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Hoptologist DIPA - Knee Deep Brewing Company

Hoptologist DIPAHoptologist DIPA

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410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%

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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Photo of Knapp85


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
Photo of 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
Photo of largadeer


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
Photo of Fatehunter


3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost a finger of head with a copper body.
The aroma is mostly grapefruit with a lemon injection.
The taste is a bold bitterness beginning to end. A honey sweetness playing in and out keeping a good balance overall.
A crisp texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:31:03 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks merc
The beer pours a clear golden with a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is slightly caramel with a bit of hops, but nothing distinct. The taste is a hit of caramel and booze with a touch of bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is smooth and drinkable, but this doesn't differentiate itself from the other IPAs I've had. Tasty, bitter west coast IPA...that just doesn't hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 05:27:39 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of 4000qtrap


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Intense pineapple/guava, hints of mango and light pine. Brown sugar maltiness is there, but not sweet. Alcohol is hidden.

T: Sweet, clean brown sugar maltiness up front which becomes neutral, rather than bitter when the hops hit. Hop flavor is medium intense with orange, grapefruit, guava, and pine in equal measure. A bit too clean and restrained for me. Bitterness is gentle at most and alcohol dryness only comes through a bit. Finish is a little astringent, a bit more bitter, and doesn't have much hop flavor.

Notes: Average NorCal DIPA, but there's stiff competition around here. Drinkable and focused on new hop varietals. Not sure how this won the Bistro's DIPA festival...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:09:54 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of ElSid


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

The Beers of California


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 05:12:29 | More by ElSid
Photo of BrewerB


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at City Beer Store today for 8.99. Bottle dating not evident.

Pours a hazy light orange color with a thin topping of off-white foam. Intense grapefruit/citrus and mango fruits with a dash of orange creamsickle. Dominant citrus forward flavor with a piney middle and a very light toasted bread on the back-end. Bitterness is very high but not harsh and lingers on briefly in the finish. Small presence of fruity esters. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a definite smooth warming sensation from the 9% ABV.

Overall this is a big DIPA loaded up on citrusy/mango hop character and tons of bitterness while avoiding being overly harsh or astringent. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 05:53:17 | More by BrewerB
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Knee Deep Brewing Co.

LOOK: pours a clear orange color with a off white head and rings of lacework.

SMELL: Intense grapefruit notes and a bit of sappy caramel. Earthy hop signature.

TASTE: Strong resinous bitterness, citrus rind and boozy alcohol. Finishes bitter with a sticky hop flavor. Fairly dank and herbal, with hemp oil and pine notes. Caramel note from the malt.

FEEL: Full bodied, strong flavored, and well carbonated. Has a drying hop bite that adds to the enjoyment of this beer.

OVERALL: This is a good Double IpA because the malt body balances well and the hops taste good. Any lover of hops can appreciate this beer when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 01:39:04 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 09:24:00 | More by Brenden
Photo of WesM63


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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber orange with 1 finger off white head. Some retention and lacing present.

S: Grapefruit, pine and floral.

T: Misses the nose. Tons of grapefruit and pine. Decent malt backbone that comes on strong in the middle finishes a bit boozy.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent DIPA. I like the enthusiasm Knee Deep has to offer, it's close but hard to beat some of the other big west coast IPA players.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 00:10:53 | More by WesM63
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9

3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- Amber orange body, 3/4" white head that turns into sparkling lacing on the glass after every sip

S- INTENSELY floral & piney, like shoving your face in a christmas tree, hints of perfume, cat piss, dirty clothes (in a good way)

T- Suprise, suprise, grapefruit... slightly boozy, but not overpowering, with some heat at the end of every sip. Hints of sweet malts manage to make their presents known through all the hoppy bitterness.

M- Medium body, coats the tongue, crisp carbonation

O- When I first put my nose to the glass, all the awesome aromas smacked me in the face, catching me off guard. I thought, like knee deeps citra, i had found another diamond in the rough. Sadly, once it took a sip, i realized there really is nothing that special about this brew. Grapefruit dominates the flavor, screaming, Cascade hops!! Like every other west coast average IPA, DIPA, IIPA. Knee Deep has impressed my with Citra and Immigration Red Ale, so i wont let this one average brew stop me from trying the rest of what the have to offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 02:11:00 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
Photo of bluejacket74


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head sticks around a while, and there's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy, it mostly smells like pine and citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, the hop flavor is nice and bitter. There's also a bit of herbal hops noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. Definitely worth a try at $6.99 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 22:23:44 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of lordofstarside


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber to snifter

Pours a deep golden orange with a finger of foam. Retention isn't bad, nice thick lacing on the sides. Mild carbonation stemming from the very center of the beer which is pretty interesting.

Smells of juicy hops, with a strong ruby grape fruit shining through. Pine, lemon grass, alcohol and a faint sweet malt is present, has everything a good dipa should have

Taste is of hops, pine, a bit of citrus and some malt. Not a lot going on here, it's pretty bitter but the elements aren't represented well and overall leaves it pretty bland, a big disappointment given the smell

Mouth feel is pretty good, wet finish and good carbonation

Over all given the appearance and aroma I was pretty disappointed by the taste- just not a lot going on here. I'd recommend trying it, but not for the $7 I ended up paying

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 01:44:42 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of srandycarter


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky orange, small thin head, some cling bubbly lace.

S - Sweet malt, citrus and maybe a tinge of pine. Mostly citrus.

T - Pretty average. Malt and hops at battle. Pleasant but nothing out of the ordinary for DIPAs. Alcohol well hidden.

M - Medium to light body, somewhat creamy, good carb and fair balance.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Good to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 23:15:19 | More by srandycarter
Photo of vic21234


3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date listed.

A- Very typical DIPA; Pours a cloudy orange with a small amount of white head that quickly fades to some froth and lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- All hops on the smell, mostly of pine with some grapefruit and citrus in the back end as well.

T- Starts off bitter with the hop presence. The hop bitterness is really all pine for me, I get no citrus in the taste. The end of each taste is just an overall sweet maltiness.

M- Light to medium bodied, carbonated nice, alcohol there but not overly noticeable.

This is a good DIPA, but nothing mind-blowing. Very average in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 19:07:24 | More by vic21234
Photo of mschind


4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Brilliant clear reddish orange color with a thin head and not much retention or lacing.

S- Powerful hop blast, grapefruit and pine tar. Hard to pull anything else out of this.

T- Very bitter with just enough malt sweetness to keep it fresh and drinkable. The finish is clean and dry. For 9% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden.

M- Medium body, carbonation a bit on the low side but it is smooth and not at all flat.

O- Another great West Coast hop bomb DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 21:42:28 | More by mschind
Photo of ngeunit1


4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a full of grapefruit, tropical, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, orange, tropical, and citrus hops with some bitterness and sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of pine and grapefruit hops with some sweet caramel and bready malts and some resiny bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bitter and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good strong hop profile with some nice bitterness throughout. Good overall malt and hop balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 06:28:10 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of Nugganooch


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

Notes from 09/04/12
22oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A: Hoptologist pours a light brassy caramel color. Effervescent with some superb clarity. Head is almost non-existent as is the cling. Just some light fizzy white stuff. Very minimal in that department.

S: Pine is assertive with some equal parts catty Simcoe hops. Herbal marijuana notes with a touch of citrus fruit. Some caramel sweetness is detected. Pine and cat up in here for sure.

T: Flavors are dominant with evergreen trees but are lacking much depth beyond that. I get a bit of grass and dirty herbal weed stems. Any life of citrus fruit seems pretty muted. There is a good dose of caramel sweetness with a bit of dry cracker malt base. Sharp upper moderate bitterness peppers at the palate. Slight warming alcohol noted but not offensive. Nice big DIPA with some Simcoe action but rather one dimensional.

M: Moderate body with a little creamy consistency. Smooth and crisp overall with a thin watery finish. Hop oils are resinous and a touch astringent on the palate.

D: A nice big DIPA that is rather smooth in drink but lacking much depth of character. The pine oil essence is notable. I would have enjoyed a bit more tropical/citrus fruit integrated here.
Stick with the Simtra.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 21:17:20 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of MeowTom


3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Super clear copper. With huge head that stays around for a while. One of the clearest beers I have ever seen and just a wonderful look to it, maybe one of the best I have seen for a DIPA.

S- A well balance of hops and malt. Some dark carmel notes to it.

T- Very bitter hop to it and man does that slap you in the face. There is a sharpness to the bitter that really goes a long way.

M- Super light and great for a refreshing IPA.

O- Very good DIPA, it is a wonderful example of how huge this category can be and all the different highlights that can happen.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 23:13:44 | More by MeowTom
Photo of ikantspel


4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into a pint glass

pours a translucent bronze color with a barely there head and lacing that covers the glass

citrus, grass, pinewood, and orangetree in the nose. very sweet!

some malty sweetness turns into a hoppy peppery burn that lingers on.

not too shabby at all. dont remember the price but couldnt have been over $6. ridiculously good value. i can see a snobby bum sippin this outta a styrofoam cup

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 05:33:37 | More by ikantspel
Photo of NoLeafClover44


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a DFH signature goblet.

A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with a steady finger of dense white head. The froth leaves behind lace down the entire glass. Looks very appealing. The head lasts for the duration of my 16 oz. pour.

S - Citrus fruit and brown sugar malts dominate. Some alcohol accompanies the tropical sweetness and floral notes. A lot of good aromas, but they don't meld perfectly.

T - The sweetness from the nose is overpowered by big floral hops. What begins with citrus and tropicals, quickly transitions to a nice bitter finish. Drinkable, without much alcohol in the flavor.

M - Great mellow carbonation as expected from the retention and density of the head. Medium in body.

T - Thanks to FGITP for sending me this one as an extra. An above average big IPA with impressive floral hop flavors. Adequately hoppy for the style, although probably favors balanced over one dimensional. This is one I would get again if it was in my area.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:23:18 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of brydeen


2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter, thanks to cayenne

A: Pours a dark amber color, with a thin off white head. Little retention, and some lacing.

S: Smells musty and dank. Some pine, with a bit of mango as well.

T: Much sweeter than expected. Fruity and moist. Not much bitterness at all, but has a bit of a stale feel to it.

M: Full bodied and creamy. Very subtle carbonation. Slightly heavy.

O: Really dissappointed in this one. It just doesn't come together. The hops just don't pop, in either the smell or the taste. Wouldn't recommend this to anyone

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 01:08:45 | More by brydeen
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Hess imperial pint glass on 6/14/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, cayenne --

A: Clean, fairly dark amber. It looks like a Marzen. A tight 2.75 finger head and good retention follow. Decent lacing coats the glass.

S: The nose is disappointing. I get a lot of stale pine and not much else. Hints of barley linger, too. A touch of booze and an odd Christmas-like spice are present as it warms.

T: A pretty big dose of rustic hops and a bit onion-like up front. Not a lot of fruit, sadly. Dry. There's a coffee ground thing going on. More pine and a big, bold charred malt backbone hits the mid to finish, like it was left to cook while the maltmaster when to lunch.

M: Fairly nice. Big, creamy and dense. Loads of texture, and the carbonation is well done.

O: Meh. This DIPA is at best just ok. Would I appreciate it more if it were from the East Coast? Doubtful, though it certainly drinks like it's from this side of the Mississippi. Lacks the kind of character I look for in a bigger, hop forward West Coast brews. In my opinion, this isn't worth seeking out, as there are better and more readily available DIPA's on your local shelves.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 00:26:12 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of calir1


3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a complete disappointment. In all honesty I could have made this beer on my stove using unsanitized everything and would have been better. How it beat Pliny, let alone any other beer is beyond my imagination. Save the $5 and pick up a Sierra Nevada instead.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 03:33:30 | More by calir1
Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.