White Knuckle Double IPA | Marin Brewing Company

White Knuckle Double IPAWhite Knuckle Double IPA
358 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 03-08-2002

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

Thanks to Lou91 for this unexpected bomber.

Pours a dark, cloudy, amber-brown color with a thick dirty eggshell color head. Rings of lacing work their way down the glass. Almost looked dirty pouring out of the bottle...must have been from the hop oils.

Aroma is all about hops. Floral, pine, lighter grass and grapefruit also in there. Faint wafts of caramel from the malt is detectable. The pine gets stronger as it warms.

Wow...this is good. Pine resin is the main flavor mixing with some other hoppy flavors ( floral and citrus ) and sweet caramel and fruit flavors towards the end. Not overly bitter, but it's almost all pine hops...and it's tasty!

This brew is on the thicker side and oily, but it fits the taste perfectly. This is a really good DIPA. The abv is hardly noticed. Get it and try it, if you can. Huge thanks to Lou91!

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Photo of Vancer
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What an amazing brew, just top notch across the board. Hey, it starts out with a amber orange pour, with a frothy ivory head. Nice lace rings all the way down. Tons of sediment lying on the bottom, to change it’s color to a dark and murky brown. Yum.

Wow, not often when you pop a brew a the whole kitchen goes hoppy on ya , Nice! You could even smell the oily floral hops from 6’ feet!

The taste is superb – floral, piney and of course- hop city. Sharp and biting, but not overpowering at all for a DIPA, in fact, kinda small in the kick. The 8% is right there, but not there to kick you you in the sack.

I am bummin big time that I only had one bomber...:(

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Photo of rayjay
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Thick pour. Resin and oils are visibly apparent. Major lacing from the big white head, complete with "hop circles" spinning around from the constant carbonation. Dark and bold. Deep orange, almost red or brown. Much darker than I prefer for a 2xIPA...a real beaut though. Just looking at me with that "drink me" face.

Smell: WREEKS of hops...the predominant smell is undeniably fresh blueberry puree. Thick pine oils, dates, apricots, and HOPS OUT THE ASS.

Taste: Kinko that. One of the best uses of thick carmel malts I've ever had the pleasure of. But the deep malts can only daydream of being heard with hops like this. God damn! Exactly what I'm looking for when I think 2xIPA. Stinky old-school weed, thick resin, spruce, fruitcake, and HOPS OUT THE ASS!!!!

Mouthfeel is pretty chewy, not too sweet or sticky though. Hop oils influence the mouthfeel big time.

Drinkability is up there with the best of 'em. Oh so delicious.

I've had this before and knew it was good, but I don't remember it being THIS good! Wouldn't change a thing...hard to pick which category wasn't a perfect 5. DRINK THIS BEER.

P.S. It really pisses me off that they never have it at the brewery when I go. They need to dedicate a few tanks exclusively to this awesome brew.

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Photo of SethB2
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Beer pours a dirty brown color with evidence of a dry hopped finish. Head is thick and lasting, leaving a ton of lacing when it finally settles.

S - Pine tree. Big piney hop presense, and a little floral and grassy. Caramel sweetness is also there peaking through the pine needles.

T - The pine on the nose comes through in a big way on the flavor. Roasted malt qualities lead to a nice round feel, but this beer could stand to be a bit sweeter and a tad more balanced. That's not to say it isn't good, because I had to sit here for awhile to pick out something that I would change. Very good stuff.

M - Full and nicely carbonated. Finishes with an amound of dryness that makes you reach for another swig.

D - See above. Very nice DIPA.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date on the label pours into a mini-nonic glass with a stormy hazy orange meets auburn hued pour topped with a craggy beige head cap leaving drippy lace sliding inside the glass.

Nose is grassy oaky, pine sap effervescent bright bouquet. Loads of West coast hops rise to a bold aroma of delicious hop and malt floral bubblegum big balance. Reminds me of Dreadnaught.

First swigs: Spree candy and orange juice hops. Oaky wood, floral on the tongue, bright orange pulp hops and Spree candy and JuicyFruit gum. Bone dry finish.

Quite acidic and spritzy with a fired up carbonation. Thick is what this feel is all about.

Last swigs: Nearly perfect 2IPA in my book! Just awesome! This must be fresh 'cos it's really gewd! Thanks to IrishSnake for the trade bottle.

Beer is good. Happy bold 2IPA beering.

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

Bottle Inspection: 8% abv.

Aroma: Rich citric pine hops explode from a nice sweet malt base. Everything a DIPA should present.

Appearance: A red/copper glass with good clarity topped by a fully frothy tan/white head that lasts and laces like a pro leaving tidemarks.

Flavor: Wow. Full hop taste but well balanced as to not burn or become extreme. Hop flavors are full and fresh. Some mild tea notes add a touch of complexity. Hops are citric and rich.

Mouthfeel: It’s a touch oily, but not bad given the style. Good carbonation level keeps it lively yet not fizzy.

Overall Impression: Great beer! It’s a really good example of what a DIPA should be, hop flavors to spare, well balanced, and easy to drink.

Massive thanks to Weedchugger for educating me on Cali-beers!

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Photo of lflesh
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow. what a damn good beer. i want more. it is damn good again. i get some good pine on the nose. and it smells nice and thick. after every sip; i am in awe! this beer is so F#$&ing good. horde it all! get what you can! i love this beer. this is a late review in that i know i like this beer. but i should give a review. KILL IF MUST; DRINK THIS BEER!

music: tool- 10,000 days

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Photo of germaniac
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper with a sticky, bubbly, off-white head.

Green, grassy scent with some detectable malt aromas in the background. Faintly citrus, like fresh sliced grapefruit.

Lots of hop flavor to be found, as if there was any doubt. Bitter thru and thru, with notes of citrus, and plenty of raw, resiny hop bite. Malt gets kind of hidden here, not enough let up on the hop stranglehold. But a bit of sweetness does briefly make itself known, there towards the end. A great beer in unfortunate packaging. Yes, that really IS a cartoon stork/swan on a mountain bike next to the "Xtreme" lettering.

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Photo of Crosling
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light bronze color, with a full, creamy white head. Big time West Coast hop aroma, with grapefruit, resin, which does show a mild amount of oxidation. Spruce and resin flavors, with hints of mint and lemon rind, which truly reveal what the hop is like at its core. Very little malt backing, but we are talking West Coast here, where the Double IPA’s are at there best. Fairly good, but not like the best.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

gonna give marin another chance. I usually don't like thier beers.

appearance: nice amber color, with a nice head that holds as a thin layer

smell: hoppy, actually less than some regular ipa's like stone's. you can smell a little malt, but it's like sniffing a bag hops

taste: very hoppy. no malt taste despite the color. more oily hoppy than bitter. ok there are hops here, but overal i just don't like the flavor that much at all.

mouthfeel: felt a bit thin

drinkablility: i drank the bomber, but it wasn't that good. another miss from Marin. Won't buy anymore unless i forget like i always do

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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 Chadbrew
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shout out to Brewbacca for providing this one.
What a super tasty somewhat hazy orange-red treat. When I take a whiff it's all about the hops in the nose. All I can tell by the label is that it's Yakima Valley green stuff but I swear it's Amarillo mostly. Great full mouthfeel and a sweetness that spreads through my mouth which is quickly replaced with an aggressive bitterness. remarkably clean finish considering the the excess of both malt and hops. A pleasure to share with a friend.

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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 rajendra82
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kindly provided by BA RedwoodGeorge in a trade, this Double IPA from California came in a 22 oz. bomber, and poured out hazy orange amber in color with a one finger thick head. Aroma was very typical of the style with a strong juicy citric hop presence mixed with a pine resin backdrop, or in other words most excellent. The taste was powered by the west coast hops and caramel malts. The bitter oily intensity was nicely cranked up, so that no one would doubt this one for an ordinary IPA. There was enough sweet malt sticking around as a reminder that I was partaking in something akin to hop candy. And I like hop candy a lot. Mouthfeel was sticky, which helped the spicy aftertaste linger around on my teeth. At the end of the session, I felt as if my enamel was being bonded with hops, and I loved it. A well done Double IPA, that does not try to take it too easy on you.

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Photo of rowew
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. No date info, but it does warn - Live Ale! Keep refrigerated.

Appearance: Cloudy red-orange color with a medium sized head. Retention was good - leaving quite a bit of lacing.

Smell: Thick aroma with lots of malt sweetness and very piney hop smells. A bit of citrus in there too.

Taste: Nicely balanced. Medium to full mouthfeel, every so slightly sticky but it fits well with the style. Starts off slightly sweet and then the hops come in to balance things out. Lofts of grapefruity and piney tastes, but the hops aren't overwhelming.

Overall impression: Very balanced and drinkable. Nice combination of flavors make this a quality DIPA offering.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hopasaurus Rex, Marin style...

Pours a dark golden / light brown, thick sticky tan head which lasts forever. Lots of lacing - just sheets of the stuff.

Smell couldn't be any greener if you tossed in a bushel of new mown grass. Green, fresh, huge hop nose.

Taste is a bit one sided. Plenty 'o hops. Citrus, citrus, pine and citrus. Grapefruit and orange peel predominate but still a very green resinous note. Malt is unfortunately a bit weak - some sugary sweetness in the background but that's about it. Would have rated taste lower if the hops weren't so good.

Mouthfeel is excellent - great fine carbonation, creamy body, only moderate bitterness (surprise!) leaves a nice clean palate. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy and slightly syrup sweet.

Very good, very drinkable, just a bit too focused on the hops. Will probably age very nicely - I'll have to stash a few away to see what they're like in six months or a year.

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Photo of goschool
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a thick(ish) orange amber with a smaller than average head. The body is filled with what I think are bubbles which don't move- kinda like a bottle of Soft Soap and there's a bit of sediment floating around.

The nose is somewhat dominated by piney hops, but there is a sweet citrus scent as well.

I2PA's promise bitterness and this baby doesn't let me down. Its sweet grapefruit taste makes this one of the most drinkable 2IPA's, but the brewers did it without wimping out on the hops.

These 8% 2IPA's shouldn't be so easy to quaff.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in second trade with GClarkage. Damn, I love the whole concept of trading. I have had so many good beers already that I would have been unable to try any other way.

This one poured out a hazy orange-amber. Almost no head... very likely I had it too cold. I let it warm up a little before proceeding. (note - after consuming some and pouring the rremainder of the bottle into the glass, a one-finger head rose up.)

Taste was in-freaking-credible. Huge hop flavor, tremendous pine bitterness accompanied by a solid slug of alcohol at the sip, followed by a solid malt wallop. Blended mild citrus and hop resins, as well as a pronounced lemon flavor, come out in the aftertaste. Wow.

Mouthfeel was full, and indeed chewy. Also, the hop character spread out very well.

Drinkability... very very good. Went down easily, despite being a hop monster... and it takes a lot to get me to say that, loving the beast the way I do.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

06/22/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber poured into my Duvel tulip. Undated.

Appearance- Darker orange-amber color with a nice frothy head and very nice lacing.

Smell- One of the best smelling 2IPA's I have lent my nose to. Huge grapefruity scent bombs you in the face. Maybe a touch of woodsy pine to accompany it.

Taste- We may have about the best balanced 2IPA's out there. Great malty taste as well as a very hoppy taste as well. Grapefruit and forest is well noted.

Mouthfeel- This dude is thick. Yes, I will agree totally with all the "chewy" comments from everyone else. Moderate carbonation as well.

Drinkability- Session beer if it wasn't over 8%. It's a terrific beer at a good price ($3.99).

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Photo of donnebaby
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy -- not totally clear -- frosted bronze amber color body. Lasting, bulging cream colored thick head. Nose manages to isolate the aroma of hop on a spectrum of variations from dry to weedy to sweet to bitter -- it's all compacted in their. Not over the top in potency, but solid complexity.

Taste is big and all about how I imagine the double IPA should be. Very much on the sweet rather than dry and weedy side of IPA flavor. Lemon sourness and sweetness is grating at times, but is balanced and attuned with tropical hop oils. Nutty bitterness comes out as it warms. Full mouth carbonation works for this slightly over the top brew. Medium to heavy body. Surprisingly clean finish all things considered.

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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 IrishRedRock
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ozs. of deliciousness. Very hazy, cloudy peach with a sticky thin lace. Dry, musty hop aroma with notes of caramel and lemon. Like the beast of Star Wars, this baby is CHEWWWY (and apparently it has made me lose my mind). Big on the caramel maltiness, and not as hoppy in the flavor as it is in the nose. Very sweet though not too much as the malt and alcohol balance it out. Has a citrus, caramel sweetness. Very nice. Very mild warming alcohol. A highly drinkable West Coast Double.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was from a 22oz bottle. This poured out hazy amber orange with about an inch and a half light tan head. Plenty of rings and clumps of lace were left all over the glass. Once established the head seems to take up roots and never go anywhere the entire time even as it is almost finished. Nose is quite big with a mix of citric hops, piney notes and a good floral/earthy backing as well. A slight malt sweetness can be detected as well but its pretty much there to keep a bit of balance. The flavor started with a sharp citric hoppiness before easing into a bit of malt and earthiness, almost like dirt. Quite a punch of hops is delivered with each sip of this excellent brew. The earthiness really stands out, as does the slight caramel malt, which really adds a great flavor to this. Aftertaste is a bitter hoppy one as expected. Mouthfeel is heavier than usual with a hoppy prickly feel on your tongue. I could definitely use some more bottles of this, too bad it’s not around here. A very big and flavorful brew that will leave you wanting more after the bottle is empty. Thanks to GClarkage for the chance to try this wonderful brew.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous milky caramel orange peachy color, small pinky high, tight, creamy puff of dark ivory on top, exquisite lacing of delicately spun sheeting coats the entire glass. Keeps a good skim the whole glass down too. Impressive glass of hopped brew if I ever saw one.

Aroma is extraordinarily balanced with a superb, right off the vine, fresh hop cone eluding to citric laced, thickly settled pine resin and floral spice. Malts remain intact with a nice caramel and toffeeness thats soft and well rounded in fulfilling a good nose full of interesting action.

Taste is what I needed to help wrap up a long week and about what I expected for a west coaster hop action brew...and thats a good thing. Malty smooth front of soft, easy flowing caramel flavors mixed with a bit of butterscotch keeping a sweet and soothing character. Hops begin to emerge near midway with a solid, yet unbiting and unbittered hop flavor of floral hops with nuances of pine sap. Subsides more to the sweeter malt side with the the hops keeping a slight drying effect and slight bittering within the sweetness. Very inticingly yummy. Reminds me some of Ruination...hmmm...another Kalifornia hop & malt konnection...thats not weird at all now is it.

Feel is smooth and firm with lots of malty sweetness coating all over the place. Hops leave traces of dried floral stuff in the finish. Body is dead-on medium in my book, no more, no less; perfect.

The pinnacle of drinkability, way to smooth for a Dbl. IPA, dangerously so; yummily so! Balanced with a terrific malting and just the right amount of hop action. The doctor is in and this is the prescription for a hophead who craves a sweeter tooth.

Big time thanks to the big dog xlperro for the bottle!!
You sir can write me a west coast prescription anytime!

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Photo of alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in San Francisco my last time out there.
Pours a medium-copper with a nice, puffy, sticky, light-tan head. Good lacing.
Smells of sugary caramel, burnt brown sugar malt, with a big resinous broken pine needle hop wallop. Oh, and some alcohol. Good balance though.
Moderately chewy, caramelly malt backbone. Sweet and rich with a slight cooked vegetable edge. Alcohol makes its presence known, but then big resinous hops come in and overshadow everything else. Pine needles mixed with spruce sap. Bitter, but tasty. Finish is bitter with some alcohol and a little cloying sweetness. Big, chewy double IPA, that can wreak havoc on your palate! Recommended.

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White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 358 ratings
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