Review – Marin White Knuckle Double IPA
“White Knuckle Ale” is a Double India Pale Ale. That’s right, twice the malt and twice the hops in one 14 barrel batch. It is named in honor of the exciting bike trail on Mt. Tam. If you’re a “hophead ”, this is ones for you; fat, chewy, resiny, and pungent!
Marin Brewing Co’s White Knuckle Double IPA – 22oz Bottle 8.0% abv.
Light amber, very hazy with a pin stripe head.
Sweet hop smell consiting of oranges and sugary malts.
A tad peppery bitter orange. The malt is there, and adds a balanced sweetness to what would be an otherwise bitter hop bomb.
Initial sip would lead you to believe there will be a humoungous hop explosion, but by the tip you finish the sip, it is really quite mild. Not very tart, and doesn’t have an aftertaste that lingers.
Marin’s best offering to date, however the aroma is far better than the actual taste. It smells like it would be over the top, but is suprisingly balanced. If Port Hop 15 or Stone Ruination is too much for you, give this offering a try, this might be more up your alley.