White Knuckle Double IPA | Marin Brewing Company

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White Knuckle Double IPAWhite Knuckle Double IPA

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 359 |  Reviews: 256
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very hazy, medium amber color. Huge, fluffy off-white head that sticks around forever. Almost annoying waiting for it to settle down. Leaves very nice lacing as it (finally) settles down.

S: Very strong and pungent. Pine dominates a little with some nice sweet citrus competing with it. Biscuity malts come through as well. A treat for the senses.

T: Whoa, extremely well balanced. I expected a huge hop bomb but the maltiness is quite strong. Don't get me wrong, the pine and grapefruit bitterness is there and it really shows up in the aftertaste. I feel like the malt hits up front along with the hops, but then fades fast to intensify the hoppy finish.

M: Surprisingly creamy. Not sure if I've ever had a creamy DIPA but this is definitely one. Really stands out. Bitterness isn't too overpowering so it doesn't leave a super huge impression on your mouth but it's definitely still there. A little bit of oily mouth-coating aftertaste once it starts warming up.

O: Very impressive. It's a very well balanced, creamy smooth DIPA. If you want a super hop bomb try something like a Ruination or a Hopsickle - this beer focused on all aspects and came out quite nice overall.

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Photo of turfy
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Poured a deep golden amber with an off white that disappated fairly quickly, leaving behind a consistent thin film and a nice ring. Good lacing.

Smell - A nice, unique blend of aromas. A perfumy floral is what struck me first, along with a tangerine/citrus smell. Very nice.

Taste - A bright, clean tang of citrus fruits, and a touch of malt sweetness...thought of honey. Initial taste is followed by a pleasant hop bite that lingers just a bit. Very nice!

Feel - Superb. Not thin and not heavy or cloying...just about perfect with the right amount of carbonation. Did I say it was just about perfect?

Overall - This was my first White Knuckle. I was VERY impressed and will seek this out whenever I can.

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Photo of Hendry
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

When looking at White Knuckle's label, one can't help but notice how "busy" it is: all sorts of colorful artwork and graphics, completely festooned by the prestigious awards it has garnered over the years. Seems like a lot to live up, so anticipation is high.

Pours the color of a grade A amber maple syrup with a fluffy finger and a half of creamy Navajo white head. Splotchy lacing all up in the Lawson's tulip.

Aroma is of naval orange zest and pine: sweet malt detected but in a well balanced manner.

Halfway through the bomber, I concluded that this particular style of IIPA closely resembles the outrageously Simcoe hopped (and dry hopped) New England Imperial Red Ales that I have enjoyed (Lawson's Steve's Back Yard Red Ale new recipe, Maine Beer Co. Red Wheelbarrow).
The flavors are a welcome reflection of the aroma, only the malt plays an even lower profile role in the mix, which is outstanding.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. This DRINKS like the hoppy Imperial Reds also, carbonation spot on for the style.

I was floored by White Knuckle, and think it may be my favorite bottled IIPA from Cali. You can easily see why it has won a cornucopia of awards after having the pleasure of consuming this heavenly bomber. I can only hope availability is good on White Knuckle because it is one I want to revisit again, and again!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Deep, thick, and rich orange color with lots of (hoppy?) sediment floating around in my Ruination glass. The head was conservative but long lasting, leaving a beautiful big bubble lacing.

Smell – This nose is very balanced and reminds me of the 7th Anniversary Stone (I just had one yesterday). The sharp but tastful distinctive pine and citrus hop aroma is complimented with a secondary but firm toasted malt presence. I can pick up some light summer fruiting as well, but this one is all about the hop/malt balance.

Taste – The flavors bring out the characteristics of the nose very well. They are big, with gigantic malt and hop aspects that make this one big beer. Going back to the Stone comparison, this one is heavier on the malt side, but balanced for sure. It has some of the orange fruitiness as well. This one made for a wonderful nightcap.

Mouthfeel – I felt that this was the ale’s strong point. This was exceptionally smooth and creamy. Keep in mind this this is full-bodied as well. How they got such a big beer so creamy I do not know.

Drinkability – This is a special ale that went down incredibly well. I can’t imagine ever getting tired of drinking this one.

Comments – Thanks to mickeymac for sending this one my way. He knew what he was doing when he plucked this one off the shelf. This is a classic, destined to crack the BeerAdvocate’s top 50 when it gets enough reviews.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dabeel
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of wrycon
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, reddish-orangish-tan hue. Tiny off-white head dissipates at a moderate pace. Smells of ripe tangerine, pine, slight wood. Nose is not sharp, but thickly malty and musky. Malt presents itself first along with that tangerine; almost a blackened tangerine. Hops explode after, changing the dynamic to a sharply bitter, piney affair. The back is a combo of the two with the malt cutting just enough of the hops to leave the mouthfeel full, but not overpowering. A bit maltier than I prefer my IPAs. I can get over that, though, due to the rich flavor.

Like It? I Do

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Photo of Dmann
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Marin Brewing Co. beer and if this is any indication of the quality of their other brews, I've got a lot more beers to look out for. This double IPA poured a very nice reddish orange color with a small frothy white head that stuck to my glass like glue. The smell was great, I could sniff this one all night! Great hop oil scent along with nice sweet pine and citrus scents. This double IPA was not the overpowering hop monster I thought it was going to be. The hops were there for sure and very in your face, but not at the expence of making this an un balanced beer. The great malt profile was just as important to the flavor as the hop blast and really shows off the talents of the brewer(s). Good job on this one, highly recommended!

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to RedwoodGeorge for the bottle...
Pours a hazy bright color with a full finger of off-white head...lacing is almost non-existant and this glass was hand cleaned today.
Grapefruit and citrus in the nose with an earthy, oaked aroma...malt shines through with a gentle twirl of the snifter.
The taste is extremely delicous...definitely a double with a piney/ganga like hoppiness that sticks to the enamel on my teeth.
A solid malt backbone to balance this one out in the finish with no alcohol detected whatsoever.
Mouthfeel is perfect and the carbonation is where I like to see it...goes down too easily and at 8%, I could have a few pints of this (as long as I am going nowhere) with very little effort.
Very stoked to get the chance to try this one...quite solid.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for this bottle.

Pours an orangish-brown color with a small white head. The aroma is very citrusy. You also get some biscuit malt. There are tons of citrus hops in the flavor but not too much bitterness. For a DIPA, this is very balanced with a nice malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to buckeyenation for this fine brew. Pours a little foamy but it settles quickly. Medium amber in color. Huge hop smell of pine & citrus. The taste matches the smell so this is a very hoppy brew even for a West Coast DIPA. Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit bitter from all of the hops. It is a drinkable beer for a hop head like myself but expect to be punched in the mouth with hops when you drink this beer.


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Photo of AHebel
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

White Knuckle is an exceptional DIPA. Pours a hazy, redish- amber brown with great activity in the glass right after the pour. Little head with slight retention. Poured into a pint glass. The nose is mild compared to it's taste, which brings citrusyness and a slight caramel maltiness (i think). Slightly dry. Medium bodied, with just enough carbonation. High drinkability for a double. My favorite DIPA so far, just passing by Mad River's Steelhead.

(My review doesn't do this beer justice.)

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Photo of magictrokini
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the one I've been searching for as it is one of the hardest beers to get in Southern Cal. Pours copper orange, with a thick tan head. Fresh cut pine and a wheelbarrow of grapefruit, pineapple, mango and citrus in the nose. The taste is huge, even bigger than the nose. Hops with more hops, tons of resin, grapefruit, and blood orange blend well with the crystal malt. A fair amount of caramel malt balances the beer so it isn't a total hop bomb. An instant favorite.

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Photo of ironlung
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The fabled White knuckle...

This is the second batch I've gotten my hands on since I moved into the bay area (the guys @ liquor wherehouse held a bottle for me this spirng. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!). I have to say this is speical stuff. Arnie told me it takes 9 weeks to ferment, that's why he can only do a batch from time to time. Perfect Balance on this one. The 9.1% this batch came out to be is soo well hidden, I only noticed it when I could barely walk up the stairs after 4 hours @ the brewery! I got a case [no growler fills this batch :( ], after sharing I'm down to 4 bottles. Man I'm rambling. So all I can say is I'm a devout "knuckle-head". One of the best double IPAs out there. If you see it, you're insane not to try it!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Minty, grassy nose. Pours brilliant amber under a 2” white foam cap that slowly descends to a thick film. Produces thick lace. Very creamy palate with fruit, malt, biscuit to graham cracker in the background, slight caramel, melon and orange finishing with a slight herbal astringency. Medium full body and creamy carbonation.

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Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with good amounts of citrus and pine hop aromas. The hops are definitely there but they're muted compared to what I was expecting.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although a bit more robust. Sticky caramel malt flavors with very light hints of toastiness kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of hops - citrus, pine, and herbal, in that order. The hop flavors fade a bit midway through the sip then carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the intensity of the hops in this one. I'll have to give it another shot to make sure it wasn't just a keg that had been sitting too long. Either way, it's still worth a shot.

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Photo of sloejams
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz from Beverage Warehouse, West LA

Until I can have an 100+ IBU IV drip, I guess I'll have to settle with some the West Coast finer Double IPAs. This one is no exception.

You know the deal: HOPS. Lots and lots and lots. I had the White Knuckle on cask at the SD Strong Ale Fest. It was good, not great. I think the style does not lend itself well to the cask. This was my first time having in bottled form and it is infinitely better.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - beautiful amber orange with high lacing and a small ring of clinging white head.

S - citrus and tropical fruit and piney. Strong aroma.

T - sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Less fruity than I imagined from the nose. Still pine and citrus from the hops.

M - smooth medium body perfect lite carbonation.

O - it's very strong and tasty. Great double for the IPA and west coast hop fan.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of watermelonman
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a pretty plain brown with a small head. It's leaving some great lacing behind, though.

The taste is just plain good. Hops are all around but remain tolerable. The finish leaves bitterness on the tongue in a very pleasant fashion. It's pretty clean and very drinkable, all things considered.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been able to find this brew down here in
So. Calif.

Pours a deep golden orange with an impressively dense two finger off-white head that lasts and lasts with tons of sticky lacing as you drain the glass.

Aroma is 'in-your-face' pine oils and citrus peel hops...but still sweetly so.

Taste is a mountain of bitter citrus peel (grapefruit) hops with pine oil and a very, VERY nice balance of sweet amber malt.

Aftertaste is clean with no cloying from the sweet malt; just a dry, bitter hops aftertaste making you want another sip.

...and another.

...and another.

Excellent! I thought the recipe was the same as the Hopscycle, but this is a much more balanced and refreshing DIPA, IMHO.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this White Knuckle Brew on Tap at Marin Brewing Company Last Night. I wanted to give it another chance as I had a 22oz bomber a month ago and was not impressed. I remember White Knuckle being excellent a couple years back.
*NOTE* The Chalk board stated this was a 8.7%er

Appearance - a bit dark for a DIPA poured into a 10oz glass. I saw a review that hit it on the head: A Couple shades darker than copper - almost dark carmely heavy looking DIPA. No head at all - the glass completely filled to the top although I did not spill a drip.

Smell - Definately the BEST part of this brew on Tap. A bouquet of Hops that hits the nose with a wonderful display of power. THICK double hopped sticky Floral aroma. My buddy next to me had the babbiest of Baby sips I've ever seen stating the aroma hit him in the face as if it were a cannabis cup. (He Being from Marin, that is a good compliment)

Taste - Good. Not Great. Delivers that hop bomb most of us loving DIPA's look for but more malty than I expected - the citris not there so much but the Floraly Grapefruit is there in front and the back. This beer reminds me of a toned down Hopsycle focused on the floral. Aftertaste a bit heavy - not to go so far as to say syrupy but close. From my experience so far this month On-Tap is much better - Much Better than in the 22oz bottle. (I was at their Brewery however) I remember liking this beer better last year and the year before that.

Mouthfeel - Both Hoppy and Malty more focused on floral hops. A Bit Thick. Alcohol is there, not overpowering but you sure know the 8% is there.

Drinkability - It seems as if people are comparing every DIPA to Pliny these days and it's just not fair. Pliny is perfection of the DIPA style, Hands Down. This beer is heavier to drink at 8% in comparing to Pliny. White Knuckle tastes more of 9%

Would not pay $9.99 again for 22oz this beer as I did about a month ago but overall...good.

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Photo of ipa247
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 359 ratings