Knee Deep IPA - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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3.04/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
09-30-2013 03:00:30 | More by Gueuzedude
3.31/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
08-03-2013 03:09:51 | More by Fatehunter
2.08/5 rDev -43.2%
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
It's a rather pedestrian IPA that I don't plan to buy again.
01-25-2013 15:50:50 | More by Arithmeticus
District of Columbia
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
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!
01-12-2013 22:05:34 | More by Dreadnaught33
3.93/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
12-24-2012 05:31:20 | More by WesM63
3.3/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
12-11-2012 17:28:22 | More by Jayli
Knee Deep IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.