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Hoptologist DIPA - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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151 Reviews
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Reviews: 151
Hads: 877
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 28.39%
Wants: 39
Gots: 184 | FT: 7
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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Photo of Northernsavvy
5/5  rDev +30.2%
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!

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Photo of kingmaxwell
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of lochef81
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of patpbr
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dated 1/28/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours copper with a slight haze; fluffy eggshell white head that leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are full of tropical and citrus notes. Lots of orange zest and fresh clementines. The malts are there. There's also a sweet caramel aroma. There's a bit of a alcohol scent that can be noticed in the nose, but barely. The flavors are on the sweeter side, but there's a very solid bitterness. More fresh orange. The grapefruit is starting to really come through. There's a solid malt backbone with more caramel shining. There's subtle garlic notes in the finish. Juicy brew. The more I drink it, the more I'm picking up pineapple in the finish. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's very creamy and smooth. The alcohol goes unnoticed and it's pretty easy to drink. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid DIPA. It has alot of traditional characteristics and doesn't exactly standout as unique, but it's enjoyable. The craftsmanship is impressive. It's worth checking out if given the opportunity.

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Photo of JoshuaMason
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy Copper, minimal off-white head, low visible carbonation, no lace.
Smell: Peach, Apricot, Honey sweetness
Taste: Peach, Apricot, Honey, Bitter finish
Mouth-feel: Low carbonation, medium body, almost flat, midrange finish
Overall: Just okay. Average Dipa. Nice bitter finish, but one note and unremarkable

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Ranch Market in Yountville. Dated 11/30/13, so more age than expected on this when I bought it. Pours a hazy copper bronze color with a one finger white head on top. Bright hop citrus aroma, grapefruits, some pine, and big toffee malts backing it up. Flavor is malt forward with only a hint of dank hops in there, some mango, grapefruit, and more toffee and malts. Crap, wish I checked the date on this. Resinous and heavy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Overall not bad but really wish I found this fresher.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden/honey color with a tan head.

S: Tropical fruit, papaya, fresh orange juice and zest, citrus peel and a little pineapple in the nose.

T: Taste is more floral with some bitter pine and citrus peel, a little orange zest, kiwi, and a touch of tropical fruit in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and slightly less than average carbonation for an IPA.

O: While the flavors themselves are good, something about the taste was just a bit off. I'd recommend it, but it's not as good as it sounds.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raul, here...

Looks ok; smells like you are driving through Iowa and tastes like Nebraska: grassy, grassy, grassy. Not swamp grass; not some toxic grass outside of a frat house...but, grass. It's clean like the John Deere just went over it, but it's still one dimensional like Kim Kardashian's existence.

Raul's not feelin' it. He's not hatin' it, he's just "nothin'" it.

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Photo of Joshuabeerme
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent IPA by Knee Deep Brewing Co. It's a smooth IPA with a beautiful tail end. I was very impressed with the Hoptologist. I personally feel that the Hoptologist is the best IPA I have ever had an opportunity to partake in. From the first taste to the end, it takes you on a wild mad hatter ride through intense hoppy flavors. It started with a strong punch in the mouth the a sweet finish. I am very glad that I found this gem in my local Nugget grocery store. Very good choice in IPA.

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Photo of Philousa
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/28/13.

Pours a very clear copper/honey with two fingers white head that doesn't lace very well considering it's a DIPA. Lots of pine with tropical fruit, mostly mango, sweet malt that has a pixy stick. After a while the malt comes out, reminding me of biscuits and honey. The flavor starts with mild biscuit malt, with immediate bitterness. The hop flavors also come out but they're much less pronounced. The bitterness is strong and lingering, nearly to the point of annoyance. The feel is light and the finish dry.

The aroma is out of this world, but the flavor doesn't match. Still a great beer that I'll look out for as long as I can get it fresh.

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Photo of Auraan
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gorgeous clear copper with a fluffy finger and a half of white head. As the head recedes it leaves stick lacing down the glass. An excellent look for a DIPA. Scents of citrus, grapefruit pith, pineapple, tropical fruit and peach. An excellent, enticing, lovely smelling scent. Flavor begins with a bit of caramel malt and a big hit of hop bitterness. There is a bit of grapefruit pith, some herbal and floral flavors, and some pine. Finish is resinous and bitter, with some malt sweetness, with a very bitter aftertaste. There is a bit of alcohol warmth throughout and the sweetness is present throughout the sip. A very nice, balanced DIPA that combines sweetness with intense bitterness quite nicely. The hop flavors are also complex, running a gamut of different flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with low carbonation. Quite easy to drink because of this. This is a good DIPA, it's balanced between bitter hop flavors and sweetness. It's quite easy to drink and well worth trying.

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Photo of ToriBug13
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Knee Deep Brewing Co. Belgo Hoptologist DIPA

A- Stunning! 1 ½ thick head. Lovely amber color, nice clarity. Excellent lacing on the top.

S- I can small the sweet citrus as I write sitting on the couch with the beer two feet away! Pineapple, peach. Very tropical and light. Makes my nose happy!

T- Wonderful! Greatly balanced DIPA. Round mouthfeel, good carbonation. Hoppy but not overwhelming. Very well balanced between the alpha and beta acids. Absolutely has the tropical taste I could smell- pineapple is the most prominent with slight peach in the background. I loved this and will be purchasing for sure—the only problem is I know production has slight supply issues.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for sharing this with me, Nathan!

Another decent, drinkable IPA from Knee Deep, but nothing special, especially considering what other locals brewers are doing with hoppy beers these days. Some leafy and herbal hop flavors, moderate bitterness, and mild citrus combine well enough. Well crafted, but unexciting and an average San Diego IPA--which is probably still better than most across the country.

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Photo of heymikew
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Knee Deep never disappoints
Verry smooth, hopppy and yummy.

The malts bring sweet, caramel flavors, in perfect balance with the big resinous, piney, some citrusy, hop contribution. There's a bready undertone too.

This effort from Knee Deep is another winner, highly recommened for all DIPA fans.

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Photo of KevT
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me preface this review with the disclaimer that I am becoming somewhat of a Knee Deep Brewing fanboy; I enjoy all their beers, actively seek out their special releases, and base my festival attendance on whether or not Knee Deep will be there. On to the review...

Served from a 22 ounce bomber into a tulip glass.

The best way to describe the color of this beer is to have you imagine walking down the plumbing aisle at your favorite hardware store. In that aisle you will undoubtedly notice the assortment of beautiful copper tubing. Imagine that copper tubing is completely transparent with small little bubbles running through it. That is the color of this beer.

For the aroma we have to teleport to a farmers' market on Kauai. You enter the market, some woman in a grass skirt puts a ring of flowers around your neck and you approach a booth peddling tropical fruit, picked that morning, sliced open for your visual and olfactory pleasure. We are getting close to how this beer smells!

The first thing you notice when you sip this beer is that the emphasis is on hop flavor, not bitterness. The tropical hop flavors dance merrily with a hint of malt sweetness before they rush down your throat. This is how all double IPAs should taste!


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Photo of Lledd
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange, slightly page, not hazy though. Very little head, with nice lacing. No noticeable yeast chunkys.

S: Very sweet malt up front, typical of a well balanced Dipa. Aromas of caramel are pleasant. The hop aroma is dominated by the sweet caramel malt notes, but what is there is banana, slight pine, and just a wee bit of lime.

T: Awesome. The balance in phenomenal. The hops juuust sneak out in front of the malt, much different from the nose. The hops are mostly bitter with just a hint of citrus. The malt is sweet and bready. Caramel notes still there. I've had more balanced Dipa's, but not much, and it's almost a positive that the hops stick out just a little more than the malt, afterall it IS an IPA right? Finish is sweet and bitter.

M: Small soft carbonation allows the sweetness to shine. It is thick and almost chewy yet very refreshing. Very nice.

O: Outstanding beer, special thanks to Smitty5245 for this spectacular extra.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4/2/13
A: pours a slightly hazed deep orange into a duvel tulip and is topped by a one finger slightly off white head that retains well
S: smells of tropical fruits, citrus and pine with a hint of caramel sweetness
T: tastes of herbal, piney and citrusy hops with a bit of caramel and tropical fruits. swallow is oily and resinous piney and citrusy hops that coat the palate and linger for quite some time
M: medium body with soft and slightly prickly carbonation and a solid finish
O: a well crafted DIPA. Knee Deep knows how to make hoppy beers and this one is a pleasure to drink and now that they have actual bottling dates I don't worry about picking up old bottles.

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Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: New penny copper with an orange hue around the edges. Two finger solid white head with a decent amount of bubbles floating towards the top

S: floral and citrus notes up front. A considerable breadiness along with a good dose of caramel lend themselves to the mix as well

T: Bitter citrus tasting of grapefruit is the dominant character. Following up is a mix of caramel and bread. This beer is incredibly sweet. There is also a hint of spice and the slightest alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body with a moderately low carbonation level. A resiny layer sticks in the mouth. Sharp grapefruit bitterness also remains long after initial sip

O: This one is decent. Doesn't wow like some DIPAs can but nevertheless does the job. Fits the style and tasted of fresh ingredients. If you like sweet citrusy DIPAs, this one is for you

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Photo of Cliffster
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Standard amber color; mostly clear, with a very slight haze.

S: Pure citrus--grapefruit, mango

T: Grapefruit, lemon, and caramel up front, transitioning to cantaloupe, some pine, then finishing with the perfect amount of bready malts. I prefer dry IPAs, and this one has some sweetness, but it's not too sweet.

M: Low-medium carbonation, which really works well for this brew. Medium body and resin.

O: A well-balanced hop bomb. I really think this is a better DIPA than some of the other reviews would indicate. I love the complex fruit flavors Knee Deep has going on! Their other IPAs are excellent, as well.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, not sure on freshness

A - goldenrod, good clarity, about an inch or so of white head. Low/moderate lacing.

S - floral citrus, some alcohol sharpness, citrus oil.

T - big solid bitter lemon and orange with lots of floral notes. Backed up by a solid neutral to bready malt backbone.

M - medium mouthfeel, a little on the oily side.

O - this is a nice beer, it's just in a crowded category. Definitely enjoyable in all respects.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull orange, slightly hazed. Only a half inch of head appears with a pretty vigorous pour, minimal lacing.

Smells fantastic! Brown sugar and grapefruit up front, blood orange, grass and caramel at the end. No boozy heat stench. Very robust.

The taste is more subdued than the smell. The citrus and sweet malt are overwhelmed by fresh cut grass pretty quick. No booze, very dry and heavily carbonated.

A bit too easy to drink at 9%. Not complaining, I enjoyed every sip, but this is a big beer. Not as fun or complex as Simtra or Hop Shortage, but still a very solid DIPA. I've had it several times and will keep it in my lineup for as long as they produce it.

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Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.