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Hoptologist DIPA - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Hoptologist DIPAHoptologist DIPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

584 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 24
Gots: 78 | FT: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kevanb on 12-03-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Topher78, Jul 07, 2012
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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.

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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%.

Beerswag, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

ehammond1, Jul 07, 2013
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HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 22, 2011
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richkrull, Jan 05, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gorgeous clear copper with a fluffy finger and a half of white head. As the head recedes it leaves stick lacing down the glass. An excellent look for a DIPA. Scents of citrus, grapefruit pith, pineapple, tropical fruit and peach. An excellent, enticing, lovely smelling scent. Flavor begins with a bit of caramel malt and a big hit of hop bitterness. There is a bit of grapefruit pith, some herbal and floral flavors, and some pine. Finish is resinous and bitter, with some malt sweetness, with a very bitter aftertaste. There is a bit of alcohol warmth throughout and the sweetness is present throughout the sip. A very nice, balanced DIPA that combines sweetness with intense bitterness quite nicely. The hop flavors are also complex, running a gamut of different flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with low carbonation. Quite easy to drink because of this. This is a good DIPA, it's balanced between bitter hop flavors and sweetness. It's quite easy to drink and well worth trying.

Auraan, Sep 15, 2013
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mattdbh, Oct 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: some reviews seem to indicate that certain batches of this beer suffer from flaws in the brewing process (bacterial infection, phenols, diacetyl, etc.) For the bottle I review, no particular of these flaws is present.

The color is a clear, deep gold-orange, maybe just a bit beyond amber. It grows an off-white head that reaches between one and two fingers in height, and retention is more in the lasting of the foam that remains rather than how long the it stays that tall. Some really good patchy lacing sticks to the glass well.
The aroma is strong, and I get lots of wood, pith, flower herb, and pine. It seems to have good enough balance from malts, having such high IBU without being chokingly bitter.
On first sip, the bitterness lingers into the faintest hint of vinegar. That effect fades, though the wood, pith, herb, flower and pine never do. There is some sweetness to it as well, malts adding some caramel and toffee and something brighter and, balancing well. The woody pith comes back to finish it out.
The body is big enough to support the base without being too heavy. It reaches moderate levels of both crispness and smoothness with a likewise moderate and consistent carbonation.

I don't think it's the Pliny Killer, so to speak, but this is a good DIPA.

Brenden, Dec 04, 2012
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Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.