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Simtra | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by baggio on 02-12-2012

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden/light copper with a lovely orange hue, and soapy lacing that is frothy and almost creamy in the mouth.
The aroma is intense with citrus and danky hops aromas. As you smell it, you know that the taste will be a hops explosion. Sure enough, once the liquid reaches your lips, the hop oils, the pine needles, the resin and the citrus zest hits the mouth. Yet, there is a firm caramel malt backbone that provides sweetness. The feel is medium bodied to full; almost chewy. The bitterness is moderate to high. There is also a hidden alcohol warming that certainly hits you by the time you are done. Warning, careful with this one.
Overall, I really liked this one. It was a hop bomb but yet balanced enough. I would love to have again.

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Photo of sakayus
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Short review for me
For the triple or more likely quad IPA, this thing is just superb. The only problem I run into is that I find these to be rather on the older side, but the times where I can find it <1 month old and is kept cold it is just amazing. Most of the time it's found at places in the warm section and is 4+ months old so it's hard for people to get a good representation.

I think everything is great with this beer and if you can find it fresh and kept cold it, you'll be amazed! I'd rather have this fresh than pliny any day. I'd rather have this than julius, heady, SOS, or trilium.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clear, golden oak color. Pretty color, but doesn't inspire as to the intensity. Head is light.

Smell is glorious - clean pine and apricots. Fantastic.

Taste is magnificent - matches the nose, great bitterness. 131 IBU? Sooooper well balanced by the sweetness and richness. I wouldn't mind just a shade less sweetness but that's nitpicking.

Mouthfeel is perfect - rich, just the right amount of carbonation.

Finish is long, moderately intense, and, again, perfectly well integrated with the rest of the beer.

Bravo, boys (at least, I assume it's boys...) - well done.

Without a doubt, the best IPA I've had from bottle. PtY on tap - that's another story. But that's the quality we're talking about here.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 03/21/16, enjoyed 04/23/16...first off, freshness is key with these IIPA's, additionally, I have determined that only truly outstanding IIPA's come from California! Now I know there are those that will shout blasphemy for those words, however it is only my opinion and from my personal experience with this style. As other reviewers have suggested, yes, the 11.25% abv. is there, but, as others have stated, it's extremely drinkable, so be forewarned! My bottomline, fresh, this is on par with Enjoy By, Double Jack, or insert favorite IIPA here!

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Photo of pinyin
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/14/15. Served from the 22 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce snifter at 38F.

Nice golden copper hue. Slightly hazy but not a juice bomb.

Nose is hoppy, floral and slightly grassy. Mango and grapefruit, dank greens.

Very nicely balanced and flavorful. I think the dry hop has most likely faded by this point, 4 months after bottling, but it still tastes solid. 11.2% is a little bit on the high end for an IPA, but it does allow for the brewers to pack in the hop flavors, which they did. Not sure I really like the combination of Simcoe with Citra, but this is fairly well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not too bitter, but very pungent and you will slightly taste the ethyl alcohol here. Not too easy tot hide it at 11.2%. Texture is really nice on this ale, and the carbonation and lacing is spot on.

Be careful with this beer. It's strong, and it goes down fairly easy. Good value for the price point, but I bet this tasted a lot better when it was first bottled.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: pineapple and red grapefruit;

T: floral and herbal from start to finish; some white grapefruit in the aftertaste; light bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking; a lot of things going on;

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Photo of BethanyB
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: A subtle haziness makes the deep orange body slightly opaque. The quick-to-melt white head leaves behind small, sporadic spots of lace.

Smell: Vanilla bean, rum, caramel, and coriander create an intense and fascinating aroma that's both spicy and sweet.

Taste: There is a toasty maltiness and a boozy sweetness which, together, remind one of roasted plantains. The complexity does not extend much past that, although there is a moderate hop bitterness otherwise, the flavor seems swallowed up by the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: A combination of spice and bitterness in the aftertaste leaves the tongue to tingle. Moderate carbonation allows for a somewhat dry finish, but overall the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth for a beer of this weight and style.

Overall: A good attempt on an IPA with a high alcohol content, but the level of booze ends up detracting from the taste. Layers of complexity are overshadowed by the overt alcohol flavors. Still, the scent and mouthfeel are quite laudable, and the beer is drinkable, if nothing else.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber, pours a nice bright orange-gold with a couple fingers of white foam. Smells of grapefruit, orange, pine needles and pine sap. Taste follows. Decent bitterness, though it doesn't linger long. Alcohol isn't hidden super well, esp as it warms. Feel is a slightly too-thick medium. Overall a tasty triple IPA.

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Photo of Moose90
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap, 10 oz

A — Pours a gleaming clear orangey amber hue into the glass. A light amber ring of foam sits on top and leaves behind some solid rings of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is aggressive, sweet, sharp, piney, resinous, bitter citrus, dank, herbaceous, salivating, in-satiating .

T — Piney and sharp, aggressively bitter and clean, dry melon, sharp pine needle and pine cone, tree bark, sap, assertive.

M — Medium-full bodied, a hint of warming ABV, but very well hidden.

O — Incredible overall, sharp, bittter, refreshing, warming, inviting, upper echelon.

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Photo of dd43
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some beers belie their ABV and IBU levels with a level of artistry that is hard to comprehend. This is not one of those beers. But don't go thinking this means Simtra isn't worth drinking. It's a big bodacious gnarly imperial IPA that Knee Deep has bestowed the nebulous "triple" moniker to. It is dank in every way that beer can be described as such. Lots of allium character, and sticky pine sap in the nose. Massive past ripe citrus fruit notes. Fermented pineapple, squishy mango, cantelope and peach come to mind. Has the alcohol heat I would normally associate with a barrel aged stout. If you want To have your ass kicked by an imperial IPA, this is your huckleberry.

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Photo of Ego
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle date: 2/1/16

eyes...
quickly fading head, golden hue with just a scarce trace of bubbles, lacing is blah, this looks pretty thin

nose...
juicy juicy hops, stinging orange notes, mouth watering candy notes, a little bit of seltzer and lemon zest, you can get just a little touch of the alcohol underneath, this is the type of hop smell that makes you go drool...

taste etc...
the carbonation is pretty low so this drinks sort of syrupy, herbaly hop flavor (with a hint towards juicy fruit / citrus), some really strong orange notes sing out in the after taste, pretty bitter but nothing that will cripple my tongue, you sense the alcohol just a touch, this drinks pretty damn smooth for the ABV (but again you definitely do taste a hot dose here and there alcohol wise), the hop oils do coat the tongue well

verdict?
Hoppy, beautiful aroma, just a touch hot with alcohol, worth checking out if you like the high end burn hops (not fruity). With a little more refinement this could be a gem.

I was having some Moosebacher cheese with this and it held up! (australian swiss past cows milk)

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Photo of JMS1512
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the docket: 22 oz. bottle of Knee Deep's Simtra

Aroma: A beautiful, heady meld of lime, grapefruit and dank pine resin fill out the hop side, with a clean white bread-crust malt presence and just a touch of prickly booze.

Sight: Largely crystal clear and burnished bronze body showing off subtle No. 2 pencil yellow highlights. The head wells up and sits around, thick and creamy. Lacing is big and patchy, though consistent with every sip. Bubbles purposefully make their way from the bottom of the glass to join their spherical brethren. A large super-continent of suds covers the surface as the head recedes.

Taste: The hops are the star of this beer, with much of the nose following through to the palate. Bright citrus and melon, and a good helping of sappy pine. There's a fleeting sweetness from the bready malt. Boy does that exit quickly, making room for a drying, crisp, bitter finish. As the beer warms, the alcohol is more apparent, but considering the abv (11.25%) it's quite smooth and well-integrated.

Feel: Medium-full, crisp, bitter. for a high-abv IPA, this one has a considerably smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is enough to lift the weight of the beer off your tongue, but by no means lively.

Overall: Deceptively smooth and easy to drink for a double, or maybe "triple" IPA. Consider pairing with a Davidoff Millennium Blend cigar. Well-crafted high abv offering.

Suggestion food pairing: Creamy white cheddar cheese, lemon-pepper chicken, salt-cured ham and other charcuterie, messy sauce-glazed barbecue ribs

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Photo of Abecharron
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, well carbonated, light foam, surprisingly light color for an 11.25% ABV beer. Thick mouthfeel. Great floral hop aroma for such a high gravity beer. I mostly get hints of fruit particularly citrus. Boozy in aroma and flavor (as expected from a such a high gravity beer) but still maintains a great balance of malt to hops.
This is a big beer and has all the characteristics of a big beer but also has a great hop aroma and taste that keeps up with these characteristics. I recommend it.

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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper with very little head. The nose has both fruity and piney notes. The flavor profile leans more malty than I expected but the hops come on well at the finish. There is a touch of alcohol esters which caught me a bit off guard.

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Photo of zshaft
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours light orange ish with tons of carbonation and medium head. can see the bubbles fizzing long after the pour. smells of some cracker malt with hints of peach and some juicy grapefruit. some nice pine needles round out the nose. nice hops hit you up front with apricot followed quickly by sine pine and then again by Some bitter fruit. followed by alcohol burn and some sweet malt. medium body. add the beer warms the afforementioned flavors become stronger but alcohol is still noted. this is not as good as ruin ten or hi res to me but delivers some nice interplay between citrus and pine hops. would reccomend if you see it. not a must have

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Photo of gshak
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottled on date, for an IPA; seriously KDBC? I still picked it up. Found it in my local Costco for $7.99 and the bottle hadn't seemed to gather as much dust as the other IPA bottles that were about 2 months old or so. So I figured this must be bottled within the last 2 months or so, and rolled the dice on this one.
A - The appearance of this beer, to me, is the best attribute of this beer. Clear yellow, with a finger's width of white head that receded but never fully, leaving a fine lacing on the glass that lasted a good 20 mins or so.
S - Pine, phenols, citrus, lemon peels and some peach. Smells sweet.
T - Sweet, followed by a balancing, lingering, pine sap, bitterness. Biscuity maltiness with a mild caramel presence. At 131 IBUs, it does drink fairly balanced; but leaves a lingering hop bite at the end. The alcohol is very much present on the palate.
M - Full and very syrupy. The ample carbonation, and alcohol, present in the beer do their bit to lighten the feel, however, this is one thick beer. The fullness, and the heat from the alcohol, both accentuate the longer the liquid sits in the glass.
O - Glad to have tried it for $7.99, but I won't be buying this again anytime soon; not unless KDBC start bottling with dates. While I'm not a big fan of 9+ ABV IPAs in general, this one was not a bad purchase. Worth a try, however, this does fall short of being world-class, in my book. Hoptimum, and Bootlegger's Knuckle Sandwich are better buys IMO, in the 10+ ABV arena.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass from 24 oz. bottle. nice light amber hue, slight creamy, frothy head. kept a nice ring the whole time. Aroma is all hops, and a nice medley of. First sip was straight boozy with a slight burn. I was turned off at first. ignored the glass for 15-20 minutes. Came back for a pull and thought someone swapped it out for a different brew. found a nice piney yet sweet hop bite that finished dry and a touch bitter. IMO a brew that needs to warm up a bit to unleash its true inner beauty For its high ABV it hides the booze nicely once it warms. Enjoyed it much more than than the Sixpoint Hi-Res I had recently

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Photo of zonker17
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very clear golden with thick initial head that laces well. Piney and citrus nose. Full on hop flavor that ranks with the best. Good malt along with loads of resin and pine. Above medium mouthfeel and just below medium carbonation. Says not for aging, but would be interesting to treat this beer like a 120.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and quite dank hops (I'm getting onion here too, which is not a profile I often can detect), caramel malt; a little vegetal. Flavor is dominated by hops: citrus, piney and dank with a good toffee forward caramel malt base. Finishes with resinous citrus and piney hops. Nice creamy body and mouth feel. This has everything I like in a big IPA, a really substantial caramel malt body, lots of interesting herbal hop flavors as well as carpet bombing of hop bitterness. There is one odd flavor in this that doesn't fit, it is the oniony or garlicy flavor I mentioned at the beginning in the aroma. It might be something from a lot of Simcoe hops. Even with that component, a quite satisfying and fun to drink IIPA. Huge ABV well covered.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe, as you're drinking it, that this is an 11.25% beer. Were I none-the-wiser, 8 or 9% would've been guessed, which is the first sign it's very well-crafted. Where it comes up a little short of greatness is by lacking a truly distinctive hop aroma or taste. A kind of nebulous citrus, pine, and (un-offensive) cat pee are all there, and the malts, for their part, are perfectly complementary, but nothing stands out to separate it from the very best. Even so, this is an expertly constructed IIIPA.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber scored and enjoyed on Maui, bottled 2 months ago (so less than ideal). Poured into a shaker, this doesn't skimp on the hops...big nose and lots of bitterness, but I just don't like my IPAs with this much alcohol burn, and this is pretty hot and boozy on the back end. Pours a slightly dull hazy apricot, with a 1 finger head with good retention and good lacing. Big nose, but lacks complexity and distinct notes...I get a little sweetness with carmel, and for the hops, something in between floral, spicy and fruity (but not exactly tropical). The beginning of some herbal notes, but they don't entirely come through. There's the promise of some pine there, but I don't know...there's a lot there in the nose, but it is hard for me to nail down. I get more Simcoe than I do Citra. You know that you're dealing with a high abv pretty quickly once it hits the tongue: some burnt caramel, lots of hops promised in the nose, though the spiciness and pine comes on stronger, and the fruit plays more of a secondary and supporting role. Some biscuity malt and some fair bitterness at the end, along with some boozy burn. Fairly dry. If you need a big hop fix, this might be what you're looking for...it is what it is, without apologies. If Hop Stoopid is on the shelf, though, which is just as big a bitter hop bomb and it hides the alcohol better? I'll give this one some props for taking no prisoners...but I'm not likely to return to it.

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Photo of emount91
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy orange, good foamy head that dissipates into a thin one and laces the glass. smell is very juicy tropical and citrusy, little bit of pine coming through. taste is a lot less tropical and a lot more piney, booze bite at the end, but it compliments the taste well. the taste showcases the Simcoe hops a lot more than the Citra hops, not very juicy tasting like the smell suggests. mouthfeel is good, though I would expect something a little less carbonated being a triple IPA. nonetheless, another good one from these guys.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mild gold, very clear with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is pretty boozy and piney, with layers of grapefruit and lemon. Big body, alcohol sweetness, nice levels of bitterness...an almost sessionable triple IPA. This one is delicious...and will knock you on your ass!

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Photo of CayseyW
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Since my rating is so statistically far from the average, I felt like a review was warranted.
L: Definitely the best thing this beer has going on for it, or at least in my experience. Pours a very clean amber tone with a soapy head that retains a lot of foam and leaves a sticky lacing.
S: Malty, with some earthy herbal notes that are sort of piney. Really missing any hint of citrus or tropical notes you might get from a simcoe/citra hop bill.
T: Sweet up front, some pine and floral taste elements that get overwhelmed quickly by burnt sugars.
F: Way too much happening here and I don't mean that in a good way. I get that it's a IIIPA, but come on! Sweet, bitter, boozy, and all of these things seem to be competing to stand out the most.
O: Although this isn't a flattering review per se, this is still an above-average beer at the end of the day. I just wished it was a bit more harmonious.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at The Pour House in Exton, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a semi-opaque deep golden color. Two fingers of creamy white head greet the drinker. Delicate lacing.

S: Smells like a knockout. Citrusy hops and grapefruit, malts and resin.

T/F: A strong malt backbone sets the table for a big time hop experience. Lots of juicy citrus notes with grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical fruits. Slightly herbal and spicy. Oily and resinous on the tongue. Warming at the finish and amply carbonated.

O: This is a big badass and delicious Imperial IPA and was truly impressive. This can stand up with the big boys.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.