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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 179
Gots: 145 | FT: 15
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: baggio on 02-12-2012)
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
Photo of flayedandskinned


4.55/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottled on 7/9/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a crystal clear, golden amber with a towering, 3.5 finger tall off white head. The head has fabulous retention and leaves tons of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: (4.5)
Wow. This beer is positively bursting with dank, tropical hops; peach, mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, fresh pine, pine resin, tangerine and a heavy, almost catty astringency. Everything I absolutely love about Simcoe and Citra hops. Deeply buried underneath the avalanche of hops, there is a lightly sweet malt backbone. The 11% is extraordinarily well.

Taste: (4.75)
Your palate is slapped immediately senseless with a mountain of hops; mostly huge notes of grapefruit, peach and tangerine. The more tropical notes that were found in the aroma are pretty much absent in the flavor, they do surface in the after taste. The beer finishes dry and very bitter, with a buttery texture of bready malt left on your tongue, that is just sweet enough to hide the alcohol. Lingering notes of pine resin, grapefruit pith and light impressions of peach and passion fruit. highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: (4.5)
Finally a Knee Deep beer where the quality of the malt bill stands up to the quality of the hop bill; Even as the beer warms up, the malt still holds strong, but doesn't get cloying like every other Knee Deep beer I've had does. Malt is there in a similar hop to malt ratio as the almighty Pliny The Elder. This is an amazing IPA that really showcases the beauty of both Simcoe and Citra hops. Can't recommend this beer enough for hop heads.

07-23-2013 01:24:19 | More by flayedandskinned
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

06-29-2014 02:59:18 | More by tectactoe
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Ontario (Canada)

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
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-22-2012 17:42:20 | More by abeerdude
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

02-24-2013 01:32:20 | More by SanFranJake
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-09-2014 02:29:01 | More by SkiBum22
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

12-18-2013 09:19:31 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-19-2014 20:22:53 | More by Ben7773
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

07-16-2013 03:15:46 | More by supa0525
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

11-27-2013 09:32:24 | More by freshflesh
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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
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

07-03-2012 21:54:33 | More by getinked
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

07-24-2013 14:06:22 | More by cincysig
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

05-22-2014 22:40:00 | More by Dbrulet
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

09-13-2013 14:52:54 | More by Beerswag
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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
Photo of ElSid


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
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.8%

08-23-2014 21:09:42 | More by mmcurran
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-22-2013 06:59:34 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

04-13-2014 15:47:12 | More by Edvice04
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-09-2014 02:10:07 | More by aquazr1
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-27-2013 05:16:58 | More by Lofreqwave
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

07-04-2014 06:14:53 | More by westcott
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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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