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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%


Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: baggio on 02-12-2012)
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nice aroma of resinous piney hops and tropical fruits.

T - Starts off sweet with a nice bready maltiness and then a big punch of resinous piney hops. Finish has some juicy tropical fruits present with a lasting hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Awesome Triple IPA. Rediculously easy drinking for 11.25% ABV. An awesome hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 03:48:37 | More by TreyIsWilson
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/16/14, poured into a tulip

A- Pours a dark amber orange color with a small creamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some small patches of short-lasting lace behind

S- citrus hop aroma up front with some sharp grassy notes. Also picking up notes of hemp, herbal and earthy tones. Toasted bready malt underlying

T- big hop punch up front gives flavors of citrus, mango, grass, mint and some leafy notes. The malt sweetness is just as big as the hop kick with underlying bready almost doughy flavors leading to a sweet finish

M- thick and viscous body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a thick and foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish. Lots of alcohol warmth on the linger

O- big and bold, this one packs a punch. I've noticed that with a lot of the "triple" IPA's that are over 11%, they seem to drink like a barley wine. This one was the same, I enjoyed it but prefer the hops to shine a little more on their own whiten it comes to DIPA's

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 00:08:50 | More by Treyliff
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 01/16/14 and consumed on the day of review.

L: Amber with a nice rocky/frothy head. Damn good retention for such a high abc, some nice lacing as well.

A: Big pine resin, citrus, and fruity hops. There is some nice sweet breadiness and but not much caramel malt character. Clean fermentation profile.

T/M: Huge bitterness upfront, moves into a dry body filled with classic piney and resiny simcoe hop character but with a nice fruity mango/melon edge to it. The malt brings some nice balance without getting to sweet, a great accomplishment considering the alcohol content. Dry finish with lingering hop astringency.

Overall, I can't believe that a 2 month old Triple IPA tastes this damn good. That alone makes this one of the greatest hoppy brews out there, I can only imagine how hoppy this is fresh. Buy it, this stuff is great.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 03:38:00 | More by Siriusfisherman
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Knee Deep Brewing Company - Simtra, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Slightly cloudy copper amber with a massive foamy head that retains well. Chunky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is some juicy citrus along with deep resiny pine.

Taste - Malt sweet and rich with a nice big hop blast after, mostly bitter pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Hot and boozy but still good drinkability.

Overall - This is a great TIPA. Hop blaster with some kick.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 21:11:07 | More by JMScowcroft
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – Golden copper with a very modest white head.

Smell – The aroma is a pleasant soft pine aroma with notes of malt in the background.

Taste – On the initial taste, one detects notes of grapefruit, resin, lemon, and alcohol. The alcohol is not well masked which is understandable for an 11+ABV. I find myself a little disappointed by the lack of a malt backbone. The after taste demonstrates resin and hop harshness.

Mouthfeel – The beer coats the tongue nicely and allows the hop assault to beat the tongue into submission.

Overall – I think this one is a little harsh. It calls itself a Triple IPA. My only standard of comparison is Founders’ Devil Dancer. I was not big on that one either.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 03:04:50 | More by JohnnyHopps
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Marco_Gtz for the chance!

Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled 02/03/14.

Pours a very dark orange, bordering on light brown. Thick ecru colored head. Strong hop candy aroma, sticky, tangerines and piney. Taste is quite sweet, piney creamy, warming, bitter, raw hops. Very intense, almost unrelenting yet amazingly drinkable though ABV does hit.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 14:16:12 | More by papat444
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FitnessForBeer

California

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a dark brownish gold, finger worth of head, opaque
S: strong hops, simcoe and citra. I'm having ahard time smelling anything but
T: dark sweet sugary at first, the. Lots of hop bitterness at end. Alcohol is very evident
M: good
O: I've had a few from knee deep and they do some big IPAs, personally I like the hoparillo more which the same just with Amarillo hops. Would be interesting to try this, hoparillo, and hop shortage side by side.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 06:01:20 | More by FitnessForBeer
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fox227

California

4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours orange gold with a thin head, as expected for the abv, with decent lacing. Smells of citrus/orange/tangerine, pine sap, sweet alcohol, woodsy, slightly earthy and biscuity. The nose also describes the flavor, and everything feels, tastes right in terms of how the beer comes across: this is a BIG Double IPA and expertly features the wonderful simcoe and citra hops in an upfront fruity and earthy attack on the senses with a pleasing level of bitterness; there is a slight malt backbone of biscuit and slight alcohol presence, and while you know it's there, it hides shockingly well, considering what a hoppy beer with a dry finish this is. This is NOT a malty IPA and is very well done for this style - one of the finest I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 23:42:24 | More by fox227
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/22/13

A: Three fingers of fine white billowy head was formed in the English style pub glass when poured from the bottle. Great retention. When it did fall a small amount of lacing was left behind. The beer is a gold color with a small haze, but overall pretty standard looking IPA, but with legs.

S: Huge tropical fruit nose, wow. Passion fruit, kiwi, pineapple peaches with an undertone of strawberries. Almost no malt detected, very clean and bright. Alcohol noticed when the beer sat for a few minutes and off gassed the hop aroma.

T: Bright and bold hop bitterness flavor off the bat, the flavor reminds me of fruit juice. Tropical fruit hop flavors similar to the aroma, kiwi passion fruit, mangos, peaches. The malt flavor is very low only a slight toast character.

M: Big alcohol warming (good in my opinion since it drinks like the fruit juice it tastes like) Very dry and light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: The name serves it justice, Citra and Simcoe are the flavors coming through, but the Citra is dominant. The gravity on this beast is deceiving and I would love a lower example to make it more sessionable, but a nice beer either way. Share it with your favorite hop head and you’ll be appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 18:19:27 | More by guityler83
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DannyS

New York

3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 1/16/14. Consumed on 3/2/14. I guess it's not as fresh as the brewer hopes I could drink this, so I'll keep that in mind with this one.

A - Pours a fairly dark yet clear amber, one finger of slightly off-white head and little sticky patches of lacing.

S - Woodsy, resiny, raisiny, and boozy, backed up by some bright floral notes.

T - Phew...this one's a toughie. It's very VERY resiny and almost whiskey-like on the taste, with only a bit of citrus. I probably should have popped this one the moment I got it. It's pretty boozy and bracing at this point. If that's your jam, then cool. But it looks like this DIPA's quality goes downhill fast.

M - Light on the mouthfeel and good carbonation make it feel almost floaty on the tongue.

overall - I hate to dock points reviewing a beer that's likely past its prime, but its prime is a dangerously tiny window that seems to highlight the risks of making big, bold DIPA's. Will have to try and get an even fresher bottle and drink it right away for comparison, but as it stands, this one is way too harsh to go toe-to-toe with the current DIPA heavyweights.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 05:56:55 | More by DannyS
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a bomber first thing when I arrived in Yountville at the little market here. Wine schmine, amirite? Poured in a wine glass to fit in. Bottled 2/19/14, had 3/1/14. freshy fresh. Anyway, pours a beautiful clear golden color with a creamy white half finger head on top. Bursting aroma of pine, citrus, floral notes, honey and malt sweetness. Flavor is hop candy, grapefruits and pineapple galore, some pine, sweet malts backing this one. Surprisingly smooth for 130+ IBU, and just delicious. Big slick resinous mouthfeel with medium carbonation. While pretty drinkable this one is on the hefty side as expected. Lots going on in this one and glad I finally got to try it. Now on to the wine...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 00:17:05 | More by BMMillsy
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a Lost Abbey Teku. Caramel amber color, sticky white collar. good lacing. Big pungent citrus nose with some sweetness in the background. Big caramel backbone with a lot of pungent citrus in the taste. Very pungent, very dank. Bitter and dirty orange, pine, grapefruit. Very oily, big feel with some prickly carbonation to smooth it out. Big acid finish. ABV kicks in the the end. Prickly carbonation really helps this out. If you like dank IIIPA’s this is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 15:59:41 | More by jbaker67
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 1/19/14.

A- Pours a deep amber with a high degree of clarity and a high fluffy white head that surprisingly stuck around for a while. Doesn't seem that thick for an 11% IPA.

S- BIG big pine and grapefruit. Some caramel salt water taffy. Slight tropical notes of papaya. Big hop nostril burn. Slight alcohol coming through.

T- Again lots of pine and grapefruit with some tropical sweetness in there to round things out. A long big bitterness throughout, every bit of the 131 IBUs is accounted for here. The alcohol is evident but the bitterness really helps cover it up.

M- Much lighter than expecting but the alcohol presence and bitterness take away from its drinkability somewhat.

O- Really glad I picked this up on a trip to Columbus. OH. I'd say the Simcoe hops are more of the star of the show more so than the Citra. The bitterness is a bit too much for me but being a Triple IPA I expected that. Would love for Michigan to get these guys beers, but I can also go back to Ohio to find more.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 06:30:40 | More by PaulyB83
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/16/14

A - Poured a very deep amber colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Huge bitter pine nose with some caramel. Not much of the citra profile comes through in the nose.

T - Massive bitterness up front with some immediate alcohol heat. The pine presence from the nose comes through in spades with a very light citrus flavour. Not getting any of the tropical fruit presence expected from the citra, which is a shame. The overall flavour profile is true to a triple IPA.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:38:33 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. I could smell the poontang on this piece of ass right from the start...holy sheet, Batman! We're in for a great ride here. Beautiful orange/amber and cloudy pour. Nice 2" fluffy white thick head. Excellent bubbles and lacing throughout. The nose is extremely piney and "swanky danky", like a piece of ass about to "get focked", to borrow a phrase from Tony Montana. The palate reveals a sweet mouthful of joy, one of the best I've experienced. Lovely and full citrusy hop profile, with sweet papaya/mango notes balancing the bitter piney/grapefruit. It's no wonder some call this brew "Pliny Killer". It is every bit as good (if not better) than Elder. No shit. Mouthfeel is full and warming. This beotch is "fo ree-al"'. Don't miss it!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:32:34 | More by JohnParadee
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BB1313

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/18/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing burnt orange; fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving great lacing and retention. The aromas are loaded with pineapple. Lots of tropical notes. Hints of mango too. There are also caramel malt notes blended in. Sweet fruity aromas. The flavors seem to match the aromas. More pineapple, which seems to be the star as far as fruit goes. Lots of pine needles and pine resin too. Some grapefruit followed by some orange zest. There's a very solid malt backbone, but the hops still shine and do their thing. Although this is a bitter bruiser, it's still balanced and very smooth. The alcohol goes completely unnoticed for such a big beer. There's barely any warmth and it's not boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but feels lighter than it is with moderate carbonation. Slightly slick. This is beer is truly dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty impressive brew. Everything is smooth for a "Triple IPA". Balance is the key. Well crafted and it's worth checking out if given the opportunity. It's fun to drink. I never would've guessed this was 131 IBU.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 17:43:00 | More by BB1313
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Yoda22

North Carolina

4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper with frothy/thick bubbles and head that dissipates on the quick side but maintains a thin layer and strong lacing.

S- Sweet malt and citrus/piney hops immediately flood the nose, very powerful and wonderful.

T- Very similar to the nose, so great. A touch of sweet malty flavor hits first followed by a very powerful hop presence that balances so well. I could drink this all day if it wasn't...11.25% ABV? Holy cow. Masked very well. The large of amount of hops and bitterness combined with the great flavor masks how strong this is. Finishes dry and with more of the hop bite. While the malt/citrus taste comes first the hop/pine flavor finishes.

M- Medium to light body and carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking. Again, 11.25%? What? Not sure how they do it.

O- A MUST find for any lover of imperial IPA's. This beer packs a big punch but you wouldn't know it from the masterful balance of flavor and light mouthfeel. Combined with some of the best aromas i've seen this is a real world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 21:44:57 | More by Yoda22
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Orthodoxkardia.

22oz bottle with 01/18/14 on the side. Lots of lacing. Pours a burnt amber color with an inch of head. The aroma is lots of juicy tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, orange, and sweet grapefruit. The taste is boozey with bitter tropical fruits and citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and somd piney hops. Bitter and boozey. Fair amount of malt flavor but this thing is hops dominated. Creamy mouthfeel. I'm a sucker for "Triple IPAs' and this one is up there with Hopsickle, Devil Dancer, Hi Res etc. Overall, fantastic brew I'm glad I got to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:23:55 | More by PicoPapa
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BierJager89

California

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, Translucent, with a white head.

S: Simcoey garlic, tropical fruit, papaya, mango, orange in the nose.

T: Papaya, tropical fruit, passion fruit, mango, a bit of garlic, tangerine, orange.

M: Full bodied, a bit astringent, smoothish, especially for a DIPA. Very pleasant amount of bitterness.

O: SO GOOD. If you like hoppy beers, and you can find this, get it!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 22:21:13 | More by BierJager89
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich transparent orange with a big fluffy white head. The head is very impressive given the abv.

The smell is all citrus hops, grapefruit, lemons, oranges and just a little bit if grass. This smells outstanding.

The taste is much as the smell would suggest, big citrus flavors with some bitterness. There is just the smallest hint of a sweet malty backbone. This beer is definitely all about the hops, my tongue is coated in hop residue.

The mouthfeel is quite light and smooth with low to medium carbonation.
This is ridiculously easy to drink no hint of the 11.25 abv.

Overall quite simply a superb beer, one of the best dipa's you will find. The abv is nowhere to be found and the hops are deliciously citrus.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 02:01:10 | More by Dave1999
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden orange body with a fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.

Nose is candied citrus hop perfection.

Tastes of fresh cut citrus and pine. West coast goodness means that there is not a huge malt component to compete with the hop-erfection. Just a treat for the palate.

Mouthfeel is tart, snappy and coating. I can almost feel the hop cones accumulating on my molars.

Drinkability is insane. Is this stuff really 11.25%? Wish I was in CA more often...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:40:49 | More by ghostwalker
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Alron

California

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am seriously loving the offerings from Knee Deep Brewing Co.

This one is no exception.

Immediately after pouring, it filled the room with a strong aroma of hops. This one is a serious HOP BOMB. The smell is fantastic and it gets better with each sip. The taste is citrusy and pineappley with a dry hop finish. Overall, a strong hoppy tripple IPA that does not disappoint. If you enjoy a nice hoppy tripple IPA then you'll be sure to enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 10:07:02 | More by Alron
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GoneARye

Washington

4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excited to get to try this. Fresh bottle, 22 oz.
A: Poured a golden straw color. Paler than I was expecting for a triple IPA, but pretty. Halo around the glass as it settles, virtually no lacing to speak of.
S: Wonderful tropical notes of pineapple, followed closely by pine. Intense aroma.
MF: Light carbonation. Fairly slick on the tongue, not thin but nit thick either.
T: An explosion of resin, pine, pineapple, followed by a malty sweetness that is balanced out quite well by the bitterness of the hops. Lots of play over all flavor receptors of my tongue, with a strong but pleasantness in the back of my mouth. Quite Delicious. Alcohol content seems to be extremely well hidden.
O: This is a great IPA. Not sure if I can distinguish it as a triple over a double, but the hop flavor really comes through! Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 05:29:03 | More by GoneARye
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Gambelli

Nevada

3.44/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. No date on bottle? Seems like in the past I have seen a bottled on date on all Knee Deep beers.

A- Golden orange. A not quite crystal clear brew, perhaps the hop oils cloud it up a bit. Just a few small streams of carbonation emanate from the bottom of the glass.

S- Something a bit off here. As a homebrewer, I have had my share of oxidized, skunked-up
hops, especially Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo. Perhaps this one has sat on the shelf under the light too long. Besides that, a malty, boozy smell.

T- Heavy bitterness up front, followed by the citrus, tropical, and unfortunately too heavy cat-pee notes. Sweet malt undertones, and a full on alcohol presence. A bit of old butter taste also. Can't get around the off-flavor to thoroughly enjoy the positives in this one.

M- Good job here, not too heavy, oily or syrupy for a 3X IPA.

O- I believe there is a great hop profile here, along with a balancing malt backbone, and nice
texture/body to work it all together, but the oxidized, catty hop facet took away from the
experience. I have had this beer before, and remember none of these negatives, so I must get
another bottle to re-review soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 20:23:19 | More by Gambelli
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is crystal clear orange red color with zero head. ( I think my cap was loose)
Aroma is massive hops and pine.
Flavor is sticky pine, sme grapefruit and citrus.
Not super complex or balanced but somehow a good beer.
Mouthfeel is not bitter or dry, just right it's no lingering flavors. The carbonation is terrible (be sure it wasnt sealed)
My bottle may not be the best example for a review but its still damn good.
With the right carbonation this beer is great.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 21:55:18 | More by zookerman182
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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.