Hoptologist DIPA - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Hoptologist DIPAHoptologist DIPA

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88
very good

677 Ratings
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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 31
Gots: 100 | FT: 6
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BrewerB
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at City Beer Store today for 8.99. Bottle dating not evident.

Pours a hazy light orange color with a thin topping of off-white foam. Intense grapefruit/citrus and mango fruits with a dash of orange creamsickle. Dominant citrus forward flavor with a piney middle and a very light toasted bread on the back-end. Bitterness is very high but not harsh and lingers on briefly in the finish. Small presence of fruity esters. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a definite smooth warming sensation from the 9% ABV.

Overall this is a big DIPA loaded up on citrusy/mango hop character and tons of bitterness while avoiding being overly harsh or astringent. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Knee Deep Brewing Co.
Hoptologist

LOOK: pours a clear orange color with a off white head and rings of lacework.

SMELL: Intense grapefruit notes and a bit of sappy caramel. Earthy hop signature.

TASTE: Strong resinous bitterness, citrus rind and boozy alcohol. Finishes bitter with a sticky hop flavor. Fairly dank and herbal, with hemp oil and pine notes. Caramel note from the malt.

FEEL: Full bodied, strong flavored, and well carbonated. Has a drying hop bite that adds to the enjoyment of this beer.

OVERALL: This is a good Double IpA because the malt body balances well and the hops taste good. Any lover of hops can appreciate this beer when fresh.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: some reviews seem to indicate that certain batches of this beer suffer from flaws in the brewing process (bacterial infection, phenols, diacetyl, etc.) For the bottle I review, no particular of these flaws is present.

The color is a clear, deep gold-orange, maybe just a bit beyond amber. It grows an off-white head that reaches between one and two fingers in height, and retention is more in the lasting of the foam that remains rather than how long the it stays that tall. Some really good patchy lacing sticks to the glass well.
The aroma is strong, and I get lots of wood, pith, flower herb, and pine. It seems to have good enough balance from malts, having such high IBU without being chokingly bitter.
On first sip, the bitterness lingers into the faintest hint of vinegar. That effect fades, though the wood, pith, herb, flower and pine never do. There is some sweetness to it as well, malts adding some caramel and toffee and something brighter and, balancing well. The woody pith comes back to finish it out.
The body is big enough to support the base without being too heavy. It reaches moderate levels of both crispness and smoothness with a likewise moderate and consistent carbonation.

I don't think it's the Pliny Killer, so to speak, but this is a good DIPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of WesM63
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber orange with 1 finger off white head. Some retention and lacing present.

S: Grapefruit, pine and floral.

T: Misses the nose. Tons of grapefruit and pine. Decent malt backbone that comes on strong in the middle finishes a bit boozy.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent DIPA. I like the enthusiasm Knee Deep has to offer, it's close but hard to beat some of the other big west coast IPA players.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- Amber orange body, 3/4" white head that turns into sparkling lacing on the glass after every sip

S- INTENSELY floral & piney, like shoving your face in a christmas tree, hints of perfume, cat piss, dirty clothes (in a good way)

T- Suprise, suprise, grapefruit... slightly boozy, but not overpowering, with some heat at the end of every sip. Hints of sweet malts manage to make their presents known through all the hoppy bitterness.

M- Medium body, coats the tongue, crisp carbonation

O- When I first put my nose to the glass, all the awesome aromas smacked me in the face, catching me off guard. I thought, like knee deeps citra, i had found another diamond in the rough. Sadly, once it took a sip, i realized there really is nothing that special about this brew. Grapefruit dominates the flavor, screaming, Cascade hops!! Like every other west coast average IPA, DIPA, IIPA. Knee Deep has impressed my with Citra and Immigration Red Ale, so i wont let this one average brew stop me from trying the rest of what the have to offer.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head sticks around a while, and there's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy, it mostly smells like pine and citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) hops, along with some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, the hop flavor is nice and bitter. There's also a bit of herbal hops noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. Definitely worth a try at $6.99 a bomber.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Hoptologist DIPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.