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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,041
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 215
Gots: 376 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 11.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: baggio on 02-12-2012

Simtra Triple IPA delivers a punch in the face with its very danky hop aroma derived from Simcoe and Citra hops. You wanted more hops you got them.
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and quite dank hops (I'm getting onion here too, which is not a profile I often can detect), caramel malt; a little vegetal. Flavor is dominated by hops: citrus, piney and dank with a good toffee forward caramel malt base. Finishes with resinous citrus and piney hops. Nice creamy body and mouth feel. This has everything I like in a big IPA, a really substantial caramel malt body, lots of interesting herbal hop flavors as well as carpet bombing of hop bitterness. There is one odd flavor in this that doesn't fit, it is the oniony or garlicy flavor I mentioned at the beginning in the aroma. It might be something from a lot of Simcoe hops. Even with that component, a quite satisfying and fun to drink IIPA. Huge ABV well covered.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe, as you're drinking it, that this is an 11.25% beer. Were I none-the-wiser, 8 or 9% would've been guessed, which is the first sign it's very well-crafted. Where it comes up a little short of greatness is by lacking a truly distinctive hop aroma or taste. A kind of nebulous citrus, pine, and (un-offensive) cat pee are all there, and the malts, for their part, are perfectly complementary, but nothing stands out to separate it from the very best. Even so, this is an expertly constructed IIIPA.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber scored and enjoyed on Maui, bottled 2 months ago (so less than ideal). Poured into a shaker, this doesn't skimp on the hops...big nose and lots of bitterness, but I just don't like my IPAs with this much alcohol burn, and this is pretty hot and boozy on the back end. Pours a slightly dull hazy apricot, with a 1 finger head with good retention and good lacing. Big nose, but lacks complexity and distinct notes...I get a little sweetness with carmel, and for the hops, something in between floral, spicy and fruity (but not exactly tropical). The beginning of some herbal notes, but they don't entirely come through. There's the promise of some pine there, but I don't know...there's a lot there in the nose, but it is hard for me to nail down. I get more Simcoe than I do Citra. You know that you're dealing with a high abv pretty quickly once it hits the tongue: some burnt caramel, lots of hops promised in the nose, though the spiciness and pine comes on stronger, and the fruit plays more of a secondary and supporting role. Some biscuity malt and some fair bitterness at the end, along with some boozy burn. Fairly dry. If you need a big hop fix, this might be what you're looking for...it is what it is, without apologies. If Hop Stoopid is on the shelf, though, which is just as big a bitter hop bomb and it hides the alcohol better? I'll give this one some props for taking no prisoners...but I'm not likely to return to it.

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Photo of emount91
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy orange, good foamy head that dissipates into a thin one and laces the glass. smell is very juicy tropical and citrusy, little bit of pine coming through. taste is a lot less tropical and a lot more piney, booze bite at the end, but it compliments the taste well. the taste showcases the Simcoe hops a lot more than the Citra hops, not very juicy tasting like the smell suggests. mouthfeel is good, though I would expect something a little less carbonated being a triple IPA. nonetheless, another good one from these guys.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mild gold, very clear with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is pretty boozy and piney, with layers of grapefruit and lemon. Big body, alcohol sweetness, nice levels of bitterness...an almost sessionable triple IPA. This one is delicious...and will knock you on your ass!

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Photo of CayseyW
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Since my rating is so statistically far from the average, I felt like a review was warranted.
L: Definitely the best thing this beer has going on for it, or at least in my experience. Pours a very clean amber tone with a soapy head that retains a lot of foam and leaves a sticky lacing.
S: Malty, with some earthy herbal notes that are sort of piney. Really missing any hint of citrus or tropical notes you might get from a simcoe/citra hop bill.
T: Sweet up front, some pine and floral taste elements that get overwhelmed quickly by burnt sugars.
F: Way too much happening here and I don't mean that in a good way. I get that it's a IIIPA, but come on! Sweet, bitter, boozy, and all of these things seem to be competing to stand out the most.
O: Although this isn't a flattering review per se, this is still an above-average beer at the end of the day. I just wished it was a bit more harmonious.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at The Pour House in Exton, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a semi-opaque deep golden color. Two fingers of creamy white head greet the drinker. Delicate lacing.

S: Smells like a knockout. Citrusy hops and grapefruit, malts and resin.

T/F: A strong malt backbone sets the table for a big time hop experience. Lots of juicy citrus notes with grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. Slightly herbal and spicy. Oily and resinous on the tongue. Warming at the finish and amply carbonated.

O: This is a big badass and delicious Imperial IPA and was truly impressive. This can stand up with the big boys.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer poured with great retention, patchy lacing on the sides, and a clear gold-orange appearance. Aromas include rich grassy hops with more of a lemon citrus flavor. Taste is bittersweet with a good malt flavor mixed in with earthy hops and citrus fruit. The body gives some good carbonation to the drink. Overall, this beer had excellent aromas that made it a treat to drink.

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Photo of gcasher
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden and hazy with white frothy head.
Smell was low key, but citrusy and tropical. Taste was strong of citrus and tropical fruit with bitter dank follow through. Dry. Viscous. Alcohol was not unpleasant. Overall, delicious.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Plenty of orange color running through this one, although a super small white head that almost doesn't exist. Aroma reeks of citra and simcoe.

Taste was dry and kept the abv in a bunker. Not overly bitter, well carbonated, damn this is easily in discussion for the best knee deep beer.

Scoring a fresh one of these can be challenging, and the price is up there, but it is a tasty beer that is a plenty suitable alternative to Pliny or whatever double/triple ipa you're chasing from somewhere not local to you.

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

Appearance: pours a light orange color with a 2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: citrus and hops are easy to detect here.

Taste: big malt sweetness, caramel, grapefruit, pine, pear, some tropical fruits, mild alcohol, and a hearty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Dry aftertaste.

Overall: a slow sipping big IPA that is bold and full flavored.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks good.

Incredible hop aroma. Very resinous and piney.

Flavor follows aroma but not overpoweringly hoppy. Not much bitterness. Nice thick supporting malt base brings wonderland calming balance.


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Photo of Lobina
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft. Good look and head. I really liked the aroma. Packs a punch at 11.25% but for the high ABV it was very smooth. Would definitely order this one again.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never reviewed this but had many times. Had it recently - awesome aroma, very akin to Pliny. Fresh cut hops, biting bitterness. Nice strong malt backbone, but doesn't cut into the hops too much. This is a hop face slap, so if you're not into IPA's that much, you certainly won't like this. It's also kind of hard to drink solo, but I split it with my brother who was visiting. Very enjoyable and will certainly buy more to share in the future. For drinking solo, I recommend lupulin river. Cheers!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Golden color, not completely clear/slight haze
Smell - Grapefruit, pithy, pineapple, citrus
Taste - Grapefruit, pine needles, dank, pithy, lemon peel, booze
Feel - Medium + bitterness, boozy on the backend

Overall - A massive triple IPA. Definitely get the 11.25% but goes down smoothly. One of the better triples out. Up there with OH's All Green Everything.

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting film/ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.

Dank earthy hop aroma with fresh cut grass, earthy pine and resinous oils countered by subtle citrus/tropical fruit and a pale malt backbone. Pine needle, spruce tip, floral buds and grass countered by strong grapefruit, pineapple, blood orange, melon and lemon peel sweetness. Pale malts with faint bread, biscuit and cracker. Nice balance with juicier fruit notes countering the earthy resins.

Full body with a blast of dry, dank earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt character into a bone dry finish. Dry and sticky with resinous oils and pine needle. Slightly spicy with grass, spruce tips and dank leaf. Very bitter but the bitterness is countered by prominent fruit sweetness. Hints of melon and grapefruit with pineapple, lemon pith and blood orange. Pale malt backbone with subtle caramel and toffee sweetness along with bread, biscuit and grainy graham cracker. Some boozy sweetness and a bit of heat in the finish but the high ABV is pretty well masked. Alcohol presence takes away slightly from the hop flavors but it's still deceptively drinkable at 11.5%.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
1.92/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

I haven't been fond of knee deep in the past, but when I saw their crown jewel I gave it a shot. It's exactly the type of IPA I don't like, bitter and chalky but not fragrant. Smell is almost imperceptible. Tastes like a homebrew I wasn't pleased with. Oily hops in a rancid sort of way. Only got 8 oz but not going to finish.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly easy to drink despite the higher ABV and over 100 IBUs. I didn't drink this as fresh as it should have been so that is likely part of the reason, but I actually think it was better this way. It still had lots of fruitiness from the hops without too much bitter. Very nice.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright gold color with remarkable clarity. Head is off-white and about 2 fingers high. Moderate amount of lacing left behind.

Intense hop aroma. Pine first, earthy and dank. Lemon, grapefruit, and bitter orange. Pepper and cut grass.

Taste like the aroma except even more. Hop assault on the tongue. Dank, pine, resin, and peat-y earth. Citrus fruit next, bitter and sharp. Malt is overpowered to start but peeks through at the end. Caramel and biscuit.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Bitter, sticky, oily mouth feel. Lingering pine and bitterness.

A hop heads delight. Massive in your face pine and citrus. Too much on the pine for me to really love it.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bottle of this while working in San Francisco for the week. Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

golden-yellow pour. 1 Finger off-white head.

Nice citrus fruits come through in the nose. Solid amount of piney hops.

fruits really didn't come through for me in the flavor like everyone is saying. It was a lot of average piney/citrus hops with too much bitterness.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Bottle date was very fresh, so I was excited for this one. It did not live up to expectation. Average beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of IronLover
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a dense, bright white foam with good retention. Medium sweet, over-ripe pinapple and tropical aromas with medium light malt and a definitive boozy note. Medium bodied with creamy smooth, yet medium high carbonation. Medium high citrus hop flavors that turn piney near the end. Light malt flavor that is overrun by the booziness through the middle to the end. Intense hop bitterness at the end as this finished very boozy with a light sweetness beneath and lingering citrus and hop aftertaste. This was surprising on a few notes. The hop aromas were fairly light followed by a much fuller malty body than expected for the higher abv. The boozy is still pleasant and very warming - not hot - but tends to overwhelm the hop and malt flavors on the backside.

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Photo of Beergasm1
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hop bomb, with a huge abv that is barely noticeable by taste. But once you start drinking the abv starts to hit you.

Probably the best triple I've ever drank

Awesome beer

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Photo of emyers
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date: 8/3/15

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a nice one-inch fluffy white head. Leaves a very nice lacing down the glass.

Big hop aroma on the nose with tons of earthy, herbal notes. I'm definitely getting a lot more of the herbal, dank simcoe than I am citrus from the citra hops.

Tastes surprisingly balanced given how hop-heavy the nose was. I get more of a balance between citrus and herbal notes from the hops and enough bready malt to keep them in check. Finish is somewhat bitter (not nearly as much as expected given the "triple IPA" tag on the label, but I guess that's what 11.25% abv will do for you) with just a touch of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and pretty smooth, with the hops keeping it dry enough to leave you craving another sip.

This is a very strong effort from Knee Deep Brewing - I'm not normally the biggest fan of the herbal qualities from Simcoe hops so I was a little concerned based on the nose, but I still loved it. And if you are a fan of herbal hops, jump all over this.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. Date on the label is easy to find and easy to read: 07/20/15. I hope that's the bottled on date, though.

Pours mostly clear dull golden with a medium head and lots of carbonation. Smell is powerful and very nice. Citrus and tropics, flowers.

Taste is boozy, some straw, too much sweetness. Bright citrusy/tropical notes in the middle, and then finishes with a strong (but not strong enough) bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and rich. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Viscous looking with a bright deep gold hue. Quite pretty.

S: Dank resinous, piney hops with a caramel maltiness tying it all together. Overall I found the aroma a bit subdued, particularly with what was to come when I took a sip.

T: Very piney, aggressive hop taste. Certainly malty, but surprisingly dry for such a high abv and full body. This maltiness was key to keeping the beer . Has a pretty abrasive bitter finish that is reminiscent of grapefruit rind.

F: Slick on the palate and almost syrupy with enough carbonation to keep it drinkable. Incredibly mellow for the abv, giving off very little warmth -- this was one of the more impressive aspects of this beer.

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