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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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300 Reviews
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Reviews: 300
Hads: 1,997
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 24%
Wants: 208
Gots: 360 | 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: 300 | Hads: 1,997
Photo of baggio
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Apperance: Orangeish with a small, white, head.

Smell: Tropical fruit, Citric Notes, Hint of Pine, Malt.

Taste: Citric and tropical fruits, Hop resin, Pine, Malt, Hint of alcohol and grass.

Palate: Liquid is smooth with a somewhat lowish carbonation. Goes down very easy for such a big beer.

A really outstanding dipa that i would like to try again soon. Up there with the best of them.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Champagne's in Warren MI for $12.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Excellent! Unfiltered. Very small head but that is expected. Dark gold

S- Lot of hops here. Has that skunky smell that DIPA's and TIPA's have

T- Excellent. Big flavor. A touch sour. Grapefruit galore.

M- Low carbonation. Big after taste here. Stays forever

O- Excellent! Wish I had more but will buy again if I see it

Food Pairing

This wonderful TIPA went well with..... Lamb Shank with root vegetables.


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Photo of Coldstorage
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottled on 12/4/2014. Some folks seem to think that this, when fresh, can give the younger a run for its money. Having not had it on tap, I suppose i'm not totally qualified to say but I remember younger having more vanilla and less bitterness making it.. well.. marginally better. Still a tasty beer when fresh.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 1/19/14.

A- Pours a deep amber with a high degree of clarity and a high fluffy white head that surprisingly stuck around for a while. Doesn't seem that thick for an 11% IPA.

S- BIG big pine and grapefruit. Some caramel salt water taffy. Slight tropical notes of papaya. Big hop nostril burn. Slight alcohol coming through.

T- Again lots of pine and grapefruit with some tropical sweetness in there to round things out. A long big bitterness throughout, every bit of the 131 IBUs is accounted for here. The alcohol is evident but the bitterness really helps cover it up.

M- Much lighter than expecting but the alcohol presence and bitterness take away from its drinkability somewhat.

O- Really glad I picked this up on a trip to Columbus. OH. I'd say the Simcoe hops are more of the star of the show more so than the Citra. The bitterness is a bit too much for me but being a Triple IPA I expected that. Would love for Michigan to get these guys beers, but I can also go back to Ohio to find more.

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a somewhat rocky white head; leaves a few dots and dashes of lace

Smell: Citrus and hemp; very resinous, with sugary undertones

Taste: Sugary malts underpin the front end, bringing on the expectation that the beer could get very sticky but, fortunately, the citrus and tropical fruit flavors arrive (ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and a touch of mango) and cut through the sweet malt with a cleaver; the finish is quite bitter but the floral and citrusy

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: While the ABV is higher than I would like, this beer is right up there in the top echelon; a great example of the west coast Double IPA (or in this case, Triple IPA) style

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5-21-13, much thanks to ZamaMan.

Appearance: Hazy blonde, though filtered with a small white head that fades to the perimeter quickly.

Smell: Piney as hell, with a bit of bread and citrus presence that is both sweet and sour. Intense!

Taste: I can sum this up by saying: this is like a bigger, slightly maltier Pliny; and that's a good thing.

Intense piny smack of hops to the face that then gets joined by citrus while both ride over the malt. There is a slight tropical hop sweetness that fades out towards the end. Malt and piney bitterness wrestle each other into the finish and beyond.

The hops attack your tongue like Spartans. This is a sticky, tongue coating beast. The alcohol is also hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Below average carbonation is understandable for the abv, but there is still enough there in this big beer to keep things interesting.

Overall: A piney, intense, hop-bomb of a beer that is not for the faint of heart and definitely best consumed fresh. Would definitely drink again, preferably on tap/cask. Awesome.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber with a thick, off-white, two-finger head that dissipates to a nice foam cap. Great lacing. Pure hop aroma - pine resin and grapefruit rind. Bitter up front, as one would expect from a beer billed as a triple IPA. Nicely balanced, however, not bitter for bitters sake like too many west-coast Imperial IPAs. Bitter on the back end as well, finishes slightly dry with a little heat from the 11.5 ABV. A full bodied, slick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Overall, a well crafted triple IPA.

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$11 bomber, ouch.

Clear burnised copper body topped by a thin head that recedes quickly.

The nose is pretty great, a good mix of pineapple citra notes and spicy, grapefruity simcoe. Malt is hidden, but booze isn't - this is slightly solventy.

It's semi-sweet on the palate and plenty boozy, with some great tropical fruit hop flavors. Pineapple is dominant, followed by grapefruit and mango. Simcoe lends some spiciness. The body is about medium, and the mouthfeel is crisp despite the high ABV. Finishes with a clean bitterness signature of simcoe.

Great stuff, but unabashedly boozy and very expensive.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Orthodoxkardia.

22oz bottle with 01/18/14 on the side. Lots of lacing. Pours a burnt amber color with an inch of head. The aroma is lots of juicy tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, orange, and sweet grapefruit. The taste is boozey with bitter tropical fruits and citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, and some piney hops. Bitter and boozey. Fair amount of malt flavor but this thing is hops dominated. Creamy mouthfeel. I'm a sucker for "Triple IPAs" and this one is up there with Hopsickle, Devil Dancer, Hi Res etc. Overall, fantastic brew I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Current bottle is 10.1%. No freshness date but a code KDBCGZE12.

A - Pretty but slightly murky gold/apricot. Nice near white head leaves pretty quick. Lots of cling lace.

S - Extremely floral, little cat pee. Definitely hoppy. Perfumed.

T - BIg malt rushes up against almost camphor perfume. After duking it out, still not sure who wins the final taste. They alternate to the end.

M - Medium body, good carb, pretty good balance.

D - Very pleasant and somewhat different TIPA.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- Pours a dark orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Trails and blotches of lacing on the glass.

S- caramel, honey, big juicy citrus and some pine.

T- Sweet caramel, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit with a good amount of pine bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Some slick and oily feel.

O- Nice balance of sweet, citrus, and bitterness.

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Photo of Big_V
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle dated 2/4/15 poured in my mason jar. LOL Clear, golden, amber color w/ 2 finger white foamy head. Getting tropical fruits and candy aroma. The hops punch me in the jaw followed by a juicy smooth mouthful. Dank indeed. Knee Deep makes some great IPAs. Recommended.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A clear deep, dark orange with two fingers of near-white foam atop that lasts for quite a while. This eventually leaves rings of lace down the glass.

Citrus-forward aroma with lots of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple notes, along with a mild biscuit malt character, and just a hint of warm booze.

The flavor is bold, expressive, and incredibly hoppy. The hop profile is very citrus-forward, with lots of grapefruit and pineapple dominating. There's also big notes of pine, mild cracker malt, and just a hint of warming booze, though it's not at all distracting. Delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.


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Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head sticks around for a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is good and hoppy, it smells mostly like citrusy (pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon peel) and pine hops, along with some caramel and bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, full of citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and piney hops, with caramel and bready malt also noticeable. The piney bitterness really comes out in the flavor, and it's not boozy, at least not as much as I was expecting an 11.25% ABV brew to be. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, and I'd pick this one up again at $8.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

A: clear but deeply hued gold ale with a few fingers of white head that left lace trails behind

S: grass and pine, citrus and fields - fresh, herbal, floral, and citric all at once

T: bitter and sharp hops underscored with slightly caramel-sweet pale malt chew; bright tightness flashes astringence, but then smooths out

M: medium body but light and quick on the tongue; modest palpable carbonation, bittering is not over-the-top; clean-finishing

O: a real nice triple double IPA - lots of hops with citric and pine elements; retains some earthy, grassy and floral characteristics; not something you wanna pass by if you've never had it or if you like the style.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a two-finger foamy white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Nice aroma of resinous piney hops and tropical fruits.

T - Starts off sweet with a nice bready maltiness and then a big punch of resinous piney hops. Finish has some juicy tropical fruits present with a lasting hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Awesome Triple IPA. Rediculously easy drinking for 11.25% ABV. An awesome hop bomb.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful looking IPA. Dark clear amber color. Pours with a nice finger head. Bubbles keep coming up through the beer and a nice thin white head remains with lacing while drinking the entire glass.

S - Tropical nummy fruit smells. Picking up mango, pineapple, and with a little grape fruit. Slight hint of maltiness in the background of the fruits.

T - Taste is not as good as the smell. Fruits are less distinct, big malt backbone comes through, with a sweet caramel flavor. Alot of alcohol on the finish. The alcohol is not integrated and hence very noticeable.

M - Very smooth moutaste. hfeel. Somehow even though the alcohol comes out in the taste, this doesn't have the thin tingly finish I associate with an alcohol taste. Quite nice.

O - Very good double / triple IPA. Enjoyed the bomber quite alot and am now buzzed. 11.75 alcohol will do that. If my beer memory serves me this is a slight notch below pliny the younger to which it's often compared for geographic reasons. I'd say this isn't good enough to prevent me from spending an few hours in the younger line, but it's still an excellent beer.

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Photo of papat444
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Marco_Gtz for the chance!

Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled 02/03/14.

Pours a very dark orange, bordering on light brown. Thick ecru colored head. Strong hop candy aroma, sticky, tangerines and piney. Taste is quite sweet, piney creamy, warming, bitter, raw hops. Very intense, almost unrelenting yet amazingly drinkable though ABV does hit.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled 2/11/13

Thanks goes out to beachstrength49 for this!

Pour: Clear dark amber and aggressive pour fights to get even a finger amount of dirty white head. Lacing is almost non existent but the alcohol legs are huge on this beer.

Smell: A big smack of citrus hops (orange/tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, mango) some bitter resin pine hop and some floral notes. There is some caramel, toffee notes in the background.

Taste: Follows the nose perfectly with the citrus up front and in your face in a good way. Orange, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, mango and the forest pine notes there, too. Some malt notes give way to a touch of sweetness but that is pretty fleeting as the finish is quite bitter. Alcohol is evident but not distracting in any way to me.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Actually a bit sticky on the finish and a touch warming from the alcohol.

Overall: I am so used to the midwest IPA's and especially fond of the offerings from FFF with their almost patented hop profile. This one however throws me a slight curve ball and I'm liking this a lot. Thanks again to beachstrength49 for sending me not one but two bottles of this west coast gem!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After trying several Knee Deep beers, I seem to have left the best for last. Great citrus, pine, and herb ( in more ways than one) aroma. Enough semi-sweet malt foundation. Tons of juicy fruit. Bitter snap. Tingly finish.

A terrific big Imperial IPA.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. Pours a hazy copper color with a limited (half-finger), quickly dissipating head. The aroma has lots of citrus and grapefruit, with a little bit of malt and piney hops. For the taste, the tropical flavors dominate the palate, with a piney bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. I was impress by how crisp and moderately bitter this beer was, along with how balanced it all is. For 131 IBUs, the bitterness doesn't detract too much from the rest of the beer.

Overall, a great beer from Knee Deep, I'm a fan of the Hoptologist so I figured this would be another good one.

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Photo of Dshin90
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Love Knee Deep! Simtra is a great brew, its sweet while being high ABV. It is a bit pricey but its worth it. I cant get over how good beer this is. IF YOU ARE AFTER HOPS THEN....YOU GOT IT.

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Photo of Treb0R
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dank, marijuana hop profile with a bit of pine, which I would actually like to be even stronger. There seems to be way more Simcoe in this beer than Citra. You don't get much tropical fruit.

The malt profile doesn't get in the way of the hops. Drinkability is fairly decent.

There is some alcohol punch to it, but it drinks like a 9% abv beer instead of 11.25%. Not as much aroma as Fat Head's Hop Juju, Pliny, or Heady Topper.

My biggest gripe about this beer is the price retails at @$11.99 for 22 oz.

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Photo of CHickman
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottled 9/16/14: Pours very hazy dark gold color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Wow, the smell is strong and hoppy, with a very pungent citrus blast from 6 inches away from the glass; nose is a mix of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, mango and citrus hops combined with piney hops, caramel, brown sugar, herbs and fresh juicy hop oil. A great nose that lets the grains/malts come through more as it warms, with just enough sweetness to suppress the alcohol and only let it peek through in small puffs.

Taste is very hoppy, but has a lot more balance and malt presence; flavors include grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, all things squeezed out of citrus hops, caramel, piney hops, brown sugar, buttered wheat bread, herbs and light spices like pepper and tea leaf, biscuit and fresh juicy hop oil – the hops seem very fresh and wet hopped, giving it an oily texture at times. No heat from the high ABV and less aggressive hop attack than expected from a triple IPA, but this was very tasty and a lot smoother than I expected. Bitterness was moderate and the alcohol caught up as I made my way through the bomber, but it went down easy and was complex with enough malt backbone to make for a well crafted imperial IPA. The ABV was more pronounced in the second pour, but still tolerable.

Mouthfeel is chewy and heavy, but it’s smooth like velour and really slides down easy considering the density and high ABV. This was a slow sipper in order to try and maximize the flavor and let the warming bring out more dynamics, but I could have very easily pounded this like a 60 Minute IPA. Overall a really great beer that lived up to the hype and represents big, bold West Coast IPA’s quite well. I’ll definitely seek this out as it’s a top notch triple IPA.

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Photo of BrantleyJ
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour: Dark and roasty amber.

Smell: Definitely get the citrus, mainly grapefruit, with a bit of pine mixed in.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine, just like the nose, upfront but a bit of sweet maltiness in the finish. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp to start, a bit sticky on the finish and a touch warming from the alcohol.

Overall: Knee Deep produces some great beers, this one included. A must try if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.