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Hoptologist DIPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kevanb on 12-03-2011

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a very thin collar; little lacing;

S: herbal and floral;

T: herbal up front; herbal and earthy in the middle; herbal at the end; a little tropical fruit in the background all the way through; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: enjoyable;

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice deep golden oak color. Very fine white lace.

Smells nice, DFH90 ish. Clean, apricot, funky.

Mouthfeel is nice, moderately rich, not much glycerin but there's still some good stuffing there. Perhaps just a touch more carbonation than I prefer.

Finish is long, rather bitter, good integrity.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a pleasing gold with nice foam. Nice aroma with a big juicy dank squeeze of juice. Flavor is bursting with citrus and dank undertones. A big beer for sure.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Look: Within the deep gold body, frantic and flailing bubbles of carbonation resemble a school of minnows attempting to escape a whale. The deep gold body is crystal clear, and the smooth, slim head is ivory in color. A longer lasting head would be more meritorious, but with an ABV of 8%, the small size is a bit more forgivable.

Smell: HOPS GALORE! The pungent, herbaceous smell calls to mind a piney, Northern California campsite, paying tribute to the brewery's location. The anticipated hops from nature's floor are all included in the lineup: the fragrance is earthy, grassy, floral, and resinous, with no one scent rising above the others. Apricot and a hint of caramel add some sweet temptations.

Taste: The big surprise is an interesting plantlike flavor which is hard to pin down, and yet still familiar: bamboo shoots? leeks? Whatever it is, I'm both perplexed and intrigued. The other hop flavors are distinct, yet balanced: freshly cut grass, damp/robust earth, parsley, and a drip of citrus satisfy all hopes for complexity. Upon accepting this interesting, yet quite palatable concoction, a healthy helping of warm caramel is noted. This sweet taste does well to round out the hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, both crisp and creamy, with a smooth, yet dry finish. Yes, this mouthfeel seems to encompass every adjective across the spectrum, but with a hop lineup so diverse, it seems only fitting that this aspect of the beer cover every base imaginable. Alcohol warming is barely detectable, settling deep within the belly.

Overall: Hands down worth a try for hop heads of all levels. You'll either be put off or intrigued by the strange, root-like taste I mentioned in the beginning of my flavor description, but you should want to find out which way you go: the more we see from craft, the less unique individual beers become. Therefore, with nothing else like it out there, this creation is a truly special specimen. But: is it good? Subjectively speaking, my answer is yes. Not yes because it's "yummy," but yes because it's freaking fascinating. And that's what I love about good beer to begin with.

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Photo of Moose90
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap, 16 oz

A — Pours a clear and rather pale amber hue into the glass, lighter in color than expected. It carries with it a nice off-white colored capsule of foam that sits steadily on top and leaves behind some consistent rings of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is piney, herbaceous, resinous, dank, earthy, pithy, floral, leafy. Reminds me of a campsite, dank, resinous, pine needles, woody, dry.

T — Taste is a lot like the nose, though even drier and cleaner, a refreshing clean punch of pine needles, lemon peel, tree bark, tree sap, floral and grassy.

M — Simple, clean, effervescent, dry, refreshing, leaves you wanting to come back for another sip.

O — Incredible overall, I love a nice dry IPA with a piney dank kick and this might be the best I've had with that composition. Very very good.

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Photo of zshaft
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours fairly clear off orange with huge head. nose is rather faint. taste is a little bit muted at the front end but gives way to some orange and sticky pine with some boozy taste in there as well. this beer is just average with some nice qualities. nothin to seek out but lupulin river much better.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a large mug. This was a gift from my five year old daughter. She picked it out for my birthday. Date on the label is 02/15/16.

Pours a clear golden with a slight coppery tint. Huge head and strong retention, but leaving a surprisingly small amount of lacing. Smell is very nice, very citrusy. Smells very much like a hop cone. Medium strength greenery background.

Taste is not as brilliant as the aroma. Still nice. Moderate citrus, mostly coming out as a grapefruit zest bitterness. It will be easy to drink the full bomber of this beer.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, excellent beer.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big boy. Sold looking beer with a good froth and lacing. Aroma is definitely on the lower end when you compare it to the flavor.

Big mouthful of hops, cotton mouth inducing. Most impressive thing about this beer is the three stages, hops, burn and a malt kick, especially as it warms.

Solid beer. Not sure how fresh it is, not my fault!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Copper and orange color yielding a substantial one inch head on it, a pretty looking beer. Aroma was soapy bitterness, imparting minimal citrus smells like orange and grapefruit.

Taste was overly bitter and butterscotchy. A little bit of grocery paper bag with this one. Obscures the hops that are supposed to be the draw. At least the abv wasn't apparent.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw colored pour with a white one-finger head. Big aroma with lots of pine and a hint of citrus. Strong bitter piney and grassy flavor upfront. Can also taste grapefruit and a hint of biscuit. There's also a nice citrus flavor that comes out as the beer warms. Finishes with a strong pine flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of emount91
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very slightly hazy orange, but can still see through the beer. awesome looking frothy head that leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. smell is hoppy as expected: piney and dry citrus, malt has an equal presence. taste follows the smell, but the malt is less present than in the smell. no alcohol taste whatsoever. feel is nice and bubbly for a double IPA. a great one from these guys. can't wait to try the rest I have.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

pours a hazy golden orange color with nice thick white head, good lacing. pleasant hop aroma - a good mix of citrus, pine, and grassy. taste is balanced with some biscuity malt, not bitter. good hop flavor. medium bodied, a bit sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gambelli
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- 22oz. bomber, bottled on 4-16-15, consumed on 5-25-15, straight from the brewery in Auburn, CA. The beer pours an orange gold hue, with a slightly cloudy look to it. A one inch head levels out to just a skim after a minute or two.
S- Hmm, oxidized hops, soapy-sweet scent to it. Not what I was hoping for in a 5 week old brew. A hint of tropical and pine notes to it, but again not what was expected from a Knee Deep brew.
T-Muted hops on top of a fairly sweet malt base. No alcohol heat for a 9% beer. A little bit of pineapple and pine sap appearing in the taste, but me thinks the intention was for a much stronger hop presence that what was displayed in this particular bottle.
M- Still a good deal of bitterness here, and along with moderate carbonation this beer is far from objectionable on the tongue. Again, no perceptible alcohol burn for a nine percenter.
O- Good, but not outstanding brew as many of Knee Deeps offerings are. I would look forward to getting my hands on a fresh pint and believe the final result would be much better than I experienced on this occasion.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure why I have passed this up so often. I have had Simtra and really enjoyed it. This is an excellent beer.

Pours a yellow color with a nice head that slowly disapates leaving sticky lacing around the glass. Smell is floral hops and sweet malt. Wow-this is really good. More balanced than expected. Floral hops battle malts and the hope win. Super easy to drink and very tasty. Soft, medium carbonation moves the beer along nicely. I keep wanting the next sip after each swallow. For $6.99 this is a steal. I will be having again for sure. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Tilly
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Brilliant amber, white frothy head, dissipates slowly and leaves a real decent lace.
A: Sweet malt, tropical fruit, hops.
T: Piney resin, grapefruit, lemon, Earthy nut. Sweet malt and west coast hop.
M: Dry, medium body, low carbonation, balance is a little of kilter, some thing just isn't making sense. Decent bitterness.
O: Not a bad DIPA but come up just a little short. I'll try another

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Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Yardhouse

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy light than head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Citrus and pine, tropical fruit, a some light herbal dank notes, and nice caramel sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, orange and grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, some dank herbal notes, light crackery malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, super drinkable for 9%.

O: Very tasty DIPA, goes down almost too easily.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really solid and enjoyable DIPA. Pours a clear amber color with a medium size frothy white head. Good head retention and thick, ladder-like bands of lacing. Strong aroma of piney hops, you can smell the bitterness. Flavor is very good. Intense bitterness, resiny pine hops flavor and some balancing malt. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. Plenty rich with minimal alcohol harshness. I enjoyed this beer and would cheerfully sample it again at a future date.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle,9% ABV 102 IBU
L: pours a golden amber thin white head and great lacing
S: Big grapefruit nose, wonderful!
T: A hoppy hit perfect balance with the hops.
O: I like this DIPA the alcohol is hidden you get the hops standing out
There are better out there but this is a good one.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Pours nicely, light golden look that almost looks like piss. Don't be alarmed. Minimal carbonation and lacing obvious by look.

Smell is citrusy grapefruit hops, but not overpowering or distinct. Taste is very hoppy from the start and doesn't really let up. Bitterness builds rather than hitting early and hard. I get toasted malt later in the sip and bitterness increases throughout. Maybe some pepper and hints of pine and citrus trying to come through but the hops are forward and consistent. Damn, dank hops. For a supposed 102 IBU it is very balanced and the alcohol heat (9%) is hidden.

Medium ale, resiny finish without much oily aftertaste. Incredibly balanced for a DIPA. This one is very drinkable and I will go to this one again when I see it for sure.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, more kooky punnery in the naming of this hop-forward (ok, that remains yet to be seen) IPA.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, barely foamy, and mostly just bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some stellar chunky webbed lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of dank pine resin from two feet away, with a decent bready and doughy caramel malt, a bit of domestic citrus rind and more exotic tropical fruitiness, and some further leafy, weedy, and perfumed floral hops. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, resinous pine sap, muddled red grapefruit and blood orange citrus, and more leafy, earthy, and floral hop bitterness - the alcohol still holding its fire.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their barely (at times) perceptible frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, the booze starting to make some minor ingress, in collusion with the big-ass hoppiness. It finishes sweet, sugary, fruity, and bitter, in varying amounts depending on the molecular makeup of each glug.

A definitely heady and engaging DIPA, with the warm, simmering fruitiness large and in charge, after pushing aside that brash pine character from the opening act. Not a world beater, but more of a local hero (I'm imagining) sort of thing - I'd happily put this one back at any of my neighbourhood (craft beer) watering holes, if it meant not paying stupid exchange-rate inflated prices.

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Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear deep golden with two fingers of white head that lasts. Rings of lace follow the liquid level down after each taste.
Smell is hop oil and bready malt. A touch of pine but no pineapple which alright by me. Maybe a bit of tropical fruit like mango but just a touch.
Taste is bitter hop oil nice malts and again that little drop of mango. The bitterness is pulled back into line by the malt levels. Still quite hoppy though.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy and at least medium. Good carbonation level. Finish is medium bitter that is somewhat dry.
Overall a complex beer that is quite tasty. At 102 IBUs and 9.0% abv. it is a big beer!
From a growler filled at Sparky's Taphouse in Salem, OR.

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Photo of Salemjeff
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden color with 2 finger foamy head. Not real aromatic. Taste is slight bitter with good citrus notes.
I like this beer although there are better DIPA's out there.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed getting these Knee Deep bombers here lately. This one's another good 'un. Pours a clear golden color with a large foamy head. Smells of citrus. Tastes the same, citrus hoppy flavor without bitterness. Very smooth. This one drinks like an IPA but with the ABV (9%) of a DIPA. I really like Knee Deep but I wish all the beers weren't bombers. I'd like some 12 ozers!

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The liquid is dirty gold and quite cloudy. Fluffy head that initially leaves a blanket of lace. Later sips provide small spots.

There's a bit of a cabbage smell to this beer. I also detect freshly mowed field of weeds, perhaps reminiscent of the aroma of thistle. Overall, it's attractive but it's also very unusual. In the background, I pick up melted butter and pine needles. Extremely complex.

Starts off creamy with a fully round base pale malt taste. The hop comes quickly and sharply, like a spike on the tongue. The full force of the bite comes in the swallow and leaves the palate dry bitter in the aftertaste. The linger hop-pellet taste lingers longer than any beer I think I've ever had. Full Bodied (creamy) but with enough carbonation to give it balance. This starts soft and ends extreme.

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Photo of raiderob
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into pint glass.dirty foamy head that fades leaving nice lingering lacing.murky amber like color.tounge sucking finish that goes down nicely.Prost!

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Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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