White Knuckle Double IPA
Marin Brewing Company

White Knuckle Double IPAWhite Knuckle Double IPA
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Marin Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
4.14 | pDev: 10.14%
Jun 05, 2020
Mar 08, 2002
White Knuckle Double IPAWhite Knuckle Double IPA
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Ratings by ncvbc:
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5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ncvbc from North Carolina

Pours a deep amber with red hues to it, steady carbonation. Clear and glowing. A big thick white head caps it off and leaves sticky spots of lacing all over the glass.

Smells yummy...like exactly how I want my IIPA to smell. Raw, juicy hops! Candied citrusy scents. Undeniable freshness like some funky greenery, you could smell it even in my pocket type thing.

Taste continues in the same fashion. Right up front is this pure hop juice, kind of resinous and in your face but it's heaven and something I haven't quite experienced yet. A little sweetness combined with the citrus flavors comes after, again like candied citrus. The sweet center carries out into a fresh and excellent hoppy bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and tingly on the tongue, great bitterness. Not so sryupy thick like some get but the freshness and pure hop juice does add a resinous, oily effect.

Shit, damn, mutha fucka! This is a sneaker right here. Not as well known as the "top of the line" products in its class but to me better than all of them. I'm giving this my first perfect score. It's everything I could hope for and then some. Maybe it's not big and bold enough for other folks but this is what a IIPA should be for me. Pure hop glory at its finest.

I will be seeking this out again...now! Pure Hoppiness, Yulesmith, Pliny, I have tried you all and this may have just been the nemesis. So...hard...to do...first 5.

Huge thanks to flexabull for providing this brew that ended up above and beyond my expectations, which I might say were high to begin with.

Apr 10, 2008
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4.03 by heymikew from California on Jun 05, 2020
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3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

So I've had this beer a good approximate 10 times, yet have never reviewed. Let's gitrdun.

Nice orange appearance and a hefty 2/3" white head with surprising retention given all the hop oils going on. Has a bunch of C hop grapefruit bitterness notes in the nose and a bit of that malty caramel/crystal thing going for it.

Taste, much of the same, you get a gripload of hop bitterness throughout. These guys are the kings of 90s recipes in the area. There is a relatively hefty sticky thick presence of malt on this one. And of course, its got the kind of hops that amp up that quality. Its pretty close to palate wrecky. They describe it in the commercial tugjob as twice the malt and twice the hops, and for damn sure that is what it is. The popular dipas don't really double the malt though, but hey, if you wanted one like that, here it is. Its got a big alcohol kick, but not in the problematic way, just in the shot across the bow way.

May 16, 2019
4.1 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jul 12, 2018
3.75 by fthegiants from California on Oct 03, 2017
4.18 by unclekeith from Alaska on Aug 28, 2017
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3.16/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by drinkymcbeer from Arizona

Got this on sale presumably because its past date/ stored at room temp most its life.

Poured dark orange and caramel/copper with decent lacing. Smell of yeasty biscuits, sweet spice and floral hops. Toffee, grapefruit citrus zest with a resiny astringency. Dark, deep booze notes, borderline too hot, nearly a malt liquor. A good winter dipa.

This is what I imagine the british sailors and spice traders were getting pints of originally.

Jun 11, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CJNAPS from California

Delicious IPA, Pours a light yellow with a think white head that stayed through the whole beer.
Nice hoppy aroma that filled up the room it seemed like. Repeat drinker for sure.

Feb 07, 2017
3.79 by braican from Massachusetts on Nov 03, 2016
4 by northbay47 from California on Jun 26, 2016
3.49 by ContentmentDIPA from Vermont on May 19, 2016
4.6 by Sinhoptra from Nevada on Apr 23, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by UCLABrewN84 from California

On tap at Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of candied citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest, orange marmalade, and earthy hop on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of citrus forward hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: on tap.

Feb 16, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Fatehunter from Oregon

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is huge pine resin, ripe grapefruit and lemon.
The taste is big pine and grapefruit bitterness throughout, but with a dose of malt to keep it fairly sweet too.
The texture is thick and chewy.
It's a big one.

Feb 14, 2016
4.34 by glinnebur from Arizona on Sep 19, 2015
3.9 by rawfish from California on Aug 24, 2015
3.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on Aug 18, 2015
4.16 by spark3148857 from Ohio on Aug 18, 2015
3.89 by casketoccupant from California on Jul 09, 2015
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3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rblib from California

Pours a golden ash with cloudy lacing. The fruity notes are overtaken by the ever present ABV balanced with bitter hop flavor. I like it.

May 16, 2015
4.21 by wethorseblanket from California on May 01, 2015
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by barczar from Kentucky

Big pear, grapefruit, and resin in aroma, with a light caramel and toasted malt backbone.

More on the bitter side of flavoring, with a nice caramel malt backbone. Citrusy, resiny, grassy, and tropical hops keep things interesting. A little more bitter than I prefer.

Apr 12, 2015
4.23 by beerjerk666 from Florida on Jan 24, 2015
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jan 24, 2015
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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

This poured out as a dark golden color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice orange citrus aroma in the nose. The taste of the beer has a solid malt profile along with a pleasant bitter finish. The feel of the beer is medium bodied. Overall it's a pretty good IPA.

Jan 24, 2015
4.5 by double2chin from California on Dec 16, 2014
3.75 by chcfan from California on Nov 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
by pat61 from Minnesota

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.

Nov 15, 2014
3.75 by blabaer from California on Oct 02, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by turfy from Texas

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.

Sep 24, 2014
5 by LloydBobBoozehound from California on Sep 22, 2014
4 by DCLAguy11 from California on Sep 10, 2014
3.75 by brywhite from California on Sep 03, 2014
4.25 by Johnct from New York on Aug 07, 2014
4.25 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on Aug 05, 2014
4 by rowbow from California on Jun 06, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by samtrillo from California

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.

May 25, 2014
4 by gymnastcarol from California on May 23, 2014
4 by Beestin from Iowa on Apr 20, 2014
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