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 Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-08-2002

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Photo of oakbluff
2.46/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle - hazy orange, bit of a gusher. uh oh. Nose- smells infected. Not a good sign. Taste- has a storng twinge of infection which is a shame as there is a good beer underneath- still can tell mango hops and cookie dough malt. Carbonation high. Disapointing.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.67/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

8.0% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Acquired earlier tonight at an L.A. bottle shop. No best before date. "Double India Pale Ale."

"Serve at 45 F." Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and quite good (~6 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent copper-amber of good vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Thin sticky lacing as the head slowly recedes. It's par for the style - not unique or special - but the retention is impressive and it has no obvious flaws. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Floral hops, nectary hops, grapefruit zest (from hops), hop bitterness, and light vague pine. Pale malts. Soapy (too long in primary, methinks). Light resins. The soapiness bothers me, but hopefully it'll turn out alright. A moderate to fairly strong aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Clean and soapy. Some detergent notes. Grapefruit. Floral hops. Hop bitterness (a sign of lack of balance). The pale malts lack backbone or body, and can't subdue the hops adequately. I don't get any yeast. A bit of alcohol comes through, but I wouldn't dare call it boozy. Soap is dominant; this definitely spent too long in primary. Bright citrus in the third act. Resiny, with a terrible nectary finish that doesn't do it for me at all. Boy, this lacks balance; suffers from the biggest IPA flaw of all. IPA brewing is not about dumping more hops in than the next guy; balance and subtlety are key features. This has neither. Bold and assertive but lackluster.

Mf: Smooth, soft, wet, chewy. Good carbonation. Not bitey or sharp. Poor palate presence, though. Unrefreshing. The mouthfeel is decent for the style, but is far from ideal considering the flavour profile. A bit thin, actually. Somewhat oily.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. ABV is hidden okay. I wouldn't get this again; it's poorly concocted. I wish American breweries would figure out what real IPA brewing is all about - balance, balance, balance. None of that here. This soapy IPA will satisfy many, but I need more from my IPAs. I wouldn't bother with this again.


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Photo of alexhahn82
2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Semi hazy brownish orange, light .5 finger head.

S. Sweet barley, hints of caramel.

T/M. slightly sweet, slightly bitey, some toasted barley, really surprising that this is a IIPA/DIPA, I do understand where they are coming from, this is on the malty end of an IIPA/DIPA, which is kind of the opposite side of the spectrum I am normally on. Some could consider it well balanced.

Overall. Not knocking my socks off, like I said some would consider it well balanced, but there is a huge lack of hops for my palette. Decent ABV of 8%, but just too safely played for my palette.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour is copper, mostly clear, with a small tan head. Nose is caramel malts, light bread crust, stale hops, pine and hop resin with a faint citrus. Taste is a lot of the same, not horrible but not on the good side. Lots of malt, caramel, bread crust. Fair bit of hop resin and some piney hops. Carb is light, body is a bit syrupy, sticky and thick. Finish has a hint of citrus bitterness with the bitterness lingering. Lots of sugars still sitting around.

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.96/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA and poured into a snifter to review.

Not this thickest DIPA on the pour. Leaves a nice head of about an inch. Head is rather light and pillowey. Little retention. Nice glowing orange color characteristic of a good DIPA. Good lacing.

A balanced DIPA with a strong malt character. Floral hops are only mildly inviting.

This one is almost more malty than hoppy. Rather unimpressive.

Mouth is thicker than I had expected from the pour. Smooth and mildly creamy going down. Almost a full body. Good carbonation. Medium finish.

This beer becomes more enjoyable as it warms. An enjoyable brew and the best I've tasted from Marin, but this is rather average in the sea of DIPAs these days.

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Photo of jimilayne
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of warmstorage
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 22 ounce bomber from high-end grocer with very good beer selection, $4.19. Poured into "beer clean" bell pint glass.

Pours slightly hazy orange/deep amber, with a thick, dense, fairly vigorous white head with a slight amber tint. Leaves lacy remains on sides of pint glass. Very attractive appearance, a little deceptive of what's to come.

Sweet, slightly matly alcoholic aroma, hops not especially pronounced in the initial smell (or the secondary smelling, after it warmed from fridge temp to more cellar temp.) For a self-described Double IPA, the hop aroma is really pretty limited. The aroma is nice, but more like an old ale or a thinnish barleywine style: sweet and alcohol, but not hoppy. So, a nice aroma, but not a Double IPA aroma.

Initial taste is resin, pine, deep hop flavor, without the overpowering florality or citrus-ness of many west coast style duoble IPAs. A nice follow through with warm alcohol, aftertaste lingers for a LONG time with warm alcohol, piney-ness, notable but not inappropriate sweet malt presence, and a overall pleasant alcohol warmth. An excellent taste overall, with excellent warm alcohol notes, and good resin notes, but only hints at the overpowering hop presence one expects in a W.C. double IPA. So, much like the aroma, it's very nice, even great tasting, but not really to style, so sadly, I have to dink them in taste. (For the overall taste, I'd give it a 4, but for style, I have to lower it to a 2.5.) See "drinkability" below.

Mouthfeel: lovely. Full mouthed, full bodied, thick and creamy and warm alcohol, resin, pine, chewy, yummy. Along with appearance, it's where this beer stands out.

Drinkability: what I think of as my "overall" rating, this is a great beer, very tasty, very drinkable. Right this minute, the sun is setting, so it's only about 85 degrees outside, and this is actually quite quenching. The alcohol warmth resounds throughout, and I really like this beer, and the medium to medium-high hop presence is very tasty, and surprisingly balanced. Just not the high hop presence I have come to love and expect from west coast double IPA styles.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of LSUPT
3.02/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, no bottle date, poured to a NB Globe, split into two servings.

Color is pretty good, medium amber/orange, but it is extremely cloudy and hazy (second pour was sightly hazy but not cloudy at all?) ¾ inch beige head that leaves some lacing.

Nose is pleasant. Very sweet, floral and fruity notes mostly apricot with some mango. Big soy sauce taste is the finish is very off-putting. Other than that it is a very malty beer but has a ton of hop bitterness to the taste. Caramel, apricot and mango are all there but are hard to notice beneath the bitterness and the off flavors. Mouthfeel is weird and the drinkability suffers because of it. Very full bodied, which give extra emphasis to the bitterness, and medium to high level of carbonation with small bubbles that gives a creamy feel that leaves a film on the tongue.

Overall, a very disappointing beer that I was looking forward to. Still I owe a big thanks to DearthVader for hooking me up with yet another want, thanks man.

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Photo of drinkymcbeer
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from Floydster.

Pours a a deep golden orange hue with slight haze and a good fluffy off white head that retains very well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is suprisingly weak in the hops department, alot of sticky old IPA-like malt presence though.

Yep. This has got to be old. Either that or incredibly overrated. Taste is up front with old ass IPA bready malt stickiness. There's still some bitterness trying to hang on, but as far as the hop profile is concerned, this one is totally underbilled, as it sits now (pretty sure this is an old bottle)

Mouthfeel is a little bit viscous, but not bad for the style. Carbonation is good.

Drinkability would probably be quite solid if this didn't taste like a malty mess and was somewhat balanced out by a hop profile.

Overall, as it sits, not very good. It has potential, would have loved to have tried this fresh. And if it is fresh, then im incredibly dissappointed with it. Get this one fresh, or don't get it at all.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap. Poured into a 20oz mug at my local tavern.

White Knuckle arrives with a finger of white head which dissipates leaving some nice lacing. The beer is a clear, dark coppery color. Smell is citrus hops and sweet malt. Taste starts out bitter, citrusy and sweet. Orange, hemp, and dank hops dominate. The beer has a pretty hefty malt backbone and there is a good dose of caramel present. I'm picking up a slight booziness towards the finish which is overpowered by a lingering bitterness at the end. mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a low level of carbonation. Overall this is an decent DIPA. Nothing to write home about, but not the worst I've had either.

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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 BlackTuesday
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark amber color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of tan head is achieved that dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves decent lacing on the sides of the glass. An overall dark colored DIPA.

Smell - Pine, hops, slight onion...honestly it smells a little like Gubna so I am a bit worried at this point. Slight citrus tones can be discovered under the heavy layer of onion, however, the aroma is still relatively slight. This beer better be worth the ten dollars I spent on it, heh.

Taste - Yikes. I have no idea what I'm drinking right now. An incredible sweet malty flavor hits my palate like a ton of bricks. Overly sweet...sickeningly sweet. I really can't taste much hops or pine, though sweet citrus flavors such as pineapple and orange do show through. BUT, throughout all of this there is that distinct onion flavor. Honestly, not very enjoyable - the sweetness is just so damn cloying.

Mouthfeel - The Mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer, if there is one. Medium bodied, nice oily, creamy Mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a chore to finish but I'll be damned if I drain pour a freaking ten dollar DIPA bomber. After reading other peoples reviews I have no idea what the hell I'm drinking. I know this is fresh because my local beer store guy JUST got it in and it has been in the refrigerator at the store and my place since. This hasn't been sitting around warm on a shelf for the past year (unless this was somehow last years that got misplaced? I'll have to see if there is a way to figure out the bottling date). I get no hop bitterness, just a hint of pine, overwhelming onion and cloying malt backbone. This is a beer I will run away from in the future. Hell, I'd take a DFH 90min over this (and if you've ever read my other D/IPA reviews you know I do not enjoy that beer whatsoever). Baffled.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No Bottle date Sampled April 2010
Definitely excessively carbonated, as I pop the cap a slow foam-over starts. A soft pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces four-fingers of amber -tinged, light tan colored froth on top of a murky amber colored beer. When held up to the light the beer shows a gold-hued, amber color. The head forms a dense, meringue-like head that slowly subsides with a raised mesa of foam in the center. The aroma is pungently hoppy, a mix of caramelized tangelo, lychee, bergamot, a touch of mango as well as a more essential-oil type citrus note. The finish has a touch of biscuit-like malt aromatics to it if you really dig around. While the nose is predominantly fruit-focused, there is a softer, supporting pine character, along with some herbal aromatics as well as a touch of floral hop character.

Rich and malty feeling as it first hits my tongue, as it rolls across the palate a dirty malt-hop flavor comes out and the beer finishes with an ample bitterness as well as an astringent, green hop tannic quality (this last sticks to my teeth like a strong cup of tea). Lots of candied, heavily caramelized orange zest flavors as well as flavors of tangelo, some lighter lychee and a kumquat note are now more balanced by a herbal and bracing pine-like hop character. This definitely comes off as dirty somehow as the hops, malt and alcohol clash a bit; actually the hop character alone seems to clash. The body comes off as a little heavy, but is well within the "style" bounds.

Not nearly as bad as my previous description makes it sound, and this certainly isn't anywhere near as harsh as I remember this being at GABF when I had it last. Less muddled, caramelized malt character would likely go a long way towards cleaning this up.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy dark orange liquid with a thin but creamy off white news that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Grass, pine, and caramel dominate with some fruit and oddly noticeable alcohol on the tail end. Not all that complex and a bit old school.

T- Sweet caramel, grass, and pine. There is a bit of smoky flavor as well, which is a bit odd. The maltiness is a bit excessive.

M- Sweet and kind of bitter. The carbonation is a bit lacking.

O- For the style, this is pretty old school and not all that interesting. Pretty rich and malfunction, especially when considering the alcohol content.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left no lacing on the glass. Aroma of toffee malt, floral hops, caramel, nuts, and citrus. Taste of more caramel and peat malts, nuts, a light roastiness, and moderate carbonation on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Phelps
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into a tulip.

Pours a burnt sugar color with nice clarity and a 1.5-finger khaki head that’s nice and creamy. Walls of lace grip the sides as the bubbles descend to a thick and silky top layer.

The nose is packed with orange peel. Behind all that bright citrus are honey and light toasty character.

Much more caramel in the flavor. Malty sweetness balances with nose of orange blossom, honey and toasty bread. Sweet throughout with moderate bitterness.

Lightly prickly carbonation amidst a soft and expansive body. The smooth feel exhibits a light fizziness as it moves.

I dig the occasional malty IPA, but these one lacks a bit of the balance. Aggressive hop bitterness and unrefined malt sweetness seem to be at odds with each other. It’s not undrinkable, but it’s definitely not worth the price tag. Like, at all.

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3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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