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Knuckle Dragger | Walking Man Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Walking Man Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
walkingmanbeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by HiroProtagonist on 01-05-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,399
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
32
pDev:
7.73%
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Gavage
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber / orange in color with a 2 finger off-white head. Super thick lace paints the glass until the pint glass was empty.

Smell: malt sweetness and green apples.

Taste: nice bready / malty beer with a hearty pine bitterness, some grapefruits, and tart green apples. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Aftertaste is long on the malt goodness and bitterness.

Drinkability: very easy drinking and worth having if you find it on tap.

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Photo of czechsaaz
2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty hoppy aroma. A little bit of malt aroma buried in there somewhere. Amber colored with a nice cramy head, but pretty cloudy.

Initial flavor is Maris Otter like malty. Nice ballance. Pretty assertively hopped. Aftertaste had a lingering hop harshness. Kind of distracting that. Each sip is pretty pleasant, but the lingering aftereffects aren't.

Medium-full bodied. Somewhat creamy.

Overall, I'm not wild about it. As an IPA it's O.K. Whatever mid-boil hop they're using needs to change to something with less aftertaste.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An ingenious aroma combines the immediacy of potent, garden-fresh hops with a scintillating spearmint fringe. The smell is so strong and so vital, it nearly singes my olfactory nerves. But I’ve gotta have more!

Of course, the house smell of pizza at the Walking Man Brewpub competes with Knuckle Dragger for attention, but that’s okay. The smell of this ale is sexy and otherwise unrelenting – at least initially. As the head fades, a wall of lace takes shape on the glass and the odor diminishes somewhat. I settle in to admire the clear oaken body with low carbonation, the velvety smooth mouthfeel, and the muscular bitter finish.

Knuckle Dragger’s forward leaning hoppy charisma earned it the 2nd place People’s Choice Award at the 2005 Spring Beer and Wine Fest in Portland. (Walking Man’s Somnambulator took 1st place.) This is a proud Cascadian ale. All accolades are deserved.

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Photo of freed
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap at OBF 2004. It was excellent, despite weather that suggests lighter beers.

The color was a somewhat dull and ruddy brown - sediment in the ale took away the luster, but that's what you'd expect of a strong. The beer was initially listed as a Strong Pale, which it isn't. There wasn't any head either.

The aroma was terrific. A very earthy, terrene smell that was both sweet and musty in the best possible way.

The taste is dominated by its malt constituents - sweet, but with a robust enough body that it didn't come across as too sweet. The yeast provided additional fruit sweetness that melded well with the beer's intention. Neither hops nor bitterness factor too strongly into the beer flavor wise, and only seem to add a slight spicy tang.

The beer also seemed a bit young - like maybe a bit of time in the dark might improve its flavors. Otherwise, it was quite tasty.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take home version from the brewery (growler)

Nice dark red color. Not much head produced from my pour. Seemed to look better at the bar. Lace is non-existant.

Slight carmel aroma attacks the nose.

Flavor has a nice balance. Not too over the top but enough to be called a strong pale ale.

Great beer. I'll definatley look for this one again.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was described at the brewpub as a strong pale ale (it's 6.4%), but that's basically what an ESB is anyway. They also described it as their hoppiest beer, but the hops are entirely integrated into the beer and the bitterness is relatively mild. Hopheads who are used to over-the-top beers like Stone or Bear Republic will need to take a step back and appreciate the subtleties here. This is what hops SHOULD do in a beer, not overstep their bounds nor overstay their welcome. A tawny orange amber, with a tremendous hop nose: elements of citrus and skunky weed (if ya know what I mean and I think you do). Of course, hops are present in the beer from the get-go, but the beer remains mellow and decidedly un-bitter. A remarkable achievement brought about by copious and thorough dry-hopping, I presume. The beer has a couple shortcomings: the malts are just a fraction too weak to keep up with the hops, which overall are excellent but contain some elements that are slightly green, grassy, and unrefined. Mouthfeel is thinnish. The crisp hop finish is dry and delightful.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rose and Raindrop in Portland. The beer was an attractive hazy red-orange or copper color and had a thick fine white head. The beer emitted a robust, somewhat earthy hop bouquet with both floral and resiny components...nice complexity here. On the palate, this enjoyable brew presented a pleasing bitter hop profile and a complementing (barely) malt backbone. The brew possesed a medium full body, feeling appropriate for the style and character of the beer. Knuckle Dragger is a tasty and well-crafted ESB from a terrific brewery.

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Knuckle Dragger from Walking Man Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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