Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 1,890
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 206
Gots: 330 | 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

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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 KFBR392
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/27/14

Appearance: Pours with a murky, burnt orange color. Finger of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Sticky random lacing left behind at each level. Much higher amount of active carbonation then I expected from the style.

Smell: Initial hit is of mangos, kiwi, oranges, and a squeeze of lemon. Saturated, heavier fruit notes pick up on the body with malt sweetness additions of bubblegum, caramel, and molasses. Bold piney hop backbone with some notes of pepper and spice. Impressive the range the hop profile takes within this aroma.

Taste: Caramel and butterscotch malt sweetness dances on the palate initially. Soft fruits lead on the hop profile which are quickly followed by a bigger, saturated orange/tangerine and bitter pine body. The sweet, fully rounded malt body pops back end and evens out the taxing hops. The finish is a gummy sweetness that masks a touch of boozy sting which keeps the palate on its toes.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation has a smooth, soothing feeling on the palate. Piney hops and sweet malt are pronounced throughout.

Overall: Really impressive stuff here. I preferred it warming up just a touch, really let the gummy sweet malt character to shine brighter. Would love to try it even fresher though, I'm sure you get much more of the Simcoe and Citra profile but this still drank incredibly well with three months on it. (1,382 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at my wife's work a few days ago.

Appearance- copper color, very nice size head, great lacing. It looked beautiful.

Smell- citrus hops, light malt, very nice

Taste- citrus hops, nice bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was excellent. Very good. I loved everything about it. Very nice beer. (330 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2-16 - extra fresh!
Appearance: poured a beautiful clear golden/orange color. One finger bubbly head that quickly faded to a thin film.
Smell: Huge floral, tropical and citrus fruit aromas.
Taste: Nice grapefruit taste, along with pineapple and mango flavors as well. Light malty sweetness, nicely balanced. A little heat from the 11.2%.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, silky smooth, very nice and sharp.
Overall: What an outstanding brew - I wish this was available in CO. It ranks up there with the best big IPAs. (520 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is crystal clear orange red color with zero head. ( I think my cap was loose)
Aroma is massive hops and pine.
Flavor is sticky pine, sme grapefruit and citrus.
Not super complex or balanced but somehow a good beer.
Mouthfeel is not bitter or dry, just right it's no lingering flavors. The carbonation is terrible (be sure it wasnt sealed)
My bottle may not be the best example for a review but its still damn good.
With the right carbonation this beer is great. (473 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
2.1/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Bottled 4-23-13

What in the sweet hell is going on with this thang? This is the worst smelling thing that I have smelt since my ex ate curried goat and then tried to slip me some frenchie frenchie. What in the...? Raul heard many great things about this guy, but the taste lies a bit thin like Jarred after a 5 dollar foot long - and quite frankly, it is a bit rancid.

Not into it. Not into it at all.

*Something wrong had to have happened to this thing

*Nope, tried it again and it was just as rank (503 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (1,064 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Enjoy!! (529 characters)

Photo of TrojanRB
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into a pint glass

Translucent gold with a thin white head

Huge nose. Floral, pine and citrus. Really outstanding.

Taste: sweet citrus up front, finishing with pine and hops. Great. Not a lot of alcohol for a 11.25% beer.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation and slightly oily.

Fantastic beer, will buy again. (328 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, Translucent, with a white head.

S: Simcoey garlic, tropical fruit, papaya, mango, orange in the nose.

T: Papaya, tropical fruit, passion fruit, mango, a bit of garlic, tangerine, orange.

M: Full bodied, a bit astringent, smoothish, especially for a DIPA. Very pleasant amount of bitterness.

O: SO GOOD. If you like hoppy beers, and you can find this, get it! (373 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip. Acquired in a trade from Surge1311. Thanks bud!

A- Pours a golden-orange clear body wtih a medium white head that exibits some retention and leaves uniform lacing.

S- HUGE grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruits on the nose. Fresh weed, pine notes. Absolutely inviting.

T- Grapefruit, pine, resin upfront. Leaves a bitter hop flavor on the tongue. Smooth and drinkable. No trace alcohol.

M- Medium carbonation and body.

This was a lot better than I was expecting. An absolutely delicious DIPA. This one can compete with the big boys. Nice balance and perfectly hopped. Try it if you can. (631 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clean white head with medium froth and density. The head is persistent and clingy.
S - Hoppy, piney, sweet, and grassy.
T - Hoppy, piney, sweet, syrupy, and earthy. For me this beer has a light backend surge. Whatever that means...
M - Full, heavy, and sappy.
O - For me this beer was heavy and unrefined. I think it could use some work and be cleaned up a little. Something is holding this back from being something very worthwhile. A little tweak could push this over the top. (518 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into Duvel snifter

A - pours a dark amber almost red hue with a thick dense white head that leaves sticky lacing

S - lots of tropical fruit with a slightly citrus/ freshly cut grass note

T - A big kick of sweet tropical fruit, guava, glacier cherries, citrus with pine and warming alcohol finish

M - goes down very smooth for an 11.25% beer, it's very bitter to start but finishes very sweet and warming. (429 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yay welcome to Ohio knee deep. Pours hazy orange. Smell is tons of citrus, lemon, hops, pine, great smell. Taste is just as good as the smell, citrus, pine, buttery, bitter hops. Overall this is a great IPA and one that will hit you quickly at 11.25% (250 characters)

Photo of fx20736
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear Apricot Gold, vigorous stream of tiny bubbles. Aroma is funky and dank with pine in abundance, cat piss comes to mind. Off the charts bitter. Mouthfeel is weightless and dry. A bold DIPA that doesn't really work for me. (225 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wine glass- pours a clear golden orange color with less than a finger of head, only a soap sud thing of retention, barely any lacing. Beautiful color but not as sticky lacing as I was expecting.

Smells very strongly of pine and resin, a little mint, some nice pale malt sweetness, a tiny bit of booze.

Tastes great- big bold pine hop flavors, good amount of bitterness, some pale malt sweetness, lots of resin. Great DIPA- really bold west coast hop flavors. Floral and juicy pine hops. Still get some of the mint flavor. I can't really taste any hint of booze but I've come to associate mint with high abv.

Mouthfeel is great- light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, a good amount of resiny stickiness. I like this one- I would get it if I saw it again. (801 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at Ales Unlimited in San Francisco, CA, bottled on 3/30/13, poured into a hotel style glass and drank over ~30 minutes.

A: 4.5 - amber-brown coloration, strong hop haze (couldn't read through it), white quarter-finger head subdues into minimal glass lacing, big time alcohol legs at 11.5%!

S: 4 - I'll admit that the bottle might be past prime, but this smells more like a hoppy American barleywine that an IPA; big alcohol/bourbon notes with background hop qualities (grapefruit, pine, etc.)

T: 4.25 - in conjunction with the aroma, there are really big time alcohol notes in the taste; yet, at the front of the tongue, there is a moderate bitterness (the alcohol definitely subdues the 131 IBU) which resolves into a complex malt character still more reminiscent of a hopped-up American BW than an IPA - caramel sweetness predominates for me

M: 4.5 - big, big booze, chewy complex, large alcohol notes --> again, why "triple IPA" instead of American barleywine

O: 4.25 - I liked this, but, to be frank, it's not a 95; tastes more like SN's Bigfoot than any of the world class imperial IPAs; the closest imperial IPA that I can think of is Avery's Maharaja, which, for hop quality, blows this out of the water; still, it's enjoyable, and, if I can ever find it again, especially superfresh, I'll return. (1,336 characters)

Photo of EliotRosewater
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/5/15 Edit of rating values

Bottle purchased from Frazier Farms in Vista Ca
Bottled on 4/15/14
Opened on 4/27/14

A: beautiful dark amber and strikingly clear. Head is light and dissipates quickly. Slight retention on the rim
N: pleasant and slightly detectable sweet-ish malt, wonderful citrus hops. Pine and grapefruit are there and raw sugar.
T/m: powerful pithy citrus on the tongue, bitterness and dry on the palette. Alcohol is there and heats it up on the mouthfeel. Bitter lingers, very hop forward and back.

A must-try IPA, and it packs a punch! I will use in future triple IPA tastings and serve to friends. Not far off the mark from the very best in style. Be sure you buy fresh!!! (697 characters)

Photo of Treb0R
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden orange body with a fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.

Nose is candied citrus hop perfection.

Tastes of fresh cut citrus and pine. West coast goodness means that there is not a huge malt component to compete with the hop-erfection. Just a treat for the palate.

Mouthfeel is tart, snappy and coating. I can almost feel the hop cones accumulating on my molars.

Drinkability is insane. Is this stuff really 11.25%? Wish I was in CA more often... (464 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear orange-amber hue, fluffy one finger cottony head, stellar lacing in a F&W snifter.

Nose is pleasantly hop forward, tangerine, grapefruit & pineapple. There are definitely some malts present in the nose, but this has all the components of a hop-bomb in the making. I suspect some dry hopping was part of the process as the aromas are prominent and delightful.

Taste is a mirror image of the aroma, very juicy, very tropical, excellent lingering bitterness one would expect from a mostly simcoe bill with some citra.Alcohol present but quite well hidden for the abv, nicely accomplished.

Mouthfeel is medium, excellent carbonation for the style, wonderful dry finish. Flavors dance across the palate and leave that desirable bitterness that hangs in the back of the throat,dries you out, and invites the next enjoyable sip.

Yup, the ratings are on the money for this one, no bull or hype: an excellent IIIPA that explores the virtues of the marvelous citra hop blended artfully with the simcoe hop.Seek this one out for certain! (1,044 characters)

Photo of Popp24
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Burnt orange with a fluffy white 1 finger head.

S - The smell is so great on this beer; I would say it's even better than Knuckle Sandwich in this department. The nose is like smelling a fruit basket with oranges, grapefruit's and honey dew melon. You can also smell the fresh hops as well.

T - You get the citrus hops but it's not too bitter at all. It's actually pretty easy to drink for the abv. You get a little burn going down but the flavor is really nice. You also get some bready notes from the malts but this beer is much more of a hoppy citrus forward beer. The hoppy citrusey aftertaste lingers on the palate.

M - Nice and smooth and goes down easy.

O - This may be my new favorite DIPA or TRIPA. It was so easy to drink for the abv and the flavors and nose are just lovely on this one. I will be seeking this one out again. (843 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at Good Karma on 8/1/12. Reviewed from notes.

Piney and aggressive hops. Grapefruit is prominent along with other generic citrus. Malt is present, but just a stage for the hops, a little biscuit. Taste starts mild and easy, quickly develops to acidic and bitter. Acid reminds me of lemon juice, and pine is noticeably thick in your mouth. A little abrasive on the tongue. Bitterness is aggressive and lasts a long time. Lots of sixty minute additions to this! MF tends towards dry, and I think all the alpha acids are skewing the pH scale. 

Great DIPA, but there are others that are a little more balanced that give you some malt as well. Nice try, but I'd rather have a Doible Jack or Pliny. (710 characters)

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.