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Simtra - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Reviews: 289
Hads: 1,939
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 211
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 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 lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam and Rich.

Pours a pretty thick orange, cloudy and opaque and full of chewy weight. Head only seems to form with some coercion, although it seems as though there's a fine bead to it which eventually coalesces into a very fine white cap. Mostly though, the head forms of large bubbles disturbed during an aggressive pour that just stay around because it's too much effort to push through the liquid to pop.

Nose is pretty impressive. Big, intense, and unmistakably hoppy. It has the rounded sweet tropical fruitiness that comes from a big dry hopping, but also the sharper greener notes I associate with (for example) New Zealand Nelson Sauvin. It's sharp and astringent, with a slight savoury note coming through as well. It's pretty heady and powerful stuff.

Taste is good stuff. Very clean, bright, slightly sweaty green hops pervade from start to finish giving a fragrant, vegetative character throughout the beer. Despite the incredibly thick body apparent in the appearance, it's really not overly sweet—mostly due to the insane level of hop character. But there must be malt to it: it never feels unbalanced despite clearly being a beer designed to shout "HOPS!!!". Slight spicy, peppery notes of capsicum on the back. It's very fresh and very fragrant.

Again, because it's so hop-forward, it feels lighter in the mouth than it should do given the size of it and its appearance. I'm impressed.

Overall, this is a big beer with a stack of flavour. I'm impressed at how well it manages to be so hop-focused and yet so balanced. The hops are sharp and crisp every step of the way, but the beer feels much more smooth and approachable than that character, or its 11.25% ABV say it should. (1,803 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Apex the other day. Have to say that I continue to be impressed by the DIPA's I've been trynig from these guys. The beer was well balanced (for an 11.25% abv. beer), with excellent malt body to pair with the considerable pine and citrus. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and the rich mouthfeel is really the only place you notice the abv. (obviously, if you knocked down a couple of pints of this, there's another way you'd notice the high abv.).

Tried side by side with the head shake DIPA from Barley Brown. The BB DIPA was clearly superior, but even so, the simtra more than held its own. Excellent DIPA. (649 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poued a light copperish, burnt orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, fair amout of white bubbles and lacing

S: The nose was pretty big, a little booe sting backed with nice citrus and light passon fruit punch

T: Big orange peel and tangering with some light grass notes and mange, pineapple influence. A little sweet with a blend of light caramel and breadiness, a bit Eathy, little booze, IBUs and light slickness on the finish but ovrall it was clean with loads of taste

M: Medium bodied, loads of hops, nice amount of biiterness and citrus linger on the palate, well carbonated

O: very well done. My first Knee Deep brew was a slam dunk! (670 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/16/14

A - Poured a very deep amber colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Huge bitter pine nose with some caramel. Not much of the citra profile comes through in the nose.

T - Massive bitterness up front with some immediate alcohol heat. The pine presence from the nose comes through in spades with a very light citrus flavour. Not getting any of the tropical fruit presence expected from the citra, which is a shame. The overall flavour profile is true to a triple IPA.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation. (561 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 picked up at the Boise COOP for about $9ish.. a little pricey given the other DIPA's available locally. Clear golden.. perfectly golden with a nice foamy white head... looks amazing.

Fruity citrus is huge and unapologetic.. light herbaceous elements with warmth..

Bitter up front.. pithy citrus and lesser fruity floral notes as it warms up..

Knee Deep is a very welcome in Boise.. The bottles are pretty representative of West Coast IPA's.

3.75/3.75/3.75/3.5/3.25 (472 characters)

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

- Spiegelau ipa glass. Dated 03/02/15. Consumed 05/02/15. 11.25% 131 ibus.

A: Pristine clarity with a bright orange coloring reveals a quickly paced rush of macro-effervesce filling the vessel. Off white head is frumpy textured, like mashed potatoes, rising 1.5 inches high with a resilient showing. High lace coverage graces the glass.

S: Fresh wet sugary grapefruit on the nose along with sweet pine and a pleasing touch of semi-dry tropical fruitiness against a softly toasty bread backing. Hints of straw and toasted citrus peel dryness occur on the finish while the aromatic duration remained pleasantly viable throughout for several plus minutes.

T: Flowery, semi-dry citrus and pine upfront with a smooth, calming, but high rate of bitterness sits against a softly toasted grain backing and toasted citrus peel, bittering pine with a dry, sweet malt fade. Background nuances of semi-dry tropical fruit meets a lightly toasted malt and citrus finish.

M: Good carbonation, malty depth, but exceptionally smooth, gently dry citrus hop warmth that feels more like a 6-7% rather an 11.25%.

O: Overall amazingly well balance of hops and malts as well alcohol which is considerably tame and drinks exceptionally smooth and much lighter then its abv claims. Smooth drinking experience with no rough edges, just silky going down gets props for being a hop monster that drinks like an easy sunday afternoon session. This beer disappears faster then cupcakes at a pot party, outstanding. (1,494 characters)

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

A: poured orangish brown in color with yellow highlights and had a nice tight finger worth of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: It had good hoppy character upfront in the aroma with great citrusy notes, a bit of earthy pine, floral qualities, some tropical fruit and a little malty bready sweetness coming through.

T: Very nice hoppy profile good hop variety alongside earthy piney resinous flavor, good grapefruit twang which added to the bitterness factor, slight tropical fruit notes and a pretty good malty bready sweetness to try to help balance this hop forward beer.

M: he brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a hoppy, citrusy, mild fruity, sweet earthy, piney and slightly bitter finish.

O: really good DIPA all around and was a good interpretation of a west coast DIPA. Good Job, I definitely need to seek out more of their offerings. (909 characters)

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

Thanks for the bottle Jordan!

A - Pours a golden, clear orange with a light tan, large bubbled head.

S - Leafy, pine, grass and carmel.

T - Hoppy resin, bitter pine, grass and earhy. Some sweet carmel.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and sticky hops. Ok, but just a bit too sweet here. I like the differnt approach here. (344 characters)

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

Substantial orange like appearance to the liquid, very small off white head on the top, maybe 1/10" of an inch. Not anything to really retain or provide lace with, but I really like this orange hue, so I'm going to give it an above average nonetheless.

Aroma, well, its pretty obvious the name here is a combination of the simcoe and citra hop, although the simcoe definitely dominates with its massivity while the more subtle citra hop remains in the background. Ultimately, if you can't make a citra hopped beer smell good, you've got problems. If you like big waves of bitterness, acidity and tropical fruit like notes like I do, you'll like this aroma.

Taste, hid the alcohol quite well, remained relatively light on its feet, not allowing bitterness, caramel or alcohol to dominate the fruit estery like hop mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little lower, which on one hand helps hide alcohol, but one would think it would make the beers a little more malty, syrupy feeling, but no. What I really liked was a lot of the cardboard and butter flavor I've detected in other kneedeep beers was nowhere to be found here. Easily their best beer.

EDIT: Now that they bottle date, I've been more apt to drop a pretty coin on this bottle, but when its fresh, it hits hard and deliciously. (1,283 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. The head sticks around for a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is good and hoppy, it smells mostly like citrusy (pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon peel) and pine hops, along with some caramel and bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, full of citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit) and piney hops, with caramel and bready malt also noticeable. The piney bitterness really comes out in the flavor, and it's not boozy, at least not as much as I was expecting an 11.25% ABV brew to be. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, and I'd pick this one up again at $8.99 a bomber. (786 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light orange color with a small off-white head. Not much lacing as the head recedes but it is worth noting that this is the most beautiful/clear DIPA I have ever seen. This must have been filtered like 20x to get this clarity and bright hue.

Aroma begin as expected; quite dank and citrusy. The Simcoe and Citra hops own this show; with bright pineapple, lemon, blood orange from the Citra, then pine, onion, grassiness from the Simcoe. More tropical fruit aromas emerge as it warms and I can make out the faintest bit of pale maltiness as it further warms.

The tastes follow directly with the nose. Strong waves and waves of hop flavors assault the palate. The hop profile is very citrus-forward, with lots of pineapple and grapefruit dominating. There's also big notes of pine, some grass and a mild cracker pale maltiness was in the background. Despite the copious amount of hop flavors, the bitterness is by no means overwhelming as the strong ABV heft help to palace the flavor profile despite the lack of overall malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is bitter but not enamel scraping and the ABV is completly hidden which is always a chore for such a high ABV offering.

Overall this was a super offering; one of the best over-100 IBU beers I have ever had I believe, definitely top 5 if not top 3. Packed with so much balanced hop flavor and bitterness depite the huge IBU and given the huge ABV with no alcohol flavor, makes this top notch in my book. Worth seeking out for sure if you can track it down. (1,587 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant amber gold uner a 2” sudsy white foam cap that hugs the glass.
S: Dank, woody, citrus and tropical fruit aromas with noticeable alcohol.
T: Big malt flavors laced with caramel support a grassy, citrusy tropical fruit hop palate. Malt, hops and alcohol are all big but well balanced.
F: Medium full to full body, very soft medium carbonation. Warming.
O: The brewer classifies this as a tripel IPA and its big enough foer the title. (456 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, delirium chalice

Surprisingly have not had this one, as I've seen it a few times at tastings. Big, sticky orange body. Thick and intricately hoppy elixir - grapefruit rind, sugary grapefruit zest, blood orange. Really awesome, though a bit taxing due to its size and toxicity. (290 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at ABV.

A clear light orange with a dense, off white head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing. The nose is a full frontal hop assault, bright, fruity, pungent, with pine, citrus, grapefruit, green grapes, minimal malt and some alcohol noticeable. The palate opens bright, pungent and hoppy, with a mild sweetness, high level of pungent bitterness. Wonderful hop melange on the palate. Mild sweetness on the finish, served a little on the colder side, the alcohol is reasonably well hidden but is still noticeable as a spicy kick to the back end. Sweetness is mild and clean and necessary here, complementing the bitterness and the alcohol. Impressive. (672 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a clearer honeyed hue. Head is a thinner wall of white cream. Head dies off and leaves little lacing waves.

S-Nose is intense in both hoppiness and booziness but it is very enjoyable to sniff. Big, catty, hempy herbal hop notes. Fortified citrus and oily pine. The booze cuts into the hops. The nose is well malted underneath the formerly stated components. I get a big dose of sweet Animal Crackers.

T-The flavor is decidedly less catty and potty. The grass and citrus shine through much more and I am happy with such a development. There is also a ton of tropical hoppiness. A substantial wallop of several exotically fruity hop flavors. Then the booze passes through and drops off a dowry of clean, sweet dough and cracker.

M-Drinks easier than anticipated. Although it is boozy, the alcohol doesn't truly hinder the feel. Resinous and sadistically bitter. I needed to pace myself but didn't want to.

O/D-Lived up to the hype and then some. I really enjoyed this. I enjoyed this during the same period I tried Pliny The Younger and I found some similarities. If there are any valid similarities to Pliny The Younger found in a beer then that beer is probably pretty amazing in its own right. Very happy with this one. (1,233 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a Lost Abbey Teku. Caramel amber color, sticky white collar. good lacing. Big pungent citrus nose with some sweetness in the background. Big caramel backbone with a lot of pungent citrus in the taste. Very pungent, very dank. Bitter and dirty orange, pine, grapefruit. Very oily, big feel with some prickly carbonation to smooth it out. Big acid finish. ABV kicks in the the end. Prickly carbonation really helps this out. If you like dank IIIPA’s this is a winner. (479 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very grassy, resiny, and sticky sweet caramel malt aroma.

Flavor follows suit, but with a piney cleanness and an earthy, bitter finish. Didn't get as much fruit as I'd hoped, with the citra. (191 characters)

Photo of popery
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium gold and transparent. Nice white head that fades quickly. No real lacing.

Nice bright nose. Dank, pine, some booze, tangerine rind, floral, malt sugar, lemons, peaches.

Relatively dry for the abv, which is still fairly sweet. Something about going over 10% abv seems to make every DIPA a bit too sticky. My main complaint is that the hop bitterness is a bit bland. It's not bad, just lacks complexity compared to some similar DIPAs.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky but, again, good for the abv. Medium to low carbonation. Lasting bitter finish.

Good stuff. It could use a bit more hop complexity on the palate, but the nose works very well, and it's quite good for the abv. I'm just not sure that I like when DIPAs go above 9% abv.

Edit 1/20/13: Raised scores a bit after having had it a few more times. In particular, I'm getting a bit more hop flavor in the taste than I remember from my review bottle. (918 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pours a honeyish orange, mostly clear, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite brash, very citrusy, with some sugar cookie malt aromas as well.

This is one of the hoppiest beers I've ever had, really. This is about a month old, which is probably about as fresh as I'll ever get it in New York. The alcohol is mostly hidden, but it's still a bit hot, providing a prickly buzz. There are marijuana/hemp flavors, grapefruit, orange, peach, pine resin, and sugar cookie flavors.

This one has a medium body, with a very sticky and thick mouthfeel. There's a medium amount of carbonation, and it's very drinkable, even despite the really high ABV.

This one met the hype for me, really glad I got to try it. (779 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. I could smell the poontang on this piece of ass right from the start...holy sheet, Batman! We're in for a great ride here. Beautiful orange/amber and cloudy pour. Nice 2" fluffy white thick head. Excellent bubbles and lacing throughout. The nose is extremely piney and "swanky danky", like a piece of ass about to "get focked", to borrow a phrase from Tony Montana. The palate reveals a sweet mouthful of joy, one of the best I've experienced. Lovely and full citrusy hop profile, with sweet papaya/mango notes balancing the bitter piney/grapefruit. It's no wonder some call this brew "Pliny Killer". It is every bit as good (if not better) than Elder. No shit. Mouthfeel is full and warming. This beotch is "fo ree-al"'. Don't miss it!!! (782 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass. Bottled 31 January 2013.

A: Huge head with great retention and lacing. Very clear light gold.

S: Musty, cheesy, and earthy. I'd imagine this is an older bottle if it weren't for the bottled date.

T: Well. That's a beer with shit-tons of hops. How many tons? Shittons. Touches of onions amidst the huge fields of pine and pineapple. Aftertaste is balanced, sweetish,

O: I quite enjoyed it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. Huge hops. Would have again. Recommendable. [Apologies for the briefest of reviews. The gentleman who offered the bottle of beer demanded conversation.] (638 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kyle2k10 for...what's that you say? Yes, this is the 36th beer from that 'box' he sent me, which more resembled a container car. Finally getting to the bottom. FreightWay is coming to get the near-empty out of the driveway tomorrow. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pop & pour is a fuddled orange that's not see-through, but I can see the shadow-puppets of my fingers through it. Nose isn't quite the roll I expected from a 'triple' IPA, some citrus, pine, & plenty of sweetness.

Simtra is slick wrapped in oil. The first impression isn't even taste, but the slipperiness of the mouthfeel; might make good gear oil for my boat's little Mercury. Pine flowers littered with bitterness back the slider, along with an earthy dankness...dank. I know people love it, but I've never been a fan, & it detracts from the experience. Malts come on like half-baked sweetbread. Endgame is a long, lingering french-kiss of bitterness. Twenty-two ounces of this would be a chore; eleven is about right.

The earth-n-mud character really dampened my enjoyment of this beer, & the trait grew stronger as it warmed. Good, solid IIPA that doesn't really rise above a ton of other good, solid IIPAs. (1,195 characters)

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

22oz bottle dated 4/15/14 purchased at Healthy Spirits for $12. I've been wanting to try this for awhile and I was honestly impressed. Nice orange color, deep but clear. Aroma is dank hops, pine, fruit, dank. Flavor was a delicious melange of pine, dank hops and a very nice malt presence. The idea of a triple IPA is ridiculous but this is really good. Oh yeah, the high ABV was well hidden. (392 characters)

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

131 IBUs and definitely a palate wrecker. Smells awesome like most west coast DIPAs. The simcoe and citra hops produce an amazing aroma and you can really detect the peach. The high IBU count definitely comes through but, at 11.25% ABV, the alcohol content is not overpowering. If you like high IBU beers this is for you. (321 characters)

Simtra from Knee Deep Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.