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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Photo of flannelman808
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date but there are plenty of award accolades all over the place...

A: muddy brown pond scum with a slight yellow orange tinge. head is not significant and has a honeycomb like structure with poor retention but solid lacing.

S: Caramel malt is all up in this b and very much in the forefront of the aroma. A subdued note of greenery is hidden way in back as well as limestone.

T: The flavor is thankfully much better than the nose. Ruby red grapefruit zest intertwines with other citric suggestions. This has a good deal of tight carbonation and just enough bitterness to counterbalance the sweeter malty flavors. This resembles some kind of citrus cake. Im enjoying it more as it warms up and shows more hop driven flavors (nearly all of which lean toward citrus peel and maybe a hint of grass).

M: Strikes an even keel between carbonation and richness but does not linger around for very long.

O: At first sniff I was disappointed but in the end surprised by the depth of hop driven flavors which all good Ipa's ought to have. Solid outing though for the most part this misses the mark on the nose.

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Photo of corby112
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber/orange color with a massive frothy white head with excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with a good balance of dank earthy and sweet citrus notes. Lots of resinous pils and pine needle countered by citrus ring, mango and pineapple.

Chewy body with a complex hop profile that is faintly countered by some biscuity pale malt. There's a blast of dry earthy hops with some piny bitterness up front which is quickly balance by tropical and citrus fruit notes. Hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel lingering into a dry finish.

This beer isn't talked about all that much but it's one of the best WCIPAs out there. An excellent balance of dry, bitter and sweeter notes with a nice touch of malt balancing thins out. Full bodied and comp,ex yet still extremely quaffable.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to Tieman for putting this in my box.

Appearance: White Knuckle pours a mostly transparent amber color with a creamy white head. Fairly nice retention on the head with a few spots of lace.

Smell: There is a firm caramel malt presence. The malt has some spicy amber notes as well. Nice grapefruit malt with a lot of spicy pine.

Taste: The flavor starts fairly sweet, but there is a good amount of spiciness throughout the flavor. Caramel, brown sugar, a good amount of spice. The hops are grapefruit and spicy, prickly pine. The finish is mostly clean with a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is sweet, a little bit sticky. Lots of spiciness throughout gives it a prickly sensation. As the bitterness grows, the hop oil mounts on the tongue, staying there for the duration of the sip.

Overall: As far as DIPA's go, I would prefer them to have less caramel malt. Actually, less malt in general is better. More hops and less malt, that is a good rule.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice clear, ruby color with very tight carbonation and a thin lacing.

S - Spicy, garlic, onions, vinous, vegetables, earthy, tangy, dark citrus, and musty.

T - Earthy, vinous, spicy, moderately boozy, medium amount of warming on the way down, citrus and pine are evenly blended across the sip. Has a sweet hoppy presence, dark and spicy, pineapple, and oranges.

M - Heavy medium body, viscous, and leaves a heavy orange citrus coating that lingers with a metallic aftertaste. Lots of orange metallic tang.

O - An awesomely brewed beer!

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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden slightly cloudy grapefruit colour. Bursting with flavour, and so so well balanced between the citrus grapefruit orange tangerine hop flavour and the malts balanced and adding above average mouthfeel. Lovely refreshing drinkability. Almost all the bomber was mine, and a couple sips felt like a bit over the top bitterness, that's what the style does.I have fond memories of Marin beers and this one did not disapoint. Thanks Augustgarage for coming through again.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you David!

22oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Darker than expected, this beer pours a hazy copper color (brown/orange/amber) with an off-white head that clings viscously to the glass. Unorthodox but I still like it!

S: Intense nose, with hints of earthy/herbal hops, spices, some bitter citrus, pineapple/tropical fruit, and miles and miles of caramel malt.

T & MF: Suprisingly this beer is only moderately bitter. Loads of caramel malt add smoothness, depth of body, and sweetness. There are lots of nice woody notes, some tropical fruit (pink grapefruit and syrupy pineapple), and those herbal/spice notes. Viscous body on this beer, almost a bit chewy, and not too dry (I like my IPAs/DIPAs dry though). Mouthfeel seems off; most Cali hoppy beers are refreshing, with a body that is soft and moderate.

O: A beer that seems closer to several Americana Barleywines I've tasted rather than a West Coast DIPA. Not the biggest fan but it's still a good beer.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Bottle into a Belgian style glass.

A: Hazy Orange color. Nice white head, about an inch or two thick. Great Lacing.

S: Citrus. Fruit, reminds me of mango. Nice malt caramel.

T: Bright, fruity, citrus, Great malt backbone.

M: Nice and heavy. A bit chewy.

O: This was the first DIPA, I ever liked, and it still holds up with the best of them. The problem with getting it in a bottle is freshness. I was lucky because I the guy who orders beer at a store and he said they had just gotten in the Warehouse's newest shipment. I must admit, avoid going bottles, but if you ever see it on tap, do not hesitate. It is a great one.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
No bottled on date.

Aroma: Herbal, medicinal hop note up front. Pineapple upside-down cake, pineapple juice, and then more herbal hop.

Appearance: Very hazy amber body, off-white one-finger head hangs around for a while. Pretty decent lacing on this one.

Flavor: Earthy, woodsy, herbal hop note. A strong, dry bitterness shows up next. Some sweetness provides balance, but in the end doesn't stand a chance against the almost harsh bittering hops profile. Bitter iced tea finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body, dull bitterness clings to the tongue, and tannins are a bit drying.

Overall: Not bad at all. Definitely not for someone who's averse to some bitterness in their brew. The hops in this one are a tad bit drying, but I personally prefer a dryer DIPA than one w/ a syrupy sweet malt bill. I had a taste for a bitter one tonight, and this one hit the spot!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White knuckle has an orange colored body with a solid looking beige head that has good retention and lacing.

My nose is greeted immediately by powerful hop aromas, with citrus, tons of pine, and the promise of bitteness. Malt sweetness is also apparent, with caramel coming through.

The bitterness is like a punch in the mouth immediately. The pine and resin flavors are tongue-buckling, and they make up the most powerful components of the flavor profile. Next comes a good bit of citrus flavor from the hops, with grapefruit leading the way. The hops never truly die in this one, but they do allow the malt bill to express itself a little bit. Along with the obvious addition of lots of hops, the malt bill in this one is pretty big, with loads of sweetness, biscuit and caramel. Caramel might be the single strongest malt flavor.

Bitter and oily, pretty full.

Not a touch of alcohol in this one, which is very nice. I like the hops, and I like that although there is sweetness, the beers doesn't turn into a cloying mess that features sweet, boozy flavors instead of hops.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this bottle online from Blackwell's. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a moderate copper color that is fairly clear. Several finger white head, good foam, and a nice bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries through some strong citrus and pine with grapefruit pith coming forward. Though the color was a bit troubling in terms of what the malt was going to bring, it was a minimal component of the flavor, adding a touch of bread crust and very light caramel, leaving the hops to shine. Quite bitter with a dry finish after a medium body of moderate carbonation. I'd been waiting awhile to try this one, and it certainly delivered.

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Photo of LSUPT
3.02/5  rDev -27.4%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass. Thanks bstyle for this one!

A - Dark orange-carmel in color with a one and a half finger tan to dark tan head. Good retentiona and lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet malts, carmel, wood.

T - Very thick malt profile, but not too sweet, slight pine.

D - Chewy, creamy, leaves a oily feeling in your mouth.

O - I wish there was a bit more citrus flavor.

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Photo of Klym
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in another session with Cavery. Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: The darkness of this one caught me off guard! I even took another glance at the bottle to make sure I didn't make a mistake about it being a DIPA. A handsome brown/orange with a two finger head.

S: Hops, earthiness and some unidentifiable funky fruit all spread out and hit at different times in the nose.

T: My first sip I felt like someone at the brewery decided to dump some porter into the batch and make a DIPA black and tan. Smoke punched in the initial taste and transitioned over into hop bitterness and the mysterious funky fruit. My later tastes, though, while still picking up some porterish dark tastes, were much more centered on flavors of hay, hops, and fruit. Taste fades gradually and doesn't seem to change much throughout. Really a fascinating set of flavors.

M: Only one complaint about the mouthfeel but somewhat of a large one: it seemed a bit granular and each sip seemed to leave a grainy residue in my mouth.

O: Have to give props to Marin for a very creative DIPA. An unexpected but not unwanted experience I might well reach for again.

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Photo of Cavery
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Nonic, with love.

A: Rhubarb at the stem, very unusual looking red/orange for the style. The head grew fast to a 2 1/2 finger head that imploded after a few seconds. Strangely almost no lacing. I am reluctant to blame the clean glass.

S: aromatic piney hops. medicinal smells with a slight alcohol bite. Dried apricots taunt the palette. Spicy floral teas give in to blackberries and blueberries. a warming smell like cider that I can't quite compare to anything.

T: freshly cut yellowing grass, a well balanced and restrained hop bitterness follows. Suggestive of kumquat rind, dried fruits of the sun. A vague floral tea permeates all tastings.

M: Mouth is very juicy, wet and cooling. Even the mouth-feel implies refreshing. A carbonation that is well integrated, a proportionate experience with the flavor.

O: It's pretty good, The beer does feature a pretty harmonious balance between all aspects. However, some of the flavors are a bit polarized. A theme of bitterness and dried flower/fruit is pervasive; and perhaps even a bit palate numbing. I felt like this was certainly worth the try, but it made me thirsty for the better beers it reminded me of. For Marin brewing, this is the ace in their sleeve. Something to be proud of.

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Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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 bump8628
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fresh bomber straight from the Golden State.

Pours with brilliant penny-copper hue and plenty of sticky, white foam. A punch of herbal and floral hops leads the way but is backed by strong caramel and a bit of buttered toast. Clean and dry with sticky resins clinging to the cheeks. Pine becomes evident as it warms.

Marin seems to be regaining respect and prominence in the craft world. This one doesn't disappoint and reinforces the strength of this craft brewing stalwart.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky, rusted amber color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is FULL of tropical fruit. I get a TON of pineapple in the nose. I also get some mango and guava. This may be the most tropical IPA I've ever smelled. Piney hops appear as the beer warms a bit. Taste is initially very tropical with some melon flavors and citrus as well. Finishes with hints of alcohol and bittering hops. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and full-bodied. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very tasty DIPA, and one of the best offerings I've had from Marin Brewing.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this from baycat in the N00B BIF round 4

Unknown freshness.

A - Hazy dull copper body, some nice taupe head.

S - creamy balanced hop profile, pungent hops in the background. Wish it would be a little bit more intense on the hops, but it's nicely complex and balanced.

T - tropical fruit sweetness, bitter, spicy piney hops. Not too strong in the flavor department, but intense on the tongue.

M - Smooth and robust, Very good feel for this style.

O (D) - You know, this is really good. The nose presents a well-crafted well-balanced hop-forward beer, but the taste just wrecks you with hops, but not balance. That is my main problem with this beer. It's good, but a little bipolar.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured this one normally / not very aggressive into my plain tulip style glass and it brought about a nice, roughly 2 finger head that was just barely off white and creamier looking. Head is actually pretty lasting and leaves good lace around the glass. Finally a beer's head lasts long enough for me to get through writing the appearance section! Color is a hazy golden amber. Head lasts even through me writing the aroma section without swirling the glass at all. Color me impressed. For that, I have to go back and give it a 4.5. I can't remember the last time that's happened.

Aroma - Fresh, juicy, pungent grapefruit aromas up front, floral hops as well, with lots of caramel sweet and biscuit-like malts in there as well. Those are the dominant smells and it's more malty smelling for a DIPA. Not as great as other DIPAs that I've had, but nice.

Taste - Not as hop-forward as I would like in a DIPA (and as I would expect from the smell). Malts are really balancing in this one. Of course, my preference tends towards not quite as balanced IPAs/DIPAs. With that said, there's a good bitterness to this. Along with that and the sweet malt and caramel you get resinous hops of citrus and grapefruit and I feel like there's some pine as well. But again, they're all very balanced. I wouldn't say this is malt forward, more just balanced. However, I guess I prefer either more hop-forwardness or less balancing malt in a DIPA. This one goes really just a bit above average.

Mouthfeel - This is a very nice aspect of the beer. It's a wonderful medium-full bodied, that's a bit more thick than creamy. This one is damn smooth like if Keith Stone were to dress less like white-trash and shave his beard. Really feel like this is close to the mouthfeel I'm looking for in every DIPA I drink.

Overall - I think this beer is good, but not great. Overall the appearance, nose, and taste are all nice but not amazing for a DIPA. The mouthfeel is really where this shines for me. However, that's not a big aspect/contributor to the overall rating. So overall I'd give this about a 3.5. It's above average, but not much more than that.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull, hazy copper color with creamy head. Nose is very nice with a juicy-fruit citrusy aroma that is inviting. Palate offers an orangey -grapefruit focused angle with ample bitterness to give it some kick. Malt is there and toasty. Finish is long and grapefruity .

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Photo of azdback
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt caramel color. Very cloudy from the carbonation bubbles. Two fingers of bright white head and the lace looks to be sticky to the end.

Smell is bright with malts, not so much from hops. There is some alcohol in there also. It is altogether sweet though. I could probably use pineapple as a descriptor.

Taste is mild sweet citrus flavors, a Texas red grapefruit comes to mind. The other taste I get is maybe what a brandy soaked apple might taste like. A bit complex for a DIPA but very enjoyable!! There is definitely an alcohol taste here but not overpowering.

The mouth is great to perfect for the style, but more reminiscent of a Barleywine. Sweet and smooth to the end.

Overall I really enjoyed this DIPA. I only wish the rest of the Marin offerings could hold up to this standard. Definitely a must try.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My buddy Sean sent me this bottle from the west coast. Many Thanks

About a finger of light foamy head formed and quickly collapsed. The beer is a straight amber color with decent clarity. Lots of sticky lacing everywhere.

Aroma is fresh, bold and bright. Some alcohol present. Getting a pine forest here.

Tastes more like an east coast DPA. Big pine flavor, decent malt caramel flavors. Definitely can sense the elevated ABV. Pretty fruity down deep. Chewy resinious and juicy hop flavors. Almost taste the green of the hop pellets. At first I thought it was a touch too hot for my liking, but frankly it grew on me as I worked my way through the glass. Very aggressive lingering pine bitterness. Almost earthy.

Just shy of sticky.

Nice little DPA. Really fresh and bright.

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Photo of Phelps
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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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Photo of alexhahn82
2.83/5  rDev -32%
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 trappistlover
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz bottle). Pours hazy copper with a nice off-white head. Decent carbonation and nice lacing. Aroma has some pine, dank hops, but also some grapefruit and guava. Taste is sweet with a nice, bright hop bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish, but not a hop bomb. Its quite balanced. A very nice beer!

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White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 355 ratings.
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