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Brass Knuckle | Four String Brewing Company

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Brass KnuckleBrass Knuckle

Brewed by:
Four String Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by crashdavisinoh on 01-14-2012

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 138
Photo of Oopssorryy
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour this one hard. If you don't you'll get very little head, but with a hard pour, you'll be rewarded with a large fluffy head on top of a golden yellow body, with lighter shades to be found in the light. Lacing is good, but head retention isn't, fading quickly to a thin cap. I get a lot of sweet malt in the nose, with the barest hint of citrus, alcohol, and grass. The flavor is very one note. It's all sweet malt, all the time. You get hints of caramel, a little bit of resin, and then more malt. This one could really use some more hops, and that's coming from someone who isn't a huge fan of IPAs. The sweetness isn't overwhelming, but there is just nothing to distract you from it. Mouth feel is watery and overly carbonated for the body of the beer. It's more like a can of soda than it is a beer.

When it comes down to it, this is a fine beer to get your mouth wet, and cool down with, but if you want a drinking experience, look else where. This beers biggest sin is being inoffensive, and in doing so, sacrificing any personality it could have had.

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Photo of andrewjraab
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Burnt orange with a layer of off white head. Smells is a bit off - butterscotch, hops present, some malts. Taste follows the nose - something off here. Hops are buried by malts and feel is wrecked because of it. Overall - not sure what happened here - this was not good.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a can of this beer at Andersons in Reynoldsburg, OH. I think it was slightly over primed as it fuzzed quickly and there is that slight twang. It poured a clear golden with fizzy white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent has bitterness. The taste is a sweet malt and bitter hop mix that is ok....not overly smooth....but good enough. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with big carbonation. Overall it's ok....I'd like to try this on tap to see if it's better.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.08/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Another mediocre, run of the mill apa. Four Strings isn't exactly known for having that great of beer, although I thought they'd do a little better than this with their flagship beer.

Pours copper in color with floaties and, dare I say, chunks floating about. Smells hoppy, but not necessarily in a good way. More in a bad foot odor type of way that causes you to wrinkle your nose.

It's flavor was difficult to process. Hop forward. Malts are too modest, if not nonexistant. The hops thrash you with an old-tasting, unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of Strike00
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: pours a cloudy dark amber. with a head that dissipates quickly
S: surprised that it smells really malty. Caramel as strong as the hops
T: bitter pine hops come through a bit more but it is really malty for a pale ale. a little bit a sweetness and a nutty bitterness underneath.
F: Creamy with a finish that lasts, medium carbonation.

O: Not bad, definitely had worse. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Jimmys
1.91/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

enjoy by 05-12-16. smells like oxidation and caramel. ugh, flavor is really messy. I usually break down beers by each category, but this thing is fairly unpalatable. old grain, old hops, alcohol. one of the worst beers ive had in a while. sorry four string, nothing personal but this needs work.

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4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty damn respectable APA. Lots of hops and clean light malts. Crisp and good bitterness. Citrusy hops. Looks amazing. Perfect yellow/orange glow.

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.54/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shows a copper color and lots of small floaties when held up to light. A hoppy, but unremarkable aroma. Taste is tilted toward pine with a bit of a caramel malt undertone. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've tried a few Four Strings and they have been pretty good. This one isn't bad, but it not quite up to the rest.

It's really more like an AIPA (a weak one). The color is pretty yellow. There is very nice head. The aroma is a pungent hoppy skunk-moderate strength.

The taste is a hops overload if tangy pine tastes. Any malt taste is way too far down in the profile for me. The aftertaste is a tangy hops bite.

This is still a good APA, but it's too one dimensional for a strong recommendation. Remember, brewers, malt, hops yeast. It's nice to get some of each (as is style appropriate). A little more of something not hops would have been good.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at crew stadium. Plastic cup.

Appearance: dark copper Orange. One finger off-white head; retains well; fair lacing. Mild, but present carb.

Aroma: sweet, malty, pine and earthy; woodsy.

Taste: malty, bitter arrival. Earthy, piney hops on mid-palate. Slightly slick, resinous finish.

Mouthfeel: below average carb, slightly slick.

Overall: frankly, a little over hopped for a pale ale, and too malty for an IPA, but could be a decent substitute for either. Re-reviewed 5-27-16, I was harsh on this before; upped the taste and mouthfeel by .25; a good change up, less sweet than Dale's, more American than Burning River.

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Photo of katiebaby521
3.22/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Simply average. Leaves a very bitter after taste. Sometimes I get a metallic taste which is common with cans. Not a bad beer, as I'm happily enjoying my 6-pack, but nothing I'd actively seek out.

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Photo of Findlayfiend
4.31/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pretty good APA, bitter but not too bitter. Can is awesome, beer has a dark orange/light brown appearance, head on the thin side, and smell is fairly unremarkable. A good beer and a really cool brewery as a small start up.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, canned on 8/7/14, poured into a pint glass
A: Burnt orange with a 1/2-finger head that slowly settles
S: Orange/caramel rind, pine and a hint of caramel
T: Mostly toasted grains. A hint of generic hop notes but otherwise unremarkable
M: Medium-bodied
O: No flaws, tastes okay overall but in a world full of APAs this one definitely gets lost in the crowd

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.99/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A standard American pale ale from Four String Brewing. Hops and light sweetness on the nose. Light rocky head on the pour. Grains and hops on the nose...LOTS of hops. Pours light amber in color. Hops up front with mild sweetness in the background that is the same on the aftertaste. Nothing astounding, but a decent enough canned APA.

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Photo of Bills453
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can. Four String just started canning their beers a few months ago, a real plus for the Columbus, OH beer scene (which is awesome by the way).

Appearance - I drank it out of the can, but I'm giving this a 4 because the can art is fantastic.

Smell - Even just smelling through the can opening, I smell a great hop aroma. Not too overpowering for an APA. A little sweetness tingles the nosebuds.

Taste - A great mixture that allows the taster to experience the hoppy bitterness one expects in a pale ale, but is not overpowering and sour tasting.

Mouthfeel - crisp, smooth.

Overall - Perhaps it is some of my Columbus bias, but I am going to be picking this up much more for my cheap, keep in the fridge summer offering. I like it quite a bit.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, I believe this was just canned last week so it's pretty fresh. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, the beer pours a copper color with about a half inch off-white head that sticks around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy hops (grapefruit, citrus peel), along with some bready and caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a bit of pine hops noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick, smooth, and easy to drink. I think it's a good pale ale, I'd buy it again. $8.99 a 6-pack.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.03/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap in a pint glass at Woodlands on 3/16/12

Lazy caramel brown and a bit foggy. The head was poured as a thin, soapy layer that washes out and bunches up around the collar.

Candy fruit and floral hops layered over caramel and grainy bread, and an oily streak of citric tones make up the aroma. Taste-wise, a flash of oily, juicy citrus is exchanged for bitter orange rind, earth, grass and tired pine. Crushed aspirin litters the finish. The malts seem thin - dry, crisp and toasty. The feel is thin; very much one dimensional. Carbonation is unforgiving of the harsher flavors; overall, it's too much.

All in all, this is better than Backstage Blond, but this is nothing more than comfortable sub-par. This is a clear winner (if the competition is Neil House).

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Photo of crashdavisinoh
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on draft at the brazenhead in grandview...

A-Dark blonde...slight head...little lacing
S-Fruity..not overwhelmingly so...citrus
T-slight bitterness...picked up some fruit...citrus..prob grapefruit...
M-good carbonation for the style...a bit thin but not too much so
O-I was told by the bartender that this is an IPA....when I tried it I was thinking that either this is not an IPA or a poor effort at one...finding out it is an APA...makes more sense...a pretty good offering from a brand new brewery in columbus...it needs improvement but as I said...a good start...I look forward to trying their other beer as well.

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Brass Knuckle from Four String Brewing Company
3.24 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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