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Hoptologist DIPA - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Hoptologist DIPAHoptologist DIPA

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581 Ratings
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Ratings: 581
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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Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +2%

JohnLynch, May 05, 2012
Photo of NarcoSolo
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

NarcoSolo, May 05, 2012
Photo of cspieth
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

cspieth, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.35/5  rDev +11%

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.

51mmz0rz, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of ckcanady
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

ckcanady, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of AKolmogorov
4/5  rDev +2%

AKolmogorov, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Gabany
4/5  rDev +2%

Gabany, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Boont
4/5  rDev +2%

Boont, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Heatwave33
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 650ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: A slightly cloudy golden orange with an off white head.

Smell: Floral hops and oranges up front. Followed with pineapples and peaches.

Taste: Pineyn floral hops and oranges up front. Followed by pineapple and grapefruit. The orange comes out slightly on the end again.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Coarse with a full dryness on the palate.

Overall: Medium bodied with a nice balance. The aroma is fantastic! The price is great too! Cheers.

Heatwave33, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a very clear, golden-orange color with a small-medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is quite inviting with some dank hoppiness and lovely pine aroma. Some nice citrus notes as well. Taste is initially citrusy with some grass-like flavors. A pretty good malt profile as well...which I tend to like less of in my DIPAs. Nice, clean bitterness on the back of the tongue. Sweet citrus in the front. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied. ABV very well-hidden. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this here is a solid DIPA from a brewery that I don't know too much about. Had the pale last night and enjoyed it. Someone told me this beer beat PtE in the Hayward DIPA festival...I was there (I didn't vote), and I do not remember this beer. I don't see how it could have beat Pliny though.

DovaliHops, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +2%

tbeq00, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Bilbosnuts for this.

4.0 A: Super clear pale orange color. Two fingers of Frothy off-white head. Retention is average at best, but a ton of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Flowery and super citrusy hops. Mango, papaya, and orange stick out the most. Very little neutral maltiness and not much else. Simple, but quite pleasant.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this is all hops, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Moderate or a bit more bitterness. Hop flavor, in descending order, includes orange, grapefruit, pine, mango. It's tasty.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Fine, but lacking the creaminess that I like in a good DIPA.

3.5 D: Tasty beer, but unfortunately this occupies the same style as many stellar beers, which makes this one a bit less impressive.

DavoleBomb, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of Evan
4/5  rDev +2%

Evan, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Bytemesis
4/5  rDev +2%

Bytemesis, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of StLThrash
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Received in a trade with Rizalini - thanks again, Bryin!

22 ounce bomber poured into my Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Beautiful looking beer. Very clear, golden, with a frothy 2 finger head that lasts a while. Left lots of lacing.

S - Grapefruit, piney, pineapple, orange rind - some biscuity malt presence as well. No real hint of alcohol at first, but as it warms, alcohol is present. Nice smelling beer.

T - Bitter up front, a little sweet on the finish. Alcohol is well hidden, even as it warms (unlike the nose which is prevalent). Hops is the star here, with malt taking a backseat.

M - A bit juicy, creamy, well-balanced and good carbonation.

Overall - a very nice DIPA... glad I tried it and would definitely drink again.

StLThrash, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Pugs78
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Pugs78, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of gueuzegossage
4/5  rDev +2%

gueuzegossage, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%

Bomber into tulip pint.
This was an extra tossed in by sideswipe. Thanks a lot John. This 60 pound monster of a box is another in a series of boxes in which each has outdone the last-- you're the best.

Clear, bright, lightly orange-tinted golden color. Light off white head of 3/4 finger head... Really great retention. Average lacing.

Smells faintly sweet, but predominantly dry bready malts lead the way.
Very bitter-- I think this beer overdid the bittering hops and skimped during the other parts of the boil. There is a little citrusy note, with a floral hop note alongside.

Feel is a a touch thin, but decent carbonation.

Overall-- this is not bad, but it isn't really good either. It is average.... The best thing it has on its side is that it hides the 9% ABV pretty effectively. Otherwise, it is unimpressive, though not unpleasant either.

AleWatcher, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3/5  rDev -23.5%

bsuedekum, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of jlenik
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

22oz poured into Duvel Tulip

a: golden amber in color, looks well carbonated but very little head. a second pour reveals a half fingers worth of head.

s: Off the bat I'm getting some pineapple then a big blast of hops.

t: I'm having an issue figuring out what this tastes like. It's certainly bitter but not in a super hoppy sense (like Abrasive). There's some sort of metallic presence in this beer that changes between its taste and smell.

m: crisp, well carbonated, and dry. Slightly creamy finish. I don't get a hint of alcohol.

o: this was an interesting DIPA. not exactly what I expecting but definitely enjoyable. high IBUs does not mean awesomely hoppy.

jlenik, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%

Pours clear garnet color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with some light hop notes.

Tastes of the caramel malt base with some decent hop notes. Malts lead off with caramel and toffee. This leads to a moderately bitter hop character that has pine and citrus. The hops feel quite underdone in terms of aroma and actual flavor contributions. Alcohol is noticeable with some astringency.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a small, underwhelming amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is mediocre and could use more aromatic hops.

ocelot2500, Apr 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Tpsauer, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of SgtPayback
4.93/5  rDev +25.8%

Say hello to the new Pliny killer. If you like hops, this beer is for you! It has that wonderful aroma of citrus and hops and a kick in the pants 9.0 ABV to boot! This is most certainly a beer that will give the elusive Pliny a run for its money. I love Pliny, but Hoptologist is a whole lot easier to find on the shelves.

SgtPayback, Mar 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

kiki3drt292, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

raulazzer, Mar 29, 2012
Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.