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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 286
Hads: 1,931
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 208
Gots: 345 | 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:
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose (oranges seem to stand out in particular) along with some hints of tropical fruits (mangoes).
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of citrusy flavors of grapefruit and oranges along with a strong amount of bitterness from the hops. Faint hints of caramel malts are noticeable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer hides its alcohol very well from the taste. There re also just enough underlying malts to prevent the bitterness from being completely overpowering. (841 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (735 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the notion of "Double IPA" representing the broad spectrum of IPA that exceeds the normal range of the style, "Imperial IPA" emerges as the thirst for hops and hibernation grows. So that ceiling to the imperial style is pushed higher with the likes of Devil Dancer, Molotov Cocktail, Hi-Res and the like, and now add Simtra to the mix.

A shade darker than the typical pale, there's just a denser appearance that's held even though its clarity is bright and its color are shades of gold. Its eggshell-white foam swirls from beneath before it settles on top with a whipped topping texture. As the beer recedes, the glass is adorned with intricate lacing with each and every sip.

Pungent to the nose, there's an herbal lace to a malt backbone that's caramel-meets-toffee and a toasted nutty scent. As the malt character is high, so are the hops- meeting the grain intensity with its own leafy, citrus, herbal and tropical medley- leading to an all-around scent that's something of caramel-dipped cannabis.

On the mouth, its caramel-sweet flavor is creamy, rich and over-cooked; taking on toffee, sorghum and buckwheat with all those nutty and toasty flavors seeping into the taste buds. As the taste seems satisfying, the middle invites the citrusy tone of hops- deriving a honey-dipped mandarin orange, red grapefruit, passion-fruit and apricot flavor. The taste veers toward herbacious tones as its fruit flavor tilts leafy, tea-like and with resinous pine bitterness even as slivers of cannabis, verbena and sassafras peak through at times.

Its texture is rich as all those alcohol-laced sweetnesses cling to the soft tissues of the mouth, but it clings there begging for the hop bitterness to batter them and carry them off into a deeply bitter-sweet finish of high spicy-warmth and prickling-bitter ethanol as well.

Simtra is a fascinating taste that's fine letting the malts lead in one taste but then demanding of its hops the next. To and fro, this continues sip after sip as the taste is saturated by all the wonderful and challenging flavors within. Its a flirtatious ale, as I'm slightly frustrated with it, I keep coming back to that glass. I'll hate to see her go... (2,187 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skye for this one!
Quick review from written notes. Label dated: 8/5/13

Bright golden orange, sharp clarity, rising trails of carb visible, compact head of soapy white foam, minimal lacing.

Big earthy hop aroma, pungent and resiny, more simcoe than citra, not much fruitiness just dank and resiny greenery.

Big malty body, huge resiny bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste. Brutally bitter, lots of bitter greens. Booze is fairly masked when cold, but it's pretty big and best shared. Would have liked to see more of the Citra come through, but maybe it has faded a little after 2 months. (614 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a menacing looking murky burnt orange color with a thinner but sticky white head atop.Tropical fruits and pine resin to go with big sweet alcohol in the nose,again menacing is a good adjective to use here.A blast of sharp grapefruit rind and resinous hops really hit home on the palate before the sweetness from the alcohol hits in the finish,the sweetness is big but the hops are just full on assault,I pick up maybe some hard water as well.Wow this is a beast but it's bad ass I love it,Good to see the "high end" Knee Deep stuff here now in North Carolina. (565 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one looks interesting, could be really good or really bad, and hoping for the former. A big citra simcoe bomb triple IPA, wow, I'm really curious. Bottled 5/28/15.

Pours a big fluffy creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, nice soapy lacing, very clear honey blond color.

Nose is explosive, as soon as I popped the cap, tons of dank resin, musty dank hop resin and oils, quickly into fruit, lots of fruit, some apricot like stone fruit, candied dried sweetened tree fruit, with mild pineapple, passion fruit, and grapefruit pith, as well as a little orange rind, and some sweet candy malts. I get a little armpit dankness, which is not quite as pleasant as I'd hoped, but the rest is nice, simcoe seems to be not playing so nice in this one unfortunately.

Taste brings sweet candy malt, fair sweetness but a big malt base, almost syrupy but not quite there, toasted malts, with a little caramel, like a toasted blond malt, and candy syrup, as well as some warming almost tingly alcohol, and mild phenols with it. Hops are plenty, super bitter some crazy IBU count, with lots of orange peel, citrus notes but not a ton, with plenty more dried candied fruit again, tree fruit and apricot like stone fruit. Then into mild pineapple and passion fruit notes again, just a little, dried mango, etc. Some dank resin again, thankfully not as much this time, some musty dank resin, with a little hop oil feel, sticky pungent hop oils and dank passion fruit. Thankfully no armpit this time. Finish is a bit drier, a little sticky, and mildly sweet, with more warming toasty booze, a touch of phenols again, big bitterness as well, some orange rind and grapefruit pith as well, a little tropical note, musty dank hop oils.

Mouth is med bod surprisingly, not too heavy, some warming tingly booze notes, almost wants to get syrupy but doesn't, decent carb.

Overall interesting, a lot going on, not what I was expecting either, I wanted more of the grapefruit, citrus, tropical notes, etc, which were there but on the lighter side. The dankness really stole the show, and it wasn't a great show, nose had musty armpit, taste was better but still not where it should have been. The malts were nice though for a triple IPA, just the right amount of warming tingly booze, with nice balancing sweet malt character that kept the crazy IBU bitterness in check mostly. So drinkable, but went off the rails a bit. It was teh Simcoe that didn't want to play nice, I have a love hate relationship with Simcoe, it can either be awesome grapefruit tropical juice, or dank musty armpit or cat pee, so yeah fun! (2,610 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The usual orangey amber color with a pleasant foamy cap. On the titanic side. I don't think I've smelled the "cat pee" odor quite so strongly in a beer before. Thin in body, but the same way vodka is "thin."

I suppose being so overly alcoholic is a good thing. It drinks more like a liqueur, where you just take tiny sips and wait until the feeling returns to your tongue. Oh, the hops. Total hop teardown. Not ridiculously bitter, just liquid hops. Not such a bad flavor, either. It's quite spicy and aromatic. A bright tone. Take it one sip at a time.

Time for a Simple Times Lager to add this hop flavoring to. From the 22 oz bottle (638 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whew. Heavy malts on this one. Which is an odd thing to say for a triple ipa. There are definitely an excessive amount of hops in this beer. It's to the degree that they seem piled on top of each other so much that it's tight on the hop flavor profile. That being said, this is not a beer of nuance of grace. However, it is not so obnoxious that you get nothing out of it besides a punch in the mouth. I'm sure that has much to do with the execution of the beer. Anyways. This is a pretty good "triple ipa". Certainly much more tolerable than 120 Minute. (554 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of 3/30/15 This review will have to do as a place holder until I can find fresher...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Stellar lacing & above average head retention

S: Breadyness & tropical fruit, cattiness as this warms

T: Follows the nose, loads of mango, some pineapple & grapefruit, a little bit of cattiness as well up front. Breadyness, mango & a bit of lemon & pamello as this warms, a little bit of pine as well. plus oaky dryness. Finishes a little dry, somewhat catty, with a little mango & pine

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, great balance

Drinks so easy despite the ABV & age, I would love to try this a few months younger, but no complaints here at all. Well worth buying! (764 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Carlos for the bottle as an extra.

Poured into a teku, a cloudy amber liquid, with a foamy off-white head, which receded to a wispy layer, lacing the glass nicely. Nose was actually pretty malty sweet, but there was an obvious oily hop presence, candied citrus peel and tropical fruit. The bottle was only a couple weeks old, so it's not like this should have faded that fast, I just was getting more maltiness than hoppiness. In the taste, sweetness profile like toasted toffee, corn sugar, pine resin, candied citrus peel, mango flesh, lots of toasted bread in the finish, cancelling out any crisp hoppy bitterness. Not a malt-bomb, but not really a hop-bomb either, which was kind of what I was expecting. Body was on the heavier side of medium, with all those malts needed to amp up the ABV, mouthfeel was pretty thick and resinous. There was a slight solvent booze presence, but for 11+% this was a pretty drinkable brew. Decent overall, but too sugary for the style. (983 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local beer store about an hour ago for $10.99 and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; for this price it had better be good.

Served straight from the refrigerator (it was refrigerated at the store as well). Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Pour went fine, with no surging or problems.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty good for the style, though it isn't all that vibrant.

Sm: Quite hoppy, with floral, citrus, pine, heavy grapefruit, and light oily character all coming through. Grapefruit is dominant. Clean malts. A dry evocative subtle aroma. A bit resiny. Moderate in strength.

T/Mf: Grapefruit mixes well with the pine and heavy floral character. Quite hoppy. Mild citrus throughout the first two acts. There's an interesting structural turn as the second act meets the third, with the mouthfeel drying and coarsening as it approaches the finish. Very interesting structurally, and it really works nicely here. It opens clean, smooth, and dry but wettens throughout the middle act. It's quite dry for an IPA all around, and the effect here is nice. It sets itself apart from other double IPAs (though I wouldn't say it competes with Pliny the Younger - the only other "triple IPA" I remember having). It's nicely put together, albeit simple compared to many beers in the style. Bitterness comes through, but is extremely well balanced. As an imitation brew, it's quite successful - like a good clone made by a homebrewer. Still, the originality is lacking. It's not special, though its structure may make it unique. Clean malts form the foundation. No yeast or alcohol comes through. It's not crisp or bitey, but the carbonation is favorable. I do like it. Oily. Good presence on the palate. It's got a good, clean body. I love the finish.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV - which hardly comes through. I like it a lot, but I wouldn't have it again at its high price point. Would be interesting on draught. A solid offering from Knee Deep. I might recommend it to friends. I'm glad I picked it up, but it's not world class.

Would pair very well with spicy food or acidic salad.

An abysmal candidate for aging. Drink fresh; I had it within an hour of purchase.

High B (2,548 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a three-finger head. It descends in a lumpy fashion, leaving some spots on the glass. It settles to a thin layer of bubbles and the lace reflects this lack of retention. Green-hued dirty gold color with a moderate haze.

Relatively mild aroma of floral hops. There's also a touch of earthiness.

Briefly, very briefly, I get a smooth, round flavor of the pale malt. The hop bitterness comes in strong but it is mitigated with the equally strong warmth from the 11.25% abv. This is a very drinkable beer. While the alcohol and hop hint at the power of this beer, one cannot get a sense of the wine-like alcohol content. The bitterness is powerful in the swallow but the aftertaste lasts a moderate period of time. (732 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  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. (986 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 05/22/13 notes. Bottle was dated as 04/29/13, so about three weeks old. 22 oz. bomber into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange-golden color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, pine hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, and tropical fruits. Tons of citrus and fruit, awesome fresh hoppy nose. I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, oranges, lemon zest, tropical fruits, fruity malts, and resin. Taste is lightly bitter at first with lots of citrus. The more I drink it, the more bitterness that comes out in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. There is some moderate bitterness in the mouthfeel the more I drink it.

o - Overall a very nice DIPA...they call it a Tripple IPA, whatever that means. Awesome hoppy nose with a ton of fresh tropical fruits and citrus hops. The taste is quite bitter if you drink a lot of it, and has a lot more grapefruit, but it's also very good. Definitely worth checking out if you like big hoppy West Coast DIPA's...would like to have it again. (1,132 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/11/2013. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge mango, peach, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity of tropical/citrus hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, honey, light caramel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, peach, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hops flavors; with a moderate malt balance and doesn’t overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! Big balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 11.25%. An extremely delicious offering. (1,411 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a murky yellow / orange with a soapy white head. Aromas of dank hops, resin, alcohol, pine. Sticky and sweet. Like sucking on a hopsicle. See what I did there? Aww yeah. Full bodied and palate coating. Certainly hop forward, but there is definitely a strong malt bill and noticeably above 10% abv. Full flavored. One could get f'd up right quick sippin' on Simtra. Tasty. (383 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid, a present from Ohio to me for Christmas, thanks guys.

Split into three glasses, Simtra has a deep golden color to it with some light bronze appeal as well. This one kinda shines like a Olympic gold medal. A nice inch of egg shell colored head graces the top and sticks around longer than I thought it would with the 12ish percent on it, not alot of stick. This one smells mostly of the piney persuasion. I get some grapefruit and semi kumquat . Some caramel malt seeps through and just a bit of the alcohol so it's not completely hidden. Taste is pretty exquisite, this is a large ass beer. First sip, I get the pine and tropic up front finished off by some soothing malt, and than something happens, my mouth gets hotter and hotter by the second and the alcohol singes a bit. It lasts forever, quite a burn. After a few sips this dies down as the palate is wrecked. More grapefruit/orange and pine come through with a dose of alcohol. A true triple IPA, not one I would take down on my own as this is quite large. Body is a healthy medium with some hotness and bubbles to keep things in check, not too carbonated though. This is a decent TIPA, head and shoulders above most others I have tried and could give Pliny The Younger a run for it's money with some tweaks here and there. (1,329 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber, picked up at the Winex, trying the already legendary Simtra,

A: Pours amber with a small white head, some light lace, almost looks like a cask beer in some respects.

S: Dank pine and weed with some weedy greens, dandelion greens.

T: Heavy pine character, nice attacking hops, some white grapefruit as well. In your face, this seriously hop heavy after all these years. Take the malt away from Hopsickle you have this.

M: Full-bodied, crisp carbonation, nice tingle with a hint of acid which was interesting and a characteristic I really only get with wine. But this quality worked exemplary here.

O: Easily the best Knee Deep beer I've had, this is a hop monster, in your face type beer. I like it a lot. When these beers are done well, they're always fun like early 2000s Aussie Shiraz. They can be over the top and this beer is, but it's just a joy to drink. Probably had this a couple months too late; it makes me wonder how this was super fresh, if it's this bracing now. Fantastic, the insane hop oils are getting to me now; it really gets better when it warms up a bit. (1,095 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,236 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3/23/2012

On tap at Churchill's. Described as a Triple IPA made with Simcoe an Citra. Sounds good. Tulip.

A: Bright yellow gold with perfect transparency. The head is an inch of dense white froth and lasts a minute. There's much lacing.

S: Expressive citrus meets restrained tropical notes: Grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, orange, pineapple, and a touch of passionfruit. Alcohol is light in the nose. Malt lends a subtle candied sweetness.

T: Bright fruit profile. Mango blends with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. The fruit is mostly flesh, with lesser notes of rind. Bitterness is insistent but smooth. Malt imparts just a little sweetness and is reminiscent of cracker and biscuit. Pine is pungent and resinous. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Bitterness grows stronger in the late palate through the finish. There's a light spiciness throughout.

M: Lower medium in body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Impressive. Reminds me of this year's Younger.  (975 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Chill hazed amber with very spotty head formation.

Smells earthy and spicy with orange and woody scents. Caramel and toffee in the malt portion of the beer. The hop isn't super strong and does not conceal the malt portion.

Starts out sweet and a little savory with a caramel and sandalwood after taste. Spicy and a bit bitter. It is OK but the hops are a bit too earthy for me.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, OK I really like Ruination better. I noticed all the great reviews this beer gets. Maybe I got a old bottle will try again sometime. (540 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured on tap and served in a goblet, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, copper color, with a sparse, wispy, white head. Nose of gorgeous hops blending perfectly together, with grassy notes, a citrus blend of lime and grapefruit, pine resin, and hints of cannibus. Wow! One of the better smelling beers out there! Flavors are caramel forward, followed quickly by a spicy pepper hops and resinous pine character. Very bold and full forward, with citrus and tropical fruit highlights, and subtle booze tones at the tail end
The aftertaste is more tropical fruits and booze, with an underlying dryness into the slick, smooth finish. Big, beefy, tasty IPA. Very nice! (671 characters)

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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