Broken Knuckle IPA | Roanoke Railhouse Brewery

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Broken Knuckle IPABroken Knuckle IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
Virginia, United States
roanokerailhouse.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dnolan36 on 09-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
61
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
20.11%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that quickly died down, leaving a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin film on the surface.
S: Sweet aromas of caramel and toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of piney hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with notes of pine resin and hints of associated hop bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is detectable.
O: This beer reminds me a lot more like an English IPA because it isn't as hoppy or bitter as the American counterparts. Nonetheless, the sweet malt flavors make this an IPA that is quite unique.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slight hazed burnt orange into an imperial nonic with a tight formed 1/2 finger white head that lasted well.Earthy and piney hops over top of a mildly sweet biscuit base,the hops seem a little light.Piney hops upfront on the palate with some of that before mentioned earthiness mixed with some caramel sweetness.Not overly complex but it's not bad,it could use some hop complexity and a beefed up body.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear reddish amber in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy dark beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pine and earthy hops with some lighter notes of citrus/grapefruit pith and just a touch of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of biscuit malts with moderate amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by the flavors of hops - in descending order of strength, there are pine, earthy, and just a touch of citrus/grapefruit pith. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish. Slightly watery.

O: Pretty well balanced between the sweetness/bitterness but it is just a touch too watery for me. It was worth a try but not sure that I will be getting another of these.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trying the Railhouse Brewery IPA....its ok....not nearly as good as other IPAs that are out there. The IPA pours a nice copper color with thin white head that is lacing slightly. The scent is a hop blast, but with six hops in the mix its hard to define the scent. To me there is aromas of floral / buttery mix...in addition to pine/spice....i think there may be a slight orange/tangerine as well. The taste is exactly like the discription....hop burst....it is a difficult mix to savor. To me its like when I was a kid and put all the Life Savors flavors together in my mouth....it was good, but not as good as one flavor or even two flavors. The six hops to me make this beer a bit over-done. However, this beer gives Railhouse some street cred....I think if they centered on a single hop or maybe up to three hop beer they could have an incredible beer. Mouthfeel was medium to full, carbonation was a little light. Overall, it is certaily worth a taste, especially for all the hop heads....but it was just ok for me.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of yourefragile
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bottle to Hess imperial pint glass on 11/22/11
*From notes

-- Purchased at The Wine Gourmet in Roanoke on 11/12/11 --

A: Filtered dark and rusty amber. A generous pour yields a 1.25 finger head which retains well. Decent lacing rims the walls of the glass as I drink.

S: Slightly fruity, but more then anything I'm getting a golden, earthy malt.

T: Certainly absent of excess. Not a whole lot of complexity. It's got a bitter streak to it, and the 7% ABV is nowhere to be found. If I hadn't known, I'd think this a sessionable APA.

M: A bit thin on the back side, but otherwise it's up to the task.

O: Ok, so I'll bite. I'm a bit of a Roanoke Railhouse homer, as it's brewed right by my sister's place. So when drinking their beers, I always think of her, and it makes me happy. And I'm ok with that.

The bottom line: This is an above average, blue collar type of IPA. It gets in there, busts it's ass and clocks out. If you're looking for fresh, local and pretty tasty east coast style IPA, check 'er out.

I'm looking forward to seeing the Railhouse's continued growth. Keep it up, guys.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep amber-orange color with a one finger white head that fades relatively fast to leave a persistent film and a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is mainly a mix of sweet tangerine and grapefruit hop. Mixed with these aromas are some notes of an earthy hop aroma as well as some caramel smell.

Taste – A slightly sweeter bready flavor meets the tongue with a very light pine taste present as well. Quickly some flavors of a more citrus nature enter the taste. At the forefront they are more tangerine in nature, but as the taste advances more grapefruit hop enters the taste. In the end a rather satisfying blend of sweet, bread and hop are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just above side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Rather nice for the hoppy flavors but yet still very drinkable and refreshing with the moderate level of carbonation.

Overall –A rather easy drinking and yet tasty brew with a good balance between bready, sweet and hop.

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Photo of Zach136
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 11/2015. Reviewed live 07/2015.

Appearance: Dark honey, white head, good lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Medium intensity orange/tangerine hop character over light breadyness on the nose. Hop/malt character is the same but more balanced on the palate. Bitterness in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, watery texture.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this a few times and liked it. This review is specific to this tasting, which comes after a few beers...

A: copper/amber and fairly clear. Average head, mild retention, ok lacing.
S: malty, floral, caramel, slightly metallic
T: sugary, raisin, piney, and sadly, little metallic. The sweete front taste doesn't fade enough for the bitter hops back end to shine. The combination ends up seeming metallic.
M: little too malty, sugar tingles taste buds early. Dryness does enter later, but sweetness wins out lingering.
O: not too bad an IPA, decent ABV, needs a little more complexity and maybe little less sweetness. I was hoping for more, but it is a smaller brewery.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of hophugger
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A little deeper in color, more like an English IPA. Aromas of sweet malt, hops and yeast rolls. Taste is mild, a light balance of malt and hops. There is some light citrus in this one, orange, tangerine, etc. Finished very clean and light..

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Photo of ordybill
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear orange amber color with some red tint. The head is small and white. The flavor is a mellow hop flavor that is very refreshing. A real good IPA.

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Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of brother_kenneth
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of bmjivi221
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Camjmorton
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of cfinch2
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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Broken Knuckle IPA from Roanoke Railhouse Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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