lighter notes of pine and caramel malt, wisps of alcohol in the nose

t - big bitter and sweet grapefruit explosion up front, pine mixes with citrus on the midpalate along with light caramel notes, finish is pine bitterness and light sweetness along with a decent alcohol heat

m - medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, nice alcohol warming, pretty dry on the finish

d - not overly drinkable for the style, you can taste the alcohol but it's not overwhelming, pretty harsh on the palate, but that's essentially what you're asking for with a big DIPA, I like that the sweetness component is a bit more muted than many recent DIPAs I've tried

Great effort by Bootleggers here. It's only the second beer I've had from them, but the first exceeded expectations, as did this one. Well worth seeking this one out.

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Photo of stxSS07
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split with lookitsmp

A- Pours a dark amber with a one finger off-white head. Carbonation streams off the bottom. Leaves big chunky lacing. Good looking brew.

S- Sweet juicy grapefruit, piney-hop notes, sweet caramel and malt come through as well.

T- Bitter piney, flowery hops. Acidic and juicy grapefruit bite. Nice sweet caramel malt backbone in the finish.

M- Medium bodied. Carbonation does a great job cleaning and drying out the palate.

O- One of the better west-coast DIPA's I've had and I'm really glad I got to try this. I'd put it just a notch below Pliny and Hopslam.

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