KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. First reviewed 9/14/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to PeprSprYoFace for sending me this.
The appearance of this beer is phenomenal. A full cherry copper color with a rich, creamy white head. Sheets of lace have great cling.
The aroma is very sweet, and this sweetness begins the downfall of Knuckle Sandwich. Lots of full caramel notes balance or even overpower grapefruit and sticky pine aromas.
Up front, the malt presence is full and bready. A soft honey sweetness grows until it is a nearly out of control caramel bomb. Where are the hops? When the grapefruit, apricot, and pine bitterness finally come in, it is too little too late. The sweet malt controls the flavor the whole time. A light alcohol presence is noticeable at the end, but nothing out of the ordinary for a 10% DIPA.
Knuckle Sandwich has a fuller body than I would really prefer and almost chewy from the strong malt presence. The tight carbonation works well with the full body, providing a light creaminess and still guiding excess flavors off the tongue with each sip. A bit of alcohol burn in the back of the throat.
When I first started drinking IPA’s, I liked beers that had a nice malt sweetness to go along with a strong hop presence. Now, just give me the hops. I can see why this is popular, it is just is not quite what I am looking for.
cbirker (42) - Fullerton, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this DIPA! The aroma is full of fruity, citrusy hops. Appearance is very clear dark amber. The taste is very similar to the aroma but with a smooth finish. Very nice mouthfeel, not too heavy. Overall, Would love to have this everyday!
alexsdad06 (6268) - Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by brew3crew. Pours a hazy amber/copper color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma has a nice power play between the sweet malts and the citrus, resiny and dank hops. The flavor is much like the nose; sticky resiny citrus combined with sweet caramel malts. I think this is pretty much what a DIPA should be. Medium to medium plus body. This is worth trying again, so maybe I will look for another bottle. I enjoyed the label as well.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ The Bruey Provisions. Deep amber/orange with a foamy off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, flowers and some caramel. Flavor is very bitter with a light caramel malt presence and a slight alcohol bite at the end. Medium body with ample carbonation and a dry, resinous, sticky mouth feel. Overall a great IIPA, I was really excited to try this one and it delivered nicely.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one pours a deep orangish amber color. White one finger head with good retention. Right off the bat you’ll be greeted with a nice dose of tropical fruits as this is poured into the glass. There’s a nice sweetness to the aroma mixed in with a decent caramel malt backbone. The aroma was nice but the taste was…
A fruit bomb. There’s much more of a fruity presence here. It’s big and bold and lovely. I can describe the taste of this beer in three steps. Step one is the bombardment of fruit. Citrus, grapefruit, other tropical fruits, and some pine. Huge. Step two is a dry hopped kind of taste mixed in with some alcohol. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for being a 10% beer. Hard to explain but it’s like the fruitness comes to an abrupt and right into the dry hopped taste. Step three is a sugary sweetness that sits on the palette. Put all of these together and this is a damn fine IPA.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, oily, and a bit sticky. Goes well with the rest of the beer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the brewery and at Bruery Provisions.
Pours a clear golden orange color with a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.
Floral, dank hop aroma with balance of earthy pine, citrus fruit notes and pale malt. Strong pine needle presence along with pineapple and lemon peel followed by biscuity malts and subtle alcohol.
Chewy body thats fuller than expected with a really nice balance of earthy, grassy hops, tropical/citrus fruit and pale malts. Dry and bitter up front with piny hops lingering over the sweeter notes. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel countered by a nice malt presence that provides balance without interfering with the hop flavors. Subtle hints of biscuit and graham cracker before finishing with some boozy heat. The alcohol flavor towards the end of the palate takes away from the hops a bit but overall this beer is pretty good.
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Dark copper in color with a thin tan ring of foam. Aroma of pine and sweet caramel malt. Taste is sweet and moderately bitter. Not sure of the age on this one, if it’s older and the hops are fading and bringing the sweetness to the forefront, or if it’s supposed to be like this. It’s good either way. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with moderate carbonation. Good DIPA, more dark, sweet, and malty than I would expect out of a California DIPA, but very good nonetheless.
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markwise (4564) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Thanks to Hophead22 for this one in trade. Cheers, Tim! Pours a pretty orange-amber with a white head. Nose is orange, tangerine, tangelo, kumquat, and all manner of orange colored citrus hops. Flavor is orange, tangerine, tangelo, and kumquat, loquat, and again, all manner of orange colored citrus. Finish lingers with tangerines. Excellent citrusy as hell DIPA. Love it!!!
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at home courtesy of cgarvieuk, thank you! Dark reddish orange pour. Huge resinous hop nose, hint of petrol, booze, massive grapefruit too. Yum. Slight bittersweet front, pronounced honey notes, mango also, pithy grapefruit hints but finish is hoppy, but more perfumed than mega-bitter. Maybe tired - hop flavours could be fresher. Still nice though.
BeerCast_Rich (1902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[1.6fl oz bottle, courtesy of cgarvieuk] Amber, with decent white head. Sweet, boozy aroma with mango and other tropical fruit. Strong alcohol flavour from the start. Sweet hoppy finish. Honey and caramel. Heather honey? Sweet, juicy fruit on the flavour as well. Huge boozy caramel malt DIPA end, as you’d expect