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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,039
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 212
Gots: 374 | FT: 15
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Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 joecast
3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Triple IPA. Yeah, there is no style for this.

Massive alcohol (and hop) presence just put this way out of balance and hurts taste and drinkability. Sharp on the nose and palate and makes it a sipper, but as it warms it accentuates the negatives.

Not a fan (obviously) especially after drinking the wonderful citra extra pale.

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Photo of themind
3.41/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of Twal
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
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...

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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 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 Beerenauslese
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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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 timontheroad
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of mabermud
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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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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Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.