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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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979 Ratings
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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 187
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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xmorgan

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was told it was just bottled like the day before.

This is so crisp, and citrusy it is a really well done Triple IPA.
The appearance is orangish and poured a little foam, almost too little, however did they really bottle it the day before?

The smell was grapefruit and quite pronounced!

Taste as smooth, for a beer at 11% very well done.

Overall this is the bomb

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 07:38:21 | More by xmorgan
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vitALEity

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AT 11.25%, Im reviewing this compared to other 11%+ "triple" IPA's. These beers should really not be in the same category as double IPA's as beers in the 7% range and beers in the 11-12% range are very different. That being said...

A: Hazy, orange with thick white head and excellent lacing. Were off to a very good start.

S: Mango, Papaya, Guava, Grapefruit, Meyer Lemon, Pine, even some Sage. Some toasty caremalized sugar but not too much. Some alcohol of course.

T: Again its all tropical fruits and citrus and redwood forests here....alcohol is there but nicely balanced with the hops and malt backbone. Very, very good. I could drink 2 bombers in a row, no problem.

M: Mouthfeel is full and rich but not too syrupy like some over the top triple IPAs.

Besides PTYounger, this is the best "triple" Ive had.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 23:28:14 | More by vitALEity
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santomark

California

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hell yes! Review 666 for this one!

I've had this on night 2 of a 3 day IPA comparison, day 1 was Heady Topper, day 2 was Simtra and 3 was Pliny...

A - This thing pours a deep pale orange hazy orange, 1 finger to 2 finger head that will disappear slowly. Beautiful lacing. Just an all around beauty to watch being poured.

S - Piney, Citrus from the Simcoe hops, orange, pineapple, malty, bready, slight alcohol undertones hits the back of the noise.

T - This tasted heavenly, extremely drinkable. Looking back, I was amazed how this tasted like a Heady Topper on steroids. The best way to describe the taste was citrus and sweet bitterness in the noise. This definatley had me taking more drinks than I would like. The alcohol is not even noticeable with the Simcoe providing a very nice taste... extremely balanced.

M - Silky, bitterness provides a nice massage on the tongue, not overly dry, carbonation is fantastic and the citrus notes made me feel like I was biting into a fresh peach.

Overall - This is one solid brew, with a 131 IBUs, I was amazed how smooth and drinkable this was. Like I said earlier, it reminds me of a Heady Topper on steroids. It is very balanced given the abv and IBU rating. For as tasty as this was, I recommend sipping this one slowly; the simcoe makes the alcohol a ninja in this brew, it will catch up to you.

I am in love with this beer, and it's availability compared to other demanded IPA's is a huge plus in my book. It's not over hyped, it's just a solid beer. If you're new to the Double IPA world, I suggest putting this one off...

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 07:37:21 | More by santomark
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IPx

Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you to a buddy of mine who procured this on the west coast on a business trip and brought it back to the shores of Lake Michigan for me to enjoy.

Poured into a tulip from a bomber

A: pours a burnt orange...a much deeper orange than a regular dipa. The foam settles down to a thin white lacing around the glass

S: upfront floral, piney, citrusy DIPA greatness

T: what to say but a deliciously brutal battering of my tongue weighing in at 131IBUs (according to the label). There is nothing to say but awesome, piney bitterness. The taste is just like it's delicious smell

M: surprisingly light despite the abv on the label that reads 10.1% plus the hoppiness completely masks the muscular alcohol content

O: This is an imperial IPA that I would love to get my hands on year round. I havent been "wowed" by a DIPA in a long time and this is one of those that brought a great smile to my face and made me reaffirm that DIPAs are truly my favorite type of beer

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 09:15:30 | More by IPx
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gleemonger

California

4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mostly clear amber color with a nice off white head that lingers a while, but not long. Thick lacing down the glass.

Fresh pine explosion with some mildly sweet malt presence coming through in an attractive way. A little grapefruit in the background. Super pleasant and inticing.

As the nose implies, super hop forward in the flavor department - totally fresh and floral. Piney hops the star here, with just a touch of the citrusy variety to back it up, then just enough mildly sweet and biscuity malt backbone to bring it together. Super well blended, very tasty.

Moderate body and moderate to light carbonation, and not much left on the tongue. Very smooth.

Wow, this is one very good DIPA, jeez. I didn't even notice the ABV until halfway through the glass and was amazed at how smooth and drinkable this was - not overly bitter, just the right amount of everything perfectly showcased. A very, very good IPA in every aspect that I love about the style - has to be one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 19:36:04 | More by gleemonger
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PHBoiler

Illinois

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

Took this to a bottle share and I took 3 pours of it myself. Hides the booze incredibly well. I would get another bottle and make it my entire night. It's an attractive pour that jumps out of the glass and into your nose. You get all of the bright citrus and pine on the nose. The taste covers all the spectrums you'd expect from a triple IPA. Thirst quenching citrus with a bitter pine jolt. The aftertaste does not linger too long like some IPAs can. This was truly a fantastic IPA and any fan of this style should seek out a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 04:05:31 | More by PHBoiler
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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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Hopheadjnr


4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A...pours a somewhat cloudy, new penny copper color with a 1" head that recedes quickly into a fine layer that has a heavy ring with big bubbles around the edge. Lacing is like a curtain around the whole glass that has some legs from the alcohol.

S...whoa!!! It smells so good at the first sniff, I had to set it back down, walk away and come back for a new whiff. A perfect smell to an ipa lover. At first a floral boquet. Second sniff brings out deep pine resin notes, really very nice. Wow, I want to breathe this beer in instead of drinking it.

T...hop bitterness right up front. Very complex in this dept. Noticeable sweetness as expected with this type of brew but fortunately, not too sweet. The malts are there and give you some caramel and even a little brown sugar but the hops are the main act for sure...well done.

M...nice, maybe a bit under carbonated but I'm not complaining. Feels slick in the mouth but not watery. Definately a mid-full body.

O...I've waited to buy this beer for a while. $11 for a 22oz ain't cheap. I thought it might not live up to my own build up but it did. This is a fantastic brew. I will absolutely buy it again when I feel like I deserve something special. Buy this when you feel like you deserve champagne but you want to drink something you like instead. Does not disappoint. I feel like thanking the brewer.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:07:50 | More by Hopheadjnr
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RattleheadKV2

New Mexico

4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottled on 2/25/13, into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with about a a finger and a half of dense white head that dissipates to a cap of foam that resides til the end.

Smell: Juicy, resinous hops. A little bit catty and a lot of tropical fruits, as well as a nice kiss of malt sweetness coming though.

Taste: Delicious, juicy, piney, catty, and tropical fruit hop flavors punch you in the mouth while riding on a wave of bitterness. Towards the back you get a slight alcohol warmth as well as a subtle, sweet breadiness coming from the heavy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly crisp and dry with a very pleasant medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: Simply an amazing hop assault on the tastebuds. A shining example of a DIPA/IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 04:12:09 | More by RattleheadKV2
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Jemonster

California

4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lovely looking IPA. Deep bronze with a reddish tint. Orange/copper. White head wasn't too dense but thins nicely. Good looking, fine bubble carbonation.

S: WOW. Hops field. A big hint of what is to come. Super floral aroma hops and maple syrup smelling roast on the malts.

T: Bottle says 131 IBU but I don't believe it up front. The 11.25% ABV has a little palate presence. It's got that classic resinous/pine bitterness to it but it's well balanced. Easy drinking for a beer with this much flavor. They definitely were not stingy with the hops (Simcoe?) The citrus notes are grapefruit forward. Wonderful flavor. Scant sweetness. Mine isn't even as fresh as it should be.

M: Hefty and filling. Carbonation is perfect. Great example of the style, but I feel like it's making me thirsty for water.

O: Great beer for fans of IPA, and torture for everyone else.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:28:33 | More by Jemonster
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Perfero

California

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What can I say other than this is just flat out excellent. It has a great, dark amber color to it with a nose that lets you know that you're in for some advanced, oral hop consumption. The foam is a bit on the light side but that's not all that surprising with such a "big" beer.

When it hits the tongue, as one would expect, you get a lot of great, hoppy bitterness with lots of citrus and very well balanced malts to go along with the incredible amount of flavor associated with each sip. This is definitely not for the uninitiated so make sure you don't share yours (if you're inclined to share) with someone just venturing out into the world of hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 20:34:19 | More by Perfero
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Raven3464

Japan

4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This sexy brew pours a beautifully hazy, copper body with a one finger head. This degree of retention is rare

Smell: It smells like Christmas trees in a bottle. Grapefruit and pineapple can also be noticed but the pine aroma really shines through. Seriously, you can smell this baby from a few feet across the room. This is godly for a hop head and quite possibly the best smelling DIPA I’ve ever had.

Taste: Hops, hops, and more hops. Pine and fresh grapefruits are complimented by a sweet malt flavor on the back of the tongue.

Mouth feel: It is thick, oily, and sticky with a great amount of carbonation to prepare the palate for the hop explosion in the next sip.

Overall: This is one of the best double (triple?) IPAs I’ve ever had. Thanks to Knee Deep Brewing Company for this gem.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 12:58:45 | More by Raven3464
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LiverBelly

California

4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pure and simple, if you have never tried Pliny the Younger, this is the closest you can get w/o traveling to Santa Rosa or waiting in a ridiculous line. On the Westcoast this beer was highly coveted a year ago; now you can readily find it on the shelf. It's a no-brainer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 19:24:35 | More by LiverBelly
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Hendry

Vermont

4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear orange-amber hue, fluffy one finger cottony head, stellar lacing in a F&W snifter.

Nose is pleasantly hop forward, tangerine, grapefruit & pineapple. There are definitely some malts present in the nose, but this has all the components of a hop-bomb in the making. I suspect some dry hopping was part of the process as the aromas are prominent and delightful.

Taste is a mirror image of the aroma, very juicy, very tropical, excellent lingering bitterness one would expect from a mostly simcoe bill with some citra.Alcohol present but quite well hidden for the abv, nicely accomplished.

Mouthfeel is medium, excellent carbonation for the style, wonderful dry finish. Flavors dance across the palate and leave that desirable bitterness that hangs in the back of the throat,dries you out, and invites the next enjoyable sip.

Yup, the ratings are on the money for this one, no bull or hype: an excellent IIIPA that explores the virtues of the marvelous citra hop blended artfully with the simcoe hop.Seek this one out for certain!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 03:16:36 | More by Hendry
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Bobheed

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Darkish sunset orange with a bright white head, roughly 2 fingers. Head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a nice cap throughout.

S: You can pretty much smell this one from across the room. Simcoe hops dominate the nose. Lots of super astringent notes, cat piss, pine, and a bit of tropical citrus and floral notes as well.

T: Citra hops a lot more detectable on the taste. Tons of tropical fruits, grapefruit, cantaloupe, lime, as well as big pine characteristics.

M: Mid-high carbonation, super crisp and refreshing. Very wet, but at the same time, very abrasive.

Overall this was excellent, may be my favorite IIPA on the market. I look forward to this being a year-round offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 04:10:31 | More by Bobheed
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Problem_child

California

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

Like one of the guys said already: Closest you can get it to Pliny the elder. Very nice aroma, beautiful dark copper color. You can taste this is real triple IPA but very smooth with pronounced resiny, citrusy and piney flavor. EXCELLENT beer !!!! Highly recommended if U can afford $11.95 per bottle !

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 02:37:07 | More by Problem_child
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DoctorQ9

California

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

Confession -- I have no idea what is a "perfect" beer. I fear that I will rate one a "5" just to find one later that is marginally better.

That being said, this beer is at least as good as Pliny! I love hoppy, resinous brews and this one is a standout. I love Pliny but can never get it -- yet Simtra is readily available in the Sacramento Region.

If you are ever in the Capitol area, let me know and I will steer you towards finding a cold Simtra. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:02:08 | More by DoctorQ9
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Jtellis83

Tennessee

4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding imperial IPA. Highly recommend having within a month of purchase. Smell is whole cone, very citrusy. ABV not noticeable until finished. Better than most imperial IPAs, and on par with Westbrook Shane's DIPA and Good People Snake Handler.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 05:02:13 | More by Jtellis83
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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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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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Joshuabeerme

California

4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An excellent IPA by Knee Deep Brewing Co. It's a smooth IPA with a beautiful tail end. I was very impressed with the Simtra. I personally feel that the Hoptologist was better. I am very glad that I found this gem in my local Nugget grocery store. Very good choice in IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 03:25:17 | More by Joshuabeerme
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ngeunit1

California

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of grapefruit, tropical, citrus, and light pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with lots of grapefruit, tropical, and citrus hops with some good bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some more lightly resiny bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops good bitterness and some sweet caramel malts with a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really great big hoppy profile with good bitterness and great balance throughout.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 08:04:08 | More by ngeunit1
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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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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to xtent for hooking me up with this as an extra!

Pours a medium golden-orange, nice head.

Great aroma coming out of the glass, when cold the beer gives off a wonderful tropical/citrus fruit aroma. When warm, booze takes over and dominates.

Taste also varies as the beer gets warmer. When cooler, the citrus fruits dominate with a great orange flavor and minimal booze. As the beer warms to room temp, the fruit becomes slightly more subdued, and the beer has a more balanced rofile with the booze taking a much more significant role.

Mouthfeel was great, a little slick and oily on the tongue, but not overly so.

Overall, this was a kick-ass TIPA. Definitely something I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 01:04:51 | More by thebigredone
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Mindfullivin


4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured with very little head, which dissipated quickly to a thin film. Color is a nice rich golden orange. Aroma is a smooth citrus, floral air. Mouth is a pin and citrus flavor. Big bold hop flavor with just a hint of mint. Flavor lingers for days. Very well balanced for a 10.1 % alcohol content. Definitely going to buy more!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 00:28:58 | More by Mindfullivin
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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.