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Hoptologist DIPA - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

144 Reviews
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87
very good

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 859
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 40
Gots: 180 | FT: 8
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: 144 | Hads: 859
Photo of StoutHunter
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Knee Deep Brewing Company's Hoptologist DIPA last week for $8.99 at The Lager Mill. I have never tried any beers from this brewery and I didn't even know they were available in Michigan till i saw a bottle of this sitting on the shelf. I'm interested in giving this brewery a try, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 6/25/14. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes well wit the name, I like the design and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a very dark orange color that didn't really let any light come through and it had a little over two fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left sticky and patchy lacing behind. This beer didn't look that great, the head was nice, but the color was didn't look good.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice fruity aroma with some tropical fruits and citrus rind like aromas sticking out the most and when combined with the sweetness they have a candied fruit like aroma with some piney and pretty light green onion hops showing up in the background, Up next comes a caramel malt aroma with some sweet malts also showing up and there's some doughy yeast coming through in the background. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I like the candied fruit aspect, but it would be a little better without the green onion.

T= The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the exact same aspect that it did in the aroma, but this time the candied fruit is a little lighter and the green onion is a little stronger. Up next comes a light alcohol flavor that's just barely warming and it's followed by the malts that impart the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the caramel malt flavors sticking out the most and there's still some doughy yeast coming through in the background. On the finish it had medium amount of bitterness with a hoppy aftertaste.. This was a decent tasting beer, but i wish it had more of that candied fruit aspect that it had in the aroma with out the stronger green onion aspect.

M- Smooth, not overly bitter, not too crisp, a little watery, medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. This beer had an Ok mouthfeel, but it seemed a little flat and watery to me.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was an average example of the style, it had some nice aspects to it, but it also had more than a few off aspects that really held this beer back in the end. This beer didn't have great drinkability, it was smooth, not overly bitter, not too crisp, a little watery, not filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one glass is a little more than enough for me since the flavor doesn't really keep me coming back for more and neither does the mouthfeel. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was by far the best aspect of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, green onion aspect and mouthfeel, they weren't that good and they held this beer back. I would buy this beer again if I knew it was fresh, but I'm for sure not getting another bottle from this batch and as it stands now I can't say I would recommend it. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it seemed to be very average for a west coast style DIPA and it had too many off aspect. So far this didn't make a good first impression for this brewery, but I'm more than willing to give them another chance, I don't understand how a beer that just hit the shelfs was bottled back in June, I didn't even look at the bottling date since I assumed it was fresh since it just showed up, but it wasn't. I appreciate you guys sending your beers out here and I'll have to give this beer another chance and re review if I can find it fresh. (4,044 characters)

Photo of xungmound98
4/5  rDev +3.9%

(Within ~1 month of bottle date) Poured into tulip glass, initially about 1/2" head that reduced to 1/4" with some soapy lacing. Color is a hazy, deep orange/red. Smells- dank hops and resin, grapefruit, pineapple. Taste- bready malts, resinous hops, some tropical fruit and alcohol warmth in the finish. Overall a decent DIPA, although it didn't bowl me over. (360 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

Cloudy orange in color with a short head. Nice lace develops during the session. Aroma is typical citrus and hop centric. Caramel, pine, grapefruits, mango, mild alcohol, and some floral and earthy hop bitterness round out the flavor profile. Crisp throughout. Dry finish. A slower sipping beer but nicely refreshing. (318 characters)

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)

Photo of jj311
4/5  rDev +3.9%

pours a cloudy, golden color. One finger from head that is lacking retention. Nutty citrusy floral flavor. a Bready citric aroma and A slick somewhat chewy mouthful. the bitterness in thIs beer stands out, and it is not overpowering. Overall I must say this is enjoyable brew. (277 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Starts off looking nice, with a very forward hop aroma. Then you taste it and it's a very, very one dimensional flavor. Very bitter hops and very unflattering booze. Reminds me more of an over the top triple IPA, but with very little depth in flavor. (250 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.9%

For me this was a better drink in a lot of ways than was the hoparillo, which I found sweet and way too boozy. This one has a far different hop complexion, more bitter and abrasive, more challenging, just as long in the finish, and way less balanced. The abv here thankfully is irrelevant, and it ends up being the hop intensity that slows me down, not the strength. As sticky sappy as the other, just not loaded with grain and even maybe candy sugar, more traditional in that way. Yeast is solid here, cleaning up sugar well and putting just a slight fruity theme in there with the big boy hops. Even a touch of darker crystal malt gives this glass of suds some skeletal support. I am yet to be floored by these guys though, which given their reputation is now overdue (769 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

these just hit town, and fresh is best...enjoyed from a bt batch 001 willie becher glass. recently finished a bottle of hop shortage.

brew pours deep transparent copper with a nice foamy top that left chunks of lace on the glass.
nose is a subtle, but nice bouquet of tropical fruit. way more mellow than hop shortage...where hop shortage is aggressive but tasty, this one is mellow and tasty. very nice balance and some earth in the nose is refreshing.
taste jumps off with a nice citric hop, but not too aggressive, mellow yet flavorful. a hint of an earthy backbone.
medium bodied...easy drinking...fairly sessionable.
overall, nice ipa...certainly doesn't feel like a double. WAY tame compared to hop shortage. not really memorable though, just a light easy drinkin double ipa (788 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

RB

Bottle picked up at Brewer's Haven on Vista for a pretty pricey $8.50ish... Poured into my standard goblet.. clear dark golden with a nice white head... good lacing and retention.

Nose is about what I expect from Knee Deep... Pretty spot-on big boned hoppiness with plenty of pithy grapefruit and aromatic tropical fruits and melon.

Flavor shows big pithy bitterness up front.. fruity hops from that point forward..

Light/medium body with a nice bubble accentuates the drinkability and moves this one forward..

Hoptologist seems very similar to most Knee Deep beers I have had recently... Not really a knock, but I guess maybe I would hope for bigger differences between their different big hoppy bottles.

4/4.25/4.25/4.25/4.25 (738 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +13%

A: medium gold body; clear; full head o' hair - er, foam - left plenty of lace down the glass; cap persisted

S: tones of hop action - full of those pine resin aromas; a supportive smell of fresh, clean malt

T: pine and hop barrage right up front - lots of dank and herbal notes - a hophead's delight - some alcohol slips through, but the astringence adds a crispness that I liked

M: for a DIPA, leans toward the lean - feels crisp and tight throughout the drink, slight tingle, moderate carbonation, reasonably smooth and slick

O: this is nonetheless, a rugged DIPA - it does have a light/tight feel, and the aggressive hoppiness contributes - but it doesn't approach that barleywine end of the spectrum. I really dig DIPAs, and don't mind some alcoholic astringence, but I'm not partial to a "booziness" (in a DIPA (unless it's bourbon barrel aged or something) lol), and this was a very satisfying ale. It wasn't sloppy for even a second, felt like I could drink more than I should. Check it out. (1,003 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Got a bomber- pours a clear golden amber color with a half finger of head, good retention and lacing.

Smells thick and resiny. Not my favorite but fine.

Tastes very nice- nice sweet backbone but a lot of earthy resiny hops. A little grapefruit also and not too much bitterness but a nice dry finish.

Medium bodied with light carbonation- I like this one but it's not great. (376 characters)

Photo of ronricorossi
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Is it crazy if I start right off by saying this was one of the best DIPAs I've ever had?

On tap at Cesars on Piedmont in central Oakland

Bright, huge hoppiness, but that's a given. We're in CA, after all. This beer has what I will call a wonderful individual take on "west coast balance". Because "balance", in other parts of the country, is code for "hops under control". Here, we have a beer that hasn't turned down the hops, but has turned up the malty, caramel base to even out the palate, in a way that - for me - works almost to perfection.

If you're a midwest guy who thinks the west coast thing is "overrated" (that's a great beer, too), then you might not be as impressed. But if you like your IPAs big and loud - and sweet - then this might be the beer for you. (775 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A. Cloudy amber with two fingers of thick foamy off white head. Thick lacing.
S. Tons of malt, caramel overly ripe mango and pineapple. Diacetyl, pine, bread.
T. Slight astringent weird flavor. Burnt buttered toast pine orange earthy hops.
M. Chewy, lingering soapy texture, viscous body.
O. Disappointment number 2 from knee deep. Idk if I got a bad bottle or what, but theres a lot of bad things goin on here. (411 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)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky brownish orange with a two-finger creamy off-white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of tropical fruits and faint piney hops.

T - Taste is a blend of sweet caramel malts and piney resinous hops. The hops and malts are balanced out with a light amount of tropical fruits. The finish is bitter piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - A well balanced DIPA. Not the best I've ever had, but not the worst. Probably wouldn't seek out again. (535 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale bronze colour, quite a reddish tinge. Head is white, foamy, some lacing left behind. Decent; head could be more vibrant.

Smells piney and citric, with a touch of resin. Mild peppery spice at the back, maybe a hint of saffron. Intriguing sweet piquancy to the hops.

Taste is somewhat roasty, with plenty of resinous hop oils at the back. Touch of honey midway with some treacle and cinnamon leading into that bitter finish. Could use some more freshening up of the hops; it just feels a bit dour at the back, and too sweet at the front by contrast.

Smooth body, fairly big pull from the hops. Decent body upfront but finishes very dry.

Decent overall, drinkable enough. Could just be a bit brighter. (715 characters)

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)

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/13/2014. Pours crystal clear deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and nearly balanced malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, mango, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and fairly balanced malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn good DIPA. All around nice complexity, balance, and robustness of juicy citrus/tropical hops and caramel/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,546 characters)

Photo of Northernsavvy
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I simply just asked the guy at Bevmo for a good beer and he could tell I was serious and gave me something serious and this beer was it. I put this beer 2nd only to the Midnight Hoppyness which is from Knee Deep as well. The first few sips may throw you back because it is very strong but it's an incredible beer. And it gets you very pissed so be ready for that. Cheers! (371 characters)

Photo of kingmaxwell
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This Hoptoloist is an enjoyable double IPA with drinkability but not much hop power. I appreciate the smoothness, which welcomes one to drink the beer, but the flavor is more funky malt than hoppy flower. Definitely appreciating the power of the beer -- it does not feel like a 9.0, but something in the sevens. The brewers have made a powerful and friendly double IPA.

A lot of it is the dominant bitter contrast that usually get's overrun with west coast hop-laden IPAs. This beer has a balance of bitter. Chocolate, whisky, and malty richness suffuse this brew. Other reviews have noted pine, which I don't really notice. It is closer to the crust of a well-baked sourdough bread -- malty almost-burned nuttiness.

The beer is dark orange in the glass and had very little head. Accessible, but not a stunner IPA. Probably better on a rainy day than a hot and sunny beach brew. (882 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This dipa pours a hazy brownish orange color (not particularly appealing) with a decent off white head that leaves some lacing. The nose is a slightly stale blend of tropical, citrus, and pine hops. There is also a tad too much malt present. This is not the smell I would expect from a less than 45 day old dipa. The flavor is slightly better than the nose. A bit fresher and more balanced. The hops give a nice bite but still seem muted fir the style. Mouthfeel is pleasantly sticky and coating. Unfortunately its just not good enough for me to want the flavor to coat my palate for that long. (594 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (1,489 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured brown with a touch of amber, the head was foamy and quickly disappeared.
S - Citrus, mostly tropical fruit.
T - Grapefruit, pine, tropical like the nose and caramel and bitter throughout. The malt sneaks in as the beer warms. A dry Double IPA.
M - Medium body and carbonation that leads to a malty smooth finish.
O - Good double IPA. I would like more hops? If that's possible with this one. (404 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured brown with a touch of amber, the head was foamy and quickly disappeared.
S - Citrus, mostly tropical fruit.
T - The hops are blended with the malt nicely, having grapefruit, pine, tropical like the nose and carmel and bitter throughout.
M - Medium body and carbonation that leads to a malty smooth finish.
O - Not a hop bomb DIPA, very drinkable and balanced. (373 characters)

Photo of BingCrosby7
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up today as a consolation prize for finding a parabola (I won't be drinking the parabola anytime soon and I don't know if i'll get another). Kind of a weird consolation prize, but oh well.

A A deep orange with a hint of gold around the edges--a bit darker than I had anticipated. About an inch of head with some beautiful lacing.
S Balmy pine a hops; a bit malty with a resiny undertone. Sugary sweetness lingering somewhere in there. A tad bit musky.
T A bit more piney than I thought it might be, rounded out a bit by the malt. Pretty fairly balanced-a little boozy and a bit floral on the backend.
M - Light and fluffy, the carbonation is very good for the style. Very drinkable in this regard.
O - this is another good Knee Deep offering; however, I think Hop Shortage and Simtra are better (for my palate at least). This one is certainly complex, though I think I would prefer to have some sort of citrus in there to cut through the pine-based hops. (970 characters)

Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.