Knee Deep IPA - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Knee Deep IPAKnee Deep IPA

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mentor on 10-26-2011

75 IBU
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Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 22
Photo of mentor
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a two finger tan head over a clear red-copper liquid. Smells piney and resin waxy. Lemon, pith, clean alcohol, baby aspirin, and green onion.

Tastes yummy. Nice balance between hop flavor, clean hop bitter, clean alcohol sting, and malty sweetness that's non-descript, but wets just enough. Hop flavor is oranges, green onion, pine, and pith. Very resiny. Esters are tropical fruits, such as pineapple. Malt has no distinct flavor, though works well as a general sweet with the hop flavors, esters, and cutting down the hop bitter. Hop bitter has decent grassiness that works peaks with alcohol burn plays well with the sharp hop flavors. Has a nice creaminess in the mouth. Drying grassy aftertaste. Moderate carbonation. No problem putting away the bomber; I could drink more.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of pine, floral, and citrus hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of pine and grapefruit hops with some sweet caramel and bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice IPA with a good malt and hop balance and a nice hop profile.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice beer shared a rate beer tasting.

This beer has a great nose, and that's what I liked the most: tons of dry fresh grass hops and citrus, totally an awesome west coast ipa in the smell. The taste has a nice grassy dry feel too, almost drinks like a pils, but it didn't explode with hops like the nose suggested, but it was still a very nice beer. The taste actually has some honey like sweetness to it too. The feel has a nice bitter finish, a good sparkle over the mid palate of hops and sweetness, a touch of baguette.

Overall a nice beer, it wouldnt be hard to take down a pint of this!

Photo of Immortale25
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light copper color with a 1/4 inch head that retains slightly before degrading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and powdery surface foam. Nice clots of lacing.

S- Intense citrus nose with notes of pineapple, grapefruit and pear. Also some toffee-like malt sweetness. Quite amazing.

T- Fruit doesn't come through as much in the flavor. Mainly just grassy hops with some residual metallic taste. Still pretty nice but nothing compared to the aroma. Alcohol is relatively mild. The bitterness sinks in its teeth and doesn't let go leaving an aftertaste that's tight on the palate.

M- Once again, tight and a bit dry. Medium carbonation and a balanced body.

O- First beer I've ever had from these guys. Had never heard of them until they got added to the "Brewery Direct" program at my local Total Wine & More. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but I don't regret the purchase since it was only $4.99 for a 22 oz. bottle.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is very strong and very hoppy, with a firm overtone of grapefruit and sour orange. It pours a dark coppery amber with a fairly thick off-white head that leaves some good lacing. Strongly hoppy flavor has grapefruit and orange notes plus a hint of malt and not too much bitterness. Fizzy texture has good body and leaves a nice hoppy tingle.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of citrus rind, pinapple and piney hops. Flavor follows aroma, grapefruit and citrus rind, with pine and a hint of herbal hops, finishing with a strong, lingering hop bitterness. A slightly sweet malt base supports the hops well. Perhaps a bit astringent in the finish, but again well supported by fresh hops flavor. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel. Nicely integrated and well made IPA.

Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is easliy the best Knee Deep beer I have tried....not sayin a whole lot.Poured into an imperial nonic a somewhat dull medium golden with a tight formed half finger white head that settled slowly into a frothy mass.Sharp citric hops along with a pretty intense vine-like note,a little booze thrown in.Fuller creamy body to the beer,leafy and citric hops over top of a tasty lightly sweet malt base,the body is the best part of the flavor profile in my mind.There is good hop complexity on the palate,the chinooks give off a real nice sharp/spicy element, and the body is fantastic,much better than I expected.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright coppered amber with decent head and lacing. Beautiful hop-forward aroma of pine and citrus. Flavour is well balanced and surprisingly in the same league as other Californian American IPA's. Caramelized malt sweetness transitions into the resiny hop bitterness, including plenty of grapefruit and mango, with a beautiful lingering dry finish.

An excellent beer from a brewery that's new to me, and that I will be keeping my eye out for in the future...

Photo of phishgator
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a good two finger tight head. Lacing was there and the color was a nice copper hue. The carbonation was medium. The nose and taste remind me of Sierra Nevada Celbration/PA, so I suspect that they have a pretty similar hop bill. There is a dry quality to the finish and burnt bitterness (chinook) to the body. All in all mot a bad brew and the first one I have had from this brewery.

Photo of WesM63
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden orange with a 1finger off white head. Moderate amounts of retention and plenty of lacing.

S: Super floral, some bubblegum. A hint of pine/resin and some malt sweetness.

T: Close to the nose. Floral, bubblegum and hints of pine/resin and malt sweetness.

M: Medium Body and carbonation.

O: Overall this is an decent west coast IPA. It's a little light one the nose and palate, but still excellent in flavor.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny rust, trace white head, fine lacing

S: grapefruit/mango, mild clean pine

T: grapefruit, pine, grain, pine, mellow bitter finish

M: med body, slight oily mouth/hint of dry

O: Just randomly found this brewery,
thought I would try it....nice!
I will get again and recommend to others.

VERY NICE, WORTH TRYING!

Photo of katan
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a light orange color. Mostly clear, little hazing but not much for carbonation showing. Head formation is pearly white, a bit of lacing.

S - A very solid hop nose, west coast all the way. Starts off citrus, floral, and then hits you with a pretty spicy resinous note. Awfully bitter.

T - Starts off lightly citrusy, sweet from the hops with a bit of malt backbone. Brings on more maltiness but then turns way bitter. Then the worst, it gets husky and almost astringent - puckering. Finishes with a oily bitter sticky taste.

M - Light bodied and stronger carbonation - could use a little more balance. Finishes as I said with some oiliness. No alcohol warmth.

O/D - More filling due to the stronger carbonation. ABV is high but workable for the style. I was so liking this beer until whatever it is in the finish hit me. Perhaps I had a bad one.

Photo of lordofstarside
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up at total wine this morning. bomber to snifter, no freshness date

pours a very dark amber, one of the darkest ipas I've ever seen with a finger of head which has died down into a thin lace in the time it took me to search this beer and start writing my review.

smells pretty good. strong hops, grape fruit, pine, with citrus undertones coming through at the end. alcohol and mild malts are also faintly present.

taste of almost pure hop with a light roasted after taste. many of the fruits in the smell don't translate well in the taste, not that I don't love the taste of over powered hops, there's not much complexity going on with the taste. very bitter, very drinkable

mouth feel is up to par. at 75 ibus the bomb of hops spikes on your palate. mild carbonation, goes down smooth and creamy. again, very drinkable

I have pretty mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand I love a strong over hopped ipa, however when all there are are hops, it makes the beer bland and uninteresting. If you're looking for a kick in the mouth I'd recommend it, and though I plan to buy it again it probably wont be in the near future. It is however a nice homage to the glorious hop

Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The text style used on the bottle lable looks quite similar to Lagunitas. It's a white label with black lettering and the occasional 6-sided star with hops dotted around. Is this one more good West Coast IPA? On to the beer:

We're looking copper orangish in the glass with a thick rocky head. Great head retention and lacing. The nose at first brings a good deal of fruitiness, like passionfruit and tangerine. These aromas, however, fade, which brings out the toffee crisp base. Still, this could be promising.

Starts off weak, but time allows more hop flavor to emerge. Tea and lemon notes hit first, then a hit of bitterness. The hoppiness starts to pick up. Subtle passionfruit and tea. Its body is much lighter than anticipated, almost light bodied, and with low carbonation.

This was a roller coaster. The impressions started great, then they became flat, then they regain some of their excitement. It won't rank among the best West Coast IPA's, but its push later on saved it from being a dissapointment.

Photo of Sideswipe
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. No date.

Pours a clear, coppery color with a finger of white foam. Head recedes quickly leaving decent lacing. Aroma of citrus and hemp. Taste is bitter grapefruit rind and weed. Pretty well mannered mid-palate but slides into a dry, bitter finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Medium body and prickly carbonation. Overall, not bad. Quite drinkable, even enjoyable. I'd have it again.

Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like sugar covered oranges and honey with some bready yeast and bananas.
T: It tasted like copper hops and pennies, with some bitter citrus and lingering bready malt. It had a somewhat clean, somewhat bitter aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This wasn't a very good IPA. The scent and taste weren't my style. The body was ok, and the finish was clean enough, so it wasn't difficult to drink. But it wasn't very enjoyable otherwise.

Photo of Jayli
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap 12/3 at Stout
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a light hazy golden color. One finger of frothy head sits on top. Head retains nicely leaving big sticky sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is floral, piney notes, with a light bready malt background.

T: Taste is big pine notes in the forefront, earthy notes come in to the middle with a touch of biscuit, bready malt flavoring. FInish is a slightly odd blend of floral and citrus hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, dry feel at first with a sticky finish.

O: Goes down ok, somewhat tasty, not too filling, decent kick, ok representation of style. The finish of this beer just didn't do it for me, the floral and citrus notes just didn't seem to be blended as well as they could have been.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured minimal head on a clear, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is a nice mixture of pine and lemon.
The taste is sweet malt with moderate bitterness coming in second. Finishes with a dry bitter.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A nice drink, but a little on the sweet side.

Photo of Zorro
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark amber colored beer with a small white colored head. This is so dark it is quite close to brown.

Complex smell. Sweet and fruity and I had a hard time identifying it, the smell of Passion Fruit. Little bit of a tobacco aroma here. Little bit of grapefruit but not much, this is a tropical scented IPA.

Starts out sweet and woody with a sharp bitter finish. One of the sweeter IPAs. Tastes of tea and wood and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a disappointment. Smells great tastes weak.

Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet buttery malt with some citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma has a good amount of malt up front with some bitterness in the finish from the hops. This IPA is definitely on the more balanced side compared to some of the more one dimensional IPAs out there.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a decent IPA but nothing I would purchase again. 

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A steady pour into my Lost Abbey teku glass produces a three-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a full to dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of pine needles, caramel malt coated grapefruit zest, a dusty white pepper like note, perhaps a hint of menthol and a back drop of toasted, crystal malt, biscuit like notes and perhaps some brown cracker like notes.

The beer is amply bitter throughout, and it almost has a green hop astringency to it in the finish. The crystal malt character almost seems like it has some cardboard like oxidation to it somehow; this is a bit weird, as the beer should be pretty fresh and maybe this is just an interaction between the green hops and the crystal malt somehow. The pine and herbal hop notes are definitely the leading flavors here, but there is quite a bit of supporting grapefruit and tangelo like hop notes here as well. The crystal malt, as mentioned previously, certainly contributes as well with notes of English biscuit, toasted whole grain notes, some sweet tea like notes as well as some caramel malt sweetness. The hop character has quite a bit of peppery character that lingers in the finish along with the bitterness and a sweet, caramelized malt character. The body of this beer has a medium’ish quality to it, but is about where an IPA should be; it could be a touch lighter perhaps, but this is certainly nowhere near a heavy interpretation of the style.

The nose & flavor of this beer certainly has a certain balance between the malt and the hops; while it is certainly a hop dominated beer, I wouldn’t describe this as your typical West Coast IPA, the noticeable crystal malt character and the muted, for an IPA, aroma hops certainly are a bit of a throwback. There is way too much caramelized malt character in this beer, it really tends to dirty, and muddle what should be a cleanly focused hop forward beer; the crystal malt seems to accentuate the harsh side of the hop character and really makes this beer unbalanced for an IPA. With so many stellar, hop focused examples of the style out there, I find a hard time wanting to drink this; having said that though, for those that like noticeable crystal malt character in their IPAs, then this might be an IPA for you. It just doesn’t scratch my, particular, hop itch though. The beer does manage to soften up a bit as it warms up, but not enough to bring this beer into focus.

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.1/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured chilled in tall ale glass

A: moderate carbonation, small head, not much lacing at the end
S: tin-can aroma, not very inviting
T: very bitter and hoppy; chemical finish; Griffinbow-like (bad); vanilla, slightly boozy, not sweet
M: dead

It's a rather pedestrian IPA that I don't plan to buy again.

Knee Deep IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.