Sock Knocker IPA
It’s back!! The Sock Knocker is one of Coronado Brewing Company‘s seasonal releases, and their hoppiest beer to date. If you’re a fan of Coronado’s Idiot IPA, Stingray IPA, Bobblehead Read IPA, or have tried their previous releases of the Sock Knocker IPA, then you’re in for another treat. We were lucky enough to get our hands on this beer before the official release date; bottled yesterday, released today, and available in tasting rooms this weekend! Corondao brewed a limited supply, so it will be around until we drink up this year’s batch. So whether you’re a Sock Knocker fan, Coronado aficionado, hop head, or new to the craft beer scene, stop by Coronado Brewing in San Diego to get your hands on this obscenely hoppy brew while supplies last.
Appearance: Pours a deep golden yellow with good clarity and a thick off-white head, which quickly dissipates after a few minutes.
Aroma: We were expecting a more powerful nose given the name. This beer has a very subtle hop aroma, with some flowery notes to it.
Taste: This beer has a very strong hop profile that literally knocked our socks off (see photo above)! Following the subtle aroma, the punch of hops catches you by surprise and is almost too powerful. Still, if you’re a hop lover you will appreciate the notes of pine, citrus, a hint of lime zest and fresh squeezed grapefruit. The malts are more subdued, giving the hops center stage. However the pale malts do add a touch of honey sweetness that helps to round out the flavors of this brew. The lingering finish is fairly bitter, which makes us wish we had food to give it some contrast.
Mouthfeel: This beer is light-medium in body, which might make you think it’s an easy drinker. However, unless you’re a diehard IPA lover, or native San Diegan, you may have trouble finishing a whole 22oz bottle. It could be because of the 8.5% alcohol, or the fact that the hops are so overpowering. But we’ll leave that up for you to decide.
Overall: By itself, this beer is a lot to handle. However, if you’re a fan of very bold IPA’s than this might be exactly what the doctor ordered. And, to be fair, it is called the Sock Knocker for a reason… it’s for those hop lovers out there where ordering your average IPA on draft simply doesn’t cut it. Personally, we would have welcomed a more aromatic nose to live up to the bold flavors, and a bit more malt to provide some sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness. As it is, we would be happy drinking a pint, but anymore than that would be a bit overkill. Still this is a must try if you’re into IPA’s. We think Coronado brews some of the best there are to offer!
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