Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
3.38/5 rDev -21.2%
Served in a Three Floyds Teku.
Classic IPA. Orange-yellow color, slightly hazy, sits under a nice head that is almost pure white, good lacing throughout, and just enough bubbliness to make me salivate. A beer that looks like this is not looking to go home alone if you know what I mean.
The beer is a pretty harmonious mix between Simcoe and Citra (go figure), though I think the Simcoe is a bit more pronounced. It brings the usual dank basement, and the Citra provides the tropical fruity goodness that we all know and love. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, etc. There is a slight grain note and almost no alcohol. Sumthin' tells me that this beer's gonna be hoppy on the tongue...
...And it is! Simcoe is once again the dominant hop character, bringing that deep dank flavor that I can only describe as a humid sweaty basement, but not in a bad way. The Citra character is less pronounced and very missed. The wonderful tropical fruit flavors are not as present as I was hoping. Right after the swallow, there's an astringent "cat piss" flavor that a lot of people go nuts over. I used to dig it, but not so much in this beer. It also kind of has a garlic tinge right at the end, but I seem to be ultra sensitive to that flavor so it's quite possible that other people won't get it. It sort of lingers on the tongue as a grassy bitterness, which is really neither good nor bad. Overall this beer is mostly pleasant other than that cat piss, and I would have loved to get more Citra character.
I always get worried about huge IPAs like this. "Why not just call them an American barley wine?", I shout to the heavens. The response is generally crickets, or in some cases the bartender giving me the boot. That being said, this beer is definitely NOT a barley wine. There's no struggle to drink this (save the cat piss flavor). I would peg this beer closer to the 8-9% range & certainly not 11.25%. In other words, this beer is slightly dangerous. There is a nice amount of lingering bitterness leftover, which coats the mouth in pleasant hop resin. There is a decent amount of malt to back it up, but it's nowhere near anything that could be considered "malty" - which is a good thing if you ask me! IPAs oughtta be crisp and bitter, and a lotta these breweries try to delve into the "triple IPA" style and end up with a damn barley wine. This beer ain't no damn barley wine.
A good beer, but slightly disappointing. Simcoe and Citra are hops that people go Lady Gaga over, and while they play nicely together the Simcoe ultimately takes over. And, let's face it, Citra is where my heart truly lies. This is a tease of a beer that ends with "-tra". They should change the name to "SIMtra", y'know, so people know what to expect. All that crap being said - is it worth drinking? Absolutely! I would definitely drink this beer again. But I would also hope the next time round they make this beer into a "simTRA", if you know what I mean.
09-04-2012 02:27:19 | More by MaxSpang
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev +0.2%
Pours a menacing looking murky burnt orange color with a thinner but sticky white head atop.Tropical fruits and pine resin to go with big sweet alcohol in the nose,again menacing is a good adjective to use here.A blast of sharp grapefruit rind and resinous hops really hit home on the palate before the sweetness from the alcohol hits in the finish,the sweetness is big but the hops are just full on assault,I pick up maybe some hard water as well.Wow this is a beast but it's bad ass I love it,Good to see the "high end" Knee Deep stuff here now in North Carolina.
07-05-2014 02:06:27 | More by oberon
4.7/5 rDev +9.6%
Sweet jebus, this is a great beer.
The nose, the palate...
Hoppy but not nauseating astringent.
Great sweetness along with high ABV.
This should be a sipper, but nope, half a bomber was gone in 30 min.
Is it the new Pliny? Idunno...Pliny's well balanced. this is more emphatic, more resinous, thicker in the palate. But I like it more than Pliny.
Yes, call me a sinner.
07-04-2014 01:25:55 | More by atomeyes
4.1/5 rDev -4.4%
A - Pours clear orange with golden brown and essentially no head.
S - Very nice aroma. Lots of citrus and resninous hops , and lots of tropical fruit. Surprisingly, not much booze in the aroma, though it does come in more with succesive whiffs.
T - Quite a bit of pine in the taste, that I did not get from the aroma, along with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Nice bitterness throughout. Some juicy citrus as well as bitter. Some booze is apparent, but not distracting. Definitely the least malty "triple" IPA I've had, which is a good thing.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice resiny bitterness.
O - Very nice flavors with the malts kept in check. Some numbing/warming alcohol, but surprisingly kept in check for such a big beer. Wouldn't drink this everyday, but I'd have it again.
10-11-2012 00:22:12 | More by warnerry
3.36/5 rDev -21.7%
light orange/golden color poured into an American pint glass. pours a nice head two fingers thick with good retention. smells of pine and weed; takes a concerted effort to pick out notes of citrus. taste is a hop massacre destroying any semblance of malt. hop profile not too bitter considering the style but the singular note begs for complexity. lingering spicy finish more annoying than desirable.
10-25-2013 19:49:59 | More by bisonbrewing
4.59/5 rDev +7%
The Beers of California
Bottled Date: None
A: Copper with mahogony and cherry wood hues with a bone white head which fades to faint bed of foam which sits a top this brew.
S: So fresh and bright with awesome tropical notes of pineapple and mango along with a strong citrus aroma of tangerine, grapefruit, and orange. There is a background of earth which provides foundation to the nose with highlights of cane sugar and caramel.
T: A hop wallop of pineapple, lychee and mango. When the tropical notes subside then come the tangerines intertwined with grapefruit, orange zest and peach. The fruit is grounded on an earthiness which has notes of pine needles, soil and freshly cut grass. A skeleton of warm bread, cane sugar, and caramel does its best to support the hoppiness of this brew. The finish is bitter with a nice spiciness with some faint warming alcohol.
M: Enough carbonation to keep the palate activated with nice hop oil linger pinned on a medium body and feel.
O: Rivaling Pliny, this surprising brew, being my first offering from Knee Deep, does a wonderful job showcasing the beauty of hops. I especially love the Citra hops in this brew and can't wait to get my hands on another bomber of this wonderful Triple IPA from Knee Deep.
12-21-2012 04:33:35 | More by ElSid
4.53/5 rDev +5.6%
Great flavor and an aroma that assaults you (in a good way) from a distance. You can tell the grain bill here is simple, and a lot of the background complexity and mouthfeel come from the huge alcohol.
Unfortunately, I have to ding this one for drinkability. Unlike Pliny the Younger, the bitterness and residual sugar/alcohol are not quite balanced. It punches you in the face with every sip. A 10 ounce sample took me 20 minutes to drink and while it tasted great, I couldn't imagine drinking a second one. Contrast with Younger, which is downright quaffable despite the IBUs and alcohol.
11-24-2012 23:07:27 | More by JupiterJesus
Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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