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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,384
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 179
Gots: 158 | FT: 16
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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Ratings: 1,384 | Reviews: 229 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

vonnegut21, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

beagle826, Sep 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

greymalkin, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

volta, May 12, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle. No date, but assume fresh from CA. Poured this one into a Victory tulip.

A: Pours a nice clean orange amber color. One finger of slightly off white head. Nice carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass. Leaving some nice lacing already.

S: Definitely getting those hops. Mango, papaya, apricots, orange marmalade, etc. There is also a touch of bready notes from the malts. Don't think it's age but we'll see.

T: Right up front you get some of those intense IBUs, bitterness attacking the tip of the tongue. Those pineapple and mango and papaya are there. But there is a pretty solid malt backing on this DIPA. For being a "hop bomb" it's actually nicely balanced. On the close I did get a touch of booze on the close.

M: Medium bodied. Hop bitterness coats the mouth well.

inlimbo77, May 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

2ellas, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Guzzle_McBrew, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Cboom12, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Zimm, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

theJohnChamp, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

NHbeerfishing, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

RebornStussy, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Vaison, Sep 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Rimbimhoot, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

tom10101, Jun 10, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -11.4%

Bumblebtna, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

PatrickSwayze, May 17, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.]

AgentMunky, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of EliotRosewater
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

EliotRosewater, May 27, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

smakawhat, Jun 04, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

JohnnyHopps, Mar 23, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -9.6%

dangelop, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 05, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MasterSki, Jul 27, 2012
Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,384 ratings.