Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -11.4%
A: This one falls out of the bottle presenting a copper tone with light tangerine hues at the edges ofvthe glass. Fairly white thin head is portrayed after a nice pour
S: Honestly not sure why but i got a huge vanilla earthy scent from this beer and much else. Not that its a bad thing but definitely not what i expected
T: Deep tangerine and orange flavors peel back your taste buds with the help of some lovely pine like hops that push massive smount of well balanced bitterness your way. Grassy earthy and caramel notes help rpund out the finish
M: Nice and bold with a gentle sweetness, but i expect it from a beer of this magnitude.
O: my local liquor store recommended it to me and i am pleasently surprised but the quality and balance of this beer. First Knee Deep that i have had but definitely wont be the last
05-17-2012 04:24:15 | More by PatrickSwayze
3.81/5 rDev -11.2%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass. Bottled 31 January 2013.
A: Huge head with great retention and lacing. Very clear light gold.
S: Musty, cheesy, and earthy. I'd imagine this is an older bottle if it weren't for the bottled date.
T: Well. That's a beer with shit-tons of hops. How many tons? Shittons. Touches of onions amidst the huge fields of pine and pineapple. Aftertaste is balanced, sweetish,
O: I quite enjoyed it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Huge hops. Would have again. Recommendable. [Apologies for the briefest of reviews. The gentleman who offered the bottle of beer demanded conversation.]
02-26-2013 10:04:24 | More by AgentMunky
3.83/5 rDev -10.7%
A - Copper/golden color. Fair head that dissipates relatively quickly. Moderate lacing.
S - Very pronounced nose. Lots of pine, floral, grassy notes.
T - Pretty pronounced bitterness to be expected. Same herbal notes are present but a little bludgeoned by the bitterness. The malt, alcohol and hop character are all dominated by bitterness. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit one-note.
M - Good carbonation. Bitterness leaves a noticeable astringent aftertaste.
O - I enjoy high IBU beers and this doesn't disappoint. However, I think the bitterness comes at the sacrifice of a more pronounced flavor profile. A good beer, but for the price I'd like to see a little more finesse.
05-27-2013 02:25:44 | More by EliotRosewater
3.83/5 rDev -10.7%
Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled April 15th 2014.
Deep bronze body color, quite clear, minimal rising slow carbonation. A classic thick and soapy off white head with clumping retention, three fingers tall, settles to a finger, with spider like lacing on the glass. A classic looking big IPA.
Nose is juicy. An interesting hop angle. Hints of a balance between earth, dank quality, and herbality. THe dank is winning out on me, but is very well controlled and not large. Hop angle buries much sense of malt backbone or any hints. Faint hint of weed.
This palate is friggin weird. Tingly, and hop forward musty qualities dominate. Earth and weed like aromas splash through the palate, with a solid body. Bitterness on the finish that is really crazy. Novocaine stinging slightly, and very numbing to the senses on the aftertaste. There is a real interesting and fascinating hint of black pepper on this though, which really comes out of nowhere. Hits like a spice angle which I enjoy.
Overall the beer is really all over the place, but has a fascinating hop angle and character, but also some very distracting qualities. It makes me think something really unique is in here but it just needs to be unleashed.
06-04-2014 03:02:25 | More by smakawhat
3.85/5 rDev -10.3%
650 mL bottle to a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Sticky orange. Laces very nicely with a decent white head. Sugary as I swirl it.
Smell - Tons of garlicky simcoe ops. Some pine and a touch of grapefruit.
Taste - Pungent sticky pine hop flavor. Grapefruit behind. Doesn't come off as too sweet, miraculously. Pretty bitter, but the malts cut it without being cloying.
Mouthfeel - Surprisingly not syrupy. Heavy for an IPA, definitely, but not what I expected.
Overall - Tasty. Impressive for its size, but not necessarily independently of its own gimmickry.
12-28-2012 19:20:53 | More by Alieniloquium
3.86/5 rDev -10%
Appearance – Golden copper with a very modest white head.
Smell – The aroma is a pleasant soft pine aroma with notes of malt in the background.
Taste – On the initial taste, one detects notes of grapefruit, resin, lemon, and alcohol. The alcohol is not well masked which is understandable for an 11+ABV. I find myself a little disappointed by the lack of a malt backbone. The after taste demonstrates resin and hop harshness.
Mouthfeel – The beer coats the tongue nicely and allows the hop assault to beat the tongue into submission.
Overall – I think this one is a little harsh. It calls itself a Triple IPA. My only standard of comparison is Founders’ Devil Dancer. I was not big on that one either.
03-23-2014 03:04:50 | More by JohnnyHopps
3.88/5 rDev -9.6%
Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours a clear honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and honey aromas. Taste is very much the same with a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better taste than smell in my opinion.
06-05-2012 01:09:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.9/5 rDev -9.1%
Bottle shared by Sean. Served in a Russian River tulip.
A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and spotty lacework. Lightly hazed golden body.
S - Definitely a Triple IPA here, with big sugary malts up front, as well as notes of candied citrus and other nebulous tropical fruits. I also got a mild onion note that I occasionally get from Citra beers, but I may have been the only one. The malt bill has a dextrose quality to it that I don't totally enjoy.
T - I prefer the flavor, which has big citrus and tropical fruit presence, and less of the overly saccharine malt flavor in the aroma. Moderate bitterness, and well-hidden alcohol as well.
M - Medium-full body, with lower carbonation, a pleasantly dry finish, and light alcohol warmth.
D - Relatively easy to drink, but I prefer other takes on this style (Drake's Black Label, Nickel Bag, Ephraim, et al.). There's just too much overt sugar for me in the aroma and not enough of the '-tra' to match its namesake.
07-27-2012 20:57:08 | More by MasterSki
3.91/5 rDev -8.9%
The beer pours a a clear amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. the nose is a potent 131 IBU punch to the face reminiscent of pine resin and grapefruit. However, the nose fades quickly and mellows to a slightly boozy with a lot more sweetness. The taste is saturatingly bitter with a pretty boozy finish. I dislike the mouthfeel...mainly because of the residual grapefruit rind finish. Glad I tried it...it's a bit over the top boozy and bitter mouthfeel and I probably won't try it again.
01-16-2013 23:25:21 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.93/5 rDev -8.4%
A - Pours and looks like apple juice with a tinge of orange to it. Has a translucent look to it.
S - A good amount of hops here. Picking up a smattering of of varied citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, pineapple) along with some pine resin.
T - Somewhat sweet and syrupy at first. Develops into citrus followed by a pine, bitter finish.
M - About what I expect from a triple IPA. Doesn't weigh you down and very drinkable & crisp considering the abv.
O - I could drink a lot more of this if the abv was lower. But, it's just a goliath of a beer with great flavor and hop kick.
07-07-2012 19:16:58 | More by cvm4
3.95/5 rDev -7.9%
Pours an orange color, with a near white head of a finger. Not bad given the alcohol. Aroma is bright citrus, tropical fruits, bread crusts, and a hint of booze. Taste is a hair boozy, highly citrus, tropical fruits, mango, bready malts. Rich, creamy, full bodied.
This is a BIG IPA. One and done.
09-08-2012 02:16:11 | More by EgadBananas
3.98/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
09-02-2012 06:06:44 | More by TheSixthRing
3.98/5 rDev -7.2%
Chilled bottle into a glass.
A: This is a bright, clear orange that seems to carry a little legginess to it, or maybe that's a figment of my imagination. The pour produces an inch of head that fades quickly.
S: The sugar base is evident on this one; it is bursting with malt backbone. Hops aren't far behind, producing a perfumey aroma of candied mango and pineapple.
T: Candied mango, pineapple, and tangelo. This would hit the spot (I love tropical citrus hops) if the sugar didn't produce a burn on the back end. It's not a deal-breaker, but it does prevent this beer from hitting the greats of the style, for me.
M: Medium-plus bodied, with alcohol warmth. Low carbonation.
O: $10 for this is a great deal, especially since the less-tasty Sculpin is a buck or two less. I had written off Knee Deep in the past after having a number of their not-fresh duds. But after trying this one, I'm convinced they have *some* redeeming qualities, and I'll pick this up again if I have some assurance of its freshness.
08-23-2012 05:11:03 | More by Arbitrator
3.99/5 rDev -7%
Bottled 1/16/14, poured into a tulip
A- Pours a dark amber orange color with a small creamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some small patches of short-lasting lace behind
S- citrus hop aroma up front with some sharp grassy notes. Also picking up notes of hemp, herbal and earthy tones. Toasted bready malt underlying
T- big hop punch up front gives flavors of citrus, mango, grass, mint and some leafy notes. The malt sweetness is just as big as the hop kick with underlying bready almost doughy flavors leading to a sweet finish
M- thick and viscous body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a thick and foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish. Lots of alcohol warmth on the linger
O- big and bold, this one packs a punch. I've noticed that with a lot of the "triple" IPA's that are over 11%, they seem to drink like a barley wine. This one was the same, I enjoyed it but prefer the hops to shine a little more on their own whiten it comes to DIPA's
04-13-2014 00:08:50 | More by Treyliff
3.99/5 rDev -7%
This beer was in a bottle from my local liquor store. It poured a rich amber color with a short off-white head in my tulip. Some lacing, but not too much from this beer. The nose was a bouquet of pungent hops aromas that gave a hint of what was to come. Taste is of citrus and mango and melon with some notable piney kick. The hops were at the very front of this beer, it's a Triple IPA, but they didn't ignore the malts, the subtleties of which come out after the hops become less overwhelming after a few sips. The beer feels like a quality medium bodied ale, nothing spectacular but nothing off either. Overall I'd be happy to drink this again, but there are other beers out there that I'd search out over this one. A quality product I'd pick up again though.
03-04-2013 21:00:05 | More by notscenerob
4/5 rDev -6.8%
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!
04-27-2014 02:55:31 | More by Franziskaner
Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.