Hoptologist DIPA - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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86
very good

139 Reviews
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Reviews: 139
Hads: 837
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 41
Gots: 175 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kevanb on 12-03-2011

An American Double India Pale Ale that packs a punch when it comes to hops. The aroma and flavors will give you citrus and pine with a slight malt sweetness that finishes dry.
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Reviews by MasterfulIdiot:
Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA glass. The liquid is golden amber, with a moderate amount of bubbles lazily rising up. The pour kicks up a huge off-white head that takes several minutes to die down enough to take a sip and leaves blankets of lace the whole way down.

Aroma is dank resin, pine, and hints of onions with a solid caramel malt base.

Taste starts out with some resin and maybe some basil, then some caramel malt kicks in mid-palate along with some astringent, slightly soapy grapefruit pith. Caramel and resin dominate the finish, and a bit of orange comes in on the aftertaste. This is a little too caramelly for my taste - it hits the style notes, but I can't help wishing there was a bit more citrus in there, or if the dankness of the nose made its way through to the palate.

Body is relatively thick and nicely creamy, with a lot of carbonation to cut through it.

Overall, nice DIPA and remarkably well-balanced, but I probably won't seek it out again. (960 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The forecast for Hoptologist looks green - even if the beer itself is golden. Looks are deceiving - just because there aren't melon skins, grapefruit peels and pine needles floating around in it doesn't mean it doesn't taste like there are. What isn't misleading is the super foamy, well sustained head; it's an indication of a well constructed beer.

The aroma is so jammed with herbal, leafy notes I wouldn't be surprised to wake up tomorrow to find vines growing out of my nose. It's a considerably crude hoppiness that shares a pungency similar to its closest relative (marijuana) but is tempered with juicy, tropical fruit flavours as well. It smells as though it were grown on a farm or in a greenhouse.

Is my face breaking out into a green rash? Each sip coats the tastebuds in an emulsion of citrus peels, grass clippings and a tree bark note with a peppery, root-like bitterness. I bet it was even more buzzing two months ago at the time of bottling; the toffee and toast qualities of the malts are fairly noticeable.

All those hoppy flavours inexplicably hide a lot the alcohol (9%) and bitterness (100+ IBU). Indeed, this comes across as more balanced and harmonious than other offerings in its weight class. A Double IPA aught to have more heft and punch the a standard one but the best ones also drink just as effortlessly - this is a big beer that doesn't require small sips.

It's apparent Hoptologist completed his doctorate in lupulin, with a minor in drinkability. Double IPAs have been a staple in the California microbrewery repertoire for some time now and that state's brewers have only gotten better and better at it. And Knee Deep in particular, as evidenced by Hoptologist and their ten or so other IPAs, have hops pinned down to a science. (1,778 characters)

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an impy nonic a clear medium golden with a tightly formed half finger white head that left a small mount of lace as it settled,good clarity to the pour.Sweet alcohol and big citrus fruits in the nose,it smells menacing.It's big and sweet on the palate but the citric hops cut thru it and make for a big balanced brew,the IBU's are no joke but either is the boozy sweet alcoholic base.This is something to finish the night off,it's big in all aspects,it's all 4'ers here. (481 characters)

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of drewkennedy
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Beerswag
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a bomber into a snifter. A nice clear/dark copper color with a 1 finger head, Mosty medium to large bubbles, that rapidly diminishes. Immediately the aroma is apparent on the hops and piney scent, with a fruity strawberry nose and sweet smell. Lacing is spotty and lacks the rings I am use to seeing in a quality brew. Taste is smooth upfront with a not much bite for a DIPA. I get a little smokeyness in the middle of the taste profile. The mouthfeel has moderate bite from the hops, well balanced semi-sweet carmel tones. Carbonation is light and the finish is smooth and definately on the dry side. Overall, been wanting to try this one since it beat over Pliny(e)in the SF beer taste competition 2012. It has potential for sticking around after the ipa" hopcraze" due to its drinkability and balance at 9.0%. (826 characters)

Photo of ElSid
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#43

Bottled Date: None

A: Golden copper orange with faint sediment and a bone white finger of head which fades to minimal bubble leftovers.

S: Fresh spring, grass, sunshine, and pine needles. There is citrus fruit, pineapple, honey, and cane sugar. The background is caramel and bread. Some spice also, but the fresh hops singe the nose.

T: Big and spicy hop wallop which fades to a glimmer of sugary, bready maltiness. The citrus, pine, and grass come through between the spice. The pineapple and honey notes are faint but present. The finish is warm and with a peppercorn spice which never gives way throughout the whole palate.

M: Oily linger with good feel and matching carbonation. Full and smooth with good drinkability.

O: A great DIPA which sports 102 IBU's and keeps some fruit complexity. Knee Deep is a young brewery that is making some wonderful ales. I was able to pick up a couple of there offerings from a Northern California BevMo and hope to continue to experience new and exciting Knee Deep brews. (1,050 characters)

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of ehammond1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for sharing this with me, Nathan!

Another decent, drinkable IPA from Knee Deep, but nothing special, especially considering what other locals brewers are doing with hoppy beers these days. Some leafy and herbal hop flavors, moderate bitterness, and mild citrus combine well enough. Well crafted, but unexciting and an average San Diego IPA--which is probably still better than most across the country. (424 characters)

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3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taverner
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

A delicious ,bitter-smooth, hit-the-spot, relaxing brew. The aroma of hops emanates from its bottle's nozzle, and its taste is inviting and pleasant. After its over, the taste lingers on the tastes buds with a good after taste. It is a beer to remember and to try again. (270 characters)

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a solid copper color with orange, nice 1" head to it, looks the part. Aroma was more sweet and bitter than hoppy, but the hoppyesque flavors imparted leaned towards citrus of a grapefruit, orange and tangerine nature.

Taste of sweet bitterness and butter. Makes you wonder if aged hops were thrown in a bag of microwave popcorn and sprinkled with sugar. The paper flavor of the bag also seems to have come along for the ride. It just keeps on going on and on in the mouthfeel the entire time. A few notes commensurate with a decent flavor profile for a chardonnay, but I just don't jive with butter and paper/cardboard flavors in any beer, even if they are like in this beer, small and nuanced, they don't lend positive feelings to the beer as a whole.

On the positive side, at 9% alcohol, I didn't really pick that up, so this beer is pretty good at hiding the alcohol. (879 characters)

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Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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