Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,818
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 202
Gots: 312 | FT: 14
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:
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 oberon
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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

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.

Photo of scootny
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber liquid with a white head that leaves a nice decoration on the glass. Thin covering not top. Big healthy malt backbone with light caramel, sugary dough, a clean light yeast bodied fruitiness. Some pepper wrapped alcohol. Taste is darn near perfect. A malt construct that is bready and sweet. Caramel and crystal malt blend to create a sweet platform that launches the ginormous hop barrage. Pine and citrus abound. Hop resin and oil coat the mouth. Finish is sharp and oily. Kind of longish with a minty flourish. Feel is full with a mild cream touch. An exceptional beer, how can the booze be this well hidden? A great thirst quencher and all day sipper.

Photo of justintcoons
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler poured into a pub-style pine glass.

Appearance
Golden-yellow with 1 finger of loose, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Candied orange, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, pine, and candy sugar.

Taste
Pine sap, pineapple, dank greens, and bright florals. Candied orange, grapefruit zest, and lemon pith. Candy sugar backbone with suggestions of caramel. Lingering notes of pine needle and zest. A good punch of bitterness hits the back end.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, oily, smooth, semi-dry and moderately bitter.

Overall
Hot damn, the 11.25% abv is hidden well! Very west coast, very dank, very good. This is up there with the best of them.

Photo of sgameroz
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just excellent. For an ABV this high, you would expect a lot more undesired sweetness. Not the case. Very well balanced. Too bad it costs north of $10/btl.

Photo of Rivcabeerlover
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer! I've had Pliny the Elder on tap at Russian River and this is as close to that as I've had. Light amber color and thin head with some nice lacing on the glass. Strong initial taste with a smooth finish. 11.25 abv!! Overall a great beer! Expensive but worth every penny.

Photo of warnerry
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of bisonbrewing
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ElSid
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Beers of California

#38

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.

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CallMeHarmon
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very floral scent, hoppy without being harsh and a delight to drink. I wish I could get it in Texas.

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

Poured from a bomber bottled on 04/17/14 into a pint glass on 05/22/14.

A - Clear golden orange sunset. Beautiful. 1/2 finger head with almost no lacing.
S- Not overpowering. Hints of sweet citrus, mango, passion fruit with some pine.
T- Follows the nose with the flavor profile being more dominant. Citrus passion fruit with the malts well balanced. Terrific bitterness lingers. The malts compliment the hops extremely well and is not overly sweet. The high ABV is hidden expertly.
M- Medium light carbonation. Goes down super smooth.

Overall this beer is a behemoth of taste. If I were to blind taste this I would guess the ABV at around 8.5, TOPS. A great offering that I will definitely put into a regular rotation. If the smell was stronger and the lacing a little better, I would give this a 5.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber golden in color with good clarity. Three quarters of an inch of tightly knit off white head. Brussels lacing. Pineapple to a light pine aroma with a trace of honey sweetness is what I perceive in the aroma. The flavor is a deep long lasting burst of a honey sweet tropical fruit to a light pine hop flavor. The mouth is a bit thick,but considering the fact it is a triple IPA and it's alcoholic strength it is remarkably smooth. There's also a gentle warmth from the alcohol and a gentle burn upon the fade. I can't believe the size of the bottle considering the strength!

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant amber gold uner a 2” sudsy white foam cap that hugs the glass.
S: Dank, woody, citrus and tropical fruit aromas with noticeable alcohol.
T: Big malt flavors laced with caramel support a grassy, citrusy tropical fruit hop palate. Malt, hops and alcohol are all big but well balanced.
F: Medium full to full body, very soft medium carbonation. Warming.
O: The brewer classifies this as a tripel IPA and its big enough foer the title.

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

Bottle poured into a rocks glass

A - Pours a light amber, crystal clear, 1 finger head, decent lacing, and no legs.

S - Smell is cat piss up front which gives way to citrus and pine in the back ground. Really a great smelling beer.

T - A lot more malty than I expected from the nose. Cat piss gives way to a citrusy pine mid palate and finishes with a sweet crystal malt backbone.

M - A little hot but that's to be expected out of an 11% beer. Moderate bitterness coats the tongue. Heavy and slick on the tongue.

O - Big, hot, and heavy. Loved every sip of it. I wish I could get this on the east coast.

Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A clear deep, dark orange with two fingers of near-white foam atop that lasts for quite a while. This eventually leaves rings of lace down the glass.

Citrus-forward aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple notes, along with a mild biscuit malt character, and just a hint of warm booze.

The flavor is bold, expressive, and incredibly hoppy. The hop profile is very citrus-forward, with lots of grapefruit and pineapple dominating. There's also big notes of pine, mild cracker malt, and just a hint of warming booze, though it's not at all distracting. Delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Terrific.

Photo of Mantooth
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic nose and taste on this soapy hop bomb. Enjoyed on draft at Revolution Ale in NODA, Charlotte North Cackalacky.

Photo of HoppySeb
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Simtra, had on 4/25 and bottled 3/24. Poured from bomber into a Teku glass.

Its appearance is gorgeous. Dark amber or copper colored and a two finger snowy white head. Head recedes into a ring with very mild lacing as the beer is drunk. Carbonation shows itself in a form resembling lazy bubbles swimming towards the surface through a thick hone-like liquid. This beer screams at you to take a sip.

The aroma reminds me how great Caifornia D/T IPA's should smell, hoppy on the front closely followed by pine, tropical fruit, citrus and caramel.

Its taste is nothing short of greatness. Drinking this beer instantly transports me to great times visiting California with friends and visiting amazing breweries and brewpubs. Even though it was bottled a month ago, I still find this fresh to my palate and quite enjoyable - I now have to try it as fresh as I can get it in an upcoming trip to NorCal. The balance in its taste is fantastic, closely mimicking its aroma. The lingering aftertaste is a bittersweet symphony of hops and caramel.

Mouthfeel is great. I expected a thicker, more viscous composition however, the actual lighter bodied feel is a perfect complement to its drinkability.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. I ordered it online as we don't get this shipped to WA and i'm glad I did. I was concerned about its freshness - however, a month after bottling and tasting like this, I can only imagine what this beast if like when fresh. Highly recommended, will buy again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Substantial orange like appearance to the liquid, very small off white head on the top, maybe 1/10" of an inch. Not anything to really retain or provide lace with, but I really like this orange hue, so I'm going to give it an above average nonetheless.

Aroma, well, its pretty obvious the name here is a combination of the simcoe and citra hop, although the simcoe definitely dominates with its massivity while the more subtle citra hop remains in the background. Ultimately, if you can't make a citra hopped beer smell good, you've got problems. If you like big waves of bitterness, acidity and tropical fruit like notes like I do, you'll like this aroma.

Taste, hid the alcohol quite well, remained relatively light on its feet, not allowing bitterness, caramel or alcohol to dominate the fruit estery like hop mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little lower, which on one hand helps hide alcohol, but one would think it would make the beers a little more malty, syrupy feeling, but no. What I really liked was a lot of the cardboard and butter flavor I've detected in other kneedeep beers was nowhere to be found here. Easily their best beer.

EDIT: Now that they bottle date, I've been more apt to drop a pretty coin on this bottle, but when its fresh, it hits hard and deliciously.

Photo of timontheroad
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2-16 - extra fresh!
Appearance: poured a beautiful clear golden/orange color. One finger bubbly head that quickly faded to a thin film.
Smell: Huge floral, tropical and citrus fruit aromas.
Taste: Nice grapefruit taste, along with pineapple and mango flavors as well. Light malty sweetness, nicely balanced. A little heat from the 11.2%.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, silky smooth, very nice and sharp.
Overall: What an outstanding brew - I wish this was available in CO. It ranks up there with the best big IPAs.

Photo of Blackwolf
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a nonic tumbler.

A- Poured a clear light copper body, very little head, almost no retention, but a nice saturn ring hugged the glass. some spotty slippery lacing but also very minimal. a good amount of carbonation can be seen in the glass as well.

S- An aroma you can smell from a mile away! I did not even have to put my nose against the glass to catch the hoppiness of this gem. I noticed it immediately on the pour! Very floral, pine and citrus, mild tropical fruit. Some biscuity malt. Great solid and bold aroma.

T- Grapefruit, tropical citrus, piney/grassy hop, some toasty biscuit malts and a bit of booze as the beer opens up, but not an overwhelming ethanol at all. Not complex, but again solid!

MF- Surprisingly light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth! Lots of resinous flavor that hangs around the palate for a while, and a bit of warmth as the beer opens up, but so subtle it is almost un-noticeable.

O- Great, great, great IPA. Almost too perfect! So much drinkability to this one. The abv is covered up well, the IBU is really bold for hop lovers, so much aroma and flavor! I highly suggest this for IPA and hop lovers!!! Expect a moderate price range on this, but worth the try and worth coming back for again and again! Very good DIPA or according to the bottle a "TIPA."

Photo of camshew
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

22 oz. bottle from Safeway in Roseville, bottled 7/30/14

A: Orangy amber in color with slight cloudiness

S: Grapefruit, orange, pine

T: Earthy hoppiness, citrus, tropical fruit, sugar, and alcohol

M: Soft and chewy in the mouth with a sharper finish. The sweetness balances the bitterness, and this offering is really quite drinkable for 11.25%

O: Not the hop bomb that I was expecting (in a good way). This one has some true elegance and sophistication in the flavors and stimulates every part of my palette. Comes close to my borderline on sweetness, but the hops stay just sharp enough to keep it in bounds. Would highly recommend!

Photo of Dewolfe1986
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Simply amazing

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty solid TIPA in comparison to the others in the style.

Let's start with the positives.

Freaking drinkable, might I say "sessionable"??

Only others this easy to drink above 10% for me are Younger & Terrepin Hopzilla Side Project 12. Yes, a wee bit boozy at times but way less than you'd expect for the ABV. Malt is there but as a sideshow.

Appearance - Bright orange, clear & 1" head that subdues quite quickly. Active in the Guinness Perfect Pint Glass I poured it in. (I find Tulips take away from the resinous character I love in IPAs/DIPAs)

Smell - Aroma is solid without being overly perfumey. Mangos, Pineapple, Oranges and ripe Banana. Sugar cookie biscut malt backbone. Only thing getting in the way of a better score is the hop "sweat" smell I get, and I'm guessing it's from the Citra Hops. Similar to Knee Deep's single hop Citra Pale Ale. Unpleasant in the Pale Ale, very tolerable in SIMTRA.

Taste - All the same as the nose with a nice pine finish found in many of the highly rated West Coast IPAs / DIPAs.

Mouthfeel - Best aspect of the beer. Crisp, easy drinking, dry and bitter finish. Overly sticky malt "about" non-existent. Opposite from Ruination 10...a second bomber wouldn't be hard to polish off if you have a tolerance.

Overall - A hophead's must try. Very well crafted TIPA.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear orange amber color with a white, finger width head, average retention, and a resulting lace that's relatively thin but consistent.

Smell - Strong notes of fresh grapefruit, with an underlaying hint of bready malt.

Taste - Like grapefruit with sugar poured on the half; sweet and bitter. Beneath, a subtle toasted malt backbone. Mid-taste a bit of citrus pith creeps in, leading to a finish that's somewhat sweet but mostly an aggressive citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with a decent carbonation. Finishes very dry.

Overall - A very good 2IPA. Drink with caution; definitely not sessionable. Aggressive. Unrelenting. That's why it's good.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,818 ratings.