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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,597
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 177
Gots: 217 | 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:
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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Reviews by lordofstarside:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to a snifter, not seeing any freshness dates. Anyway, picked up yesterday at total wine in Sacramento. 131 ibus and a 'triple' ipa? Bring it on, hopefully this experience with knee deep is better than my others, especially at $11 a bottle

Pours a dark gold with a finger of head. Moderate carbonation stems from the middle of the glass as the head slowly receded over a few minutes. Lacing is thick and full

Was able to smell the aroma as soon as I cracked the cap. Smells of acrid earthy hops, pronounced malt backbone, citrus, pine and alcohol. Very pungent, rich, and thick. Solid smell

Tasty hop and citrus blend well with a strong malt to really bring this together. After taste is a bit boozy though with a strong malty grapefruit sticking around longest. The alcohol could be concealed a bit better, but this is a damn good beer.

Mouth is a nice dry, bitter finish. Not something to be drank quickly in large amounts, just sipping this might prove to be a challenge. Fortunately I'm up to it. Nice thick body, ends with a small but nice bang

Overall this is my favorite beer thus far from knee deep. It's complex and layered which isn't something I've come across yet with their ipas. It's pretty expensive but would be worth picking up now and again if they distributed this one to Nevada. If they do (we get Knee Deep's other brews) I'm yet to find it, but will be sure to continue to keep an eye out

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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 tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of atomeyes
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Afroman
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bisonbrewing
3.36/5  rDev -21.7%
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
4.59/5  rDev +7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Lofreqwave
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,597 ratings.