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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

496 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 23
Gots: 52 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and west coast flavour. Great hop aroma. The 102 IBU is an assault, yet good malting with caramel that makes this very smooth and drinkable.Piney and resiny.Understated carbonation works. Very nice and worth trying for DIPA fans.
Mike's bottle from SF.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 03:44:00 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-19-2012 02:16:03 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a clear copper orange color with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is of malt and herbal and citrus zest hop flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better smell than taste in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:02:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Brad for bringing this bottle to our most-recent tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a moderate orange-copper color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of citrus and a bit of bready malt in the background. Not quite integrated and the hops aren't molding and popping like I'd like. The flavor follows the same track. Decent body with some bitterness through the finish. Decent enough, but the label was likely my favorite part.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 01:19:07 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-15-2013 01:10:46 | More by nmann08
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.1%

03-05-2012 01:16:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-22-2013 00:50:50 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head which dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing. Clear, amber with slight golden hue body.

S: very hoppy, nice pine and citrus with a slight burnt aroma as well.

T: nice hops up front which transitions to a piney and sharp flavor with a mild pine aftertaste. buttery and bittery.

M:medium body and moderate to high carbonation

Overall: This one isnt terrible. The aroma is excellent but the flavor is very simple even if it is good.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:07:00 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2014 22:27:44 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Again, reviewing this time to allow help beer get sufficient reviews for a score.

Pours a clear orange amber with a very short white head that is very fast in the fading.

Nose is a pleasant citric orange, sweet tangerine character that is very simple but pleasant.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full with light carbonation - perhaps a bit too light for strength of flavor profile.

Flavors are big assertive and bold bitter hops with some orange/grapefruit tones. Very assertive and a "palate challenger," to be sure. Big flavor but perhaps a little lacking in complexity and depth.

Finishes with a large pine woodsy bitter bark tone and profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 07:28:03 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a slightly hazy orange color. The head on top was white and fluffy looking. The retention and lacing of the beer is decent. The smell of the beer has a floral citrus aroma with a bit of malt sweetness in the back end. The mouthfeel was easy going, not overly carbonated. Overall it a a nice DIPA. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 05:21:47 | More by Knapp85
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largadeer

California

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ale Arsenal. Brilliantly clear amber with a finger of sticky froth that leaves sheets of lacing. Huge dank hops on the nose, very weed-like and resinous. Somewhat herbal and grassy, with lesser notes of orange pith. Similarly hoppy on the palate, intensely bitter and surprisingly dry for a 9%er. Marijuana and pine flavors up front, with more of an orange peel and fresh herb bitterness toward the finish. Malt is barely present. This is great stuff on the whole, very drinkable despite the sharp bitterness and high alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 01:24:05 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +9%

02-15-2013 02:03:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on a head on a deep copper colored body. The head settles rapidly but leaves a very attractive film of lace clinging to the walls of the glass.

S - A nice, strong hop aroma with notes of grapefruit and pine. Some toffee and toasted bread in the background.

T - Sweet malt and pine hops up front. Some more toasted malt in the middle with a sweaty, onion like hop note. Finishes with sweet, thick malt and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The aroma is really nice and while the flavor doesn't live up to that promise, it is still pretty nice. I would probably prefer it to be just a touch lighter in malt character than it is, but still a nice surprise from a random brewery I have never heard from before.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:19:25 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer looks nice. (As does the label. Lol. Funny.) The beer is good. It has some interesting woody malty tones to it. But the hop tones are very vibrant and firm and working well. There is an earthy and salty tone that really works nicely. Floral tones really kick in on the end. It's nice. It won't win style points, but I certainly think it gets the job done (well). I can suggest this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 05:25:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Matt (donttazemebro). Served in a Bell's tulip. Bottle says 012 D-1 1606, whatever that means.

A - Near-perfect appearance - two fingers of creamy white foam that slow settle to a creamy, thick cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Transparent golden body with stray bubbles rising throughout.

S - Super piney, with mild dank and bitter grapefruit rind aromas as well. Undercurrent of tropical fruits and brown sugar malt, with the latter intensifying as the beer warms up. Perhaps a touch of alcohol as well.

T - The flavor is heavier on tangerine and orange-esque citrus, with balanced sweetness, zest, and bitterness. Again, some mild tropical fruits, grassy notes, and a bready malt character. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with a chewy texture to it. Fairly low carbonation, and minimal alcohol presence. I started to get a buzz on my second glass, so the alcohol is there, but not very perceptible. Finish is surprisingly clean, with some mild resinous hop oils that linger.

D - Wow, the reviews for this one seem to be all over the map. While it's not a top tier DIPA for me it was pretty easy to drink and didn't seem plagued by any of the issues cited by other reviews (diacetyl, thin body, etc.). I'm surprised it beat Pliny at the Bistro DIPA fest, but it's a fairly enjoyable, above-average beer. I had no problem finishing the bomber, but I'm glad this was an extra.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 02:04:08 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Brad at a recent tasting, Thanks! Unfortunately this was another mediocre double IPA.

Beer is amber, darker than expected, white head, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation, looks OK.

Aroma is bready and sweet with lots of malt and some piny resiny hops.

Beer is meh...a little too thick, not bitter enough, hop flavors lose to the malt flavors. Not horrible just not worth crossing the street to get a free pour of.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 20:01:26 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

04-04-2014 08:50:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-23-2013 02:39:37 | More by SocalKicks
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kojevergas

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Expectations are high; I don't usually like this style but the label (of all things) makes me think it'll be pretty good.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, and bad retention - though in fairness the ABV is pretty high. Colour is a clear butterscotch-gold. Appealing.

Sm: Hoppy, with caramel, a hint of vinegar, floral notes, Some fruit esters. Some raspberry. Light toasted malt. A mild strength aroma.

T: Nicely hoppy, with the bitterness qualmed by the other notes. Unfortunately, the other notes coalesce in a way that isn't much better than the plain hop bitterness would be. It's an interesting yet unnecessary solution. The fruit ester hops are poorly handled, bleeding about the profile haphazardly. It's horribly imbalanced as a result, and never feels quite right. Built badly overall for the style. I don't particularly like the flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thick enough, but never quite right. Some awkward patches of coarseness are present at times, and on the finish - a poor characteristic. Suits the flavours only by coincidence.

Dr: Drinkable. Hides the ABV well. But the flavour is imbalanced and I don't particularly care for it. It tries to innovate a solution to the problem of balancing the potent hop bitterness, but the solution may be worse than the problem. I like that they're experimenting, but ultimately this is a mediocre double IPA I won't be getting again. I'm wary of the brewery as a result.

C-

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 19:36:13 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

07-07-2014 03:43:37 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-09-2013 04:21:07 | More by XmnwildX12
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

03-19-2014 23:14:56 | More by yourefragile
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with Sam.

Pours a remarkably haze orange-like hue, but the haze gives it a turbid brownness and traps the light. Head forms a tight mess of white that settles out leaving fairly nice streaking lace. Body is fine, with a touch of weight behind it, leaving languid streams of carbonation. Looks okay apart from the haze and the colour, which certainly make it a little less appetising.

Nose is a little dull, but a forward resiny aroma gives it a certain hop dosage. There's a little slight husky malt character coming through, but it's a little dusky and dank. It certainly smells a little tired. Whether it's from age, it's hard to tell. At least there's no true oxidation character.

Taste has survived a little better perhaps, but it's still a little flat. Booze comes through as well which feels a bit unbalanced with the lack of hops and true body. Thin husky malt with a touch of pepper from the booze and the lingering hop bite, which seems stronger and the front and on the finish, but gets lost in the morass a little in the middle.

Feel is fine, with a bit of slickness to the weight.

Overall, it's okay, but the hops seem a little like they're just doing the requisite work, especially on the aroma. To be honest, it's a fairly pedestrian, below-par IPA, something that I guess they know will sell because of the "IPA" on the label, and not because it's a particular stand-out of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 02:00:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-16-2013 07:03:58 | More by zestar
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Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.