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White Knuckle Double IPA by Marin Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
8.00 % ABV

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Review by everetends on 06/21/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2010
Old Review
22 oz bomber sent to me by the great BA, Murchmac. I had heard whispers about this beer being quite good. Tim hooked me up so I could see what this brew has to offer. Served up in my DFH shaped pint glass.

A: The pour is very interesting. The color is a nice and very murky/muddy dark orange to brown in color. Held to the light it looks like there is an oblong mass of brown surrounded by a bright orange glow. Really impressive. A medium pour gets me about a finger and a half of slightly off white head. Said head has some decent retention falling and staying eventually at about a half finger. Lace is all over the glass in notches of sticky foam. Good looking DIPA. Makes me happy.

S: As soon as the cap is breached, you can smell the hops. Big time citrus action coming forth. Got a lot of grapefruit coming out and filling the air. There is some pine and flowers in here as well. Then you get a light wallop of sweet malt. It jumps out at you every once in a while with some caramel, and then its gone lost in the hops. Very interesting. Maybe a touch of ginger and toffee in here as well.

T: Hello all that is hoppy goodness. I mean there are a lot of hops. In your face, big time grapefruit hops blasting you. Then as it progresses you get more of the pine resin presence. Its very nice and bitter. So damned tasty. Then on the back end you get a hefty amount of some sweet and caramely malt. It cuts the hops a bit but its not enough to put it down. Hops have bite and keep it that way. Damn its good.

M: Medium in body but it has an almost creaminess at times. Sooo, bitter. Got a lot of bitterness and bite through the palate and almost reaches the throat. It actually avoids being as dry as some DIPAs can get. I think it works quite well. ABV has a little bit of heat on the throat, just enough to remind you its there. Aftertaste is all grapefruit and pine.

D: This is probably one of the most drinkable DIPAs I have ever had. Sometimes when I have a bomber of DIPA (especially West Coast), I have a hard time finishing it. I even slightly dreaded this beer because of that. But this one goes down oh so nicely and easily. Friggin amazing. The flavors are awesome and the bitterness is big. Really impresses me and probably the best drinking DIPA I have every had. Mad props to the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-25-2009 04:50:36

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 10 19 4 9 0
22oz Bomber

I get the opportunity to sample White Knuckle thanks to jhenry04, thanks Jason! Pours a glowing lightly tarnished copper with great transparency. Explosions of tiny carbonation bubbles shoot to the surface. The dirty white head rose to two fingers on the pour and quickly became meringue like as it fell. Finally settling with a thick middle cap and ring. Leaves big patchy lacing after each drink. This is a really good looking IIPA!

The aroma is dominated by hoppy goodness but the malt is no slouch either. Big pungent resinous hops tickle the nose. There's a sprinkling of citric hoppiness present but the resinous hoppiness takes the lead and makes my mouth water. Touches of caramel and biscuity maltiness manage to squeeze through the big hops.

Flavor is just as the nose suggested and I love every drink. Caramel and biscuity maltiness laid the foundation for a great resinous hoppiness. Pine needles make a brief appearance but sweetened orange and grapefruit come along on the finish. This is an excellent IIPA and one of my new favorites!

Medium body with an incredibly light and fluffy mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect and moves things through at just the right pace. Finishes dry with a tongue stomping bitterness that grows bigger the more you drink.

The drinkability is excellent for such a big hoppy brew. This bomber is disappearing far too fast and all I want to do is take drink after drink. Every swallow leaves my mouth watering for the next.

White Knuckle just became one of my favorite IIPAs. Everything about this beer is great from the looks to the drinkability, but most importantly, it's delicious! Who wants to send me some more?

Reviewed: 3/9/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 04/08/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 18 4 8 2008
Thanks to KingG for this bottle; I have been waiting quite some time to try this one.

Poured into my Duvel tulip. White Knuckle pours an amber color with some golden highlights and a mountain rocky head—easily two inches. Very good retention.

Big grapefruit, grass, pine and tropical fruits. There is a nice mixture of nectarine, peach, orange, lemon, grapefruit, apples, and a touch of grapes. Toast and a bit of biscuit round up and balance the hops. I’m also picking up a bit of spices which must be from the hops as well. Quite excellent.

Taste is actually more balanced than the aroma. A good dose of toasted bread and caramel hit the tongue and follows with what comes to me as a little wheat flavor. After the malt it finishes with citrus and pine resin. The balance of this beer actually has taken me by surprise; I am used to a stronger bitterness from California DIPAs but this is a nice change and a very tasty beer.

The mouth-feel is smooth and a bit syrupy but not thick enough to warrant concern.

Drinkability is way high as this one hides the alcohol masterfully and it is so well balanced and tasty that the time between sips is short.

Wish I could get this one more often.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Westside Threat on 04/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 17 3 7 2008
A: Deep rust with some chill haze. The head is good and frothy, the color of linen. The decay is slow but happening.

S: Watermelon, lemon zest, kiwi, iced tea, little bit of caramel and subtle coconut.

T: First sip brings iced tea, sun flower seeds and grapefruit zest at the tip of the tongue. There’s an overall nuttiness that comes with the malts which is quite interesting. This flavor is found periodically in ipa’s but not usually this strong…but I’m digging on it. Little bit of green apple and pear add a fresh response while the nuttiness balances it appropriately. After the swallow, I get a good amount of redwood bark bitterness, but not enough to be distracting. Finishes with a fair amount of alcohol, little bit of peanut butter and residual piney bitterness.

M: Medium body, straight forward mouthfeel.

D: Not bad. If this beer wasn’t so damn hard to find, it would probably be considered fairly common in the world of Alesmith IPA’s, Ruination, etc. But it was still very tasty.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
Originally reviewed 06/07/06

Poured from bomber into pint glass. Enjoyed thanks to member Fro.

A - Poured a hazy amber color. Starts with a nice, soapy head that disappears quickly with only some remnants.

S - Resiny, piney hops, and lots of them.

T - Much like the smell, very piney. Hop blast that balances some towards the finish.

M - Good think feel for an IPA. Stays on the tongue for a bit. Almost chewy.

D - Being a hophead, I could drink a ton of this, but most wouldn't think that more than one or two would be doable.

Served In: Pint Glass

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