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Hoptologist DIPA - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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584 Ratings
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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

jco3rd, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper, filtered, medium carbonation, half finger of slight yellow white foam.

S: Tropical fruit, flowers, pineapple, mangoe, hot pepper, black pepper, pine needles, durian fruit, caramel candy.

T: Caramel, hot peppers, durian.

M: Medium body, balanced, medium carbonation.

O: Very balanced, not overly syrupy like most in this style I’ve had. Love durian, so like it in this drink.

patre_tim, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Devinph
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Devinph, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

mhaugo, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Photo of GPGURU
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

had it at stateline brewery in Tahoe. We picked it to try a high IBU type beer. When we poured it, I Immediate smelled apple.It had a Golden/orange light haze with a medium size head. Super Hoppy bite to it. I mentally compared it to Anderson Valley boont IPA which to me is top notch ipa. This one is more crisp and has a stronger bite. My opinion was it felt short of the boont.

GPGURU, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Knapp85, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of kornkid8600
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

kornkid8600, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of DIPAFAN
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of homebruontap
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

homebruontap, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

largadeer, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Johnnyramirez, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.49/5  rDev -11%
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.

Fatehunter, Feb 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

doho95fu, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pinche_Oso, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

StoicBeast, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

ThePorterSorter, Jan 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Madskill, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

HippieHops, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

4000qtrap, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of ElSid
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

ElSid, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

durlta, Jan 06, 2013
Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.