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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 287
Hads: 1,934
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 209
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 SHODriver
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a deep orange with a very small white head with minimal retention. nut surprised about the head with the ABV
S: smells of cat piss, pine, some citrus and a bit of sweet orange. Slight sweetness from the malt but the cat piss was strong with this one
T: herbal and piney up front with the malt backbone struggling to make a presence, some sweet citrusy hop flavor as well. swallow is very piney with a bit of caramel malt
M: pretty good feel for the ABV, nice soft carb and on the upper side of medium bodied
O: A monster of an imperial IPA with great flavors and plenty of hop kick (617 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (718 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 Beerenauslese
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is clear and deep gold with a foamy head, with little retention, dissipating quickly to ring and no lacing.

Intense hops smell, very grapefruity, high alcohol.

This tastes very intense, somewhere above PTY and below Sink the Bismarck--though nowhere nearly as high in alcohol. A tasty biscuity malt bill is balanced by a huge amount of citrusy hops--grapefruit and orange. All the taste action is upfront, the malt, hops, and fizz seize the tongue, give it a good working over, and then give it up gradually in a very long, wet finish, with just a little bitterness. Maybe there is no finish, it is more like getting a big clip to the head that you gradually recover from. A little soda element to this, but very clean and well-balanced. My preference would be that the Citra could be a bit more prominent than the grapefruity Simcoe, but that's just me.

The body is light and the carbonation is fine; together they churn up the IBUs as they scrub the tongue and everything else around it. Just a bit much, actually.

The alcohol is high and noticeable, but it is fairly well matched by the malt and hops. This is a really intense IPA, worthy of Triple IPA status and of drinking respect. (1,198 characters)

Photo of Twal
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite a bit of (cat piss) Citra when 1st poured,warmed and has a nice citra aroma.
Decent beer and would have given it a solid 4 but man this thing has a lot of heat,just touch too much,at 11.25 % abv it's not really hiding anything...
Overall a good beer and great hop character but just a little off for my taste,that said I wouldn't turn down another pour... (361 characters)

Photo of themind
3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The brew is good but it's really not my style. A little thick, this brew is kinda a modified sipper in a sense. ABV is detectable if it warms.

Bottom Line: Good offering. (171 characters)

Photo of davet100
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber purchased on a recent trip to San Diego, my first ever Knee Deep brew.

A: Clear golden color with a thin white head.

S: Wow! Massive nose, so much going on. Big hops straight away, lots of dank pine from the simcoe, mixed with the citrusy, tropical notes of the citra. Some sweetness too. Very impressive!

T: Does not disappoint. The two hops work in unison so well, and the flavor replicates the aroma with tons of citrus, tropical, and piney notes. Crisp, fresh, and very hoppy with a pleasant amount of bitterness, balanced by a surprisingly light, yet complimentary malt backbone.

M: I can't believe how easy drinking this is for such a high ABV beer. Remarkably light really, and avoids falling into that greasy, oily, and boozy category so many high ABV ipa's do. The malt is pleasant, giving it bittersweet qualities that help to balance out the powerful hoppiness.

O: So glad I got hold of this, incredible beer and up there with some of the best I have had. I am generally a big fan of both simcoe and citra, but how well they have brought them together in this beer into such a flavorful and balanced beer is so very impressive. In any case, this is the best triple ipa I have tried, followed closely behind by Hoparillo. (1,245 characters)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 SometimesIfart
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Knee Deep Simtra 3x IPA.

First beer outta these guys. Only reason I bought it was due to the rave reviews on here since typically a $13 bomber isn't even considered by myself. I really hope it lives up to the grand expectations I have for it.

Look - Pours the clearest most well filtered amber I have ever seen. Head is about a finger in height and doesn't seem to have many plans on sticking around for long. Carbonation appears pretty light. Somehow that finger of head managed to leave a ton of lacing throughout the glass. 5.

Smell - Big, and I mean BIGGGG fucking pine notes on the nose. Large doses of grapefruit juice and a tinge of light malts, but it is certainly hop dominant as expected. A bit of the gravity comes through in a slight alcoholic form. 4.5.

Taste - Oh jeeze I just started the night, I hope this doesn't wreck my palate too quickly. The dankest pine notes I have ever gotten in a beer are present in this one. Grapefruit juice a plenty, with a noticeable though surely not offensive alcoholic bite in the finish. 4.75.

Feel - We'll rounded and very, veryyy creamy bodied with just a touch of carbonation . Alcohol tingles the tongue as it sits. Goes down pretty easily for the nearly 12% ABV. 4.75.

Overall - Nearly done with the beer and I can definitely already feel it working its beer magic. Well, this was a very, very fine TIPA with a lot of in your face flavor. Was it worth $13 a bomber... ahhhh.....not really sure any beer is. Would I have it again? You bet your virgin asshole I would. Best beer ever? Nah. Top ten? Oh hell yes.. 4.75.

I feel I should also note, to those new guys who see these reviews, this is a beer for experienced craft drinkers. Don"t buy this one night for the hell of it and waste your money on a hop nuke that will destroy your taste buds for an eternity. (1,824 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 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 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)

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.