PhillyCraft (5090) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Bottle in Californee. Poured a copper color with creamy medium head. Decent lacing. Aromas of strong pine, mango, kiwi, lemons, and rye. Taste was a hop explosion of citrus notes and tang. Other smaller notes of caramel sundae, and resin. Very sticky and awesome IPA.
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice flowery citrus smell that pours deep copper with a creamy head. Balanced hop and alcohol through the entire palate moving to a lingering finish that just hangs there. Worth the hype to pick it up.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap. A nice sweet malty IPA with citrus, mango and some pine flavors. Not much bitterness here, just strong citrus and floral hops.
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured clear, medium coppery-amber with a nice cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up dank pine resin and citrus hoppage over meatier fruit and sweet caramel.. warm and spicy in the nostrils. The flavor found toasty caramel and darker fruit on the sweet core.. pine resin and black peppery bitterness around.. juicy hops and spicy warmth on the long finish.. tasty stuff! Heavier-bodied and fairly juicy on the palate.. this was good, but would probably be better if uber-fresh. I’d gladly drink it again.
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 (8166) - 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 (2804) - 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.