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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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Reviews: 335 | Ratings: 2,109
Photo of scootny
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber liquid with a white head that leaves a nice decoration on the glass. Thin covering not top. Big healthy malt backbone with light caramel, sugary dough, a clean light yeast bodied fruitiness. Some pepper wrapped alcohol. Taste is darn near perfect. A malt construct that is bready and sweet. Caramel and crystal malt blend to create a sweet platform that launches the ginormous hop barrage. Pine and citrus abound. Hop resin and oil coat the mouth. Finish is sharp and oily. Kind of longish with a minty flourish. Feel is full with a mild cream touch. An exceptional beer, how can the booze be this well hidden? A great thirst quencher and all day sipper.

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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.

Enjoy!!

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Photo of brewskis
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Simcoe and Citra: my two favorite hops! Pours a very hazy ruby orange color with a half finger off white head. Smells of sweet, juicy grapefruit, lots of papaya, mango, pine, fruit punch, almost like a perfume floral smell. Little bit of breadiness in the back but over taken by the hop qualities. Taste starts with the mellower fruits like papaya, mango, pineapple from the citra. Then in the middle you get a carmel flavor, as well as a biscuity note. Also some of the more astringency notes start to creep in like grapefruit and pine from the simcoe. Then the finish is more of the carmel malt, pine, lemon, grapefruit, peach, papaya, mango. Just a symphony of flavors. The finish lasts and a bitter grapefruit and lemon flavor is the last to go. Just enough malt to just cut some of the bitterness from the massive amounts of hops. Definitely do get booze on the finish as well, but that is expected at almost 12%. Gets much better as it warms and the fruity flavors of the hops definitely do come out when it does. Pretty full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a creamy, yet oily mouthfeel from the hops. Would love to get my hands on more of this!

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly easy to drink despite the higher ABV and over 100 IBUs. I didn't drink this as fresh as it should have been so that is likely part of the reason, but I actually think it was better this way. It still had lots of fruitiness from the hops without too much bitter. Very nice.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Pahn
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

22oz bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip. Bottled about 2 weeks ago.

4.25 Appearance: Clear orange. Decent head retention.

4.0 Smell: Deep citrus, weed, alcohol aroma that somehow all combines into one. Excellent.

4.75 Taste: Great. Big lime Citra and dank Simcoe combine for a delicious flavor and a perfect mouthfeel.

4.9 Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Lightly bitter and very dry. This is >10% ABV? Wow.

4.6 Overall: Top tier hop bomb. I have to wrap this review up early so I can watch a Bette Davis movie.

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Photo of nataku00
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a clear copper color with a half a finger of loose bubbly white head. Head dissipates quickly to a thin head. Plenty of carbonation floating up, which is surprising for such a high abv beer.

Really big nose on this, right after opening the bottle. Tropical fruits, pineapple and passionfruit, orange, grapefruit, but also a bit boozy. Pretty nice fruity smelling ipa.

Taking a sip, bitter citrus upfront, mellowing into some lighter tropical fruit flavors and a touch of pine. Middle of the tongue, a bit of caramel malt and booze. Finishes with bitter citrus and pine hops, lasting quite a while.

Medium body with good carbonation. Boozy, but not too hot, and it is drinkable, though slowly. Big flavor on this one, though not as much tropical fruit as I would have expected after the nice aroma.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Jon. Another newfangled "triple IPA" that's gotten a lot of buzz. Excited to have tried it, but fortunate that I split it. Poured into a tulip glass. Consumed on 05/12/13. Review is from my notes.

The appearance is a highly oily, amber golden clear color complete with a surprising amount of head - about 1.5 fingers worth. Indeed, what's more surprising is that the head and carbonation lasts throughout, which is not as easy feat to accomplish. Bubbles are very minimal throughout, although the clear, glowing body of the beer is very presentable. Ridiculously viscous - the alcohol legs were everywhere on this thing. Looks pretty awesome, but I fear it will be a booze bomb.

The aroma tells me otherwise, but at the same time provides me tons - and I mean TONS - of hop resinous aromas that I don't think I've experienced ever. There an initial burst of bitterness and citrus sweetness, which quickly changes to a diverse bouquet of fruits, from passion fruit to mango, from blood oranges to strawberries. Very fruity, although maybe a little floral at the finish. Earthy as all hell, and combined with the syrupy, toffee-like flavors from the malts, it becomes even more rustic. This is drowned in hops, almost to the point where I can't make out anything else - not even the alcohol. However, it is a fascinating experience, especially with the passion fruit/strawberry combo they have this going towards. Very astringent - it's almost as if the hop residue gets caught in the nostrils with each whiff.

Well, the flavor is not as explosive in fruitiness as the aroma, but it is very enjoyable. There's an immediate bittered, candied fruitiness that comes right with each sip, followed by a syrupy malty backbone that is drenched in the booze. Due to the oily, astringent character of the beer, there is no alcohol presence, although there is a burn. The fruits range from mango to passion fruit to, at times, papaya. Just as in the case of Palate Wrecker, the malt caramelized syrup holds up the fort with the hop invasion, and makes this relatively easy to drink. The present carbonation makes this a juicy drinking experience. Given the high ABV and volatile nature of the hops, this is definitely something that should be consumed quickly and in smaller portions in order to get the full experience. It's intense, but it's something I didn't have troubles finishing.

This is a totally nuts hop-forward experience, almost to the point of excessiveness, but luckily the malt backbone does wonders in maintaining character and making the fruity, tropical notes feel full-bodied. Definitely worth tracking down, and *definitely* worth making note of the freshness of this product. This would not age well at all. Super resinous unlike any DIPA I've had to date. Recommended!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Knee Deep Brewing Company - Simtra, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Slightly cloudy copper amber with a massive foamy head that retains well. Chunky lacing.

Smell - Aroma is some juicy citrus along with deep resiny pine.

Taste - Malt sweet and rich with a nice big hop blast after, mostly bitter pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Hot and boozy but still good drinkability.

Overall - This is a great TIPA. Hop blaster with some kick.

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Photo of cvm4
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours and looks like apple juice with a tinge of orange to it. Has a translucent look to it.

S - A good amount of hops here. Picking up a smattering of of varied citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, pineapple) along with some pine resin.

T - Somewhat sweet and syrupy at first. Develops into citrus followed by a pine, bitter finish.

M - About what I expect from a triple IPA. Doesn't weigh you down and very drinkable & crisp considering the abv.

O - I could drink a lot more of this if the abv was lower. But, it's just a goliath of a beer with great flavor and hop kick.

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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 TrojanRB
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rich transparent orange with a big fluffy white head. The head is very impressive given the abv.

The smell is all citrus hops, grapefruit, lemons, oranges and just a little bit if grass. This smells outstanding.

The taste is much as the smell would suggest, big citrus flavors with some bitterness. There is just the smallest hint of a sweet malty backbone. This beer is definitely all about the hops, my tongue is coated in hop residue.

The mouthfeel is quite light and smooth with low to medium carbonation.
This is ridiculously easy to drink no hint of the 11.25 abv.

Overall quite simply a superb beer, one of the best dipa's you will find. The abv is nowhere to be found and the hops are deliciously citrus.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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

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Photo of gleemonger
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mostly clear amber color with a nice off white head that lingers a while, but not long. Thick lacing down the glass.

Fresh pine explosion with some mildly sweet malt presence coming through in an attractive way. A little grapefruit in the background. Super pleasant and inticing.

As the nose implies, super hop forward in the flavor department - totally fresh and floral. Piney hops the star here, with just a touch of the citrusy variety to back it up, then just enough mildly sweet and biscuity malt backbone to bring it together. Super well blended, very tasty.

Moderate body and moderate to light carbonation, and not much left on the tongue. Very smooth.

Wow, this is one very good DIPA, jeez. I didn't even notice the ABV until halfway through the glass and was amazed at how smooth and drinkable this was - not overly bitter, just the right amount of everything perfectly showcased. A very, very good IPA in every aspect that I love about the style - has to be one of my favorites.

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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 OBeerMeGreatOne
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant gold with a surprising inch of head. Webs of lace stick to the glass until the finish.

Pine, flowers, caramel and citrus mingle with a hint of booze and biscuit. Mmm mmm, get in my damn mouth already!

Pine, grapefruit and toffee are the first flavors that hit me. Booze comes in a tiny bit too much, I liked it better when in was around 10%, but I won't complain. There is a slight grassy/floral note and biscuit to smooth it out. Goes down just a little too hot. It isn't overwhelming, just noticable.

One amazing beer! I'd rank it with Russian River's Pliny the Elder in terms of complexity and hop forward awesomeness. Get one or two if you can!

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Photo of davet100
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a dense, bright white foam with good retention. Medium sweet, over-ripe pinapple and tropical aromas with medium light malt and a definitive boozy note. Medium bodied with creamy smooth, yet medium high carbonation. Medium high citrus hop flavors that turn piney near the end. Light malt flavor that is overrun by the booziness through the middle to the end. Intense hop bitterness at the end as this finished very boozy with a light sweetness beneath and lingering citrus and hop aftertaste. This was surprising on a few notes. The hop aromas were fairly light followed by a much fuller malty body than expected for the higher abv. The boozy is still pleasant and very warming - not hot - but tends to overwhelm the hop and malt flavors on the backside.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a rocks glass

A - Pours a light amber, crystal clear, 1 finger head, decent lacing, and no legs.

S - Smell is cat piss up front which gives way to citrus and pine in the back ground. Really a great smelling beer.

T - A lot more malty than I expected from the nose. Cat piss gives way to a citrusy pine mid palate and finishes with a sweet crystal malt backbone.

M - A little hot but that's to be expected out of an 11% beer. Moderate bitterness coats the tongue. Heavy and slick on the tongue.

O - Big, hot, and heavy. Loved every sip of it. I wish I could get this on the east coast.

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Photo of danieelol
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/26/13. Places it at just over 2 months old. Not acceptable by US standards but almost the best you can get in Australia.

Drank from Mikkeller "Gueuze" glass. Translucent golden colour. Good head/lacing.

Smell is a fairly potent pine and mint over a toasty malt backdrop of oozy caramel fudge. Jasmine. Creamy and dessert-y malt presence.

Taste has a strong hop presence, again lots of those caramel fudge, creme caramel, caramelised-type flavours coming from the malt. Expertly balanced.

Mouthfeel has a fair bit of hop resin, the alcohol and hops bring a nice dryness to balance the inevitable sugars in an 11.25% DIPA and on the whole it is nicely balanced and not excessively sweet. I'd say fairly well balanced, although in a month or two I think it might lean in favour of sugar.

I would say that the hop aromatics in this beer are not in-your-face but more mellowed. They are definitely potent but cannot overwhelm with that much alcohol behind them. As far as Triple IPAs go this is a good one. It is not excessively sweet and it is not excessively boozy. It is very hoppy and decently malty too. The bomber in its totality will no doubt be a sipping affair but I'm sure I can handle it.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks good.

Incredible hop aroma. Very resinous and piney.

Flavor follows aroma but not overpoweringly hoppy. Not much bitterness. Nice thick supporting malt base brings wonderland calming balance.

Good.

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Photo of gshak
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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 rand
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

Big, boozy, "triple" IPA from the hop-doctors over at Knee Deep. Apricot-orange colored beverage with a frothy-but-small head, the brew gives off huge, pungent wafts of rind-y, weedy, hop notes with amply balancing caramelly malts, ushered by noticeably warm alcohol volatiles. On the palate, orange and grapefruit rind, and a sweet, herbal note, almost like cilantro-banana. Stout malt-backbone yields notes of honeyed bread, and, before the sip closes, booze.

For how big and bold the flavors are, this is tasty and drinkable. Another fine example of the slap-you-in-your-face hop-profiles West Coast style IPA's have become known for.

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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.