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Hoptologist DIPA - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Hoptologist DIPAHoptologist DIPA

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501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 23
Gots: 54 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-02-2012 09:20:12 | More by 77bronco
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-01-2012 02:54:40 | More by nyanya3927
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-29-2012 18:42:10 | More by PeterM
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-27-2012 06:55:35 | More by cletusdog
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
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 mjr2377


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-16-2012 10:12:42 | More by mjr2377
Photo of calir1


3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
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
Photo of drewone


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

06-08-2012 06:06:18 | More by drewone
Photo of stlunatic15


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Amber color with a very white head. The beer looks thick.

S: Smells fruity to me; bright red berries, specifically. Maybe a tad bit of plum as well, but very light.

T: Deep, very deep. Definitely hoppy, but not incredibly overpowering. I was expecting it to be almost insane, but it's actually more mild than I had thought. I'm noticing a combination of pine and white grape.

M: It is indeed thick for a DIPA. I know that the majority of them are going to be slightly thicker in general, but this one takes the cake. Quite a short finish though - it's not lingering in my mouth as long as I thought it would.

O: Yes, it's a massively hoppy beer, but I think Knee Deep could've done a better job. I feel like they were too determined to create this particular beer, that they kind of got off-track and only made it to meet the standards of a typical hop head. This beer actually placed 1st in the DIPA festival in my local town, beating Pliny (Younger & Elder) and many others. I honestly disagree with the judges' decisions, but hey - everyone has their own preference. Overall it is not a bad beer, and I would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 09:47:10 | More by stlunatic15
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

perfectly clear golden amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy/creamy white head, excellent amounts of lacing. smells of pine, caramel, honey, soap. mellow bitterness up front with a sweet earthy taste on the roof - it's hard to wrap my senses around the flavor.. it's a citrus like bitterness, with hints of dirt/earthy bitterness, almost a burnt caramel like backbone but the bitterness is somewhat subtle, so it's very enjoyable.

smooth on the palate, medium body with a slight creamy feel to it, mildly carbonated yet feels fizzy and refreshing on the roof of the mouth.

this is a great DIPA and for the price ($5) you absolutely can't go wrong. i was honestly blown away after pouring it, the closest pour i'd seen to it was pliny, and even that didn't have as nice of a head as this (score one for the underdog!). granted, the other characteristics weren't as solid, they were all still more than average ..hell, i am VERY strict with my scores, the taste could probably be a 4, but it was just hard to determine what tastes there actually are. even though it is a delicious beer, i feel like it could be slightly more complex with the flavors. everything else is fine. actually, the more i sip it, i rather like the mystery of the mellow bitter-sweet flavors and burping up a sweet pine taste.

anyway, my overall statement on this one is to pick it up if you see it on the shelf. do not think twice.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 06:15:42 | More by facundoCNB
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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-01-2012 22:34:39 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-26-2012 05:41:53 | More by CelticAleMan
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-25-2012 10:20:06 | More by manjanai
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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - An orange/amber color with a nice one and a half inch white head with good retention

S - Floral and citrusy. Definitely a bit of a pine scent

T - Wow, it's very hoppy, as expected with the 102 IBU. It's also quite malty though, with some sweetness to balance it. It has a strong citrus taste.

M - Smooth for an IPA. Fairly heavy body with lots of carbonation

O - For a beer I picked up rather randomly while in San Francisco, this is surprisingly good. According to BA this has only been brewed once, which is a shame. It would be nice to see Knee Deep Brewing gain a little recognition.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 07:12:30 | More by Danny1217
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-20-2012 07:38:01 | More by AlexChillton
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-15-2012 04:23:20 | More by InfernoBoss
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Photo of kyager2000


4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-09-2012 03:37:55 | More by kyager2000
Photo of MasterSki


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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
Photo of JohnLynch

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-05-2012 19:10:04 | More by JohnLynch
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

05-05-2012 00:55:24 | More by NarcoSolo
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

04-30-2012 14:41:41 | More by cspieth
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. No bottle date visible.

A: Clear medium amber. Thick white head, fine bubbles, good retention.

S: Mango and citrus aromas dominate. Some pine. Very nice.

T: Certainly a hop driven beer. Not much malty sweetness, yet it doesn't feel unbalanced.

M: Feels slightly under carbed (maybe it was a rough pour). But otherwise the mouthfeel is very good, not too thick

D: I don't usually gravitate toward DIPAs, but this is a really great example. In my case this is a local brewery, so even though there was no bottle date, I'd imagine it's fairly fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 04:18:05 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of ckcanady


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange. Good head but not the best retention.

S- Super floral aroma with a citrus background. Very small nose of malt.

T- Well balanced for 102 IBU. But it is all hops! Very floral hop flavor to it with a little grapefruit towards the end. But the floral hops return and linger (a good thing).

M- Slight creaminess which is off for me should be a little more full bodied for an imperial IPA. However the hop oils do linger for about 10 seconds. Okay carbonation bite.

O- I think its a good example of the style and a little differnt from most other DIPA's but I dont get the hype. But to each his own. Overall a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 04:56:38 | More by ckcanady
Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.