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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 DearthVader
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bomber with my brother. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours a deep amber orange with a 2 1/2" off white head from an aggressive pour. Slight carbonation running up the edges of the glass. Head fades quickly to a creamy white film. Leaves some good looking lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops.

Tastes exactly how it smells. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel is a little too creamy for my liking. Good tingle from the carbonation but it coats your tongue with a sticky film.

Overall, it was an above average DIPA. This reminded me a lot of Maharaja. I might have a little more respect for this beer if it wasn't $10 for a bomber.

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Photo of arizcards
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber today from the Arcadia AJ's for $10.59. Jonpol recommended this limited distributed beer based on the 100 rating on Rate Beer.

Beer poured orange with a soapy white head that dissapated pretty quickly.

Nose is very good, big fresh floral hops lasting long after the bomber was cracked.

Taste is well balanced, big malts led by the caramel establish a strong backbone to stand up to a huge amount of pine and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, very smooth, nicely carbonated.

Overall i like this beer, very well balanced, not overwhelming, a solid sipper. Definitely recommend this if you can get your hands on a bottle.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber. No date, but pretty sure this is a fresh bottle.

Pours deep golden orange with a finger of orange-tinged head. Settles slowly to a fairly thin head, but more foam than other high ABV beers.

A lot of caramel sweetness in the nose for a DIPA. Hops are present too though. Citrus with a touch of grassiness.

The sweet malt is still pretty strong and thick in the flavor, but resinous hops as well. There is bitterness, biting citrus, as well as the grassiness and some vegetable notes that were previewed in the nose. Bready middle and pretty clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a tad thick, but not bad for a big beer. The ABV is well integrated, so this is pretty drinkable. Flavor is decent, but doesn't hit the high points of my favorite DIPA's.

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

I picked up this bomber while in California, based largely on my memories of the draft version. Digging out my older notes, the bottle didn't quite compare. Similar cloudy orange color, with a small tan head. Some good hoppy aromas, pine, citrus, floral. Medium to full bodied, less hoppiness than the draft, more boozy and sweet, with some citrusy hops present. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
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 hoppyhampy
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness info. Pours a cloudy reddish orange with one finger of foam and a lot of visible carbonation. Good lacing. Bitter (although not quite fresh) hops up front on the nose with a solid malt backbone. Tangerine, a bit of mango, and honey. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with excellent carbonation carbonation (just a bit low). Easy drinking. Palate is well rounded but still dominated by hops. They dance on your tongue with only a slightly resinous quality so as not to be too overwhelming. They have a much lighter and fresher character here. Citrus and some pine on the palate. Finish is bitter but cleaner than a lot of DIPAs. I'm instantly ready for my next sip. This is a hidden gem that is sure to gain more notoriety among hop heads.

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

Tasted March 24th 2011

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Golden amber, half finger off white head, lacing up an down

S - Malt bomb up front and the hop punches you in the face after. Pineapple, mango, wheat, yeast, flowers, toasted grains, very sweet smelling, lots of resin, alcohol isn't very high but you can smell it

T - The taste is a more pungent form of the smell. Resin right up front, then malt, then hops, all the fruit and flowers explode, then sweet and then finally a nice bitter sweet. So much tropical, passion fruit flavors. There is a toastedness at the end as well

M - Sticky, coats the mouth in sweet, bitter fruit flowers that last for a while, so does the resin

D - For being 8% it's pretty nice and balanced. There is tons of hops and tons of malt. Lots of bitter and lots of sweet. Despite that, it is still very balanced

Final thought - $9.49 is way to much. But it is excellent!

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Photo of beagle75
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel malt is complemented with resinous pine and darker citrus hops. The intense smell is enticing and appropriate, but not at all boozy.

T: Begins sweet, with fermented toffee, concentrated orange citrus and floral hop aromatics, and moderate bright acidity. Husky pale malt emerges in the middle while dryness gains some ground. Bitterness becomes robust in the finish, slightly astringent, with plenty of juicy herbaceous plant stem. Trace fumes of alcohol are detected, but are mostly limited to the middle.

D: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.

M: This beer hits very near the sweet spot, deliciously sweet and pungently hoppy, like Deschutes Hop Henge but with a few more sharp edges. At just 8% abv the trade-off is a fair one, making this DIPA satisfying, drinkable, and far more memorable than Marin's IPA.

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Photo of Gunslinger711
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

White knuckle pours a beautiful, bubbly amber red. Carbonation bubbles throughout.

It smells like I would expect a double IPA to smell, a super strong citrus hoppy smell I've come to associate with an IPA.

Tastes like it smells, citrus hits you first, then kind of a wheat/grain taste in the middle, this gives way to a bitter after taste not unlike the after taste of an orange.

Mouthfeel is not unlike a mouth full of watered down orange juice, it coats the inside of the mouth a little. Not harsh though.

A word about drinkability, IPA is not really me beer style, but I wanted to see what all the hub bub is about. It's drinkable, but I'm not going to go out of my way to grab another one. A solid introduction to the American Double Imperial IPA beer style.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snifter pour and I am met with a copper/amber ale with a nice white foamy head that dissapates and leaves a fair amount of lacing. The smell is great! Just what a DIPA should be. Hoppy, piney, citrus galore and a faint whiff of alcohol. Hoppy blast on first sip! In your-face hoppy with a big rush of grapefruit on the swallow followed by a long grapefruit finish. Mouth waters for another sip. Light carbonation and high drinkability. The 8% is almost non-existent. I polished off the bomber and was thirsty for more. Even though this beer is almost $10 a pop, it is well worth it. Definitely one of my favorites from Marin Brewing. Only wish it was a regular instead of a seasonal. Great stuff.

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

UncleJedi strikes again! Shared at that Big New Years tasting in Atlanta.

A. Deeper gold than a lot of DIPAs. Short, small bubbled head, vague spotty lace. Decent.

S. Pretty classic West Coast - big, sticky, tight nose full of green citrus hop. Pungent, sharp, clean. Hops over malt, always.

T. Big sharp bitter hops, single-minded malt sweetness, loads of Cascade, dry, resiny, sticky. Singular in purpose, the malt sweetness is well balanced here, and while it plays second fiddle to the hops, is no slouch.

M / D. Fine. Mid body, no surprises. Inviting. A bomber shouldn't be any issue for the hop-fiend.

Eventually, after reviewing dozens and dozens of double IPAs, you realize you're just rehashing the same adjectives over and over. In the interest of brevity: This is a fine West Coast Double IPA. Freshness with these is paramount, so if you can get it shortly after release, consider yourself lucky. Not groundbreaking, but an all around solid performer. Nice job, Marin.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to unclejedi for this one. Been a want for over two years, excited to finally try it.

A - Coppery orange with a foamy off-white head. Thick foam sheets left behind on the glass. Very hazy body.

S - Strong citrus aromas with lots of grapefruit and just a bit of tropical fruit. A bit of tree sap and a touch of caramel malt comes through behind the fruits. Caramel becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms.

T - Bitter citrus fruits initially with grapefruit rind and a touch of lemon zest. Even a little tangerine mixed in. Caramel malts come through mid drink and provide a sweet backbone to the big bitter hops up front. Finishes with a lasting sweetness and just a hint of bitternss.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a sticky, resinous feel. Hop oils coat the mouth. Alcohol is almost non-existant and in the world of DIPA's this is an easy drinking one.

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Photo of mephisto500
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a long and busy day at work, I couldn't wait to get home and crack open the White Knuckle Double IPA (India Pale Ale) I had waiting for me in my fridge. This interesting brew came highly recommended by Mario Valle Jr. from Liquor Mart in Whittier, California. According to Mario, this brew is a rare one...he only comes across 2 or 3 cases per year and like most hard to find brews it flies off the shelf quicker than a prom dress. My choice was clear. I did what I had to do...I picked up the 22 oz. White Knuckle bottle!

Marin Brewing Co.

Marin Brewing Co. is located in Larkspur in Northern California a little less than 20 miles north of San Francisco and has been in business for a little over 20 years. Founder Brendan J. Moylan takes pride in his craft by using nothing but quality natural ingredients when brewing. Along with passionate brew master Arne Johnson whom is a master of his craft, Marin Brewing has won numerous beer awards for their wide array of brews. Some notables include; Old Dipsea Barley Wine Style Ale, Mt. Tam Pale Ale, Point Reyes Porter, Tripel Dipsea Belgian Style Ale, San Quentin's Breakout Stout, and of course the White Knuckle Double IPA.

The Beer

Named after a bike trail (not what you were thinking you pervert) at Mount Tam, White Knuckle has won a bronze award in the Great American Beer Festival and a Silver at the Cal State Fair. In the 2002 World Beer Cup it also took a respectable Bronze. According to the makers this brew is "fat, chewy, resiny and pungent!"

It was time for me to give it a try. First, to put myself in the proper frame of mind I sat on my leather sofa and popped on The Brian Setzer Orchestra song "King of The Whole Damn World" from the Lonely Avenue album. I then poured the first glass conveying a soft copper like liquid with a matte like appearance. Once poured this brew formed a ½" tan head that settled along side the top of the glass mouth. The numerous carbonating bubbles also raced up towards the top of the glass. After admiring this thing of beauty it was time to take a drink.

The aroma was pleasantly hoppy, which is typical of an IPA, let alone a double IPA. It was a highly addictive scent, which if you've never tried an IPA you have to smell yourself to understand. IPA's are a distinctive style of beer that sells briskly in the United States (If you're not familiar with IPA's check out Mike Lowery's blog: WTH is an IPA?).

This beer was love at first smell with hints of pine and citrus. I had expected a stronger hoppy aroma this being a double IPA (which means it was brewed with double the usual amount of hops), but I was surprised as the aroma became less and less pungent with every sip. The taste was delicious and it really quenched my thirst.

Perhaps it was the light carbonation or maybe I was hella thirsty...(Hella is a commonly used word in Nor Cal)...The fact of the matter is that this brew was fresh, full flavored and delicious.

As I slowly drank my way to the bottom of this much too small 22 oz. bottle, I felt relaxed and tipsy. Mario's recommendation was right on. This is a definite buy on my next trip to Liquor Mart, assuming there's any more left. Based on my positive experience with White Knuckle Double IPA I can't wait to get my hands on other Marin Brewing Co. libations.

Thanks to Mario at Liquor Mart for his recommendation!


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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured amber brown in color with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: had bubbly gum candy aroma with piney hops, grassy, candied sugar, and caramel malt notes. It did have some citrus and earthy notes as well.

T: the earthy woodiness and caramel malts were more potent on the palate but had nice piney hoppy notes and citrus grapefruit that helped out on the bitterness.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piney, earthy, citrusy, hoppy, and sticky oily finish.

D: it drank real good and had a nice hop profile that made me wanna drink a couple more bombers of this. Definitely a solid DIPA that should be tried if you can't get ahold of it near your crib.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Overlord for this generous extra. Poured from a bottle into a DFH shaped pint. The beer pours a nice dark copper with a frothy white head. The head quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sharp, juicy hops all the way. Lots of pineapple and mango, with some grapefruit and orange peel. There are hints of floral hops as well, but not much malt.

The taste is just as good as the smell. Sharp, juicy, bitter hops rip through the mouth first and foremost. There is a great blend of pineapple and grapefruit first, followed by a slight sweet candied sugar malt, the sweetness just accompanies the juicy and floral hop notes and helps build into the bitter pine hops in the finish.

The beer is well carbonated, medium bodied and the flavors hide the alcohol perfectly. The bitter finish wipes the palate clean and invites further drinking. I wish I had multiple bottles of this one for sure.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a deep orange color with a frothy off-white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head settled down pretty quickly but left some very nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of sweet and fruity notes to it. Some pineapple and mango really come through in the hoppiness as well as just a bit of a herbal bitterness. A pretty big bready, malty flavor is present as well and gives it more of a sweetness to it overall.

The taste shows some more of the tropical like, mango and pineapple notes to it. That bready, sweet malt really comes through and lends a very nice sweetness to the beer overall. Just a bit of herbal bitterness comes through towards the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is just a bit below average. Drinkability is good, it had a nice sweet hoppiness to it that I really liked. It had a bigger malt presence then the average DIPA but it really lent a pretty nice sweetness to compliment the fruity and citrusy hops. Very nice beer overall.

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Photo of hophead247
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy amber with a bubbly off-white head that shows very good retention and solid lacing. The aroma has a huge citrus kick up front with grapefruit and tangerines with a bit of floral pine scents as well. The caramel malt background is also evident behind the hops. The taste is a sweeter, more balanced version of the aroma with the citrus hops hitting up front before giving way to the impressive malt backbone in the middle. The pine comes out a bit in the finish with some nice bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full and completely sticky with hop juice goodness. Drinkability is fantastic on this one and I could drink this all night.

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Photo of kk73
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden amber color with a modest white head which quickly recedes. Leaves some lacing.

S - Getting tons of grapefruit and pineapple with a slight bit of herbal hops balanced by dank bready malts.

T - Taste seems to follow the nose with a bit more piney hops than in the nose. Also getting the bready malt characteristic. Not overly bitter or dry. Very little alcohol detection.

M - Oily, medium bodied, not too sticky. Moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, abv is well hidden in this one. Would like to try this fresh on tap at the brewery to see how it is fresh, as the bottle I have has no bottling date on it.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
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 FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd review.

Bottle to oversized wine glass.

App- Poured the same dark copper color as the bottle it came from. Looks like a soda that sat with ice too long and turned to water. Leaves a wonderful lace as it clings to the side of the glass and has great swirl marks in the body of the beer as well.

Smell- Very hoppy and def like the bottle says has that effervescense to it. Has a big smell to it, like a Double IPA should.

Taste- It's really a big beer to me, has a full taste and has a feeling of taking a bite out of something. I could see how having this with a great cheese would be worthwhile.

Mouthfeel- Every few seconds, I am tasting my lips, it leaves a real aftertaste and resin on my tounge and lips and screams for another sip. Very malty on the backside of the mouth as well.

Drink- I would say after 1 its best to back away. I don't think I could handle two of these unless broken up by something much lighter and crisper in between. If I was having a bad day on the other hand, 2 would be just what the Dr. ordered.

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Photo of rand
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marin White Knuckle DIPA

from bomber to tulip glass

Pours a clear, copper-tan with a rich, 1-inch sea-foam head on a gentle pour, leaving plenty of sticky lacing. Strong pine and alcohol is noticeable as you're pouring the glass. Upon further sniffs, honey and bready malts drift in the background. At the front of the sip you'll notice strong pine resin and citrusy tones - this is one hoppy beer. Yet nicely balanced. Honey-like sweetbread counters the hop rush, creating a harmony of bitter and sweet and allowing you to unravel the subtle nuances. Caramel, pineapple, orange. The beer has an oily texture that seems to penetrate ever nook and cranny of your mouth, making the flavor all that much more pronounced. With all of the flavors swirling your palate it's amazing that nothing seems off. This goes down quickly and easily. I would definitely use this as an introductory DIPA for someone not familiar to the style.

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Photo of snpub540
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a light amber maybe copper hue. White head is definately very clingy and leaves sheets after every sip.

Aroma is all hops with a nose full of floral, grass and some herbal notes.

Taste is very much a mirror of what is present in the nose with a strong enough backbone to combat the bitterness. Nicely hoppy and delicious.

Mouthfeel is tacky and smooth. Drinkability is definately good. Yummy and chewy.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another thanks to Sideswipe for another awesome box of California goodness! IPAs might just be California's future leading export! (for good reason, might I add!) Thanks again John!

Pours a nice bright coppery color with some pale apricot colored accents. The 3 finger tan head is thick and foamy-- leaving nice lacing as it slowly settles. The retention is strong. The lace forms thick, monstrous rings of sticky white bubbles. I still prefer my DIPAs a little lighter in color, but this is certainly not a bad looking beer-- I mean, I prefer blondes, but I married a brunette!

The smell is good. A solid malt backbone is noticeable-- sweet caramel notes up front. A big hoppy back end is in the nose as well-- mostly grapefruit and resinous pine. The taste starts out with the malts-- caramel sweetness up front, almost a doughy breadiness a little deeper. The hops jump in from that point and hit some grapefruit, orange, and piney notes. The pine is sticky and thick-- almost syrupy -- and it leads into the bitterness that lingers with a sloppy oily feeling that coats my mouth. My teeth are just coated by this beer. The body is a little fuller than medium with very nice carbonation-- not bubbly, but not flat-- just right.

Overall-- this beer is a solid DIPA. It is malty enough to be a bit more universal than straight hop bombs, but it is hoppy enough to be enjoyed by a discerning hophead. Highly enjoyable and drinkable. I could certainly drink another bomber of this one right now. The one I just drank went down too quickly!

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Photo of bcm119
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber with sticky egg shell lacing. Sweet malt and C hops on the nose. Candy-like and fruity. Sturdy body of sweet, doughy malt, with spice, pine and ripe citrus hops. Well integrated flavors, but a little boozy with a soft rum-like undertone. Finishes with more sugar and spice, and long lasting hop bitterness. I think this may be a little mellowed out in the bottle; I've had fresher and hoppier samples on tap. A bit under attenuated for my liking.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.37/5  rDev -19%
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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White Knuckle Double IPA from Marin Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 355 ratings.
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